The Dutch judge, desiring better road access between his plantation north of Sand Hook and the capital at New Castle, persuaded his fellow judges to issue an order requiring all freemen to contribute labor to build the road through swampland for Judge Block’s private benefit. Lieutenant Thomas Jacobson, by his mark (“T”) was the first name on the protest against doing this forced labor.Our Peter Pecco was actually Peter Oalson, son of Olle Thomasson and grandson of Thomas Jacobson. Whether or not Pecco himself participated in the dike rebellion, his family was certainly closely associated with it -- positively by the Swedes and Finns, and negatively by the Dutch and English. When I attempted to find a meaning for "Pecco", the best I came up with was that it was close to the Finnish word for "creek". It turns out that I might have been looking at the wrong language.
|1685 Deed mentioning Peter Oalson, alias, Pecco -- Courtesy Walt C|
If the Pecco name came because of his family, it probably was given him by his Finnish neighbors, and worn as a badge of honor. It actually might be somewhat like a positive connotation of calling him "The Troublemaker". With any luck, this theory might get us a step closer to finally answering the seemingly simple question of, "Where did the name Pike Creek come from?" If we all keep our eyes open, maybe someone will find another clue to nail everything into place.
Walt C., who has been all over this story, has come up with another very plausible origin of "Pecco". After consulting with a few people much more familiar with Swedish history and the Scandinavian languages than we, he has determined that "Pecco" may have arisen from "Pekka". Pekka is a form of the name Peter in Finnish. The dike rebellion story is certainly an interesting one, but may have had nothing to do with the name. Pecco may have been nothing more than an English transcribing of Peter's name in his native tongue. Sometimes the best explanations are the simplest.