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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke 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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ELLEN PECK, widow of Charles L. Peck, M. D., deceased; Sec. 32; P. O. Beamsville; he was born near Brighton, Aug. 25, 1837, and was a son of Lewis and Electa (Kelsey) Peck, who reside in Bloomfield, Conn.; Dr. Charles L. Peck, soon after he graduated, moved to Beamsville, Darke Co., and commenced the practice of medicine, which profession he followed with eminent success, and in all the walks of life, he was loved and esteemed for his gentlemanly deportment, kind and generous acts and energetic business enterprise, by which, in his short life, he accumulated and left to his devoted family a handsome competency; he read medicine in Hartford, Conn., where he graduated May 11, 1857; besides his medical practice, he engaged in merchandising and farming; he died Feb. 10, 1876, leaving for his family 200 acres of fine farming land, with good farm buildings, 40 acres of which are adjoining the village of Beamsville, wherein he also owned two dwellings; he married Ellen Brown, Aug. 21, 1859; she was born in Brownhelm, Loraine Co., Ohio, Sept. 9, 1841; her father, Jeremiah Brown, was born in New York State, and married Bridget R. McLaughlin, daughter of Robert and Ellen McLaughlin, who came from Pennsylvania in 1824; Jeremiah Brown died April 13, 1844; his widow, Ellen, married William Kelsey; they reside in Richland Township; Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Peck have had three children by their union, viz.: Clifford Lewis, born Nov. 12, 1860; Rachael Edith, born June 19, 1865, and Franklin Orator, Nov. 16, 1871.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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