The house on Lot 1, Block 10 continues from Dr. Seth Peck
as follows, Dr. Seth Peck passed the house on to his wife Mrs.
Sarah Lay Peck*. Mrs. Peck kept the house and then passed it
on to her daughters Mary L. Peck and Rebecca Peck. They in turn
passed it on to Anna G. Burt who willed the property to the city
under the condition that it be maintained as an antebellum house
and that if razed or otherwise destroyed the property be turned
over to the Jacksonville National Bank, her trustee.
Some confusion exists as to the course of ownership follow-
ing Dr. Peck's death. The will of Mrs. Sarah Lay Peck was not
entered into the public records until 1912, 33 years after her
death. As her will left all personal property, other than minor
bequests to her son and grandchildren, to her daughters Mary L.
and Rebecca Peck, no public statement was made and the two
daughters quietly became tacit owners of the property.
However, on the death of Mary L. Peck, the surviving daugh.
ter of Sarah Lay Peck, the property was to pass to the grand*
daughter of Sarah Lay Peck, Anna Go Burt. And in order for the
property to pass, Anna had to probate the will of her grandmother,
her Aunt and her uncle (Dr. John E. Peck). Thus in 1912 she does
probate the wills of Sarah Lay Peck, Mary L. Peck, and John E.
Peck and thus, as closest surviving heir becomes the owner of all
the non-assigned property descendent from Sarah Lay Peck to Mary
L. Peck, the last of the St. Augustine Pecks to die.
* This assumption as to the passage from Seth to Sarah is based
on Sarah's having it after Seth's death and John's not having it*
The fact of the matter should come out on examination of Seth's
Too, taxes paid as part of expenses in final settlement in pro-
bate of Sarah's will show her to be owner.