Person:Thomas Peery (1)

Thomas Peery
d.bef. 15 February 1763 Augusta, Virginia, United States
m. bef. 1715
  1. John PeeryEst 1712-1719 - bef 1762
  2. Thomas PeeryABT 1715 - bef 1763
  3. Joseph PeeryEst 1716-1725 -
  4. George Peeryabt 1718 - bef 1803
  5. James Peeryabt 1722 -
m. BEF 1739
  1. John Peery, "The Distiller"abt 1739 - aft 1812
  2. Elizabeth Peeryest 1741 -
  3. Margaret PeeryABT 1743 -
  4. James PeeryABT 1745 - 1800
  5. Martha Perry1746 - 1823
  6. Agnes PeeryABT 1747 -
  7. Thomas Peery, Jr.abt 1748/49 - 1820
  8. Robert Peeryabt 1755 - bet 1799
  9. William Peery1755 - 1830
  10. Capt. George Peery1755 - 1830
  11. Mary PeeryABT 1757 -
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Peery
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1715 County Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Alt Birth[1] 1715 Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Marriage BEF 1739 to Mary Margaret Oakes
Death[1] bef. 15 February 1763 Augusta, Virginia, United StatesKilled in Shawnee Massacre Near Back Creek
Burial[1] bef. 15 February 1763 Augusta County, Virginia[Will Proven]

Thomas Peery was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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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.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 544.—27th February, 1749. Same (from William Beverley) to Thomas Peerie, planter, 375 acres in Augusta County, Shennadore in Beverley Manor. Corner John Campbell; corner Robert Young; corner William McClintock. Delivered: Thomas Kirkpatrick, January, 1752. Teste: Jacob Lockhart, Nathaniel Davis.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 114.--19th November, 1766. John Pearey (Peerie) and Sarah to his brother James Pearey, £30, 150 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 375 acres first made over to Thomas Pearey, deceased (father of John), by deed, 1749, on a branch of Middle River of Shanandore.
  • Page 325.--17th August, 1774. John Kirkpatrick and Martha ( ), of Augusta, and John Peerie and Sarah ( ) of Botetourt, to Robert Hanna. (Note: this appears to be part of Thomas Peery's 375-acre tract in Beverley Manor).

Will of Thomas Peery

  • Page 217.--20th March, 1763. Thomas Peerie's will: (Mark ): To wife Mary; to son John; to daughter Elizabeth; to children, Margaret, Agness, Thomas, George, William, Robert and Mary. Teste: Moses Williams, Henry Cartmill. Proved, 15th February, 1763, by the witnesses. Mary qualifies (her mark ), with James Young, James Peerie.
  • Page 408.--20th August, 1765. John Peary's bond (with John and Wm. Jamison) as guardian (chosen) to Thomas Peary, orphan of Thomas Peary.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - [abt. 1742] Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains: Capt. John Willson's Lists: John Wilson, Captain; Sam Calehison, Nathan Lusk, John Shields, John Greer, John Patterson, George Davison. John Hunter, Wm. Hunter, James Hunter, John Rusk, James Clark, Wm. Vance, Rob Croket, John Trumble, Wm. King, Sa. Walace, John Spear, Thomas Peery, Alex. McConnel, Rob. Young, James Young, Jacob Lockard, Patt. Cook, James Lockard, William McCutcheon, James McCutcheon, Rob. McCutcheon, Alex. Crocket, Wm. Camble, Nathl. Davis, James Philip, John Barclay, James Lusk, James Trumble, Benj. Walker, Wm. Leadgerwood, Morris Offral, Rob Davies, John Brown, Wm. McClantok, Wm. Johnson, John Young, Hugh Young, Thos. Kirkpatrick, David Camble, John McCutcheon. [Note: you will notice several of these families living nearby Thomas Peery's tract in Beverley Manor].

Information on Thomas Peery of Augusta County, VA

History of Thomas Peery #1

Resided near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia

"THOMAS PEERY - One of the first settlers of that name in America. Planter: Resided in Augusta Co., Va. near Staunton, Va. on one of the branches of the Middle River of Shenandoah. Parentage and date and place of birth unknown.

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:

John, married Sarah Jamison
James, married Jane Farris
George, married Martha Davidson
William, married Sarah Evans, he died in Aug. 1830
Thomas, who married Margaret Dennis, he died in June 1820
Mary, married David Logan

The name of this Thomas Peery first appears in the records on the list of Captain John Wilson's Company of Augusta County Militia, raised for the defense of the frontier in the late summer or early fall of 1742. This was only about 10 years after the first settlement of white people in the county, which at the time comprised all of Virginia lying west of the Blue Ridge Mountains southerly of the County of Frederick. This Company was one of twelve raised at about the same time, the rolls of only nine of which have been found. These rolls are supposed to have born the names of practically all the arms bearing population at that time, from youth to extreme old age.

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.

ii. Elizabeth PEERY was born ABT 1741. She married Ebenezer BREWSTER.
iii. Margaret PEERY was born ABT 1743.
iv. James PEERY was born ABT 1745. He married Eleanor DENNIS 1771. He married Jane FARRIS. She died 1802.
v. Agness PEERY was born ABT 1747. She married Thomas GIBSON.
vi. Thomas PEERY was born 1748 or 1749 in Back Creek, Augusta County, Virginia, and died JUN 1820 in Tazewell County, Virginia. He married Margaret DENNIS 1781 in Botetourt County, Virginia. She was born 175
vii. George PEERY was born ABT 1751 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died 9 NOV 1830 in Tazewell County, Virginia. He married Martha DAVIDSO
viii. William PEERY was born ABT 1753, and died 1830 in Tazewell County, Virginia. He married Sarah EVANS.
ix. Robert PEERY was born ABT 1755 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died aft Jul 1799 bef Dec 1799 in (Bourbon County, Kentucky). He married Isabella HUTSON ABT 1774, daughter of Thomas HUTSON and Jean RUTHERFORD. She was born ABT 1757 in (Virginia), and died AFT 1805 in (Bourbon County, Kentucky).
x. Mary PEERY was born ABT 1757 in Augusta County, Virginia. She married David LOGAN.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Memorial# 63468431 , in Find A Grave.

    Thomas Peery
    •Sex: M
    •Birth: 1715-1720
    •Death: 1762 in Augusta Co., Virginia

    Thomas was the first husband of Mary Margaret Oakes.
    Thomas was killed in the summer of 1762 by a band of about 60 Shawnee Indians near Back Creek, Augusta Co, VA.

    "In the summer of 1761 about 60 Shawnee Warriors penetrated the settlements on the James River. To avoid the fort at the Looney's Creek on this river, they passed through Bowen Gap in Purgatory Mountain in the night. Ascending Purgatory Creek they killed Thomas Perry, Joseph Dennis and his child. They took Hannah Dennis, his wife, prisoner. Then they proceeded to the house of Robert Renix, where they captured Mrs. Renix and her five children, William, Robert, Thomas, Joshua and Betsy. Mr. Renix was not home. Then went to the house of Thomas Smith were Mr. Renix was and shot and scalped Mr. Renix and Mr. Smith. Then they took Mrs. Smith and a white servant girl name Sally, Jr.

    Family links:
    Mary Margaret Oakes Peery-McFeeters (1717 - 1779)

  2.   North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Vol. VIII, No. 1, January 1917, Pg. 22.

    Image:Thomas Peery d. 1762-3 Augusta County in North American Family Histories.jpg