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History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
Circleville, Ohio
Publ. 1906



A. A. PETERS, whose fine farm of 260 acres is located in both Pickaway and Fairfield counties, and whose comfortable and attractive home is situated in Walnut township, Pickaway County, is one of the leading men of this section.  Mr. Peters was born in Walnut township, Pickaway County, Ohio, Aug. 14, 1852, and is a son of A. A. and Famah (Swisher) Peters.
     A. A. Peters
, the subject of this sketch, was one year old when his parents settled on the homestead farm in Walnut township he now owns and occupies.  He has lived here until the present time.  His father erected the comfortable and commodious residence and it has been still further improved by our subject.  Here he spent his boyhood and attended the district schools, and on these broad acres he was trained to be a practical farmer.  In addition to managing this large body of land, Mr. Peters, for years, has efficiently discharged the duties of public office, having, on numerous occasions, been elected as the choice of the Republican party.  He served one term of three years as county commissioner, retiring in the fall of 1905, declining a re-election.  He has been township trustee for two terms and has always taken an active part in all movements looking to the advancement of the township's interests.  For 12 years he served as a director of Reber Hill Cemetery, giving careful attention to the duties pertaining to this office.
     Mr. Peters was married (first) to Emma Brobst, who was a daughter of David Brobst.  She died some two and a half years after marriage, leaving no issue.   Mr. Peters was married (second) to Olive Meeker, who passed away one year later, leaving no children.  Mr. Peters was married a third time, to Elizabeth Stein, who was a daughter of David Stein.  Mrs. Peters died Sept. 14, 1905, the mother of four children, viz.:  Annie, who married Frank Glick, a successful attorney at Columbus and has had three children - Helen and an infant, deceased, and Dudley; Chester, who resides at home; David, who died aged seven months; and Mary, who lives at home.
     Both Mr. Peters and his son Chester are members of the Masonic order.  The family is a leading one in Walnut  township.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 803
FRANCIS J. PETERS, one of the efficient members of the School Board of Madison township, and a well-known agriculturist and breeder of thoroughbred Jersey cattle, resides at St. Paul owns a fine farm of 135 acres in Madison township.  He was born in this township on August 22, 1848, and is a son of William L. and Susanna (Hoffhines) Peters.
     John Peters
, the grandfather of Francis J.,  was one of the very early settlers of Madison township.  William L. Peters, the father, was ___ in Walnut township, Pickaway County, and accompanied his parents in early life in Madison township, where he was reared and became a very well-known citizen, holding many of the local offices at various times.  In politics he was a Democrat.  He married Susanna Hoffhines, who was born at Hagerstown, Maryland.
     Francis J. Peters was reared in Madison township, attended the schools in his native neighborhood and later engaged in teaching in this township for a number of years.  HE has always been more or less interested in agriculture and for a number of years has been breeding fine Jersey cattle.
     On Sept. 21, 1876, Mr. Peters was married to Mary J. Cromley, who was born in Madison township, and is a daughter of the late John Cromley and his wife, Rachel C. Teegardin.  Mrs. Cromley still survives, a highly esteemed resident of Madison township.  Mr. and Mrs. Peters have these children:  Ansel V., George T., Lawrence E., Homer F. and Watson E.
     Mr. Peters
has been a life-long Democrat and has frequently been chosen by his party for important local offices.  For a number of years he has been township trustee, for two terms has been township clerk and is serving his first term as a member of the township School Board.  He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and has been prominent in Masonic affairs in his part of the county, being a charter member of the Royal Arch Chapter at Canal Winchester, Ohio, and an honorary member of the Chapter at Circleville.  On July 3, 1906, he was elected president of the Ashville Banking Company, a new bank organized on that date with a capital of $50,000. Mr. Peters is recognized as one of the township's reliable, substantial citizens.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 455
JOHN PETERS, a prominent citizen and prosperous farmer of Scioto township, resides in a beautiful home of brick construction, which is situated on a magnificent farm of 600 acres, all of which is in one body.  He belongs to one of the oldest and most substantial families of the county.  He was born in Royalton township, Fairfield County, Ohio, Oct. 27, 1847, and is a son of Andrew and Ann H. (Reber) Peters.
     Andrew Peters,
the father of our subject, was born Aug. 15, 1809, in Maryland, and accompanied his parents in Ohio, when he was just old enough to cause his mother anxiety by persisting in looking over the old fashioned wagon-bed, as the family was being conveyed over the mountains, across unbridged streams and through unbroken forests.  Samuel Peters, the grandfather of John Peters, located in Fairfield County, where he became a man of substance and finally passed away.  His son Andrew died in Fairfield County on July 8, 1894.  He had been a farmer and trader all his life.  He married Ann H. Reber, who was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1821, and died May 21, 1897.  They had five children, as follows:  Alice, deceased in October, 1894, who was the wife of George Creed, of Fairfield County; Emma, deceased at the age of six years; Frank, who is a large farmer and wealthy resident of Harrison township; John, the subject of this sketch; and Milton, who is also engaged in farming in Fairfield County.
     The old Peters family ancestry can be definitely given from the birth of the grandfather, Samuel Peters, who was the son of Jacob Peters, of Philadelphia, and was born Nov. 27, 1772.  On Nov. 28, 1795, he married Mary Stevenson, of Baltimore, Maryland.
     The children of Samuel and Mary (Stevenson) Peters were: Henry, born Oct. 1, 1796; Robinson Jones born Dec. 18, 1799; Nathan, born June 20, 1800; Wesley, born Oct. 10, 1801; Rachel, born Aug. 25, 1803; Stevenson, born June 23, 1805; Leah, born Nov. 19, 1806; Andrew, born Aug. 15, 1809; Gideon, born Aug. 29, 1811; Lewis L., born Mar. 23, 1816; Elizabeth, born Nov. 17, 1814; and Ebenezer.
     John Peters attended the district schools in his boyhood and then became a student under Dr. John Williams who conducted a noted private school at that time, at Lancaster, and subsequently founded the Greenfield Academy, which Mr. Peters attended for three months.  In the fall of 1861 he entered Ohio University at Athens, where he completed his education in 1867.  Mr. Peters then engaged in farming and remained in Fairfield County until the spring of 1871, when he came to Pickaway County and located on the farm on which he now resides.  At that time this property was all covered with hazel brush and wild briers, but under Mr. Peters' management the land has been converted into its present fine condition, probably being one of the very finest farms in this section of the State, as his residence is one of the most attractive, substantial and comfortable, an ideal rural home. 
 On Jan. 1, 1875, Mr. Peters was united in marriage with Clara Rebecca Beckett, who is a daughter of James A. and Margaret Beckett, of Commercial Point, both of whom are deceased.  Her ancestors were among the first settlers of Virginia birth, to come to this section of the State and her grandfather was the first merchant at Commercial Point.  Mr. and Mrs. Peters have these children: Laura May, Alice B., Emma, Homer Hoyt and Margaret Anne.  The eldest daughter was born Nov. 15, 1875, and was married on Dec. 27, 1894, to Alva B. Courtright, a prosperous farmer, and they have one son, John PetersAlice B., who was born Aug. 26, 1877, married Owen P. Lamb, and they reside at Columbus, where Mr. Lamb is interested in the Columbus Packing Company.  Emma, born Sept. 13, 1879, was married in June, 1903, to Seymour M. Millar, a son of Michael Millar, a substantial farmer of this section; they reside on a farm near South Bloomfield, Harrison township, and have a little daughter - Louise.  Homer Hoyt, born Aug. 14, 1882, is at home with his parents.  He first attended school at Granville, then was a student at the Randolph-Macon Academy, in Virginia, and then took a two-ears' university course at Athens, Ohio.  He supplemented his literary training with a commercial course at a Columbus business college.  Margaret Anne completed her education, as did her older sisters, at Mrs. Phelps' Private School, an aristocratic institution at Columbus.  All the ladies are highly educated and variously accomplished.
     Both Mr. Peters and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Commercial Point.  For more than 35 years Mr. Peters has been a member of this religious body, uniting with it at Royalton.  He is considered one of the largest capitalists in Scioto township, having, beside a large amount of real estate, a number of safe investments, including stock in the First National Bank, now known as the New First National Bank, which is one of the strongest institutions in Columbus.  He was one of the original stockholders of the Market Exchange Bank.  For the past 20 years he has systematically invested in stocks and bonds but has also expended some $10,000 in educating his children.  He is the largest tax-payers in his part of the county.  Personally, Mr. Peters is a courteous gentleman, whose pleasant address and friendly interest place a visitor at ease and instinctively inspire admiration and confidence.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 746
JOHN HENRY PETERS, a prominent citizen and a trustee of Walnut township, residing in his well-improved farm of 86 acres, was born in this township, on an adjoining farm, Dec. 1, 1867.  He is a son of Manton and Hester (Dum) Peters. 
     Manton Peters was born in Walnut township, Pickaway County, Ohio, Aug. 7, 1833, and died Feb. 9, 1889.  He was a son of Stevenson Peters who settled in Walnut township at a very early day, coming among the pioneers.  The wife of Manton Peters was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Feb. 22, 1832, and was a daughter of Jacob Dum.  She accompanied the family to Fairfield County, where her father settled with his family of 13 children, when she was  a girl.  Manton Peters and wife had four children, all living, namely: Mrs. Pauline Kibler; Mrs. Isabelle Oman; John Henry and Mrs. Florence Balthaser.  The Peters family is one of standing in both Pickaway and Fairfield counties and from its earliest establishment here has represented industry, integrity and good citizenship.
     John H. Peters was reared in Walnut township and obtained his education in the country schools and at East Ringgold.  When he reached maturity he married Mabel Maud Boysel, a daughter of Jacob and Cynthia (Mayes) Boysel.  Mr. and Mrs. Peters have six children, namely: Stanley Brightman; George Albert; Harry Maeteer; Hester Genevieve; John Stevenson and Edwin Wilson.
     Mr. Peters
has been a life-long Democrat.  In 1903 he was appointed township trustee to fill the unexpired term of C. E. Groce, when the latter removed from the township.  His management of the affairs of the office proved imminently satisfactory and in the following year Mr. Peters was elected for a term of three years and still continues a useful member of the board.  Outside of official duties, he devotes his attention to agricultural pursuits.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 368
  ROBERT W. PETERS, owner of a fine homestead of 210 acres in Walnut township and a well-known lay preacher in the Baptist Church, was born in Perry township, Franklin County, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1846.  He is a son of Gershom M. and Ann (Walcutt) Peters, the former a native of Walnut township.  The Peters family originated in Virginia and at an early day became settled in Fairfield County, Ohio.  Mahlon Peters, the grandfather of Robert W. Peters, settled in Walnut township, Pickaway County.  Here Gershom Peters, the father, grew to manhood, and then moved to Franklin County, this State, where he married Ann Walcutt, daughter of Robert Walcutt.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gershom Peters
became the parents of six children, four of whom attained maturity, viz.: Mahlon, who died at the age of 54, leaving a widow, who is a resident of Columbus; Susanna H., wife of Edwin Newton, of Walnut township; Rachel L., wife of Robert A. Vandervort, of Pickaway township; and Robert W.
     Robert W. Peters
was raised in Franklin County, with the exception of the period between the ages of eight and 15 years, during which his parents lived in Iowa.  In 1861 the family returned to Ohio, and in the spring of 1864, when Robert was 18 years old, he enlisted for service in Company E, First Reg., Ohio Vol. Cav.,  his term being for three years.  The young patriot served under Sherman and Thomas, and participated in the siege of Atlanta, being discharged at Hilton Head Island, about 70 miles off the South Carolina coast, opposite Charleston.  He received his final papers of honorable discharge from the service at Columbus.
     One of the most signal services which Mr. Peters performed for the government was in connection with the capture of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy who is identified with that historic episode.  He is one of 33 soldiers from Ohio who succeeded in entering the Rebel lines during the Civil War.  Dressed as a Confederate soldier, he entered the lines of the enemy and spent 12 days getting information as a spy.  Although he expected nothing for his services, beyond the valued thanks of his superiors, in consideration of the dangerous character of his mission and its value in effecting the capture he received $293 as his share of the reward.
     After the war, Mr. Peters returned to Walnut township and settled on the farm which his parents had bought while he was at the front and which he still occupies.  He was first married, Oct. 28, 1868, to Emma Swope, of Fairfield County, by whom he had two children; Anna, who became the wife of Oliver Waddell and lives in Fayette County, this State; and Alice, who married George Barr, of Fairfield County, and has three children - Robert, Albert and Anna.  Mrs. Emma (Swope) Peters died in March, 1871.
     Our subject's second marriage, Apr. 2, 1873, was to Martha C. Glasscock, daughter of John and Mary (Leach) Glasscock, of Darby township.  They have had six children - four living - as follows: John, the oldest, deceased at the age of 18 months; "Alvin, the second who married Anna Hoppes and is the father of one child - John Robert; Mary who died at eight years of age; Robert G., who married Della Brinker, daughter of Oliver P. Brinker, resides in Ashville and has one daughter - Helen H.; and Lulu May and Mirtie A., who live at home.  The family residence is a large, comfortable frame house built by Mr. Peters' father.
     Aside from the faithful care of his household and the operations of his farm, which he has managed with such enviable results, Mr. Peters' chief energies and abilities have been applied to matters religious.  He is a member of the old-school Baptist Church, the pulpit of which he has repeatedly occupied within the past 20 years.  A group picture of the Peters family accompanies this sketch.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 679
W. L. PETERS, M. D., a prominent physician and surgeon at Circleville, was born in Walnut township, Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1851, and is a son of Lewis S. and Margaret (Ritter) Peters.
     Lewis S. Peters was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated.  Immediately after his marriage, he moved to Walnut township, Pickaway County, where he followed farming and was also a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, where his ministerial labors were highly valued.  His first wife, Margaret Ritter, the mother of our subject, died in 1861.  In 1864 Lewis S. Peters was married to Mrs. Lydia J. Beckwith, of Somerset, Ohio.  He continued to live on the farm until the time of his death, with the exception of the years between 1866 and 1872, when he made his home in Circleville.
     W. L. Peters was educated in the local schools and the National Normal School and spent three and a half years in the Ohio Weslyan University.  After teaching one term of school, he followed farming for 10 years and then entered the homeopathic medical department of the University of Michigan, where he was a student for two years, following which he attended the New York Homeopathic College, where he was graduated in 1890.  He located for practice in Nebraska, Ohio, where he remained, following his profession, until October, 1900, when he moved to Circleville, where he has built up a very satisfactory practice.
     On Oct. 16, 1879, Dr. Peters was married to Belle L. Beckwith, who is a daughter of Joel King Beckwith, a prominent business man of Somerset, Ohio.  Dr. and Mrs. Peters had one son, Howard R., who was one of the most promising and popular young men of this city.  He graduated at the Everts High School at Circleville in 1904 and spent the following year at the Ohio Wesleyan University.  It was while enjoying his first vacation that he suffered from an attack of appendicitis, and, owing to the fact that a number of such attacks had occurred in the preceding 10 years, he decided to have an operation for relief from these recurring attacks.  On account of slow recovery, he did not return to college at the opening of the term, as he had intended, although his convalescence had given hope of a complete recovery.  On the night of Mar. 8, 1906, while returning home after spending a very enjoyable evening with three of his most intimate friends at the home of one of them, he was seized with a hemorrhage and died within half an hour after reaching his home.  Sympathy with the bereaved parents was universal.  His college fraternity, the Sigma Chi, sent three representative members and a beautiful floral offering to his funeral.
     Dr. Peters is a member of the Ohio State Homeopathic Medical Society and the American Institute of Homeopathy.  He is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Foresters.  He is a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He owns two farms in Pickaway County, one of 160 acres in Circleville township and another of 84 acres, in Walnut township.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 744


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