Have you folks got the slave narratives of some of the South Carolina Peay slaves? It is very interesting reading.
"My young marsters was Marse Tom, Marse Nick, and Marse Austin. My young misses was Miss Martha, Miss Mary, and Miss Anne Eliza. I knows Marse Nick, Jr. marry a Cunningham of Liberty Hill. Marse Tom marry a Lyles and Marse Austin marry and move to Abbeville, after de war. Old marster die de year befo' de war, I think, 'cause my mammy and pappy fell in de division to Marse Nick and us leave de Graham place to go to de home place. It was called de Melrose place. And what a place dat was! 'Twas on a hill, overlookin' de place where de longtown Presbyterian Church and cemetery is today. Dere was thirty rooms in it and a fish pond on top of it. A flower yard stretchin' clean down de hill to de big road, where de big gate, hangin' on big granite pillars, swung open to let de carriages, buggies, and wagons in and up to de house.
"Can I tell you some of de things dat was in dat house when de Yankees come? Golly not Dat I can't, but I 'members some things dat would 'stonish you as it 'stonished them. They had Marseille carpets, linen table cloths, two silver candlesticks in every room, four wine decanters, four nut crackers, and two coffee pots, all of them silver. Silver castors for pepper, salt, and vinegar bottles. All de plates was china. Ninety-eight silver folks, knives, teaspoons and tablespoons. Four silver ladles, six silver sugar tongs, silver goblets, a silver musterd pot and two silver fruit stands. All de fireplaces had brass firedogs and marble mantelpieces. Dere was four oil paintin's in de hall; each cost, so Marse Nick say, one hundred dollars. One was his ma, one was his pa, one was his Uncle Austin and de other was of Colonel Lamar........"
I am researching the line of Gordon Neill PEAY, Sr. b. Dec. 12, 1829 Shelbyville, KY.; d. Dec. 14, 1876 Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR. His parents were Nicholas Peay & Juliette Mildred Neill.
I have not been researching this family very long. Can anyone tell me how Nicholas PEAY connects to the South Carolina Peays? It would sure help.
Gloria (Birlew) Hursey
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