Pvt Peter Martin Peterson

11 Sep 1841 - 9 Jun 1924

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Pvt Peter Martin Peterson

11 Sep 1841 - 9 Jun 1924
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Peter Martin Peterson was born September 11, 1841 in Grefunda, Skana, Sweden to Martin Pherson and Cicilia Parson, the second child of nine. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints June 10, 1862 at the age of 21, the only member of his family to do so. The following info
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Pvt Peter Martin Peterson


Park Cemetery

West 700 North Street
Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah
United States

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Pvt Utah Ter Mil Inf Blackhawk War


May 30, 2013


May 11, 2013

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History of Peter Martin Peterson

Colaborador: sjwilk2001 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Peter Martin Peterson was born September 11, 1841 in Grefunda, Skana, Sweden to Martin Pherson and Cicilia Parson, the second child of nine. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints June 10, 1862 at the age of 21, the only member of his family to do so. The following information is from family records: "Peter Martin immigrated to Utah from Malmo, Sweden April 10, 1864. He arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah September 30, 1864. Came to Ephraim, Utah October 12, 1864.Traveled by train from North Platte, thence to Utah by ox team. Train to St. Joseph by steamer up river to North Platte. Crossed ocean on said ship "Monarch of the Sea." Peter Martin served in the Blackhawk War which commenced in the spring of 1865. He was a private in Captain Peder Isakson's Company, Utah Militia Infantry. He was granted a pension March 4, 1917 in the amount of $20 per month. Peter Martin married Christina Andrews Rasmussen on October 11, 1867. She was born in Sweden February 24, 1824 (her headstone says February 25, 1825) making her 43 years old at the time of their marriage. Peter Martin was 26 years old, a difference of 17 years. No children were born to Christina, most likely because she was past the age to bear children. She died on January 11, 1898 and is buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery about two miles north of Ephraim in Plot #41. Peter Martin applied for U.S. Citizenship October 1, 1868 at Provo Utah and was granted citizenship September 21, 1875. Peter Martin married Caroline Cicilia Nilsson, a recent Swedish emigrant, on October 12, 1883 by Daniel H. Wells in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, thus entering into a polygamous relationship. Caroline was 28 years old and Peter Martin was 42 years old. So now he had a wife 17 years his senior and one 14 years his junior. Six children were born to Peter Martin and Caroline: Mary - February 22, 1885, Caroline Kjersti - August 4, 1886, Anna Cicelia -May 3, 1888, Helmut Oscar - April 2, 1892, Ruth Nelsina - January 12, 1896, and Sidney Martin - January 2, 1898. Christina, the first wife, helped with the children. They called her "Auntie". Apparently, both wives were in the same home which was located at 260 North 100 East in Ephraim. It was a little adobe home facing west. It had a full front porch the full length of the house. There were several trees surrounding it and a little orchard on the south. The northwest corner of the house was a bedroom. There was a screen porch on the back. The cupboard had metal inserts in the doors with little holes in. It was a clean, organized home. The Edmonds Act was passed in 1882 by the U.S. Congress, making polygamy or plural marriage illegal. The Manifesto was issued in 1890 by the First Presidency of the LDS Church and was accepted in the October Conference of that year thus ending polygamy as a part of Mormon Doctrine. This didn't seem to make a difference in the living arrangement in the Peterson home. The following is an excerpt from the book High, Dry, and Offside by Albert Antrei, which is a histoty of Manti: "The Scandinavians left a great impression upon the community, with their sterling qualities of homemaking. We know them as the Andersons, Sorensens, Madsens, Larsens, Nielsens and others ending in the "sen" affix, which added to their given names shows no relationship to families of the same name. Ephraim is an example of this and many families bear a nickname to distinguish them from other persons of the same surname." Peter Martin became known as "Friday" Peterson. His sons, as well as his grandsons, were called the "Friday" boys. The story commonly told by family members is thus: One day Peter Martin, with his team and wagon, was headed up towards the canyon dressed in his work clothes. A passer-by asked him where he was headed on Sunday. His reply was, "Oh my gosh! I thought it was Friday! Peter Martin supported his family by farming and also herding sheep. He died on June 9, 1924 in Ephraim, Utah. He is buried in thenew Park Cemetery in Ephraim, Utah.

Excerpt from History of the Scandinavian Mission page 181-183

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On April 10th, 1864, at 5 p.m., the Swedish steamer "L.J. Bager" sailed from Copenhagen, carrying 350 emigrants from Sweden and Norway and some from the Fredericia Conference,Denmark, in charge of Johan P.R. Johansen. This company of Saints went by steamer to Lubeck, thence by rail to Hamburg, thence by steamer to Hull, in England, and thence by rail to Liverpool, where the emigrants joined another company of emigrating Saints which sailed from Copenhagen three days later. On April 13, 1864, the English Steamer "Sultana"sailed from Copenhagen, Denmark, with 353 emigrants from the different conferences in Denmark, excepting a few from Fredericia, who, on account of the war, had to go direct to Hamburg. This company was in charge of President Jesse N. Smith, who retruned home from a successful mission to Scandinavia. On Tuesday, April 26, the ship "Monarch of the Sea" cleared for sailing, and on Thursday, April 28th, sailed from Liverpool, England, with 973 souls on board. Patriarch John Smith was chosen president of the company with Elders John D. Chase, Johan P.R. Johansen and Parley P. Pratt, Jun., as his counselors. Elders were also appointed to take charge of the different divisions of the company. during the voyage there was considerable sicknes sand some deaths, mostly of children. In the morning of June 3rd the"Monarch of the Sea" arrived at New York where the landing of the emigrants at Castle Garden at once took place. In the evening they boarded a steamer for Albany, N.Y., and from there they traveled by train to St. Joseph, Missouri, thence by steamer up the Missouri River to Wyoming, Nebraska from which place most of the Scandinavian Saints were taken to the Valley by church teams, of which 170 were sent out by the Church that season. Thus about 400 Scandinavian emigrating Saints crossed the Plains in Captain William B. Preston's company of about 50 Church teams that left Wyoming,Nebraska in the beginning of June, and arrived in Salt Lake City, September 15, 1864. From the time immigrants decided to come to Utah until they arrived in Salt Lake City, they were under the direct supervision of emissaries of the Mormon Church. In the book "Utah's History" by Poll, Alexander,Campbell, and Miller, it describes church teams. They were organized to serve both the church's commercial and immigration needs, no longer necessitating the purchase of additional animals in the East to bring immigrants to Salt Lake City. Church team trains left the Salt Lake Valley each spring to meet the Utah-bound immigrants at the Iowa railway terminal. They would pick up freight and passengers where the railroad dropped them. As the railroad creeped westward, it crowded the outfitting post to Wyoming, Nebraska and later Laramie became a railway terminal and frontier outfiting post. These church teams operated from 1861 to 1869 when the railroad reached Utah. ( They were called "down and out teams".)

The Blackhawk War

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Peter Martin served in the Blackhawk War, which commenced in the spring of 1865. On April 9, John Lowry of Manti thrashed an Indian brave which provoked the Indians. During the next few weeks raids were made by the Indians on surrounding towns from Salina to Thistle. On October 17 Chief BlackHawk and his Ute warriors ambushed a group of Ephraim men in Ephraim Canyon killing two; then rode on the final massacre in the Ephraim fields. Settlers who were working in the fields were massacred and lie buried in one grave. After about three years of hostilities, peace was established. Canute Peterson being instrumental in making a treaty with the Indians, which was never broken. (Information concerning the Blackhawk War was taken from the Ephraim History Book, page 12-15) Peter Martin was a private in Captain Peder Isakson's Company, Utah Militia Infantry. He was granted a pension March 4, 1917 on the amount of$20 per month.

Life timeline of Pvt Peter Martin Peterson

Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was born on 11 Sep 1841
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 18 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 19 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 33 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 47 years old when The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week. The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 10 to 58 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground. Emergency services were also affected.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 54 years old when George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 64 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson was 71 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Pvt Peter Martin Peterson died on 9 Jun 1924 at the age of 82
Grave record for Pvt Peter Martin Peterson (11 Sep 1841 - 9 Jun 1924), BillionGraves Record 4030888 Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States