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I am trying to discover more information about Peter and Elizabeth (Wilson), and Peter's parents. I have traced my ancestors back to Peter and Elizabeth in West Virginia. Their son Lorenzo Dow is my GGG-grandfather. I have traced him from the time they left Iowa to head to Oregon. I know that Lorenzo and his brothers (and sister) were all born in Braxton County, West Virginia. Lorenzo and his immediate family settled on 100 acres in the Willamette Valley, currently 20 miles east of Salem. The farm was designated as a century farm many years ago. The original 100 acres is still in our family, and the farm has increased to around 2,500 acres of owned and leased property. The land grant is signed by Ulysses S. Grant, and hangs in the front entryway of my parent's home. It left Oregon by pony express when Lincoln was president, but by the time it reached Washington - Lincoln had been assassinated. The land was passed from L.D. to his son Peter, then to Peter's son William Adolph, then to my grandfather Maurice, and finally to my dad James.
My parents will be taking a trip to the East Coast soon, and would like to meet up with some Heater relatives to find out more about our family. I have heard two different stories about my ancestors. One is of brothers that came to America in the 1700's from Bavaria, and worked as ship builders in New York for a time before relocating to Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Another option is that Peter's father was John Heater, born in England around 1750, and transported to America. I would like to find out for sure if my ancestor Peter is a son of John Heater, or if there is another line of ancestors for which I should be looking.
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.