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Peter Cranston Bainter1,2

b. 25 September 1830, d. 1 August 1924

Father Peter Bainter3 b. 27 January 1793, d. 4 May 1883
Mother Mary Imler3 b. circa 1805, d. 29 January 1889
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Family Emily Snoots b. 27 October 1832, d. 9 March 1925
Marriage* 9 September 1852  Muskingum Co., OH, Married by W. Sedwick., Principal=Emily Snoots1,3 

Note*   Peter and Emily had 14 children.

Here are the children as found for Peter and Emily:

Noah Bainter, b. 06 Sep 1853 in Hancock Co., IL, d. 09 Oct 1854 in La Harpe, Hancock Co., IL.
Buried LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Hancock Co., IL
Nancy Ann Bainter, b. 06 Oct 1854 in Hancock Co., IL, d. 19 Jul 1934 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Amanda Olive Bainter, b. 04 Feb 1856 in Hancock Co., IL, d. 30 Jan 1932 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Penninah Jane Bainter, b. 31 Aug 1857 in La Harpe, Hancock Co., IL, d. 31 Jan 1928 in IA.
William Henry Bainter, b. 07 Aug 1859 in La Harpe, Hancock Co., IL, d. 01 Dec 1941 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Ada Bainter, b. 26 Aug 1861 in Hancock Co., IL, d. 11 May 1911 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Lois Bainter, b. 26 Aug, 1863, d. 21 Sep 1864.
Buried LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Hancock Co., IL
Mary Edelle Bainter, b. 09 Oct, 1865 in Terre Haute, Henderson Co., IL, d, 15 Dec 1957 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Adeline Eva Bainter, b. 24 May 1867 in Terre Haute, Henderson Co., IL. d. 20 Jun 1943 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Edward Bainter, b. 28 Apr 1869; d. 02 Sep 1869.
Buried LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Hancock Co., IL
Artemesia Bainter, b. 09 Jan 1871, d. 31 Jul 1872.
Buried LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Hancock Co., IL
Allen Bainter, b. 24 Jun 1873, d. 30 Mar 1896 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Buried LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Hancock Co., IL
Allie Bainter, b. June 24, 1873 in Henderson Co., IL, d. 20 Jan 1903 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
Orpha Mae Bainter, b. 19 Sep 1875 in Henderson Co., IL, d. 07 May 1945 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL.
m. 23 Sep 1897 at Terre Haute, by E.F. Roe, to William G. Lovitt (23), of La Harpe, Ill, farmer, born Terre Haute, Ill., s/o Dan'l W. Lovitt and Sarah Berry
Birth* 25 September 1830  Muskingum Co., OH1 
Census* 1850  1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Monroe Township, Series: M432, Roll: 718, Page: 303A, November 4
(enumerated with father, Peter Bainter)
03, 434, 434, Bainter, Peter, 20, M, , Farmer, , Ohio, , 1, ,4 
Marriage* 9 September 1852  Muskingum Co., OH, Married by W. Sedwick., Principal=Emily Snoots1,3 
News/Obit 1920  News Article,


Well Mated, Never Fretted, Always Contented,
Has Added Years To Their Lives.
And Their Last Years Are Better Than The

    Peter C. Bainter, of the Stronghurst Prairie, was in our city last week and we tried to get a few facts regarding his life, but found him too modest to tell us much, but we have some knowledge of the man in an acquaintance of more than fifty years, and decided to write him as we know him. We have heard that he was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, and pass that up as a fact, for there have been more Bainters come from that county, in fact we have never heard of any coming from any other section, and the Bainters have greatly increased since they started in to populate this section. He was a son of Peter and Mary Bainter who lived one and a half miles east of the city for many years and a grand-daughter, Mrs. F.B. Churchill, now owns the old homestead, or a part of it, they coming to this section in 1852. "Pete" worked for $8 as a farm hand to begin with but after his marriage to Miss Emily Snoots in 1852, he started out on his own (unreadable) and rented land of "Uncle Benny" Gittings, on what was later known as the "Wool" Dickson farm, just south of the Stearns corner. There was a deserted log cabin on the place, but his landlord refused to make any repairs and he moved in and it was a sorry looking place to bring his bride, but she was just as courageous as he and a home was established. A large fire place and stick-chimney had at one time been an attachment of the house but it had tumbled down and the opening remained. He had no trouble getting his furniture in as he could have backed the wagon into the single room through the fire place opening. The piano and davenport could have been easily gotten in without engaging the space, but they were not at that time bothered by any surplus furniture. Usually two chairs, a drygoods box for a table, which answered for a kitchen cupboard, a bed and possibly a cradle were the pioneer outfittings for the newlyweds. They had plenty of fresh air in their bed room. The farm work was rushed, but along with it "Pete" was pushed to get enough water for culinary purposes and the number of wells he dug were in the present day saying-dusters. He remained on that farm two years when he rented a farm from "Uncle Dan" Bainter, remaining on that five years, when he bought his present homestead farm on the Stronghurst prairie where he has lived for sixty-one years. The place had a small house on it, but no fences and the crops were protected by "dog-fences", a boy and dogs to keep the neighbors herds out of the growing crops. Once in a while a gun was used to "shoo" the trespassing stock away. Neighbors were scarce. The writer once visited the George Hodgkin place, (now owned by Ed Links) when there were nothing but bypaths from neighbor to neighbor, no laid out roads, as we remember. We cannot recall any of the early settlers now living who were there forty or fifty years ago. The changes of citizenship are great. Familiar names are answered to by another generation. Children and children's children occupy the places of Mr. and Mrs. Bainter's neighbors, friends we knew. Mr. and Mrs. Bainter have prospered, but every dollar has been earned and saved until their competence is ample, their land holdings probably compromising four hundred acres, among the best farms of the county and their home is commodious and convenient in every way. Fourteen children were born to them, seven are living, but they are all alone, all having gone to homes of their own. The children are: Nancy, wife of Robt. Veach, Amanda Beckett, of Stronghurst; Jane Nevins, of Brooks, Iowa; Will H., Adel, wife of Freeman Doake; Addie E., wife of Will Ross, and Orpha, wife of Milton G. Lovitt. There are 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

    Mr. and Mrs. Bainter are in fairly good health. Mr. Bainter's eyesight is impaired which gives him some worriment. "Uncle Pete" has always voted the democratic ticket and he is quite proud of his last election showing when twenty-four of his family cast their vote for Wilson.

    What we have written about our old friend Pete Bainter, applies equally to his wife for they shared their hardships, economized in their living and gathered the competence together. It is the LAHARPER'S wish that they may be (unreadable) many more years of health and happiness.

Appeared in The LaHarper, LaHarpe, IL, ca 1920

News/Obit 9 September 1920  Anniversary Announcement,
Sixty-Eighth Wedding Anniversary

    The celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Bainter's sixty-eighth wedding anniversary brought together a large assembly of their friends. The day was ideal, the roads were fine as the shower of the evening before had completely laid the dust. The lawn had been seated with chairs and after congratulations and a short interval of getting acquainted, Attorney W. C. Ivins, of Stronghurst was introduced and gave a brief recital of the lives of the man and woman we were there to honor. Following this the poem written by our editor for the occasion was read by Miss Maxine Lovitt a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bainter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lovitt. A quartet sang a number of old time songs appropriate for the occasion, "Darling I am Growing Old" and others and the crowd was divided into three sections and requested to help in the song service Mr. Ivins was leading. This was not a complete success. A group picture of the Bainter families was taken by Mr. Bushnell of this city, but he was not prepared to take the guests.

    Mr. and Mrs. Bainter had fourteen children born to them, seven of whom are living, and the counting of children, grand-children and great-grand-children totaled sixty descendants for the aged couple. Refreshments were served consisting of a dozen varieties of cakes, coffee and ice cream. The bride's cake was praised for its excellence and beauty.

    Mr. and Mrs. Bainter settled on the prairie in the early sixties when neighbors were few and far between. The present home a commodious, well arranged farm home is on the grounds where their first prairie home stood. The land was bought for $25 an acre. Adjoining farms were added until the acres were counted by hundreds, but the prices were higher and today $300 would be but a fair price for their holdings. They are enjoying their well earned competence, and with their children in easy call, in loving care and helpfulness their last days should be their best days. Messrs and Mesdames George Coulson, J. C. Coulson, Hallie Roush, Frank Churchill, and Ed Towler, Henry Bushnell and A. J. Hillier and daughter Miss Jennie were the LaHarpers present.


On the Occasion of Their


September 9, 1920

By J.C. Coulson

Father and Mother Bainter, your children and neighbors meet today

And many friends and kindred our kind respects to pay.

In memory of a wedding which both of you know

Took place, you remember, sixty-eight years ago.

Sixty-eight years ago today you became a happy husband and wife,

And promised to love each other through all the trials of life.

And here you are still, a bride and a groom and loving each other we know

As well, or better than you did sixty-eight years ago.

And on life's path you started out the trials of life to meet,

Ten children came to you to make your life more sweet.

Through all the joys and pleasures of life and all its sorrows and tears

They were faithful, loving and deserving of our cheers.

When we got your invitation card asking us to visit you,

We talked it over hardly knowing what to do.

We are getting old and crippled, some of us awful slow

And yet with hints of feasting we are always on the go.

In the goodness of your hearts, with a friendly welcoming way,

You have sought to make us happy and have asked us here today.

So we accepted (didn't you know we would?) and come,

To join the great gathering of friends at your home.

We have brought the women with us, they wouldn't stay at home,

And we'll admit, it might have been a failure if they hadn't come;

God bless them for their presence, for they lend a helping hand

To help and cheer and soothe--and they like to command.

Where the women pour the coffee and pass the plates around,

This to us is happiness, the best that can be found

So now we thank you kindly for all you have done,

I know these people are with me, I speak for every one.

These social times are splendid, they do us lots of good,

We are all the better for them, let us take them as we should

We are getting old and feeble, our eyes are growing dim

We surely should often rally and keep ourselves in trim.

The evening of life is coming on, its shadows deepen day by day,

But may blessings of joy and peace be yours while yet you with us stay

And when the angel shall call you Home may you be side by side,

May you in peace and painless sleep, pass over the Great Divide.

For soon we'll hear the call that will summon us away;

May all of us be ready for the bright Eternal day.

You have fought your battles well, always ready for your part,

Performing our duties nobly with an earnestness of heart.

When the trumpet shall call us, and we shall have to leave,

There'll be no time for action, our conduct to retrieve,

So let us all be doing daily the best we can,

And with a fellowship's courage ever help our fellow man,

So now we leave our blessings with this aged bride and groom,

And hoping most assuredly that other years may come,

When children and friends may meet again in happy festive reunion, to celebrate the ban,

Of the pioneer prairie builders, this noble woman and honest man.

Appeared in The LaHarper, LaHarpe, IL, 1920

Death* 1 August 1924  Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL1 
News/Obit* after 1 August 1924  Obituary,

    Peter C. Bainter died at his home in Stronghurst, Ill., Friday, August 1, 1924, at the advanced age of 92 years. He was born and raised in Ohio in the vicinity of Adamsville and after reaching manhood was married to Emily Snoots who was also born and raised near Adamsville. After his marriage, Mr. Bainter went west and for many years was located in Stronghurst, Ill. Fourteen children were born to this union, eight of who procedded him to the grave. His wife and 6 children survive him.

    The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Sarah Harris of this village.

Appeared in the Adamsville Register, August 1921

News/Obit after 1 August 1924  Obituary,


Peter C. Bainter Called Last Thursday

    Peter C. Bainter, highly respected pioneer resident of Henderson county, who for the past 60 years had lived on his farm in Terre Haute township 5 miles south of Stronghurst, passed away at his home last Thursday, Aug. 4. His final illness was of about three weeks duration, and during its early stages he was taken to the Burlington hospital for treatment. His condition did not improve, and at his own request, he was brought back to his home on August 5th?, where he continued gradually to decline until the end came.

    Peter Cranston Bainter, son of Peter and Mary Bainter was born near Adamsville, Ohio, September 25, 1830. He grew to manhood in that vicinity and on September 9, 1852 was married to Emily Snoots. To them fourteen children were born, seven of whom are still living. The second year of their marriage they immigrated to Illnois settling near LaHarpe.

    The voyage west was made by boat from Zanesville, Ohio to Warsaw, Ill. there being no railroads at that time through this section of the country.

    After living seven years near LaHarpe, they moved to their present home in Terre Haute township in 1861. Here he spent the remainder of his long life which ended August 4, 1921 at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 9 days. On September 9, 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Bainter celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary, an occasion very few live to enjoy. Although Mr. Bainter had lived beyond the allotted time of man, he possessed wonderful vitality of both mind and body and while always interested in current events, he also enjoyed reminiscences of days gone by. For many years he had not been able to see to read, which to him, was a great affliction.

    He was by industry and frugality succeeded in the things he undertook in life, thereby providing comfortably for his own. His last illness which was of three weeks duration, was borne with great fortitude and resignation, he having received the consolation that comes to the children of God.

    He is survived by his aged wife, his son William, his daughters, Mrs. Nancy Veech, Mrs. O. W. Beckett, Mrs. Jane Naven, Mrs. F. V. Doak, Mrs. W. W. Ross and Mrs. M. G. Lovitt. There are also twenty-three grand-children and thirty-two great-grand-children.

    Funeral services were held from the late home at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, Rev. Wade Smith of the M. E. church at
LaHarpe, officiating. Interment was in the Mausoleum in Stronghurst.

Appeared in Unknown Illinois Newspaper, 1921


Last Edited 20 Jun 2003

  1. [S102] Adamsville Register Obits 1890-1939, R. Douglas Kreis.
  2. [S130] Jennifer Pidgeon's Personal Research, Jennifer Pidgeon.
  3. [S101] Church of Latter Day Saints, "LDS Ancestral File", Ancestral File.
  4. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.

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