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Bedford County TN Biographies


Uncus E. Peacock. The life of Uncus E. Peacock, in its eighty busy years, has covered a remarkable era of national incident and human achievement, in which, "although he has been mainly a spectator, he has also had some share of activity. It is no meager privilege to have lived from the earlier decades of the nineteenth century to the second decade of the twentieth. Uncus E. Peacock was born on September 7, 1833, in Belle Buckle, Tennessee. For no less than a hundred years have his family been associated with Bedford county life, for both his father and his mother were natives of this community. Uncus E. had two sisters, named Virginia and Mary. His mother died when he was a child of seven years. About a year later a stepmother came to the home and as she was none other than the sister of her who had died, her place in the family was one of close relations. The half-brothers and half-sisters of Uncus Peacock have ever seemed, with their added tie of cousinship. like his own brothers or sisters. They were eight in number, named Burrell F., John W., Henrietta S., Sophia W., Thomas J., Catherine, Sallie and Ameliaora. All are residents of Bedford, except Burrell Peacock, who has long been a resident of Kansas City, Kansas.

Uncus Peacock began his business life in the capacity of a salesman and clerk in a store of his community. This and merchandising he continued for some time both before and after the war period. In 1858 occurred his marriage. Mrs. Peacock was formerly Miss Sarah J. Lipscomb, who also was of Bedford county birth. Her parents were Dr. Thomas Lipscomb and Rebecca Stevenson Lipscomb. Dr. Lipscomb had come here from Virginia with his parents when he was a very young man. -At an early date he began reading medicine in Shelbyville and when he was ready for a college course in that subject, he did not allow his isolated location to deter him from further pursuing his studies. As the institution which he was to attend was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he made the journeys to and from that city on horseback, 'each trip requiring five or six weeks of time. He was thereafter notably active and efficient in his chosen profession, particularly when in 1833 this state was afflicted with a terrible epidemic of cholera and again in 1866 when the dread plague again made its appearance. Besides Sarah Lipscomb (Peacock) there were nine children in her father's family. Three of these are now living—Agnes, Mrs. Whiteside; James S., of Nashville; and Emma, Mrs. Shapard, of Shelbyville. One of her brothers, Willam E. Lipscomb, was killed near Columbia, Tennessee, by the Union soldiers during the war, but his remains were carefully sought and recovered, after which they were interred in Willow Mound cemetery. Uncus Peacock has always been a Whig and a Republican in politics. During the warfare between the North and South he was an employe of the United States government in the postal service, being stationed at Nashville under Postmaster A. V. S. Lindsley. Two of his brothers, John and Burrell, were both members of the Confederate army, serving with honor during the four years of that sectional struggle. Burrell Peacock had been made lieutenant of his regiment, but was taken prisoner and so held during the greater part of the war period.

Mr. and Mrs. Peacock came in 1874, when several of their nine children were grown, to the Bedford county farm which they had purchased. Here Uncus Peacock has devoted all his time to general farming and stock raising. In the course of the past years the children of the family have reached the years of maturity and have gone forth to homes of their own. Four of them have passed from mortal life: Mary D., on March 31, 1873; Annie, on July 21, 1864; Sarah L., on April 10, 1893; and Thomas L., on February 2, 1911. The following marriages have taken place among Mr. Peacock's sons and daughters: Elizabeth, on August 6, 1896, to A. F. Andre, of Mississippi; Richard, on November 14, 1900, to Eula Sexton, of Copiah county, Mississippi, and they live now near Vaiden, Mississippi; Thomas L., in October of 1904, to Miss Mabel Hall, of St. Louis, Missouri, and he died at San Antonio, Texas, in February, 1912; and Virginia, on November 15,1888, to James Elliott, who died on August 4, 1896, since when Virginia Peacock Elliott has been a second time married. She is now Mrs. Eugene Blakemore, whose husband was, in 1912, elected state senator"for his district, and was recently appointed postmaster at Shelbyville, Tennessee. Agnes and William J. are still at home.

Mr. Uncus Peacock is said to be "a very young octogenarian" He is still vitally interested in the affairs of his farm, his family, his community and nation, and his church. He and all the members of his family were brought up in the Presbyterian organization of professed Christianity, and have made its moral ideas the standard of their lives.

A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. By Will T. Hale Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913

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