From this site http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/peter-french I read about Peter French:
BiographyCa. 17741–after 1850. Farmer, tavern keeper, hotelier. Born in New York. Moved to Willoughby, Western Reserve (later Lake Co.), Ohio, 1799. Married Sally. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1811, as one of its earliest settlers. Named as one of town proprietors, 1818. Served as overseer of the poor, 1818, 1823, in Kirtland. Served as appraiser of property, 1818, in Kirtland. Among founders of Mentor Library Company, 1819, in Painesville, Geauga Co. Served as supervisor of highways, 1817, 1822, 1830; and as fence viewer, 1821, 1824, in Kirtland. Built hotel, 1827, in Kirtland. Sold hotel and other Kirtland property, including temple lot, to JS and church leaders, 1833, 1836. Moved to Mentor, Lake Co., by 1850.
This chart shows my relationship to Peter French, my third cousin five generations back:
I had no idea a cousin of mine owned and sold the property on which the Kirtland Temple was built.