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Peter DeMars
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Birth: May 31, 1843, Canada
Death: Mar. 27, 1907
Newaygo County
Michigan, USA

Peter and his wife, Martha Monette, came to Michigan from Canada in 1874. They first lived in Muskegon, where Peter worked on a boom at the shipyards. They then purchased a farm in Brunswick, just inside the Newaygo Co. line from the man who had homesteaded it. The homestead document was signed by Abraham Lincoln and, I'm told, is still in the possession of the family.

There was a log home on the property and they lived there until they built their house. I'm told that it had no basement until the 1930s and then the house was moved, a basement built, and the house put back on it.

He went door to door through a heavily forested area to collect donations to build the first church in Brunswick, St. Michael's Parish. Until the Church was completed, he and Martha held services in their log home, where a traveling Priest used a dresser for a pulpit. The dresser is still in the DeMars family today. The farm was in the family until 2000. The home they built after the log home is still standing and in use by the people who currently own the farm.

Peter and Martha were buried in the cemetery behind the Church. The original building was destroyed by fire, but a new one was built in its place.

He was a son of Peter DeMars (or DeMers) and Henriette Lacelle.

Peter and Martha's children are:
Fred, Harry, Arthur, Virginia, Napoleon, Rose, Emma, Clara, and a baby boy who was apparently unnamed and died at the age of six days. One census also indicates a son named Erak, but no one in the family has ever heard of him, and I cannot find any other record of him, though at the time of the census he was supposedly 11 years old. 
Family links: 
  Pierre DeMars (1820 - ____)
  Henriette Lacelle DeMars (1820 - ____)
  Martha Monette DeMars (1849 - 1921)
  Napoleon DeMars (1867 - ____)*
  Alfred DeMars (1870 - 1943)*
  Arthur Joseph DeMars (1877 - 1914)*
  Virginia DeMars Coutchie (1878 - 1937)*
  Rose Elizabeth DeMars Martin (1880 - 1955)*
  Baby Boy DeMars (1882 - 1882)*
  Clara M. DeMars Barbier (1884 - 1950)*
  Emma DeMars Host (1887 - 1953)*
  Harry Elmer DeMarse (1889 - 1939)*
  Peter DeMars (1843 - 1907)
  Honorie DeMers Dault (1846 - 1900)*
  Alfred DeMarse (1860 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Newaygo County
Michigan, USA
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Feb 20, 2003
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Peter DeMars
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Peter DeMars
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