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May 12, 2014

Historic grave sites restored

Peacock family plot rededicated

Live Oak —

A dedication of the restoration and marking of Peacock Cemetery was held in Luraville recently. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park and Peacock Slough were named after Dr. John Calvin Peacock who is interred in the cemetery near the springs. Over time the cemetery was overrun by nature but thanks to the efforts of many including a couple of Peacock’s great, great grandsons, the grave sites of Peacock and other family members are now clearly marked.

Dr. Peacock came to the area in 1855. Great, great grandson Duane Peacock said the original Peacocks arrived from Scotland in 1789 and settled around Troy and Mt. Gilead, North Carolina. Duane Peacock is a descendant of several ministers from North Carolina and was recently invited to a small church’s 200th anniversary celebration where his forefathers ministered. 

Besides Dr. Peacock, his wife Elizabeth Meredith is buried in the cemetery as well. Duane Peacock said based on evidence they have uncovered, they believe two of their sons are also buried there: Leroy and Avon. 

Dr. Peacock died March 24, 1882. 

According to the Florida State Parks Service, Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park has two major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes, all in near pristine condition. Nearly 33,000 feet of underwater passages at Peacock Springs have been explored and surveyed by cave divers.

The 733-acre state park was renamed Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park in 2010. Skiles was a world-class explorer, diver, cinematographer and photographer who contributed much of his time and expertise at the park. 

The Ceremony

The welcome and opening prayer were performed by Duane Peacock and music was performed on violin by Lloyd Baldwin. Suwannee County Commissioner Ricky Gamble spoke briefly of the Peacock family’s long history in the area. He said when Duane Peacock asked him to attend to the dedication, he jumped at the opportunity. Gamble grew up about a mile and half from the plot and every summer as a young boy he would camp out at Peacock Slough.

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