Julia Arabella “Belle” Burdick Peck

New York, USA
Death 9 Mar 1896 (aged 49)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 160922674 · View Source
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The End Comes at San Antonio Yesterday Morning

Mrs. George R. Peck died at 9:25 o'clock yesterday morning at the Menger hotel in San Antonio, Tex. Her death was caused directly by apnoea, or paralysis of the lungs. Mr. Peck and two daughters, Miss Isabel and Miss Ethel, were with her at the time of her death.

Mrs. Peck’s death was not wholly unexpected, although for the past week or more she has been steadily improving, and last week was able to sit up in a reclining chair part of the day. Saturday night she was taken with a chill and her temperature went up to 105. Sunday morning she had a second chill and her temperature was 106. She grew worse all day Sunday. Mr. Peck realized the serious condition of his wife Saturday night, and sent a telegram to Mr. W. H. Rossington. Mr. Rossington left Topeka at 11:35 that night for San Antonio, but did not arrive until after Mrs. Peck’s death.

Mrs. Peck’s illness began while she resided in Topeka nearly three years ago. Shortly after the removal of Mr. Peck and his family to Chicago, Mrs. Peck was stricken with paralysis. From this attack she never fully recovered. For the benefit of her health she made a trip abroad. After traveling through Europe several months she was stricken a second time in Switzerland. The attack was so violent that Mr. Peck and Dr. George W. Hogeboom of Topeka, the family physician, made a trip to Europe and accompanied Mrs. Peck back to Chicago. After returning to Chicago her health greatly improved, but yet she did not fully recover.

Several months ago she became much worse and Mr. Peck accompanied her to San Antonio, hoping that the warm climate would prove beneficial. She again improved until about three weeks ago, when she was taken suddenly worse. Mr. Peck was hastily summoned from Chicago and accompanied by Dr. Hogeboom went to her bedside, where he has been since that time. The other children Charles and Mary were also sent for from Chicago, as it was thought at that time that Mrs. Peck could not get well, but again she surprised everyone by improving and hopes were entertained that she might fully recover. Charles Peck returned to school and Miss Mary to Chicago, but Mr. Peck and the other two daughters remained at San Antonio.

The definite arrangements for the funeral are not yet known in Topeka. The interment will probably be made at Janesville, Wis., which was Mrs. Peck’s old home. Dr. F. S. McCabe yesterday received the following dispatch from Mr. Peck. “My poor dear wife died this morning after a long brave struggle. It would be a personal consolation to me to have you, as a dear friend for many years, join me at Topeka, on our way to Chicago and accompany us to the last sad rites. I shall ask a Unitarian minister, Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, who is also my friend of many years ago, to attend the funeral. A few words from you, my dear old friend, will make the sorrow something more endurable.” Rev. Dr. McCabe said last night that owing to an attack of rheumatism he would be unable to accompany the funeral party to Chicago. He also telegraphed Mr. Peck last night. Mr. Peck left San Antonio yesterday on a special train and will pass through Topeka tonight or tomorrow.

Clipped from The Topeka Daily Capital, 10 Mar 1896, Tue, Page 4

From an article in the Topeka paper:
Mrs. Peck was born in Janesville, Wisconsin and was over fifty years of age at the time of her death. She leaves four children, three daughters and one son. Minnie Peck, twenty-five years of age, Isabel twenty-two, Charles nineteen, and Ethel sixteen. Her daughters Isabel and Ethel were with her at the time of her death.

Clipped from The Topeka State Journal, 09 Mar 1896, Mon, Page 1

Cars Containing Remains of Mrs. Peck and Funeral Party
The Casket Surrounded by Beautiful Flowers--Many Friends of the Family Pay Respects Here Others Leave This Afternoon for the Funeral in Chicago

The special funeral train bearing the remains of Mrs. George R. Peck, arrived in this city from San Antonio at 3:35 yesterday afternoon over the Santa Fe, and after remaining twenty-five minutes continued on the way to Chicago. The train consisted of two Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe private cars, and on its arrival here Milwaukee & St. Paul special car 333 was attached for the accommodation of those joining the party at this city.

The train was met at the depot by a large gathering of friends and acquaintances of the Peck family. The funeral party consisted of Mr. Peck and daughters Isabel and Ethel, Charles B. Peck of Houston, manager of the Texas car service association, a brother of Mr. Peck, J. W. Terry, general solicitor of the G. C. & S. F. Ry., Col. C. H. Whitesides of the U. S. army at San Antonio, Thos. F. West of Ft. Worth, and Col. W. H. Rossington of this city who left for San Antonio last Saturday. At Topeka the party was joined by Claim Agent C. M. Foulks of the Santa Fe, Mrs. J. B. Johnson, Mrs. Chas. Blood Smith and daughter Louise, and Miss Theresa Rossington.
Numerous floral offerings were sent to the train, among them two beautiful clusters of Easter lilies, one from the members of the Topeka club and one from Mr. C. M. Foulks. The casket containing the remains of Mrs. Peck, felt covered with heavy silver trimmings, reposed in the head portion of the first car. A single silver plate bore the inscription, “Belle Burdick Peck. March 24, 1846. March 9, 1896.”

Beautiful floral offerings, gifts of friends in San Antonio, were arranged in the compartment on either side of the casket and on the lid above the plate rested a sheaf of Egyptian wheat. The funeral service will be held at Mr. Peck’s home, 65 Belleview Place, Chicago, at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, and will be conducted by Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones of the Unitarian church. The remains will be placed in a vault at Rose Hill cemetery, and it has not yet been decided whether they will afterwards be removed to Mrs. Peck’s old home at Janesville, Wis. As the funeral does not occur until tomorrow afternoon, the intimate friends and their families who will attend will not leave until the late afternoon trains today. The Santa Fe company has made special arrangements for those leaving Topeka and elsewhere.

Clipped from The Topeka State Journal, 12 Mar 1896, Thu, Page 5

Although she had lived in Janesville with her family for a long time when she was married there, some family records have her birth on 20 March 1845, in Brookfield, Madison, New York, USA. As there are errors in the record, her date of birth as given in the newspaper is used here. Her place of birth may be accurate, as census records consistently show her place of birth as New York.

Belle married George R Peck on October 24, 1866, in Rock County, Wisconsin. In the transcribed record of their marriage, the bride's parents are listed as father: R S (Rowland Stillman Burdick) Burdick, and mother: A B (Abigail Bliss) Burdick. The groom's parent's are recorded as Joel M and Amanda Peck.

With her husband George R Peck, Belle had four? known children:
Mary Euretta Peck [wife of Arthur Thompson]
Minnie Peck [note: Minnie and Mary may be the same person.]
Isabel B Peck [wife of George Neal Wilson]
Charles Burdick Peck
Ethel A Peck [wife of George P Earling]

Belle had been ill for several years before her death. She was survived by all of her children as well as her husband, George.

The family originally planned to bury her remains in Janesville, Wisconsin, which was her childhood and family home, but decided on a crypt in Rose Hill.

Her birth in Familysearch pedigree file is noted as March 20, 1845, in Brookfield, Madison County, New York. However, the file also notes the death occurring in Wisconsin in 1886, which may reflect a different person.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 160922674
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Julia Arabella “Belle” Burdick Peck (24 Mar 1846–9 Mar 1896), Find a Grave Memorial no. 160922674, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Pickett (contributor 47875384) .