John Dietrich Peterson

12 March 1869–March 1953 (Age 84)
Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada

The Life of John Dietrich

When John Dietrich Peterson was born on 12 March 1869, in Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, his father, Henry William Peterson Jr, was 37 and his mother, Emma Grange, was 36. He married Robena Hill on 2 April 1895, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1935 and Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died in March 1953, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 84.

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John Dietrich Peterson
Robena Hill
Marriage: 2 April 1895
Harry Peterson
Jennie Evelynne Peterson
Clayton Peterson

Spouse and Children

2 April 1895
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Henry William Peterson Jr


    Emma Grange




    Douglas Peterson


    William Peterson


    Ellen Louise Peterson


    Clayton Thompson Peterson



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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1872 · The Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 3

The Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a monument located in Downtown Detroit that was built in honor of those who lost their lives during the Civil War. The lowest sections of the monument have eagles with raised wings that guide the eye upward. The next section up has four male figures representing the Navy, Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery branches of the United States Army. Above them are four female figures that represent Victory, History, Emancipation, and Union. Capping the monument, an Amazon figure brandishes a sword in her right hand and a shield in her other. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 27

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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)

  • John D Peterson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John D Peterson in household of Robert S Hill, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Peterson, "United States Census, 1910"

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