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Joseph Peavy Rev War soldier
Posted by: Diane Bryant (ID *****4219) Date: January 21, 2005 at 09:12:49
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I had this in my Peavy files:

Joseph Peavy

Dated October 26, 1832. Joseph Peavy born Orange County, N.C. August 21, 1752, moved to Wilks Co., Ga. 1768 or 1769. Entered service there for 18 months under Captain Benjamin Few, Major Len Marbury and Colonel Baker. Served in Cavalry, found his own horse and very often his own provisions, marched and defended various forts against tories and Indians - Powel's Fort, Fulson's, Phillips', Rogers, Stewarts and Fews Forts and various others which he helped to build. 1st. Lieut. was Ignatius Few ( who succeeded Benjamin Few) 2nd Lieut. was William Aspy, he had numerous scouts and several inconsiderable skirmishes with Cherokee Indians and tories. Marched to and was stationed at Fort Barrington on Altamaha River, also at Beard's Bluff in lower part of Ga. where detachment lost 8 men on a scout. Served as one of the cavalry guard at the Galphintors (??) made with the Cherokee Indians. Marched to Augusta where he was discharged c. 1798. Captain --- Cooper, who had succeeded Ignatius Few. First man to join Liberty Party in 1776 at Wrightsborough, now Columbia Co., Served under Captain Joseph Walker 18 months under state troops.

Second, called out under Colonel Samuel Alexander, State Authority, still living in Wilks Co. to protect Rogers Fort. Served short terms from 1778 to 1779 until . 17787, about 18 months actual service under various Captains - Lucas, Few, Bishop, Boog (Boop?). Hetton and Thomas Aspy as commanding different times. No written discharge - thinks not commonly given.

Third, Entered 1780 or 81 under Captain Benjamin Few, to Savannah in a waggon while there British attempted to force a landing with 11 vessels of war, battle ensued, British repulsed and 3 vessels burnt, two British vessels proceeded to McGilverey's Point ten miles above Savannah but were all driven back.

Fourth, fought in two sieges of Augusta c. 1782. Was cavalry volunteer, entered service at Columbia Co. under Eli Garnett, Captain James McNeill, Major Samuel Alexander, Colonel, and Elijah Clark, General, and while engaged in capture of what Americans called Brown and Grayson's forts saw James Alexander, brothers of Colonel Sam. Alexander, shoot Colonel Grayson (British) while a prisoner because of his previous barbarity. General Lee also came to Augusta for siege and helped to seure its capture.

Fifth, served off and on as volunteer cavalry scouting and reconoitering frontier of Ga. Service in all about 3 years, 3 months.

Signed by mark.

Affidavit of Isaac Smith Clergyman and Marshall Ligon, residing in Meriwether as to credibility of Joseph Peavy's claim. Wiley B. Etor, J.I..

Affidavit of David Jones that as soldier he and Joseph Peavy were passing camp acquaintances Sept. 12, 1832. Rec. Oct. 26, 1832, Edward W. Hussey, Clerk, Inf. Ct.

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