Biography of Lewis Perte
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





LEWIS PETRE, farmer; P. 0. Springfield; he is the son of Ludwick and Elizabeth (Summers) Petre, and was born in Boonsboro, August 20, 1808, at the foot of South Mountain, Md.; his father and mother died when he (Lewis) was but 4 years old, when he was placed under the care of a guardian; said guardian, in accordance with the law of Maryland at that time, sent him to learn a trade; his boss being a tyrannical man, and not liking the trade (that of cabinet making), at the end of six months, with the aid of his uncle and sisters, he ran off and went to Virginia, but soon. returned and began the trade of boot making, at which he worked until he came to Ohio, and to Springfield, traveling all the way on foot, arriving here Nov. 6, 1830; he worked at his trade here until 1842, when he moved to his present home, having bought the farm some years previous. Mr. Petre started for himself without a cent of money, and has, by his own exertions, risen to his present condition; he was married April 17, 1851, to Angeline Printz; six children have been born to them, viz.: Andrew J., Frances E. (deceased), Mollie E., Lewis D., Laird V. and Charles H. Mr. Petre's father was born Jan 13, 1765, and died April 15, 1811; his mother was born Nov. 22, 1775, and died Dec. 16, 1812. Mrs. Petre is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Printz, and was born Sept. 22, 1820; her parents were among the early settlers of this county; her mother died Jan. 19, 1862, and her father May 18, 1864. We should have stated before that Lewis, in 1832, sold out here and went back to Maryland with the intention of remaining, but not liking his native home as well as this county, he returned here the same year.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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