Friday, September 23, 2022
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Today at a wonderful website was published the Will and Marriages of Timothy PEYTON who appears on pages 57, 106, 107 of my genealogy book, PEYTONs Along the Aquia, including a will transcript and many images of the will and the marriages of his children in Bourbon County, Kentucky.I have also verified the name of Timothy's wife as Sarah "Sary" MATSON, a sister of James MATSON, who appears on pages 59, 60 where he married a sister of Timothy PEYTON. Apparently Timothy took his entire family to Kentucky, as it is there in Bourbon County that we find the marriages of his children, along with Timothy's will.
Timo. Peyton, September 5th 1782
Signed in presence of Jesse Davis, John Davis, George Jackson, Thomas Calvert
Commission for examination of John Davis, George Jackson and Thomas Calvert.
The Commonwealth of Virginia to Jesse Ewell, James Ewell and Bernard Ewell, of Prince William County, gentlemen, know ye that we are trusting to your fidelity and provident circumspection in diligently examining John Davis, George Jackson and Thomas Calvert, witnesses in and upon certain interrogation respecting the last will and testament of Timothy Peyton, deceased, in Bourbon County. We therefore command you or any two of you that a certain day which you shall appoint you call and cause to come by you, the said witnesses, and then diligently examine, being first duly sworn as the law directs, touching the premises and there in you abide until have completed the same and their examination into the county court of Bourbon, distinctly and openly, without delay, you send and certify enclosed returning also to us this writ. Witness John Edwards, Clerk of said Court of Bourbon County at the courthouse the sixteenth day of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.
Test. John Edwards, CL. B.C.
Prince William County
By virtue of the within commission to us directed, we have examined George Jackson, Thomas Calvert and John Davis concerning the premises within mentioned who being duly sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, depose that they saw Timothy Peyton sign and publish the writing hereunto annexed as his last will and testament and that they believed him to be in his proper senses at the time. Also given under our hands and seals this seventeenth of October one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.
Jesse Ewell, James Ewell
Commission for Examination of Jesse Davis
The Commonwealth of Virginia to Charles Polk and Joshua Ferguson, Gentlemen, of Nelson County, know ye that trusting to your fidelity and provident circumspection in diligently examining Jesse Davis, gentleman, a subscribing witness to the last will of Timothy Peyton, deceased, upon certain interrogations respecting the same we therefore command you or any two of you that at a certain day which you shall appoint you call and cause to come before you the said witness and him, diligently examined being first duly sworn and there in the execution of the premises you abide until you have completed the same and his examination into the county court of Bourbon distinctly and openly without delay you send and certify enclosed returning also to us this writ, witness John Edwards, Clerk of our said Court at the courthouse the twenty-ninth day of November one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.
December the 7th 1787
This day came before us the subscribed Justices of Peace for the said county Jesse Davis, of the said county, and being duly sworn confesseth that the said Timothy Peyton, deceased, was in perfect health and senses, acknowledged a certain will dated September the fifth, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two to be his last will and testament and that the said witness knows of no other will. Given under our hands the day above written.
Joshua Ferguson, Charles Polk
Bourbon County, December Court 1788
The last will and testament of Timothy Peyton, deceased, was proved by the oaths of Jesse Davis, Thomas Calvert, George Jackson and John Davis.
Who were examined by deputies issued from this court and ordered to be and upon the petition of Sarah Peyton and James Matron, named executors in said will who acknowledged bond with Edward Waller and John ?, Gentlemen, their securities in the penalty of two thousand pounds and made oath as the law directs, a certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form.
Test. John Edwards, CL
The images of the will and the marriage records of the PEYTON children can be seen at the above linked website. Timothy PEYTON's father was an important patriot of the American Revolution, which I covered in my book PEYTONs Along the Aquia on pages 55, 56, 57, however, he was not the one who gave his life at Charleston, South Carolina on May 12th, 1780. That was one of his other sons.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
On page 141, of my genealogy book, PEYTONs Along the Aquia there is a conflict with the maiden name of the wife of Henry Lindsey PEYTON. We cannot be sure whether she was Elizabeth PAIN or Elizabeth BURDEN. In William Montgomery Sweeny's Marriage Bonds and Other Marriage Records of Amherst County, Virginia 1763-1800, 1937, page 59, her name was given as PAIN: "Peyton, Henry, and Elizabeth Pain, married by the Rev. Benjamin Coleman." However, I recently encountered a death record for her in West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973, where she was recorded as the daughter of A. and L. BURDEN of Amherst County, Virginia. Perhaps the original marriage record in Amherst County, Virginia may shed some light on her true family name.
Monday, February 11, 2019
NOTE: Northumberland and Westmoreland Counties separated in 1653, and Stafford County was formed from Westmoreland in 1664.
The latest query on PHILIP PEYTON indentured servant from Bristol, involves this record that I found in Northumberland County, 1667:
"Records of Indentured Servants and of Certificates for Land Northumberland County Virginia 1650-1795," W. Preston Haynie, 1996, pages 87, 88: "421, 20 Oct. 1667 -- Wheras by ye Complynt of Philip Peyton & ye Testamony of some of ye neighbors. It appeares ye Phil: Peyton & Nath: Garner, servts to Rich: Nelmes, have grivous sores on his legges & are very much neglected by their sd Master who taketh nor care to see ye sd sores Cured, It is ordered yt ye sd Nelmes forth endeavour to get ye sd Servts Cured & if ye next Vestry held for this parish Mr Wm Wildey & Mr Wm Downing (who are by ye Court desired to inquire into ye sd business) shall then give their report yt ye sd Nelmes hath been remiss in ye effectual performance of what here ordered yt then ye Court to be further ... therein. OB 1666-78, 12."Because the Northumberland Vestry of 1667, charged a "MR WM DOWNING" to give a report on the health conditions of "PHIL: PEYTON & NATH: GARNER, servts" a reader of this blog gives as proof that PHILIP PEYTON of Northumberland County is the same PHILIP PEYTON of Westmoreland and Stafford Counties who had a number of intimate land dealings from 1700 to 1714, with a "CAPTAIN WILLIAM DOWNING" who owned land next to PHILIP PEYTON in Stafford County.
I judge the two WILLIAM DOWNINGS to be separate people, considering the time span of 33 plus years between 1667 and 1700, 1714, the different counties of residence, and their different titles. WILLIAM DOWNING of Northumberland was referred to by the title of "Mr." WILLIAM DOWNING of Westmoreland and Stafford was referred to as CAPTAIN WILLIAM DOWNING. I find no evidence of a wife for the MR. WILLIAM DOWNING, however, the wife of CAPTAIN WILLIAM DOWNING appears in land records as Diana.
In addition, during the same time span I find in the Parish Records of Christ Church, that there were two WILLIAM DOWNINGS in Middlesex County, Virginia. WILLIAM DOWNING and his wife ELIZABETH had a son named WILLIAM DOWNING, born there in 1665.
Friday, November 2, 2018
She became the heroine of Austin, Texas for preserving the city as the permanent Capitol of Texas.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
She also appears on page 498, of Reverend Hayden's "PEYTON, of England and Virginia" where she is named as ANN GUFFEY.