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George Peay/NC Service Declaration - 1832
Posted by: Hope Coslett Pees (ID *****8068) Date: August 17, 2003 at 08:29:56
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Who did this George Peay marry? Did he marry Elizabeth "Betsy" Scales (daughter of Joseph and Mary Scales) or Elizabeth Starke (daughter of William Starke and Jane Williams)? Or did he marry both women? In my database, I have that he was the son of George Peay and Mary Eubank. Is anyone else researching this particular family?

Hope Coslett Pees
Seguin, Texas

DECLARATION was made in Williamson County Tennessee Sept 6, 1832 by George Peay at Franklin in said county age 75 on January 19th last, applied under the Act of June 7 1832.

States that in Jan or Feb 1776 he joined the army of the US as a volunteer in Guilford County North Carolina under Capt John Leak and Col James Martin and marched to Cross Creek where Fayetteville now stands. This expedition was against the Highland Scotch and Tories, who had rebelled against the Government, Gov Caswell hearing of having defeated them before they arrived at Cross creek, and in a day or two returned home and stayed there 2 weeks, then were called out again to go to Wilmington and when they had marched to Rocky River in Chatham county an express met them stating the British had left Wilmington and hove out of sight. They then returned home--having served two trips, of 3 months. Col. Alexander Martin commanded a regiment of regular troops and they lay at the cross roads in Randolph county with his regiment, nearly 4 weeks during the first trip. About June 20 1776 he joined as volunteer. Capt John Leak and Col James Martin, Gen Griffin Rutherford was Brigadier General. In the County of Roan [Rowan] town of Salisbury, marched to Catawba near Cathy's fort at Pleasant Gardens, where they remained near 4 weeks until Gen Rutherford and balance of his army joined them. They marched against the Cherokee Indians across the Blue Ridge and stopped on the Tennessee river in the Cherokee Nation, where they remained 4 weeks, the indians having been secluded by the Southern army commanded by Gen Williamson. They returned home after an absence of 3 months & 1/2, -- & June 20 1778 he joined company of Capt John Leak as a volunteer which belonged to the regiment called New levies commanded by Cols. Archibald Little and Henry Dixon. They rendezvoused at Guilford Court House in that county and their 2 companies from there one commanded by Capt Leake, the other by Capt George Hamilton, marched to David Logans 4 miles from Guilford Court House, where they staid until balance of said regiment under Col Little and Dixon joined them. They then marched to Dixon's ferry on Dan River in VIRGINIA on their way toward the North, where they met an express which caused them to return into North Carolina. Then marched to Moore's creek, Caswell County NC, and remained a month. And being put into company of Capt John Nelson, a regular office, -- then left the army and went to HENRY COUNTY, VIRGINIA to attend to a law suit which he had there, stated "my brother Elias Pea " filling his place in his absence. When he returned to his father's in Guilford County North Carolina, he met his brother who brought him a furlow from Capt John Nelson until March 14 1779. He brought him a discharge from Col James Martin, for 9 months, which he left in NC in 1810. That he was awarded 160 acres of land in the western country, which he never got.

In last of May 1779, one company of men was called out from Guilford Co to join the army of Gen Lincoln in South Carolina. He entered that company as a substitute for Mr. Rumley under Capt John Davis and George Peirce Lieut and Robt Moore ensig. marched a mile above Guilford court house, when he was sent back to by Col Martin to bring up some men who had remained behind before he could collect those men the other part of the army {illegible} the fought the battle of STONO Ferry in SC and were defeated and returned home.

Sometime in July 1781, he joined the company of Capt. Charles Williams in Pittsylvania County Va as a substitute for Ned Warren said company {illegible} or marched to Yorktown at Gen Washington's headquarters where they company joined the regiment under Col Thomas Merryweathers and Maj Givens and Gen Edmond Stephens. He states he was born in Caroline County, Virginia 19th Jan 1757. He lived in Rockingham County which was cut off of the North end of Guilford Co NC after the war until 1810 then he left North Carolina and removed to Williamson County Tennessee. *CERTIFICATE BY WM HILL SECRETARY OF STATE GAVE this 1834, that George Peay is not to be found on the muster rolls of the Continental line of NC Revolutionary records.

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