Peter Winchell "was a man of strong opinions, given to reasoning. He was Justice of the Peace for twenty years - and through most of his life deacon of the Baptist church. He was the religious, social, and intellectual center of his little neighborhood." So says Jeremiah Crosby Winchell.
Ordination as Deacon (1807)
"Minuts of the Baptist Council Held at Marbletown, Ulster County, State of New York, on the 21 and 22nd of January, 1807..."
Executor, Will of Jane Cudney - appointed December 4, 1829
From Signs of the Times
Olive, Ulster County, N.Y., May 2, 1856.
Brother Beebe: - I send you for publication, the obituary of my father, Dea. Peter Winchel, who departed this life, April 26th, 1856. His days were eighty-two years, eleven months and three days. He had no particular disease, but seemed to waste away by reason of old age. "Man dieth and wasteth away." He was deprived of the privilege of meeting with the church for about ten weeks before his death. We can truly say, he died in the triumphs of the faith, of God's elect, of which he talked much as he approached the time of his departure. Well may we say in his case - "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." He received a hope in the redeemer when he was sixteen years of age, and he was one of the constituent members of the church, in 1799, and remained a member of the church to the time of his death. He lived a life of morality and godliness, and was a father to the poor and needy, always ready to lend a helping hand. We can truly say, we have lost a kind and affectionate father, and the church has sustained a loss that will long be felt; for he always filled his seat in the church, from its first origanization [sic], and was the last of those who where in the Constitution of the church. His funeral was attended on Sunday, on which occasion, Eld. Joseph L. Purington preached by request of the deceased, from Romans iv. 25 - "Who was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification." We could say much in regard to his life and deportment as a man of God, but lest we should extend this notice beyond the space which can be afforded in the Signs, I will forbear. I thought when his earthly remains where being covered, I could use the language of the prophet Elisha, concerning Elijah. "My father! The chariot of Israel, and the horseman thereof; and he saw him no more."
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Peter by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Peter: