Canute Peterson

Brief Life History of Canute

When Canute Peterson was born on 13 May 1824, in Eidfjord, Hordaland, Norway, his father, Peder or Per Jonsen, was 30 and his mother, Herborg Knutsdotter Garen, was 32. He married Sarah Ann Nelson on 2 July 1849, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 14 October 1902, in Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery, Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Canute Peterson
Gjertrud Marie Bentsdatter or Rolfsen
Marriage: 9 November 1857
Herbur Peterson
Lehi Rolfson Peterson
Herberta Maria Peterson
Gertrude Elizabeth Petersen
Ellen Marie Peterson
Mary Isabelle Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Olivia Frederikke Peterson

Sources (90)

  • Canute Petersen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Canute Peterson - Government record: Christening record or certificate: birth: 7 May 1824;
  • Canute Peterson, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1825 · Sloopers

First organized group of emigrants to leave Norway. First emigration to America began with the Sloopers who left in an undersized sloop “Restauration” sailed from Stavanger, Norway on July 4th, 1825.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from the personal name Peter . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates and their derivatives from other languages, e.g. Norwegian and Danish Pedersen and Pettersen and their Swedish cognates (see 2 below), Polish Piotrowicz , Slovenian Petrič, Petrovčič, and Petrovič (see Petric , Petrovic ).

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Petersson, a cognate of 1 above, and also of its variant Pettersson . Compare 1 above.

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

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