Biography of Peter De Glopper
Erie County, NY Biographies


De Glopper, Peter, Grand Island, supervisor of the town of Grand Island, was born in Holland in 1847, a son of Jacob and Anna (Brieven) De Glopper, natives of the same place. Jacob was an only son, but had two sisters. His parents died when he was twelve years old. He attended school and worked on a farm, and later became foreman of a large estate. He served six years in the Holland army, a portion of the time in the service against France. He sold his property in Holland and came to America in the autumn of 1849 and settled in the town of Tonawanda, where he purchased eighty nine acres, and there spent his remaining days leading the life of an honest, frugal, conscientious farmer, temperate in habits, and a member of the Dutch Reformed church. His wife is a member of the same church, and was the only child born to Martin and Barbara Brieven; the former died in Holland, and the latter came to America with her daughter, with whom she resided until the time of her death. Mr and Mrs. De Glopper reared five sons and one daughter; Jacob died in 1884 at the age of seventy four, and his widow survives him and now resides with her children; she still owns the homestead and is seventy seven years of age. Peter De Glopper grew to manhood in Tonawanda and remained on the farm with his father until twenty-one, when he began the trade of wagon and carriage maker, which trade he has followed to the present time. In 1885 he moved to the town of Grand Island and purchased his present farm of fifty acres and also established himself in the wagon, carriage and blacksinithing business, which he conducted in connection with his farming. In politics Mr. De Glopper is a Republican; he is now representing his town (second term) on the Board of Supervisors, and was serving on the Board of Education at the time of his first election to his present office. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and K. O. T. M., in which he is actively interested. In 1871 he married Elizabeth R., daughter of Captain Samuel C. and Louise (Anderson) Forman of Buffalo, and they had seven children: Mary L., Charles L., Anna F., Frank F., Robert C., Walter J. and Mabel E. They are members of the Congregational church and Mrs. De Glopper is a member of the L. O. P. M.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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