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Peter Haun
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1793
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1873
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA

After the transfer of Upper Louisiana to the U.S. in 1804, many families with German backgrounds, principally from North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, began to settle in the lower Missouri River valley. “The ‘brothers Haun’ from Pennsylvania were living in the southwestern part of St. Charles County about 1820, but except for speaking ‘the so-called Pennsylvania German’ they had lost nearly all trace of their Germanic heritage and were ‘genuine backwoodsmen.’ … Gert Gobel refers to ‘the brothers Haun’ as being residents of the Lake Creek neighborhood when (Gottfried) Duden settled there. The census of 1830 shows Jacob, John, and Peter Haun.” (p. 22).
The scholarly German jurist, Gottfried Duden, opined that “most of the crimes he was required to prosecute resulted from poverty caused by overpopulation, (and) emigration appeared to be the solution.” He sailed for America in 1824 and spent two years in the lower Missouri River area, writing a book about German settlement there.” (p. 23)
Soon after reaching St. Louis in October 1824, “Duden set about carrying out the next phase of his plans, that of becoming a settler so that he could better judge the experience of his fellow Germans. Their search for farms was directed to the lower Missouri River region, which, as Duden later explained in his Report, much of the earlier Anglo-American settlement had bypassed, and where tracts of fertile valley or prairie and could still be purchased from the government or from settlers at moderate prices. In the course of their search they were directed to Maj. Nathan Boone, the son of Daniel Boone and a surveyor of government lands, who was then living in the Femme Osage Valley of St. Charles County and who spent several days showing his visitors around the countryside … When Duden and Eversmann (his traveling companion) started back to St. Louis, they lost their way, traveling west rather than east. They came upon the cabin of Jacob Haun, a Pennsylvanian of German descent, who shrewdly recognized that ‘he might “make” something off these men.’ He persuaded them to buy adjoining tracts nearby and offered to shelter and feed them at his home until they had established themselves on their own land. By this chance meeting, the locality for Duden’s studies was chosen and the center for the first major German settlement in Missouri was established.” (Source: The Arts And Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri by Charles Van Ravenswaay (
In 1817, John Haun Sr. is enumerated in the Femme Osage census, along with his sons Jacob, Peter and John Jr. Also enumerated are the Boone, Bryan and Callaway families and that of Joseph Moody.

In the 1830 Montgomery County, Missouri, census on the same page are listed: John Haun, James Lynn, Daniel Lynn, James Moody, Peter Haun, Jacob Haun, John Moody; on the following page Isaac Lynn is listed. 
Family links: 
  John Haun (1770 - 1846)
  Jane Moody Haun (1800 - 1879)
  Zimiriah Haun (1822 - 1889)*
  Mary Ann Haun Hudson (1824 - 1903)*
  Huldah Haun Joyce (1826 - 1914)*
  Matilda Haun Gardner (1828 - 1899)*
  Elizabeth J. Haun Mann (1831 - 1912)*
*Calculated relationship
Mission City Memorial Park
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA
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Record added: Sep 28, 2009
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Peter Haun
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