Founded by W. S. Peters and a group of Kentucky businessmen, the Peters Colony provided for the settlement of vast tracts of land in northeastern Texas during the years 1842 to 1848, primarily in the present-day counties of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, and Tarrant. The majority of the 2,000 persons who took up land there were from Kentucky and surrounding states, although the remainder were drawn from all over the country owing to the attraction of free land.
In this publication, which is reprinted from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, the author has furnished a history of the Peters Colony as well as a list of the colonists themselves, which comprises the final half of the book. In this list the genealogist is given full scope for his researches, as each of the 2,000 settlers is positively identified with regard to the following information: name, marital status, occupation, age, year of migration to Texas, county of settlement, state of birth, and state from which he migrated. Professor Connor extracted his information from original sources in the general land office, records of the Peters Colony, and the 1850 census of Texas.