When Rutherford Peters was born on 14 November 1826, in Morgan, Tennessee, United States, his father, Reverend James Peters, was 28 and his mother, Rachael McCart, was 21. He married Mary S Derrick on 12 July 1847, in Roane, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 12 December 1873, in Missouri, United States, at the age of 47.
English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Peter . This surname (mainly of German origin) is also found in Sweden, Denmark, France (Alsace and Lorraine), and some other European countries. In North America it has absorbed various cognates and their derivatives from other languages, such as Albanian Pjetraj and Pjetrushi, patronymics from the personal name Pjetër ‘Peter’ and its pet form Pjetrush; see also below and also examples at Peterson .
Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Mac Pheadair ‘son of Peter’.
Americanized form of Dutch and North German Pieters .