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PEABODY, Joseph, merchant, born in Middle-ton, Massachusetts, 9 December, 1757 ; died in Salem, Massachusetts, 5 January, 1844. He was descended from Francis Peabody, who came from St. Alban's, England, in 1635, and was one of the first settlers of Topsfield, Massachusetts During the war of the Revolution he served as an officer on privateers, and acted with credit as second officer of the letter of marque "Ranger." He afterward sailed as a captain of merchant vessels, and built and freighted eighty-three ships. He became wealthy and was noted for benevolence.
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