Henry Lindsey Peyton (1760 - 1842) MP

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Birthplace: Culpeper County, VA
Death: Died in Baboursville, Cabell Co, West Virginia, United States
Occupation: Married Jan 2 1783 Amerst Co Va, sons of the revolution military 1777 in amherst co, VA
Managed by: Keith Alexander Vance
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About Henry Lindsey Peyton

In the 1830s provision was made to grant pensions to all that gave evidence of service in the “Great American Revolution.” Henry submitted his statement of service and was given recognition and pension, as a veteran of the war.

All appeared well, until claims of fraudulent petitions were filed with the government office and investigations took place. Henry seems to have been a colorful character at the local tavern in Barboursville and perhaps a bit boisterous concerning his war exploits. Loud talk of one’s heroism was considered the rudest of manners. Stiff necked neighbors gave a bad report to the investigator and Henry’s submission as a Revolutionary War patriot was stamped fraudulent.

Henry, understanding the rights for which he had fought and for which many had died, began petitioning recognition and justice from the government. With the help of an affidavit from magistrate W McComas and other good citizens’ recommendations, the government was finally convinced of the injustice toward Private Henry Peyton and on February 16, 1839 HR 1150 was passed by the House of Representatives. A history of Henry and his letters may be found in the “Lambert Collection” housed in the old library building on the campus of Marshall University.

The family and descendants of Private Henry Peyton are very pleased to announce that on October 3, 2009 the DAR reopened Henry’s line through application by Cynthia Alexandra Vance and her presentation of HR Bill 1150. Cynthia is the sixth great granddaughter of Henry Peyton. Cynthia is a 19-year-old college student in San Diego, California and now the newest member of the Cahuilla Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in Palm Springs, California.

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Henry Peyton, a Rev. War soldier, came to Cabell County from Amherst County, Virginia before 1806. All of the Peyton's buried in this cemetery are members of Henry's direct family or are connected to this family by marriage. The Peyton Cemetery has also been called the Hash Cemetery.   The DOD on the marker is incorrect, but exact date not known. Henry was found still living in 1842 trying to get his war pension. 

  • Inscription: HENRY PEYTON 1760 - 1836 PVT. REV. WAR
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  • DAR Ancestor #: A089985
  • Service:  VIRGINIA    Rank: SOLDIER
  • Birth:  1-19-1760   CULPEPER  CO VIRGINIA
  • Death:  (POST) 2-16-1839     BARBOURSVILLE-BUR CABELL CO VIRGINIA
  • Pension Number: *S894  Service Source: *S8943; 25TH CONG, 3RD SES, HR1150, 16 FEB 1839
  • Service Description: 1) CAPTS JOHN PAXTON, HIGGINBOTTOM, JAMES FRANKLIN, SCOTT, JAMES DILLARD & JOHN STEWART 2) COLS SKELLION, TAYLOR, LYNCH
  • Residence 1) County: AMHERST CO-ENL - State: VIRGINIA
  • Spouse Number Name   1) ELIZABETH PAIN  

Family

  • parents: Henry Peyton b 1735 (& Margaret Gallagher?).  He was the son of Valentine Peyton b abt 1687 & Frances Harrison Linton 

Married 

  1.  2 Jan 1783 in Amherst County, VA to Elizabeth 'Betsy' Payne b: 19 Sep 1760 in Amherst County, Virginia.   

Children except the oldest all born in Rockbridge County, Virginia  

  1. Emily  b: Aft 1783 in Amherst County, Virginia
  2. Charles  b: Abt 1789 
  3. Sarah 'Lucy'  b: Abt 1791 
  4. Elizabeth  b: Bef 1793 
  5. Mary 'Polly' b: 3 Sep 1797 
  6. Margaret  b: Abt 1800 
  7. John b: Abt 1806
  8. Mildred 'Millie'  b: Abt 1810 
  9. Frances  b: Abt 1812 

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Henry Lindsey Peyton "Soldier of the Revolution"'s Timeline

1760
January 19, 1760
Culpeper County, VA
1783
January 2, 1783
Age 22
Amerst Co, Virginia, United States
1785
1785
Age 24
Cabell Co. Virginia
1790
1790
Age 29
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States
1791
1791
Age 30
Rockbridge, VA, USA
1793
1793
Age 32
1794
1794
Age 33
1796
1796
Age 35
1797
September 3, 1797
Age 37
Rockbridge County, Virgina, United States
1800
1800
Age 39
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States