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Peter Muehlfeld
(1849-1877)



Peter Muehlfeld was born in the morning on 27 May 1849 in Wahlen, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, the son of Peter Mühlfeld III and his second wife Margaretha nee Mühlfeld. The third child and second son of this marriage was baptized in the afternoon on the same day that he was born, at the Catholic Church in Wald Michelbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. His godfather was farmer and citizen of Wahlen, Georg Peter Helm.1, 2

Peter arrived in New York on 25 Apr 1857 when he was 7 years old, traveling from London with his mother, brother Adam, sister Anna Maria, and half-brother Leonhard aboard the "Plymouth Rock".

He is listed with his father in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio and again in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census in Frankenmuth Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Peter died 11 December 1877 in Saginaw County, Michigan, killed by a falling tree. Following are the newspaper accounts of his death:

From The Saginaw (Michigan) Daily Courier, 12 Dec 1877, p.2
THE RELENTLESS TREE
Another Victim of the Falling Tree - This Time it is a German Farmer in Bridgeport Township.
Another fatal accident from the falling tree comes to us this morning, having occurred in the township of Bridgeport, about three miles north of the village, on the King road. About 10 o'clock in the forenoon a young German farmer, named Peter Muehlfeld, was engaged in chopping a tree, near which was a small tree, the root having burned away letting it lodge against another tree. Some parties near felled a large oak, the jar of which started the lodged one, and it came down, striking Muehlfeld on the head, fracturing the skull from crown to base, from the effect of which he died about 2 o'clock. Drs. Ross and Knifen arrived just as the young man breathed his last. Deceased was about 24 years old, and unmarried.

From The Saginaw (Michigan) Daily Republican, 12 Dec 1877, p.1
Killed by a Falling Tree.
A man by the name of Peter Muhlfeld, engaged in chopping wood on the King Road, met with a fatal accident yesterday morning. It seems that he got a tree lodged about nine o'clock, and in chopping it down he was caught and injured to such an extent that he died about three o'clock in the afternoon. Dr. Ross was summoned but before he arrived the man was beyond all earthly aid.

He is buried in Oakgrove Cemetery, Bridgeport Township, Saginaw County, Michigan right next to his father.

Sources:
1. LDS Family History Library Film Number 0996666, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Taufen 1847-1867, p. 79.
2. LDS Family History Library Film Number 996670, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Familienbuch, p. 91.



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