2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 6, 2021 3:12 PM by Alice Lane

    Searching for the parents of Mary Catherine Peer


      Searching for the parents of my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Catherine Peer (born 13 Oct 1820 Frederick County, Virginia,  died 18 Apr 1869  City of Winchester, VA).  I have a suspicion her mother may be Catherine Peer by an 1860 Frederick county census with her "mother?"  living with Mary Catherine, her husband, Lawrence Garrett (1801-1875) and their children but cannot find any additional proof.  Her parents may be Catherine Elizabeth Shoe (1792-1866) and Philip Peer (1790-1851).  I have found the baptism of her possible siblings in the Frieden Church records of Mount Olive, VA however the church was started a year after her birth. Thank you for any help as I have been working on the brick wall for several years.

        • Re: Searching for the parents of Mary Catherine Peer
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Thank you for posting your question to history hub.


          It appears that you've been at this for some time and are well-versed in scouring various sources for information.  However, the Federal Government does not ordinarily create or maintain birth, adoption, death, marriage or divorce records. Such records are made and kept by State and local governments rather than the National Archives. We suggest that you continue searching substitute record sources such as probate records, church records, and newspaper records that may uncover more information about your grandmother and possibly her parents.


          If you haven't done so already, you might want to reach out to the state and county historical societies for the areas that you know your ancestor lived in.  Also, if you come across anyone with military service, you may be able to research military personnel files and pension files which might lead you to the information you're looking for as they often list parents and/or designated beneficiaries.


          We hope this information is helpful in your research!

          • Re: Searching for the parents of Mary Catherine Peer
            Alice Lane Pioneer

            Hi Guest User,

            Are you familiar with your family tree on familysearch.org. Family search is a free website you just need to register to use. I found it very confusing as it shows Catherine and Philip Peer having two daughters with the same name.

            Catherine Shoe (1793–1866), Philip Peer (1790–1851) | Landscape View | Family Tree | FamilySearch


            If you have not done so already you should check out findagrave,com. for your Peer's and Garrett's and other family members.


            Alice Lane

            Research Volunteer