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Jacob Peck was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Deed, 6 December 1811, for land purchased by Peter Heiskell (b. ca. 1758-1841) and John C. Sowers (1779-1843) from Jacob Peck (1745-1827), all of Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia. Recorded in Augusta County Deed Book 37, page 265. .
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1789--March 9, Jacob Peck and Elizabeth Daskem, daughter of Windel Butt (consent); surety, Henry Dill; witnesses, John Clark, Saml. Jimeson.
- Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1806 (P to Z). - Jacob Peck vs. Jno. and Thos. Peoples--Huston Calbreath, of Bath County, is about to remove to Kentucky. Thomas Gardner about to remove, 1805.
- Vol. 2 - Kayser vs. Mathews--O. S. 307; N. S. 109--Bill, 28th March, 1811, by Joseph Kayser and Letitia, his wife, who was widow of Archer Mathews who died 13th August, 1786. Archer owned lot No. 5 in Staunton which he conveyed to Sampson and George Mathews, but she has never released dower. Sampson Mathews is dead, leaving children, viz: Sampson; Nancy, wife of Alexr. Nelson; Jane, wife of Samuel Clarke. Hugh Donaghe, left children, John, James, William W., Sarah. Jacob Peck deposes, 1821, he came to Staunton in 1771, August. On that part of lot 5 now occupied by Dr. Waddell, there were no improvements in 1771. The stables that lately stood thereon were built in fall of 1772. The rental after 1786 was about $5 per annum. In 1773-4 Thomas Smith offered to sell the lot on which Mr. Wayt's stone house and the adjoining white house now stands for £10 and could not get it. He afterwards made a present of it to a young lady. Jacob Swoope deposes, he came to Staunton in 1790. Letitia Keyser died before 16th March, 1815.
- Vol. 2 - McKibben's heirs vs. Lohr--O. S. 256; N. S. 90--Bill, 1814. Complainants are, viz: James McKibben, Mary (McKibben), wife of Isaac Renfroe; Nancy (McKibben), wife of John Gaye, Jr., only children and heirs-at-law of John McKibben of South Carolina, who died, intestate, and who in 1786, together with his brother, James McKibben, Sr., bought land in Augusta County, 109 acres, from John Elliott. Between the time of the purchase and June, 1788, John moved to South Carolina, where he died 1790 or 1791. Part of complainants live in South Carolina and part in Kentucky. James McKibben also died in South Carolina, intestate, and without children, and complainants are his heirs. James McKibben lived in Rockingham some time after John left Virginia. Esther Dickey deposes in Staunton, 6th May, 1815, she and her husband removed from Delaware to Staunton in 1787 in May. Catharine Seyford, 61 years old, deposes, same time and place, her first husband was John D. Greiner who died 27 years ago, 1st January, last. Michael Seyford, 65 years old, deposes same time and place, has lived in Staunton 30 years last August. He knew John McKibbin in Winchester before he came to Staunton. Michael was a blacksmith. Mrs. James McKibbin had a daughter by a former husband. Jacob Peck, nearly 70 years old, deposes, same time and place, has lived near Staunton near 40 years. The McKibbins had a store in Staunton 3 or 4 years. Jacob Swoope deposes, 1815, that in 1789 he was a clerk in employ of one of the establishments in Virginia belonging to Kuhn and Risberg of Philadelphia. He came to take the store, debts and property of said concern, then under management of John Boys. John McKibbin's wife was Nancy. John Boys was son-in-law of Alexr. St. Clair. Nancy Conyers (late Nancy McKibbin) of District of Union, State of South Carolina, deposes there 1st June, 1815, her late husband, John McKibbin, left Staunton the last of April, 1786. He died in Granby, South Carolina, 4th September, 1791, having 3 children, viz: James then aged 9; Mary, wife of Isaac Renfro, then aged about 7; Nancy, wife of John Gage, Jr., aged about 2.
Information on Jacob Peck
Jacob Peck apparently was married three times:
- (1) in Orange County, VA Feb. 24, 1778, to Mary Coursey, daughter of Captain ..... Coursey and his first wife, Winifred (Riddle) Coursey;
- (2) married in Augusta County, VA, March 2, 1789, Elizabeth (Butt) Daken, daughter of Wendell Butt.
- (3) Catherine A. ----, abt. 1795, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1766......
Jacob Peck lived in or near Staunton from 177-- until his death.
He was appointed constable in 1779.
He served as a Revolutionary soldier in the company of Captain Thomas Smith (Staunton News Leader, Bicentennial Number, 1940, Section 4, p. 11; also ..... Virginians in the Revolution, p. 613).
The will of Jacob Peck, written in 1825, was probated in Augusta County in 1827, (Book 16, p. 103). The following passage throws light on the testator: "It is moreover my desire that the slaves hereinbefore devised to my wife during her life, shall select whichever of my said sons Washington, Adam, or David, they may think proper to live with after my wife's decease, so that they shall not both select the someone, and that John Roe shall have the first choice....I all whatever may remain to be equally divided between my three son, Washington, Adam and David and as it regards my two old slaves, Philo Brown and Benna and an old white man named August who has lilved with me many years, it is my desire that they shall remain with my wife and that they be taken care of and supported at the joint expense of my said wife and the three sons last above named..."
In 1784 he inherited a negro and an estate in Orange Co., VA from William Powell Riddle, who was a relative of his first wife.
- Jacob Peck was born 14 October 1745 in Frederick County, Virginia. He married Mary Coursey on 24 February 1778 in Orange, Orange County, Virginia. The next year he was appointed constable in Augusta County. He also served in a company of Thomas Smith's Augusta County militia during the Revolutionary War. Following the war his first wife died. He then married his second wife Elizabeth Butt on 9 March 1789 in Augusta County, Virginia. After she died Peck married a woman named Catherine (surname undetermined). Jacob Peck died 22 September 1827 in Staunton, Virginia. His will is recorded in Augusta County Will Book 16, page 103.
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