Biography of William M. Peck
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Peck, William Mitchell, was born in South New Berlin, Chenango county, September 21, 1823, and lived with his parents till 1845, working on a farm and also learning the mason's trade. His people moved to Truxton in 1824, and there the young life of our subject was spent. It 1869 Mr. Peck came to Groton, where he was a farmer, but later returned to Cortland county, and at one time had a dairy farm of sixty cows. In 1872 he bought a half interest in a mercantile business in Groton, his partner being Nelson Trumbull. Six months later he retired and bought the S. B. Marsh shoe stock, and with the latter enterprise he was connected for nineteen years, retiring in 1891. November 19, 1845, Mr. Peck married Jane A. Robbins, by whom he had eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity. His wife died February 2, 1871, and on October 25 of that year he married second Ellen D. Eldridge, daughter of Walter W. White, and widow of James H. Eldridge. Mr. Peck was originally a Whig, then an Abolitionist, later a strong Republican, and now believes equally strong in Prohibition.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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