Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
WESLEY D. PEEK is a native of Macoupin county. Joshua Peek, his father, was a native of Virginia. He removed to Kentucky, where he married Eliza Scott, who was born in Ireland, but came to this country in company with her parents, when she was in her infancy. Joshua Peek left Kentucky and came to Illinois in 1833, and settled in Palmyra township, where he entered one hundred and sixty acres of land. He there remained until his death in 1851. His wife died in 1847. Joshua Peek was a man who in his life, was one of the most extensive dealers in live stock, in the county. He, before the era of railroads, in connection with Jacob Strawn, the "Cattle King", did principally all the cattle buying done in the northern part of the county. He was oneof those kind hearted men who are often imposed upon by his friends. His heart and hand were always open. He was often induced to go security for others, and not unfrequently was left to meet the obligations of those he had befriended; yet, with all, at his death was possessed of a good farm, and what was better he left a name that was unstained with personal dishonor. There were nine children born to Joshua and Eliza Peek, four of whom are yet living. The subject of our sketch, was born May 6th, 1838. He remained at home until October 23d, 1860, when he was married to Angelina Graves, a native of Shelby county, Kentucky. She was a resident of Macoupin county at the time of her marriage. Seven children have been the fruits of this marriage, five of whom are living. Their names are Mary Louisa, Richard Joshua, Martha Jennie, Ida May and Edward Peek. All are yet at home. Mr. Peek has been engaged in farming for the greater portion of his life. In politics he was formerly a republican, but at present votes the democratic ticket. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.
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