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James Ellis Peake (1797-1860), son of George Peake, arrived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from Plymouth, England, in 1824. He quickly established himself as an important shipowner, shipbuilder, and merchant, perhaps operating as an extension of the family business of Peake and Sons in Plymouth. James imported a wide variety of goods from either a parent company or this branch of the family business in England.
James married Barbara Leila Alice Brecken in 1838. They had at least six children: Elizabeth, Alice Brecken, James Jr., George, Ralph Brecken, and Fanny. Due to his ill health, James and his family returned to Plymouth in 1856 apparently leaving his affairs in the hands of Mr. James Moore of Charlottetown. James died in East Stonehouse, County Devon, in 1860.
In 1863, the James Peake Jr. returned to Prince Edward Island and picked up the threads of his father's business as Peake Bros. & Company. The family business continued to operate at a reduced scale into the 1900's. James personal fortune was greatly reduced 1882 with the collapse of the Bank of PEI in which he had invested heavily. The following year he lost his home, Beaconsfield, to the mortgager, William Cundall. James married Edith Alice Constance Haviland, daughter of Thomas Heath Haviland Jr., on 30 August 1866. They had six children. James left PEI ca. 1888 in hopes of reestablishing his fortune. He went first to St. Paul, Minnesota, and then to Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. James died in Vancouver in 1895.
Ralph Peake, accompanied by his mother Alice, returned to Prince Edward Island in 1866. He married Matilda Haviland. He was partner in Peake Bros. & Company until his death on 11 January 1879 at the age of 34.
George Peake married Alice Rebecca DeBlois on 28 July 1870. George continued to operate the Peake business interests after his brother James left PEI in 1888.