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Marion Peterson Biography

from History of Kentucky, Edition 3

Marion Peterson was born May 17, 1838, in Green (now Taylor) County, Kentucky, where he remained (except one year spent in Missouri) until 1863.  He then removed to Shelby County, where he remained about eighteen months, after which he returned to Taylor County, and in 1876 removed to Barren County, where he now resides.  His father, Raphael Peterson, was born about 1800 in Marion County, Kentucky.  He is a farmer, and now resides in Taylor County.  He is a son of Garrett Peterson, who was of German descent.  Raphael Peterson was twice married.  His first wife, Matilda Beam, whom he married about 1824, bore him the following children:  John A., Nancy, William H., James G., Eliza (Hill), Marion, Mary S. (Van Cleve), and Sally M. (Moss).  His second marriage took place about 1875 with Mrs. Mary L. (Davis) Campbell.  Marion Peterson married, November 28, 1878, Susan C., daughter of Peter S. and Martha A. (Evans) Branstetter.  She was born July 6, 1851, and to them have been born John A., Charley S., Mary E. and Martha A.  Mr. Peterson was aided in starting in life by receiving a share of his brother’s (James G.) estate, and by persevering efforts has become the owner of 175 acres of well improved and productive land in a fine state of cultivation.  He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which he joined about 1860, and in which he was made a ruling elder in 1868 or 1870 – was ordained by Rev. Thomas Marshall.  He is one of the active farmers of his neighborhood, and politically is a Democrat.

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