1. Tobias Peters Sr1,2,3,4,5,6 was born between 1776 and 1780 in Virginia. Peggy Breckenridge gives the birth place as Bedford County, Virginia. Most researchers give the birth date as about 1770. The 1830 Anderson County census gives an age of 50-59, imputing a birth date of 1771-1780. Tobias was not listed in the 1792 or 1796 taxpayers lists in Greenbrier County, Virginia. Hence, I believe he was not 21 years of age until 1796 or later. These facts yield a birth date of 1776/1780.
He appeared in the tax list in 1806 in Anderson County, Tennessee. Tobias Peters, Capt Oliver's Company, 1 poll.
He appeared in the census in 1830 in Anderson County, Tennessee.
p.192, line 4, Anderson County, Tennessee, 1830
00-04 1 0 1826-1830 Elijah Peters
Tobias died in January 1831 at the age of 55 in Anderson County, Tennessee.7 Will probated 25 Jan 1831.
The will of John Jacob Peters in Giles County, Virginia listed eight children. None of them were Tobias Peters or Henry Peters. It seems likely that Tobias and Henry were related to John Jacob Peters, but if so it is not apparent what they relationship might be. (RGB)
Some researchers list Tobias Peters Jr. as Tobias Carpenter Peters Jr., and by implication Tobias Peters Sr. would be Tobias Carpenter Peters Sr. But I have seen no data to support this guess (RGB).
Anderson County Deed Book A-1 page 84
13 Mar 1804 Tobias appointed Juror.
Wed Mar 14 1804 Tobias was appointed Juror to lay out a road from James Scarbro's ferry to the lower end of Anderson County.
12 Jun 1804 Tobias served on a jury.
14 Jun 1804 Tobias served on a jury.
Wed Oct 10 1810. p. 10: The following persons were appointed Jurors to the Circuit Court to be held at Clinton on the fourth Monday of February next (viz) ..... James Scarbro, Tobias Peters, William Scarbrough.
Thurs. Oct 11 1810 p.13: A deed from John Scarbrough to James Scarbrough was proven in open court by Samuel Scurlock and Tobias Peters.
Friday 15th October 1811 p.76: Ordered by the Court that the following persons be Jurors the next Circuit Court for this county...... Tobias Peters.
Monday April 13th 1812. Ordered by the court that Tobias Peters is to review roads.
Friday 16th Jan 1813: Ordered that the following persons be Jurors to the next County Court (towit): .... Tobias Peters, Henry Peters.
Tewsday Arp 13 1813 County Court p. 187 Henry Peters, Tobias Peters, James Scarbro jurors.
15 July 1813 p. 212 Tobias Peters, Juror, Samuel Robbins vs. Andrew McKnight
1814 Bunch's Regiment, E. Tennessee Militia, War of 1812. He was a corporal. Misc. roll 163 box roll 602. Possibly 2nd Regiment of East Tennessee Militia.
Anderson County Deed Book A-1 page 188
The following is from SOME PIONEER PREACHERS AND TEACHERS of TENNESSEE, compiled by ROSALIE AUSMUS KEEVER, 1974 (This publication is a Bicentennial project of the Tennessee Society, NSDAR)
PETERS, TOBIAS, lived in Anderson County. He was an exhorter, or a local preacher of the Methodist church. The Peters' home was often the scene of religious services for the entire community. His son James was one of the leaders of Morgan County. James was born near what is now Clinton, Tennessee, August 25, 1798. In 1823 he married Rachel McCartt. She was the daughter of Robert and Hannah McCartt who lived on the headwaters of Emory River in Morgan County. He and his wife had six boys and seven girls. Several teachers and preachers in this family.
The following is from June Gill, E-mail 22 Oct 2000 describing where the list of Tobias children comes from.
There are deeds of conveyance for the property of Tobias Peters deceased in Anderson County Tn. for all of these children. The property was sold to John M. Keys. 1. Tobias Jr & Louisa his wife of Anderson County, Jan 14, 1840 2. James Peters of Morgan County Sep. 2, 1839 3. John Peters 4. Polly Peters 5. Agnes McCart (3, 4, & 5, were all on one document and it was dated July 13, 1834. all of Anderson County. 6. Rebecca Clardy of Anderson County March 1855 7. Elijah Peters of Fannin County, Texas October 12, 1856 8. Wesley M. Peters of Anderson County, Nov 8, 1836 9. Silas & Anna Peters his wife of Lafayette County, Missouri June 1839. Silas married Ann Powell on Feb. 21, 1839 in Odessa, (Lafayette), Mo. 10. Jason Peters March 26, 1842 11. Rachel (We know that she was his daughter by his will. John M. Keys had all of these documents so that he could buy the land and the each one is for Tobias Peters deceased and the description of the land. This names all of the children that I have. Have not been able to locate the McCart that Agnes married. Her brother James married Rachel McCart, but so far have not found another McCart married to a Peters.
From the notes of John W. Peters. Great Grandson of James & Rachel McCart Peters: Tobias is noted in the history of Anderson County as an exhorter or local preacher of the Methodist faith. His home was often the site of religious services.
Tobias Peters Sr and Elizabeth Rachel Scarborough were married on 4 May 1797 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.8 Tobyas Petters and Eliza Scarborough, 4 May 1797 (Greenbrier County Marriages, 1782-1900, by Larry G. Shuck, transcribed primarily from minister's returns). I also had an E-mail which has been lost which says that they were married in the Rehoboth Church, an early Methodist church founded by Bishop Frances Asbury. I need to verify this latter reference. The Rehoboth Church was built in Greenbrier County, but was in the part of the county that became Monroe County when Monroe County was created in 1798. Monroe County (and Greenbrier County, for that matter) are in the part of the state that became West Virginia. The early records are currently housed in the court house in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia. (RGB)
Elizabeth Rachel Scarborough2,4,6,9,10, daughter of James Kennedy Scarbrough and Rachel Wood, was born on 4 April 1779 in [Greenbrier County], Virginia. She died on 18 February 1834 at the age of 54 in Anderson County, Tennessee.
Sale of Rachel Peters Estate
Tobias Peters Sr-2964 and Elizabeth Rachel Scarborough-2965 had the following children: