By Gay A. Christensen-Dean
While doing research about the early history of Cleveland, Ohio, and especially Rocky River, one encounters the Pease surname many times. Here I have attempted to sort out all the people and some of the relationships.
John Pease was born in 1632 in Essex, England. He died in Massachusetts or Connecticut. Three of his sons were Captain John Pease, Jr., Robert Pease, and Isaac Pease. Below is a summary of their descendants and their connection to Rocky River/Rockport Township.
Captain John Pease, Jr., born 1654, Salem, Massachusetts; died 1734, Enfield, Connecticut
- Seth Pease, 1764-1819, Philadelphia, Pa
In 1796, Seth Pease was an astronomer and surveyor with Moses Cleaveland, laying out Cleveland, Ohio. In 1814, Seth was the Assistant Postmaster General of the U.S. under his brother-in- l\aw Gideon Granger. He lived in Connecticut.
- Mindwell Pease, b 1770, Suffield, Ct; d 1860 Canandaigua, NY
Mindwell Pease married Gideon Granger, 1767-1822; the founder of Granger City, the forerunner of Rocky River. Gideon became the Postmaster General of the U.S. under President Thomas Jefferson.
- Judge Calvin Pease, b 1775 Warren, Trumbull County, Oh; d 1839; buried Trumbull Co
Calvin Pease was a judge and also, along with Gideon Granger, laid out the lots for Granger City.
- Charles Pease, b 1811; d 1895 Lakewood, Oh; son of Judge Calvin Pease
Charles Pease was the manager of the Rocky River Railroad. He married Mary Elizabeth Kirtland, daughter of Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland, the famous Cleveland physician and naturalist.
Robert Pease, born 1656, Salem, Massachusetts; died 1744, Enfield, Connecticut
- Harriet Pease, 1800-1862
Harriet Pease was a descendant of William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony. She married Irad Kelley, 1791-1875; brother of Datus Kelley and owners of Kelleys Island.
Isaac Pease, b 1672, Salem, Massachusetts; died 1731, Enfield, Connecticut
- Asia Pease, b 1801 NY; d 1878; a Rockport Township trustee
- Solomon Pease, b 1803 Plain eld, Otsego County, NY; d 1845 Rockport
Solomon Pease was a Rockport Twp. trustee and treasurer. He married Mary Eliza Rogers, b 1809; d 1888 in Rockport. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Dorothy E. Pease, b 1831 NY; d 1880 Rockport; daughter of Solomon Pease
Dorothy E. Pease married Frederick Wright, 1820-1882; of Wright Avenue fame. She is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Calvin Pease, b 1834 Rockport; d 1903; son of Solomon Pease
Calvin Pease served in the 26th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. He was a Rockport Twp. trustee, and had a store at Center Ridge and Dover Center Roads. He married Josephine Deming, b 1840 Rockport; d 1914; granddaughter of Rufus Wright, owner of Wright’s Tavern, forerunner of the Westlake Hotel. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Allie M. Pease, 1865-1867; daughter of Calvin Pease
Allie M. Pease is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Gideon Wells Pease, 1868-1918; son of Calvin Pease
Gideon Pease owned land on Detroit Road in Rockport Twp.
- Russell Benjamin Pease, 1893-1978; son of Gideon Wells Pease
Russell Benjamin Pease was in World War I in Belgium. He also operated the coal and feed store with his uncle Hugh D. Pease.
- Hugh D. Pease, 1872-1943; son of Calvin Pease
Hugh D. Pease owned a basket factory and then a coal and feed supply business on Dover Center Road south of the railroad tracks: Pease Supply Company.
- Gideon T. Pease, b 1837 Rockport; d 1913; son of Solomon Pease
Gideon T. Pease was a Rockport Twp. trustee. His name is on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
in Cleveland. He married Mary Jane Giddings, b 1841 Rockport; d 1908. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Mary E. Pease, b 1861; d 1875 Rockport; daughter of Gideon T. Pease
Mary E. Pease is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Jennie Pease Turnbull, 1863- 1939; daughter of Gideon T. Pease
- Jennie Pease Turnbull is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River.
- Acel Pease, 1865-1865; son of Gideon T. Pease
Acel Pease is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Lillian “Lillie” Pease, 1867- 1909; daughter of Gideon T. Pease
Lillie Pease married William Geiger, 1860-1950; owner of Geiger and Keyse Hardware Store in downtown Rocky River.
- Mabel Pease, 1869-1947; daughter of Gideon T. Pease
Mabel Pease married Sion Wade Wenban, Sr., 1876-1951; a Rocky River Village mayor (1914-1917), and manager of the Rocky River Basket Company. They are buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
- Edna Lida Pease, 1876-1957; daughter of Gideon T. Pease
Edna Lida Pease married John Hoag, d 1963. John and Edna Hoag were influential citizens of Rocky River. Among other ventures, John was president of the First National Bank of Rocky River, of the Cleveland Growers’ Marketing Company (greenhouses), of the Rocky River Basket Company.
John and Edna bought and lived in her grandfather Solomon Pease’s home at 20101 Center Ridge Road, where John built a 2-acre tomato greenhouse. They are buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
- Calvin G. Pease, b 1879 Rockport, d 1957 Illinois; son of Gideon T. Pease
Calvin G. Pease is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
- James Augustus Pease, b 1840 Rockport; d 1922; son of Solomon Pease.
James Augustus Pease started the Pease Funeral Home on Dover Center Road. He married Asenath Abell, b 1845 Rockport; d 1914; granddaughter of Lorenzo Carter, the first inhabitant of Cleveland. James and Asenath are buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Marcia Pease, 1864-1878; daughter of James Augustus Pease
Marcia Pease is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Lloyd Hall Pease, 1901/1902-1987; grandson of James Augustus Pease
Lloyd Hall Pease married Helen A. Tildes, 1905-2005. They are buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
- Clarence J. Pease, 1871- 1878; son of James Augustus Pease
Clarence J. Pease is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Clifford B. Pease, 1879-1944; son of James Augustus Pease
Clifford B. Pease took over the Pease Funeral Home from James Augustus Pease. He married Alice Minerva Osborn, 1889-1959. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Marion Elizabeth Pease, 1910-1991; daughter of Clifford B. Pease
Marion Elizabeth Pease took over the Pease Funeral Home from her parents until she sold it and it became the Jenkins Funeral Home in 1955.
- Kenneth Osborn Pease, 1913-1916; son of Clifford B. Pease
Kenneth Osborn Pease is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Solomon Pease, 1845/1846- 1907 Rockport; son of Solomon Pease
Solomon Pease married Emma Dunlap, 1850/1851-1910. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
- Arthur B. Pease, b 1872 Rockport; d 1905 Rocky River; son of Solomon Pease (1845-1907)
Arthur B. Pease married Edna M. Bates, 1877-1951. He was first buried in Fairview Cemetery, and then re-interred with his wife in Lakewood Park Cemetery after she died.
- Dolores E. Pease Holladay, 1905-1990; daughter of Arthur B. Pease
Dolores E. Pease Holladay is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
- Howard J. Pease, b 1873 Rockport; d 1914 Rocky River; son of Solomon Pease (1845-1907)
Howard J. Pease married Catherine “Katie” Hessert, b 1873/1876 Rockport, d 1968 Rocky River. Pease Drive in Rocky River is named after Howard J. and Katie Pease who owned land there. They are buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Edwin Pease, b 1880 Rockport; d 1909; son of Solomon Pease (1845-1907)
Edwin Pease is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Evergreen Cemetery: 29535 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145
Fairview Cemetery, formerly Rockport Cemetery: West 196 Street and Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
Lakewood Park Cemetery: 22025 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116
findagrave.com, familysearch.org, sites. google.com, ead.ohiolink.edu
History of Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland by William Coates
Sharon Guinaugh/Fairview Cemetery, www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com
Pioneers of Westlake, Ohio, Settlers in 1820 and their Families by Jeanne B.
Workman, Early Inscriptions of Evergreen Cemetery by Jeanne B. Workman
www.ancestry.com, newsindex.cpl.org, ech.case.edu, archive.org
Early History of Cleveland by Charles Whittlesey, ki.inlandseas.com, connecticuthistory.org, www.clevelandmemory.org
And thank you especially to Sue and Rick Pease of Rocky River
Note: Early History of Cleveland by Charles Whittlesey, published 1867, is an excellent book on early history of our area. It includes many, many details about the geology, mapping, and citizens. It is out-of-print but may be found online at www.clevelandmemory.org.