Johann Peter “Peter” Schairer

Johann Peter “Peter” Schairer

Birth
Durrweiler, Landkreis Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 3 Dec 1911 (aged 89)
Sebewaing, Huron County, Michigan, USA
Burial Sebewaing, Huron County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 36142186 · View Source
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He was born in the Village of Durrweiler, Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

He immigrated with 2 brothers (John and John George Schairer), 1 sister (Elizabeth Catharina Schairer Beck Jedele) 2 step-brothers (John Jacob Jedele and John Frederick Jedele) 1 step-sister (Anna Maria Jedele Spring), his mother (Anna Maria Pfeifle Schairer Jedele) and step-father (Johann Jacob Jedele), arriving in this country January, 1836 and in Ann Arbor, Michigan Territory, August 30, 1836. It took 47 days to cross the ocean.

He was married to Agatha Schmid Jan 21, 1845 in Scio Township, Mi. Rev F Schmid (his cousin) officiating. Peter & Agatha were first cousins.

Huron County, Michigan Land owners 1875
Schairer, Peter Section 28 W 1/2 of NE 1/4 80 acres and NW 1/4 160 acres and Section 10 SW 1/4 160 acres and Section 13 NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 40 acres.

Pastor Schmid encouraged a group of young men of his Scio congregation to purchase land in Sebewaing, MI and form a separate church, one in keeping with his own philosophy. Peter had gone to Sebewaing to select the 160 acres deeded to him from the US on March 15, 1851 (the land was 2 miles southeast of the settlement.) A creek runs diagonally throught the land and into the Sebewaing River. So, J Peter was among the young pioneers who moved to the Sebewaing wilderness in the fall of 1852. In the fall of 1852 Peter traveled with 6 other men. They drove two yokes of oxen, 14 cows, a steer, and dogs, and hauled their winter provisions, tools, and four pigs in a wagon. The trip took 6 days with nightly stops at Brighton, Fenton, Flint or Genesee, Birch Run and Watrousville, where the road ended. Then they hired a guide for five dollars to lead them through the woods to the Sebewaing settlement. In Sebewaing, they found virgin forests and swampy land once cleared and drained left rich soil. The woods had berries, nut and fruit trees, elk, deer, bear, rabbit, quail, partridge, wild turkeys and in the rivers plenty of fish. The men felled the trees to build the crude log cabins and stables with packed earth floors. Many settlers suffered from fever as much as a quarter of the year from the mosquitos. Soon, Peter bought more land. He now had 240 acres. After more settlers arrived, Schmid's followers called on Peters to help establish a church near their homes southeast of Sebewaing. New Salem's first service was held in 1853 at Peter and Agatha's home. After awhile the Schairer home could no longer accommodate the growing congregation. In 1854 the congregation bought 300 acres on Caro Road, about two miles south of the settlement and the first name on the deed was John Peter's. They named it New Salem in honor of their parents congregation in Scio and elected Peter and 2 others to be the first church council. They soon built a log church and school (the original church site was located at the original cemetery site). As often as he could, Rev Schmid would come on horseback the 120 miles through the forests to preach to them.

At one time Peter was elected overseer of his highway district (corduroy roads). He was responsible for seeing that all male taxpayers contributed one half-days labor for each $100 of assesed valuation of property and that all voters contributed one day's labor as a poll tax. Peter was elected Supervisor for Sebewaing Township 1855, 1857,and 1866-68.

Peter continued to be active in the affairs of New Salem Lutheran Church (later in his life). He served a a delegate to the synod meeting in 1892.

Half brother John Frederick Jedele and his wife Dorothy bought 160 acres directly south of Peter's farm. Frederick was reported to be the first farmer in the area to own a team of horses, having walked back to Ann Arbor to buy them.

Sometime in the early 1860's to 70's the J Peter Schairer family moved into the large farmhouse on Caro Road. The t-shaped farmhouse was of Ann Arbor's Greek Revival influence. In 1868 Peter's half brother Frederick died of pneumonia at the age of 37, leaving Dorothea (Dorothy) with six children, the youngest one born one day after his father's funeral. Peter did all he could to help his sister-in-law. Dorothy's eldest son, Frederick age 10 was sent back to relatives in Ann Arbor to learn farming and returned at the age of 17 to work the land. Within one year the boy died of typhoid fever and Dorothy rented the farm until her two younger sons could take over. After a long illnes, Agatha died. She was 56. After the traditional period of mourtning, Peter married Dorothy, his half-brothers widow in Jan 9, 1877. She was 13 years younger than Peter. She bore him 3 children.

Peter ran a wagon dealership while living on the farm. Later in life one of Peter's eyes was gored by a bull. In 1884,Peter & Dorothy retired into the Village of Sebewaing and the homestead was divided among his three sons from his first marriage.

Peter Schairer
United States Census, 1880

Name Peter Schairer
Event Type Census
Event Date 1880
Event Place Sebewaing, Huron, Michigan, United States
Gender Male
Age 57
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) W
Occupation Farmer
Relationship to Head of Household Self
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Self
Birth Year (Estimated) 1823
Birthplace Germany
Father's Birthplace Germany
Mother's Birthplace Germany
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 193
Person Number 0
Volume 1
Household
Peter Schairer Self M 57 Germany
Dorethe Schairer Wife F 44 Germany
George Schairer Son M 21 Michigan, United States
John Schairer Son M 18 Michigan, United States
Catharine Schairer Daughter F 8 Michigan, United States
Clara D Schairer Daughter F 2 Michigan, United States
Martha Jedele Stepdaughter F 18 Michigan, United States
Elizabeth Jedele Stepdaughter F 16 Michigan, United States
Jacob J Jedele Stepson M 14 Michigan, United States
John P Jedele Stepson M 12 Michigan, United States


Peter Schairer
United States Census, 1900

Name Peter Schairer
Event Type Census
Event Year 1900
Event Place Sebewaing village, Huron, Michigan, United States
Gender Male
Age 78
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) W
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Years Married 44
Birth Date Aug 1822
Birthplace Germany
Marriage Year (Estimated) 1856
Immigration Year 1836
Father's Birthplace Germany
Mother's Birthplace Germany
Household
Peter Schairer Head M 78 Germany
Dorothea Schairer Wife F 64 Germany
Ottmar Schairer Son M 19 Michigan
Clara Schairer Daughter F 23 Michigan

John P Schairer
United States Census, 1910

Name John P Schairer
Event Type Census
Event Date 1910
Event Place Sebewaing, Huron, Michigan, United States
Gender Male
Age 87
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1823
Birthplace Germany
Immigration Year 1836
Father's Birthplace Germany
Mother's Birthplace Germany
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 13
Household
John P Schairer Head M 87 Germany
Dorothy Schairer Wife F 73 Germany
Catherina Schairer Daughter F 38 Michigan
Ottoman Schairer Son M 27 Michigan


Name: John Peter Schairer
Birth Year: 1822
Death Date: 3 Dec 1911
Death Place: Sebewaing, Huron, Michigan, USA
Age: 89
Father's name: Michael Schairer

Cause of death: General exhaustion



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  • Maintained by: norma lewless
  • Originally Created by: Richard Weston
  • Added: 21 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36142186
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johann Peter “Peter” Schairer (30 Aug 1822–3 Dec 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36142186, citing New Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sebewaing, Huron County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by norma lewless (contributor 47902620) .