Peter Semple Muir was born on 3 Febuary 1886 in Shawsburn, which was part of Dalserf, Scotland, to James and Margaret Muir. He was their eighth child but only the third one living, though Margaret had a daughter prior to her marriage. Peter was named after his maternal grandfather and was Margaret's fourth son to be so named.
When Peter was 19 months old, he, his mother and older sisters and brother boarded the S/S Manitoban in Glasgow. They arrived in Philadelphia on 30 September 1887 and likely traveled by train to Streator, Illinois, where Peter's father worked as a coal miner. His father abandoned the family about 1895.
In 1900 Peter lived with his mother and siblings in Reading, Illinois. He was 14 years old and already working in the coal mines along side his older brother, Robert.
He became a naturalized United States citizen about 1907.
According to Grandma Jennings' genealogy notebook, he married Mayme Zebio, daughter of Louis Zebio and Mary Frey, on 1 July 1908. Her father was born in Italy and immigrated to the U.S. about 1879. Mayme was of the Roman Catholic faith and I believe Peter became a Catholic when they married.
When the 1910 census was enumerated the coupled lived at 911 Main Street in Ottumwa, Iowa, where Peter worked as a coal miner. They moved to Mystic, Iowa, later that same year where Peter's father lived with his second wife and lived there through at least 1915.
When Peter registered for the World War I draft on 12 September 1918, he and his family lived on a farm in Dearborn, Michigan, and he worked at Ford as a machinist. In 1920 he worked as a laborer for a plumber.
The family had moved to Palmyra, Michigan by 1930 and Peter worked as a steam pipe fitter at an automobile factory. In 1940 the Peter's family lived in Detroit at 9335 Hubbell Avenue, a home he owned, which was valued at $1,200. He continued working for an automobile company as a stock man. In 1942 when he registered for the World War II draft he was working for the aircraft division.
Peter died on 3 November 1947 in Detroit and was interred at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. His wife was buried beside him after her death in 1970.
1900 US Federal Census, Census Place: Reading, Livingston, Illinois; Roll: 318; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0114; FHL microfilm: 1240318
1910 US Federal Census, Census Place: Ottumwa Ward 1, Wapello, Iowa; Roll: T624_425; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0134; FHL microfilm: 1374439
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Dearborn, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_801; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 38
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Palmyra, Lenawee, Michigan; Roll: 1007; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 807.0; FHL microfilm: 2340742
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T627_1888; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 84-1554
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 4 and 19
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Memorial No. 14191783
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2015, 1886 Muir, Peter Semple (Statutory Births 638/02 0016)
US, Iowa Select Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990, 1910 Muir, Ralph James
US, Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, 1915 Muir, Peter
US, Michigan Death Certificate, State File No. 371758; Local File No. 13099
US, Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952, GS Film number: 001972924; Digital Folder Number: 005362498; Image Number: 02013
US, Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950, 1947 Mair, Peter
US, Michigan Find A Grave Index, 1805-2012, Memorial No. 14191783
US, Pennsylvania Passenger and Crew Lists, 1800-1962, Roll: T840_9; Line: 20
US, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration State: Michigan; Registration County: Wayne; Roll: 1683039; Draft Board: 4
US, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, 4th Registration for the State of Michigan; State Headquarters: Michigan (Muir, Peter)