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Below is a family biography included in The History of East Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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M. H. Peck was born in a house on the site of his present residence in Jefferson County, December 12, 1833, the son of M. L. and Susan (Mynott) Peck. The father was born May 2, 1792, near Mossy Creek, the son of Adam Peck, a native of Botetourt County, Va., and settled in Jefferson County in 1789, a pioneer. Jacob was the eldest and M. L. the eighth of twelve children, the former of whom became a lawyer and served on the State supreme bench. Hawkins, another brother, was a judge in Missouri, where he died. M. L. has been a successful farmer, and is now a pensioned soldier of the war of 1812, residing with our subject at the advanced age of ninety-five (May 2, 1887), and universally esteemed. The mother was born sixteen miles from Knoxville, in 1794, the daughter of W. Mynott, a prominent man of his day. She was a Methodist and died in 1875. Our subject the youngest but one of eight children, was reared at his present home and educated at Black Oak Grove and Mossy Creek (now Carson College). He has made a success as a farmer, now owning 800 acres near Mossy Creek, on which is a fine residence and a saw mill also. He has always preferred private life. February 16, 1866, he married Julia Hayworth, born at the mouth of Mossy Creek, on the Holston River, January 12, 1843, the daughter of Richard Hayworth. Four of their seven children are living. He and his wife are Methodists. Lafayette, a brother of our subject, graduated at West Point in 1857, and became second lieutenant in the Seventh Regiment of regular infantry in 1858. He became a Confederate major, and died of sickness during the war.

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This family biography is one of 938 biographies included in The History of East Tennessee published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: History of East Tennessee

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