Marion County Biographies

Dr. Henry B. Peterson

Contributed By: Sandi Gorin
Source: Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Marion Co.

HENRY B. PETERSON, M.D., was born October 3, 1838, and is a son of William and Celia A. (Buckler) Peterson, to whom eight sons and two daughters were born, all of whom lived to be grown, except one son and one daughter. William Peterson was born in September, 1811; he was a substantial farmer and owned a number of negroes; died April 7, 1886. He was a son of Garrett Peterson, who was born in Washington County, Ky.; was a captain in the war of 1812, served under Gen. Harrison; was a farmer and slave-holder, and died of cholera in Marion County, in 1833. He had married Nancy Smock; was a son of Henry Peterson. His father also married a Miss Smock, was born in Pennsylvania, was of Holland descent, and was one of the first settlers of Marion County. Mrs. Celia A. (Buckler) Peterson was born in Marion County, and a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Tolbert) Buckler, who were born in Virginia and Maryland respectively, and came to Marion County, Ky., as early as 1801 and settled near Loretto. Henry Buckler died in 1854, aged seventy-five years. Dr. Henry B. Peterson was born near Chicago, Marion Co., Ky., and received a liberal education. At the age of twenty he commenced teaching and continued till after twenty-two in the common schools. At the age of twenty-four he turned his entire attention to the study of medicine; graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in the spring of 1866 and located where he now resides, in Raywick, meeting with success. He is a member of the Marion County Medical Association, and Beech Fork Association, and also a member of the board of health. He married Mary E. Beall in April 1867. She is a daughter of Thomas J. and Sarah Jane (Stiles) Beall, natives of Marion and Nelson Counties respectively. Mr. Beall was a farmer and distiller and a large slave-holder. In 1874 he moved to Jackson County, Kas. He was a son of Washington and Mary (Carter) Beall, who came from Maryland in an early day. Washington Beall was a substantial farmer and distiller. He built and owned one of the first mills on Salt Lick Creek, and in that part of the country was a large land owner. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have had born to them three children: Stiles T., Wesley W., and Anna B., all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, as are their parents. The Doctor is a member of the F. & A. M., in politics is a consistent Democrat, and cast his first vote for Douglas, in 1860.



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