All of the info that I have says that the Peerys were
Scotts-Irish. They were of scottish descent and moved
in whole communities over to Ireland in Scotts-Irish
The John Peery from Tipperary was the progenitor of
the Virginia Peerys as well as some New England lineages
too according to all of my info.
This does not rule out though that John Peerys ancestors
may also have been in Whales prior to Ireland as
Marvin McComb suggests, but I do not believe from what
I've seen that they sailed from Whales.
I do know that before they were in Ireland, they were
in Scotland of course, and before that were in France
and were French Hugonauts. They were also in Italy
prior to France and were apparently nobility in all of
Judging by their migration from Italy, to France, to
Scotland, and Ireland, I don't doubt the possibility
of them being in Whales at some point as well.
There were also Peerys in England as well so they did
As for the spelling of the name, from all I've seen,
I believe that they were semi illiterate, even though
apparently wealthy, and of nobility, and the various
name spellings are simply the results of not being able
to spell very well. They spelled the name however they
thought it should be spelled at the time.
I have seen documents on several early american Peerys
where the same individual spelled his own name several
different ways at different times in his life.
George Peery of Botetourt County, Va., formerly of
Augusta County, Va., and brother of Thomas Peery I
spelled his own name Peery, Perry, and Pirie at
various times in his life.
Later- Jim Peery
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