Saturday’s Dilemma ~ Peter Walt, Where Are You?


Peter Walt is my Maternal 2x Great Grandfather. I haven’t had much luck finding information or documents on him. Here is what I do know.


Peter Walt was born in Nov 1839 in New Germany, New Brunswick, Canada.  He immigrated to America in 1857 at the age of 18. He arrived in St. Clair Co. Illinois

Peter Walt 1850 Census

In 1860 (Census) he was living in Grape Grove Missouri. He is listed as being 20 years old and working as a carpenter. He is living with a friend John Taylor aged 21 also a carpenter. John was born in England.

Peter married Elizabeth Marsh in 1861 in Ray County Missouri. Elizabeth was born December 31, 1841, in Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri to Henry Marsh and Elizabeth Chestnutt.

They had their first of 10 children, my Great Grandmother Asenath “Dolly” Walt on February 27, 1863, in Camden, Ray County Missouri. Dolly married John Henry McGowan in 1887.

Peter Walt 1863

He registered for the Civil War Draft in Camden in 1863. He is listed as an Alien born in Canada.


From 1863 until 1900 they resided in Camden.  In the 1900 Census, they were living in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri.

This is where Peter’s trail ends. In the 1910 Census, Elizabeth is living with her son John and his wife in Kansas. She is listed as being a widow. So, Peter died sometime between 1900 and 1910. The state of Missouri has a wonderful collection of death certificates available for free online. Unfortunately, they only go from 1910 to 1969 so he died before 1910.


I do not have proof of his birth date nor his death date and location. According to the Civil War Draft Registration Records, he was born “Abt” 1840. I only have his city of birth in Canada because his son, John listed it in one of his Census’s.


Just writing this out like this has given me some new ideas of where I can search. Any suggestions you may have as to where I may find more information on Peter would be greatly appreciated. Wish me luck!


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