Henry Moore Peters

was born April 30, 1770 in Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire USA, and died May 1808 in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia.  He married (1) TAMAR BLISS and (2) AURELIA PAYNE Abt. 1792, daughter of JOHN PAYNE and LYDIA TISDALE.

He was likely named after the Henry Moore, the martyr to the Roman Catholic Church two hundred years earlier. Henry's first wife was Tamir Bliss, she died in 1792 and they had no children. Henry was a widower at 22 years of age.

Sometime around the turn of the century, he married Aurelia Payne, another Loyalist family now residing in Cape Breton. Together they had 5 children. 

Henry died in May 1808 at 38 years of age and his last child was born in 1809, probably about January. He left Aurelia with 4 children ranging in ages from 7 to less than one year and one unborn.

It is not certain where they lived, but I suspect that it was on a tract of 200 acres in the Sydney area, land granted to his mother in his name.

Aurelia Payne

was born about 1784 or earlier and died in 1846 in South Head, Cow Bay, Cape Breton. She married (1) Henry Moore Peters, after 1792 and probably close to the turn of the century. She married (2) Thomas Murrant in St George's Anglican Church in Sydney on 12 April 1812.

HENRY PETERS and AURELIA PAYNE had the following children:

         i.        BARNET PETERS, b. Abt. 1801. BARNET was christened on March

                        26, 180 1 in St. George's Anglican Church in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

       ii.        ORMAND PETERS, b. Abt. 1803, Mira River, Nova                       


       iii.        ANN BARNET PETERS, b. Abt. 1804.

         iv.        WILLIAM WENTWORTH PETERS, b. Abt. 1808.

                         He was christened on July 27, 1810 in St. George's  

                        Anglican, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

         v.        HENRY EDWIN PETERS, b. January 18097; m. JANE

                        MARTEL, July 21, 1833, St George's Anglican Church

                        Sydney, Nova Scotia8.

                       The census records of 1838 to 1841 ( National 

                       Archives microfilm # 5220) records Edmond Peters

                       farming in Cape Breton county about 1840. The IGI

                       marriage record as well as others contains reference

                       to an " Edmund". It is assumed however that his name

                       was Edwin and these records are incorrect.

                       EDWIN was christened on July 27, 1810 in St

                      George's Anglican Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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