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Family of William Peters and Amy [Sutton]

William PETERS (son of Samuel PETERS and Mary [UNKNOWN]) was probably born in British Colonial America c. 1740's. A sea captain, he was lost at sea in 1804 reputedly going from Richibucto, New Brunswick to the West Indies with a cargo of lumber and fish.

William Peters was a Loyalist who came with his family to what was then the British colony of Nova Scotia in 1783 after the American Revolutionary War. William submitted a Loyalist Claim in 1786 but it was rejected. The claim said, in part, "of Dutchess County, New York. Fled to Army in 1777; was plundered several times by rebels and twice confined by them, once in a gaol 200 miles distant. Helped enlist men for Army. Three vessels in which he had an interest were lost while supplying Army with firewood. Claiming sloop of 45 tons; a third part of two schooners of 65 and 60 tons."

William was married to Amy [SUTTON] (parents unknown, although speculations have been made) before 1775 in British Colonial America (possibly New York).

Amy [SUTTON] was probably born in British Colonial America. She died about Aug 1827 in New Brunswick.

William PETERS and Amy [SUTTON] had the following children (order uncertain):

  1. William PETERS (c. 1775 - 1845)
  2. Jemima PETERS was born about 1780 in British Colonial America (possibly New York). She drowned about 1803 in New Brunswick reputedly going to St. John to shop for or pick up items for her wedding. Family story says that she had gold on her person, which weighed her down, so her body was never recovered.

  3. Mary PETERS (? - bef 1845)
  4. Samuel PETERS (abt 1788 - 1848)
  5. Jerusha PETERS (abt 1790 - 1853)
  6. James PETERS (abt 1793 - 1875)
William Peters died without a will in 1804, but there are administrative records concerning his estate 1804-1806 which name his eldest son William and wife Amy. There are guardianship papers which name William's minor children Samuel, Jerusha, and James. Amy Peters signed a will on 19 Jun 1827 in New Brunswick which named all children but Jemima. Jemima is mentioned on the King's County memorial stone.
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