Jacob Peter 1 2

1751 - 1804

  • Born: 22 Mar 1751, Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania

  • Marriage: Susanna Rex

  • Died: 22 Apr 1804, Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania at age 53 2 3

  • Buried: 22 Apr 1804, Heidelberg Cemetery Old Sect Row 12

Notes on his Revolutionary War Service


Jacob Peter was listed as a member of the 3rd Battalion of the Northhampton County Milita, 5th Co. May 1778.

 In 1780 he appears in the general roll for the 6th Battalion (Lt. Col. Henry Giger), 5th Company under Capt. Conrad Reader, and he is also listed as being in the 6th Battalion, 7th Company under Capt. Geo. Smather (possibly transfered). He is listed as 'willing to march' as of May 18, 1781 with the 6th Battalion Northampton County Milita, 5th Company.


Sources for above:

Electronic Source, FTM, Old Heidelberg cemetery, Peter Jacob, Pvt, 5th Co., 6th Batt, PA Militia, Rev War. Mar 22, 1751-Apr. 22, 1804

Electronic Source: Hatcher, Patricia Law: Abstract of Graves of Rev Patriots, Jacob Peter, Vol. 3, p. Serial: 10468-A; Vol. 23, Jacob Peter

 Electronic Source: Rev War Militia Organization: Northampton Co., PA, pp. 1, 3, 4

 Electronic Source: Google Books, PA Archives, 5th Series, Vol. III. Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Harrisburg, PA, 1906, pp. 1, 78, 79, 233, 234, 423, 448,449,450, 450, 451, 452, 464, 465, 509, 510, 513, 514

 Electronic Source: Rev War Military Abstract Card File Indexes, Archives, State of PA, Pater, Jacobs, Oct 26, 1780, Oct 26, 1780, July 11, 1781, 7 Jan 1766, 20 May 1785, 14 May 1778


  General Notes:

From the Peter Family History by W.K. Peter
"Jacob Peter (a son of Casper Peter) was born March 22nd, 1751, was married to Susanna, a daughter of George Rex. They resided in Heidelberg Township, at first evidently in that part now included in Washington Township. This we base on the fact that their children, John Casper, J. Jacob, Susanna and A. Margaretta, born between the years 1773 and 1786, and according to the baptismal record of the Union Church, were all baptized there, thus indicating that they were members of that Church, during the earlier years of their married life.
From a deed dated Dec. 19th 1785, from Casper Peter to his son, now in the hands of Oscar Leibold, owner of part of the land, it appears that Jacob Peter became the owner of 350 acres and 70 perches of land, and that he resided on part of the same, the location being about one mile east of the Heidelberg Church, this is proven by subsequent conveyances, covering to the present time.
Jacob Peter died April 22nd, 1804, and was buried in the old cemetery connected with the Heidelberg Church. Susanna, the wife of Jacob, died August 3rd, 1823, and was buried beside her husband. The first tombstones which marked their graves, having become affected by the ravages of time, were out of respect to the decedent's memory, replaced in 1907, by their great grand descendants.
That Jacob Peter was possessed of other land, besides the 350 acres and 70 perches referred to above, is shown by deeds of conveyance to his three sons, to wit: On May 7th 1803, Jacob Peter and Susanna, his wife, deeded to their son, Casper, 173 acres 93 perches; On May 17th, 1803, to their son John, 144 acres, 100 perches, and on May 20th, 1803, 182 acres and 96 perches to their son, Jacob. A total of over five hundred acres.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Naturalization, 15 Oct 1765, Heidelberg Twp. Pennsylvania. 4

• Military, 1776, Patriot From Pennsylvania.

Jacob married Susanna Rex, daughter of Georg Rex and Anna Margaretha Knauss. (Susanna Rex was born on 21 Jan 1751 in Heideberg Twp, , Pennsylvania, died on 23 Aug 1823 in Heidelberg Twp, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania 3 and was buried on 23 Aug 1823 in Heidelberg Cemetery Old Sect Row 12.)


1 Wilson K. Peter, History of Peter Family (1908), Page 14.

2 Church Records, Heidelberg Union Church 1710-1783, Records 1766-1833 LDS Film 1305846 (Handwritten notes).

3 Heidelberg Union Church Cemetery

5187 Irvin Rd Slatington Pennsylvania

4 M.S. Giuseppi, Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies (Vol XXIV The Huguenot Society of London 1921), page 126.