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 Edwin R Peckens

Edwin R Peckens

Birth
Bridgewater, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Mar 1903 (aged 71)
Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100005594 · View Source
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Son of Thompson Peckins
Husband of Mary Atherton
Father of:
Edwin D. Peckens
Linda A. Peckens
Frank F. Peckens
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            THE LATE E. R. PECKENS
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HAD AN HONORABLE WAR RECORD - COAL COMPANY OFFICIAL.
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    E. R. Peckens of Plymouth, brief mention of whose death was made yesterday, was born at Bridgewater, Susquehanna County, June 16. 1831. He was educated at Wyoming Seminary and took the higher courses at Bucknell University, from which he was graduated in the class of 1854. After completing his education he returned to Luzerne County and kept books for his father at what was known as the Black Diamond store. The breaker of that name was the first erected in the county and was built by the father of deceased. After clerking for some time, he was employed in the coal department of the D., L. & W. Co. and continued with that corporation until 1861, when he enlisted as captain of Co. H, 52d Regt., Pa. Vols., under command of Col. Dodge and Lieut. Col. Hoyt, who afterwards became governor of this State. The regiment had the advance in the Peninsula campaign and was engaged in all the battles and skirmishes during the war, from Lee's Mills, April, 1862; Williamsburg, May 5; Chickahominy, May 19; reconnaissance to Seven Pines, May 24, 25 and 26; Seven Pines, May 31; Railroad and Bottoms Bridges, June 27 and 28; White Oak Swamp Bridge, June 30; Carter's Hill, July 2; Matthews Co., Nov. 22; Gloucester, Va., Dec. 14; Yorktown, Aug. 17 to Dec. 31, 1862.
    Capt. Peckens resigned at Beaufort, S. C., Sept. 4, 1863, on account of ill health. Upon his return from the war he took a position in the internal revenue office at Scranton, which was then under Joseph Scranton. Here he remained three years and then opened a store in Scranton, which he conducted for a short time. He then removed to Schuylkill County, where he became superintendent of the Trembath Coal Co. He later returned to Scranton and worked for the Northern Coal Co., as clerk under Mr. Albright, There he remained until it was merged with the D. & H. Canal Co. and he was given a position as assistant superintendent, which he held until his death. He had five collieries under his constant supervision. He was married Nov. 22, 1855, and his wife and one daughter, Miss Linda, survive.
    The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with services at the house by Rev. E. A. Lour, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Plymouth. Interment will be in the Forty Fort Cemetery beside the remains of his two sons, Edwin and Frank.
    Deceased was a member of Conyngham Post, G. A. R., of this city.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 18 Mar 1903)


EDWIN R. PECKENS, assistant superintendent of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, coal department, Plymouth division, was born at Bridgewater, Susquehanna Co., Pa., June 16, 1831, and is the eldest of three sons born to Thompson and Jerusha (Backus) Peckens, the former of Massachusetts and the latter of Connecticut birth. The subject of this sketch received his education at the Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa., and a higher course of training at Bucknell University, from which he was graduated in the class of 1854. After completing his course he returned to Luzerne county, and kept books for his father at what was known as the Black Diamond Store. The breaker of the Black Diamond was the first one erected in the county, and was built by the father of our subject. After clerking in the store for some time Mr. Peckens was employed in the coal department office at the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company, and continued there till 1861, when he joined, as a captain, Company H, Fifty-second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, under command of Col. Dodge, and Lieut.-Col. Hoyt, who afterward became governor of Pennsylvania. This regiment had the advance in the whole Peninsular campaign, and was engaged in all the battles connected with that strife. Mr. Peckens served two years, his term of enlistment expiring September 4, 1863. After returning from the war, he accepted a position in the internal revenue office at Scranton, Pa., which was under the supervision of Joseph Scranton. Here he remained three years, and then opened an auction store at Scranton, which he conducted for a short time; then removed to Schuylkill county, where he became superintendent for the Tremont Coal Company; then returned to Scranton and worked for the Northern Coal Company, as clerk under Mr. Albright. There he remained until the Northern Coal Company was merged into the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, when he was given the position as assistant superintendent, which he has since occupied. He has five breakers under his constant supervision. Mr. Peckens was married, Nov. 22, 1855, to Miss Mary, daughter of Anson and Sarah (Mitchel) Atherton, natives of Luzerne county, and three children have been born to them, viz.: Edwin, who married Emma Keller, at Plymouth (Edwin is coal inspector for the Plymouth Division of the D.& H. Coal Co.); Linda, at home; and Frank, weighmaster for the D.& H. Canal Co. The family attend the Baptist Church. Mr. Peckens is a Republican in politics; he is a member of the F.& A.M.
(History of Luzerne County Pennsylvania; H. C. Bradsby, Editor
S. B. Nelson & Co., Publishers, 1893)


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100005594
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin R Peckens (16 Jun 1831–17 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100005594, citing Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Steve225 (contributor 47927528) .