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Notes for William Dennies Peery

William Peery Will, Book 11, p.147 Virginia Death Records, Wythe Co., VA
The Last will and Testament of William Peery of Wythe County and State of Virginia:
I, William Peery considering the uncertainty of this mortal life & being of sound mind do make & publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following that is to say;
First I desire that my just debts shall be paid.
First Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Twenty Dollars or its equivalence.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Catharine a Saddle or its equivalent,
Item I will & direct that my Daughter Nancy shall be made equal with her sister Mary & Catharine.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Matilda One Dollar.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Andrew One Dollar & lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife goods & chattles of what kind & whatsoever real and personal Estate to have and to hold until her death & I further will and direct that after the death of my beloved wife Theresa Peery, the remainder & residue of what kind & mature soever shall be equally divided Between my two sons Thos J. Peery & Harvey G. Peery. I herby Appoint my beloved wife T. P. sole executrix of this my last will and testament;
In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand & seal this 10th day of May In the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Fifty three. My desire is that this will be executed without making Sale of property.
Attest Peter Wetsel, Wayman Lambert,
Signed (William Peery) (L.S.) He did not actually sign this, the initials L.S. show who wrote this up.
Note: Thomas J. Peery, was the son of William Peery and Theresa Kinser.

Hello Jerry,
Good to hear from you again about the Peery's and also good to know that you've learned so much about them lately! You must've made a very good contact!

Well, Jerry, I can't think of where the Peery cemetery is or could be! I know exactly where the Williams Orchard is -- just a jog off the Old Stage Road and a few miles from the old Peery homeplace. I know the family that lives on the old Peery farm. In fact, Peery King is the present owner. He is not a Peery descendant, but was named for the Peery's because they were the previous owners of the farm. Peery King knows lots of stories about the old stage road area and the people who lived on it. I know you would like to talk to him if you ever come this way. Here's what I can recall that he told me about the Peery's.

When old William Peery died, his two sons William and Harve inherited the farm. When the Civil War came around, Harve went off to the war, William stayed at home and stole Harve's girlfriend's heart. After that, Harve and William never got along. They divided their shares of the farm with a fence that William was always moving and then Harve would move it back!

Peery King also told me how his grandfather (or g-grandfather) got the Peery farm. Harve Peery came across hard times after the war (as did a lot of other stage road farmers), and his land was to be sold for taxes. At the very last, he was able to scrape the money together somehow, but Peery King's g'father got to the courthouse first with SILVER to pay the tax debt. I don't know what kind of paper money Harve had, but anyway, according to Peery King, that's how Harve lost the farm. After that, Harve moved to the town of Rural Retreat and opened a jobbin' down store. Harve's wife was Elizabeth Shaver. She was a weaver of some great skill. Her niece, Mary Shaver, married John Alexander Snavely and his descendants have several pieces of Eliabeth Shaver Peery's woven spreads. They are truly beautiful,

The King family has an orchard on Harve Peery's farm. It is called King's Orchard and is just a jog off of the old stage road. If you ever come this way, I'll get you the directions right to it.

Peery King also told me this: Old William Peery had a dispute over the boundary line between himself and a neighbor [my research shows the neighbor was Benjamin F. Snavely]. They couldn't resolve the argument, so they had to go to court and have commissioners settle the disagreement. The commissioners ruled in favor of William Peery, and the neighbor got so upset over the ruling that he went insane. I found the commissioner's papers at the courthouse, and Peery King is right about the dispute and the ruling. I also think he's right about the neighbor, because B.F. Snavely did some rather weird and unusual things subsequently.

I looked for William's will at the courthouse last week, but couldn't find one! Do you have the book number and page number? If I could find it, I'd send you the entire thing. I'd also like to see the Snavely reference, though I feel sure it must just be an adjoining neighbor. I could never find out what happened to Harve's brother, William, either. But I haven't researched the Peery's very well.

Can you receive attachments? If so, I'll copy William's deeds, etc., and send them to you as attachments to e-mail. In return, would you look up a few things for me next time you're at Sullivan courthouse? The Benjamin Franklin "Dock" Snavely that I mentioned previously was murdered in Sullivan County, Tennessee. He wrote his will there on 26 Sept 1861 and the will was entered for probate there on 20 Jan 1862. He must've been shot shortly before he wrote his will. I figure there must've been some sort of trial or inquiry about the shooting and subsequent death. If the court order books for that period of time are indexed, would you see if there's anything about B.F. Snavely there? My fear is that the entry would be by the State of Tennessee vs the murderer with no mention of Snavely. Anyway, I thought if
you would just take a look and if you found anything, I might just order copies from the courthouse.

I just saw something in my B.F. Snavely file that you might be interested in. It's a drawing of William Peery's and B. F. Snavely's land by the commissioners who settled the disagreement. It is quite good and there are landmarks on it that you can spot to this very day. Let me know if you're interested and if you can receive an e-mail attachment and I'll send it.

Best Regards,
Connie Cameron

"How can a tangled web that appears so open be so impregnable as when we try to pierce it when we delve into genealogy!"
-Jerry A. Penley-

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