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Marriage: Children:
  1. John H. Peters: Birth: 12 SEP 1820 in Strasbourg, France. Death: 2 MAY 1885 in Locust Grove, Lewis Co., New York

  2. Catharine Peters: Birth: 26 AUG 1821 in France. Death: 1 FEB 1889 in Oneida Co., New York

  3. George Peters: Birth: 20 AUG 1825 in Strasbourg, France. Death: 16 JAN 1913 in Constableville, Lewis Co., New York

  4. Margaret Elizabeth Peters: Birth: 3 AUG 1828 in Strasbourg, France. Death: 9 NOV 1895 in Belding, Mich.

  5. Nicholas Peters: Birth: DEC 1831 in Albany Co., New York. Death: 1 MAR 1910 in High Market Twp., Lewis Co., New York

  6. Charles Peters: Birth: 25 DEC 1834 in Lewis Co., New York. Death: 24 MAR 1911 in Turin, Lewis Co., New York

  7. Mary Peters: Birth: 22 JUL 1836 in New York. Death: 26 APR 1891 in Verona, Oneida Co., New York


Notes
a. Note:   John may have Americanized his name from Petris to Peters (which is the surname listed for John, Jr., on his naturalization records from 1840). At least two of his children were born in the city of Strasbourg (John Peters, Jr., was born there in 1820 according to his granddaughter, Bertha Peters Blakeman, and George was born there in 1825 according to his obituary). Strasbourg is in the Alsace region of north-eastern France (with the river Rhine as its eastern border), but over the years it shifted back and forth between France and Germany, which is why some records indicate the family was from Germany and others say France. John and family immigrated to the U.S. in 1829. They arrived in the port of New York from LeHavre on the ship Hewes on 30 Oct 1829 and are listed on the passenger list as: "Hans Peters, 30, Farmer; Catharine, 32, his wife; Hans, 8; Catharine, 7; George, 4; Margaret, 1" (note that Hans is a short form of the German name "Johann", or in English "John"). John and Catherine were living in Albany Co., N.Y., by 1831, which is where their son, Nicholas, was born. By 1832 they had settled in Lewis Co., N.Y., where they farmed. The 1835 state census indicates they had 2 head of cattle, no horses, one sheep, and one hog. They are in the West Turin Twp. census of 1835, 1840, and 1850, and in the High Market Twp. census of 1860, 1865, and 1870 (High Market was formed from West Turin in 1852). Early census records suggest they had 4 sons and 3 daughters, but only 6 of their names are known (a female born between 1820 and 1825 was still living with them in 1840 and may well have married shortly after that). A bit of history about Alsace from one website: "... the population of Alsace was growing rapidly, from 800,000 in 1814 to 914,000 in 1830... The combination of factors meant hunger, housing shortages and a lack of work for young people. Thus, it is not surprising that... many Alsatians began to sail for America... Many American recruiters worked for shipowners and made grandiose, fictitious promises to the restless Alsatians. Once they agreed and surreptitiously left Alsace, they often found themselves forced into indentured servitude. This was so abused in fact that in 1818 the Louisiana general assembly enacted legislation protecting the rights of such immigrants, which sometimes led to new tactics such as shipowners demanding exorbitant passage fees. Even so, tens of thousands of settlers emigrated to the United States between 1817 and 1839." John and Catherine were buried in Constableville Cemetery. His stone indicates he died on March 31 1876 at the age of 77 years (assuming his birth date was sometime after March he would have been born in 1898).


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