A barren wilderness produces a fruitful preacher
John Peck’s youngest son Linus Peck died on October 04, 1847 having given himself to the care of an ailing brother in the faith, but contracting the disease, he joined his dear mother who had gone to be with the Lord shortly before. It was some of the many trials that Peck had to endure through a long and successful ministry. John Peck was born on Oct. 31, 1789, in Stanford, New York as the fifth son and eighth child of John and Sarah Peck. When he was 15 his father moved into a part of the state that was almost an unbroken wilderness. These primitive conditions demanded constant hard labor of John and his brothers and deprived him of an early education. His mother was a Baptist who taught him to pray and inspired him with a love of the Bible and an eager desire for knowledge. Upon attaining adulthood he purchased a small farm and continued to invest a portion of his time in labor and a systematic course of study. After making a profession of faith, Peck was baptized August 25. 1798, and became a member of the newly found Baptist church at Norwich,N.Y. at 18 years of age. Shortly he began to preach as a licentiate and was married to Sarah Ferris, a daughter of Deacon Israel Ferris and sister to Elder Jonathan Ferris of the Baptist Church at Norwich. In 1804 John became pastor of the Baptist church at Cazenovia, N.Y., where he saw great revivals and in gatherings of large numbers of converts. From 1839 to 1847, he reported that he had traveled 26,840 miles, received support for the society (Baptist Home Missions Society), assisted pastors and preached revivals. He was truly conformed to the image of His Savior.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 411-12.