This venerable and highly respected resident of Defiance is deserving of special mention in this volume. Like many
of our successful citizens he is of German birth and ancestry, but he came to this country in early manhood, and
for more than a half a century he has had his home in Ohio.
Born February 19. 1820, in Germany, he is a son of Abraham Peter. who in 1840 brought the family to the United
States and settled upon a farm in Seneca county, Ohio. Here our subject continued to reside until he reached the
age of twenty-four, assisting in the work of the homestead. He then married, and engaged in farming on his own
account in the same county, continuing about seven years. In 1849 he removed to Defiance county, locating upon
a farm in Richland township on December 2d of that year. In 1879 he rented his farm and removed to the village
of Defiance, where he has since resided in a pleasant home at No. 303 East Second street.
Mr. Peter has been four times married, first time in Tiffin, Ohio, to Miss Rosina Haiserman, who died in Seneca
county leaving one son, John, now a farmer in Defiance county. By his second marriage, to Miss Katherina Kirhner,
Mr. Peter had a large family of children, of whom the following are living: William, Jacob, Frederick, Albert,
Adam, Caroline, and Lizzie. The mother of this family died in Defiance, and Mr. Peter formed a third matrimonial
union, which wife also died in Defiance county. Subsequently he was married in that county to Mrs. Maria Bentz
Bahringer, who was born in Germany August 21, 1835, coming to America when nineteen years old. After spending two
years in New York City she came to Defiance county, where she was married on April 4, 1856, to her first husband,
Adam Bahringer, who died April 12, 1876, leaving three sons, Charles, Andrew, and Adam.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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