Biography of Peter Peetrey
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





PETER PEETREY, an old and respected pioneer of London, was born near Boonesboro, Washington Co., Md., February 6, 1810. His father was Ludwick Peetrey, a native of Maryland, and of German ancestry. He was a pattern maker by trade, and worked at that through life. He owned a mill in Maryland, run by water power. In the winter of 1810-11, he was cutting away the ice from the over shot wheel, and caught cold. This proved a fatal ending, and he passed away from earth at the age of forty two. He married Elizabeth Summers, a native of Maryland, who was the mother of six children, three daughters, and a like number of sons. Mrs. Peetrey died in 1812, seven months after the death of her husband, leaving our subject an infant of eighteen months' age. He was reared by an uncle, Jacob Summers, and resided with him until fourteen years of age. He then learned double coverlet and figured weaving and dyeing, remaining at that occupation till obtaining his majority, a period of seven years. He then went to Lexington, Ky., and learned jeans weaving. Returning home, he remained but a short time, and in the summer of 1831 went to Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio. In December of the same year, he came to London, and after a short time engaged in weaving, purchased 115 acres of land, where he resided five years. At the expiration of this time he removed to his present residence on East High street, where he has since resided. Mr. Petrel cast his first vote for a Democrat; was subsequently a Whig, and lately a Republican. He was Treasurer of London Village for two years, during this time handling large sums of money with no loss either to the town or himself. Mr. feetrey was formerly a member of the Good Templars and Odd Fellow fraternities, but at present is not connected with any secret organization. He was married, June 13, 1833, to Jane, daughter of William and Jane (Burris) Patterson, and a native of Pittsburgh, Penn. Of the eight children born to this union, only two are living - Jacob, a general insurance agent, and Isaac G., just retired from a sixteen years' mercantile trade. The latter enlisted as a Sergeant in Company B, Ninety fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was a prisoner nine months, and mustered out as First Lieutenant. The former, on account of ill health was refused admission to the service.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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