Actually, the John Middleton I referred to married Jane Ford, daughter of William Gardner Ford and his wife Magdalen Love. Of course, since Austin F. Peay's father was Nicholas Peay, who was Wm. Gardner Ford's sister, there was a family connection. I've always wondered whether (1) John Middleton died and A.F. Peay helped Jane with expenses out of the goodness of his heart and/or his Ford connection or whether (as you think) (2) the Peays and Middletons were related. I wish I could find out the name of the son of Jane Ford and John Middleton -- have you ever come across a child with a Middleton surname in A.F. Peay's household? Of course, the contribution by A.F. Peay could have been purely monetary assistance, but I can't find any trace of Jane after her marriage. I do know that Middleton is a common low country name. Any thoughts on this?
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