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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ISAAC PECK, Jr., farmer and stock trader; P. O. Troy; Isaac Peck, Jr., one of the substantial farmers of this township, is rapidly accumulating a competency; he is the third son of Joshua and Mary Peck, who were connected with the early settlement of Ohio; they had five children, of whom three are now living; John and Joseph, the two eldest, are both dead. Aseph B., the fourth son, is now living on the old homestead; the daughter, Elizabeth M., is the wife of Edgar E. Bailey, and her mother, Mrs. Peck, makes her home with them. Isaac Peck, Jr., was born June 22, 1841; his early life was spent on the farm, but his education was not neglected, as he attended district school when young, and afterward the graded school at Troy; during the war of the rebellion, he enlisted in Co. C, 94th O. V. I., served during the remainder of the war with fidelity; participated in the battles of Perryville, Ky., and that of Stone River, Tennessee; he was Corporal of Co. C, and discharged well his duties; he was mustered out of the service at Nashville, Tenn., June 29, 1865, and returned to his home near Troy. On the 26th of October following, he was united in marriage to Miss Cordelia Simons, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Simons, and at once commenced housekeeping on the farm which is now part of the magnificent tract owned by him; Aug. 26, 1868, a daughter came to bless their union, and was named Myrtie Dean; she was left motherless on the 22d of July, 1869; this was a sad blow to Mr. Peck, who lavished a wealth of love upon his wife and darling baby; but death will sever the tenderest ties, and she was tenderly laid in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Peck sold his stock, and purchased Coleman’s interest in the drug firm of Coleman & Co., continuing the business four years; he then sold his interest to Dr. Sterritt. During his residence in Troy, he became engaged to, and afterward married, Miss Rebecca J. Flinn, on Nov. 14, 1873, Rev. J. P. Watson officiating; in the spring of 1875, he again re-stocked his farm and moved upon it; October 21, 1876, Sophronia G. came to gladden their hearts, and is, as she should be, the pet of the household. The view from Mr. Peck’s residence is a beautiful one; his well-filled granaries and nicely tilled fields give evidence of his prosperity; Mr. Peck is a prince of good fellows, and his wife is an excellent cook, as the writer of this sketch can truthfully testify.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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