||F. H. Peterson
Francis H. Peterson, farmer and lumberman on section 23, Croton Township,
was born in Hastings County, Canada West, Oct. 24, 1850, and is a son of
Hazlett and Susannah M. (Purcells) Peterson. The former was born in
Kingston, Canada, in 1812, and died in Croton Township, Oct. 22, 1882. The
mother was born in 1822 and is still alive. Both parents were of German
The family came to Newaygo County in 1866, when the son was 16 years old.
He remained at home two years longer, and set out in life on his own
responsibility. He engaged as an assistant in a shingle-mill ad followed
that business nine years. In 1879 he bought 80 acres of land, of which he
has cleared but a small proportion, occupying his time chiefly in lumbering.
He is a Prohibitionist and has held the various township offices.
Edith E., wife of Francis H. Peterson, was born in Everett Township, Newaygo
County, Dec. 7, 1855, and is the daughter of James and Sarah (Barnhart)
Berry. Her father was a farmer and born of Irish extraction in the State of
Massachusetts June 16, 1811; died March 29, 1862. Sarh, his wife, was born
Feb. 7, 1818, in Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson were married Dec. 6, 1874, in
Newaygo, and are the parents of three children: Robert H., Arthur E. and
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