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Old Peterson Place
Porter, Montgomery County Texas
Private Cemetery

From: kay Dawes <kaydnana@earthlink.net>
Subject: Petersen
To: "Jane Keppler" <
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 8:30 AM

I have been trying to help one of the members of our Society to trace her family.  

She tells me that there was a Petersen family cemetery surveyed many years ago and posted online for a time. I have been unsuccessful at locating its existence or the burials therein. Her mother (Lucille Epperson Matthews-grandchild of Soren Petersen & Maggie Pullin) gave the info as to the 5 - 6 graves there. There was supposed to have been:

Sorrel/Soren) Petersen;

Maggie Pullin Petersen (wife) (parents of Lucy Petersen Epperson/Blunt);

One (1) Petersen infant;

Two (2) McShan infants or children (of Henry Clay & Emma Augusta Needham McShan);

One Sallas male (Son of Arthur H. Sallas & Ellen Honor Moore.)

She was told, after the fact that, when Wal-Mart was doing the tractor work for the parking lot in Porter, they unearthed human remains/bones. She was not living in the area for several years and I suppose the Wal-Mart people never contacted her mother.


I would like to know if you have any idea where we might start to find where the bones might be stored. It is my understanding that they lawfully can't have been destroyed. Many years ago, our member purchased an extra burial plot in White Oak Cemetery, near Lucy Petersen/Epperson/Blunt (daughter of Soren and Maggie) and Lucille E. Matthews (granddaughter of Soren and Maggie) specifically to inter the remains, should they ever be found. Our member is in her 80's and really wants to attempt to get this matter settled while she is living.

Please help if you can!

From: kay Dawes <kaydnana@earthlink.net>
Subject: Petersen
To: "Jane Keppler" <relppek91@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 11:58 AM 

The cemetery was located in Porter where the Wal-Mart parking lot is now over toward Home Depot. Part of the land was owned by Henry Clay McShan & Emma Augusta Needham and the part closer to Home Depot all the way to White Oak Creek was owned by Soren Petersen and Maggie Pullin.


Peterson, (Soren) Sorrell, died 1910 age 73 (77) years
Born 1834 in Denmark, He was a blacksmith.

          See Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976: Search on Soren Petersen for children @ http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start

Peterson, Maggie (Pullin)
(Pullin, daughter of W R Pullin & Nancy Ann UNK Born abt 1870 in MS) Petersen

Maggie and Sorrell Petersen were the maternal grandparents of Mrs. Lucille Epperson Matthews, through whose kindness we have the whereabouts of this cemetery and the following information:

Sorrell (Soren) Petersen came from Denmark when he was 18 (34 immigrated in 1868.)  Maggie (Pullin) Petersen, came from the state of Mississippi.

McShan, Baby

Mr. & Mrs. Emma Augusta (Needham) & Henry Clay McShan, had a baby buried here, name unknown.



Unknown Sallas, a brother of Mrs. Loria (Sallas) Ford  


2 little (Epperson) brothers of Mrs. Matthews....

Thanks again! Will keep you informed.



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