Biography of Rev. Wilbur O. Peet
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Peet, Rev. Wilbur O., traces his ancestry back for two generations. His paternal grandfather was Hiram Peet, who lived for many years in Penfield, Monroe county, N. Y., where he died. He married Eunice Mason, of Penfield, by whom he had three children: Sophronia, wife of Norman C. Peet, now ling in Penfield; Deborah, wife of H. W. Sherburne, of Rochester, N. Y.; and Silas C., father of Wilbur O., who was born in Penfield in 1821 and died January 4, 1891. He lived and died on the same farm. He was one of the founders of the West Webster M. E. church, of which he was a member and officer for many years. He married Eliza Jane Simkins, who was born in Eastern New York, and still lives in West Webster, N. Y. Their children were Prof. Hiram L., born March 10, 1848, superintendent of the city schools of Yankton, South Dakota; Rev. Wilbur O., born in Webster, N.Y., September 9, 1850; R. A., M.D., born in West Webster, N.Y., January 23, 1853, died March 30, 1882; J. C., business manager of Green's Fruit Grower, a horticultural magazine, published in Rochester, N. Y., born February 25, 1855; and Mrs. E. G. Dickinson, born November 19, 1858, of East Saginaw, Mich. Wilbur O. spent three years in the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, where he prepared for college. He spent three years in Genesee College, Lima, N.Y., the fourth year being spent in Evanston, Ill., at Northwestern University, from which he was graduated in 1872. He graduated from the theological seminary known as Garrett's Biblical Institute, same place, in 1874. He joined the Genesee Conference and in October, 1876, was ordained deacon in Rochester by Bishop Ames. Two years later he was ordained elder by Bishop Merrill in Jacksonville, Ill. Aside from three years between 1877 and 1880, when he was a member of the Illinois Conference Mr. Peet has always been a member of the Genesee conference. During the three years spent in Illinois while pastor of the M. E. church of Petersburgh, he met and married E. Jenny Frackelton, who was born in Petersburgh, October 9, 1853. They have three children: James Clinton, born November 25, 1880; Mary, born January 28, 1889; and Robert Leslie, born March 5, 1891.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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