John Pead 1587-???

Our earliest Peed ancestor—John Pead—was born somewhere in England about 1587.  He married Mary Pembroke (born about 1590-1597) in England sometime by or before 1618.  We are not sure how many children this family had, but we know of two children for them, a son named John, born about 1620, and a daughter, Catherine, born about 1622. 

The earliest attempts at colonization in Jamestown, Virginia had great struggles, but after the planting of Puritans in Plymouth, Massachusetts in December of 1620, more English families were willing to give Virginia another try.

Our John and Mary (Pembroke) Pead, with their young children, arrived in Lower Norfolk (now, Princess Anne) (another record though, says they did not come until 1637).  John was 35 years old at the time of their sailing to America [The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776].  The record makes no mention of his wife or children.  Here, in Lower Norfork, near the SE corner of the colony, they made a new home for themselves and their children for the remainder of their lives.  They may have had additional children after arriving in the new world, but no record has been found for them. 

A John Peed was listed as a landowner in Henrico County, VA in 1637.  [Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. by Nell Marion Nugent, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.  Baltimore, 1974; p. 60.]

The record shows a Robert Peed who owned land in York County, Virginia by 1651, but this could have been a brother, or an unknown son of our John.  [Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. by Nell Marion Nugent, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.  Baltimore, 1974; p. 222.]

John Pead 1620-1678

The next ancestor in our line was the son of the original immigrant.  This second John, was also an immigrant, but would have been only about two years old at the time his family sailed to America.  He grew to manhood and lived his entire life in “Norfolk County,” Virginia—but this area today is in Princess Anne County. 

John married Catherine Lowery about 1643 in Norfolk Co., VA.  She may have been born there in about 1624, and if so, she was one of the earliest children born in that area.  We do not know the names of her parents. 

We know of four children born to this couple, beginning with a daughter:

Pembroke Pead     2 Nov. 1646

John Pead                    abt 1648

William Pead              abt 1650

Joseph Pead                abt 1652

All of their children were born in Norfolk County, VA.  There may have been additional, unknown children. 

In 1677, John wrote his will as follows:

In the name of god amen.  On 4th day of February 1677, I John Pead being sick in body but in perfect memory due make this my last will and testament.  First I bequeath my soul to Jesus Christ my savior (?) and redeemer and my body to the ground from (which it was taken?) and for my worldly goods as follows, first I desire that what debts I owe and should be honestly paid and as for my worldly goods I doe give unto my wife and children making my wife sole executrix.  I do desire that it should be equally divided amongst them all, only.  I desire that my wife should have one of the (____________) also I give unto my sone Wm. Pead for first choice of his part of my land, of the one field of the (___) that is by (___) up by the side of my plantation and that my sone Jno (John) Jr. Pead should have the other part of my land, and I desire also that my two sons, William & John having cattle already of their own should have none of my cattle, but that (____________________)

Signed & sealed in (________) Jno Pead

Proved in court 15 April 1678

This indicates that John died in Norfolk Co., VA sometime between Feb. 1677/78 and April 1678 (a span of only two months).  There is no mention of his son Joseph, indicating that he probably died prior to his father’s death, and did not leave any heirs.  Neither did John mention his daughter, Pembroke Pead.  This daughter married Richard Hargrave on 17 Aug. 1682, about four years after the death of her father.

William Pead 1650-1719

The name of William’s wife is not known, but they probably married in Lower Norfolk County in about 1675.  They then settled in Princess Anne County, in Virginia, where they raised their family of at least eight children.  None of their birth dates are known but are purely estimated as follows:

John Pead              born about 1678

Mary Pead                                1680 

William Pead                             1682 

Martha Pead                             1685 

Dinah Pead                               1687  

Elizabeth Pead                          1689 

Jacomin Pead                            1692 

Lemuel Pead                             1695 

Will of William Pead—

In the name of God, Amen.  I, William Pead being very sick of body but in perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, I do make this my last will & testament.  First, I give & bequeath my soul unto the Lord Jesus Christ hoping in & thro him for pardon & redemption of all my sins & my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buryed at the discretion of my Ex’r and for my worldly goods as followeth:  Item. I give & bequeath unto my son John Pead all my land & one shilling in money in full of his portion; Item. I give unto my daughter Mary Wilder one shilling in full of her portion; Item. I give unto my son Wm Pead one shilling, in full of his portion.  Item. I give unto my daughter Martha Lowery one shilling in full of her portion.  Item. I give unto my daughter Dinah Pead one cow & calf & two ewes and one feather bed and bolster which [it] lies on and three pewter dishes & one young horse & a saddle & one iron pot which holds all three gallons & two hoggs of my oldest barrows & half a dozen pewter spoons & our chest in full of her portion.  Item. I give unto my daughter Eliz’th Pead one feather bed & bolster & three blankets & a sheet & one cow & calf & one ewe & lamb & three pewter dishes in full of her portion.  Item. I give unto my daughter Jacomin Pead one feather bed & bolster & one rug, one blanket one sheet one sow one ewe & ewe lamb three pewter dishes in full of her portion; and one mare I leave to be sold & the pay to be divided between my two youngest daughters, Eliz’th and Jacomin.  Item. I give unto my son, Lem’l Pead all the remaining part of my estate making him whole exet’r of this my last will & testament.  My desire is also that Lemuel keep my plantation till Christmass next.  In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of April, 1719.      William Pead, his mark & seal.

Test: William McDaniel;  John Grifin;  Sarah McDaniel

Princess Anne [County]} At a court held the 6th of May 1719.  There the written last will of William Pead sen’r, dec’d was presented in court by his Ex’r who made oath thereto & being proved Wm McDaniel and Sarah his wife, witnesses thereto is admitted to record.

Since there is no mention of his wife, we assume she died before William made his will.  We do not even know her name, other than Mrs. William Pead. 

John Peed 1678-1742

John was born and raised in Princess Anne County, VA and spent his entire life there.  His wife’s name was Mary, but her maiden name remains unknown.  They married there in about 1700, but his will gives the names of only three children.  Their birth years are estimated as shown below:

          William Peed                      1707

          John Peed                          1710

          James Peed                      1713

Will of John Peed—

In the name of God, Amen.  I John Peed re: Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Peed my house and plantation [for] her life time – after her decease, to my son William Peed and his heirs forever.  Item. I give to my loving wife Mary Peed my mill and couch (?) her life time, after her decease to my son, Will’m & his heirs forever.  Item. I give to my son John Peed my riding horse and the last [Ded?] on the house but one, and furniture belonging thereto in full of his portion.  Item. I give and bequeath to my son James Peed, one bed and furniture that is upstairs in full of his portion.  I give to my loving wife Mary Peed all [my] whole estate [for] her lifetime besides as is aforementioned & after her death to be equally divided between the children making her my whole exec’x of this my last will and testament, this 20th day January 1741/2    John Peed, his mark.

Signed and sealed in presence of Henry Griffin; Charles Griffin} Princess Ann Co.

At a court held the 7th April 1742 this the written last will of John Peed, Dec’d was presented in court by his Exec’x who made oath thereto and being proved by the oath of Henry Griffin witness thereto is admitted to Record.

James Peed 1713-1757

James Peed, born about 1713 in Princess Anne County, VA, moved, as a young man, to the area of Stafford and/or King George County, VA.  These counties lie quite a distance to the north and span the peninsula between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.  Here young James met Ann Kendall and they were married about 1736.   Ann was the daughter of John Kendall and Mary Strother, of King George County.   Some family records can be found in the St. Paul’s parish in King George, or Stafford Counties, for the community of Hanover, VA. 

There is some question as to the number of children they had.  There were at least nine, and possibly ten.  The question arises with their son(s) Philip, and whether there was one Philip or two boys by the same name.  There appears to be both a birth and a death record for a Philip Peed on 3 Oct. 1740.  Whether this is for the same child, or two different “Philips” is unknown.  However, we know that they had a son named Philip who survived well passed this date as he is our progenitor as shown below.  So, we have elected to show two sons named Philip, the older one is shown as dying on 3 Oct. 1740, while his younger brother (in our records) is shown as being born on that same day, and receiving his deceased brother’s name.

        Francis Peed                         1738  

        Philip Peed                    abt   1739     (died 3 Oct. 1740)

        Philip Peed            b. 3 Oct 1740     (died 1779 – see will below)

        John Peed                      abt  1744

        Isaac Peed                     abt  1746 

        Mildred Peed                       1748

        Johanna Peed                abt  1750           

        Catherine Peed              abt  1750

        Gabriel Coy Peed                1752

        Mary Peed                          1753

Will of James Peed—

In the Name of God amen.  I James Peed of the Parish of Hanover in the county of King George being in perfect health of body & sound of mind & memory, thanks to Almighty God for the same, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this life & lest Death should surprise me before I could settle my worldly affairs, I do now make & ordain this, my last will & testament in manner and form following, First & principally I do humbly recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it hoping through the merits & sufferings of my Blessed Lord & Saviour to enjoy everlasting life & felicity after this life is ended and as for such worldly goods with which it hath pleased God to bless me, I give & dispose of as followeth/ viz/

After my body shall be decently enterd at the discretion of my executrix & executor herein after named my will & desire is that my funeral charges & just debts shall be paid & discharged.  Item. I lend to my beloved wife/Ann during her widowhood all my negros, household goods, stocks & outstanding debts except such as are hereafter particularly mentioned to be made use of & kept together by her for the support & education of my young children & it is my desire that my said children may remain under the care of my wife & Joel Aneram (?) if he will undertake the charge of (________) and if not then my wife shall have the care of (______&______) my sons John, Isaac & Gabriel shall be bound to learn such trade or (______) as they shall respectively chose at the age of sixteen, and that my son Gabriel shall have four years schooling, and further it is my will that if my wife should marry after my decease she shall then deliver up my said estate except her share allowed by law to the aforesaid Joel Aneram to be by him kept for the support & education of my young children as aforesaid until the youngest of my children who shall be living arrives at lawful age & then to be equally divided amongst all my children, but if my wife should not marry after my decease then my will is that she shall retain my said estate during her natural life for the uses above mentioned & after her decease to be equally divided between all my children.  Item.  I do also lend my beloved wife, Ann, the lott of land whereon I now live & hold by lease under William Green to be held by her during her widowhood & if she should not marry then to hold it during her natural life and after her marriage / if she should marry / or decease / if she does not marry / then I give to my son, John Peed the said lott to be held by him, his heirs & assigns during the continuance of the said lease.  Item.  I give to my daughter, Johanna Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at her marriage.  Item. I give to my son Phillip Peed two cows & calves to be delivered when he arrives at the age of twenty one years & if my said son Phillip should die before he is of age then my desire is that his brother, Isaac should have the cows & calves hereby intended for Phillip & in case Phillip & Isaac should both die before the said cows & calves are delivered then my desire is that my son Gabriel should have them.  Item.  I give to my daughter Mary Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at her marriage.  Item.  I give to my daughter Milly Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at the day of her marriage.  Item.  I give to my daughter Katey Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at her marriage.  Item.  I give to my son Gabriel (20) shillings to be paid him at the age of twenty one years to buy him a young mare or horse.  Item. I give to my children Shelley, Johanna, Mary, John, Isaac, Milly, Katey & Gabriel the sum of thirty Pounds, ten shillings to be paid them out of my estate before any division is made of my whole estate it being the sum which I received by their mother my now wife, but not to be paid them till after the decease or marriage of my wife & then to be equally divided between them.  Lastly, I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Ann executrix & Joel Aneram Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking the former will by me made & do declare this to be my soul will & testament. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this first day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred Fifty six.

Signed Sealed Published                                           James Peed, his seal

& Declared in the presence of

Wm Harrison

James Marders

John Tancel

Wm Green

At the court held for King George County, the 3rd day of March 1759

The within last will & testament of James Pead deceased was presented into court by Ann Pead the executrix therein named who made oath thereto & the same being proved by the oath of William Harrison & James Marders, two of the witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded just (____) recorded.  Test.  Rob Armistead, Co. Clerk.

Philip Peed 1740-1779

Philip Peed is believed to have been born on 3 Oct. 1740 in St. Paul’s Parish in either Stafford or King George County, VA.  (King George Co., was created next to Stafford in 1720, but both counties are listed in various records for his birth place.)  He grew to manhood in King George Co., and there he met and married Martha Green in about 1762.  Together, Philip and Martha had nine children before his untimely death in 1779 when he was not yet 39 years old.  Their children came along about every two years with seven sons and only two daughters:

Philip Peed               1763

Dolly Peed               1765

Nancy Peed             1767

James Peed              1769

Richard Peed    abt 1771

Isaac Peed               1773

Gabriel Peed            1775

William Peed            1777

John Peed                1779

Philip died suddenly in 1779, very close to the birth of his last child, leaving Martha with a large family to raise on her own.   There is no indication that any of the Peeds participated in the Revolutionary War that was going on at the time of the births of his children.  But then, Virginia was relatively unscathed by the war (other than the battle of Yorktown) and colonial militias did most of the fighting.  Without Virginia being directly attacked, there were fewer of her citizens who joined up to march a long distance to fight.  Neither do we know the political disposition of the Peed family during this time. 

We are not aware of Martha remarrying a second time after Philip’s death, but that is a possibility.  It is obvious from his will that Philip, though a young man, was seriously ill and knew that he was dying.  It was common back then to give the oldest son virtually all of the land, so that the farm would not diminish in size over succeeding generations to where it was of little use to anyone.  And so it was with Philip’s will for his estate to devolve upon his oldest son, Philip Jr. after providing well for his widow. 

Will of Philip Peed—

In the name of God amen.  I Philip Peed of King George County being sick and weak of body but of perfect sense and memory, thanks be to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament in manner & form following – (that is to say) I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it me, not doubting but that I shall receive the same by the merits of Jesus Christ & my body to the earth to lie burried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Margaret Peed all my estate during her widowhood to enable her to raise my children upon, but should she marry then it is my will & desire that she give up my estate, except her dower by law, unless she then chooses to keep my children, and after her death as above bequeathed.  I give and bequeath all my estate that is left, except the legacies hereafter bequeathed, to my son, Philip Peed & his heirs forever.  Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Dolly Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered to her at marriage to her and her heirs forever.  Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary Peed one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at marriage to her & her heirs forever.  Item. I give and bequeath unto my six sons, James Peed, Richard Peed, Isaac Peed, Gabriel Peed, William Peed, John Peed twenty shillings to be paid to each of them as they arrive to lawfull age & to come in for no more of my estate except my son Philip Peed should die before he arrives to the age of twenty one years then my will and desire is that my estate be equally divided between all my children that shall be living when they have a right to claim my estate.   Item. I do appoint my loving wife Margaret Peed and William Born my whole and sole executrix & executor of this my last will and testament revoking all other will and wills and testaments by me heretofore made ratifying this and no other to be my last will – In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 6th day of June 1779.           Philip Peed

Witnesses:  John Rankins, John Kendall, Francis Rankins

In a court held for King George County, the 2nd day of September, 1779—

The last will and testament of Philip Peed, dec’d, as a foregoing, was then presented into court by the executors therein named who made oaths thereto according to law, and being further proved by Jno Kendall, & Jno Rankins here of witnesses thereto subscribed was ordered to be recorded & on motion of executors, they performing what the law in such cases requires is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.           R. W.

Richard Peed 1771-1840

Richard Peed was born about 1771 in King George County, Virginia.  He was only eight years old when his father died and he continued to live on the farm with his mother, and other siblings until he was about 20 years old, at which time he married Hannah Griffin in about 1791.  Little is known of the Griffin family, except that Hannah had a brother named Leroy Griffin.  They probably came from an area near King George County, but nothing has yet been proven for them.

With his marriage and no real prospects to keep him in Virginia, Richard and his new wife looked to the west.  Following the end of the Revolutionary War huge tracts of land, west of the Appalachians, were being opened up by land speculators in what is now Kentucky.  Daniel Boone had pioneered some of the area and a sudden influx of white settlers was pushing the Shawnee Indians across the Ohio River to the north.  Richard and Hannah decided that the west held opportunities for them and, with several of Richard’s brothers, each of whom took his twenty shilling inheritance, and together they formed a caravan to seek out new homes in Mason County, KY on the edge of the Ohio River. 

Daniel Boone himself had found a spot on the River where a large flat rock slab made a natural pier convenient for tying up boats, and the town of Maysville, KY soon sprang up.  It was to this boomtown that the Peeds came, presumably floating down the river from where the new National Road from Cumberland, MD struck the river at Wheeling, VA (now WV).

They arrived in Mason County, KY just in time for the birth of their first child,
Nancy Peed, who was born there in 1792.  It is not known just where in this county they made their home, but all nine of their children were born in Mason County.  There are a couple gaps in the list below that would allow for additional children who may not have survived childhood, but the following is a list of all the known children for this couple:

Nancy Peed                                 1792

James Peed                                   1795

Elizabeth Peed                    abt      1797

Dulcimer (Dolly) Peed        abt      1799

Richard Peed                     abt      1803

Leroy Peed                                   1805

Jane Peed                                     1807

Margaret Peed                  abt      1809

William M. Peed                          1812

A great-granddaughter of this man -- Gertrude Peed (Richard Peed 1; through his son—Richard Peed 2; and through his son—Leroy Peed) wrote the following letter, giving some family History:

May 2, 1937

(To) Lillian Elizabeth Dean

Torrance, California, box 208

My Dear Cousin-

We have been a long time in answering your letter as we have been trying to run down some information.  While of course we know the family better than you do, still we are very shy of dates.  My grandfather’s name was Richard Peed.  He came from Mason County, Kentucky to Indiana in 1832 (c. 1852/55).  He had a brother James who was already here, also another brother in Kentucky whose name I do not know.  He owned a plantation in Kentucky and had some slaves, I do not know how many.  He sold the farm, some of the slaves and gave one to a neighbor to keep as she was old and had been raised on his place.  He wanted her taken care of the rest of her life so gave this neighbor a horse to relay [repay?] him. There was always a love of horses in the whole Peed family so you see what the gift meant to him.

My grandmother [America Clift], [and] my grandfather’s sister—Aunt Jane [Peed] (whom your Uncle Dick said he would rather have seen than anything he could think of) and the children—My father Leroy age 10, your grandmother [Mary Elizabeth Peed] age 8, Aunt Laura 6, came on the train to Cambridge City [IN].  Aunt Jen was born in Indiana.  My grandfather, Uncle Tom, Al & Will, all children of a former marriage, drove through and brought the furniture and stock.  Esther led or rode a number of horses.  Thus had to come at a certain time of year as they had to ford the Ohio.  They were only here a few days before he bought what is now known as the Doddridg[e] Farm, 160 acres on Flat Rock considered a splendid farm even now.  A short time afterwards he bought the Thornton farm of 200 acres.  We have that deed.  My father bought 80 adjoining acres and at one time all of that was tended by the family.  At his death, the Doddridge farm was sold and they lived at the Thornton Place where we were all born, even your mother [Effie Mae Berry].  The house still stands but is much changed.  As you are interested, I wish you could see it some time—the house is sly.  I know nothing about and very little family history back there.  There is a small station given on a road map called Peeds.  There is an old cemetery at Washington, KY that Horace said gave him lots of information.

The first I ever heard of was that 3 brothers came from England and bought thousands of acres of land in Southern Virginia.  One of these men had been a horticulturist to the King.  He is our ancestor and accounts for the farming strain in the family.  They kept this big plantation with three large houses and a number of slaves’ quarters until the civil war when the houses were burned and everything was lost.  Without the slaves they could not tend the farm, without much money much of the land went back to the government. 

There are still many there of the Peed family.  Long before this, 4 brothers had crossed over to KY and raised their families and of course there is where ours come from.  There are Peeds in Western Ind. and also Southern Indiana who trace back to these other brothers. 

The name Peed means Pine Tree.   We had no relatives in the Rev. War.  One man was a sheriff.  As far as I know, we had no relatives in the Civil War [she is speaking here of the Indiana branch].  You see they were really Southern sympathizers but living in the north, so were a little too loyal to go to war.  They seem to have been a peaceful lot. 

Going back to their moving to Indiana.  My grandmother [America Clift] and Aunt Jane had never done a days work, always depending on slaves.  They came to Indiana, a new country, and while they lived in a good house, never-the-less it was pioneer life.  The name of Aunt Jane has been handed down through all the years as a wonderful woman.  She seems to have been a manager.  My grandmother [America] was a little woman, not very strong and so the sister-in-law took the lead.  All the family have had that love of farm and horses.  The family here controlled the County Fair as long as fairs were in style.  They also had a hand in the State Fair as long as the older generation was living.  There is something about the clear music, the noises of stock, the peculiar smells of a fair ground that is still attractive to the writer, although I much prefer a car to a horse.  We love to go to the State Fair although we do not care for racing. 

Now, I think this is more family history than it is information as I know no dates or names.  I believe we are on the track now to get some facts so if we do we will send them to you.  We had been so long in answering I thought I would not wait longer.   Hoping this finds everyone well and happy.  We are in the midst of house cleaning—an Indiana necessity.

With love, Gertrude Peed

1217 Lincoln Ave.

New Castle, Ind.

PS: My Grandmother’s name was America Clift. 

{Mason  Co., KY --  Richard Peed, an inventory of his estate at his death}

A true and just inventory and appraisement of all the personal estate of Richard Peed Senr, Deceased which was produced to us by William M. Peed his Administrator.  

One note on Isaac Sears due the 5th of September 1843 for 400.00

One    “   on James Peed due on the 25th of September 1834 for 300.00

One    “   on James Garther due the 20th of November 1841 for 94.00

With the following credits indorsed on the same October the 14th 1842 $11.06 ¼ also for $8.00 paid the 28th June 1843.

One note on Thomas Garther due the 26th Nov. 1841 for 11.75

With credit endorsed on same paid April the 18th 1844 for 4.00

One Brown horse $20.  One old Bureau 1.50

One lots of old bed clothes 3.00

We do certify that the foregoing appraisement was truly and justly made of the personal property of Richard Peed Sen’r which was produced to us by his Administrator to the best of our judgment all of which we respectfully submit to the Mason County Court.  Given under our hands this 25th day of June 1844.

P. S. Morris;  Cornelius Waller;  Joseph V Burgess;  William M. Peed

Mason County set March Court 1845.  Inventory and appraisement of the estate of Richard Peed Deceased was returned in open court and ordered to be recorded.          Attest.  John James Senr, clerk

Nancy Peed 1792-1833

Nancy was the oldest child of Richard Peed and Hannah Griffin, and was born in 1792, very shortly after the arrival of her parents in Mason County, KY.  Here she grew to young womanhood, helping her mother as all of the other siblings came along.

At the time the Peeds arrived in Mason County, it was a relatively small, but rapidly growing settlement.  As Nancy grew, so did the county with thousands of new immigrants coming over the course of her youth, and most of them coming from Virginia.  One such group to arrive in the early 1800’s was the family of George and Jemima (White) Waddle (sometimes spelled Waddell).  Actually, several Waddle families had previously come to Mason County, but George’s health had been poor and they lagged behind in their former home in Fauquier County, VA until his death in the early part of the century.  But, following his burial, his widow, Jemima, picked up her family and moved west to catch up with the rest of her in-laws.  She had at least four children, including a son, William White Waddle, who was close in age to Nancy Peed, being born 16 Nov. 1794 in Fauquier County, VA, making him just about two years younger than Nancy.  Their age difference didn’t seem to pose an obstacle, and they were married there on 10 Nov. 1817.

The young couple settled down and started their family in Mason County, where their first five children were born.  But, in time, the area became over-crowded, and as had happened in Virginia, the rising generation needed lands of their own in order to have a farm to raise their children and provide for their needs.  In the 1820’s land began opening up in the new state of Missouri and the reports of the fertile and open spaces were too good to pass up.  Suddenly there was another great migration of many families from Mason County, KY, to Pike County, MO, and among these were many of the Waddle and Peed families. 

William and Nancy (Peed) Waddle, packed up their four surviving young children in 1828 and made their way down the Ohio River, and then up the Mississippi to Pike County.  There was a ferry across the river at Louisiana, MO and this seemed like a good place to begin looking for a new home.  They went just a short distance to the northwest of Louisiana and claimed an excellent piece of land on Sugar Creek in Peno Township.  Here, three more children were added to their family, but only two of these survived their births.  In total, this gave them six living, of their eight children:

George Richard Waddle     b.     4 Dec 1819       Mason, KY

James Peed Waddle               b.   22 Apr 1822       Mason, KY

Samuel H. Waddle                 b.               1824       Mason , KY

Son, Waddle                          b.               1826       Mason, KY          d. 1826

Hannah Golden Waddle         b.      abt    1827       Mason, KY

Dau. Waddle                         b.               1829       Pike, MO

William White Waddle           b.  24 May 1830       Pike, MO

Thomas J. Waddle                 b.       Apr  1832       Pike, MO

About a year after the birth of this youngest child, Nancy became ill and died on 25 June 1833.  There were many infectious diseases that spread up and down the Mississippi River each summer and one of these may have been the cause of her death.  Behind the Waddle home was a high hill and William cleared a spot in the thick woods to make a family cemetery plot.  Here he buried his beloved wife with a beautiful stone, which is still standing, to mark the hallowed spot.

While this almost concludes the “Peed” line in our family, there is one more link that will be mentioned here.  Following the death of our Grandmother, Nancy Peed Waddle in Pike County, MO, her husband, William W. Waddle married again.  His second wife was named Lois Shields and they were married in Pike Co., MO on 1 Jan. 1835.  She survived for another 31 years, but eventually died on 18 Feb. 1866 and was also buried in the private Waddle Cemetery in Pike County.  Not wanting to be alone, William soon married again.  This time, it was to Jane Peed, a younger sister of his first wife, and a daughter of Richard & Hannah Peed.  Jane had previously been married to a Mr. Brown, but as a widow, she and William Waddle married in their old age.  This was not to last too long, for William died in Pike Co., MO on 27 Apr. 1871 and Jane followed him on 11 Jan. 1874.  Each of them was buried in the Waddle Cemetery on top of the beautiful green hill next to Nancy Peed Waddle.


Pike County, MO, where the Mississippi River forms the NE boundary.

The William White & Nancy Peed Waddle (Waddell) farm and cemetery are located at #2 (hand-written) on the map in north-central Pike County (Peno Twp).  Their farm was located on Sugar Creek, which flows into the Salt River, and then down to the Mississippi, near Louisiana, MO.

Headstone for William White Waddell (Waddle)

in the Waddle Cemetery in Pike County, MO

buried with his wives: Nancy Peed, Lois Shields and Jane Peed

Bette Nebeker, a direct descendent of William & Nancy Peed Waddle

stands in front of the marker for their oldest son, George Richard Waddle,

who is also her direct ancestor, and who lies buried in the Waddle Cemetery.

Two pictures of the Waddle Cemetery in Pike Co., MO.

The markers for William W. Waddle and his son, Richard G. Waddle

can be discerned in the backgrounds of these photos, taken in 2003.

Sugar Creek School House, as it appeared in 2003. 

The Waddle children attended this school about a mile SW of their home, in Pike Co., MO.