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b. about 1795, probably in Sweden
m. 2 Apr 1827 in New York City
d. about 1856 in New York City
b. 2 Jun 1801 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Christian and Wilhelmina KURFIS
d. 5 Dec 1886 in Rockford, IL; bur. in Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford
Family legend has that John Peterson was born in Sweden, and he came to America as a stowaway. He immigrated sometime around the turn of the century. He worked as a ship's rigger on the docks of New York City.
Mary Kurfis was born in Philadelphia. Her family moved to New York City when she was young.
John and Mary were married 2 Apr 1827 at Mariner's Church in New York City. They had five children. John died about 1854 when he fell from a ship's mast. After his death, his widow moved to Rockford, IL to be with her sons, who had moved there previously.
Children of John and Mary Peterson:
From Greenwood Cemetery,
Gravestone of Mary Peterson
|George Peterson||John Peterson|
|Mary Kurfis||Christian Kurfis|
|Genealogy of Stephen R.
Moore - Family Page of John Peterson and Mary Kurfis
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