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PECK, WILLIAM MYNATT (1821–1892). William Mynatt Peck, soldier and legislator, son of Moses and Susan Peck, was born at Mossy Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee, on November 11, 1821. He moved to Texas in 1849 and settled at Mount Pleasant, Limestone County (later Freestone County). In 1857 he became a member of the county commission, and in 1861 he served as the delegate from Freestone County to the Secession Convention in Austin. He was a signer of the Texas secession resolution. He fought in the Civil War, first as a private in the Nineteenth Brigade, Texas Militia, then as a captain in the Braxton Bragg Cavalry. He later served in the Eighth Texas Infantry regiment of Walker's Texas Division. Early in 1864 he was recalled to Texas and elected to the Tenth Texas Legislature from the Nineteenth Senatorial District. Peck was married twice. His first wife, Sarah Virginia, died at Fairfield in 1852. He married Nancy Elizabeth Forbes in 1857, and they had two children. Peck died in Fairfield on February 19, 1892, and was buried there.


John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Freestone County Historical Commission, History of Freestone County, Texas (Fairfield, Texas, 1978).

Chandler A. Robinson


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Chandler A. Robinson, "PECK, WILLIAM MYNATT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.