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Family of Richard Peters and (1) Jerusha [Sutton] / (2) Jane [Unknown]

Richard PETERS (son of Samuel PETERS and Mary [UNKNOWN]) was born about 1744 in British Colonial America (possibly New York). He died about 1810 in New York.

Richard did not go with his parents and brothers to Nova Scotia in 1783, but instead chose to remain in New York. He lived in Dutchess County, New York in the 1770's and was in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, New York in 1807.

Richard Peters was married:

  1. to Jerusha [SUTTON] (parents unknown, although speculations have been made). Jerusha probably died after 1790 in New York.
  2. to Jane [UNKNOWN] (parents unknown) who died about 1820 in New York. This was her second marriage - her will identifies first husband Thomas HUSON and three sons Nathaniel, Levi, and Elijah HUSON by her first marriage.

Richard PETERS and Jerusha [SUTTON] may have had at least the following children (order uncertain):

  1. Amy PETERS (? - ?)
  2. Samuel PETERS (? - abt 1826)
  3. Richard [A.] PETERS (abt 1773 - 1853)
  4. Phoebe PETERS (abt 1776 - 1823)
  5. William PETERS (abt 1782 - 1856)
Please note that I have linked these children to families I think may be the descendants of Richard PETERS and Jerusha [SUTTON] but this could be wrong! See below for what I can prove and what I can't prove.
There may have been other children. The Richard Peters entry in the 1790 cencus that is probably this family indicates it consisted at that time of four sons and two daughters.

Richard PETERS and Jane [UNKNOWN] had the following children:

  1. Thomas PETERS (? - aft 1815)

Richard Peters died without a will. Jane Peters' will written in 1815 identifies her son Thomas Peters and her step-son Samuel Peters. Unfortunately, very little primary documentation has been found to prove who Richard's other children were.

In the book History of Saratoga County New York written by Nathaniel B. Sylvester in 1878, in the chapter on the Town of Clifton Park, is written "Richard Peters settled north of Vischer's Ferry on the H. J. Miller place. His sons were Samuel and William."

A book privately published around 1900 by William Blakely Peters entitled Peters Lineage of descendents of Richard Peters and Susanna Halsted reaching six generations says that this Richard Peters (1773 - 1853) was the son of Richard Peters and Jerusha Sutton. The author provides no proof of the parents of this Richard Peters but one of Richard and Susannah (Halsted) Peters' children was named James Sutton Peters which strengthens the speculation that the author was correct about the relationship.

In the book History & Genealogy of the Bicknell Family & some Collateral Lines of Normandy, Great Britain, and America comprising some Ancestors & Many Descendants of Zackary Bicknell from Barrington, Somersetshire, England 1635 (also known simply as the 1913 Bicknell Genealogy) written by T. W. Bicknell Phoebe Peters (1776 - 1823) is identified as the daughter of Richard Peters and Jerusha Sutton. The author provides no information about why he thought this was so. An online database that includes the information from this book can be found at http://www.bicknell.net.

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