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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Fw: elijah peacock Passenger Look Ups
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 20:20:37 -0500
Thanks for that, Karen.
David was the husband of Susanna Peacock.
There was another prominent man, Solomon Thatcher, also from NY, who
lived in River Forest.
I don't know which the woods was named after, but Susanna was very
active and prominent in her own right.
On Aug 15, 2007, at 7:49 PM, wrote:
> I was also curious about the origin of Thatcher Woods & the
> Peacock/Thatcher names. I lived near the woods & had gone there
> several times when I was
> growing up. Even brought an injured woodpecker to them which they
> kept for
> awhile. Here's what I found on the history of Thatcher Woods:
> The Thatcher Woods unit was originally the homesite of David
> Thatcher who
> established a mercantile business in Chicago in 1838. It was so
> successful that
> after 16 years, in 1854 at the age of 44, he retired to River
> Forest and
> built the house that now serves as Trailside museum.
> Subsequent owners sold 182 acres of Thatcher's original estate to
> the Forest
> Preserve District in 1917.
> The land comprising the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and Thomas
> Jefferson Woods was part of a 117 acre parcel purchased in 1837
> from the federal
> government by Ashbel Steele, a merchant from Derby, England who
> became River
> Forest's first permanent settler.
> In 1917 the Steele family sold 55 acres to the Cook County Forest
> Steele, Thatcher, and later owners of the Thatcher site who
> converted the
> home to a school never plowed the soil or allowed cattle to graze.
> As a result
> the area's ecological landscape remained largely in its pre-
> condition at the time of purchase by the Forest Preserve District.
> Karen J Richman
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