Samuel Pepper was (says his son Jesse) "a man of strong mind though he had but little education. He was lean, about six feet and in youth probably stout. In spring 1764 he was on the North Fork of Roanoke where Colonel Thomas later lived. In spring 1765 he came to New River near where he died before April 1806." (Jesse Pepper Letter)
Dr. Robert Pepper's sister married a Pearis and was the mother of George Pearis who later built a fort at present Pearisburg. Samuel Pepper was a first cousin of George Pearis.
The Burks, Peppers, Pearises, Drapers, and John Goolman Davidsons all came from "South Ireland" and some were Anglo-Irish from old Norman Irish stock. So this is a South Irish connection on the New River that has been overlooked by historians. This is another little "South Ireland"- this one on New River.
Shell manuscript, Shell returned in 1769 to Crab Creek of the New. At the Treaty of Fort Stanwix this land was bought from the Iroquois. George Taylor and Thomas Burk buy land from Shell at this place in 1769. (Augusta Dd Bk 15, 282)
George Taylor may be a Burk relative, uncle or cousin, for it is said that the mother of Thomas was a Taylor. George Taylor is listed in some land records as George Conway Taylor. Yet a George Conway Taylor in Orange County was born in 1769. So there is some discrepancy here. Definitely an adult George Taylor lived here for he is with Shell on the 1771 tithable list for this section of New River.
We would presume that Thomas Burk when he purchased two hundred acres of the fertile New River land would come down to take a look. He may have been with Shell in 1769-70.
John Goolman Davidson's family also came to the Crab Creek settlement. John Goolman Davidson was born in the Loch Ness country of Scotland, then went Ireland to both County Down, North Ireland, and Dublin, South Ireland. In Ireland he married Martha Draper. Their son William was born in Ireland in 1759. From there John Goolman came to the Conococheague, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, thence to Dry River on Shenandoah, Augusta, then to Jackson's River and from there to the Crab Creek settlement on New River
ABOVE EXCERPTS SHELL MANUSCRIPT.
Mar 4 1770, Botetourt Co Deed Book 1, p. 88. George Teater and Sarah his wife to Howard Heavin. 10 pounds, 85 acres on Crab Creek, a branch of the New River;
Page 81.--12th February, 1768. Frederick Starn (Stern) to George Teetar,
[pound sign]10, 85 acres by patent 22nd August, 1753, on Crab Creek, a
branch of New River. Teste: W. Ingles, William Davis, John Taylor, John
and Wm. Buchanan. Sent to George Teeter by his order, April, 1769."
Botetourt Co Deed Book.
Page 86. John Heavin, Sr. and Sarah Heavin to their sons Howard and John
Heavin. For a valuable consideration. 330 acres on the south side of Woods
River. (New River)
EXCERPTS FROM The Shell Family History& Botetourt Co Deed Book.
DR ROBERT PEPPER.
Descendants of Robert Pepper
Generation No. 1
1. Robert Pepper was born in Ireland, and died in VA. He married Sallie Patterson. She died in
At Pepper's Ferry, New River, Montgomery Co, Va.
Children of Robert Pepper and Sallie Patterson are:
2. i. Samuel2 Pepper, b. November 20, 1735, Lancaster Co, PA; d. 1804, On New River, Montgomery
3. ii. Joshua Pepper.
4. iii. William Pepper.
5. iv. Robert Pepper, d. 1781, Battle of King's Mt, Kings Mt, SC.
6. vi. Sarah Pepper m. George Pearis
vii. Ruth Pepper, m. John Carson; b. NC.
Generation No. 2
2. Samuel2 Pepper (Robert1) was born November 20, 1735 in Lancaster Co, PA, and died 1804 in On
New River, Montgomery Co, Va. He married Naomi Burke March 13, 1764, daughter of James Burke
and Polly Bane. She was born February 01, 1745/46 in Salem, VA.
Children of Samuel Pepper and Naomi Burke are:
7. i. John Pepper.
ii. William Pepper.
iii. James Pepper.
iv. Samuel Pepper.
v. Joseph Pepper.
vi. George Pepper, d. Childhood.
vii. Benjamin Pepper, d. Childhood.
viii. Jesse Pepper.
8. ix. Polly Pepper.
x. Ruth Pepper, d. Childhood.
9. xi. Sallie Pepper.
8. Polly Pepper (Samuel2, Robert1) She married John Heavin
Children of Polly Pepper and John Heavin are:
i. Amy Heavin, m. Anderson B. Mathews.
ii. Ruth Heavin, m. John McLure.
Ruth Hall, died April 23, 1809 in Montgomery Co, VA; married Howard Heavin September 01, 1758 in Montgomery Co, VA; born October 09, 1734 in Kent Co, MD; died April 23, 1809 in Montgomery Co, VA...
Note Howard Heavin bought George & Sarah Teater property at Crab Creek 1770. George Teater was granted lands at Bakers
Creek North Fork of the Holston for service as Sgt of Nathaniel Gist Co 1760 -62 Old Virginia Regiment.
Extracted excerpt Journal Indian Indian Traders Commissioners Agents
Richard Pearis was a native from Ireland. Came to America 20 years old. He had 2 sons in service, one a Ensign in Col Browns Regiment. One in the Cherokee Nation.
He had a son by a Cheokee Indian,!! who lived with them!!
Richard Pearis had a daughter Margaret Pearis who married
William Jones Esquire, as his 2nd wife, Judge of the Court
Office Admirlty who died 20 may 1799.
Margaret Pearis Jones had a nephew Richard Cunningham.
Richard Pearis daughter (susan)
was enganged to a son of Col Hieght (Hite)
He was in debt to Nathaniel Gist and Wade Hampton.
William Jones 1st wife was Henretta Bourquin daughter of
Henri Francis Bourquin
These above are excerpts. Who lived with them appears to mean George Pearis at the time he was naturalized from the Cherokee Nation to being a Brittish citizen lived with his father Richard Pearis.
Susan could mean a nick name for Sarah or mistranslation of the old original document.
Margaret had a nephew named Richard Cunningham.
many variations possible.
Richard Pearis Jr may had a son from a Cunningham female
out of wedlock prior to his marriage to Margaret Cunningham.
Cherokee George Pearis could have had a son from a Cunningham female.
Rhoda Richards wife could of been a widow with children
one who had a son Richard Cunningham.
Richards daughter Sarah could have been married to a Cunningham had son Richard.
Richard Pearis could of have been a widower and had daughters from a 1st wife before marriage to Rhoda who had
a son Cunningahm.
Richard Pearis may have had other Cherokee daughters unknown who had a son by a Cunningham.
By Sandra Riley, Thelma Peters - Google Books.
no 8 Maragret Pearis G# 1788#9 *220 GOAT WARNINING.
BG. 19 sept 1789. Richard Jr., Margaret Marr.cc Mar Reg (1753 1807) p 52.
by 1802 Richard Jr his wife Margaret established residence in Georgia St Johns River, r6 23 April 1807
Col Richard Pearis died Nassau 7 nov 1794. BG 11 Nov 1794
Left 3 tracts of land to wife Rhoda. to son Richard daughter Sarah Margaret bequethed land in Nassau 200 acres on river Pensecola West Florida. Richard Jr received Caicos lands all properties in the United States.
will book f pp 460-464. proved 15 dec 1794.
No mention of son by Cherokee Wife. The Cherokee granted
to Richard Sr and son George Pearis a tract 12 miles square
lying on waters of Saluda Enoree Reedy River SC back country.
CC Mar reg 1753 -1805 12 April 1798 William Jones death.
BG 14 MAY 1799
Pearis note lost, notice dated 13 april 1789 1789 p144 Caicos Grant 27 June Grant Book M..
Theres a little more about Col Thomas striping Rhoda and the girls burning the mill and home.
Frederick Will Book 2, page 89:
George Pearis, Administrator of estate of Sara, his mother. Dated May, 1753, Augusta Co., VA (Abstract)
Deed Bk. 7, p.450:April 16, 1757
"Capt. Richard Pearis of Augusta Co. "----- a deed of gift -----" for love and goodwill and affection to my daughters, Sarah Pearis and Margaret Pearis".
To Sarah forever in case said Sarah marrys with my consent or according to my will:
1 negro wench called Sarah
1 sorrel mare and year old colt "natural pacers"
1 bay horse, a natural pacer
1 roan m. & colt, both trotters
1 roan colt three years old
Other horses also
To Margaret on same conditions:
Hannah, Craig, Pratchey, horses (3 or 4)
"of these presents I have given an inventory signed my own hand to my daughters",
Recorded June 16, 1757..
The documents show Pratchey was a Slave Indian female Slave
given to Margaret. She was not Richard Pearis wife
She was not George Teators wife she was a Slave.
The documents show by the Jesse Pepper letter.
George Pearis married Sarah Pepper. 2 sons George Pearis and Robert Pearis.
Rhoda married Henry Hohimer
Sarah married George Teator
Christian married Freeman Jones.
The girls appear not mentioned as daughters by of Sarah Pepper. These girls would be from the Catawba Chowan wives
of George Pearis. The Hiter family a mixed blood Chowan indian group mentioned George Pearis as marrying one of their girls 1740s. Both the Jones and Freemans have records
in the Chowan Tribe..
A inspection of Georg Teator and wife Sarah headstones indicates they have been placed at the DAR section Frankfort
about 20 yards from Daniel Boones tomb.
Sarahs headstone shows died 1794.
Richard Pearis daughter Sarah was still well and alive Dec 1794 for he willed her lands in Florida, Therefore she was not the Sarah Pearis married George Teator.
George Teator and Sarah
Rhoda Parris Henry Hohimer
where taxed same time Madison Garrard Kentucky
1797 Robert Pearis and Robert Teator moved together to Shelby ky..
Robert Teators 1st daughter was Rebecca Parris.
A record as follows
Gentleman appointed commisioners on behalf of this Govt
to meet and treat with the Indians as to order to meet at
George Paris house near Fredericktown june 13 1752
Dinwiddie Papers Vol 1 pg 9.
Robert Pearis said in his revolution pension he was born 1750 Botetourt. These 2 records show George Pearis had 2 cabins houses one in Frederick Co for Indian meetings other business. The others were on Glade Springs Goose Creek
N. Fork of the Roanoke later called Botetourt.
Perhaps he had Indian wives at Fredericktown and his Irish wife Sarah Pepper at the Roanoke river area closer to the Peppers..
Samuel Teator also stated I was born in Botetourt 1763.
Robert Pearis would of been 13 yrs old and George Pearis Jr 3rd would of been about 18 yrs old. Thefore George Teators wife appears to be elder.