Peter Parker was born January 30, 1832 in Accrington, Lancashire, England to Benjamin Parker (1810-1876) and Susannah Ashworth (1812-1839). Peter arrived in the USA in 1854 at the age of 21. He probable came on the invitation of his friend William Fish who came to the USA in 1848 also from Accrington. He married Mary Eastabrook on October 3, 1860.
Peter’s occupation was Stone Cutter.
They lived their entire lives in Gambier, Ohio. They had seven children:
Mary was born March 18, 1843 in Exbourne, Okehampton, Devon, England and arrived in the USA in 1858 at the age of 15, two years before her marriage.
There is a report of Peter’s children, particularly Ben, helping build the chapel, but Ben was not born until 1863, the year the chapel was consecrated. Ben reportedly was the first child baptized in the chapel in 1863.
Peter died on February 7, 1910 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier, Ohio. Mary died March 19, 1917 and is buried with her husband in Gambier.