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Lillian Frow Peacock & Eunice Peacock Merrick Collection Considered the pioneers of society in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, the Frow and Peacock families settled in the tropics in the late 1800s and left a legacy of history and town character that persists to this day. Both John Frow and his son Simeon served as keepers of the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the famed embattled site of adventure and strife from Seminole Indian War attacks, in 1859 and 1868 respectively. Also the first person to buy property in Coconut Grove, John and his brother Joseph, who worked as John's assistant at the lighthouse, stood 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 to establish the school, which included his daughter, Lillian Frow. Mrs. Joseph Frow was a charter member and first treasurer of the Coconut Grove Housekeeper's Club, now the distinguished Woman's Club of Coconut Grove. Her circle of friends grew when Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Isabella Peacock immigrated to America from England in 1870. They had three sons, Henry, Alfred, and Charles John. Alfred Peacock married Lillian Frow, and their daughter eventually married George Merrick, the visionary and founder of Coral Gables. With the addition of the first hotel in the area, the Bay View House later known as the Peacock Inn and built by the Peacocks, Coconut Grove buzzed with enterprise and social activity. Commodore Ralph Munroe, photographer, former ship captain and builder of the Barnacle House, stayed at the Inn, along with Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Munroe, and Miss Flora McFarlane, the Founder of the Coconut Grove Housekeeper's Club.
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