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Grooms ME Church Cemetery - Clifton Park, NY (Peters/Craiger Family)

Photos taken and contributed between 2002-2011 by Julia Casey, Patty Breeden Furrer & Gail Metzger

William A. Peters (1815-1888)
William Alexander Peters, born on or about 08 May 1815, son of William A. Peters and Jeanette (Shepard/Shepherd), was husband of Rebecca (Craiger). His father William was the son of Richard Peters & Jerusha (Sutton) and his mother Jeanette was the daughter of William Shepherd and Margaret (McIntosh) who were laid to rest in the nearby Shepherd cemtery. William A. Peters resided in Clifton Park where he and Rebecca were enumerated in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census. In 1880 William and Rebecca were living in Dunkirk, Chautauqua, New York, south of Buffalo, and about 320 miles from Clifton Park. There, according to the census record, he was employed as a book keeper for an Iron Works company. He died at the age of 72 yrs 11 months and 14 days on 12 April 1888.

Notice the headstone of William in the first photo taken by Julia Casey's mother is upright and undamaged unlike the photo contributed by Patty Furrer in 2002 in which has since been broken and nearly buried.

Rebecca (Craiger) wife of William A. Peters Headstone of Rebecca (1811-1896)
Headstone of Rebecca, wife of William Alexander Peters. Rebecca, daughter of Tunis and Ann (Van Vranken) who were among the earliest settlers in the Clifton Park / Halfmoon area, was born on or about 18 Jun 1817 and died 06 May 1896. 

She and William were the parents of nine or ten children - most of whom died young. Their first known child was a son who was born 04 Jul 1838 and died the same; daughter Jane A. "Jennie" was born in about 1840 and in 1860 was listed as a chool teacher; Mary Ann or Ann Mary was born about 1842 and in 1860 was listed as a school teacher; Phebe Elizabeth (whose stone is shown below) was born in 1843; Tunis Craiger (whose stone is shown below) was born in 1845; Susan Adelaide (whose stone is shown below) was born in 1847; William A. was born about 1849; Rebecca J. was born about 1852; Caroline Estella was born 25 Apr 1856 and died at the age of seven years and seven months on 25 Nov 1863 in Clifton Park; and another daughter born 23 Aug 1853 - name not known.

Sad Note: The three children whose headstones are included in the photos below, all died in 1851 between July and September.

The daughter of William A. Peters and Rebecca (Craiger), Phebe was born in Saratoga Co., New York in the latter part of 1843 and was listed in the 1850 census as age eight. Her headsstone indicates she died 01 Sep 1851.
Tunis Craiger Peters
The son of William A. Peters and Rebecca (Craiger), he was born in Saratoga Co., New York on or about 19 May 1845 and was enumerated in the 1850 census with his parents as age five. He died the following year at six years and three months on 13 July 1851.
Born in about September of 1847, Susan was listed in her parents 1850 household as age three. She died the following year on 27 Jul 1851 at age three years and ten months.
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