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Ernest Lester (Lester) Peters, Sr.

Male, b. 28 February 1895, d. 3 November 1971

Parents

FatherAlva Edward Peters (b. 14 October 1870, d. 21 April 1942)
MotherSallie Jane Cole (b. 29 June 1870, d. 22 July 1942)

Family: Amy Etta Buckner (b. 21 October 1896, d. 9 February 1920)

DaughterEva Lucille (Lucille) Peters+ (b. 26 September 1917, d. 19 June 2004)
Photographs
Birth
28 February 1895; Anderson County, Tennessee. It is not known exactly where in Anderson County it was that he was born. His family purchased the farm where he grew up about five months after he was born. Therefore, he was not born on the farm where he grew up unless the family was already living on the land as renters prior to the time they purchased the property.1,2
ParentsAlva Edward Peters and Sallie Jane Cole.1
Names
Usually known as Lester. Never known as Ernest. Sometimes known as Pete. Sometimes called Uncle Pete even by non-family members.3
Census
1900; Anderson County, Tennessee.
Household of his father Alva Edward (Alvy) Peters. Dist. 9, 14 Jun 1900.
Earnest L. 5 son, male, single, white, Feb 1895, born in TN, father and mother born in TN.4
Census
1910; Anderson County, Tennessee.
Household of his father Alva Edward (Alvy) Peters. Dist. 9, 27 April 1910.
Lester 15 son, male, single, white, farm labor, born in TN, father and mother born in TN, attended school.5
Marriage24 December 1916; to Amy Etta Buckner; Gillespie Ave. Baptist Church, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.6,7
Marriage Record
State of Tennessee, Knox County, book 14, page 9, license #1571.
Know all men by these presents that we are held and firmly bound unto the State of Tennessee in the sum of Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars, to be void on condition that there by no lawful cause to prevent a marriage from being solemnized in the County of Knox between Earnest L. Peters age 21 and Amy E. Buckner age 20. Witness our hands and seals, the 23 day of Dec 1916. (signed) Earnest L. Peters, H. H. Peters. Marriage License, State of Tennessee, County of Knox, To any regular Minister of the Gospel, Priest or Jewish Rabbi having the care of Souls, or Judge, or Justice of the Peace for said County --- Greeting. I, Jesse L. Henson, Clerk of the County Court of Knox County aforesaid, by the power vested in me by law, do license you or either of you, to celebrate the Rites of Matrimony between Earnest L. Peters of Lenoir City Tenn. and Amy E. Buckner of City. Given at office in Knoxville, the 23 day of Dec 1916 and of American Independence, 141. (signed) Jesse L. Henson, clerk. by W. H. Lennon, Deputy Clerk. Marriage License #1571 Earnest L. Peters to Amy E. Buckner, 1916, Jesse L. Henson, Clerk. I solemnized the Rites of Matrimony between the above parties on the 24th day December 1916. W.H. Rutherford, Pastor, Gillespie Ave. Baptist Church.6
Draft Registration
15 June 1917; Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee.
1. Name - Earnest Lester Peters, age 22
2. Address - Lenoir, Tenn. (Lenoir City)
3. Born - Feb 28, 1895
4. Citizenship - natural born
5. Born - Anderson Co., Tenn., USA
7. Occupation - Molder
8. Employer - Lenoir Ry Car Works. Where employed - Lenoir City
9. Dependents - wife
10. Status - married. Race - caucasian
11. Previous military service - none
Signature - Earnest Lester Peters
1. Height - tall. Build - slender
2. Eyes - black. Hair - black
3. Lost arm, leg, hand, foot, or both eyes, or is otherwise disabled? No
Precinct 9, Loudon County, Tenn, 6/15/17.2
Birth of Child26 September 1917; Eva Lucille (Lucille) Peters.7
Missing from City Directory
1918; Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Knoxville City Directory was not published in 1918. His residence in the 1917 draft registration was listed as Lenoir City, and it is not known when he moved to Knoxville.8
City Directory
1919; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters Ernest L. mldr Knoxv Stove Wks r 1150 Hoitt Ave.
He and his family were living in the household of his father-in-law Robert D. Buckner.9
Census
1920; Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
Household of his father-in-law Robert D. Buckner. Dist. 2, Knoxville, 8 Jan 1920
page 259b, Hoytt Ave 1150, dwelling number 13, family number 13
Peters Earnest L. 24 son-in-law male married white, foreman stove factory, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Anne E. 22 daughter female married white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Lucille P. 2 3/12 grand-daughter, female, single, white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN.10
City Directory
1920; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters Ernest L, mldr Knox Stove Wks.11
City Directory
1921; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E. Lester foreman Knox Stove Works r. Ashland av.12
City Directory
1922; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E Lester foreman Knox Stove Works r Ashland.13
City Directory
1923; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters, E Lester foremn Knox Stove Wks r Morris av.14
City Directory
1924; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E Lester (Lola) foremn Knox Stove Wks r 2013 Ailor av.15
City Directory
1925; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E Lester (Lola W) foremn Knox Stove Wks r Morris av.16
City Directory
1926; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters Ernest L (Lola W) foremn Knox Stove Wks r Morris av.17
City Directory
1927; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters Ernest (Lola) foremn Knox Stove Wks r 20 Morris av.18
City Directory
1928; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters Ernest L (Lola W) foremn Knox Stove Wks r 20 Morris av.19
Census
1930; Knox County, Tennessee.
Head of household. Ward 23, Dist. 8, Enumeration District 47-56, Knoxville City, 10 Apr 1930.
page 12a, 1155 Morris Ave., dwelling number 220, family number 223.
Peters Earnest L. 35 head male first married at age 22 white foreman stove foundry rents $16/month, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Lola E. 29 wife female first married at age 16 white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Eva L. 12 daughter, female, single, white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Beatrice R. 7 daughter, female, single, white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN
Earnest R. 2 8/12 son, male, single, white, born in TN, father and mother born in TN.
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There is an error in the census because Lola was first married at age 21 rather than at age 16. The error arose on the part of the census enumerator because the census enumerator based Lola's age of first marriage on Lester's age of first marriage, and Lola was 16 at the time of Lester's marriage to his first wife Amy Buckner.20
City Directory
1932; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E Lester (Lola W) foremn Knox Stove Wks r 1155 Morris av.21
City Directory
1933; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E Lester (Lola W) foremn Knox Stove Wks r Edgemore, Tenn.22
Census
1940; Anderson County, Tennessee.
Head of household. Dist. 9, Enumeration District 1-14, 21 May 1940.
page 244a, Sheet 13a, Johnson & Mt. Vernon Road, dwelling number 191, owns property worth $1000.
Peters E. Lester 45 head male married white, foundry foreman iron foundry 3 years high school, born in TN, lived 1935 same house, $1620 salary
Lola E. 39 wife female married white, 8 years school, born in TN, lived 1935 same house
B. Ruth 17 daughter, female, single, white, 2 years high school, born in TN, lived 1935 same house
E. Lester Jr. 12 son, male, single, white, 7 years school, born in TN, lived 1935 same house
Howard R. 9 son, male, single, white, 4 years school, born in TN, lived 1935 same house
V. Irene 5 daughter, female, single, white, born in TN, lived 1935 same house
H. Lorieta 2 daughter, female, single, white, born in TN.23
City Directory
1946; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters, E L foremn West Knoxv Fdy r Corryton, Tenn, R D 1.24
City Directory
1955; Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peters E L slsmn Morton McCary Motors Corryton Tenn. R D 1.
Peters Lester slsmn Morton-McCrary Motors r Tazewell pk, R D 12.25,26
Death3 November 1971; his home on Tazewell Pike, Corryton, Knox County, Tennessee.
He died while working in his yard building a fence.27,28,1
Obituary
Knoxville News-Sentinel [Knoxville, Tennessee], 4 Nov 1971, page 42.
Ernest Lester Peters, 76, a foreman at Knoxville Stove Works for 26 years until his retirement in 1943, died yesterday afternoon at his home on Tazewell Pike, Corryton. Mr. Peters was also employed by the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge from 1943 until 1953. He was a member of Corinth United Methodist Church, where he taught the Friendship Sunday School Class for 26 years and served as chairman for the building program. He was a Mason. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Rose Murphy Peters; daughters, Mrs. Lucille Wright of Centerburg, Ohio, Mrs. Ruth Bryan, Mrs. Virginia Irene Tarver and Mrs. Loretta Tadlock, all of Knoxville; sons, Ernest L. Peters Jr. and Howard R. Peters of Corryton; stepchildren; James P. Murphy of Sweetwater, Larry W. Murphy of Morristown, Guerry Carl Murphy of Johnson City and Mary Aileen Peters of Corryton; sisters, Mrs. Clyde Cole of Knoxville and Mrs. Eliza Letsinger of Powell; brothers, W. B., S. A. and R. E. Peters of Knoxville. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Stevens chapel with Rev. Robert L. Irwin officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.28
Death Record
Knox County, Tennessee, 1971, death certificate 71-034041.
1. Name - Ernest Lester Peters, Sr.
2. Died - November 3, 1971
3. Race - White
4. Sex - Male
5a. Age - 76
6. Born - Feb. 28, 1895
7a. County of Death - Knox
7b. City, Town, or Location of Death - Corryton
7c. Inside City Limits - no
7d. Address of death - R.1, Tazewell Pike, Home
8. State of birth - Tennessee
9. Citizen of what country - USA
10. Status - married
11. Surviving spouse (if wife, give maiden name) - Rose Murphy
13a. Usual occupation (give kind of work done during most of working life, even if retired) - Retired Employee
13b. Kind of business or industry - Knox. Stove Works
14a. Residence state - Tennessee
14b. County - Knox
14c. City, town, or location - Corryton
14d. Inside city limits (specify yes or no) - no
14e. Street and number - R.1, Tazewell Pike
15. Father - name - Alvin Peters
16. Mother - maiden name - Sally Jane Cole
17. Informant - Mrs. Rose M. Peters, R.1, Tazewell Pike
21a. Physician certification -
22b. Medical examiner certification - Ira Pierce
23a. Certifier name (type or print) - Ira S. Pierce, M.D.
23b. Mailing address - Alcoa Hwy., Knoxville, Tenn. 37920
24a. Burial, cremation, removal (specify) - Burial
24b. Date (month, day, year) Nov. 5, 1971
24c. Cemetery or crematory name - Greenwood
24d Location, city or town, state - Knoxville, Tennessee
25. Funeral home - name and address - Stevens Mortuary, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
26a. Registrar - signature - Mary Chambers
26b. Date received by local registrar - Nov 8, 1971
Notes and corrections to death certificate: 1) His wife's maiden name was Rose Hampton. She married first Carl Murphy. 2) His father's name was Alva rather than Alvin -- his father's full name was Alva Edward Peters.27
Burial5 November 1971; Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.27,28,29
Burial Inscription
E. Lester Peters, 1895-1971, same marker as Lola E. Peters.29
Burial GPS
36.031402,-83.915407.30
Narrative
According to Lucille Wright, Lester taught school at the one room Claxton School at the time when Hutsell was sick (about 1920). The school was on the right side of Clinton Highway (northbound), before you get to the crossroads at Claxton. He could play the piano. He played fiddle at dances. His violin was originally Hutsell's. According to Jerry Bryan, Lester read music using the shaped note system. He was very upset if the church bought a new hymn book which did not have shaped notes. He stated that his Peters family had come to the United States from Germany.31,3

Citations

  1. Cole, Ella Mae Peters Yadon; Peters Family History; unpublished manuscript; page 1.
  2. Draft Registration: Earnest Lester Peters; Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee; 15 June 1917; ancestry.com (U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918); viewed 30 September 2015.
  3. Bryan, Jerry: research notes, 11 December 2016 (Lester Peters).
  4. U.S. Federal Census: 1900, Anderson County, Tennessee, Dist. 9, Enumeration Dist. 10, page 129a, viewed at ancestry.com (1900 U.S. Census) viewed on 24 November 2014.
  5. U.S. Federal Census: 1910, Anderson County, Tennessee, Dist. 9, Enumeration Dist. 10, page 126a, ancestry.com (1910 U.S. Census) viewed on 24 November 2014.
  6. Marriage Record: Knox County, Tennessee, 1916; License 1571; Ernest L. Peters to Amy E. Buckner.
  7. Cole, Ella Mae Peters Yadon; Peters Family History; unpublished manuscript; page 3..
  8. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1918, not published., not published
  9. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1919, page 408, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 22 September 2015., page 408
  10. U.S. Federal Census: 1920, Knox County, Tennessee, Dist. 2, Enumeration District 117, page 259b, ancestry.com (1920 U.S. Census) viewed on 7 September 2015.
  11. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1920, page 808., page 808
  12. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1921, page 863, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 30 September 2015., page 863
  13. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1922, page 897, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 2 October 2015., page 897
  14. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1923, page 938., page 938
  15. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1924, page 1071, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 4 October 2015., page 1071
  16. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1925, page 1170, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 4 October 2015., page 1170
  17. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1926, page 1219, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 4 October 2015., page 1219
  18. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1927, page 1260, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 4 October 2015., page 1260
  19. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1928, page 1354, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 5 October 2015., page 1354
  20. U.S. Federal Census: 1930, Knox County, Tennessee, Dist. 9, Enumeration Dist. 47-56, page 183a, ancestry.com (1930 U.S. Census) viewed on 13 November 2014.
  21. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1932, page 1423, viewed at ancestry.com(U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989) on 5 October 2015., page 1423
  22. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1933, page 1367, viewed at ancestry.com (U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989) on 23 April 2016., page 1367
  23. U.S. Federal Census: 1940, Anderson County, Tennessee, Dist. 9, Enumeration Dist. 1-14, page 244a, ancestry.com (1940 U.S. Census) viewed on 10 December 2014.
  24. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1946, page 2009., page 2009
  25. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1955, page 1353., page 1353
  26. City Directory: Knoxville, Tennessee, 1955, page 1354., page 1354
  27. Death Record: Peters, Ernest Lester Sr.; Certificate 71-034041; Corryton, Knox County, Tennessee, 1971.
  28. Obituary: Peters, Ernest Lester; Knoxville News-Sentinel [Knoxville, Tennessee], 4 November 1971, page 42.
  29. Grave marker: E. Lester Peters; Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee; photographed 14 September 2013 by Jerry Bryan.
  30. GPS for Peters, Lester and Lola grave: 36.031402, -83.915407, recorded 14 September 2013 by Jerry Bryan.
  31. Wright, Lucille: personal interview, recorded by Jerry Bryan, 12 October 2003.