He was born on 8 August 1838 (5 (1838), 7 (Aug 1839), 14 (8 Aug 1838); 4 (23 in 1861), 6 (41 in 1880), 7 (60 in 1900)). He was born in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (4, 5, 6, 7, 14).
He was educated at Wickersham's Academy, in Marietta, Pennsylvania (5). He learned watchmaking and jewelry from George W McCauley, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (5).
He lived in Denver, Colorado, from 1859 to 1861 (5). He returned to the US in 1861 (5).
He was a watchmaker when he was enlisted (4).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light brown hair (4).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 6 November 1861 (1, 4). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Murphy (4). He was a private in company G (1, 16).
He mustered out when his term expired on 6 or 16 November 1864 (1 [16 Nov], 3 [6 Nov], 11). He was a private, in company G (16). (According to the pension index card, he also served in the Veterans' Reserve Corps (12).)
After the war, he lived in New York City for six years (5). He left because of his health (5).
He then lived in Centre County, Pennsylvania, until 1878 (5). In 1869/70, he married Margaret S [unknown family name] (7). She was born in July 1843, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had eight children, including these (6, 7 (8 children 4 alive in 1900)):
Because he preferred the West, he moved to Eureka, Kansas, in 1878 (5).
In 1880, he was living on Main Street, in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas (6). He was living with his wife Maggie, his children Susie, Margie, Thomazine, and William and a niece (6). He was a jeweler (6).
In 1883, he was a member of the Board of City Councilmen (5). He was a jeweler (5). He was a leading member of the Methodist Episcopal Church (5). He was a Republican, but had never participated in politics except by voting (5).
On 14 May 1889, he applied successfully from Kansas for a pension (12, 13).
In 1900, he was living on Clay [?] Street, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas (7). He was living with his wife Margaret, and children Margie and William (7). He was a jeweler, and had not been unemployed in the previous year (7).
On 11 August 1908, he again applied for a pension (13).
On 10 January 1910, his widow, Maggie S Peters, applied successfully from Kansas for a pension (12, 13).
In 1910, his widow, Margaret S Peters, was living on Third Street, in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas (8). She was living with her son William and his family (8).
In 1920, his widow, Margaret S Peters, was living at 800 Third Street, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas (9). She was living with her son William and his family (9).
His widow, Margaret S Peters, died on 29 May 1928 (15). She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas (15).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Abraham R Peters)
2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 19 March 1863 (Pri Peters)
3 company G, register of men discharged, #47 (Abraham R Peters)
4 company G, descriptive roll, #58 (Abraham R Peters)
5 William G Cutler. History of the State of Kansas. Chicago, IL: AT Andreas, 1883. "Biographical sketches". available at http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/greenwood/greenwood-co-p6.html (viewed 26 March 2006) (A R Peters)
6 1880 US census, Kansas, Greenwood County, Eureka, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 89, microfilm series T9, film 382, page 261 A = 17 handwritten (Abraham R Peters)
7 1900 US census, Kansas, Greenwood County, Eureka City, 3rd ward, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 48, microfilm series T623, film 481, page 10 A-B = 2 handwritten (A R Peters)
8 1910 US census, Kansas, Greenwood County, Eureka City, 2nd [?] ward, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 24, microfilm series T624, film 441, page 38 A = [illegible] handwritten (Margret S Peters)
9 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Greenwood County, Eureka City, 3rd ward, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 25, microfilm series T625, film 533, page 8 B = 1 handwritten (Margaret S Peters)
10 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (A R Peters)
11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 30 April 1865 (Peters)
12 pension index, by name (Abraham R Peters)
13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Abraham R Peters)
14 Find a grave memorial 21432635 (citing Cutler's history of Kansas--Greenwood County) (accessed 26 September 2010) (Abraham R Peters) [identity confirmed by a reference in the Find-a-grave memorial to his service in the 91st]
15 Find a grave memorial 21432806 (Margaret S Peters)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Abraham R Peters)
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|family visit #||146|
|name||Peters Abraham R||- Maggie S J [?]||- Susie||- Margie H||- Thomazine||- William T||Green Carrie|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|school this year||1|
|street||Clay [?] Street|
|name||Peters A.R.||Peters Margaret S||Peters Margie H||Peters William T|
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|mother of how many children?||8|
|# of children living||4|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||Jewler [sic]||Assist [?] Home||Jewler [sic]|
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|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
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|mother of # children|
|mother of # living children|
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|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||F|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||25|
|family visit number||27|
|name||Peters William T||- Lea [?]||- Francis||- Margaret Ann||- Mary Elizabeth||- Margaret S|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||F|
|age at last birthday||40||37||12||10||1 10/12||76|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919||yes||yes||no|
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|mother's native language|
|can speak English||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
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