Casper Peter II 1

1724 - 1798

  • Born: 13 Aug 1724, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Marriage: Anna Elizabeth Ribsamin

  • Died: Jun 1798, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania at age 73 2 3

  General Notes:

Casper Peter of Heidelberg Twp., Northampton Co. took the Sacrament (Oath) for naturalization on October 6, 1765 at Philadelphia. His brothers Rudolph and Jacob were also naturalized as "foreign protestants" in October 1765.

Per the Application to the DAR of Claire Wolf
Strassburger - Hinke - Penna German Pioneers Vol I Pg 55 list 17-A
Snow Lowther 1731, Oct 14 Casper Peter

We have not identified Casper Peter II's grave yet, I think it might be at Neff's Cemetery or an unmarked grave in Heidelberg where his wife Anna Elizabeth is buried. I had seen in the DAR book where it lists his date of death as June 1798, I haven't seen other info.

Per The History of Lehigh and Carbon Co PA 1884

Of the family of Peters who early settled in Heidelberg township were three brothers, - Caspar, Rudolph, and Jacob. Caspar settled in what is now Washington, and the account of his descendants will be found in that township. He built the present house in 1761, and placed in the wall a stone with the year marked upon it.

pg 549

Early Settlers. - Caspar Peters, one of the earliest settlers in that part of Heidelberg which is now Washington, came here about 1741, from Switzerland, and took up three hundred acres of land between Unionville and Slatington, and about four miles distant from the latter place. His log house was built where is now the residence of his great-grandson, Daniel Peters. The date of the death of this pioneer progenitor of the Peters family is not known. He was buried in the Union Church Cemetery. He left several sons, among others, John and Caspar. The name of Jacob Peters appears in a list of warrants, in which it is indicated that he took up land Jan 28, 1752. Rudolph Peters took up land in 1754. It is not known that these two men were sons of the first Peters, but is presumable that they were. Caspar son of Caspar, was a native of the township, born in 1754. He married Elizabeth Rachel, the daughter of an early settler, and settled on the homestead farm. He died in 1811, and was buried in the Union church yard, as was also his wife. They had sons, - Jonas, John, Caspar, Godfrey, Henry, and Daniel. Jonas, who married Sally Ann Hoffman, a daughter of Wilhelm Hoffman, lived most of his life near the old homestead. He died in 1873, aged eighty-three years, leaving two sons, David and Charles, the former of whom lived on the Fenstermacher farm, where he died about 1840, and the latter moved to Slatington in 1857.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Alternate Spell: Caspar Peter. 4

• Alt. Birth, 15 Mar 1724, Alternate Date Of Birth.

• Naturalization, 6 Oct 1765, Heidelberg Twp. Pennsylvania. 5

Casper married Anna Elizabeth Ribsamin. (Anna Elizabeth Ribsamin was born on 15 Mar 1724 in Zurich, Switzerland, died on 16 Jul 1795 in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania 3 and was buried in Heidelberg Cemetery Old Sect Row 13.)


1 Albert Bernhardt Faust, A.B., PhD., Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies Vol 1 Zurich 1734-1744 (The National Genealogical Society), page 100.

2 DAR Patriot Index Centenial Edition, Part 2.

3 DAR Application Record or Supplemental.

4, Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies ( (Internet).

5 M.S. Giuseppi, Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies (Vol XXIV The Huguenot Society of London 1921), page 122.