Peter Edmund Van Orden

Is your surname Van Orden?

Research the Van Orden family

Peter Edmund Van Orden's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Related Projects

Peter Edmund Van Orden

Birthplace: Moravia, Cayuga County, New York, United States
Death: September 24, 1911 (81)
Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, United States (Cause of Death - Apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Van Orden and Julia Ann Haight
Husband of Sarah Ellen Van Orden and Martha Ann Winsor
Father of Charlotte Amelia Rogers; Mary Elizabeth Bair; Maria van Orden; Peter Edmund Van Orden, Jr.; Julia Ann Carpenter and 1 other
Brother of Charlotte Amelia Van Orden; Everett Clark Van Orden; Sarah Louisa Van Orden and Marie Antoinette Van Orden
Half brother of John Milton Bernhisel

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Edna Richards Baker Cahoon
Last Updated:

About Peter Edmund Van Orden

There is a great deal of information about Peter Edmund Van Orden at the following website:

The following information was found on Family Peter Edmund Van Orden was born 27 January 1830 at Cayuga County, New York, the son of William and Julia Ann Haight of New York State. William Van Orden had built a house on Green Point on the Hudson. They came to Utah in 1850. Peter married Martha Ann Knight (daughter of Joseph Knight, Jr. and Betsy Covert) on 5 November 1851. They were given land by the Church at Kaysville, Utah, and lived in a covered wagon which was removed from its running gears and placed on the ground, then banked up with sod.

Homestead law was first used in the settlement of Lewiston in 1869. A land office was established making it possible for a person with five years residency to own his own land. Everett C. Van Orden, who had been one of the early settlers of Franklin, Idaho, described Cache Valley to his brother Peter E. Van Orden and his friends J.M. Bernhisel and Robert Wall in his home in Kaysville, Utah. Land hungry and eager to see new country, the three young men traveled northward reaching Richmond 3 July 1870. Being directed northward by the people of that town they rode to Mink Creek, then southwest over the sites of Riverdale and Preston and southward to a site that attracted them. Here they stopped their search, for they had found the land they desired. Peter said, "Here we will take up four quarter sections to make our homes."

So four quarter sections of land were measured out. The fourth section was for Everett C. Van Orden. They entered their claims in the land office in Salt Lake City and these four sections became the center and beginning of the town of Lewiston. In the fall of 1870 these four men returned to their homesteads. Peter and Everett Van Orden secured lumber from the sawmill above Franklin, Idaho, and Peter and his family spent the winter in their newly constructed home.

Taken from Deseret News, Tuesday, October 10, 1911 (dates checked on microfilm in Salt Lake City).

SOURCE: Family


The following is from Find A Peter Edmond Van Orden, Sr., was the son of Julia Ann Haight and William Van Orden. Married: 25 November 1851 (1) Martha Ann Knight, with whom he had five children (1) Mary Elizabeth,1852-1926, m Hyrum Bair1850-1926. (2) Peter Edmund, 1856-1926, m Laura Christina Bastian, 1862-1925. (3) Julia Ann, 1857-1920, m Erastus Snow Carpenter, 1845-1918. (4) Ellen, 1859-1883. They were divorced and she was sealed to Martin Walderfin Mills at the Salt Lake Endowment House in 1867. Martha later married Anson Perry Winsor in 1880.

Peter later married: 10 October 1870 (2) Sarah Ellen McFerson, with whom he had seven children. (1) William Runnels,1871-1951. (2) David Horton, 1873-1963, m Martha Waddoups, 1987-1958. (3) Sarah Ann, 1876-1950. (4) Charlotte Amelia, 1878-1948. (5) Mariam, 1860-1968. (6) Keturah, 1883-1897. (7) Abber McFerson, 1885-1957, m Agnes McKnight, 1890-1976.

His oldest daughter, with Martha Ann Knight, not yet linked is: Mary Elizabeth

His youngest daughter, with Martha Ann Knight, not yet linked is: Ellen



William Van Orden (1804 - 1844)


Julia Ann Haight Van Orden (1805 - 1865)


Martha Ann Knight Winsor (1833 - 1919)


Sarah Ellen McFerson Van Orden (1846 - 1912)



Mary Elizabeth VanOrden Bair (1852 - 1926)


Marie Van Orden (1854 - 1863)


Peter Edmund Van Orden (1856 - 1926)


Julia Ann Van Orden Carpenter (1857 - 1920)


David Horten Van Orden (1873 - 1963)


Abner M. Van Orden (1885 - 1957)



Charlotte Amelia Van Orden Peck (1828 - 1895)


Peter Edmund Sr. Van Orden (1830 - 1911)


Everett Clark Van Orden (1834 - 1911)


Eliza Dorleska Van Orden (1835 - 1836)


Sarah Louisa Van Orden Curtis (1836 - 1883)


Marie Antoinette Van Orden Peck (1839 - 1916)


William Arthur Van Orden (1841 - 1844)


John Milton Bernhisel (1846 - 1920)

Maintained by: Dwayne Bair

Originally Created by: history4sure

Record added: Mar 06, 2009

Find A Grave Memorial# 34524509


The following is from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Peter Edmund Van Orden, Sr., was the son of William Van Orden and Julia Ann Haight, of New York state. Born January 27, 1830, in Cayuga county, New York. Came to Utah in 1850.

Married: Sarah E. McFerson October 10, 1870, Salt Lake City (daughter of Dimon McFerson and Mary Ann Neas of Kaysville, Utah pioneers, October, 1853, Isaac Allred company). She was born October 20, 1846, died July 20, 1912.

Their children:

William R. born October 30, 1871, married Eva Lucile Chiley;


David H. born December 31, 1873, married Martha Waddoups;


Sarah Ann born February 5, 1876;


Charlotte A. born September 29, 1878, married Nephi N. Rogers;


Miriam born December 4, 1880, married Christopher F. Burton;


Keturah born March 23, 1883, died November 7, 1887;


Abner born April 28, 1885.

Member Nauvoo Legion; worked on Nauvoo Temple; helped to build Winter Quarters; assisted in bringing immigrants to Utah 1856; first settler at Lewiston. Died September 25, 1911.


Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1223


Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 262















Peter Edmund Van Orden Sr. Home in Lewiston, Idaho. With second family: Wife Sara 4 Generations of Van Orden Family Peter Edmund Van Orden Sr and Family Peter Edmund Van Orden

view all 17

Peter Edmund Van Orden's Timeline

January 27, 1830
Moravia, Cayuga County, New York, United States
November 30, 1852
Kaysville, Davis, Utah Territory, United States
February 18, 1854
Kaysville, Davis, Utah
September 21, 1855
Age 25
January 7, 1856
Kaysville, Davis County, Utah Territory, United States
October 5, 1857
Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
November 9, 1859
Kaysville, Davis, Utah
October 4, 1860
Age 30
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
October 4, 1860
Age 30
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States