My great-grandfather, John William Peffer, was born abt. Oct. 1844/1845 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. His father was William Peffer who was born abt. 1812. John's mother's name was Barbara, but I do not know her maiden name. John William Peffer left Pennsylvania and 23 January 1865, married my great-grandmother Alzina Reynolds in Branch County, Michigan. They had a son, John Franklin Peffer, who was my grandfather and he married my grandmother Cordelia Skidmore in 1897 in Deerfield, Isabella, Michigan.
I have searched and searched for Willam Peffer's parents and Barbara's (his wife) maiden name without success. I cannot find a birthdate or marriage date for either of them. I do strongly suspect, however, that both William and Barbara are buried in Branch County, Michiga
In searching the 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 census reports for Miffline county I believe that William's father was possibly George Peffer, who lived in Mifflin County in 1810, 1820 and 1830 and who had sons that would fall into the correct age catergories for William. In 1810 there were only two Peffers living in Mifflin County - George and Joseph Peffer, with Joseph being the younger of the two. It is possible they could have been father and son. In 1820, there was only George Peffer, who lived in Wayne Township. In 1830, there was George Peffer and a Philip Peffer living in Wayne Township, but I believe Philip was George's son and William Peffer's brother. In 1840 there was Philip Peffer and William Peffer living in Granville Township. Evidently, George had died before the 1840 census. His wife must have dined before the 1830 census.
If anyone out there has any information they are willing to share, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Thank you ever so much.
Gates, North Carolina