Alexander County

Biography - Peter Saup

PETER SAUP, Cairo, Ill., was born in Dunkirk, N. Y., on the 18th of August, 1839. His father was a native of France, and came to the United States in 1816. being then sixteen years old. In 1833, he married Miss Elizabeth Smith, who was born in France in 1815. Her ancestors are characterized for longevity, the parents celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of their wedding, in Mansfield, Ohio, where they died, the father at the advanced age of one hundred and thirteen years, and the mother at the age of ninety-nine years. Mr. Saups father died in February, 1860, at Zanesville, Ohio, where the mother is still living. Peter is the third of their family of ten children, three of whom are dead. He was educated in Zanesville, Ohio, and learned the trade of cabinet-maker and wood-turner, which he followed for some years. He came from Zanesville, Ohio, to Cairo. Ill, in 1860. where, for some time, he was employed in a planing mill. In 1864. he enlisted in Company B of the One Hundred and Fortythird Regiment, in which he served until they were mustered out. He then became a member of Company G, of the One Hundred and Ninety-third Ohio Regiment, from which he was discharged at the close of the war. In each of these organizations he held the office of Sergeant. In the winter of 1865, he returned to Cairo, Ill., which has been his home since. He has served the county as Sheriff one term, the city in the office of Councilman for several years, and is now one of the Board of County Commissioners. He was married in Cairo on the 17th of November, 1872, to Miss Philomena Botto, a native of Italy, where she was born in 1840.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 42-43.


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