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Re: Philip Peery, Botetourt County, Va.
Posted by: David Davis (ID *****5765) Date: December 16, 2007 at 14:59:25
In Reply to: Re: Philip Peery, Botetourt County, Va. by Erin Oweb of 634

Thank you again for trying to help me with my Peery ancestors. I was aware that the Scots-Irish Peery brothers had come through Philadelphia; however, that is not unexpected as most of the Scots-Irish arrived through the ports of Philadelphia and Newcastle. Most of the Pennsylvania Germans did as well, so unfortunately this really doesn't narrow the search. I am fairly certain that the Miller family lived at some point after immigration in Cumberland County, Penn., and it appears that the Peery family probably did too. I need to spend some time there researching court and other records.

With regard to family crests, while I don't wish to be presumtious and speak for others' ancestors, I am about 99% certain that my ancestors of this line did not have origins in the nobility or even the armigerous gentry. According to Professor David Hackett Fischer in his wonderful book "Albion's Seed", only 1-2% of the Scots-Irish immigrants were gentry, and most of those families were identified. I don't believe that Peery was among them. Though I don't have comparable statistics for the Penn. German immigrants, I strongly suspect that the proportion of gentry was similar given the origins of their migration from the German Palatinate to America. Even in the case of the tiny fraction of families with gentry origins, most of those who emigrated were not the eldest sons (who inherited the estates in the Old Country), so the bottom line is that I doubt that any of my ancestors in this lineage (or me) are entitled to a coat of arms. The situation in your family, however, might be different.

Thanks again

Dave Davis


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