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Henry Peyton was born January 11, 1760 in Culpepper County, Virginia, and died 1836 in home, Tom's Creek, Cabell County, WV. He married (1) Elizabeth "Polly" Paine on December 23, 1782 in Amherst County, Virginia. He married (2) Elizabeth (Betsy) Pain on January 02, 1783 in Amherst County, Virginia.

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THE FIRST BRANCH OF THE PEYTON FAMILY


This family originated in England and was one of the oldest families there dating back to the Norman Conquest, Sir William de Peyton, being the first of the lives and dating back to the time of William the Conquerer.

Three branches of this family came to Cabell County:

1. Henry Peyton, the Revolutionary War soldier.
2. William Peyton who was probably a brother of Henry Peyton
3. Thomas West Peyton

There were four Thomas West Peytons, the last of whom was Thomas West Peyton IV, the well-known lawyer of Barboursville, this county.

Henry Peyton, the Revolutionary soldier, was the son of Henry Peyton, both of whom served in the Revolution. The younger Henry Peyton was born in Culpepper County, Virginia, in 1760, and remained there till its close. He then removed to Cabell County, and settled, about a half mile above the mouth of Lower Tom's Creek, on the farm of about 60 acres, now owned by Mrs. John Hash.

October 28, 1833, Henry Peyton made application for a pension for his service in the Revolution. This was based on the Act of Congress of June 7, 1832.

He stated that he entered the service, in 1777, as a private soldier, and marched from Amherst County, where he was then living, to the west of the Blue Ridge, in Augusta County, now Rockbridge County, and there joined with Captain Patton's Company, and marched to Point Pleasant, Virginia (now West Virginia) at the mouth of the Great Kanawha River. This company did not reach there in time for the battle, but during his stay there, Ensign Robert Gilmore was killed on the lower side of the Great Kanawha, which led to the cruel murder of King Cornstalk and his son, Elinipsico, and two other Indians we understood to be chiefs.

On the way to the mouth of the Great Kanawha, he stayed for some time at the Muddy Camp, about twenty miles below the mouth of Elk River (which flows into the Great Kanawha, at Charleston) and "recollects it was frequently said that eighty men went into a hollow sycamore tree at the place." His time of service was for six months, and he was under Captain Paxton, Colonel Skillard, and "thinks that General Hand was the General."

In the fall of 1778, he was drafted as a soldier, and marched from Amherst County to Albermarle County to guard the British prisoners, in that place.

He served for nine months, and sometime in the winter of 1780, he again entered the service of the United States, under Captain James Dillard, as a private soldier and marched from Amherst County, to North Carolina, and was at the Battle of Guilford, in the regiment commanded by Colonel Lynch. From Guilford, he marched to the siege of York, and there remained until the close of the War, and from there, he was marched by Captain John Stewart to winter barracks, and was discharged, "having served a term of duty, for six months." He signed his name Henry Payton. The name is now spelled Peyton, and this is the correct spelling.

In answering questions of the Court, he said, that, according to his parents, he was born in Culpepper County, January 11, 1760 and that the record was made in a bible belonging to his uncle, Philip Peyton, but he moved to Kentucky and took the bible with him. At the close of the War in 1783, he went to Amherst County, where he resided twenty years and then came to Kanawha, now Cabell, where he has resided ever since.

He stated that he first served as a substitute for a gentleman whose name he has forgotten. This man came to his father's home, and paid him twenty dollars. He was drafted the second and third times. At Point Pleasant his regiment was commanded by Captain John Paxton, and Colonel Skillard. General Hand was Commander-in-Chief. At the barracks he was commanded by General Taylor, Major Roberts and Captain Hicking Bottom (Hickenbottom).

At the Battle of Guilford, he was commanded by Captain Dillard, General Washington was commander-in-chief. At the Siege of York, his captain was John Stewart.

Asked about his discharge, he stated that he had received three, but had lost them. He gave as local references a list of some of the most prominent men in Cabell County; General Elisha McComas, William McComas, his son, Roland Bias, Sr., Frederick G. Beuhring, and Solomon Thornburg.

On further questioning by the Court, he stated that according to the best of his recollection he was enlisted in the summer of 1777 for and during the war, by a recruiting officer whose name he had forgotten, and that some twelve or thirteen of them, including my father and brother, all of whom had been enlisted in Amherst County, by this same officer, and from Amherst marched to Augusta, now Rockbridge County, and put under the command of Captain John Paxton, "who, I was apprised, was a regular officer. My company and another one, under an officer whose name I have forgotten, were then marched to Point Pleasant, under Colonel Skillard. They remained there in the summer season, and were discharged the next winter, and thinks he was gone some five or six months, but can't be positive."

"I had so many captains, I can't remember who was my captain at the barracks in Albermarle, but think it was Higginbottom. I served a heap of times at the barracks, some times as a substitute."

"I think in February, 1781, I was drafted and marched from Amherst County under Captain James Franklin, afterwards joined Captain Scott's company of riflemen, and was then attached to Captain Dillard's company and served out by time under him at Guilford Court House, Deep Water, etc. I was not in the Battle of Guilford Court House, but was close by and heard it going on. General Green was the commander there. I don't know who was my colonel. I suppose I was drafted for six months. I got my discharge from Captain Dillard."

I went to Yorktown, of my own accord, got there some time before the battle, and substituted for a man whose name was forgotten.

While there, he was under a substitute for Captain James Stewart.

"I was in the Battle of Yorktown, and marched with the prisoners to Winchester."

He offered proof of his services, by a Mr. Shoemaker, and James Harrison of Amherst County. His declarative was written by the Honorable William McComas, then Congressman from Cabell County. He made no charge. This examination was made August 20, 1835. James M. McComas was witness to the examination.

Mr. Peyton had difficulty getting a pension from the government because, after fifty years, most witnesses were dead but he did get a pension in 1834.

The State of Virginia gave him a small pension also.

There were two Henry Peytons' living on Toms Creek at the same time, the Revolutionary War soldier, and a younger man, who was a won of William Peyton. Both had rather large families.

Henry Peyton married Elizabeth ("Betsy") Pain on January 2, 1783 in Amherst County, Virginia.
Their children were:
1-2 Charles Peyton
B. 1790 in Amherst County
D. 1850

He was said to be the eldest one of this family. He was born in Amherst County and came to Cabell County with his father about 1803, twenty years after the Revolutionary War, in 1783. He became the owner of a large farm of 165 acres, and lived on the top of Osley's Gap, now called "Nigger Hill" and here he raised a large family. Many of his descendants are still living. His marriage record was found at Gallipolis, Ohio, in marriage book 1, page 77. It shows that he married Judy Moman, August 15, 1818. Her names appears on the records of Cabell County as Judy, or Judith Moman. Their children were:
1-2 Alex Peyton

Sarah Peyton
B. 1791
D. February 2, 1875 at 84.
She married first, Jacob Barnhart who lived in the vicinity of Smith Creek, which flows into the Ohio River, below Salt Rock. He and Peter Barnhart were the only Barnharts here and may have been brothers.

Sarah Barnhart had, at least, one son, Henry Barnhart. "Blind Bill" Peyton told M. F. B. Lambert that the last time he ever saw any of these Barnharts that Henry Barnhart came from Tazewell County, Virginia, where he died, possibly, among some of his relatives. This was in 1879, the same year that Laban T. Walker was hung in Wayne County.

Sarah Peyton married second Christopher Scites, Sr., who came from Germany to the United States, and up the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and settled at the mouth of Coleman Creek, below West Hamlin in what is now Lincoln County. She was the mother of Godfrey Scites, who lived about a mile above Salt Rock on Guyandotte River. They had a large family, one of which was Mrs. Abe Davis. Others were:
Jeff Davis, George, Steve and Andrew, and a daughter, Geneva Davis.

Henry Barnhart married Tabetha McKinney of Tazewell County, Virginia, or may be Montgomery County. He had been on a visit at the Ohio furnaces and was getting old. His wife was a young woman. "Blind Bill" Peyton wrote back, in a short time, that he was dead.

Polly Peyton was born September 3, 1797. She died January 14, 1866. (Death record from Cabell County.) She married Henry Peyton, son of William and Nave (Howard) Peyton, and probably a nephew of Henry Peyton, the Revolutionary War soldier. They had a large family, some of whom lived in Lincoln County, and some in Cabell County. Their descendents are numerous.

4-2 John Peyton, known as "Captain John" Peyton
b. 1806
c. November 30, 1884 at 77.

He was never married and lived with his father, Henry Peyton, Sr., till after his death, and until his nephew, Elisha Peyton was married. In later years, he and his sister, Millie, lived with Millie's son Elisha Peyton. Both died, in the Elisha Peyton home, where F. B. Lambert now resides. They and Henry Peyton Sr., are all buried in the old Peyton Graveyard, in plain sight of where most of them had spent their lives.

5-2 Margaret ("Peggy") Peyton.
b. 1800, no record of her death can be found.
She was never married. She had two sons and two daughters:
1-4 Henry Peyton and
2-4 Jackson Peyton
3-4 Margaret Peyton and
4-4 Nancy Peyton

Margaret Peyton, the daughter, married Henry Peyton, son of Henry and Polly Peyton. They were the parents of 'Blind Bill" Peyton.

They lived in Lincoln County about a mile and a half up Nine Mile Creek of Lincoln County, and about two and a half miles from West Hamlin.

Millie (Emily) Peyton, was born in a log cabin owned by her father, Henry Peyton, the Revolutionary War soldier. This cabin stood across the road, from the residence of Wyatt Adams, rather a few feet down the road toward Homer Adams' residence. Mrs. F. B. Lambert, when a child, played in this old cabin, many a time. It had one window, on the upper side of the building facing the Peyton Cemetery. The chimney, also, was on the upper side of the building, and one window faced the Barboursville-Salt Rock road.

Millie and Willis Moore, son of Martin Moore, were the parents of an only son, Elisha Peyton. Mr. Moore died before the Civil War or soon thereafter. He is said to have been killed, about the beginning of the war. No one now knows how, or when, he died.

After the death of Mr. Moore, Elisha Peyton and his mother, Millie, made their home with Millie's father, Henry Peyton, until his death, about 1848. (His tombstone is death 1836, but that is a mistake.)

Elisha Peyton was born December 9, 1832 and died February 24, 1904.

He married Catherine Scites, daughter of Christopher Scites, Jr. and Elizabeth Peyton Scites, daughter of Henry and Polly (Peyton) Peyton, who was a daughter of Henry Peyton, Sr., and hence, was a sister of Millie (Emily) Peyton.

The children of Elisha and Catherine Peyton were:

Oliver Peyton
B. September 29, 1875.
D. December 7, 1954

He is buried in the new cemetery near Blue Sulphur.

He married Orange Keyser, daughter of Thomas and Mollie Staton Keyser. They have two children.

1-5 Eula Peyton. She is single, and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2-5 Edla Peyton who is married and now lives with his mother.

2-4 Nannie Peyton was born August 8, 1878. She married Fred Lambert, March 25, 1896. They have eleven children.


The following letter was written to F. B. Lambert to prove that the lineal descendents of Henry Peyton were eligible for membership in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.


Harry L. Watson
1147 West Avenue
Richmond, Virginia

May 8th, 1929


Mr. F. B. Lambert
Branchland, W. Va.

My dear Sir:-

Your letter of April 30th, addressed to Mrs. Watson, the writer's wife, in regard to Revolutionary Record of one Henry Peyton, was duly received. As Mrs. Watson has been confined to the house on account of illness for the past ten days, I have undertaken to make this investigation and report for her, as follows:

The name of Henry Peyton appears in the list of Revolutionary Soldiers from Virginia, followed by some half a dozen references to be found in different places. The first of these is to Auditor's Account, Vol. 18, page 624, which shows that a warrant was issued to him at Richmond, Va., May 20th, 1784, for 2L, 13 S, 4 D. for his services in the State Militia in 1781. This, of course, is proof of his military service. I then looked up the references in regard to his pension, and find that he made application twice to the Legislature of Virginia, first in 1827 and afterwards in 1828, for a pension, both of which were refused for insufficient proof of service. It seems that so much time had elapsed - about fifty years - that he found it difficult to get direct and personal evidence from his comrades as to his service, and his affidavits were from persons who relied principally on heresay. I was about to give up the investigation at that point and report that he had never been granted a pension, when it occurred to me that inasmuch as he had spelled his name all the way through, "Payton", it might be found indexed in that way also.

This I did, and was gratified to find that a Report of the Secretary of War, Pension Roll Vol. 2, page 121, showed that he was finally granted a pension, January 6th, 1834, as of March 4th, 1831, at age 75, and drew $40.00 a year for three years. After that his name does not appear on the pension Rolls, so I take it that he must have died about 1835. THis record therefore, in my opinion, clears up any possible doubt as to his service, as claimed by him and shown from the warrant issued May 20th, 1784, and establishes eligibility on the part of his lineal descendants to membership in the Sons and Daughters of the Revolution.

I shall be glad to furnish you certified copies of extracts from the records necessary to prove service, made before a Notary Public, but would suggest that you have a photostat copy made of the page from the Pension Roll, Vol. 2., as that is the best possible proof you could furnish, and you might like to preserve a copy for future reference.

The charge for all services rendered in this report is $5.00, and if you with the photostatic copy above mentioned, that will be $1.00 additional.

Awaiting your further pleasure in the matter, I am

Very truly yours,


H. L. Watson



More About Henry Peyton:
Date born 2: 1760
Burial: Family Cemetary, Family Farm, Tom's Creek, Cabell County, WV.

More About Henry Peyton and Elizabeth "Polly" Paine:
Marriage: December 23, 1782, Amherst County, Virginia.

More About Henry Peyton and Elizabeth (Betsy) Pain:
Marriage: January 02, 1783, Amherst County, Virginia.

Children of Henry Peyton and Elizabeth "Polly" Paine are:
  1. +Elizabeth Peyton, b. January 07, 1825.

Children of Henry Peyton and Elizabeth (Betsy) Pain are:
  1. +Milly (Emily) Peyton.
  2. Charles Peyton, b. 1790.
  3. Sarah Peyton, b. 1791.
  4. Polly Peyton, b. September 03, 1797.
  5. John Peyton, b. 1806.
  6. Margaret "Peggy" Peyton, b. 1800.
  7. Millie Emily Peyton.
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