Elisha Peck came to Brownhelm in 1817, which at that time was an unbroken wilderness, after which he returned for his family, consisting of a wife and ten children; and the year following made a permanent settlement, arriving Nov. 12, 1818. No furniture was in possession of the family, and a bedstead was improvised for the older members of the family the first night of their stay in the then far West, the children sleeping on the floor. Mr. Peck's land purchase amounted to four hundred and fifty acres. His farm was on Claus Road south of North Ridge Road. He was a shoemaker for over 60 years, and also operated a tannery. He could perform the entire labor of transforming raw leather hides into shoes. He was a farmer most of his life with a farm on south Claus Rd. His son Elisha Franklin Peck was postmaster in Brownhelm from 1857 to 1861.