10/02/2004

Elijah Peters

Peters, Elijah
b.12/29/1824; d.11/30/1908.
Duncan Cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Please note, Elijah Peters was a veteran of the Mexican
War. He was not a veteran of the Civil War. However,
I'm including him here on this site to help correct the
notion that he was a Civil War veteran for he is listed
in some sources as such.

According to his Mexican War pension application,
Elijah served in the quartermaster department. His
gravestone simply reads: 1st TX Inf., Co. A." During
the Civil War, Elijah made a living operating a grist mill
in Gober, TX.* Gober is located in southeast Fannin
County, about ten miles southeast of Bonham.

Elijah Peters was born in Tennessee on Dec. 29, 1824.
Though Elijah spent his time as a boy in Missouri, he
spent over fifty years of his eighty-three years of life
as a resident of Fannin County, Texas.

Twice married (____ Jones & Elizabeth Covington),
Elijah fathered foureteen children, ten of them through
his second wife, Elizabeth. In terms of faith, Elijah was a
member of the Church of Christ.

Elijah died at the home of his son, Tom, about two and
half miles southwest of Duncan. He is buried in the
center of section seven of the Duncan Cemetery.
Until recently, his gravestone was virtually totally
obscured for a number of years by a large cedar tree.
There is indication of his military service on his
gravestone. It reads: "Co.A, 1 Tex. Inf., C.S.A."


* Bonham News Fannin County, TX, Dec. 15, 1908.
An abstract of Elijah's obituary can be seen online at:
www.rootsweb.com/~txfannin/obituaries19.html