John Peterson (ca1795-ca1856) and Mary Kurfis (1801-1886)  

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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:

  1. John Peterson, b. 1827; d. 24 Dec 1858 in Rockford. He m. Louisa OLSON 27 Mar 1855 in Rockford.
  2. Charles Peterson, b. about 1833.
  3. George Peterson, b. 12 Jun 1836.
  4. Frederick Peterson, b. about 1839.
  5. Mary Peterson, b. about 1847.
Pics and Stuff

Mary's obituary

From Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford:
    Gravestone of Mary Peterson

Five-Generation Pedigree Chart

Offspring This Family Parents Grandparents Great-grandparents
George Peterson John Peterson
Mary Kurfis Christian Kurfis
Wilhelmina --?--

Genealogy of Stephen R. Moore - Family Page of John Peterson and Mary Kurfis
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