Loucks-Wallace Genealogy - Person Sheet
Loucks-Wallace Genealogy - Person Sheet
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
Spouses
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. Salter was a Revolutionary War veteran. 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 Ancestry.com: 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.

Additional information regarding Salter’s Revolutionary War background provided by Tim Bowes (and also in my own records):

Peter Salter, Soldier - American Revolutionary War and more
Posted 15 Apr 2011 by ctimbowes 

1.  From the Records of the State of Vermont, Adjutant General's Office, October 29, 1928 (Much of this information can also be found posted on Ancestry.com in:  Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War, Vol 13 [Images Online]):

"Vol XIII, Page 752:  Peter Salter of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Private in Capt. John Maynard's Co., Col. Job Cushing's reg., marched Aug. 21, 1777, discharged Aug. 23, 1777, service 6 days (60 miles travel home).  company marched to Hadley by order of Col. Deanny on alarm at Bennington, also list of men mustered by Thomas Newell, Muster Master of Worcester County to service in the Continental Army for the term of nine months.  Said Salter appears among men belonging to Capt. Rice's Company and other companies, engaged for town of Shrewsbury prior to May 20, 1778 to serve for term of eight months from the time of their arrival at North River, as certified by the Selectman, also descriptive list of men raised from Capt A. Rice's (1st Shrewsbury) Company, Col Cushing's regiment.

"To serve for the term of nine months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill, age 20 years, statue five feet, eleven inches, complexion light, residence Shrewsbury, also list of men returned as received (?) of Johathan Warners, Commissioner, by Col R. Putnam July 20, 1778, arrived at Fishkill June 7, 1778

"Peter Salter, Shrewsbury, Private of Capt Thos. Francis' Company, Col. Tupper's regiment, Continental Army pay account for service from January 1, 1777 to December 31, 1779 reported as serving seven months as private, 29 months a Corporal, also Sergeant, same company and regiment.  Continental Army pay account for service from January 1, 1780 to December 31 1780 also descriptive list of men in Continental service Capt. Thos Francisco's Company, 10 Massachusetts regiment rank Sergeant, age 23 years, statue six feet, complexion dark, hair brown, residence Shrewsbury, engaged November 3, 1779 by Capt term during war. also sergeant. Col Benj. Tupper's (10th) regt., service from January 1, 1782 - 23 months, also list of men allowed wages for one month (probably December 1782) appended to a return for wages for Capt. Mathew Chambers Company, Lieut. Col Calvin Smith's (6th) regt. for the year 1782 also return (year not given) (probably 1783) of men entitled to $80 gratitude, agreeable to act of Congress of May 15, 1778 for services during war, 7 Co. 6 Mass reg."
In a 20 January 1819 sworn statement as part of his application for a pension based on his Revolutionary War service Peter Salter states, in part:  "That he was in frequent skirmishes but not in any battles of consequence".2.  "In the history of town of Orange, Peter Salter's name appears in the list of voters of the town, who took the freeman's oath in Sept. 1800.  He also was Captain of the First Company of Militia enrolled in this section.  This same record states that Isaac Salter resided in Barre, Vt. and was a member of Capt. Warren Ellis' company that was in service War 1813-14.  Adjutant General's Office, State of Vermont."

And a basic repeat of the above paragraph from "The Vermont Historical Gazetteer":  Vermont Historical Magazine, p 956:  Town of Orange, Orange County, Vermont:  "The first check list of voters who took the freeman's oath, was made Sept. 2, 1800" and included Peter Salter.   And on page 957 under section titled "First Constables":   "The first company of enrolled militia was commanded by Captain Peter Salter, a soldier of the revolutionary war." 
3.     EARLY HISTORY OF ARCADE TOWN, WYOMING COUNTY, NEW YORK(As relates to Peter Salter and descendents)From Beers' History of Wyoming County, N.Y., 1880 ( as extracted from Ancestry.com):Index lists four Salters:  David Salter, I (L?). C. Salter, Isaac Salter and Peter Salter on page 117 with Leonard C. Salter on page 308.Early History of Arcade:Page 117, Column 1 states in part:  “Moses Smith and Simeon Wells came on and settled with their families in 1811.  Isaac Sanders and others settled in the east part of the town in 1812.“The northwest part of the town was first settled by William Bennett, Aaron Sillaway and Peter and David Salter, with Isaac H. Salter, a son of Peter Salter, and Asa Fisher.  Jonathan Hadley came in 1816 and his family in 1817.  Moses Blood came about 1820.“This Settlement was known for many years as Hadley’s Corners; afterward as the brick school house.  Three or four farms dipping down toward what are called the Sardinia flats are some of the best lands in Arcade.  The old farm taken up by Peter Salter is now owned and occupied by his grandson, L. C. Salter.”Page 117, Column 2 states in part:  “The first town meeting was held, as the record reads, ‘on the first Tuesday A.C. 1818 pursuant to the law passed March 6th, 1818, to regulate the meetings of a town.’“Then followed the choice of town clerk, Walter Hinckley; assessors – Jacob Jackson, Isaac H. Salter and D. H. Wooster; - - - - inspectors of common schools – John Brown, David Salter, Joseph Pasco and Selas Parker.It was voted that pathmasters serve as poundmasters and fence viewers.  The following persons were chosen pathmasters:  (David Salter was one of the 16 pathmasters).Page 308 lists, among other notable residents of Arcade for which no specific biography was included, Leonard C. Salter.




 

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