Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Family Reunion. Three Generations of the PECKS and the ALTERS in Council.Date: August 25 1889
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.
Cerro Gordo, Ill., August 24.
The reunion of the PECK and the ATER families occurred today at the park in Cerro Gordo, Ill. These famiies are among the largest in Illinis and Ohio, there bein some 1,000 persons connected with them. There were 3,000 people present today at the reunion, 500 of whom were ATERs and PECKs and their relatives. There was 200 present from Piqua and Ross Counties, O. There were five States represented. The speakers were the Revs. WOOMS and REASONER of Illinois; Rev. Thomas C. WILLIAMS of Trenton, O.; Hon. Allen C. ATER of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and others.
George ATER, the father of the ATERS, came from Germany in 1736 and settled near Harper's Ferry, Va. He took part in the Revolutionary war and helped to plant the stars and stripes on the ramparts at Yorktown His seven sons were patriots and fought under Gen. HARRISON at Tippecanoe in 1799. They came to Ohio and settled in Piqua and Ross Counties. Six generations live in Ohio. George ATER died in 1825.
The PECKs are also Virginians. George PECK, the father of the family, was born in Randolph County, Va., in 1772. In 1814 he, with his family, moved to Ohio and located in Piqua County. he died in 1850, aged 90 years. The family have emigrated to other States, many coming to Illinois. George PECK, editor of Peck's Sun, and Hon F. W. PECK of Chicago are members of this family, besides others of prominence. A complete history of these families will be published.