Flay Orley Peterson

5 May 1899–21 September 1978 (Age 79)
Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico

The Life of Flay Orley

When Flay Orley Peterson was born on 5 May 1899, in Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, his father, Andrew Christian Peterson, was 43 and his mother, Caroline Elzina Jørgensen, was 37. He married Blanche Whetten on 19 December 1929, in Deming, Luna, New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Columbus, Luna, New Mexico, United States in 1940 and lived in Divisadero, Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1930. He died on 21 September 1978, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Flay Orley Peterson
Blanche Whetten
Marriage: 19 December 1929
Ray Peterson
Arleigh Peterson
John Andrew Peterson
Thomas Flay Peterson

Spouse and Children

19 December 1929
Deming, Luna, New Mexico, United States


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Age 13

New Mexico is the 47th state.

Age 21

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

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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Story Highlight

Balanche Whetten Peterson Autobiography

We have always been ranchers, raised cattle and lived in the country. Flay and I met in 1928 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico where I was teaching school. He came to visit my father on a business …

Sources (3)

  • Flay Osley Peterson in household of Andrew Christian Peterson, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Flay Orley Peterson, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Tlay Orley Peterson, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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