The older Peter and Michael Oster probably came from the Frederick County, Maryland area, as a large number of German speaking families came from the area into Rowan County, NC. Actually, Samuel Cobrins militia list of ca 1753 (Anson Co, NC) spells the name as Oyster. At that time Peter Oyster is married, and Michael Oyster is a single man. Land transactions indicate that Michael and Julianna Oyster/Oster/Easter moved east of the Catawba by 1763. Michael Oster and wife Julianna, who anglicized their name to Michael Easter and Julianna had Peter Easter who married Elender (maiden unknown) and removed to Roane Co, Tn. His will is probated in Rhea County, Tennessee. Children of Peter and Elender Easter include: Joseph born in 1792 Randolph Co, NC (married Mary Smith, second Lucretia Evans); Peter Easter born 1795 married Margaret Tate; Eleanor Easter born 1808 NC married Christopher Wood in Roane Co, TN; Jonathan Easter; Solomon Easter born ca 1809 married Nancy Smally; David Madison Easter born 1813 NC married Fanny Slagel. I descend from Eleanor Easter Wood, through her oldest son Solomon Wood.
More information on the Easters can be gleaned from an article entitled "Peter Easter" in Vol II of the HERITAGE OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA (1999).
Should others have info on Easter/Oster connections to Frederick County, Maryland, please let me know.
David Travillion Bunton
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