m. bef. 1715
m. BEF 1739
Facts and Events
Thomas Peery was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Thomas Peery's land (Beverley Manor NW, 375 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note land of James Peery (NW, 220 acres), Thomas Perry's brother is adjoining his land to the southeast.
Will of Thomas Peery
Information on Thomas Peery of Augusta County, VA
History of Thomas Peery #1
Resided near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia
He died in 1762 and his will was probated in Augusta Co. He wife's name was Mary _______, birth and parentage unknown. After her husband's death, she remarried William McFeeters. Children by Thomas were:
The fact that no other Peery name appears upon any of these nine rolls, which have been preserved, would indicate that Thomas was the only one in the settlement. On these rolls appear the names of many families to that section and to Southwest Virginia. Thomas Gillespie was a member of Captain Jo Smith's Company. John Buchanan was Captain of a Company, and Will Evans, was his Lieutenant. David Logan was a member of Captain J---- Cathey Company. John Christian was Captain of a Company, and William Christian was his Lieutenant. Alex Morris and John Thompson, and George, Alex, Robert and James Breckenridge belonged to this Company. In Captain John Wilson's Company, with Thomas Peery were George Davidson, John William and James Hunter. Alexander and Robert Crockett, John and James Trimble, Robert, John, James and Hugh Young. Jacob Lockhart, Thomas Kirkpatrick, David and William Campbell, William Legerwood and others more or less familiar.
On August 20, 1746, the County Court of Augusta Co. appointed John Brown to be oversear of a road from Kings to the Courthouse, with certain "tithables" to work it, among them Thomas Peery. Order Book No. 1, page 20.
On November 21, 1752, The Court appointed Thomas Peery, James Peery and others, to work the road from the top of North Mountain to the Courthouse, under Samuel Wallace. Order Book, No. 3, page 406.
March 21st, 1753, George Peery, Thomas Peery and James Peery with others, were appointed to keep the road formerly layed off from James Young's Mill to Buchanan Mill. Then some of their fellow workers were much the same as those found upon the rolls of Captain John Smith's Company. Order Book No. 3, page 414.
In 1753, we also find Thomas Peery mentioned in connection with James, George and John Peery, as one of the persons appointed to keep a certain road in repair.
On Feb. 27th, 1749, William Beverly of Plainfield, Essex County, Va. the owner of Beverly Manor a tract of 120,000 acres surrounding Staunton, Va. , conveyed to Thomas Peerie, of the County of Augusta, Planter, a tract of 375 acres in the County of Augusta, Shenadore, part of the tract called and known as "Beverly Manor." This land was joined on the east by a tract conveyed on the same date by said Beverly to James Peery. It was bounded on the North by lands of Robert Young, on the northwest by William McClintock and on the south by John Campbell. On this same date, Beverly conveyed lands to George Peery and Thomas Kirkpatrick, and on the 26th of the same month, conveyed lands to William McClintock.
On March 20th, 1762, Thomas Peery made his will which was produced in the Court, November 16, 1762. Order Book No. 7, page 101, so that he died between these two dates. His widow Mary Peery, qualified as Executrix at the Augusta County Court, Feb. 15, 1763. All the children mentioned above were named in the will, except James, whose relationship appears on later Deeds. The Will gave his wife, all the movable effects on the plantation, a his son, John, 100 acres "of the nearest end of my plantation." The rest of his estate he directed to be put on sale and divided equally amongst his children named except Elizabeth, as sufficiently provided for, or possibly for some reason not meriting special provision.
His son, Thomas was a minor at the time of his death, as on August 20, 1765, he came to Court and chose John Peery to be his guardian, being 16 years of age. Order Book No. 9, page 439
Descendents of all male children can be traced, except Robert, about whom I have found nothing. I find no records of the families of his daughters, except Mary, who married David Logan and moved to Kentucky, where she raised a family.
The widow of Thomas Peery married William McFeeters after the death of her former husband, and she, with her husband, on August 20, 1765 conveyed to John Peery a tract of land in pursuance of the power contained in the Will of Thomas Peery, and also, on the same date, she and her husband conveyed the balance of the original tract sold by Beverly to Thomas Peery, to Samuel McNabb, John Peery's wife, Sarah Peery, released to his brother James, 150 acres of the original tract of 375 acres, deeded to his father Thomas, described as "on a branch of the Shenadore". On March 1, 1770, James Peery conveyed this land to John Archenbright.
The members of the family seemed to have left the local city about this time, which corresponds very nearly with the date when George, William and Thomas together with John, settled in what is now Tazewell Co., Va. It is probable that they stopped for a while in the present limits of Botetourt County, where John seems to have invested in land, for we find him and his wife, selling land located in the forks of the James River in said County, under date of Oct. 7, 1777. James, first settler, seems also to have settled about this time in Botetourt County."
Source: Submitted by S. Paul Peery (Orlando, Florida). < On my last trip to Tazewell, Va., I stopped in at the library and found a book called "Colonial America and Pioneer Days 1742-1973: A Saga of the Peery Family," by T.L. Peery.
I made some copies of various pages in it and when I returned, filed them away with my other research. Today, while looking through some of my papers, I came upon them and having studied them, found them to be most interesting. The papers are a long account of the First Generation of Peerys, beginning with Thomas. The author did a lot of research and I would like to pass this information on to the members of PCO that are following Generations, to be put with their material. Submitted by: S. Paul Peery (Orlando, Florida) - Thu, 23 Jan 1997.
12. Thomas PEERY was born ABT 1715 in (County Donegal, Northern Ireland), and died 1762 in Near Back Creek, Augusta County, Virginia. He was the son of 24. Unknown PEERY and 25. Unknown.
13. Mary Margaret (OAKES) was born ABT 1717 in King William County, Virginia, and died 1779 in Augusta County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 26. John OAKES and 27. Rachel UNKNOWN.
Children of Mary Margaret (OAKES) and Thomas PEERY are: i. John PEERY was born ABT 1739, and died in (Tazewell County, Virginia). He married Sarah JAMESON, daughter of John JAMESON and Unknown.