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16. CATHERINE3 PETERS (FRANCES2 SIMMS, WILLIAM1)160,161,162,163,164. She married JOHN THOMPSON165,166,167 January 01, 1793 in Greenbrier Co., WV by M. K. Lacy168. He died Bef. November 08, 1823.

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OHN THOMPSON and CATHERINE PETERS:
Marriage: January 01, 1793, Greenbrier Co., WV by M. K. Lacy168
Marriage bann: December 29, 1792, daughter of John Peters, sur. Isaac Smith; consent for daughter Cattren by John Peters.
     
Children of C
ATHERINE PETERS and JOHN THOMPSON are:
37. i.   ELIZABETH4 THOMPSON, b. Abt. 1794, Wythe Co., VA later Mercer Co., WV.
38. ii.   FRANCES THOMPSON, b. May 22, 1795, Monroe Co., VA; d. November 07, 1879.


17. JOHN3 PETERS, JR (FRANCES2 SIMMS, WILLIAM1)169,170,171,172,173,174,175,176,177,178,179,180,181,182,183,184,185,186,187,188 was born Bet. 1777 - 1780 in Giles Co., VA, and died Aft. 1860 in Giles Co., VA. He married (1) SARAH CLAY189,190,191,192,193,194 February 11, 1800 in Montgomery Co, VA. Married by Alexander Ross, daughter of MITCHELL CLAY and PHOEBE BELCHER. She was born 1782 in Rockingham Co., VA, and died Bef. 1823 in Giles Co., VA. He married (2) SARAH COMER195,196,197,198,199,200,201,202,203 January 23, 1823 in Montgomery Co., VA by Rev. Landon Duncan204,205, daughter of AUGUSTINE COMER and CATHARINE RUSH. She was born 1801 in VA, and died Bef. 1860 in Giles Co., VA.

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OHN PETERS, JR:
1810 CENSUS GILES COUNTY
JOHN PETERS, JR.
MALES: 1 16-26, 1 26-45
FEMALES 3 0-10, 1 25-45, 1 45 AND UP

1840 CENSUS GILES COUNTY
JOHN PETERS
MALES: 2 5-10; 1 15-20; 1 60-70
FEMALES:1 5-10; 1 10-15; 1 30-40

1850 CENSUS GILES COUNTY
JOHN PETERS 73 laborer
SARAH 49 could not read or write
FLOYD 25
FRANCES 23
CHRISTIAN 15 attended school

value of real estate owned $75

Alternate info: Captain of 1st Battalion, 86th Regiment of Virginia Militia in War of 1812.

http://www.genealogy-quest.com/Virginia/Giles/Military/War-of-1812/

From:
THOMAS KIRK and RALPH LUCAS' MILITIA COMPANY in the WAR OF 1812
Notes by Edgar C. Smith

Lt. Ralph Lucas' Company of Infantry, 4th Regiment, Virginia Militia:

Lieut Ralph Lucas' biography is on page 19 of Giles County, Virginia, History - Families, 1982. He was born in 1788, son of William and Elizabeth (Price) Lucas, and he died in 1854. He was married in Giles County to Agnes Marshall, daughter of Thomas and Sallie (Johnston) Marshall, on March 1, 1810. Ralph was a school teacher and sheriff of Giles Co. Ralph and Thomas remained close for a number of years, as Thomas Kirk's letter to his father, John, dated February 9, 1846 states in part: Notes I left in the hands of Joseph are John Henderson, Ralph Lucas and son and perhaps some others. I wish him to take steps to collect them immediately.

On June 29, 1995, at the National Archives the author saw the original muster rolls of Capt. Camp's company and the original pension application files of several of the members of that company. There were about six muster rolls; they consisted of a list of all the men in the company, their signatures and countersignatures of an officer, possibly used to give out pay. Next to some of the names there were miscellaneous notes, such as in hospital or when they joined the company. 124 names were copied from the roll dated October 30, 1813; the names varied very little from roll to roll, possibly not more than 6 or 8 different.

The company was in existence only six months, from mid-September, 1813, to mid March, 1814. It was formed in Giles County, and under Lieut. Lucas they marched over 200 miles to Norfolk. It appears that they camped in Fort Norfolk or in the Peach Orchard at its rear for the entire term of the enlistment except for 40 days Lynnhaven Bay. The company was discharged at Fort Norfolk; the men apparently then walked home. All the muster rolls identifed the company as Capt. George W. Camp's Company, 4th Regiment, Virginia Militia. The note beside Camp's name (listed first) was that he was detached to be Regimental Inspector, which accounts for Kirk's note that he did not see Camp after the first day, and several men identified Lieut. Ralph Lucas as their commander. Lieut. Andrew Caldwell was listed second, followed by Ensign John Peters.

The winter of 1813/1814, the time the company existed, was unusually cold so that military activity was minor. A pitched battle had occured the previous June at Craney Island across the Elizabeth estuary from Norfolk, and several significant engagements culminating in the sack of Washington would occur the following summer. That winter, however, things were at a stand-off in the Chesapeake. The British fleet maintained ships throughout that time in Lynnhaven Bay and in Hampton Roads and only a few American ships were able to run the blockade. The British frequently came ashore in small boats to obtain fresh water and provisions and to harrass the populace in general. It is likely that Lucas' company met the British in one of these excursions, but the precise action has not been identified.

The muster rolls of the 4th Regiment at the National Archives were grouped together by Company. There was also a group for headquarters staff. On one of those there was a note by the name of Lt. Col. James McDowell which indicated that he was discharged on 18 January, 1814. Similarly, it was noted that Lt. Col. Thomas Chilton was discharged on 12 January, 1814, and that Lt. Col. John Koontz was Dismissed the service by sentence of a general court martial 21 March, 1814.




Muster Roll, October 30, 1813

Capt. George W. Camp's Company, 4th Regiment, Virginia Militia
Lieutenant Ralph Lucas
Lieutenant Andrew Caldwell
Ensign John Peters
Sergeants: Corporals:
John Beckley Jeremiah Jones
Jeremiah Coburn Isaac Law
Chrispi Anos Walker Isaac Kirk
William Beckley Nimrod Taylor
James Waddle Thomas Clark
William Carter Davis Murphy
Buglers
Charles Hull John Spangler
Privates
Bartholomew Adam Fred Albert
Parker Athim William Aldredge
Isam Allen Andrew Brown
Hilvy Blankenship John Black
Arthur Blankenship John Boyle
Noah Blankenship John Berry
Edmund Balden James Burk
Moses Ball Bird Collins
Henry Clay Charles Collins
Henry Curry James Coplea
Jacob Collins James Cox
Jacob Caldwell Randal Collins
Levi Cox Thomas Crumpton
John Cole Charlees Caes
Joshua Davis Jesse Diamond
Lawson Duncan William Duncan
John Duncan Edmund Dickenson
Henry Davis Michael Elliot
Daniel Fry Roland Fletcher
John Fry Adam Ferrel
Benjamin Fugate Reuben Fraley
Isaac Garnes Jesse Gilliam
Samuel Gentry Abraham Harless
John Hughes Thomas Hughes
Joseph Hetherton John Harris
William Hinckle Charles Hicks
James Huff John Hicks
James Johnston Hiram Jackson
Sam James Isaac Jackson
Joseph Kirk Thomas Kirk
Isaac Keen John Keen
Ephriam Kiser William Lucas
Samuel Lane William Manning
Denis McGrady Samuel McDavid
James McDavid Alexander Montgomery
John May John Montgomery
Samuel Montgomery David McClanahan
Thomas McClaland William McMillan
George Marchal Jacob Manor
Joshua Martin James Osburn
Samuel Porter William Prince
Samuel Porter Jr. Thomas Rock
Alexander Ropberson Ezekiel Smith
George Scott John Straley
Joseph Stafford Ralph Stafford
Ralph Stafford Ralph Stafford
William Stafford Peter Shaver
Henry Sterns John Smith
Nathan Swinney Samuel Sage
James Todd Thomas Vermillion
David Williams John Walker
Julius Walker William Walker
John Watson



Among the members of Capt. Camp's Company were Thomas, Isaac and Joseph Kirk. Thomas had a brother, Joseph, who was born October 4, 1800, so it is unlikely that he was the soldier. The soldier Joseph was probably the father of Isaac. [See below.] There were also three men named Ralph Stafford, one of whom later married Alcey Duncan, first cousin of Thomas Kirk. The name Andrew Brown also appeared and is probably the man who later married Alcey's sister, Judith Duncan.

Bounty Land Warrant and Pension Applications

In an attempt to learn more about the activities of the company and to identify some of the men named above, the author looked at and abstracted the pension application files of ten other members of the company. Only a few of the members of this company have pension applications on file, probably because of their age. Bounty Land Warrants for this service were issued under acts of Congress dated 1851 and March 3, 1855, and pensions under an act dated February 14, 1871. After passage of such time, it is not surprising to find that some of the names and dates in the files are inaccurate.



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OHN PETERS, JR:
Military service: Ensign VA Militia,4th Regiment Capt. George W. Camp's Co. Formed in Giles Co. Marched to Ft. Norkolk, Spent 40 days in Lynnhaven Bay
Misc: Gory Light stated that Christian was the 17th child of John Peters, Jr
Occupation: Magistrate of Giles County Virginia and represented Giles County in State legislature. Shoemaker in Pearisburg. In 1860 employed several people.
Residence: Bought 25 acres on New River on 9/22/1870. Remained in Giles Co., VA

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OHN PETERS and SARAH CLAY:
Marriage: February 11, 1800, Montgomery Co, VA. Married by Alexander Ross
Marriage bann: February 04, 1800, Sur. Charles Clay, consent of fathers John Peters Sr and Mitchell Clay206

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OHN PETERS and SARAH COMER:
Marriage: January 23, 1823, Montgomery Co., VA by Rev. Landon Duncan207,208
Marriage bond: January 11, 1823, Bond John Peters and Sarah Comer (or Coomen); surety; John Peters and Joseph Ball
     
Children of J
OHN PETERS and SARAH CLAY are:
  i.   CLARA4 PETERS209,210, b. 1804, Giles Co., VA; d. Aft. 1829; m. JOHN S BRUGH211,212, July 22, 1829, Giles Co., VA.
  More About JOHN BRUGH and CLARA PETERS:
Marriage: July 22, 1829, Giles Co., VA

39. ii.   THOMPSON HARVEY PETERS, b. March 31, 1805, Giles Co., VA; d. August 29, 1884, Tomy Ridge, Mercer Co., WV.
  iii.   ELIZABETH PETERS213,214,215, b. 1806, Giles Co., VA; d. Aft. 1850; m. JOHN TRACY216,217, July 12, 1826, Giles Co., VA218; d. Bef. 1850, not listed in 1850 census.
  More About ELIZABETH PETERS:
Alt. birth date: 1800
Census: 1850, is shown living with her brother Thompson Harvey Peters (age 50)

  More About JOHN TRACY and ELIZABETH PETERS:
Marriage: July 12, 1826, Giles Co., VA218

40. iv.   JULIET PETERS, b. 1807; d. Bef. 1837.
41. v.   REBECCA PETERS, b. 1811.
42. vi.   JACOB PETERS, b. November 18, 1812, Giles Co., VA; d. September 25, 1860, Giles Co., VA.
  vii.   OLIVER CLAY PETERS219,220,221,222,223,224,225,226, b. 1813, VA; d. April 08, 1889; m. CHRISTENA BOLTON227,228,229,230,231, July 24, 1833, Giles Co., VA; b. September 08, 1812232; d. Aft. 1880.
  Notes for OLIVER CLAY PETERS:
1840 CENSUS GILES COUNTY

OLIVE C. PETERS
MALES: 1 0-5; 1 30-40; 1 80+
FEMALES: 0-5; 1 15-20


  More About OLIVER CLAY PETERS:
Occupation: 1860 census lists occupation as cabinet maker

  More About OLIVER PETERS and CHRISTENA BOLTON:
Marriage: July 24, 1833, Giles Co., VA

43. viii.   SARAH C. PETERS, b. Abt. 1816, VA; d. Bet. April 09, 1839 - August 08, 1840, VA.
44. ix.   ANDREW J. PETERS, b. Abt. 1817, VA; d. Abt. 1860, Giles Co., VA.
45. x.   WILLIAM B. PETERS, b. 1817, VA; d. Bet. 1860 - 1880.
     
Children of JOHN PETERS and SARAH COMER are:
  xi.   FLOYD4 PETERS233, b. 1825, VA; d. Aft. 1850.
  xii.   FRANCES JANE PETERS234,235,236,237,238, b. Bet. 1827 - 1828, Giles Co., VA; d. Aft. 1860.
  More About FRANCES JANE PETERS:
Confirmation: are Frances and Jane the same?
Misc: never married

46. xiii.   MARY ANNA PETERS, b. December 02, 1829, Giles Co., VA; d. Bet. July 1904 - September 30, 1908, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA.
47. xiv.   AUGUSTUS CHAPMAN PETERS, b. April 17, 1832, Giles Co., VA; d. July 25, 1900, Giles Co., VA.
48. xv.   REV. CHRISTIAN SIMMS PETERS, b. December 19, 1834, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA; d. January 24, 1898, Dothan, WV.


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