PECK, Nelson H. 1833-1915
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Date: 12/15/2016 at 20:56:07
Nelson H. Peck died at his home in New Hartford Tuesday night, aged about 85 years. Mr. Peck was one of the early settlers in northern Grundy county and helped cut and build the first log house built in Fairfield township. The first election being held at the home of his father Wm. Peck. Nelson H. Peck was clerk and his brother Silas Peck cast the first vote, there were only 11 votes cast and Mr. Peck lived the longest of any of these. In his early days Mr. Peck loved to hunt and at one time he came very near loosing his life while hunting elk near the town of Wellsburg. He shot at one and supposing he had killed it rushed up to claim his prey when all of a sudden the elk charged upon him with the above result. Mr. Peck had remarkable memory and very few of his age could recite his history and remember dates as well as he and few were as good with an ax or gun in early life.
Mr. Peck was married to Miss Jane Archer, who survives him. To this union three children were born, Miss Virgia Peck at home, the other two dying in infancy. Shortly after their marriage they moved onto a farm in Section 13, Beaver township, which became their home for a number of years. Seventeen years ago he moved to New Hartford and that has been his home since. The funeral was held Thursday and the remains were laid to reset in the Fairfield cemetery.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 March 1915, pg 5
Nelson H. Peck was born April 3, 1833, at Ashtabula county, O., and died March 16, 1915 at New Hartford, Ia., age 81 years, 11 months and 14 days. In 1837 the family moved to Illinois. He was one of the earliest settlers of this county, coming here in 1853, where he had since been a continuous resident. He was married to Sarah Jane Archer Jan. 27, 1864. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his widow, one daughter, Miss Virgie Peck, two children having died in infancy. Mr. Peck was for many years a member of the Advent church. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Faris. Interment was made in Fairfield cemetery.
--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 23 March, 1915, pg 11
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