His birth place is also found listed as Hardiger or Herdanger, Bergen, Norway and Eidfjord, Hordaland, Norway. Some records list his birth date as 7 May. His father's name is alternately spelled Peder Jonson, while his mother's is spelled Harburgh and Heborg Lancitedatter.
Canute traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Ezra T. Benson Company in 1849. He married Sarah Ann Nelson en route.
Then, at the end of a mission, he returned home as Captain of the Canute Peterson Company in 1856.