Peter Hess

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Peter Hess (10 September 1779 – 9 August 1855) was a farmer and landowner. He was born 1779 in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania to Loyalist Michael Hess and Gertraudt Van Cortlandt, she a descendant of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the Bayard family, and the Schuyler family from New York. He emigrated to Canada in 1789.

Peter Street and Hess Street in the city of Hamilton, Ontario are named after him as well as Caroline Street after one of his six daughters through his wife Sarah Beasley.

Early in the 19th century he acquired land in Hamilton, west of present-day Bay Street to Queen Street, stretching from Aberdeen Street almost to the Bay.

He died in 1855 in Barton township, Canada (present day Hamilton, Ontario) and is buried in Hamilton Cemetery.


  • Bailey, Thomas Melville (1981). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol I, 1791-1875). W.L. Griffin Ltd.