The Peers family appear to have been rooted in Cheshire. I am having trouble confirming the origins of the head of the family tree at present. He is Samuel Peers and he married Elizabeth. It appears from the information obtained in the 1841 census, that Samuel married Elizabeth/Betsey Millington on 22nd December, 1819 at Neston. In the 1841 census of Eastham, Samuel is an agricultural labourer and he and Elizabeth are living with John Millington (presumably Elizabeth's father) with daughters Elizabeth and Martha (both 15) and sons John (12) and William (8). These latter two sons fit in with the births of John and William found in the Eastham parish records.
According to parish records and census data, Samuel and Elizabeth had the following children:
Elizabeth Peers bp 24.11.1822 Bebington
Martha Peers b abt 1826
Mary Peers bp 27.11.1826 Eastham (d before 1841)
John Peers (Labourer/Carter) bp 11.11.1829 Eastham
m 27.12.1848 Neston to Jane Messom (b 1828 Buckley, Flint)
d 1901 aged 70 Birkenhead
Maria Peers bp 29.9.1831 Eastham (died before 1841?)
William Peers bp 17.5.1833 Eastham
bur 7.11.1847 Eastham aged 14
When John married Jane Messom in 1848, Samuel was listed as labourer and presumably still alive. However, Elizabeth died aged 61 at Eastham in 1850, buried at Eastham on 15th March, 1850 and Samuel died on 12th December, 1853 at Birkenhead Hospital aged 64. Thomas Redding was present at his death. His burial does not appear in the Eastham parish records. I have still been unable to find Samuel in the 1851 census.
John Peers, born in 1829 at Eastham married Jane Messom, daughter of John Messom, on 27th December, 1848 at Neston. They were both living in Hargrave at the time. In 1851 they were living at 47 Peter Street, Liverpool (HO107/2160), where John was a dock labourer with an infant son, John.
Their children were:
John Peers (Gas Fitter) b 1849 Frodsham
m 1867 Birkenhead to Annie Lemmon
Elizabeth Peers bp 4.1.1852 Liverpool St Peter
d before 1861
Samuel Peers (Blacksmith) b 1854 Birkenhead
m 1872 Liverpool to Elizabeth Strettle
(There is another Samuel living at 2 Green Lane, Tranmere in 1881, a bricklayer's labourer, married to Sarah A Hope in 1876, with children Margaret, Elled, Robert and Samuel, he was the son of Thomas Peers, Beerhouse Keeper of Bebington).
William Robert Peers (Decorator) b 1858 Birkenhead
m 1881 Birkenhead to Annie Tremble
d 8.4.1922 Tranmere (bur Landican ref 6981)
Charles Ralph Peers (Porter) b 1861 Birkenhead
m 8.12.1884 Tranmere to Lucy Matilda Larner
d 1.1.1913 Royal Infirm. Liverpool
Susannah Peers b 21.12.1867 Birkenhead
m 26.3.1894 Tranmere to Henry Evans
d 9.1.1906 Tranmere
When Elizabeth was born in 1852 they were living in Highfield Street, Liverpool. By the time of the 1861 census they were living at 2 Ruabon Street, Tranmere with children John, Samuel and Robert; no sign of Elizabeth. In 1867 when Susannah was born they lived at 65 Thomas Street, Birkenhead. In 1871 they were living at Seafield House, New Chester Rd, Tranmere where John was now a cart proprietor and in 1881 they were at the same address, John a team owner.
By 1901 Jane had died and John was living with his daughter Susannah and her husband Henry Evans at 20 Seabank Cottages, Birkenhead (RG13/3398). he was 71 years old, a widower and noted as a Master Carter.
His son John Peers, born at Frodsham in 1849, appears to have married an Annie Lemmon in 1867. According to the 1881 census, when he was living at 16 Beaconsfield Rd, Tranmere (RG11/3585 / 24/41) he was a Gas Fitter aged 31 and his wife Annie was a dressmaker aged 30 and born in Liverpool. They had three children:
Beatrice Peers b 1872 Birkenhead
William Peers b 1877 Birkenhead
Herbert Peers b 1880 Birkenhead
William Robert Peers was born in 1858 at Birkenhead. He appears to have married Annie Tremble in early 1881. On the 1881 census they are both aged 24 and living at 39 Cobden Street, Tranmere
(RG11/3585/96/17), William being painter and paperhanger. They had no children at that time. However by 1901 they had had two daughters:
May Peers b 1888 Birkenhead
Beatrice Peers b 1891 Birkenhead
There may have been others. Annie also appears to have died by 1901. William died on 8th April, 1922 at Tranmere and is buried at the Landican cemetry.
Charles Ralph Peers, born in 1861 at Birkenhead, was still living with his parents in 1881 at Seafield House. He married Lucy Matilda Larner on 8th December, 1884 at Tranmere. He was a porter and they had two children:
Ralph B Peers b 1886 Birkenhead
m 1907 to Mary Farrel
d before 1918 in USA
Sydney Peers b 1896 Birkenhead
In 1901 Charles was a cotton warehouse porter aged 37. His son Ralph B Peers married Mary Farrel in early 1907 and they had a daughter Gladys. In 1910 Charles and Lucy went to New York, although they must have returned. Charles died 1st January, 1913 at the Royal Imfirmary, Liverpool and then later on 12th April, 1913 Lucy, now a widow, emigrated to Florida to see her son Ralph. Ralph himself died before 1918 when Mary returned to Birkenhead and remarried a William Higgins.
Susannah Peers was born on 21st December, 1867 at 65 Thomas Street, Birkenhead. She married Henry Evans on 26th March, 1894 at Tranmere.
Henry and Susannah had two sons:
Charles Ralph Evans b 1902 Tranmere
m 1939 to Robina Barnes nee Foster
William Robert Evans b 8.12.1903 Tranmere
m 1930 to Annie Tyrer
In 1901 Susannah and Henry were living 20 Seabank Cottages, Birkenhead (RG13/3398) with John Peers, aged 71, Susannah's father.
Susannah died on 9th January, 1906 at 20 Seabank Cottages, Tranmere of heart disease aged only 37.
The photograph opposite is of Susannah Evans (nee) Peers taken sometime after 1894.
See Peers Family Tree on pdf
See also Eastham Parish register transcripts