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Posted by: Pat Moore Date: November 07, 2000 at 16:44:10
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I have just begun researching Richard PETERS Sr. and his family. I descend from his daughter Mehitable who married Eleazer MARTIN. While researching at the DAR Library in Washington, DC last month I found the following information in the files of Richard PETERS.

Richard PETERS was a Patriot during the Revolutionary War. He was probably the immigrant. He married Mehitable GRANT, (granddaughter of Gilbert GRANT who immigrated from England and died in Rehoboth, MA on 5 June 1690), on 4 Jul 1741 in Attleboro, MA. She was born on 13 Sept, 1712 at Attleboro, MA.

Five children were born to Richard and Mehitable PETERS. Jemime, born at Attleboro, and Timothy, Richard Jr., Ebenezer, and Mehitable all born in Cumberland, RI.

It is interesting to note that Mehitable PETERS and Eleazer MARTIN, and her brother Ebenezer PETERS and Martha Aldrich, had a double wedding and were married on 21 Nov 1771 at Richmond, NH by Maturen Ballou, town clerk of Richmond, NH.

In Cumberland Richard bought land and a deed was dated 15 Feb 1743/44 and recorded 19 May 1750. The family remained in Cumberland until about 1770 when they appeared in Richmond, NH. Records of land holdings, marriages and War records are found here for some of the family until 1789. Then the family appeared in South Hero, VT and there Mehitable PETERS died at the age of 84 years on 12 Nov 1796. She is buried in the Grand Isle Cemetery but there is no Richard PETERS buried there.

This seems to be a very patriotic family as they all signed the Association Papers in Richmond, NH, and Eleazer MARTIN and Ebenezer PETERS both served as soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

Richard PETERS is also in "The History of the Town of Richmond, NH by Bassett.

If anyone has any other information on Richard PETERS and his family I would be interested in hearing from you. Thanks.

Pat Moore


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