Peckett, John Baron Jr.
Age: 38, credited to Bradford, VTVITALS
Birth: 1823, VermontADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
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Peckett, John Barron, of Bradford, son of John Barron and Martha (Tilton) Peckett, was born in Bradford, Dec. 19, 1822, and has always resided there.
His education was received at the public schools of Bradford. His father was a dealer in lumber, a farmer, and a business man who was a prominent figure in the early history of the town, of active energy and robust, vigorous frame. The son, though not cast in the same iron mould, inherited many of the mental traits of his parent.
At the age of fourteen years he entered the employment of Asa Low, Esq., a prominent merchant of the town. At his majority he formed a partnership with Adams Preston, Esq., which continued three years. He then engaged with his former employer and remained with him until April, 1854. He then purchased an interest in a large grist mill and saw mill in Bradford, and formed a partnership with Col. George W. Pritchard & Sons, and for thirty-seven years was the active manager of this establishment during the existence of four firms. An immense business was carried on in wood, lumber and grain during the entire period. Mr. Peckett's masterly management caused the respective firms to stand high in financial circles, and the business among the leading enterprises of the state.
He enlisted in 1861 in the Bradford Guards, 1st Regt., and as 1st Lieut. of that company was present at the battle of Big Bethel, being mustered out at the expiration of his term of service. He is a member of Washburn Post, No. 17, GAR
Mr. Peckett has held many town offices, but is perhaps best known as justice of the peace, the duties of which he has performed for twenty years.
He was united in marriage, Sept. 9, 1847, to Caroline H., daughter of Asa and Lucinda (Brooks) Low of Bradford. Two sons and two daughters have been born to them: Asa Low (who at this writing is engaged in the claims department of the Boston & Maine R. R. at Boston, Mass.), John B., Jr. (who is an attorney at law at Bradford), Caroline Frances (deceased at twenty), and Martha L. (died in infancy).
He has conducted his business in such a systematic manner as to conduce both to private and public prosperity. He has been thoroughly identified with the financial prosperity of the town of Bradford, and has constructed more buildings than any other individual in the place. By his diligence and energy he has acquired a handsome competency.
He was very influential in opening a road on the west side of Lake Morey, in Fairlee, and from the head of said lake to Bradford line. He has built a fine summer residence upon a beautiful and commanding point of the shore of said lake, and is greatly interested in the development of the locality.
The family for three generations have been strong advocates of temperance and emphatically in favor of an impartial enforcement of the legal enactments to suppress the liquor traffic.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 305.