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Richard Peters (1797-1862)

Born in Stamford, Delaware county, New York on the 13th of March, Richard was the son of Richard and Susannah (Halstead). He married Mary "Polly" Wilcox on the 26th of January in 1820 and in about 1824 removed his family from Harpersfield, NY to what became Summerfield Twp., in Monroe county, MI where he has purchased about 600 acres of land from the government.

In 1834, he deeded some of the property to railroad investors who platted a village of 41 blocks and named it Petersburg after him.

Richard passed away in Petersburg on the 5th of March 1862, survived by his second wife, Orissa Baker whom he had married in January of 1837.


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