Peter Harpster

Brief Life History of Peter

When Peter Harpster was born on 13 September 1778, in Albany Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Jacob Frederich Harpster, was 22 and his mother, Anna Eve Overmeyer, was 14. He married Ann Elizabeth Bowsher in 1798. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Monroe Township, Allen, Ohio, United States in 1850. He died on 3 November 1855, in Cairo, Allen, Ohio, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Rush Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio, United States.

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Peter Harpster
Ann Elizabeth Bowsher
Marriage: 1798
Eva Harpster
Anthony Harpster
Jacob Harpster
Jonathan Harpster
Christina Harpster
George Harpster

Sources (18)

  • Peter Harpster, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Peter Harpster, "Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997"
  • Peter Harpster, "Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850"

World Events (7)


Pennsylvania was always against slavery, even though the first settlers, including Penn, came with slaves. Slavery was not prominent in the area.

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Herbster .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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