John  Peck

          John F. Peck, a prominent school teacher of Center Township, was born in Hancock County, this State, March 17 1856.  He was the son of  James and Minerva (Smith) Peck, who were natives of Connecticut and North Carolina, respectively, both of English descent.  His father was a direct descendant of Captain Wadsworth, who concealed the charter of Connecticut in the oak, and his mother could trace her ancestral lineage back to  Captain John Smith.  His father was the son of  Erastus and Mary (Lewis) Peck, and his mother was the daughter of  John and Prudence Smith.  When he was two years old his parents came to Rush County, and settled in the village of Arlington, where the father worked at the trade of a carpenter, and also served as Justice of the Peace, and where our subject was raised.  In 1875, the family returned to Hancock County, and located in Carrollton, where our subject made his home with his parents until his marriage.  At twenty years of age he took, up the vocation of teacher, and this has furnished his winter's employment and the greater part of his summer's employment ever since.  He has now taught for eleven consecutive winters, five of which were in Hancock County three in Shelby County, and three in Rush County.  He taught in the graded schools of Carrollton four years, during three of which he was principal of the school.  He was married December 24, I881, to  Miss Nannie B. Leonard, who is also a native of Hancock County, born February 27, 1865.  She was the daughter of  Rufus B. and  Harriet (Eaton) Leonard, who were natives, of North Carolina and Indiana, respectively.  Her father was the son of  John and Levina Leonard, and her mother was the daughter of  William and  Sarah Eaton.  Our subject and wife are the parents of two children:  Stella May, born November 16, 1882, and  Ralph Waldo, born March 15, 1886.  In politics, Mr. Peck is a Republican.  In October, 1887, Mr. Peck began the publication of an educational monthly, entitled  The Little Messenger,  which is designed to be a children's paper and which now has a circulation of about 1,000.  He is a faithful worker in the school-room and he possesses a rank among the best teachers of the county.
History of Rush County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, pages 389-390.
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