Articles written by Branch Members

James Peters 1779 – 1850, Washburn, Marsh Road, St. John, NB

Note pasted on back of frame by Colonel James Peters (1853 – 1926) :-

June 1921 – This is my grandfather, James Peters. He came to St. John, N.B. at the age of four years with his father who was agent for the United Empire Loyalists who left the U.S. at the time of the revolution. He built ‘Ashburn’ near St. John, where I was brought up by my Uncle Jim, his son, and the finest man God ever made. You Peters who follow, call your boys "Jim". None of that name ever went wrong.
(S’g’d) James Peters

James Peters, formerly a merchant in the West Indies trade, retired early from business, finding it irksome from the infirmity of deafness.

His wife brought him a large property on which he lived and died. (per statement by James White Peters, - ‘Uncle Jim’, - to his nephew James Peters who died in 1926 at his residence "Ashburn’, 423 Peters Street, Esquimalt, B.C.

James Peters (2) , was born at Hempstead, Long Island, Feb. 11, 1779 and died in St. John , N.B. Sept.14th 1850.

He was a merchant and also Police Magistrate and Mayor of the city, living at his country seat, Ashburn, on Marsh Road. He married Sussannah White, 1774 – 1838, daughter of Sheriff James White and Elizabeth Cranston DeBlois, (daughter of Louis BeBlois, Loyalists from Boston and granddaughter of Governor Cranston of Rhode Island.

(Per Martha Bockee Flint published 1896)

Copy of the 1847 A. J. Hoit portrait made in 1939 by amateur artist Hugh Peters and with X-mas greetings presented to his eldest brother Lt. Col. James Peters of Little Hill, Instow, North Devon, England.

--- great grandsons presently separated by the width of a continent and an ocean, the latter reputed dangerous for shipping due to hostile German U boats, so here’s hoping the copied portrait meets with no accident.

Submitted by Mary Sandford (Peters) UE