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Isaac and Rosa (Hersey New) Peters and Napoleon B. and Myrtle (Clem) Peters, 

 Albert  and Mary Sofia (Clem) Nelson

Isaac and Napoleon were  sons of Martin Peters and Sarah J. Mason Peters.  In 1870 Allen County Indiana with Louis and Sarah J. Hocleland are Ephragm Peters, 22, Isaac Peters 16, Napoleon Peters 10, Semantha Peters 7, and Willshere R. Peters, 4

Wilshire Riley Peters was a minister, in South Dakota in 1892 an 1896 when daughters were born, in Nebraska in 1899 when a son was born, and a wife Myra buried in Wyoming.  His first wife Examenia May Delavan Peters, 1864-1888 is buried in the Decatur cemetery, Adams County.

 Isaac married Sarah Elizabeth Nelson January 18, 1877 in Dekalb County, Indiana,

In 1900 Adams County Isaac, born June 1853 in Indiana, has been married 20 years to Sarah E. July 1861 Indiana.  They have Ada Jun 1882, Eva Feb 1884, and Earl April 1886, all Indiana.


Both homesteaded about 280 acres in 1919, both in section 10, 2S 43W - a couple miles north of Beecher Island.

Napoleon's obituary said he was born near Fort Wayne on April 1, 1860.  In 1888 he came to Omaha where he married Theresa Wild November 29, 1888 in Dorchester, Nebraska.  Three sons, one of whom died in infancy. 

When Martin Charles Peters registered, he said he was born June 3, 1890 in Dorchester, Nebraska.

In 1900 Dorchester, Saline County Napoleon, April 1860 in Indiana, is married to Theresa Feb 1866 Illinois.  They have Martin June 1889 Nebraska and a son born September 1898.

The obituary said Theresa died in 1902.

In 1889 Jacob 57 and Caroline 57 Wild are in Saline County, with Sophia 20, Theresa 18, Henry 15, and Anna 13.

The Dorchester Cemetery has "Peters         Thresa     Lot    442            space 1   Jacob Wild purchased the plot and he and Caroline are in spaces 3 and 4, Rose is in 5, and Charles Osger is in 6  SO Theresa's and N.B.'s infant son almost certainly is in space 2. .". 

In 1904 he married Myrtle Almira Clem of Decatur, Indiana.  In 1900 they have Lyle 11 and Ruby I 3, both born in Nebraska.  So Ruby was Myrtle's only child.

Preceded in death by brothers Ephraim, Isaac and Riley.

Survived by wife Myrtle, sons Martin of Crete, Neb and Lyle of New York City, daughter Ruby Cross of Wray and sister Mrs. Nettie Chrismer of Wray.

In 1910 Martin Peters is an engineer on a traction engine in Wauneta, Chase County Nebraska - he probably was running a tractor breaking sod, or a threshing machine engine.

In 1930 Crete there's a Martin Peters, 39, Nebraska, married to Anna 37, Nebraska, and in the Wilber Czech cemetery in Saline County Annie Dec 15, 1893-Feb28 1992 and Martin C. Peters Jun 3, 1890- March 30, 1976

My grandfather, Charles Osger, came to the United States from Denmark at the age of 14. He was accompanied by a friend, Napoleon B. Peters. They were both musicians, and according to oral family history, played with John Phillip Sousa. My grandfather's obituary shows that he was born Sept. 14, 1862, in Lenvig(sp?), Denmark. He and Mr. Peters ended up in Crete, Nebraska, and married sisters, Sophia and Theresa Wild.


Sophia WILD Osger 1862-1960  is buried in Woodson County Kansas, Charles Osger in Dorchester, Saline County Nebraska 1861-1927

In 1910 Lansing "Napolian" B. is 50, Myrtle E, 28, both born in Indiana.  Lyle 11, and Ruby I., 3, both born in Nebraska



1910 "Mrs. M. Clem and Mrs. W. Miller and son Earl arrived Monday morning from Findley, Ohio.  They are the mother, sister and nephew of Mrs. Albert Nelson north of town and Mrs. N.P. Peters of the Coston ranch, whom they will visit for a few weeks."

1919 "Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Peters and daughter, Ruby, arrived Friday evening in Wray to spend a few days visiting Mrs. Peters' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nelson, north of Wray.  The Peters' now reside in Denver, but formerly resided near Beecher Island."

In 1920 Lansing "Napolian" B. is 59, wife Myrtle E. is 36, born in Indiana, and they have Ruby I. 13, Nebraska.

Napoleon B. and Myrtle are in Yuma County in 1930 and - probably the same farm, but these had it in the Armel precinct.

Napoleon B. Peters is buried in Grandview. 1860-1942 - and Myrtle E. 1883 - 1972.  In the same plot is "Peters, Infant Son & Daughter"


Mary Clem married Oliver Albert Nelson November 29, 1888 in Allen County.

In 1900 Adams County Indiana  are Albert 34 Mary 32, Maud 10, Grace 7, Iria 3, and Iriena 1.


1909 "Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nelson came up from Ough, Neb, and are established on their claim just northeast of town.  They are building a new house and otherwise improving it.  The children will remain at their old home until school closes."

Albert proved up on 320 acres in 20, 2N 43W - about five miles northeast of Wray - in 1916.

1910 "Mr. Albert Nelson, who lives north of Wray made a trip to Nebraska this week."

In 1910 West Wray Albert Nelson is 43, Mary 40, Grace M. 17, Ira A. 13, Irene M. 11 Paul A. 5, all born Indiana, and Walter E. 2 Nebraska.

June 12, 1913

1915 "Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nelson ... had been visiting their son in Denver .  It will be remembered that their son, a young man of about 19, was accidentally shot a few weeks ago, and is now in the hospital in Denver."

Ira Albert Nelson registered in Wray, saying he was born January 29 1897 in Decatur Indiana, and his father was born in Butler, Indiana.  He was working for Albert on the farm.  He registered for WWII in New York City, where he was working for Charles Scribner Sons

In 1920 Albert Nelson is farming in Yuma County, 53, with Mary 50, Eric A. 22, Maurine 20, and Paul A. 15 all born Indiana, Walter E 11 Nebraska, and Elonor M. 8, Colorado.  Also with them are Margaret Clem, widowed, mother-in-law 76, Indiana, and George H. Clem, 46, Kansas.  

1922 "Mr. and Mrs. Ira Nelson and little son Ivan were holiday visitors in the Albert Nelson home in Boulder."


Margaret died September 6, 1923 at the home of her daughter Myrtle Peters, near Wray.  Her obituary said that her children were Mary Sofia Nelson of Boulder, George Washington Clem of Wray, Sarah Ann Lancaster of Jackson, Mich, Winfield Adam Clem of Crete, Neb, Myrtle, and Ross William Clem of Nelson, Neb.

Mary Nelson divorced Albert D. Nelson in Denver in 1929.

The 1930 Boulder census, with Mary Nelson, widowed, Irene M. 28, Paul A. 25, Walter 21, and Evaline M. 19 almost surely is the same one.

Isaac is in Fort Wayne in 1920, widowed, the only entry on a "Supplemental" "Father, age 65, born in Indiana. 2603 Florida Drive"

Attorney Ruben E. Peters 34, Estella L. 39, and Lea V. 11 are at that address, too.

In 1910 Wells County, Indiana Isaac and Sarah E. are alone.

Sarah - 1860 -1915 is buried in Decatur Cemetery, Adams County - and so is Isaac, dying in 1939.

ROSE and brother LUMAN RAY

In 1888 L.J. Hersey, a carpenter, boards at 1144 S. 13th   - (An Erastus G. Hershey, carpenter rooms at 833 Santa Fe.

Luman J. Hersey, Rose & Luman's father father, owned a lot in Denver in the 1889 assessment.

In 1892 Denver Luman J. Hersey, carpenter, resides at 211 Kent.

In 1894 he's a bookkeeper, still at 211 Kent.

In 1896 he's "ore shippers agt, working at 406 Club Bldg.", still at 211 Kent.  Miss Rose M. Hersey, a student, is at the same address.

In 1899 Luman J. is in real estate, Miss Rose is a teacher, both at 2121 W 34th.

In 1900  M. Rose Hersey, born October 1874 in Vermont, is teaching school in Fraser, Grand County, boarding with the Cline family. Rose Hersey married Clarence A. New in 1903 in Denver

The 1901 directory has Luman still in real estate, living at 2121 W 34th - At the same address are Miss Nellie R. Hersey, teacher, and Miss Rosa M. Hersey, teacher.

1906, still at 2121 W. 34th, Luman is in mining, L. Ray is an engineer, and Rose is a teacher.

In 1913 Luman J. Hersey is curator of ornithology at the Colorado Museum of Natural History, and he's the only Hersey at 2121 W. 34th.

(Clarence New married Katherine Rird (that's the way it's typed)  in Wray April 20, 1935 ) and Clarence A. New proved up land in Otero County in 1920

Clarence A. New, 75, of 202 131 St., a resident of the Greeley community for 66 years, died Saturday at Weld County General hospital.   He was a retired stockman. New was born March 28, 1885 at Abilene, Kan.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Delia New; a son, Luman New; a stepson, Darwin McKenzie of Denver; and a sister, Mrs. Rose B. Darling of Greeley. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday from Macys drawing room, with interment at Linn Grove. Published 12 Jan 1959, The Greeley Daily Tribune, Greeley, Colorado. 


This is probably not the Clarence E. New from Eckley - that one was born about 1905, with parents Alvin in Eckley in 1930, an engineer, living in Ogallala in 1935 and Boulder in 1940.

One tree said Rosa was born October 13, 1873 and died November 10, 1960 in Los Angeles.

August 1951

Donald Bliss and family Inspire Parties Dr. and Mrs. Donald Bliss and three children of Riverside, Calif., who are vacationing in Colorado inroute home from Florida, have been the inspiration of two family gatherings. The first get-together was at the .·anch home, Kinlkinik, of Dr. Bliss' arother, Clarence, and wife, in the Poudre canon. The 14 present were all relatives except Mr. and Mrs. mlEeorge James and their daughter, atlloan, from Greeley.

irai Mrs. Mort Darling, Mrs. David --Bliss and Mrs. Rose Darling were hostesses at a dinner party for the Hiss and Darling families Thursday evening at the Tea House honoring the Calif rnians. The evening was spent at the country home of Mrs. Rose Darling, sis ( miles northeast of Greeley. This .farm has been in the Darling family for 80 years. Besides the honor guests and the hostesses, those present were: Mrs. Charles H. Bliss, mother of N Dr. Bliss, Mrs. Robert Bliss, Miss lor Marjorle Darling, Mort Bliss  and David Bliss. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. 36 Owen were unable to attend. igu " Dr. Bliss and family have been "'"living at Lake Alfred, Fla., for the "' past six months while he was on - 'a sabbatical leave from the University of California citrus experiment station at Riverside. He was ter engaged in research work at the University of Florida citrus experimental station at Lake Alfred c.e Their children are: Ronald, who has graduated from Riverside polytechnic high school in June atECeorgia Jean, 14: and Kenneth luAlden, 13. s.'. The Blisses are spending most of a their time in Colorado at Kinikinik. '^, : C


1917 "J.R. Thomas sold his farm of 320 acres, which is located eighteen miles northwest of Wray, Friday to Alvin D. New, of the same locality.  Mr. New and family have been residing with Mrs. New's brother, Ed Wray, the past year."

And in 1920 Alvin D. New proved up 320 acres in sections 30, 31, and 32 of 3N 45W - northeast of Eckley.  - only a mile from Edward P. Wray.

  Thanks to B.J. Bayless

Alvin D. New  died April 15, 1958 and Clara Edna (Wray) New 1876-1957 are in Crown Hill cemetery, Wheat Ridge.

OBITUARY - Thursday, October 24, 1940 - Wray Gazette
Edward Percy Wray 76, died at the Wray Hospital on Sunday Oct 20, 1940 following a stroke at his homestead 10 miles north of Eckley. He was a familiar character of both Wray and Eckley and had many friends in both places. H is survived by 5 brothers all living in Missouri and two sister, one of this county and one of Denver, Co.

Rosa May New divorced Clarence A. New in 1908 in Denver

She's in 1910 Denver, age 35 born in Vermont, daughter of Luman J. and Laurette Hersey, with Luman Frank New born Nov 29, 1904 (California death record has him dying January 24, 1986).

In 1920 Rose H. Peters is teaching school  in Lincoln County, Wyoming, living with the Bryant E. Stock family. Son Luman F, 15 is with her.

Her brother Luman Ray Hersey registered for WWI in Wray, saying he was born Feb 26, 1887 in Williamstown, Vermont, living with his parents.  He proved up 80 acres in 1919 in 1S 43W

Luman J. Hersey 67 and Laurette D. Hersey are in Wray in 1920, farming, and in 1930 Laurette 86, widowed, is with her son L. Ray 43, Vermont and his wife Grace V. 30, Nebraska

Luman J -1852-1924 and Laurette D 1843-1930? Hersey are buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver.

L. Ray, Grace, and Virginia Rae, 11, Benjamin C. 8, Janie A. 5, and Betty Jean 1 are in Laird in 1940.  L Ray "Hershey" 1887-1958 is in Grandview Cemetery 5 A 2 8, next to Grace V. Hershey Daniels 1899-1982, and Elmer Daniels 1898-1966 on the other side.

California has Rose M. New, born October 13, 1873 in Vermont, dying Nov 10, 1960 in Los Angeles, mother's maiden name Davis. 

FindAGrave has Rose May New in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills)

Isaac divorced Rosa M. Peters in 1920 in Yuma County.  This has to be the Rose M. Peters "formerly Rose M. New" who proved up a homestead two miles west of Isaac's place in 1919.

Rose Mathilda Peters married Leslie J. Powers January 12, 1924.

One tree said Isaac married Lucy Blaine July 24, 1923, also in Adams County, Indiana  and died January 24, 1939 in Decatur, Indiana.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1939
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Decatur United Brethren Church for Isaac Peters, 85, of near Waterloo, who died Monday morning at the Sanders hospital in Auburn where he was taken following a stroke of paralysis. Burial will be in a Decatur Cemetery. Mr. Peters, a DeKalb county resident for 15 years, was the father of R. Earl Peters, Indiana director of the Federal Housing administration. 

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