Werder, Peter a Baptist preacher, was born in 1728, and ordained in May 1751, at Warwick, R.I. The first nineteen years of his ministry were spent in that vicinity. He removed in 1770 to a Rhode Island settlement, then known as New Providence Grant within the present limits of Cheshire, Massachusetts, where he labored for thirty-eight years, preaching his last sermon on the Sunday before his death, February 21, 1808. He was an influential and successful preacher, and venerated as a father among the churches of his faith in Western Massachusetts. See Mass. Bapt. Mag. 2:348.