Frederick Peters

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

Frederick Peters, outside superintendent of the Sloan and Central mines at Scranton, was born at Port Talbot, Glamorganshire, South Wales, October 30, 1838, and is a son of John F. and Catherine (Lewis) Peters, natives of the same shire as himself. His grandfather, Frederick Peters, devoted his active life to farming in South Wales, and died there at the age of almost eighty. John F. Peters was for some time employed as a tracklayer in the mines of Vivian & Son, but in 1862 came to America and settled in Hyde Park, where he held the position of sexton of the Washburn Street cemetery until his death, in August, 1888, at the age of seventy six years. His wife, who died at middle age, was twice married, and by her first husband had a son, David P., who fought in India as a member of the British army, and while there walked three hundred miles with his regiment; after coming to America he served in both the navy and the army during the Civil War.

The 1870 census of Scranton (Luzerne County) demonstrates that John F. Peters remarried a woman named Mary and lived in Scranton's 5th ward, where John is described as a "Sexton," owning real estate valued at $900.00 and personal property valued at $450.00. Present with John and Mary is 28-year-ole Thomas Peters, "Clerk in Coal Office," who I assume was John's son (Frederick's brother). JLT

Frederick, of this sketch, was the next to eldest of six children, of whom four are living, all in this country. His childhood years were spent in his native shire, but with a desire for adventure as well as a natural wish to gain a good livelihood, he secured work as a cook on a vessel in the coasting trade and visited Germany, Russia, France, Portugal and Spain. By industry and good conduct he won his way to the positions of able seaman and first mate, and for a time was in command of the ship. He was with Capt. James Hambley, captain and owner of three ships, and later shipped with Captain Reese. While with the latter the ship was wrecked in the North Sea, with thirteen other vessels, but was pulled ashore with a rope,

Ten years were spent on the high seas, but with his marriage Mr. Peters determined to settle down upon the land. Accordingly, he left Cornwall, England, and came to America, reaching New York July 22, 1866, on Sunday afternoon, going ashore the following morning, and coming to Scranton Tuesday. At once he began work for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company, for one year loading coal in the Diamond mines, after which he was made assistant foreman under Daniel Langstaff, and held the position from 1867 to 1888. He was then promoted to foreman of the Sloan mines of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company, and August 22, 1891, was made foreman of Central mines, both of which positions he has since held. These are old mines, that turn out from twelve to thirteen hundred tons per day, and are connected with the narrow gauge road.

Though he has never identified himself with public affairs, Mr. Peters is interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community and in politics votes the Republican ticket. With his family, he attends Penn Avenue Baptist Church. His wife, who was Jane Gray, a native of Cornwall, England, is a daughter of William Gray, foreman of copper mines in Cornwall. The seven children of this union, all of whom were born in Scranton, are Mrs. Catherine Wheeler, Mrs. Alice Watkins, Mrs. Fannie Samuels, Annie, Fred, Arthur and Carrie.

1880 Census, 21st Ward, Scranton, Lackawanna Co., Pa.

Fred PETERS, Self, M, 41, WALES, Laborer
Jane PETERS, Wife, M, 38, ENG, Keeping H.
Katie PETERS, Dau, S, 13, PA At School
Marian PETERS, Dau, S, 11, PA, At School
Alice PETERS, Dau, S, 8, PA, At School
Fanny PETERS, Dau, S, 6, PA, At School

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