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Peterson Family of Maryville, Tennessee

Updated March 30, 2014

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This family tree page was created by Kristina A. Peterson.

The tree starts with my current family:
Dr. Marvin D. Peterson his wife Nancy Ann Fordyce
and their 4 children
Kristina Ann, Charles "Chuck" Edward, David Clark and Joesph Allen.

The Petersons have come full circle since coming to America. Our family has origins in England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Italy. Most of them made their way to the great plains of Nebraska and Kansas by the late 1800's. The Thomas, Greever, Stephens, and Crowley's of the family lived 2 hours north of where our family resides today in Tennessee. The Crowley family briefly lived in the Powell Valley of Upper East Tennessee which is now under the waters of Norris lake. We had no idea of the fact until we moved here in 1969 from Kansas.

I need help with my missing ancestors!

I am searching for Perry W. Liston's Father and Mother. Perry was born in Indiana in 1853. His father was born in Indiana. That is all I know. He appears in an 1860 census when he is 8 years old living with a couple by the last name of Polly with his 6 year old brother George.

I do know that our Liston family is related to those who lived on Liston Point in Delaware. My Great Grandfather George Riley Liston told his children several times they where our family and pointed to a national geographic article about this place. I have a copy of the article. This is during the time William Penn was dividing up land in that area. I just haven't found the missing links yet. Perry Liston is where the trail ends.

Thank you for any help you can offer.


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  • Anna Kary Petterdotter Sandall - 1894 (69 KB)
    Anna is John Z. Sandall's wife. She is from Staltrop, Sweden. She lived her later years with her son Andy after her husbands death. They say she missed Sweden so much that sometimes she would try to runaway from home and start trying to walk back. When Andy tired from trying to stop her he started assigning children to follow her down the road so that when she forgot where she was going they could led her back home. Anna is my Great, Great, Great Grandmother.
  • Nels Peterson Family - 1881 (138 KB)
    Nels and Anna Christina Kristensen Peterson are my Great, Great, Grandparents. They migrated from Sweden to America in the late 1800s. They eventually ended up in York, Nebraska. Their son Joseph pictured here far right with his brother Frank and sister Emma later marries Maggie Sandall.
  • Edward T. and Wreatha Irene Talbot Peterson - 1939 (136 KB)
    Ted and Irene Peterson pictured here with their first 2 of 4 children Marvin and Verna Del meet and married in York, Nebraska. They later had Judith and Joesph after moving to Salina, Kansas. Ted and Irene are my Grandparents and that cute little boy is my dad Marvin Dean Peterson. Isn't he cute?
  • Andrew Lawrence Sandall 1848-1933 (62 KB)
    Andy as he was known by family and friends was a father, farmer and statesman. He was one of Nebraskas first State Senators. He was one of the founding families of York, Nebraska. He came to the U.S. from Sweden when he was a young boy in 1858. He was know as a kind, funny hardworking man with a devotion to God, family and his community. He helped build the first Lutheran church in York. A family cemetary near York is where most of his family was laid to rest. Andy is my Great, Great Grandfather.
  • Charles and Dorothy Fordyce, Vinland, Kansas -1926 (84 KB)
    Nancy Ann Fordyce Peterson's parents. They lived in Kansas City, Kansas most of their adult life. They grew up together in the farm community around Vinland, Kansas and both taught school there after they graduated from KU and married in 1928. They attended many happy Fordyce reunions at Bean Lake and in Olathe, Kansas at Lorene and Ted Fult's home (Charles sister)
  • George R. and Margery C. Belk Liston Family 1916 (175 KB)
    George Riley Liston is pictured here with his wife Margery Caroline Belk and son Bernard, oldest daughter Dorothy Mae and baby Ruth. This was taken outside next to their home in Vinland, Kansas. George was a farmer and owned the hay baling machine that was used every fall all over the county to make hay bales with. George was born in Greenfield, Indiana and ran away from home when he was about 15. He did not like his new stepmother appaently so he left. George is my Maternal Great Grandfather. He ended his days in Lawrence, Kansas and is buried in the Vinland Cemetery in Kansas.
  • Walter David Fordyce and friends - 1889 (217 KB)
    Walter Fordyce is pictured here with a group of young men I do not know showing off their shotguns. Taken shortly after the family moved to Powhatten, Kansas when he was about 18 years old. He had 6 brothers and 1 sister.
  • Abijah M. and Cynthia H. Thomas Family - 1887 (181 KB)
    Abijah and Cynthia Thomas where both born in Virginia. The Thomas family has a long history in Virginia that began in 1666 in Charles Co., Maryland in the town of Port Tobacco and eventually goes back across the ocean to Llanmadoc, Glamorgan, Wales. Abijah was a twin. He spent most of his life in Lee County, Virginia but eventually moved his family to Demosville, Kentucky. His daughter and my Great Grandmother Martha E. (right, back row) moved to Powhatten, Kansas, but most of Abijah's other brothers and sisters stayed in Virginia and Tennessee.
  • Cynthia Helen Collingsworth Thomas 1842 - 1909 (61 KB)
    This is my great great grandmother and mother of Martha Eugene Thomas Fordyce. Martha looked alot like her mother in the face. These ladies are very tall and thin too. She gave birth to Martha in Demosville, Kentucky in 1872.
  • Abijah Mack Thomas 1837-1903 (150 KB)
    Abijah Thomas was the son of James Vernon Thomas Sr. He was a twin. His twins name was Ahijah which gets confusing sometimes. Abijah had 9 brothers and sisters. James V., Joshua E., John R., George S., Peyton E., Josiah C, Columbia E., Nathan M. and Ahijah H. He was born in Jonesville, VA and died and was buried in Powhatten, Kansas.
  • William A. Belk and his wife Matilda King - 1879 (95 KB)
    William was Matilda's second husband. Her first husband was John Buchanan. She meet William after he migrated here from Prussia Germany. He entered the United States through Ellis Island in 1872 with his father, 2 brothers and sister and became a citizen of the United States on Oct. 11 1880. They had one daughter Margery C. Belk Liston. William learned to speak English by reading his new English bible with the help of his wife Matilda. He was a sharecropper most of his life and outlived Matilda by a few years. They are buried in the Powhatten Cemetery in Kansas.
  • John Zachris Sandall - 1894 (83 KB)
    John Sandall migrated to the United States with his family from Sweden in 1858. His first home was in Andover, Illinois. Eventually he followed his son's who pioneer homesteads in and around York, Nebraska. He and his wife Anna had 7 children. One of which was my great great Grandfather Andrew L. Sandall.
  • Andrew L. Sandall Familiy of York, Nebraska - 1900 (255 KB)
    Andrew L. and Matilda Kaliff Sandall had 12 children in all. They pioneered a home in York, Nebraska in the late 1800's. Andrew migrated from Sweden as a young boy with his family in 1858. He was one of the first State Senators of Nebraska. His daughter Maggie Sandall standing 2nd from the right on the back row is my great Grandmother. Others pictured here in order by age are Charles E., Ida C., Maybelle, Selma C., Robert F., Martin H., Linda A., Edna C., Helen V., and John C. who is sitting on Andy's lap. John died in France during World War I while serving his country.
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