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Beverly Peer Lackenbauer
Bothell, WA

Peer Ancestry*A History of our Family! by Beverly Peer Lackenbauer



JULY 30, 2002


Our Peer family was always stated as being PA Dutch by my grandfather Samuel Edward Peer and his father Samuel Isaac Peer. Origin before that time period is not known or is not passed down, but it is rumored that the Peer name started in Bavaria.
My great-great-grandmother spelled it Pier, Benjamin Peer was listed as Pier in NY, and there was a Jacob Piere in NJ in the early 1700's. Other spellings are Pear, Pears, Peers, Pier, Piers, Peir, Peirs, Peire, Peery, Pierre, Pere and many more!
Our Peer family was in Ontario/Upper Canada before 1800 but they went back & forth between Canada & the US.
Here is our Family History!


    born 1738 in NJ (Newton?),
    died 1815 in ON, Canada
    married: Anne(Hanna) Unknown
    children: Marcy b 1771 m Lyons 1792,
    Phoebe m Mcqueen,
    Philip b c1766 m(1)Dunn (2)Grinius,
    Levi born 1770-1780 m Marical,
    Stephen, and possibly:
    Edward C. m(1)Anne?(2)Sarah?,
    John d 1808,
    Jacob Jr. m. Lucy?.


    born 1766 in NJ,
    died between 1818 and 1820
    married:(1)Ester Dunn, 1792 Frankford
    Twp, Sussex Cty, NJ by Squire Francis Price
    Ester died bef. 1816
    children of Ester:
    Jacob born bef 1797 m. Mary Conner,
    John born c1790? m. Mary A. Oliphant,
    Dennis born 1804 m. C. Mullen,
    Lewis born bef 1810,
    (2)Susan Grinius (Greeniaus)c.1819
    in Ontario.


    born 1790? (in PA?),
    moved to Canada with his father,
    Philip Peer in 1796,
    died Aug. 21,1888 in Toronto
    after being struck by a runaway horse & wagon.
    married: Mary Ann Oliphant
    children: Aaron H b1826 m.McGiffins,
    Philip b 1832 m.Hendershot,
    John Henry b 1835 m.Armstrong,
    James b 1837 m.Anderson,
    William Wallace b 1844 m.Hayes,
    Duncan W b 1847 m.Sheridan,
    Elisabeth b 1848,
    Louis Albert b 1850 m.Fletcher,
    Cyrus Edway b 1852.


    born Sept. 15, 1835
    died Mar. 28, 1908
    married: Elizabeth A Armstrong
    children: Wm Cyrus b 1859,
    Thomas b 1862 d 1881,
    Barbara Emmeretta d 1863,
    George Edward b 1865 d 1873,
    Mary Ellen b 1869,
    Susannah b 1871 m. Dearing
    child: Florence Jane
    Samuel Isaac b 1874 d 1958 m Francis Dearing
    children: Jenny E,
    George A
    Susie M
    Florence M
    Samuel Edward
    Mabel R
    Francis I
    William J (Willie),
    Samuel J (Jimmy),
    Ada M,
    Jack W b 1915 d 1991

    Margaret Jane


    born Dec. 16, 1874
    died June 20, 1958
    married: Frances Dearing
    children: Jenny Elizabeth,
    Ada May,
    George Alexander b 1901 d 1978
    m. Deveny
    Jean E.,

    Susie May b 1903 d 1988 m. Cronkwright
    children: Donald, Doris
    Samuel James (Jimmy),
    Florence Margaret b 1906 m. Hawkins
    children: John W.,
    Muriel A., Sharon B

    Samuel Edward b 1908 d 1987,
    William(Willie) James,
    Harry b 1911 d 1968 m Lee
    Mabel Rena 1913 m Tillotson,
    Frances Irene b 1914 d 1988 m Messacre
    children: W Allen,
    Ruth A,
    Sandra E
    Marvin D

    Jack Wesley b 1915 d 1991 m Watts
    children: Murray P,
    Larry J


    born Oct. 4, 1908
    died June 10, 1987
    married: Catherine D A DAY b 1912 d 1994
    children: 5


    born Nov. 25, 1934
    married:(1)Elsie Dillman,
    July 30, 1955
    Elsie b 1935
    Elsie d 1993
    children: David,
    Beverly Anne b 1965.
    (2)Jorene May 13, 1995


    born Jan. 19, 1961
    married: Linda 1995


    born July 17, 1965
    married: Lackenbauer
    Jan. 17, 1987
    children: Jeff 1987,
    Sarah 1990.

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PEER: The regular vernacular form of "PETER", a common name meaning rock or stone. The name was extremely popular throughout Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, as it had been bestowed by Christ as a byname on the apostle Simon bar Jonah, the brother of Andrew. This name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance, is a translation of Aramaic kefa rock (John 1:42, Matt. 16:18); Peter was regarded as the founding father of the Christian Church in view of Christ's comment, "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church'. In Christian Germany in the early Middle Ages this was the most frequent given name of non-Gmc origin, being over-taken in the 14th century by John and Nicholas. In England the vernacular form PIERS was usual at the time when surnames were being assumed.

PEER: a person belonging to one of the five degrees of nobility in England. (Duke, Marquis, Earl, Viscount, Baron)

PEER(PEAR):in Dutch(Belgium)means Bulb

PIER: in Dutch(Belgium)means earthworm

Variations; Fr. Pierre, Pere, Perie, Le Perier, LaPeer, Peery; Eng. Pier(s), Pears(e), Petre, Peet, Peat, Peters(on), Pether(s), Pither(s); Ger. Pet(t)er, Peer(s), Petran, Pe(e)termann, Petri, Petry, Pieters, (Pirner, Poschel Bavaria); Flem. Du. Peeter, Pieter, Peer, Pie(t), Pee, Pe(e)ters, Pieters, P(i)eterse(n), Petri, Pien(s), Pergens; also translated in Italian, Spanish, Portugese., Russian, Czech., Scottish, Hungarian, Swedish, Polish, Bulgarian, Danish, Croatian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Beloruss, and occationally Jewish.

William Peers 1444 AD; A family called Piers became established in Ireland when William Piers (d.1603) was granted estates there by Elizabeth 1 in 1566, including the abbey of Tristernagh, Westmeath; Harry Piers b Halifax,Nova Scotia Canada 1870, was appointed Currator of the Provincial Musium at Halifax. He retained that position until his death in 1940.

DAY:"kneader of bread", "bread-baker", later "dairy-maid", "female-servant", Pet name for DAVID, perhaps a short from of personal names. Originally used only of women, it was later used of men. Women's Christian names are rare. The first two early examples are, no doubt, used in the original sense.

Variations; Day(e), Dey(e), D'eye (intended to make the name look French), Daykin, Dakin, Deyes, Dayson, Deason, Daymanl

DEARING(DEAR): ME personal name Dere, OE Deora, in part a byname meaning 'Beloved', nickname from wild animal, or from th adj. of the same form, meaning 'wild', 'fierce'.

Variations; D(e)are, Deer(e), Dearman, Thier, Dier, De Diere, Dyhr, Dearing, De(e)ring, Doring, Deares, Dearson, Dairson, Dyhring.

Standard Guide to English Surnames
By: "Reaney and Wilson" (Oxford, 1997)
The Dictionary of Surnames
By: "Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges" (Oxford)
The Concise Genealogical Dictionary
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(one of the variations of Peer) Almost smack dab in the center of the state. They have a Municipal Airport, Fort Pierre, and a Fort Pierre from 1832 and Fort Pierre National Grassland. The Missouri River runs through or by it, and the Bad River connects to the Missouri at Pierre. It is surrounded by Indian Reservations. The Lower Brule Indians, Cheyenne River Indians, And the Crow Creek Indians. It is about 30 miles North of Interstate 90. Pierre is the State Capital of South Dakota!
Check out the entertainment and tourism information at the Pierre, SD web page.

LAPEER, MI is located about 1 mile North of Interstate 69, about 20 miles East of Flint, MI. It is about 50 miles West Port Huron. The city has a new web page they are working on. So you will soon be able to get tourism information. The new site is
LAPEER HEIGHTS, MI is located South of I69, just a few minutes Southwest of LaPeer on LaPeer Rd.


You can view a maps of LaPeer, MI; LaPeer Heights, MI; and LaPeer, NY by going to, in the search field type LaPeer, MI.

Peer (pronounced Pear-like the fruit)is located in the Heart of Limburg Hills, province of Limburg, in the eastern part of Belgium. It became an official city in 1367. In 1619, nearly the whole city burned. The city has a homepage, but it is in Dutch. You can visit it by going to


06 Jan 1996 Mills Library Mc Master University

NIAGARA FALLS TIGHT ROPE WALKER The Hamilton Daily Spectator, Hamilton Wed. June, 1887, pg. 1 Col 7

Niagara Falls Ont. June 22 Steve Peer, a local tight rope walker, crossed the Niagara River on a 5/8 inch cable stretched from the Canadian to the American side between the Cantilever and Suspension bridges at 4 o’clock this afternoon successfully. A stiff breeze was blowing during the time, and the cable was not properly guyed and he says that several times he very nearly lost his balance from its vibrations. Several thousand people witnessed the daring performance. Peer will repeat his performance several times during the season.

Peer the Rope-Walker Suicide The Hamilton Daily Spectator Hamilton, Canada, Monday June 27, 1887

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, June 25 Steve Peer, the local celebrity who outdid Blondin in daring feats around Niagara and recently crossed the rapids on a 5/8 inch cable is dead. Ever since he did the daring act he has been drinking very heavily, and Wm. Leary proprietor of the Elgin House where Peer has been stopping, has been watching him closely. This evening about 7:30 pm Peer went out unobserved with John Gillespie and a stranger, and later was seen with 2 men near his rope. As he did not show up by 8:30 and no trace of him could be found elsewhere, it was suposed that he had attempted to walk his rope and had fallen from it or stumbled over the bank, and ropes and lanterns were procured and Peer’s brother, with John Connolly was lowered down. Near the bottom of the incline they found his lifeless body, badly cut around the head. There was a large gash leading from his nose over the top of his head so that his brains protruded, and death must have been instantaneous. His body was raised to the top of the precipice by means of ropes, and taken to the Elgin House, where it now lies awaiting the coroner. A good many rumors are afloat regarding how he met his death, amongst them one that he suicided, there being, it is said some trouble between himself and his wife. The general belief is that he attempted to walk out on the cable when recovering from his drunk and lost his footing and fell into the abyse below.

Written by KAY PEER (Catherine Diantha Jane nee Day)
July 26, 1986

I'll start with my (Dad) MILES RICHARD DAY born April 6th, 1872 at Putman,Ontario, Canada.
His parents were JAMES BARKER DAY,
born Aug. 19th, 1846
died of cancer June 17th, 1907- 61 yrs old.
JANE OLIVER DAY born Dec. 20th, 1840
died General Debility, Oct 15th, 1920(79 yrs old)

Progeny of JAMES and JANE DAY;
Miles Richard born April 6th, 1872-died July 22, 1952 (my dad)
Bob Oliver Day born May 26th,1874- died (I have nothing else on uncle Bob)
Jenny Day born June ?, 1870- ( She lived in USA. I have nothing else on her.)
Birdie Jane Day born May 15th, 1876
Maggie Day born Oct 8th, 1878 (May's Mother) died of cancer

Progeny of Aunt Birdie and Will Hutchinson.
Mabel Hutchinson married Mr. Brown
Florence Hutchinson married Stanley Elliot (died of cancer) they had 2 boys William Edward and Doug Stanley
Catherine Nellie Mary Hutchinson married William Shier they had 3 children= Janet Mary, William Robert and Betty Anne
Maggie Day and George Keeler were married Nov. 27th, 1900

Progeny of Maggie Day and George Keeler Bertha Lerena Keeler born April 13th, 1911 (GG) McCormick
Legetta May Keeler born March 8th, 1902(married name Marks)
Charlie Oliver Keeler born Oct 10th, 1904-died Jan. 9th, 1951
May Marks Husband name James Walter Marks died 1955 son, Alvin Marks died March 14th, 1980
Earl LeRoy Keeler born Nov. 20th, 1913
Edson George Keeler born April 29th, 1915
Bertha Lerene Keeler (GeGee) and Mr Shea Married ?

Progeny of Bertha Lerene Keeler and Mr Shea are; Dorine June Shea born July 9th, 1927 Dorine and Harold Madion Married June 29th, 1946 Dorine died 1972

Progeny of Dorine and Harold Madion Candice born July 15th, 1948 Married ?
Rex born Oct 14th, 1951
Marion Katherine born Oct. 14th, 1958
Jennifer born March 22nd, 1960
Bertha Keeler Shea re-married to Don Brittian June 29th, 1950 (They had been to our home to visit ) Don had 2 sons by first marriage Larry and Dennis Mrs Don (Bertha) Brittian died May 29th, 1972

Nov. 21st 1900
Ida Evis Day died April 22, 1940
Miles Richard Day died July 22, 1952

Progeny of MILES and IDA DAY: Norman Grant Day born Dec. 17 1901-died July 2, 1971
Carman Robert Day born Jan. 2nd, 1903-died Jan. 1, 1968
Wilbert Lorne Day born Jan 17th, 1904-died Oct. 9th, 1904
Ida Evis Day born July 1st, 1905-died Sept 28th, 1905
William James Day born Nov. 2nd, 1906-died April 18, 1917
Wilbert Augustus Day born Sept. 4th, 1908- died April 20, 1986
Harvey Glen Day born Feb. 8th, 1911-died Jan. 2nd, 1984
Catherine Diantha Jane Day born Oct 27th, 1912 (that's me)-died Sept. 21, 1994 Married Samuel E. Peer Dec. 10, 1932 in Burgessville Ontario, Canada
Bessie Merle Day born April 26th, 1914-died Dec 8th, 1977
Frederick Murray Day born Nov. 19th, 1916-died

SAMUEL E. PEER died June 10th, 1987

This is the information that was handed down to me by my grandmother, Catherine Diantha Jane Day(Kay Peer). I have added any information that I know. If you or anyone you know has any more information, or questions related to the DAYS, PEERS, BARKERS, WAUNS, WOANES, DEARINGS, JOHNSTONS, or any of the other names mentioned here, please email me and we will talk.

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To sit and chat
With a dear old friend
Over a cup of tea,
We talked of this and that,
Remembering you and me.
To sit and chat,
On a winter's day,
Over a cup of tea,
All the things we used to do,
And things we used to see.
To sit and chat,
On a summer's day,
Under a shady tree,
Of walks we took along the way,
Remembering you and me.
To sit and chat,
In Autumn's glory,
Over a cup a tea,
Of dreams we shared and promises made,
Remembering you and me.
To sit and chat,
When spring arrives,
The memories we shared,
Over a cup a tea,
Can never be compared.
To sit and chat,
With a dear old friend,
Over a cup a tea,
Our memories will never end
Remembering you and me.
Written by Elsie May Peer


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