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The Biographical Record of Harrison & Carroll Counties, Ohio
pub by - J. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago - 1891
page - 298 -304
JOHN E. McPECK. Among the representative citizens of Archer Township,Harrison County, none hold a more prominent place in the esteem of the people, generally, than the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. Born August 1, 1832, in the village of Hanover, Harrison Co., Ohio, his career has been one of ceaseless toil and industry in the various phases of life, which he has so acceptably filled from time to time. His grandfather McPeck came in 1844 from WestmorelandCounty, Pa., to Harrison County, where, April 20, 1858, when aged eighty years and eighteen days, he was called to his last rest: he is buried in Ridge Cemetery. On April 27, 1869, the spirit of his aged widow joined him on the other shore, she having died aged eighty-three years, seven months and two days, and was laid in the grave beside him. They were married September 6, 1803, and reared afamily of nine children - six sons and three daughters - all now deceased except William, who is living in Union County, Ohio.
The maternal grandfather of John E. McPeck was John Endsley, who married Jane Blaine, a native of Ireland, and who, a young girl of only twelve summers, braving the dangers and perils of an ocean voyage in the slow-going sailing vessels of those days, in company with herbrother, David Blaine, who was then two years her senior, came to America. She made her home with her uncle, David Reed, in Cumberland County, Pa. Here she ultimately met and married John Endsley, by whom she had six children, two of whom still live in Coshocton County, Ohio. Mr. Endsley came by himself (leaving his family near Pittsburgh, Pa.) to Harrison county, Ohio, late in the fall of 1808, andsecured land in Section 17, Range 5, Archer Township. He completed a hewed-log dwelling-house through the winter, and came in April, following, moved his wife and four small children to their new home in the then almost unbroken forest, where they endured all the hardships, privations and dangers incident to pioneer life. Mr. Endsley died April 29, 1835, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, leavinga widow to mourn his loss and wait for the summons to join him, and January 29, 1848, she too passed away in her seventy-fifth year, and was buried beside him who had been her life companion, and to whom she had been a faithful help-mate. The dust of both lies buried in the Ridge Cemetery. The farm entered by Mr. Endsley has been in the possession of the family connection ever since, with theexception of some twenty years when it was owned by Samuel Moorehead, who, in 1870, sold it to its present owner, John E. McPeck.
George McPeck, father of the subject proper of these lines, was born October 24, 1808, and remained at home in Westmoreland County, Pa., until about eighteen years of age, when he engaged in brick-laying, and in November, 1829, he came to Ohio, where he followed his tradefourteen years, being employed in the erection of some of the best buildings in Harrison County. On October 6, 1831, he was united in marriage with Jane Endsley, a native of Archer township, and a daughter of John Endsley. For some time the young couple resided in Hanover, this county, and then moved to the John Endsley Farm, where they remained eleven years, finally purchasing a farm of 137acres in Archer Township. Here they lived a life of peace until August 22, 1852, when death separated them by taking the beloved wife, seven small children being left to mourn the mother's death. October 6, 1853, Mr. McPeck married Mrs. Barbara Endsley, who departed this life November 1, 1854, leaving one small child, and in April, 1857, the bereaved husband took for his third wife Mrs. Catherine A....