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(Joseph Stras, David Harold, Major David, John, James #1)

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This record begins with the Scots-Irish Peery families who immigrated to America early in the eighteenth century. Among them were four brothers, named John, Thomas, James and George, who settled in Augusta County, Virginia, probably near Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley, in 1740-42, over two-hundred fifty years ago.

There was a fifth Peery named Joseph, who was not one of the brothers, but was known to have associated with them. It is thought he may have originally come from Germany for he associated with German families who also settled in Virginia.

During the latter half of the century further emigration by family members took place, with some Peery families moving westward from Augusta County in Northeast Virginia to what eventually was to become known as Tazewell County in Southwest Virginia.

The purpose of this home page is to provide information and genealogy about Peery individuals and families for those who carry the Peery name or who are related or allied through descendency from early Peerys.

Peery Cousins Online

Peery Cousins Online - Non-Profit Membership organization for those with the Peery surname and those related/allied. - Background, development and purpose - Membership Information - Organization - Member Newsletters - Member Home Pages - PEERY-L Archive & PEERY.L Mailing List

Tazewell County, Virginia

Tazewell County, Virginia - Location of Peery emigrants who came from Augusta County, Virginia in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Many Peerys today descend from Peerys who lived in this county. - Tazewell County Map - Richlands News-Press/Clinch Valley News Online - Business & Tourism - Genealogy & History (Tazewell County Historical Society) - Locations (Burke's Garden - Cemeteries) - Museums & Parks (Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park) - Slavery

Peery Family Histories and Genealogies

David Harold Peery Family

Peery Family - This is The Jewel In The Crown of this Web Page. It contains emigration history, letters, photographs, obituaries, genealogy links, references, reunons, wills, and individual histories & genealogies: 1701-1800, 1801-1850, 1851-1900, 1901-1950, 1951-2000 and links to related/allied family Web sites. PEERY-L: Research Assistance

Cemeteries - Where Peerys Are Buried

Cemeteries - Arranged by states, counties and cemeteries - Geographical locations and directions.

Helpful Research Sources

Helpful Research Sources - Carefully selected Web sites are linked here, arranged in three parts:

Message from the Editor/Publisher

I developed an interest in Peery Family History and genealogy from my father, Joseph Stras Peery, an attorney-sheep businessman, whose father, David Harold Peery, a successful merchant-banker, emigrated from Burke's Garden, Tazewell County, Virginia in 1864, during the Civil War. In eighteen months, six family members had died, mostly of typhoid fever, including his wife and two children, his parents, and father-in-law. Only David, his young 4-year old daughter, Letitia; mother-in-law, Louisa Ward Higginbotham; and three of her children, Simon, Elizabeth Letitia and Frank survived.

On June 4, 1864, they left Omaha in three covered wagons, each with ox teams, with an independent company (Captain William Pritchett). They crossed the plains, arriving in Salt Lake City on August 31, 1864. They eventually settled in Ogden, Utah.

Collecting data over the years has enabled me to build a comprehensive database focused on Peery and related surnames. In 1994, I expanded to the Internet in search of more information about Peery ancestors. I am building on a base created by my ancestors, assisted by many others today who are actively involved in gathering and sharing information.

My goal is to provide on the Internet one of the most authoritative, accurate, reliable, collections of Peery information available. It is shared in two online publications that I edit and publish: "Peery Family History Home Page" and "Peery Cousins Newsletter Online."

Those of you familiar with "The Peery Genealogy," published in "The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine," Volumes VIII-1917, IX-1918 and X-1919, may recognize the names of those who compiled the information. They were Edwin Howe Peery and Joseph Stras Peery, my father, both of whom have roots in Tazewell County, Virginia. The information contained therein follows years of effort in gathering the data. Subject to errors that may be found in those records, the data is the most comprehensive found on the "Peery Family Genealogy in America" to that time.

S. Paul Peery of Orlando, Florida, a sixth generation grandson of James Peery #1, has been actively researching the Peery Family Genealogy for the past sixteen years. He has created, developed and continually adds to his Peery Family database that currently holds over 5,000 names. Mr. Peery is Vice President Research for Peery Cousins Online, which publishes the Peery Cousins Newsletter Online. He is author/compiler/publisher of Generations: Thomas Peery, the Pioneer, and Generations: James Peery, the Pioneer, published as separate series' in the Newsletter.

Thank you for visiting the "Peery Family History Home Page." Come again. Or, as it is commonly said in Virginia, "Yo all come back!"

Paul D. Peery
Peery Family History
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Ventura, CA 93006

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