Early Lapeer History by Vera Johnson & Mildred Brown
Lapeer was named by Dan C. Squires whose idea it was to separate the village from Virgil, of which it was once a part. Lapeer was one of the last of all the towns in the county to be organized (May 2, 1845), and it is said that its leading citizen, the Hon. Dan C. Squires remarked that Lapeer, although amongst the youngest of the towns of Cortland County, was yet the peer of them all, meaning that it had equal rank and quality, in spite of its youth and size. He therefore named the town Lapeer, combining the French article “la” with the English word “peer”.
Sixteen soldiers of the Revolutionary War settled in Lapeer. All died there but one. Thirteen of them are buried in the old cemetery on the corner of Highland Rd. and Parker St. Lapeer had a population of about 800 but furnished fifty-two for the United States service during the rebellion, many of whom became distinguished upon the battlefield.
Those who died in the service of their Country were David M. Turner, Francis E. Verreau, Samuel D. Squires, William W. Jennison, Squires S. Barrows, Frederic Wilcox, David W. Parker, Lyndon Parker, Edgar Freeman, William H. Parker and John Flanley.