- CIVIL WAR: Private Co. D 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, mustered in 2 Mar 1861 St. Paul. (He was 32 years old) Mustered out 3 months later.
According to 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows, he enlisted 17 Feb 1865 and was discharged 19 Jun 1865, serving only 3 months, 28 days. Discharged with chronic diarrhea.
Peter Fort Countryman was a County supervisor in 1871 and a County clerk in 1872 and 1873.
Peter F. Countryman was the brother of Levi Nelson Countryman (1832-1924) and was involved in the business of Tozer & Countryman.
Peter F. Countryman (1829-1906) was born in Jefferson County, New York, moved to Minnesota in 1855, settled in Hastings, Minnesota, initially was engaged in a mercantile business, served in the Second Minnesota Regiment during the American Civil War, subsequently was a farmer, and died in Hastings, Minnesota.
Masonic Voice-review, Volume 8
A NOTED MASONIC FAMILY.
Death has invaded one of Minnesota's most noted Masonic families and Peter F. Countryman has been borne to the grave by his six stalwart Masonic sons.
Brother Countryman was born in Jefferson county, New York, December 22, 1829, and died at Hastings, Minn, February 19, and was buried there February 21, 1906, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Brother Levi Gleason, a retired Methodist minister who went from New York to Minnesota with the Countryman family. Brother Countryman went to Minnesota in 1855, settling on a farm near Hastings, and resided there and in Hastings until his death.
Brother Countryman received the three Masonic degrees in Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 35, now defunct, at Hastings, and served that lodge as secretary several years. He was a man of large intelligence and sterling qualities and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. While not active in Masonry he was much interested in the institution and lived to see his sons highly honored by and conferring honor upon that grand organization.
He is survived by six sons and three daughters. The sons, who attended the funeral and bore the body to the grave, are: A. D. Countryman, Appleton, Past Grand Master; L. A. Countryman, Minneapolis, P. M., of Appleton Lodge No. 137 and now secretary of Ark Chapter No. 53 and Deputy Master of Minneapolis Council No. 2, R. & S. M.; F. A. Countryman, Watertown, S. D., P. M. of Kampeska Lodge No. 13, and now E. C. of Watertown Commander -No. 7, K. T.; G. E. Countryman, Aberdeen, S. D., P. M. of Aberdeen Lodge No. 38; M. L. Countryman, St. Paul, Minn., P. M. of Summit Lodge No. 163, and D. M. Countryman, a Master Mason residing in Minneapolis. The daughters are: Mrs. L. A. Cobb, Minneapolis, and Mrs. S. D. Cecil and Mrs. E. H. Markrey of Hastings.
Photocopy of a biographical sketch in the History of Dakota and Goodhue Counties, Minnesota, Vol. 2, p. 518 (1910). The sketch notes Peter F. Countryman's partnership with I. B. Tozer in a grocery business in Hastings, Minnesota (circa 1875-1883).
Peter Fort Countryman left his farm in Hastings, MN, and joined the 2nd Minnesota Infantry in March, 1861, days after President Lincoln was elected; one month before Gen Beauregard fired on Ft Sumter, marking the beginning of the American Civil War. He was 32 years old and left behind a pregnant wife and 6 children.
Peter was involved in civil affairs, becoming County supervisor in 1871 and a County clerk in 1872 and 1873. He partnered with I. B. Tozer in a grocery business in Hastings, circa 1875-1883. Later in life, Peter returned to farming. His sons all belonged to the Masonic Order and his daughters were members of the Eastern Star, although Peter did not participate.
Peter died on Christmas Day in 1906 and is buried next to his wife Elizabeth at Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings, MN.