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William Henry Peck

William Henry Peck passed away Tuesday, December 8, at his home in this village after an illness of more than five months. Mr. Peck was born in England, September 30, 1835. He came to Danville when but nine months of age and has resided here ever since that time. On January 4, 1864, he enlisted in the Vermont volunteers for three years. He served in Co. C, 4th regiment, under Captain Farr. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness and was sent to the hospital where he remained several months and was honorably discharged in January 1865 on account of his disability.

Mr. Peck was a consistent member of the Methodist church for over forty years. He attended the church services until prevented by ill health. His genial disposition won for him a large circle of friends who mourn his loss. He was always cheerful and happy even during his last illness when he suffered intense pain, having a kindly word of greeting for all who visited him.

He leaves a widow, Mrs. Emily Rollins Peck, three sons, Charles A. of North Danville, Walter H. and Fred B. of this village, five daughters, Mrs. Kate V. Lucas of St. Johnsbury, Mrs. Maggie S. Farrington of West Danville, Mrs. Fannie F. Brown, Mrs. Anna M. Cheever and Miss Nancy R. Peck of this village, whose loving care helped to lighten the suffering of his last days.

The funeral was held Thursday, December 10 at 2 p.m., Rev. F. E. Currier of Williamstown officiating, assisted by Rev. J. Hamilton. Music was furnished by a quartet consisting of Mrs. J. E. Tinker, Mrs. P. H. McDonald, L. A. Fisher and Dr. C. E. Libbey, Mrs. Salma Davis, organist. The floral offerings consisted of sprays of carnations, and a pillow of roses and lillies of the valley with the word "Father" across one corner. The interment was in the village cemetery. [from the St. Johnsbury Caledonian, 16 December 1903, p. 3]

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Recent deaths

The announcement of the death of F. D. Prescott, which occurred at his home in Waterford on Tuesday night of last week, was received with feelings of deepest regret in St. Johnsbury where he was well known and highly respected. The cause of death was pneumonia after a few days' illness. Mr. Prescott was born in Wheelock, 20 Nov 1832. He was married in 1860 to Aurilla Brooks of Sheffield who survives him. They were the parents of 2 sons and 2 daughters, of whom only one, Mrs. Martha M. Peck of Danville is now alive. One son was killed by a falling tree about 4 years ago. Mr. P. was a thoroughly consistent Christian. He united with the Methodist Church in Windsor in 1873 and since residing in Waterford has been a constant attendant at Grace Church. He was a veteran of the civil war having served in Co. F, 9th Vt. Vols. and was a comrade of Chamberlain Post # 1, G.A.R. The funeral was held at his late home Friday morning, and a large gathering of neighbors and friends attested the esteem in which he was held. His pastor, Rev. Joshua M. Frot, conducted the service and the quartette of Grace church sang. Among those who attended from St. Johnsbury was a delegation from Chamberlain post. The remains were taken to his native town for burial. The only member of Mr. P's immediate family now living is a brother who resides in Oregon. Mrs. P. will go to Danville to make her home with her daughter. [from the St. Johnsbury Caledonian, 30 July 1902, p. 4]

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