Friday, November 20, 2009

Francis PEYTON of Alexandria

Until very recently, the DAR records had credited the Francis PEYTON on page 117 of the "Revised and Updated" Second Edition of PEYTONs Along the Aquia Genealogy, as a Colonel during the Revolutionary War. DAR has now amended that stance, stating that his service as a Colonel should be credited to his uncle, Colonel Francis PEYTON, who is documented on pages 72 and 73 of said book. Francis PEYTON of Alexandria is also cited on page 500 of PEYTON, of England and Virginia, 1891, by Reverend Horace Edwin Hayden. The DAR states that there is no credible evidence that this Francis PEYTON served during the Revolutionary War. However, there was a Private Francis PEYTON who could be him or the son of Colonel Francis PEYTON.

The tombstone of this Francis PEYTON is at Saint Paul's Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. It is pictured at Find-A-Grave and shows a DAR marker from the Elisha Dick Chapter of Virginia, which also identifies him as a Colonel, now considered in error by DAR.