Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lewis & Winnefred PEYTON of Indiana

VIRGINIA MARRIAGE BOND -- Lewis PEYTON and Charles ANDERSON were bound unto the Governor of Virginia, 8 November 1786: "whereas there is a Marriage shortly intended to be Solemized between the above bound Lewis PEYTON & Winnefred FOLWELL - for which a license has been issued." The above image is from Ancestry.com, submitted by PAllen7783, believed to have come from Lincoln County, Kentucky (Virginia District).
Lewis PEYTON and his wife Winnefred are on pages 132, 133 of the genealogy book, PEYTONs Along the Aquia, with two of their children. NSDAR documents her name as "Winifred FOLWELL" and verifies two additional children: Nelson PEYTON who married Mary JOHNSON and Frances PEYTON who married John TUELL. Revolutionary War Pension Records of Lewis PAYTON, (S. 17003) contain a letter written in 1929 which states that Elizabeth FOLWELL was the mother of Winfred FOLWELL.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Government Island, Aquia Creek

"The picks and mauls are silent now at Government Island. Gone are the muscled laborers who quarried the rock. Gone, too, are the masted ships that carried it north. Government Island is quiet now Overgrown with oaks and maples and sticker bushes. Only the silent stones say that This was once the nation’s most famous quarry." – Jim Hall, Journalist, July 6, 1992; The Free Lance-Star

Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia, now a 17-acre historic site, was an early American quarry named Brent’s Island or Wiggington’s Island. Since 1694, stone was quarried from this site for use as architectural trim in Colonial America. The quarry’s fine-grained sandstone was called Aquia Stone, due to its location along the Aquia Creek, or Freestone, for its ability to be freely carved without splitting. It was a desirable building material for its composition as well as its fine grain and brilliant white color. In 1791, George Washington sent Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant to find the best supply of sandstone to build the new federal city. L'Enfant purchased the island on December 2, 1791, which afterwards became known as Government Island. Extensive quantities of Aquia Stone (sandstone) were extracted from this site from L'Enfant's date of purchase through the 1820s, loaded onto sailing ships and carried up the Potomac River to the Federal City.

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Brent family members were cousins of the Peytons in Westmoreland County, and along Aquia Creek. In fact the real properties of the two families seem to border each other's on the Aquia. The Peytons had early real estate dealings with the Wiggingtons. The genealogy book PEYTONs Along the Aquia, covers these families on pages 9, 26, 46.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PEYTON of Gloucester County

Arms: Sable a cross engrailed or. 
Crest: A griffin sejant or.
Motto: Patior potior. 
Major Robert Peyton of Rongham, Norfolk, and of Isleham, Gloucester county, Virginia, was born in 1640 and died 1694. He was a son of Thomas Peyton and Elizabeth Yelverton, a daughter of Sir William Yelverton, Bart., of Rougham, Norfolk. He married in 1668 and was in Virginia before 1679. He was Major of the Gloucester County Militia. 
The Peytons of Westmoreland county are of kin to those of Gloucester county and use the same arms, with the addition of "a mullet argent, in the second quarter, and a bordure ermine" for a difference. Henry Peyton of Lincoln Inn died in London in 1656 and was a cadet of the Peytons of Isleham. He had issue, Robert born 1624; Valentine, Henry, Laurence, Catherine, Margaret, Henry, John, Charles and Mary. Of these, Valentine, Lawrence, Henry and John came to Virginia. Valentine died in Westmoreland county in 1665 at his estate of Nominy. Henry, his brother, died in 1659, and from these two brothers came a numerous progeny whose descendants are found through Virginia and the South.
"VIRGINIA HERALDICA - A Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor WITH GENEALOGICAL NOTES OF THE FAMILIES," edited by WILLIAM ARMSTRONG CROZIER, 1908, from the "Virginia County Record Series" Volume V, page 92.

The genealogy book PEYTONs Along the Aquia, covers the PEYTON family of Westmoreland County, Virginia.

The Genealogy of the PEYTON family of Gloucester County, Virginia is covered in Reverend Horace Edwin Hayden's 1891 genealogy, "PEYTON, of England and Virginia," on pages 468 through 479.

Monday, July 6, 2015

JEMIMA PEYTON of Culpepper, Virginia

Updated research reveals that the JEMIMA PEYTON on pages 91 and 253 of PEYTONs Along the Aquia did not marry Benjamin WASH who went to Anderson County, Kentucky. I don't know what happened to JEMIMA after the mention in her grandfather's will. BENJAMIN WASH is a proven Revolutionary War soldier and in previous DAR records his wife was named as JEMIMA PEYTON. Recently, DAR has changed her name to "JEMIMA." From my recent research in Amherst County, Virginia records it appears that the "JEMIMA PAYTON" living there in 1784, was the widow of an unknown PAYTON. It is believed that she is the JEMIMA PAYTON who married secondly to BENJAMIN WASH and went with him to Kentucky.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Gloucester County PEYTONs

This is from "SELDON and Kindred of Virginia" by Edna Mae Seldon, 1941, page 133: "Dr. Valentine PEYTON ... daughter, Elizabeth Washington PEYTON ..." when PEYTON researchers believed that the PEYTON family of Northern Virginia was descended from the Gloucester County, Virginia PEYTONs. Later genealogical research has discounted that theory.

The Genealogy of the PEYTON family of Gloucester County, Virginia is included in Reverend Horace Edwin Hayden's 1891 genealogy, "PEYTON, of England and Virginia," on pages 468 through 479.

Dr. Valentine PEYTON and his family appear on page 45 of PEYTONs Along the AquiaAccording to recent genealogies, the father-in-law of Elizabeth Washington PEYTON was Governor Patrick HENRY. Elizabeth's second husband was Reverend George PATTERSON.

Mary Howe PEYTON, her father John PEYTON, and their PEYTON family appear on page 60, of PEYTONs Along the Aquia.