2A-D: Lydia Guthery

of Greene County, Pennsylvania and Pike County, Ohio, USA

Parents: John Guthery 1744PA – 1823OH and Lydia Baldwin 1755PA – 1816OH
Birth: 17 October 1794
Birth Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Marriage: William D Peters on 16 December 1817 in Pike County, Ohio
Children: 10
Death: 25 January 1875
Death Location: Pike County, Ohio, USA
Burial: Haskins Cemetery, Scioto Township, Pike County, Ohio, USA

Parents: John Woodland Peters 1750PA – 1828OH and Rachel Pownall 1756PA – 1832OH
Birth: 5 March 1790
Birth Location: ?
Occupation: Farmer
Military Service: War of 1812 (Enlisted 28 July 1813 – Discharged 15 Aug 1813, Army Sergt, Capt. John Jackson’s Co.)
Death: 28 January 1837
Death Location: Pike County, Ohio, USA
Burial: 31 January 1837, Haskins Cemetery, Section A Row 9 Grave No 8, Scioto, Pike County, Ohio, USA

The youngest of John & Lydia (Baldwin) Guthery’s children, Lydia (Guthery) Peters is responsible for many of the details known about her family. She was interviewed on 18 April 1872 as one of the “Old Folks Interviewed” for the local newspaper. She married William D Peters in 1817. They settled in Piketon and purchased land on Howard Run. Their ten children were all born there. He died at the young age of about 47.


1818OH – 1818OH
The eldest son of the family was named for both of his grandfathers: John. He died during his first year.

29 Dec 1819OH – 25 May 1872
Elizabeth Peters married her widowed brother-in-law, Dr. George Webster Bliss, a native of Vermont, on 1 Jan 1851.
1) Newton Bliss 1852OH-1896OH m.(1875) Eliza J James +children
2) Priscilla C Bliss 1854-1874 died at about 20 years old. Unmarried.
3) Edmund P Bliss 1856-1875 died at about 18 years old. Unmarried.
4) Logie Jane Bliss 1859OH-1879OH m.(1877) Michael Adams +children
5) William H Bliss, born about 1864, was last seen living with his parents and grandmother in 1870.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

24 Jan 1822OH – 22 Oct 1848OH
Priscilla C Peters married Dr George Webster Bliss in Scioto County, Ohio on 22 Feb 1842. They had 5 children, the last of which died during infancy the year of Priscilla’s death in 1848.
1) Mary Ellen Bliss 1842OH-before 1850OH died during her childhood.
2) George Webster Bliss Jr 1842OH-1844OH died during his infancy.
3) Abraham F Bliss 22 Jan 1844-22 Jan 1844 died on the day of his birth.
4) Harriet M Bliss 10 Jan 1846OH – 21 Dec 1863OH died at age 17.
5) George Bliss was born and died in 1848.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No surviving descendants

22 Jan 1824OH – 9 Apr 1858OH
Harriett Ann Peters married Charles Lewis Donohoe (1827-1901) in Pike County, Ohio on 14 Aug 1856. They had one daughter, Elizabeth, who died in infancy. Harriet died the next year on 9 Apr 1858 of unknown causes. Both mother and daughter are buried at Haskins Cemetery in Scioto Township. The widower, Charles, remained in Pike County, Ohio, where he remarried on 21 August 1859 to Mary Moore. They had 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 17 November 1901. Mary died seven years later. They are buried at Bailey Chapel Cemetery in Wakefield, Pike, Ohio.
1) Elizabeth E Donohoe 6 May 1857 – 10 Sep 1857 – died at 4 months of age.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No surviving descendants

20 Feb 1826OH – 9 Nov 1907OH
Alford Newton Peters married Juliet McNeal on 11 April 1849 in Pike County, Ohio. He may have gone by his middle name as documents sometimes list him simply as Newton Peters. He was a farmer in Scioto, Pike, Ohio for many years and later moved with his wife and youngest son, Elisha Bird Peters, and his wife, Maude, to Mechanichsburg. Newton was 81 at his death on 9 Nov 1907 in Mechanicsburg, Champaign, Ohio. His widow, Juliet, lived to 79 years of age, dying on 2 January 1913. They are both buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg.
1) George Bliss Peters 27 Oct 1850OH – 22 Jan 1878OH was 27 at his death. Unmarried.
2) John William Peters 9 Sep 1852OH – 17 Apr 1919OH m. Julia Catherine Yeazel +children
3) James Franklin Peters 30 Oct 1854OH-1927OH m. Jennie Elizabeth Whitten +children
4) Harriet Elizabeth Peters 9 Nov 1855OH-26Jan 1876OH was 20 at her death. Unmarried.
5) Owen Fremont Peters 12 Apr 1858OH-1914OH m.Della M Whitten +children
6) Mary Lincoln Peters 20 Oct 1860OH-15 Nov 1935OH m. William Williams +children
7) Edward Ellsworth Peters 22 Jun 1863OH-11 Mar 1933OH m. Mary Evelyn Clark +children
8) Lydia Amelia Peters 12 Oct 1866OH-1928OH m. Wilbur Franklin Wones +children
9) Eliza Grant Peters 25 Oct 1868OH-8 Sep 1926OH m. John Edward Sanders +children
10) Elisha Bird Peters 17 Jan 1871OH-29 Jun 1951OH m. Maude Abby Newell +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: Yes

24 Feb 1828OH – 2 Apr 1859

According to his mother Lydia’s interview, “John J Peters was born February 22, 1829. He married Rebecca, daughter of Jas. Schoonever, who moved to Missouri, and died there. John J. and Rebecca Peters had three children– William C., Lydia M., and Drucilla E. The latter is dead. John J. died April 2, 1859, and his remains were deposited in the family burying ground on A. Newton “Peters” farm. His widow (Rebecca) also went to Missouri and resided near her father, James Schoonover. Her son William C. is with her, while Lydia M. is with Mrs Harriet Millar, in Scioto county.”

Online trees seem to have some names, dates, and relationships a little muddled when it comes to John Jackson Peters and his family. Let’s go with the idea that a mother would know the year her son died. If Lydia (Guthery) Peters correctly listed her son’s date of death, then John Jackson Peters died on 2 April 1859. He did not die in 1862 as is listed in several trees. The Portsmouth Times 21 June 1862 newspaper article listing an Scioto man named John Peters who was mortally wounded during the Battle of Port Republic in Rockingham Co., VA would not have been referring to John Jackson Peters. There is also a man by that name who died in Preble County, Ohio whose estate was probated on 11 April 1862.

One reason descendants may think the 1862 date refers to John Jackson Peters is that the DOB for an Orpheus A Peters, whom they list as the son of John Jackson Peters and Rebecca Schoonover, was born on 5 April 1862 in instill, Harrison County, Missouri. Note that Lydia lists only 3 children for John and Rebecca. There is no mention of a child named Orpheus A Peters in her detailed interview.

John’s widow, Rebecca (Skoonover) Peters did indeed move to Missouri. She is known to have had 4 marriages: John Jackson Peters (1855), Francis Marion Wishon (1867), and Otho Merrifield (abt. 1884), and William John ‘Jack’ Day (1906). Although trees also credit her as being the biological mother of additional children, it appears that they are actually a slew of step-children from each man’s earlier marriage/s. Orpheus A Peters is listed with Rebecca, her son William C. Peters, and a couple of Wishon step-children during the 1870 census, and so Orpheus is presumed to be Rebecca’s biological son. The identity of his biological father remains unknown (a Y-DNA test by a direct line male Peters should provide clues). He would have retained the Peters surname as that was the widow’s surname at the time of his birth, which was five years prior to her remarriage to Francis Marion Wishon.
1.) Drucilla Peters 1849OH-bef.1872 OH died prior to her great-grandmother’s in April 1872.
2.) Lydia M Peters 1855OH-1879OH m. John M Cockrell +children
3.) William C Peters 1857OH-1878MO m. Debbie Peters +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

16 February 1830 – 20 March 1853OH

Lydia says of her son: “William B. Peters, born February 16, 1830. He died March 20, 1853, aged 23 years, 1 month, and 4 days. His tombstone bears the inscription William B. Peters–the name given to him. The letter B stands for Bolivar. As he grew up, he was dissatisfied with his middle name, and when he was baptized, he christened himself William Clark and was thereafter so known.”

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: No known descendants

1831OH – 1831OH

“My next was a daughter who died before she was named.”

29 Nov 1833OH – 2 Feb 1855OH

Francis was named in the 1850 census with the family. He died at 22 years of age and is buried at Haskins Cemetery.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: No known descendants

15 October 1836OH – 12 May 1862

The dates above are those given by Lydia (Guthery) Peters. Online trees list 14 October 1836 and 23 May 1865. In 1850 Elisha was 14 and living with his older brother Alford Newton Peters and family. “He never married.” There is a Civil War Draft Registration Record for an Elesha A Peters, aged 25, dated 1 July 1863, for Scioto, Pike, Ohio, an unmarried farmer. No additional military records found. No additional family or cemetery records found.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthery
Autosomal DNA Participants: No known descendants

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