20. George Washington McPeek
In 1840, the Scott County, Virginia census indicates James McPeek had three sons that match the ages of George, Alexander and James, Jr. George's marriage to Malinda Grey in 1841 also took place in Scott County, Virginia. He appeared on tax rolls in the county as late as 1842 and, by 1845, was a resident of Pike County, Kentucky. Three Pike County, Kentucky land grants can be attributed to George prior to 1860. Census records indicate George lived in Pike County, Kentucky (Elkhorn, Pikeville and later Ford's Branch) from 1850 till the end of his life. In 1878, George filed for divorce from Malinda in Pike County, Kentucky. After I studied court records, as well as testimony from witnesses, it appears Malinda deserted George for an undeclared reason. One witness stated she was an occasional resident of the home for at least two years prior to 1878. Their divorce was finalized 16 April 1880 in Pike County, Kentucky. Afterwards, Malinda moved to Wise County, Virginia to live with her son, James Troy McPeek and George remained in Pike County, Kentucky. A factor, I believe, which contributed to the demise of his marriage, was his relationship with Rebecca Mullins, who would eventually become his second wife.
The history of Rebecca Mullins prior to her relationship with George McPeek has yet to be fully understood. It is likely she and George were living in an illicit relationship prior to his divorce from Malinda, and it was not till 30 September 1880, when they were officially married in Letcher County, Kentucky. By June 1880, the census confirms Rebecca was living under the household of George McPeek, (she appeared as a border) as were four children.
When Malinda learned of the relationship between George and Rebecca, I believe she chose to leave his household and rotate her residence between Pike County, Kentucky and Wise County, Virginia. During my review of the divorce record, Malinda indicated she was not a permanant resident of George's househould and would never live with him again (1879). Unfortunately, it did not specify how long she elected to live in both households. Unfortunately, this information offers no clue as I attempted to resolve the question of exactly when she and George ceased living together on a day-to-day basis.
Tricia Stuckenschneider, a descendent of George McPeek, believes George had an affair with Rebecca, who became pregnant with Burrell/Burl, then she moved to Cattlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky to have the baby. At an undertermined date, Rebecca decided to return to her home in Pike County, Kentucky. Eventually, upon learning of the relationship and the child, Malinda elected to leave, chosing to move to Wise County, Virginia. Once George realized Malinda would not return, it was decided Rebecca would live with him. During the course of the next few years, George and Rebecca had more children while he waited for the divorce to become final. Tricia believes it was possible Malinda tried to block the divorce, which may have caused the case to last over two years. The divorce papers show her attorney repeatedly returned the papers on technicalities.
Vicki Tackett, also a descendent of George McPeek, has a different, opposing belief than that of Tricia.
It has been her belief for many years that each of the children born to Rebecca Mullins prior to 1877 were most likely fathered by a different man than George McPeek. According to Alice (Reed) McPeek, she knew Sebastian as a baseborn child, which meant illigitimate, and no one knew exactly who his father was or the other children in question. Vicki recalls a conversation with her grandmother McPeek regarding the children of George and Malinda. She indicated to Vicki that she knew Rebecca personally and she always understood Sebastion was not the son of George. Another example is the marriage record between Sebastian (Baston on the record) and Laura McPeek. The record listed his name as Mullins, with the surname of McPeek handwritten next to it. Unfortunately, it does not list either set of parents. Vicki wondered since this was a legal document, why would he use the surname of Mullins if he was a McPeek?
The latest example I can confirm George and Malinda McPeek were definitely together, comes from a land record in March 1873 in which they sold land to another individual. If Malinda and George were still together, then it is unlikely Burrell/Burl was George's son, not if this is when the affair began. The record also brings into question the father of Urah, born 1874 and possibly Sebastian, a.k.a. Bastion, who was born in 1877. However, by 1879, when Mary Dicy McPeek was born, the odds appear very likely she was the daughter of George McPeek.
I believe the years 1873 - 1880 will never be fully explained to the satisfaction of all his descendents and the final analysis of how many children George and Rebecca McPeek had together may never be realized. For this reason, I have elected to include each of Rebecca's children as part of George McPeek's family until newer, more convincing evidence is presented.
George McPeek filed suit for divorce 29 July 1878 and was finalized 16 April 1880. She moved to Wise County, Virginia after the divorce and remained there till she died. She is believed to be buried near Birchfield, Wise County, Virginia.
The history of Rebecca Mullins prior to her relationship with George McPeek has yet to be fully understood. It is likely she and George were living in an illicit relationship prior to his divorce from Malinda, and it was not till 30 September 1880, when they were officially married in Letcher County, Kentucky. By June 1880, the census confirms Rebecca was living under the household of George McPeek, (she appeared as a border) as were her four Mullins children. Rebecca's youngest child, Mary Dicy, who was born 1879, is the only child I can not completely verify was a Mullins. In the preceding years, Each of Rebecca's children absorbed the surname of McPeek and used it for the remainder of their lives.
103. Mary Dicy McPeek
Family members are not in agreement who her father was. In 1880, she appears as a Mullins in the household of George McPeek. At the time of her birth, George was in the process of divorcing Malinda. George and Rebecca may have already begun living together by 1779 If this is proven to be true, then Mary may have been the daughter of George McPeek, even though her mother described otherwise in 1880. In 1904, according to Pike County, Kentucky marriage records, she indicated her surname was McPeek.
James Henry Sweeney
Source: West Virginia Death Index 1853-1973
22. Mary McPeek
Her tombstone lists 1825 as her birth year.
23. Alexander Smith McPeek
By viewing Pike County, Kentucky tax records, I have confirmed Alexander's middle name was Smith. For an unknown reason, tax records for Pike County, Kentucky are incomplete (the years 1837-53, 1856-58, 1862-64 and 1873 have all been lost). I believe Alexander established residency in Pike County, Kentucky between the birth of his daughter, Nancy ( b. August 1855 in Scott County, Virginia) and the birth of his son, James (b. January 1857 in Pike County, Kentucky).
His tax record history is as follows:
1856-58 - No tax books available
1859Smith McPeek, living on a branch of the Sandy River
1860Alexander S. McPeek, living on Caney Creek
1861A. Smith McPeek, living on the Sandy River
1862-64 No tax books available
1865Not present on tax records due to the Civil War
1866Smith McPeaks, living on Hurricane Creek
1867Not present on tax records
1868Alexander S. McPeek, living on the Sandy River
1869Not present on tax records
1870Alexander S. McPeeks, living on Steel Branch
1871Alexander S. McPeek, living on the Sandy River
Elijah McPeek, his son, living on the Sandy River
1872Alexander S. McPeek, living on Sandy River
Elish McPeek, living on Sandy River
Elijah McPeek, living on Sandy River
1873No tax books available
1874Alexander S. McPeek, living in Pikeville
Sarah McPeek, living in Pikeville
Elijah McPeek, living in Pikeville
1875->No tax books available
I believe it was sometime after 1874 that Alexander chose to leave Pike County, Kentucky and relocate to Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, where his name appeared in the 1880 census report. Unfortunately, tax records for Lawrence County, Kentucky are not available after 1875.
My efforts, to confirm which North Carolina County Alexander was born, provides no firm results especially considering records in the state were few, if in fact, they were kept at all. It was not till 1913 that the state of North Carolina passed laws which required vital records to be legally filed. During my search, I learned no tax records are presently available for Surrey County, N.C. during the 1820s. A search of land records were equally unsuccessful considering no person with our surname, or close variant of the name, was living in the county. I made no effort to search Rockingham or Guilford Counties since I believe my search would prove pointless. My only clue comes from William McPeak, Jr., who was a brother to Alexander's father, James McPeek, Sr. In 1819, William's first child was born in Montgomery County, Virginia. By 1821, he was living in Surrey County, N.C., where his son, John A. McPeak was born. William continued to live in the county till about 1835, when he moved to Georgia. I believe it is reasonable to assume James McPeek, Sr. followed his brother to Surrey County, N.C., and took up residence either with, or near, his brother. James and his family probably lived in the county for about five years, then moved back to Virginia. I am confident Alexander was born in one of the border counties near Henry and Patrick Counties of Virginia. Francis Egner, who has made a detailed study of Alexander and his descendents, believes he was born in Surrey County, N.C. Unless new research proves otherwise, Francis' thoughts and opinions will be reflected in the information I have presented from my own research.
My study of pension records for Alexander McPeek, reveals he suffered from disease of urinary tracts and extreme eye conditions. Alexander requested an increase of $24.00 per month as of 15 December 1900 to assist with the care he felt was necessary to sustain his life. He indicated he was in such poor physical circumstances, he was rendered helpless and was unable to appear before the board of examing surgeons. Specifically mentioned was "wholly blind in one eye, partially blind in the other." Also the record mentions he was "disabled from manual labor and required constant attention and assistance of a nurse or help."
Alexander lived on Kinner Street in Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky in 1891, then in Arigo City, Boyd Co, Kentucky in the 1890's. The final address which has been confirmed was on Coal Branch Road in Greenup County, Kentucky as late as 20 August 1897 - this is the last time his wife Sarah is found listed with him anywhere (Dana McPeek Gillis).
It was very likely Alexander did not survive another year. One record, which offers the best "guestimate" for his death was a Pike County, Kentucky Commissioners Deed. The deed, dated 9 January 1903, stated (James) Orlando McPeek received forty acres of land on Marshall's and Elkhorn Creeks from Alexander S. McPeek, deceased, and sold it to Elijah McPeek 21 April 1902. This land records confirms Alexander died between December 1900 - April 1902.
Sarah O. Johnson
Sarah survived to about 1898. The last record which confirms she was alive come from the Wiggins Catlettsburg, Kentucky City Directory. In 1900, Alexander appears in the census for Scioto County without Sarah, which confirms she had died within the previous two years.
25. James McPeek , Jr.
Tax records in 1829 and the 1830 census confirm James McPeek, Sr. was living in Russell County, Virginia during the time James, Jr. was born. In December 1844, Kentucky land grant records reveal James McPeek, Sr. was living in Pike County, Kentucky when his first land purchase was recorded. George McPeek, an older brother of James Jr., had a son born in 1844 in Virginia. I believe it was soon after his birth the family moved to Kentucky, probably the latter half of 1844. From that point forward, James was consistently found living in Pike County, Kentucky. The census record for 1850 indicates the following: (Completed 13 August 1850)
Household # 229: James McPeek, age 20, born in Virginia. This household includes his wife Betty, age 16, born in Kentucky and William Moore (her father), age 40, born in Virginia.
Pike County, Kentucky tax records verify James lived in the county from his arrival in 1844 till 1861, when records were not kept during the War of the Rebellion. Although one source indicated he may have fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War (Company H, 51st Virginia Infantry), I learned he was actually captured by this company and spent eighteen months with them before he could escape. His official service record confirms he served for Company A , Third Volunteer Infantry of the United States Army from 13 October 1864 - 30 August 1865. In 1890, a special census was taken for veterans of the Union, which included James. The special record, which was enumerated in June 1890, stated he had a disability in his back, hips and legs and he suffered from rheumotism. After the war, James reappeared in the initial tax record of 1866, where he was living in Shelby Gap, Kentucky and later in Elkhorn, Kentucky beginning in 1867. Pike County, Kentucky tax records (1854, 1855, 1859 and 1860) confirm he resided next to his brother, George W. McPeek, in Elkhorn, Kentucky. The family made its only move outside of Kentucky to Wise County, Virginia, in 1869. They lived in that county for only three years, returning to the Elkhorn home they previously left. From 1871 till his death, I found no information that would indicate James lived anywhere but Pike County, Kentucky. James' other marriage to Ceattie Francisco, 12 July 1908, near Osborne Gap, Dickenson County, Virginia, occurred just two months after the death of his first wife, Betty (May 1908). This marriage lasted till his death 20 August 1910. Ceattie (Hall) Francisco, the daughter of Alfred Hall and Temperance Justice, was born 10 January 1851 in Floyd County, Kentucky and died 10 August 1933 in Pike County, Kentucky. Ceattie is buried next to James in Ashcamp, Kentucky.
Elizabeth, who was born and raised on Elkhorn Creek, was the only known child of William Moore and Lucy Clevenger. Since they married 26 Sep 1833 in Pike County, Kentucky, Elizabeth was probably born about a year later in 1834. However, in 1900, Elizabeth indicated she was born in November 1833, which would indicate her mother was pregnant when she married William Moore. The census in 1850 indicated they were living with her father, William, but Lucy was not present. I found it odd since Lucy appeared in the census reports of 1840, 1860 and 1870.
Ceattie indicated on her marriage license that she was born in Knott County, Kentucky. During an interview concerning her pension application after the death of James McPeek, she mentioned she was born on Jacks Creek in Floyd County, Kentucky. The area that she spoke of happens to be an intersection of both counties, very near Pike County, Kentucky, She could have easily been born in either county. For an unknown reason, the informant indicated her name was Ceattia Francisco, which is the name used on her death certificate. I found this odd since she married James McPeek in 1908, and appeared in census reports with that surname as late as 1930.
History offers no clear answer to the question of how to spell her first name. I have reviewed census, marriage, pension and vital records in an attempt to find an answer. I learned two forms of her name, Ceattie and Seatta (plus variants), were the most consistently used, each easily interchangeable with the other. Phonetically they are so close, that I believe the name was probably intended to be pronounced "see-AT-tee", especially when the first letter of both produces the same sound. Imagine the challenge confronting someone wishing to document her name after discovering Ceattie could not read or write. If her name was difficult to spell and she was illiterate, add a region accent, that was probably difficult to understand, and it is easy to see why there are so many ways to spell her name. Since her tombstone is written as Ceattie and her death certificate spells it Ceattia, I consider Ceattie as her official spelling.
59. Reuben McPeak
He fathered 34 children. Thirty-three were present at his funeral.
Sources: Mary Ann Sutphin and Carrie McPeak:
1st Marriage Susan MCPEAK b: ABT 1830
Itura MCPEAK b: ABT 1838 in Patrick Co., Virginia
Bluford M. MCPEAK b: ABT 1844 in Floyd Co, VA
Pleasant A. MCPEAK b: 24 FEB 1848 in Virginia
Timanda MCPEAK b: 1850
2nd Marriage Mahala PRATER b: 1816
Diana PRATER b: 1836
Liona PRATER b: ABT 1841
Templeton PRATER b: ABT 1843
Obedience PRATER b: 1847
Anthony O. PRATER b: 1848
James Charles PRATER b: 1849
Mary Ann PRATER b: 1855
3rd Marriage Minerva Rhoda HYLTON b: 1835 in Floyd Co., Virginia
Married: 18 MAY 1854 in Floyd Co., Virginia
Mary Malisha MCPEAK b: 8 APR 1855 in Virginia
Rhoda Eveline MCPEAK b: AUG 1857
George MCPEAK b: 17 AUG 1858 in Floyd Co., Virginia
Alwilda MCPEAK b: ABT 1860
William Bennett MCPEAK b: 25 OCT 1864 in Virginia
Albert E. MCPEAK b: 10 DEC 1864 in Floyd Co., Virginia
Martha E. MCPEAK b: 1868
Samira MCPEAK b: 22 MAY 1871 in Burks Fork township, Floyd Co., Virginia
George Allen MCPEAK b: MAY 1874
4th Marriage Martha O'NEAL b: 1835
Married: 19 DEC 1877 in Carroll Co., Virginia 4
Addison BOLT b: 1850
Martha MCPEAK b: BET 1868 AND 1869
Benjamin Emmet MCPEAK b: 2 FEB 1879 in Virginia
60. Jackson McPeak
His name may have been Andrew Jackson McPeak.
61. Claiborne McPeak
He enlisted in Company D. 54th Virginia Infantry (Confederate).
62. Jefferson McPeak
He died of a cold.