John Frederick Peterson

24 October 1842–
Stockholm, Sweden

The Life of John Frederick

John Frederick Peterson was born on 24 October 1842, in Stockholm, Sweden as the son of Gretha Foster. He married Annie Charlotte Vesper on 3 January 1872, in Niles, Berrien, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Coal Valley, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1900.

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John Frederick Peterson
Annie Charlotte Vesper
Marriage: 3 January 1872
Grace Peterson
Jennie Emma Peterson
May Annie Peterson
Nellie Ethel Peterson
Annie Peterson
Frederick Ellsworth Peterson
Earl Vesper Peterson

Spouse and Children

3 January 1872
Niles, Berrien, Michigan, United States


    Grace Peterson



    May Annie Peterson



    Annie Peterson


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Gretha Foster




World Events (8)


Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · The March Unrest

Age 6

The March Unrest, or the Marsoroligheterna, was a series of riots in Stockholm in March 1848, due to news of the French Revolution. As a mob gathered and plundered shops on March 19, the militia fired shots and 18 deaths. The army arrived on March 21 for reinforcement and terminated any further rioting.
1873 · The Swedish Krona Becomes National Currency

Age 31

The Swedish krona replaced the Swedish riksdaler as the national currency in 1873.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter .2 Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen , or Swedish Pettersson).3 In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil ; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Frederec Peterson, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Frederick Peterson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Fredrik Peterson in entry for John G Hicks and May A Peterson, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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