|About Samuel Peacock|
Samuel Peacock was born about 1705 in Surry Co,, Virginia and died about 1793 in Johnston, near Wayne County Line, North Carolina. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 88 years old.
1705 - 1793
He grew up in Maherrin, NC. He and his brother John, received land grants in the Nahunta Swamp (now Fremont), NC in Wayne Co. He returned to Maherrin after his father died to sell land that belonged to his father in 1742. He later moved to Johnston Co., There he built a toll bridge over the Contentnea Creek. Know as Peacock Bridge, here Lt. Col. Tarleton's British dragoons and Colonel James Gorham's militia engaged in a Revolutionary skirmish on May 6, 1781.
Married Matilda Tilsey Cicily and they had at least the following four children:
- Samuel III (1730-1815) who married Amy Thomas and they are know to have had seven children: Levi (1756), Uriah (1758), Abraham (1761), Archibold (1762), Jonathan (1764), John (1766), and Samuel (1770).
- Abraham (1732-1790's) who married twice and died in Barnwell County, SC. His second wife's name was Mary. He had 6 children: Levi (1755 NC-1832), Samuel (1760 NC-1819), Nancy (1768 NC), Martha Mary (1785 SC), Joseph (1780 NC-1835), and Silas.
- Isham (1742-1850) who married Martha Easterling and later Lydra Bennett. He had four children: Sarah, Samuel, John and Lewis
- John (1744-1829) Wayne, NC -married Priscilla Worrell
|Census||12/23/1720 ||NC (Chowan County) ||15 yrs old |
|Early tax list records two Samuel Peacocks (father and son?) |
|Land Deed||6/1/1739 ||NC (Johnston County) ||34 yrs old |
|Grant of 333 acres of land on the south side of Contentea Creek. |
|Land Deed||11/19/1742 ||NC (Northampton County) ||37 yrs old |
|John Peacock of Northampton County NC to Robert Warren of Surry, Va, 30 pds, 10 shillings, Va money, 100 acres more or less, S/S Meherrin River, joining Thos. Morrell. the river pocosin, other lands of Robert Warren, and Samuel Peacock. Wit: James Washington, John Deberry, Thos. Morrell |
|Land Deed||11/19/1742 ||NC (Northampton County) ||37 yrs old |
|Samuel & John Peacock of Northampton, NC to Robert Warren of Surry Co, Va. 33 pds, 10 shillings, Va. money, 100 Acres more or less S/S Meherrin River, joining the river, Robert Sherard, the Cypress swamp, the pocosin, and the low ground, all houses, orchards, gardens, etc. Wit: James Washington, William Pilant, James Washington, Jr. |
|Land Deed||12/29/1742 ||NC (Craven County) ||38 yrs old |
|Grant for 500 acres in 1743.|
Grant for 500 acres in 1745.
|Other||10/11/1751 ||Contentnea Creek NC (Johnston County) ||46 yrs old |
|Colonail Legislative Assembly signed a bill into law on October 12, 1751 to invest the property of the bridge in Samuel Peacock, his heirs, and assign by him already built over Contentney Creek. |
For every Man and Horse, Four Pence. For every Carriage, drawn by one or two horses Or oxen, one Shilling. And for every Horse, Mare, or Ox, Four Pence each. And for every Head of Neat Cattle, One Penny. And for every twenty Hogs or Sheep, One Shilling. And so in proportion for a greater or lesser Number of hogs or sheep; For and during the Space of Twenty Five years, and no longer."
|Other||8/24/1776 ||NC (Lenoir County) ||71 yrs old |
|Member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church. |
|Other||9/13/1793 ||NC (Johnston County) ||88 yrs old |
|In the Name of God Amen|
I Samuel Peacock of the State of North Carolina & County of Johnston in sickness but under complaint But in Good Sance and Memberey Blesed be allmity God caling to mind the mortality of Body knowing that it is apinted for all men to die.
And for the bettor settling of my temperel affairs do this thirteth day of September in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Ninety three Make and publish this my Last will and testiment in manner following that is to say
First I recommend my soul to God who gave it me secondly my bodey to the ground to be Buried in a decent order By the Derectin of my Executors.
Item I give & Bequeath to Moses Lee Eight Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to Nicklus Dickson Eight Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to Simon Branch Eight Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to my son Samuel Peacock five Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to my son John Peacock five Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to my son Isom Peacock five Shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to my son Abraham Peacock five shillings.
Item I give & Bequeath to my son Isom Peacock Negro Garl Hanah.
Item then all the Remaner of my Property I give to my Beloved wife Tilsey Peacock During her Life or widdowhud.
And I hereby Make and ordain my worthy friends Tilsey Peacock and William Watkins Excx & Excr this my Last will and Testiment whereof I the said Samuel Peacock have here unto this my Last Will and Testement set my hand & seal this Day and year above written.
Sealed Published & Delivered by the said Samuel Peacock the Testater as his Last Will and Testement
In persents of us Samuel Peacock his mark seal
Kinchen Watkins his mark;
Willis Watkins his mark;
Tilsey Peacock Qfd as Excx.
Johnston Co. Wills NC,
CR. 056. 801. 8,
Samuel Peacock 1793
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||Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar on 9/14/1752.
||The first steam engine is invented by Watt
||The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
||The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
||The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
||The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
||Laws in GA prohibiting the importation of slaves are rescinded. Georgia planters were hiring SC slaves for life and even openly purchasing slaves at the dock in Savannah.
||NEWS HEADLINES: On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
||NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
||The Tuscarora War begins between the local Indians and colonists. After two years of fighting, the Tuscarora Indians move west.
||Blackbeard, the pirate is killed off the North Carolina coast.
||By 1719, North Carolina and South Carolina have separated into two colonies.
||Tryon Palace is build in New Bern, NC, and becomes the capitol building for the North Carolina colonist.
||The capitol of North Carolina moves from New Bern to Raleigh and North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
||The population of American colonists reaches 475,000. Boston (pop. 12,000) is the largest city, followed by Philadelphia (pop. 10,000) and New York (pop. 7000)
||Map of US Colonies
||James Oglethorpe establishes the Georgia Colony in the new world. The new settlers form friendships with the Creek Indian Nation towns in this area. Georgia is the thirteen English colony to be settled.
||The New York Bar Association is founded in New York City
||Charleston, SC, has become the most affluent and largest city in the South. It is the leading port and trading center for the southern colonies. The population in the Carolinas has exceeded 100,000 with many French Protestant Huguenots. The wealth plantation owners bring private tutors from Ireland and Scotland. Public education does not exist.
||The Cherokee War (1760-61) ends in a treaty that opens the Up County for settlement. The Bounty At of 1761 offers public land tax free for ten years, and settlers from other colonies begin pouring into the Carolina "Up Country".
||Georgia Gazette begins publication. It is the first newspaper in Georgia and the eighth newspaper in the English colonies.
||Britain passes the Stamp Act taxing all colonial newspapers, advertisements, leases, licenses, pamphlets, and legal documents. Later the same year, Britain repeals the Stamp Act in Britain -- but it continues to be enforced on colonists in North America
||Angered by the tea tax of 1767 and the British East India Company's monopoly on tea trade, the independent New England colonial merchants dump the precious cargo overboard into the Boston harbor. This incident is called the Boston Tea Party.
||The First Continental Congress of fifty-five representatives (except from the colony of Georgia) meets in Philadelphia to discuss relations with Britain, the possibility of independence, and the hope of a peaceful solution. King George III scorns the thought of reconciliation and declares the colonies to be in a state of open rebellion.
||On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
||July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
||Alliance between United States and France
||Constitution of the United States is signed
||Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
||Scotland and England unite to form "Great Britain"
||War of Spanish Succession ends
||System of forced labor to build roads in France is devised by Jean Orry
||King George's War against North America and Caribbean begins
||King George's War against North America and Caribbean ends
||Seven Year's War begins
||Jesuits are forced out of France
||Seven Year's War ends; Peace is established in Paris between France, Spain, England and Portugal
||Britain passes the Sugar Act forbids American importation of foreign rum and taxing imported molasses, wine, silk, coffee, and a number of other luxury items.
||Jesuits are forced out of Spanish America
||Spain declares war on England
||Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
||Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
||Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
||Russia begins war with Sweden
||French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
||French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
||Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
|Matilda Unknown (Peacock)|
Born about 1709 and died about 1809.
They were married 12/23/1719.
|The Children of Samuel Peacock|
Born in Bertie Co., North Carolina about 1732 and died in Barnwell Co., South Carolina on January 8, 1808. He was about 76 years old.
Married in Duplin Co. NC. He had five children with wife Mary: Levi (1755-1832),Samuel(1760-1819)Nancy Ann(1765-abt.1825),Joseph(1780-1835)& Martha(1785-abt.1820)...