Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick collection, 1860-1946

By Maria R. Estorino and Beatrice Colastin Skokan

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Collection Overview

Title: Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick collection, 1860-1946

Predominant Dates:1880s

ID: ASM0410

Creator: Frow and Peacock Families

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lillian Frow Peacock & Eunice Peacock Photograph Collection primarily depicts the earliest settlers of Coconut Grove and Miami. The collection includes portraits of the Peacocks, the Frows, and other families, as well as historically notable places such as the Peacock Inn and the Coconut Grove School. Box 2 includes a handcrafted menu from the first Biscayne Bay Yacht Club dinner at the Peacock Inn in 1891. The photograph album in box 4 includes portraits of the Peacock's English relations as well as a few of their Coconut Grove and Miami neighbors.

Biographical Note

The Frows and the Peacocks were among the initial settlers of the Miami/Coconut Grove area. Simeon and his son John Frow were appointed keepers of the Cape Florida Lighthouse in 1859 and 1868 respectively.  John Frow was also the first person to buy property in Coconut Grove; his brother Joseph worked as John's assistant at the lighthouse and was on the initial board to establish a school for the Coconut Grove district.  In 1887, Joseph Frow traveled by foot to Lake Worth to register the required ten children which included his daughter Lillian Frow.  Mrs. Joseph Frow was a charter member and first treasurer of the Coconut Grove Housekeeper's Club.

Charles and Isabella Peacock immigrated from England in 1870. They had three sons: Henry, Alfred and Charles John. Alfred Peacock married Lillian Frow (daughter of Joseph Frow); their daughter Eunice Isabella Peacock later married George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables.

In 1882, with land purchased from John Frow, the Peacocks built the first hotel of the region, the Bay View House, later known as the Peacock Inn. The new hotel was a popular meeting place for such notable guests as Commodore Ralph Munroe, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Munroe and Miss. Flora McFarlane, founder of the Coconut Grove's Housekeepers' Club. The First Sunday School room was built on the Peacock property as a result of Isabella Peacock's initiative and fundraising. In 1889, Mrs. Peacock's building was also being used as Coconut Grove's first school taught by Miss Flora McFarlane.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Gift of Mildred Merrick, December 2006

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick Photograph Collection Finding Aid © 2007 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Related Publications:

Kent, Gertrude M. The Coconut Grove School in Pioneer Days, 1887-1894. Coral Gables, Fla.: Parker Printing, 1972

Note: Several of the photographs in this collection are published in this booklet.

Munroe, Ralph. The Commodore's Story. Various printings and editions.

Parks, Arva Moore. The Forgotten Frontier: Florida through the Lens of Ralph Middleton Munroe. Miami, Fla.: Centennial Press, 2004.

Parks, Arva Moore. The History of Coconut Grove, Florida, 1821-1925. Thesis (M.A.), University of Miami, 1971.

Parks, Arva Moore. Miami: The Magic City. Miami, Fla.: Centennial Press, 1991.

Preferred Citation: Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick Photograph Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information:

Maria R. Estorino and Beatrice Colastin Skokan, June 2007

Retrospectively converted from HTML to EAD XML September, 2008 by Lyn MacCorkle and Kyle Rimkus based on a crosswalk by María Estorino.


Box and Folder Listing


Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Coconut Grove & Miami, n.d., 1886-1900Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Cross of Oleander," Coconut Grove School, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 3: John Frow Property, 1886Add to your cart.
Note: Later purchased by Ralph Munroe
Folder 4: Housekeeper's Club Fair, 1892, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kirk Munroe Property, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ralph Munroe's boathouse, 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Peacock Inn, 1887-1893Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Seminole canoes, 1860s, 1901?Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Julia Tuttle Property, 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Everglades, 1880sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Alfred Peacock Cottage, Islamorada, Fla., 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Concord, Mass, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Group Portraits, n.d. 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Peacock Inn, n.d., 1887, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Pine Needles Club, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Carney Family: Richard, Elizabeth and Landon, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Dr. Tiger, 1880sAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Frow Family: Mama, Lillian, Grace with Mr. Lafferty, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Hine, Mrs. Thomas, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Munroe, Alfred, 1880sAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Mrs. Painter, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Peacock Family: Charles, Isabella, Charles, John, Harry & Alfred, 1885?Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Peacock, Alfred, n.d., 1888, 1946Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Peacock, Charles, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Peacock, Harry and Polly, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Peacock, Isabella (Sanders), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Peacock, Lillian J. (Frow), 1916-1946?Add to your cart.
Note: Mrs. Alfred Peacock
Folder 5: Peacock, Mildred, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Pickford, Gertrude (Urling), 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Robertson, Annie Louise, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Smith, Ethel, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Unidentified, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Unidentified, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Menu, First Biscayne Bay Yacht Club dinner at Peacock Inn, 1891Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Coconut Grove & Miami (oversize), 1880sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: St. Augustine, Fla. (oversize), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Concord, Mass (oversize), n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 4: Photograph Album, 1880sAdd to your cart.