William Peyton/Payton was born in Ohio about 1833 to (unknown) parents from Virginia. He came to California probably in the early 1850s, and married Ansylvania (Anna or Annie) Walker, of Missouri, in 1856, daughter of Charles Walker of England and Jane Elizabeth (surname not known) of D.C. They lived in Ione, Drytown and Amador City.
William owned Peyton's Saloon on Fleehart Street in Amador City. According to the Amador County Archives, the site is now Buffalo Chips Emporium. He then built a brick building, perhaps for another saloon, but in 1879 he rented it to J.R. Dunlap for a drug store and post office. It was later a general store where gasoline was sold. The building is now Sherril's Antiques.
He served as Constable for many years, as well as an election judge. He was a Trustee for the East Keystone Mining Company around 1877.
Known children of William and Annie were: Anna May, Kate (Catherine?), Rose J., George W., Charles Henry, Harry C., Hattie (Harriet?), and Adelaid(e) B. Anna May and Kate both, after marriage, lived in Berkeley. I believe George was in Shasta County (Ono/Igo) in 1892-96, and maybe Plumas County in 1890, "Charley" stayed in Amador County, Harry was in the Tacoma, Washington, area in 1910, and Adelaid was in Fresno in 1906, co-owner of East Gate Sanitarium, but died in Oakland. Both Anna May and her mother, Annie, died at Agnews State Hospital near San Jose (1937 and 1911, respectively). I have no clues on Rose or Hattie other than one of them had married a a man named Baily by 1911 (mother's obituary). All but Hattie were in attendance at their father's funeral in 1891.
In 1884, part of the family was found living in San Francisco, where William eventually died in 1891. Anna May married James W. Meredith there in 1884. Kate married William A. Zollner there in 1890, and her mother, Annie, was living with them in 1900. In June 1900, Harry is found there, married to a Louise, of England, and a son, Stephen, age 2. They had been married 4 years. Charles married Mrs. Bessie O'Shea there in 1911. They divorced in 1914 and 6 days later he married Alice Poyser in Jackson, Amador County. She died in 1924. He then married Augusta (Albertine Auguste Welk) Block around 1928, either in Washington state or in Amador County, where they lived. To my knowledge, there were only two children born to any of these Peyton siblings: As mentioned, Harry had a son, Stephen, born around 1898, who apparently died before 1910, and Kate had a son, Elmer P. Zollner, who was found in Los Angeles in 1920 with wife, Irene V., and mother-in-law, Anna Karnsky(?). It also looks as though Harry's wife, Louise, had had a total of 4 children, none of whom had survived by 1910. She had been previously married. Harry and she were divorced by 1920.
If you have any other information on this family, I would dearly love to have it! I have NO clues on Hattie or Rose, other than the Baily part, and I'm not even sure that the George Peyton in the Shasta area is the same person, but his birth year/place matches closely. That George married an Adelia Nicholson in Redding, Shasta County, in 1892.
Please help me! These Peytons are driving me nuts! And there are two more Peyton families I'm researching from Amador County that, I think, are William's brothers, James, and Andrew (aka John, A.J., Jackson), but I have no proof yet. James married Sarah Francis (Fannie) Ford [Reuben M. Ford, father), of Amador County, and Andrew married Martha Jane Gifford, of Scioto County, Ohio. I also have the names of their children as well.