My ancestors are James Peery b. 1776 Tazewell Co. VA, s/o John Peery, "Blacksmith" and Phebe Pickens. They married 16 March 1802, Tazewell Co.
I have the following info from a Tazewell Co. book, however, I can see only a small "kinsman" connection of John Peery "Blacksmith" to the others. Is there a connection? Is the information in the book accurate?
HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY & SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA 1748-1920 by Pendleton
"In 1773, Thomas, William and George Peery, who were brothers, moved from Augusta County to what is now Tazewell Co. They were sons of Thomas Peery and were raised on Back Creek near Staunton, VA...
Thomas married Margaret Dennis and they raised a family of eleven children. They were JONATHAN, JAMES, WILLIAM, THOMAS (Burke's Garden), JOSEPH, HARVEY GEORGE, MARY, REBECCA, PERMELIA, ELEANOR AND NANCY...
William married Sallie Evans... had five sons, ROBERT, EVANS GEORGE, THOMAS, HENRY FIELDING - and seven daughters -SOPHIA, EMILY, COSBY, POLLY, NANCY, OLIVIA AND CYNTHIA...
I have been unable to find much relative to the family and career of George Peery, the brother of Thomas and William, who settled in Abb's Valley...
In 1773 John Peery, a cousin of Thomas, William and George, settled a short distance west of the present county seat...This John Peery was sometimes called "Short Johnnie," or John Peery, "Distillery" (he had a distillery where he make apple and peach brand and corn whiskey) to distinguish him from a kinsman also named John.
There was a son named THOMAS, who was killed, and there was a son named JOHN, who live on Clear Fork, and was known as "John Peery, Silversmith"...
There was another John Peery who came here in 1773. He tarried for a while on Clear Fork; and then moved on to the Clinch, where he settled permanently near the fork of the river, one and a half miles northeast of the present county seat. There he acquired a large boundary of land, which is considered by many persons the most valuable per acre of any now in the county.
This John Peery was distinguished by the name of "Long John," and he is also mentioned in the county records as "John Peery, Blacksmith." He was born in Augusta County, Virginia, where he married Nancy Martin in 1772. Their children were all born in the Clinch Valley and their names were: JAMES, DAVID, CATHERINE, JANE, ARCHIBALD, GEORGE AND JONATHAN. Of these, two of his sons, David and George, remained in Tazewell County and settled on the lands they inherited from their father. The others moved to Kentucky and Missouri. "John Peery, Blacksmith" died at Burksville, Kentucky, at the home of one of his children, about the year 1817."
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