Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John Peck

John Thomas Peck

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 25th Ohio Infantry A
  • 75th Illinois Infantry A
  • 25th Ohio Infantry A

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John Peck
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Organized: June & July, 1861 Columbus, OH
Mustered In: 7/26/1861 Columbus, OH
Mustered Out: 6/18/1866 Columbus, OH


Organized: 11/7/1861 - 1/8/1862 Camp John McLean Cincinnati, OH
Mustered In: 11/1/1861
Mustered Out: 7/27/1865

Soldier History

SOLDIER: (25th)
Residence: Inf. Not Avail.   Age: 24.2 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 6/4 or 5/1861 Clairsville, OH   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 6/5/1861 Columbus, OH
Transferred Out: 1/15/1864 to 75th Ohio Infantry
Highest Rank: Cprl.
Rank At Transfer: Cprl.

SOLDIER: (75th)
Residence: Inf. Not Avail.   Age: 26.9 yrs.
Transferred In: 1/15/1864   Rank: Cprl.
Transferred Out: 6/12/1864 to 25th Ohio Infantry
Highest Rank: Cprl.
Rank At Transfer: Cprl.

SOLDIER: (25th)
Residence: Inf. Not Avail.   Age: 27.2 yrs.
Transferred In: 6/12/1864   Rank: Cprl.
Mustered Out: 7/26/1864
Highest Rank: Cprl.
Rank At Discharge: Cprl.

Family History



NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of John Peck was completed in January, 2022 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth of detail than many other biographies within this website because military service, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not available. At a later time those documents may be obtained and the data contained therein added to the narrative which follows.
____________________________________________________________________________________________John Thomas Peck was born 3/28/1837. His place of birth was Colerain Belmont County, OH.

Parents of John were David (b. unknown - d. 1868 Clairsville Belmont County, OH) and Eleanor (nee Starkey b. 1815 OH - d. unk.) Peck. The Pecks were a farming family.

As best as can be determined John was the eldest of nine children. His younger siblings were Caradon Peck (b. 1839 OH), Susannah Peck (b. 2/6/1842 OH), Sarah Peck (b. 1845 OH), Martha E. Peck (b. 1847 OH), Mary E. Peck (b. 1850 OH), George W. Peck (b. 1854 OH), Angaline Peck (b. 1851 OH) and   William Peck (b. 1857 OH).

John likely remained on his parents' farm until he entered the U.S. Army Infantry on 6/5/1861. His unit of service from that date until mid-January, 1864 was the 25th Ohio Infantry. In January, '64, for some unexplained reason, he transferred out of the 25th and into the 75th Ohio Infantry. He remained with that regiment for approximately six months before transferring back to the 25th. Corporal Peck's military service records will have to be accessed to try and explain the transfers.

While initially serving with the 25th, on 5/3/1863 Corporal Peck was wounded in the left hand. The wounding occurred during the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. Although details of the injury are not presently available, it was apparently not of a serious enough nature to affect our corporal's remaining on duty with the 25th, the 75th and, again with the 25th.*

Where John resided after leaving the army is an unknown. By 10/26/66, however, he was in Louisa County, IA. We know that because that was when and where he married.

John's bride was Margaret E. Marshall. "Maggie," as she was called, had been born in Iowa during 1848. No specific birth month or date has been found. Another unknown is when, where and how the two had met.

Following marriage the Pecks settled into farming in or near the Louisa County community of Marshall. Considering Maggie's maiden surname, it is highly likely that community was named for her family.

During their years together John and Maggie produced four children. They were: Alice Cora Peck (b. 1868 IA), Olive L. Peck (b. 1870 IA), Jennie Florence Peck (b. 1872 IA) and William Corr Peck (b. 1873 IA).


Maggie Marshall Peck died in 1873. It is surmised that her passing was tied to birth complications stemming from bringing William into this world. She was/is buried in Iowa's Marshall Cemetery.

It appears that at some point following Maggie's death, John's widowed mother, Eleanor, moved under his roof. This move was likely prompted by the need for a woman's touch in helping raise the four small Peck children. John would never remarry.

In 1880 John and the kids continued to reside in Marshall Louisa County, IA. Five years later, however, they were still in Iowa, but farming in or near the community of Scott located in Henry County.

The dawning of the twentieth century found John apparently living alone and farming in Winfield Henry County. What prompted the intrastate moves is unknown.

On 11/20/1888 John applied for and was granted a U.S. Government disability pension based on days of Civil War soldiering. All we really know about his monthly stipend is that it was likely initiated at four dollars per month, but by 7/19/1890 had increased to six dollars.


The 1890 pension information presented above comes from an application John made to enter into residency at an unidentified Old Soldiers' home. From that same application we learn that at the age of fifty years the old soldier was five feet ten inches tall, had a fair complexion, grey eyes and auburn hair.


Based on an available documentation, John entered the soldiers’ home on 7/19/1890. He was discharged from the residence at his own request on 1/5/1893. At that time he may have settled and resumed farming in Winfield Henry County, IA as that is where the U.S. Census for 1890 found him. It noted him as living alone, but the earlier soldiers' home application noted he had a brother - G. W. (George) Peck residing in the same area.


By 1910 John was farming in Seattle King County, WA. What had drawn him to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest is not known. Perhaps, however, it was married daughter Jennie Dietz who, with her German husband and thirteen year old child were living under his roof.


Former Civil War infantry Corporal John T. Peck died in Seattle King County, WA on 9/7/1917. Cause of the 80.7 year old’s passing was listed as senile decay. Notifying officials of the passing was son - in - law Philip Dietz (125 22nd Ave. N. Seattle) Burial was on 11/11/1917 in Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery located on the north end of that city's Capitol Hill.

 *The1890 soldiers' home application also noted that on 2/23/1863 in Columbus, OH Corporal Peck was granted a disability discharge because of a wound to his left hand. The wounding, however, allegedly did not occur 5/4/1863, so something is awry. Further, the above information does not correspond to Private Peck's musters, transfers, etc. as presented in the American Civil War Research Database. More research will be needed to clarify these issues.


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Seattle

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