|Born||?||1857||?||at||Ireland (between 3.1857 and 1.1858)|
|Full Name||John Peden||.|
|Children||1879||Robert||'Uncle Bob from China'|
|1881||William||aged 2 months at time of 1881 census|
|1887||Hessie||died unmarried late 1954 or early 1955|
|1890||Violet||Died in 1911, aged 21.|
|1893||Mary Ann||'Auntie Minnie'|
|1895||Jim||to Huddersfield 1937, died early 1950s? age 56. = Jean, still alive 1968|
|1897||John||Ship designer at Scotts, married with daughter Ann. Died abt. 1934.|
|1897||Samuel||'Uncle Sam' - still alive 1938? = Margaret Cochran, 2 daughters.|
|1931||at||8 Belville Street, Greenock||Died in sleep - cardiac failure||Certificate|
|John Peden, probably about 1890.||Studio photograph probably in 1920s.||On the beach with grandchildren Nicol and Jean|
John Peden was born in 1857 or early 1858 in Ireland . He lived for most of his life in Greenock, and was employed in one of the many sugar-houses in the town. In 1878 he married Jane Union , and at the time of the 1881 census they lived at 13 Crescent Street in Greenock with their first two children. By 1885 they were living at 1 Belleville Street, in the east end of Greenock; the 1891 census gives their address as number 11 and the 1901 census as number 13. They later moved to number 8, where John stayed for the rest of his life. John's grandson John McKechnie remembers him in his later years.
John died in his bed on 23rd January 1931, aged 73 .
Sources: Census 1881, 1891, 1901; GRO marriage & death records.