Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Historic Businesses of the Tri-Counties
Allen W. & Napoleon B. Peterson, Barbers of Mansfield & Canton
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Inside Napoleon Peterson's Barber Shop in Canton
Photos: Allen W.  & Napoleon B. Peterson, Barbers
Township: Mansfield & Canton
Year: 1890s
Photos in family collection of Shirley Smith
Photos here are poorer quality than the originals because I had to digitally photograph in poor light.
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Napoleon B. Peterson. Barber of Canton Allen W. Peterson, Barber of Mansfield

1876 Mansfield Advertiser Ad - A. W. Peterson, Barber and Hair Dresser. Mansfield, PA. Shop in "Old Hardware" building, Main Street. Polite
and skillful workmen employed. Razors honed on a superior manner.
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David Parker arrived in Mansfield PA from the South via the Underground Railroad. He eventually married Almina Peterson, daughter of Benjamin Peterson. The origin of Benjamin Peterson is presently unknown. Almina's brothers, Napoleon B. and Allen W. both became barbers, the former in Canton and the latter in Mansfield.

Allen W. is listed in the 1880 Mansfield Census as age 30, barber,  with wife Frances also age 30. He is also listed in the 1899 Tioga County Directory in Mansfield as a barber. In the 1908 Directory, he was still a practicing barber at 14 S., Main Street, with house at 91 East Elmira St. Wife, Frances, was also still living. They are buried in Prospect Cemetery. Both born 1847, Frances died 1916 and Allen died 1922.

David and Elmira (sic) Parker, sister of Allen and Napoleon, lived at 89 E. Elmira Street, next door to Allen in 1908. He was listed as a laborer. Mina was a DAR member, and Shirley Smith still has many of the receipts for her annual dues.

Napoleon B. Peterson was in Canton Borough in 1880, age 40, barber. His wife was Mary Ann, age 37, and they had children, Alburtus, age 6, and Hattie age 5. Napoleon's shop was on Troy Street in Canton where the video store is presently located, next to the VFW. The building he was in is gone and whas been replaced.

Harriet Peterson, Daughter of Napoleon Harry Benjamin Parker, son of Almina Peterson & David Parker
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

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