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Peck, George B.

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Peck, George B.
March 06, 2007 04:09PM
A History of Kentucky Baptists From 1769 to 1885, Including More Than
800 Biographical Sketches, J. H. Spencer, Manuscript Revised and
Corrected by Mrs. Burilla B. Spencer, In Two Volumes. Printed For the
Author. 1886. Republished By Church History Research & Archives 1976
Lafayette, Tennessee. Vol. 2, pp 187-188. [Boyle County]

GEORGE B. PECK was the son of a very plain old Baptist preacher of the
name of Benjamin Peck, who lived many years in the neighborhood of
Perryville, in Boyle county. He was also a brother of that excellent
preacher, Willis Peck, well known in the South District and Russells
Creek Associations. He was regarded an abler preacher than either his
father or his brother. About the time that George B. Peck arrived at
manhood, the Cumberland Presbyterians were numerous and influential, in
Kentucky, and especially in Boyle county, where Mr. Peck was raised.
The elder Peck had been in some difficulties with the church at
Perryville, which may have prejudiced the young man against the
Baptists. However this may have been when he made a profession of
religion, he united with the Cumberland Presbyterians. Among these
zealous people, he soon became a popular and effective preacher. But
the change of the learned Thomas M. Rice, from the Methodists to the
Baptists, stirred up much excitement and investigation. Only a few
months after Mr. Rice joined the Baptists, at Pleasant Grove church, in
Jefferson county. But unfortunately, this church, which has never been
remarkable for its steadfastness in maintaining Baptist principles,
received him on his alien immersion. The church soon afterwards called
a council for the purpose of having him ordained. But when the
Presbytery was informed that Mr. Peck had received no other baptism than
that administered by Pedobaptist authority, they refused to lay hands on
him, unless he would submit to baptism, according to Baptist usage.
This he refused to do, answering that he would suffer the loss of his
right arm rather than a repetition of the solemn ordinance. Accordingly
the council adjourned, and the candidate was not ordained. This
occurred in the winter of 1841-2. Not long afterwards, Mr. Peck joined
Clear Creek church, in Shelby county, and ws baptized according to
Baptist order. Here he was ordained to the ministry, by A. G. Curry,
Smith Thomas and others, Sep. 13, 1842.
Mr. Peck was a sprightly, popular preacher, and was soon called to
preach at Clear Creek, Union Ridge, Dover and Plum Creek. At the last
named church, he preached one Sunday in the month, William Stout being
the pastor. He was quite active in the ministry, a few years, both in
Long Run and Salem Associations. But the Lord was not pleased to detain
him long in his vineyard. He died of a violent fever, in the prime of
life, about 1855.
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