|Little Home Histories, Part 55 -- 'Bob Peters'.|
by Patten, Anna Bailey.
See previous entry: Little Home Histories, Part 54 -- Joseph Patterson.
When Jesse Bailey Sr., grandfather of Lindley P. Bailey, came to Warren Township, Belmont County, Ohio from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, in 1811 he brought with him a black man, Bob Peters, who joined Stillwater Friends Meeting soon after his arrival, and, so far as is known, was the only black person ever belonging to this meeting.
"Old Bob" was known and honored for his many good qualities and was the best cook around. No wedding was complete without "Old Bob" as cook. His maple sweet cakes, corn pones and roast possum made him famous and were enjoyed by all. Robert H. Smith related to William H. Stanton how "Old Bob" kept his cookie box well filled for the boys of the neighborhood and if he was not at home when they called, they would sometimes climb down the stick chimney of his cabin to get them, though they knew the door was never locked, just to hear him scold about them "ornery" boys that would steal his cookies, but it pleased him and was just what he wanted and expected them to do. Robert H. Smith was one of the boys who ventured down the chimney for "Old Bobs" cookies.
At one time he lived near the present James Walton brick house and "kept" the Stillwater Meeting House.
He died sometime in the 1840s and was laid to rest in the Stillwater burying ground, loved and honored by all.
Source: Written by: Anna Bailey Patten, Tacoma, Ohio.
See next entry: Little Home Histories, Part 56 -- Edward Pickett.
For the table of contents and first entry in this series, please see: Little Home Histories, Part 01 -- Table of Contents and Introduction.
This entry is adapted from Little Home Histories in Our Early Homes, Belmont County, Ohio, which was published in 1942. Its publication was coordinated by Robert D. and Beulah Patten McDonald. This entry has been reedited for inclusion in the Pierian Press Fulltext eBooks database, and is included on the Stratton House Inn Website by special permission. This entry is licensed for use ONLY on this Website. It may be used for educational purposes and personal pleasure under fair-use provisions via this Website. Please note that the Stratton House Inn iteration of this entry does NOT include the subject headings assigned each chapter for use in the Fulltext eBooks database.
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