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Re: John Peacock and Orpha Craig
Posted by: David Negus (ID *****4704) Date: November 28, 2011 at 07:00:22
In Reply to: John Peacock and Orpha Craig by Patrick Persons of 1800

I was delighted to come across your post on Orpha Craig and John Peacock. I have not seen the Hutchison book. I am researching John Peacock, my gggg-grandfather. Orpha, the second of John's (at least) four wives, seems to appear only once in the records. She has been hard to track down. Your post will be very helpful identifying her.

From what I have found, John, step-father of Anne Crage, is probably the son of Benjamin Peacock, d. 1818 in Loudoun, and the father of Elijah, d. 1851 in Loudoun. Benjamin was listed on the tax list of Pomonkey Hundred, Charles County, MD, in 1758, living with John, whom I presume to be his brother. Benjamin and wife Cassandra baptized sons John (1766) and Hezekiah (1773) in the Lower Chapel of King George parish, Prince George's County, MD. In 1782, Benjamin paid personal property taxes in Prince William, VA.

Benjamin wrote a will in 1808 naming four sons: John, Hezekiah, Samuel, and William. In the 1780's, no Peacocks appear on the Loudoun County personal property lists until John first appears in 1789. Then in 1793 Benjamin and sons Hezekiah and Samuel appear, and in 1797, William son of Benjamin, appears. These five remain the only Peacocks in Loudoun until 1812, when Elijah first appears.

From this I infer that the John Peacock who married Orpha [Milburne?] Craig, is the son of Benjamin Peacock, and is probably the same John Peacock who married Mrs. Jane Laycock 22 Dec 1798. If so, Orpha must have died before that date.

There were numerous Craigs in Loudoun. In the personal property lists from 1791 to 1795, I found at least two Williams, three Jameses, Moses, Joseph, Jonathan, Charles, Andrew, Samuel, and maybe a Robert. I could connect none of them with an Orpha.

In 1799, most of the Craigs are gone. There remain only James, Sr., James, Samuel, and William. In his will, written in 1808, James Craig named three sons, James, Samuel, and William.

Perhaps the departure of many of the Craigs explains the absence of a paternal grandfather in the "binding out" documents for Anne. I think I will be able to look for the original apprenticeship documents in the next few months. Hopefully they will shed more light on her.

Are you aware of any other connections of the Milburne family with the Peacocks?

Thanks again for the information. If you are interested in more information about John, let me know. There is no short version. There is little direct evidence, and the indirect evidence can appear contradictory, but I have been trying to sift through it as best I can.
Dave Negus


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