NamePeter SALTER
Birth9 Jun 1758, Boston, MA
Death30 Jul 1834, Arcade, Wyoming County, NY
BurialPunkshire Cemetery, Town of Arcade, Wyoming County, NY
Baptism1 Mar 1820, Baptist Church, Sardinia, NY
Birth30 Mar 1764, Upton, Worcester County, MA
Death6 Nov 1854, Arcade, Wyoming County, NY
BurialPunkshire Cemetery, Town of Arcade, Wyoming County, NY
FatherDavid NELSON (1737-1827)
MotherSusannah BATCHELDER (1740-1785)
Marriage23 Nov 1784, Shrewsbury, MA
ChildrenIsaac Harrington (1785-1872)
 Susanna Nelson (1788-)
 Thankful Newton (1790-1867)
 Adam Harrington (1793-)
 David Nelson (~1795-)
Notes for Peter SALTER
Peter Salter: Soldier, Pioneer, Citizen

Peter Salter, earliest known member the Salter line, was born on 9 June 1758 in Boston, Massachusetts. He died on 30 July 1834 at the age of 76 years, one month. Nothing is known of his parents or early years. His obituary notice indicated that he moved to Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts while still a child. It is recorded (at the time of his enlistment as a militiaman in the Continental Army) that he was six feet tall, had brown hair and a ruddy complexion. On the eve of the American Revolution he was 18 years of age.

Salter was mustered into service on 1 January 1777 by Thomas Newhall, Muster Master of Worcester County. In his first enlistment he served under Colonel Benjamin Tupper in the 10th Massachusetts Regiment. Entering as a private, Salter was later promoted to corporal. In the summer of 1777 he saw action at the alarm in Bennington, Vermont. In 1778 the 10th stood ready at Hadley, Massachusetts and Fishkill, New York.

Said Salter appears among men belonging to Captain Rice’s Company and other Companies; engaged for Town of Shrewsbury prior to 20 May 1778 to serve for term of eight months from the time of their arrival at North River (Hudson River), as certified by the Selectmen, also descriptive list of men raised from Captain Rice’s (1st Shrewsbury), Colonel Cushing’s Regiment.

In 1780 Salter reenlisted a second time. He was now a sargeant. On 1 January 1781 he is listed in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment under Captain Matthew Chambers and Lieutenant Calvin Smith. All told, Peter Salter served in the Continental Army a period of five years, six months and 25 days. Upon his discharge, 9 June 1783, he received a gratuity of $80 agreeable to Act of Congress and dated 15 May 1783.

At the conclusion of the war Salter returned to Shrewsbury. On 10 September 1784 he was betrothed to Susanna Nelson, born 30 March 1764, of Upton or Shrewsbury. She was the daughter of David and Susannah (Batchelder) Nelson. On 23 November 1784 the couple was married.

Peter Salter was united with the Baptist Church at Harvard, Worcester County, MA at the age of 28. Moved his family to Orange County Vermont abt 1799 .

They had five children: Isaac Harrington Salter, Susanna Nelson Salter, Thankful Newton Salter, Adam Harrington Salter, and David Nelson Salter.

Records indicate that the elder Salter was among the number to organize the First Baptist Church of Plainfield, Vermont in November 1799. Orange County records further show Peter Salter serving in the capacity of Captain of the 1st Company of volunteer militiamen enrolled at Plainfield. Later and separate records identify him as serving in the War of 1812.

In September 1800 he took the Freeman’s Oath and was counted among the voters of the Town of Orange, Vermont. On 11 October 1814 his eldest daughter Susanna married Asa Fisher of Barre, Vermont. Two months later on 16 December 1814 his eldest son Isaac married Sally Worthen, also of Barre.

In June 1816 he moved his family again, this time to Arcade (China), Wyoming County, NY. In 1830 he joined the Sardinia Baptist Church.

In 1819 Salter received his Revolutionary War pension at age 59 years, 11 months.

After reaching 70 years of age, he often walked from his home at Punkshire to Sardinia to church, a distance of six miles. When he died in 1834, he had been a member of the Baptist church for 48 years.

There is a story that Peter donated land at Punkshire for the school house with the understanding that the building could aslo be used for religious meetings.

Later records:

Sardinia NY Baptist Church records show that Peter Salter joined this church 1 March 1820.

In 1839 Salter’s widow was allowed his Revolutionary War Pension

From Salter, Peter, Shrewsbury.Private, Capt. John Maynard's co., Col. Job Cushing's regt.; marched Aug. 21, 1777; discharged Aug. 23, 1777; service, 6 days, including 3 days (60 miles) travelhome; company marched to Hadley by order of Col. Denney on an alarm at Bennington; also, list of men mustered by Thomas Newhall, Muster Master for Worcester Co., to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 9 months; said Salter appears among men belonging to Capt. Rice's co. and other companies; engaged for town of Shrewsbury; also, return of men raised from 2d co. of 1st Parish in Shrewsbury prior to May 20, 1778, to serve for the term of 9 months from the time of their arrival at North river, as certified by the Selectmen; also, descriptive list of men raised from Capt. A. Rice's (1st Shrewsbury) co., Col. Cushing's regt., to serve for the term of 9 months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill; age, 20 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 11 in.; complexion, light; residence, Shrewsbury; also, list of men returned as received of Jonathan Warner, Commissioner, by Col. R. Putnam, July 20, 1778; arrived at Fishkill June 7, 1778.
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