Reverend Samuel Andrew Peters (1735–1826) was a Connecticut Anglican clergyman and historian. A nephew, John Samuel Peters (1772–1858), served as Governor of Connecticut 1831-33. Another nephew, John Thompson Peters (1765–1834) served as Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut 1818-1834.
Chronology [ edit ]
December 1, 1735 : Born in
Hebron, Connecticut being third youngest of twelve children of John Peters (1695–1754) and Mary Marks (1698–1784). 1757 Graduated from
Yale College 1757 Elected Rector of St. Peter's Church,
Hebron, Connecticut 1758 Sailed to England
March 11, 1759 Ordained Deacon
August 5, 1759 Advanced to the
Anglican Priesthood 1760 Returned to America; took charge of St. Peter's Church parish at Hebron, Connecticut
February 14, 1760 : First marriage to Hannah Owen (1740–1765) who bore him three daughters.
1763 - Climbed
Killington Peak, and allegedly named the area Verd Mont giving the state its future name. [1 ] June 25, 1769 : Second marriage to Abigail Gilbert (1751–1769).
April 20, 1773 : Third marriage to Mary Birdseye (1750- ) who bore him two sons.
August 1774 : Fled to
London, England after several visits from the " Sons of Liberty" because of his Loyalist sympathies. 1781 : Published, under a
pseudonym, " General History of Connecticut, from its first settlement under George Fenwick, to its latest period of amity with Great Britain prior to the Revolution; including a description of the country, and many curious and interesting anecdotes. With an appendix, pointing out the causes of the rebellion in America; together with the particular part taken by the people of Connecticut in its promotion. By a Gentleman of the Province". This work is noted for its unflattering descriptions of the colonists and for its misrepresentation of the Connecticut Blue Laws. The work was generally panned. [2 ] February 27, 1794 : Nominated Anglican Bishop-elect of
Vermont (but never consecrated) [3 ] 1805 : Returned to America
1817 : Visited the
Falls of St. Anthony, taking up a large claim there, but again settled in New York (1818). [4 ] April 19, 1826 : Died in
New York City in great poverty. [5 ]
References [ edit ]
Resources [ edit ]
Cameron, Kenneth W., ed. "
The Works of Samuel Peters of Hebron, Connecticut, New England Historian..." Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1967 Cohen, Sheldon S. "
Connecticut's Loyalist Gadfly: The Reverend Samuel Andrew Peters" American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut Pamphlet XVII (1976) Cohen, Sheldon S. "
Yale's Peripatetic Loyalist: Samuel Andrew Peters" Journal of the New Haven Colony Historical Society (NHCHS) 25 (Summer 1977) 1:3-7 Metz, Wayne Normile. "
The Reverend Samuel Peters (1735-1826): Connecticut Anglican, Loyalist Priest." Doctoral dissertation, Oklahoma State University, 1974 Middlebrook, Samuel. "
Samuel Peters: A Yankee Munchausen" New England Quarterly 20 (March, 1947) 1:75-87 O'Neil, Maud. "
Samuel Andrew Peters: Connecticut Loyalist" Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 1947 Peters, Samuel Andrew. "
" a popular chapter from Peters' " The Frogs of Windham History of Connecticut..." (1781)
Rourke, Constance. See first section of Chapter II in " American Humor: A Study of the National Character" University of Virginia (2001)
Trumbull, The Reverend Samuel Peters; His Defenders and Apologists (Hartford, 1877) Avery, Joshua M., "Subject and Citizen: Loyalty, Memory and Identity in the Monographs of the Reverend Samuel Andrew Peters"
, M.A. Thesis, Miami University, 2008
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