Archive:Civil War Pension File, Charles Fellows Peck
Civil War Pension File of Charles F. Peck
Widow: Mary Peck
Invalid Applic. # 771945 Cert. # 751187
Widow's Applic. # 980707 Cert. # 744353
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Company F, 8th Illinois Infantry
On 16 Apr 1890 from Rock County, NE, Charles F. Peck signed a Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension. He was enrolled as a private on 27 Sep 1864 in Company F of the 8th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, commanded by Captain Coleman. He was honorably discharged at New Orleans, Louisiana on 26 Sep 1865 at the end of his enlistment. He describes himself as forty-four years old; five feet five and one-half inches in height; with a fair complexion, dark hair, and blue eyes.
While in the service and in his line of duty at or near Mobile, AL, in the Spring of 1865 he contracted piles and loss of teeth from lifting heavy wagons out of mud while on the march from Fort Morgan to Mobile, AL. In Jun 1865, while going up the Red River, he was constantly given medicine by the Regimental Surgeon until he lost his teeth. He was not treated in a hospital, but by the Regimental Surgeon. Since leaving the service he has resided in the counties of Ford, Green, Brown and Rock in the states of IL, IA, and NE. His current occupation is carpenter, and prior to his service he was a farmer. He is now materially disabled by his injuries and cannot work. He resides in Rock County, NE, where his post office is in Newport. The declaration is witnessed by W. Allbright and Fred N. Morgan. In a further declaration of 25 Apr 1891, not having been yet granted a pension, he states that he resides at the corner of West 10th and Monroe Streets in Fremont, Dodge County, NE. It is witnessed by E. Staples and Christaro Himelbaugh. He was ultimately granted a pension.
On 14 Nov 1907 Charles applied for an increase in pension benefit. He is now sixty-two years old and a resident of Los Angeles, CA. Since leaving the service he has lived at Fremont, NE; Houston, TX; Spokane, WA; and Los Angeles, CA. His address is 1383 West 39th Street. The declaration was witnessed by J. D. Campbell and H. F. Shinker.
On 4 Jul 1898 Charles answered an inquiry from The Bureau of Pensions. His wife's maiden name is Mary R. Rogers. They were married in Paxton, IL, in 1868 by Rev. Brindrige (sic). The record of their marriage is in the county records. He was not previously married, and has two living children:
- Jacob F. Peck, born 24 November 1875
- Lulu L. Peck, born 5 April 1870
On 3 Feb 1912 the U.S. Pension Agent at Des Moines was ordered to drop Charles F. Peck from the rolls because of his death on 20 January 1912. He was last paid at twelve dollars per month to 4 Jan 1912.
On 10 Feb 1912 from Los Angeles Co., CA, Mary Peck signed a Declaration for Widow's Pension. She is seventy years old and a Resident of Los Angeles, CA. She is the widow of Charles F. Peck. She was married under the name Mary Rogers to the soldier at Paxton, IL, on 5 Feb 1868 by Rev. Brundage. She had been previously married, and the soldier had not. The soldier died 20 Jan 1920 at Los Angeles. Her address is 1383 West 36th Place. The declaration was witnessed by Miss M. A. Barr and James Barr, both of Los Angeles.
L. D. Jackson, Clerk of the County Court of Ford County, IL, provided a certified copy of her marriage record. Charles F. Peck and Mary R. Rogers, both of Ford County, IL, were married on 5 Feb 1868 by J. Brundage, Minister of the Gospel.
Mary also provided testimony from Florella Estes, M.D. of Los Angeles. He testifies that he attended Charles F. Peck from 26 Dec 1911 until 19 Jan 1912, and that he died about 7 A.M. on 12 Jan 1912. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis, the history of which dated back fully fifteen years.
George C. Whitney, Mary's brother, was interviewed in the investigation of the application. His testimony was taken on 27 March 1912 in Grand Island, NE. He testifies that he was present at the marriage of C. F. Peck and Mrs. Mary Rogers, now Mary Peck, on 5 Feb 1868 at Paxton, Ford Co., IL. He was with C. F. Peck when he purchased the marriage license from the County Judge. George and his wife were married at the same time, in the same ceremony, by the Rev. Joel Brundage, who was the pastor of the Congregational Church there. George attended the funeral of Andrew Rogers, who was Mrs. Peck's first husband. He was buried in what was known as the North Prairie Cemetery in Dover Township, Bureau Co., OH. George's wife is dead, and so probably is Rev. Brundage. The death of Andrew Rogers was in the Spring of 1862, but he does not remember the exact date. He is the brother of Mrs. Peck, and signed the testimony as G. C. Whitney.
Mary received a pension of twelve dollars per month, commencing 16 Feb 1912. On 8 Oct 1915 the Commissioner of Pensions was informed that Mary Peck was last paid at twelve dollars per month to 4 June 1915, and was dropped from the rolls due to her death on 14 June 1915.