Amos C. Peck

Biography courteously provided by Joyce Riedinger, Delaware County Coordinator.


AMOS C. PECK, the popular editors of the Downsville News, was born June 21, 1839,son of Orin and Lucinda (Goslee) Peck. Orin Peck was born February 4, 1802, and was the son of Amos Peck, who came to Greene County about the beginning of the century, and purchased two hundred acres of land. He and his wife raised a family of seven children, namely, Orin, Levi, Charles, Munson, Mary, Jane and Lydia, all of whom are now dead but Lydia, who lives in Connecticut, and is the widow of Alfred Peck.

Orin Peck grew to manhood on the farm, and was educated in the county schools, working on the farm during his youth. When twenty-four years old, he married Lucinda Goslee, and they had the following children; Pamelia and Delia, who are now dead; Newton G., who is a farmer in Schoharie County; Amanda, wife of A. Rathbone, of Davenport, Delaware County; and Amos C., the subject of his sketch. Orin Peck had a farm of two hundred acres in Greene County, and lived there until 1848, when he sold out, and removed to Delaware County, buying a farm of one hundred acres at Harpersfield. Here he dwelt for twenty years, at the end of which time he disposed of his Harpersfield property. He then purchased a home in Stamford, where he spent his old age, and died at the age of seventy-five years. His wife passed away, December 12, 1863.

Amos Peck was born in Greene County, and grew to manhood at his father's home, receiving his education at the district schools. After five years spent in agricultural pursuits at the old homestead, he bought a farm of one hundred acres in his native town, where he spent the next five years of his life. He then sold his farm, and started with A.W. Clark the newspaper called the Jefferson Weekly. In 1875, having disposed of his interest in that enterprise, coming to Downsville, he started the Downsville News. This paper is one of the most interesting local sheets in the vicinity, has a large circulation and is highly spoken of by all its subscribers and readers.

Mr. Peck married Kate, the daughter of Edward and Mary Ann (Beard) Young. Edward Young was born in 1809 on Long Island. And came to Schoharie County while yet a young man. He was a carpenter and farmer, and was the father of seven children--- Polly, Elizabeth, Kate, Cynthia, Sarah, Lydia, Hattie. Sarah is the wife of James H. Hubbard; Lydia the wife of Stephen Dayton, and Hattie the wife of Stephen Mattice, all of Jefferson. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Peck have two children: Edward, born December 23, 1867, and George, born October 1, 1870, both living in Downsville.

Mr. Peck is a Democrat, and a member of the Baptist church, while his wife is an adherent to the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a man widely known through the pages of his excellent paper and enjoys the acquaintance and esteem of his fellow-citizens.


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