Wayne County West Virginia Biography of John N. PETERS


         John N. PETERS was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, on New Years Day 1839. His marriage was solemnized at Estillville, Scott county, Virginia, August 24, 1865, and he made his home in Wayne county in 1873, following his trade of carpenter and engaging in farming in Butler district. He is a son of Jacob H. and Jane (See) Peters, his father born February 16, 1811, in Scott county, Virginia, and his mother born June 23, 1816, in Kanawha county, (now) West Virginia. His wife is Nancy A.R., daughter of Benjamin F. and Nancy (Duncan) Harris. She was born in Scott county, Virginia, September 15, 1845, and her mother was born in that State and county, also. Her father was a native of Indiana.

         Harvey Harris, her brother, was killed in battle of Gettysburg, and James M. Harris, another brother, was severely wounded in the same battle, the amputating of a limb following the wound. John N. Peters was pressed into the militia (Federal) service in 1863 and served ten or fifteen days in the town of Louisa, Lawrence county, Kentucky. In the latter part of July 1864, he went to Tazewell county, Virginia, and remained there as a refugee until near the close of the war, then returned to Charleston, West Virginia, surrendered himself a prisoner of war, and was paroled.

         The first child of Mr. and Mrs. Peters was Emma Jane, born July 22, 1866. She was drowned May 7, 1869, while attempting to throw a cat into the mill pond. The cat catching her clothes with its claws, she was pulled into the water and drowned, the depth of the water not over her head had she stood upright. Mr. and Mrs. Peters have six children at home: Olivia, born February 28, 1869; Susan, August 18, 1871; Alice, February 21, 1874; Florence, September 9, 1876; Julia, June 5, 1879; and James Harvey, August 13, 1882. John N. Peters has his postoffice address at Fort Gay, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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