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Descendants of James McPeak


109. Elijah McPeek

According to Francis Egner, Elijah worked for the C & O railroad, was a farmer as well as a day laborer. After his first wife, Thursa, died in 1900, he moved to Clifton Forge, Allegehany County, Virginia. He married secondly to Parthenia Ramsey Haynes 25 June 1905 in Clifton Forge, Allegehany County, Virginia. They purchased land 27 December 1906 and sold it two years later. Elijah eventually migrated to Charleston, West Virginia where he lived out the remaining years of his life.

Thursa Sarah Tackett

Thursa was born on State Road Fork of the Licking River in Johnson County, Kentucky. It may be likely Alonzo and John were sons of Elijah McPeek. Joseph Kimberlin divorced Thursa sometime before July 31, 1876, which was the date he married for the second time to Manerva Jane Kimberlin. (Joy Hamilton)

In 1860, she appears in Magoffin County, Kentucky living under the household of Edmund Conley. Her mother, Mahalia, age 26, appears along with Sarah (Thursa), age 7 and her sister Gillia Ann, age four.

1860 Magoffin Co., KY Census
Conley, Edmund 85
, Nancy 65
, Mahala 26
, Sarah 07 (Thursa)
, Gillia Ann 04
Adkins, Harvey 16
Cantery, Rachell 30 washer women
, Jesse J. 01

1880 Census
Precinct 9, Dist. 54, Louisa Twp., Lawrence Co., KY
16 June 1880
Image: 30 of 49
Williams, Mahala, white, female, 47, widowed, house keeping, cannot read or write, born in KY, father born-not known, mother born in TN
, Gillia Ann, white, female, 21, daughter, single, at home, cannot read or write, born in KY, parents born in KY
, Thursa, white, female, 23, daughter, widowed or divorced, at home, cannot read or write, born in KY, parents born in KY
Imge 31 of 49
Kimberland, Marion, white, male, 8, gr. son, single, born in KY
, Georgia Ann, white, female, 6, gr dau., single, born in KY
, Alonzo M., white, male, 3, gr. son, single, born in KY
, John S., white, male, 6/12 Dec, gr. son, single, born in KY

332. Charles McPeek

He played a guitar. He was a paperhanger.

DEATH NOTICE: from the Huntington (W.Va) Advertiser dated Thursday, 20 February 1964:

CHARLES MCPEEK ---Sixty-nine years old, 1027 Thirteenth Street, died yesterday at 4 p.m. in a Huntington hospital. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Reger Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Burlington (Oh.) Cemetery. He was a retired paperhanger. His wife, Mrs. Vada Brown McPeek, preceded him in death. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Mrs. Anna Tarvinio of Huntington, and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body is at the funeral home.

111. Nancy H. McPeek

A marriage between Nancy McPeek and William Brummett took place 9 December 1882 in Letcher County, Kentucky. I checked, but no record of the marriage is on file at the county clerk's office. If this marriage occurred as dated, then it may be that the unknown marriage may be this one.

115. William McPeek

Among the information I have for his father, James McPeek, is a sizable collection of his military records. James was interview 15 January 1898 and among the questions asked was that he list all of his living children. James provided six names - William was not among them. William's youngest daughter, Hannah, was born about 1898, I am not sure why William was left from the list of children... I have not determined an exact date of death.

The Tackett Cemetery, where William is buried, is located just across the Letcher County line from Pike County, Kentucky. It has many individuals with the surname of Moore as well as Tackett's. (Joyce Wallace)

116. Alexander McPeek

It is very likely Alexander began working as a teenager, probably some form of a laborer, before he settled upon the vocation of stone masonry. This skill, which he probably learned from his father, would become his life's work. Most of his adult life was spent living in or near mining towns. One of his assignments was to build chimneys for coal mining companies. He moved according to where he was needed at the time. Needless to say, he regularly changed residences and never owned a home till late in life. He built fences and walls during his "downtime" and some of his work can still be seen in Clintwood, Virginia. I have also confirmed he "dabbled" in other similar professions at some point in his life as well. Alexander began appearing as a single man in census reports in 1880. He was a resident at Upper Elkhorn Creek in Pike County, Kentucky in which he was listed as a boarder in the household of Samuel Ratliff. Alexander indicated his profession was a farm laborer. I found no record of him in 1890, but he was included in the Pike County, Kentucky census thereafter. The last census indicated he was retired and living under the household of his son Beldon. One interesing note concerning his birth was his father, James McPeek, indicated in his military pension record, that Alexander McPeek was born 2 February 1859. I do not believe this is correct since James also mentioned his son, George, was born in 1861, not 1862 which was the correct year.

Octavia Ratliff

Family stories for many years indicated she had a Cherokee Indian heritage. My research appears to confirm she was actually a descendent of the Melungeons.

362. Unknown McPeek

The only indication this child ever existed is a notation on the birth record for Lettie McPeek, that Alex and Octavia had 12 children, ten of which were living. In the 1900 and 1910 census reports, Octavia indicated she had the same amount of children as were living, so the possibility of a child born before 1906 does not exist. It is very likely this child was either premature or stillborn since no record exists for him.

117. George N. McPeek

A secondary birth year was possibly 1861. This information can be found in his father's military pension record. George's name was recorded as George N. McPeek and his birthdate was given as 22 July 1861.
Most of the information I have uncovered regarding George N. McPeek, indicates his birth date was 15 July 1862. According to an affidavit in 1910, George provided a mark for his signature, which would lead me to believe he may not have known how to read and write.

366. Effie G. McPeek

Effie was a resident of Shelby Gap, but died in a nursing home in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. She never maried.

118. Hulda E. McPeek

Among the information found in the military pension record for her father, James McPeek, was a listing of his children. James mentions her name was Mahuda, which I believe should have been spelled Mahaldah/Mahalda.

119. Mary Lucy McPeek

Mary Lucy bore three children to Robert Fleming without marrying him. The children of Mary Lucy
were living with their grandparents, according to the 1900 census, without their mother. The census record in 1900, for Morgan Anderson, which includes Mary Lucy, indicated she was born in 1865, although other census records dispute this date. Living in their household was Autumn, born March 1897, and listed as a daughter.

In 1910, Morgan Anderson appeared as a widow with four children. The youngest, age four, indicates she was alive as late as 1906. The pension record for her father, James McPeek, mentions her birth date occurred in 1866 while in 1900, Mary Lucy indicated in the census report she was born in 1865.

Robert Jefferson Fleming

Obit from Joel Hager:

Robert Jefferson Fleming, the father of Henan and Calvin was thought to have been connected with the Pound Gap murders. The Clintwood, Virginia Newspaper carried the following obituary:

The Father of The Famous Mullens Outlaws Gone Sketch of His Life Clintwood, Va. August 21, 1893.

Jefferson Fleming, the father of the Mullens outlaws, Cal and Henan Fleming died at his home at the upper end of this county on Friday last, after an illness of several weeks duration. Jefferson Fleming was born in Kentucky, and was therefore 73 years old. He always lead a reckless inconsistent life and was dreaded by his neighbors as an ill natured and disagreeable man. He has been married twice. His first wife was married when he became acquainted with her, and after a brief acquaintance, her husband was missing and to this day the fate of the poor man has not been revealed; but Fleming and this woman were married in a short time after this occurrence. They lived together for some time but at length another woman crossed his path and he deserted number one, secured a divorce and married number two. He is said to have been the father of thirty one children, several of them being illegitimate. His first wife is yet living near here, an old gray headed woman, who is said to have entertained the same regard for his -------- that she did in other days. Fleming was charged to have been connected with the Pound Gap murder, for which his sons are indicted. He was indicted as an accomplice; but when the trial was called the witness was absent, having left for parts unknown through fear, and therefore the case was dismissed.


From Debra Thompson:

Robert Jefferson "Jefferson\Big Jeff" Fleming was born on 1 Sep 1825 in Floyd County, Kentucky. He died on 18 Aug 1893 in Mill Creek near Pound, Wise County, Virginia. (10) He was a Civil War CSA Veteran serving in Co. 5, 5th Virginia State Line. He and Leaty/Lettie were living in Wise County, Virginia at the time of the 1860 census. By the time of the 1880 Wise County census he was listed as married to Peggy and having real estate valued at $300 and personal property valued at $114.
His cause of death was listed as paralysis. Jefferson is buried Fleming Cemetery, Flemingtown, Dickenson County, Virginia.


From Dan Mohn:

F A M I L Y H I S T O R Y by Loretta M. Prewitt

ROBERT "BIG JEFF" JEFFERSON (Served in General Lee's BROTHER OF FRED Army during Civil War)
1 Son of Robert Fleming and Elizabeth (Betty) Stumbo (Staumbaugh)

b. ________________ 1825 (25 yrs in 1850 Census) Farmer
pb. Pike County, KY (Pike Co. was formed from Floyd Co. in 1821.)
d. 18 August 1893 at Buchanan Co.,VA, buried in Fleming Cemetery at
(Mill Creek near Pound)(Wise Co., VA?) Clintwood, VA

Robert Jefferson Fleming received grants for land on Shelby Creek, Pike County, KY, one for 140 acres and one for 150 acres - both granted in December, 1854. In 1870 he is listed on the Buchanan Co. VA Census. Robert Jefferson Fleming lived in various places in Dickenson County,
VA, Caney, Big Ridge, etc., and lived in KY. 7/93

Robert Jefferson Fleming served in Co. C, 5th VSL. Mentioned in Menifee letter to the VA Adjutant Gen. as one of his accusers. Pike County Court Records, John Dils vs. Henry May, 1866 confirm service by deposition.
Ref: The above from the book The Virginia State Rangers and State Line by Osborne and Weaver.

377. Emily F. Anderson

She died as a young girl.

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