Biography of John Peters
Monroe County, MI Biographies

JOHN PETERS was born in Harpersfield, Delaware county, N. Y., Dec. 23, 1823, and with his parents, Richard and Polly (Wilcox) Peters, came to Petersburgh in 1824. He took the gold fever and in 1852 went to California and entered into mining and speculating, returning to Petersburgh in 1862. He was married March 8, 1864, to Ellen M., daughter of Calvin and Mary A. (Bruce) Barnham She died Aug. 6, 1876, leaving him the father of three children: Francis, born Jan. 8, 1865, died July 5, 1882; Mary A., born March 23, 1866, and Ellen L., Dec. 17, 1875. Like the rest of his family, he has been a lifelong Republican, and though never taking any active part in the councils of his party, at the incorporation of the village was elected trustee, which he held for three years, and in 1873 village president, to which he was reelected for three terms.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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