Born: February 27, 1843, Schenectady, New York.
Died: March 17, 1911, Brooklyn, New York.
Buried: Vale Cemetery, Schenectady, New York.
Peek was the husband of Lucy Willson.
He worked as a carpenter, farmer and drug store clerk before serving in the American civil war. He then pursued the role of florist (1881–1904), then became a Methodist lay minister and traveled throughout America, including Maine, Florida, and California.
Though lacking formal musical training, he played the violin, piano, and banjo. A member of the Nostrand-DeKalb Methodist Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York, he became an ordained minister two months before his death.
If you know where to get a good photo of Peek (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),