Wayne County West Virginia Biography of William David PETERS


         William David PETERS, born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, November 8, 1845; in the county of his birth on January 20, 1870, he was united in marriage with Tennessee, daughter of Samuel Sperry Vinson. In 1882 they made their home in Butler district, Wayne county, where he is engaged in lumbering and farming, and their home is brightened by the presence of five children horn of their union, and one adopted daughter: Samuel V. was born November 27, 1870; Michael J., December 29, 1872; Zachariah T., January 20, 1875; Rutha, May 1, 1877; John L., August 9, 1881, and Columbia P., the adopted daughter, was born in 1873.

         Jacob H. Peters, father of William D., was born in Scott county, Virginia, February 16, 1811, and his mother, whose maiden name was Jane See, was born June 28, 1816, in what is now Kanawha county, West Virginia. From August 1863, until the close of the civil war, William D. Peters was a member of the 8th Virginia (Confederate) Cavalry. He was wounded in the battle of Rogersville, Tennessee, and was a participant in the battles of Piedmont and Winchester in 1864; and in the engagement of Lacy Springs, December 21, 1864, he was made prisoner. From that time until the close of the war he was held at Point Lookout. He has filled the office of school trustee several years. He owns a valuable farm, well improved, containing iron ore, and situated on Big Hurricane, 8 miles from its mouth. His address is 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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