I am a descendant of Joseph Peay born Abt 1765 in Coffee County Tennessee/NC and died 27 Aug 1832 in Coffee County Tennessee/NC. He married Elizabeth Hunt 3 Oct 1805. I have his father as John Peay from Ireland.
Joseph was shown be married with three sons in the 1840 census, Coffee County Tennessee. He was in the Coffee County, Tennessee 1841 State census, along with sons John, William M., David, Joseph Jr., and Newman Mitchell Peay, all in the same household. There was another Joseph Peay in the same county living in another household. Joseph again appeared in the Franklin County, Tennessee (later Coffee County) 1812 tax List along with George Pea, and a Lewis Hunt and a Abraham Hunt. Joseph owned land in Coffee County, Tennessee in 1836 , 1844, and 1849 according to survey records. Elizabeth was said to be a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. The father of Joseph is thought by descendants of Newman Mitchell Peay as being John Peay , who was thought to have ran away from home in Scotland or Ireland with his brother Henry and immigrated as stowaways to South Carolina.