Peter Etter

(21 April 1715 - 24 June 1794)

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Relationship6th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Corkum
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Corkum Family Pedigree
FatherJohannes Etter (8 Nov 1685 - 1749)
MotherAnna Marie Siegrist (1683 - 1765)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildPeter Etter was born on 21 April 1715, in Riggisberg, Kanton Bern, Switzerland. or in Oberreid, Switzerland.
GroomHe married Margaretta Martin in 1744 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. They may have married each other again in 1748?
WidowerHe became a widower at 39 years of age when his wife Margaretta died on 21 May 1754.
GroomHe married Elizabeth Vesey on 23 October 1755 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England. The couple, both of Braintree, had entered their names for marriage (officially published their intention to marry) 27 Aug 1755. Elizabeth was the daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy Vesey of Braintree.1,2,3
WidowerHe became a widower at 53 years of age when his wife Elizabeth died on 14 January 1769.4
DeceasedHe died on 24 June 1794 in Halifax, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 79.5,6
InterredHe was buried in St. Paul's+ / Old Burying Ground, Halifax Cemetery, Halifax, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.5,6

Children with Margaretta Martin:

Children with Elizabeth Vesey:

Occupation

A Stocking Weaver7

Community Service

On 2 March 1772, at Braintree, Norfolk Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England, Peter Etter was chosen to the office of Warden for the year.8

Residences and Censuses

In 1750, Peter Etter resided in or near Germantown, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England. Peter, in partnership with John Franklin (Benjamin's brother), Norton Quincy, Joseph Crellius, and Isaac Winslow, was a proprietor of the first industrial development in this country. Eight industries were planned for Germantown - a peninsula and neighborhood of Braintree (now Quincy) - the development was a planned community, laid out on paper, along the lines of a European town. Unfortunately, the manufacturing enterprise never took off under their proprietorship and the partners sold their interests in 1752. The new partners who were able to successfully operate it for several years, manufacturing glass, stockings (Peter's specialty), spermacetti candles, salt, and chocolate.
     Peter may have not actually lived in Germantown, though the Braintree town records, as well as for Christ Church in Braintree indicate that his family lived in the near vicinity from about 1752 if not earlier.9,10,3
On 8 January 1752, Peter Etter lived in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England. As an "interpreter for the German emigrants from the Palatine Provinces, (he) informed the government that twelve of the families had settled in that part of Braintree called Germantown, now within the limits of Quincy. They were given the exclusive right to manufacture galss, but they soon found that want of business and the destruction of their buildings by fire prevented the venture from being a success". - Pattee's History of Old Braintree and Quincy, 1878.10

Sources - Citations

  1. [S980] Samuel A. Bates, Editor, Records of the Town of Braintree : 1640 to 1793 (Randolph, Massachusetts: Daniel H. Hunford, Printer, 1886), pg. 815, [256].
  2. [S963] Quincy, MA: Vital and Church Records, 1672-1870, (From original records held at the Randolph Town Hall. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society; Unpublished transcription by Waldo C. Sprague from original records, donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague to NEHGS in 1962), date, event, location; accessed Jan 2017.
  3. [S964] Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History (Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899 -), 37 (1986):4; names, relationships, dates, events, places.
  4. [S964] Mayflower Descendant, 37 (1986):157; names, relationships, dates, events, places.
  5. [S968] “Nova Scotia -CanadianHeadstones.com-,” digitized photograph of headstone, Nova Scotia -CanadianHeadstones.com-: ( CanadianHeadstones.com ); , canadianheadstones.com/ns/view.php?id=10968; name, years, place.
  6. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources, Find A Grave Memorial# 78644296; photograph; name, years, place.
  7. [S965] Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas - Index to Cases 1756-1776, (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society) , accessed Jan 2017.
  8. [S980] Samuel A. Bates, Records of the Town of Braintree, pg. 434.
  9. [S954] New England Historic Genealogical Register (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-), 138(1984):227; Proprietor of development.
  10. [S954] NEHGS - Register, 95(1941):234; Peter Etter interpreter in Braintree.
  11. [S964] Mayflower Descendant, 35 (1985):149; names, relationships, dates, events, places.
  12. [S964] Mayflower Descendant, 35 (1985):151; names, relationships, dates, events, places.
  13. [S964] Mayflower Descendant, 35 (1985):152; names, relationships, dates, events, places.
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