Thank you, Erin, for your helpful reply to my original post. The information regarding the possible relationship and origins of Joseph Peery of Botetourt County seems to fit the idea that was forming in my mind; that is, there were both Scots-Irish and German Peerys. It is certainly possible also that the German immigrants changed the spelling of their original name to conform with English phonetics. An additional point in favor of a German origin for Joseph that I failed to include in my original post is found in an 1824 legal agreement between Joseph and his son Abraham, recorded at the county court. Although the document is written (presumably by the clerk)in contemporary English cursive,as are the signatures of the witnesses, the signatures of Philip and Abraham are in old German cursive. It seems to me to be a near certainty that had they been Scots-Irish (or otherwise British)they would not have used that form of writing which is markedly different from English and probably illegible to English-speaking people. Thanks again.
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