Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sibling Saturday - Peter Boughner, Grandma's Brother

My grandmother's brother, Peter B Boughner was born in Bracken, Kentucky on Feb 6, 1876.  He was named after his grandfather Peter Bale Boughner.  His parents were William T. Boughner and Eliza York.

Peter grew up in Bracken County, Kentucky and enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct 27, 1898 into Company K 6 Regiment, U. S. Infantry.  On the 1900 Census he is shown living at the U. S. Military base on the Island of Negros, in the Philippine Islands.  this would have been during the Philippine-American War. Peter was in the regiment until September 14, 1901. He went into Company L, 18th Regiment on September 18th and stayed until October 29, 1901.

Peter returned to Bracken County and on March 10, 1903, he married Pauline Anna Maines. I wonder if she has any connection to the Manis line on my mother's side of the family.  The Manis name was spelled several different ways as they left the main branch in Hawkin's County, Tennessee.

On the 1910 Census, Peter and Anna were living in Metamora, Indiana, with three children.  He was living next door to my Grandmother Anna.  Peter was farming tobacco just as my grandfather James was.

Peter registered for the draft on September 12 1918.  He in living at RR2, Harrison, Ohio.  He is self employed.  I am pretty sure that meant he was farming.  He is married to Anna.  His description is medium height, stout build, with brown eyes and dark hair.  He was 42 years old.

On the 1920 Census, Peter and Anna had moved to Harrison Township, in Dearborn County, Indiana, to farm there.  I believe that is very close to where he lived in 1918 when he registered, it's possible that he was really living in the same place.

I know there were a large contingent of people from Bracken County living in Dearborn County around that time.  At the farm next door the wife is from Kentucky, is it possible that she is related and that's why they moved to Dearborn County.

By 1930, the Census shows Peter still in Dearborn County, but Anna is gone.  I believe she must have died.  He has a son and a daughter-in-law living with him.  At this time, he and his son are doing farm labor for someone else.

Peter died on Feb 13, 1933, at the age of 57, from acute indigestion.  A contributory cause was heart disease.  Peter had remarried in the years since the 1930 Census, because his wife is listed as Lou Boughner.  Someone also filed for a military widow's pension at that time.

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