John W. Peterman (1862-1938)

John W. Peterman was born on October 18, 1862 (during the Civil War) at Lathrop, San Joaquin county, California. He was the 7th of twelve chilren of John Ricks and Eliza Jane (nee REYNOLDS) PETERMAN.
D'Etta May Watkins was born on June 24, 1867 at Syracuse, Illinois to Charles Dewitt and Almyra Rowena (nee CHAPPELL) WATKINS. In her youth she lived in Chicago, Illinois.


Married on December 17, 1887 Merced, Merced Co., California. Why here?

Lived a long time on a family farm on Linne Rd. SE of Tracy (Banta/Vernalis/Tulare?), San Joaquin Co., California.

1900 Census shows John, D'Etta and 5 children living in Tulare Township (above place/Vernalis?).

Name Born Died Notes
Elsie (J.?) Gladys November 17, 1888 Tracy October 20, 1964 Married & divorced Robert C. Willett
Goldie May August 12, 1890 Tracy (Banta) December 4, 1953 Sacramento Married Alfred Raymond Hughes
John Walter December 14, 1892 Tracy March 12, 1956 Married Margaret Elisabeth Gilman
Nathan Edward     see link
Sam Millen September 27, 1897 Tracy   Married Meta Emma Goetzen
D'Etta (Janie) September 22, 1901 Married Elmer Norris and Lloyd Peterman
Charles Arthur September 15, 1905   Married Helen Ruth Cutler
Henry Robert (Bill) July 9, 1908 Tracy   Married Edna Gertrude Spaulding
Reunion in the 1920s...

Reunion in the 1960s...

1900 Census

On June 2, 1900 the enumerator found John W. 37, still on the farm in Tulare Township with Etta M. 32, Elsie J. 11, Goldie M. 9, Walter J. 7, Nathan E. 5, and Samuel M. 2. 1900 Census

1910 Census

On April 20, 1910 the enumerator found John 47, still on the farm in Tulare Township with D'Etta May 42, Elsie 21, Goldie May 19, John Walter 17, Nathan Edward 15, Samuel 12, D'Etta Jane 8, Charles Arthur 4, Henry Robert 1, and David Mitchell 30. 1910 Census

1920 Census

In January, 1920 the enumerator found John 57, still on the farm in Tulare Township with D Etta May 52, Samuel 22, D Etta 18, Charles 14, Henry 11. Also living with them are Elsie Willis 31 and Clifford Willis 6. 1920 Census

1930 Census

D'Etta and John?

1930s Voter Rolls

D'Etta May Peterman, domestic, 555 W 10th, Tracy - Rep See

1940 Census

D'Etta Mae, a widow 72, is living with Henry (farm laborer) and Gertrude, his wife from NY on the Peterman farm in Tulare Township. 1940 Census


John died on June 11, 1938 in Stockton and is buried at Park View Mausoleum. No lising in Find-A-Grave

D'Etta (Watkins) Peterman died on November 20, 1945 in Stockton, San Joaquin co., California and is also buried at Park View Mausoleum. See also No lising in Find-A-Grave

Tracy Office Stockton Record Dec. 25 -

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Peterman, pioneer West Side residents, will observe their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow with and open house at the home of the son, Walter Peterman, near New Jerusalem School.

The Petermans were married December 27, 1887, in Merced and for the past 50 years have resided at the home ranch southeast of here. With the exception of the past nine years, Peterman had been engaged in farming 1500 acres of grain land, but failing heath forced his retirement and the ranch was divided amoung the children.

Peterman was born October 18, 1862, near Lathorp and was one of the nine children, six daughters and three sons, of the late Mr. and Mrs. J R. Peterman who farmed for a number of years between Lathrop and the San Joaquin River. Three sisters of Peterman still living are Mrs. Emma Harder of Lodi, Mrs. E. M. Ragsdale of Redlands and Mrs. Anna Robinson of Veneer.

Mrs. Peterman, the former D'Etta Watkins, moved here from Chicago with her parents in 1885. She was born June 24, 1867. the Watkins family lived here for many years and then moved to Los Angeles. Mrs. Watkins later returned to live with her daughter until her death in 1933.

The couple have eight children, six of whom are sitll residents here. They are Mrs. E'Etta Norris, Walter, Sam, Nathan, Charles and Henry Peterman. The other daughters, Mrs. Goldie Hughes and Mrs. Elsie Shreckengast, reside in Sacramento. They are also grandparents of 12 grandchildren.

They now reside in their own home hear New Jersulem School, where three generations of Peterman have received schooling. Peterman holds membership in the West Side Pioneers' Lodge.


Funeral services for Mrs. D'Etta Peterman, widow of the late John Peterman, will be held in Stockton Friday afternoon with Rev. Ralph Crawford, former pastor of the Tracy Methodist church, officiating.

Committal will be made at Park View Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Herman Walter, William Koster, Jacob Thoming, Edward Gerlach, Thomas Ohm and Robert Eggers.

Mrs. Peterman passed away in Stockton Nov. 20. Born at Sycamore, Ill., on June 24, 1868, she lived in Chicago until 18 when she came to Tracy. In December, 1887, she married John Peterman in Tracy. The family home was on Linne Road. Mr. Petrman passed away in 1938.

She was the mother of Mrs. D'Etta Peterman, Stockton; Walter Nathan, Sam, Charles and Henry Peterman, all of Tracy, and Mrs. Elsie Shreck and Mrs. Goldie Hughes, Sacramento.

She was the grandmother of MoMM Clifford Willet, US Navy; John Hughes, Stockton; John W. Peterman, US Army; Ray Hughes, US Army; Roger Peterman, Tracy; Rodney Peterman, US Navy; Robert Norris, Stockton, and Mary, Eleanor, Ruth and Mark Peterman, all of Tracy.

She was the great grandmother of Heather Williet, John, Manual and James Hughes, Christine, John and Thomas Peterman and Sharon and Robert McBrian.