I am a descendant of Samuel Peacock and Leah Jones Peacock so my main research is in the Peacock Family. Samuel and his brothers William and John were listed in the 1802 Poll Tax in the Salisbury District of Rowan County. Samuel and William purchased land and lived the rest of their lives in the area south of Lexington, Davidson County, NC. The three men each had a daughter move to West Central Illinois. William’s daughter Constance married John Briggs and they lived in Brown County. John’s daughter Delila married Michael Sides and she move to Brown County after her husband died joining her oldest son who had moved earlier. Samuel’s daughter Elizabeth married George Hedrick and they moved to Adams County near the Brown County line. Constance had with or was soon joined by Edward and Mary Peacock the children of her brother. Later Elizabeth was joined by her nephew Samuel Jones Peacock son of John Peacock and Christine Holloway.
The nephews are important in sorting out the Peacocks with 4 Johns, 4 Williams and 3 Samuels. William son of Samuel had a child out of wedlock with Sarah (Sally) McKern. I have not determined the gender of this issue. The child was born 1814 or before because Samuel appeared for William and posted bond that year. Sally McKern was unmarried in 1822 when her father Michael McKern wrote his will. Michael and Samuel remained on good terms for Samuel was a witness on the will. The executor of the will was Abraham Pippinger. I think they lived near each other in NJ and now are neighbors. The next will of interest is Abraham Pippinger’s will which was executed by William Holloway.Abraham named Henry McKern as a grandson and his daughter is now named Sarah Peacock. So Sarah has married a McKern had a son Henry became a widow and married a Peacock. This is where Edward helps us out. Constance Briggs daughter Elizabeth married John Stephens a Mormon and has move from Nauvoo, Illinois to Utah. In 1881 Daniel Monroe Stephens and his brother John come to Brown County to do their 2 years Mormon Service. They handed out the Book of Mormon and held services at night. They also talked to their relatives to gather as much family history and they could. They were told Edward’s parents were William Peacock and Sarah. William Peacock JR died before the census in 1830. In the home of William SR is a young mother of three children the correct ages to be Henry, Edward, and Mary.
The Sarah Peacock in Mercer County is Sarah Pippinger McKern Peacock.
Samuel, William and John Peacock are from a line that entered NJ moved to Del then to MD and they moved to NC. They are not closely related to the Peacocks in Wayne County they entered VA and then moved to NC. There is also another Peacock family in NJ not closely related to them. The Benjamin Franklin Briggs the married one of Henry S. McKern’s daughters is from Vermont and not part of the Brown County Briggs.
Questions: Did Michael McKern marry a Sarah Pippinger?Could be there were several Pippinger families in NJ. Did he marry Abraham Pippinger’s sister? Probably his wife was not a sister but a cousin.
Did Abraham son of Michael marry a Sarah Peacock? Could be there were lots of Peacocks in NJ and Wayne County. The 3 brothers had only one Sarah and she was single in 1830.
Did Abraham have a son named Henry Pippinger McKern? No room for doubt on this one there he is in Iowa and on to the west. It is now your turn to answer the questions.
Who is Hugh McKern and how did he know Malachi Peacock from Wayne County?Malachi had a sister named Sarah. Was the father of Henry Samuel McKern a son of Michael or was there another McKern family in Davidson?
Harold Barker MD and Mary Maurine Clifford wrote a book on the Briggs family and were in the process of writing and book on the Peacocks and died before it was finished. I have part of the book. Miss Clifford is a part of the Stephens family and she lived 6 blocks from the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
There is more information on the Peacocks on Genforum.