The first attempt to compile the family history of the Peacocks was started in 1881. John Otha and Daniel Monroe Stephens arrive in Brown County, IL for their two year mission for the LDS Church. Brown County was the home for Constance Peacock Briggs and Delila Peacock Sides while Adams County was the home for Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick. All three ladies made the move from North Carolina to Illinois at about the same time 1835 plus or minus 3 years. Constance also had with her a nephew Edward Person Peacock and a niece Mary S. Peacock. In 1850 Samuel Jones Peacock will join Aunt Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick.
Constance’s daughter Elizabeth married John Stephens a Mormon. They lived in Nauvoo, IL until their move to Utah when John led the second wagon train across the prairie following the trail left by Brigham Young. John and Daniel are Elizabeth Briggs Stephens’ sons and Constance Peacock Briggs’ grandsons.
The Stephens brothers stayed primarily with Hiram Jacques who was baptized by his friend, Joseph Smith and was the only Mormon in the area. The brothers spent the day visiting with relatives and doing their missionary work for the church. They then held services at night in a home or barn. Daniel also recorded any information he could get on the Briggs and Peacock family history. The data from the interviews was recorded in Daniel’s Big Book. The brothers went to Michigan to continue their missionary work and then returned to Brown County in 1882. Daniel failed to get dates of death and the details of the locations where his family members lived. The biggest error in the oral history of the family was someone told Daniel that Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick was dead. There had to be times when they were less that one hour from her home. Elizabeth would have known the names of her parents and brothers and sisters. She lived until 1893.
Once back in Utah Daniel had Mormon Baptisms’ for William, John and Samuel Peacock naming them grand-uncles. I do not have the complete list of all the baptisms’ of the dead that were preformed at any one time. Daniel would study his data and when he was convinced he would act. At this time he still did not know who his g-grandparents were. Daniel began to write to Samuel Jones Peacock a son of a John and grandson of Samuel and Leah. Fifteen years after the visit to Brown County Daniel Stephens named Samuel and Leah as his g-grandparents. From this it is held that Samuel and Leah are the parents of all second generation Peacocks in Davidson County. The location of all Peacock family members in North Carolina is taken to be Davidson. During the time of the correspondence Samuel Jones Peacock lived in Brown County and this is origination of the idea that George and Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick also lived in Brown County and several of their children are suppose to have been born in Brown County.
The Mormon ordnances’ have William, John, Samuel, Constance, Delila, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Ruth all the children of Samuel and Leah. Jesse Monroe Stephens a grandson of Elizabeth Briggs Stephens then put together the following family in about 1938; father William Peacock mother Sally McCurrin or Sarah McKern children Edward and Mary Peacock that moved to Brown County with Constance plus Jacob, John, Alexander, Sarah and Leah who remained in North Carolina.
John Sides Delila’s oldest son married Rachel Briggs daughter of Richard Briggs. This marriage occurred in Brown County while Delila was still in Cabarrus County. Delila’s daughter Caroline Sides married James Briggs son of Phillip Briggs. Delila’s son Daniel married Rowena Briggs daughter of Thomas Briggs. Richard, Phillip and Thomas are Constance’s brothers-in-law. These marriages would make the three Sides first cousins to Elizabeth Briggs Stephens and Delila would be her aunt.
The next major work on the family was by Dr. Harold G Barker, Maurine Clifford and William H Hunt, JR. The three published a book in 1985 on the Briggs families of Anson, Davidson and Brown Counties. The relationship of the first and last author to the families is unknown to me but Maurine is a g-g-granddaughter of Constance Peacock Briggs and g-granddaughter of Elizabeth Briggs Stephens. Her grandfather was Alexander Nephi Stephens a brother to John and Daniel Stephens. Dr. Barker and Miss Clifford not only had the use of Daniel’s Big Book but they had tax records, census records, land records, court records and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Miss Clifford’s mailing address was 4 blocks from Temple Square. These would have not been available to the brothers. The link below will take you to the information you need to get the Briggs book on film sent to your local LDS family history library.
Dr. Barker and Miss Clifford looked at their primary data and realized some of the LDS ordnances on the Peacock family were in error. They started to write a new book on the Peacock family of Davidson County. Unfortunately they did not complete the task before they died. The book was at least 7 chapters long and I have chapter 3 where they sort out the Williams. Chapter 4 is on Samuel and Leah and their children. Chapter 5 is on William SR and his children, and Chapter 6 is on John and his family. One of the chapters I do not have was devoted to the errors in the LDS Church records and most important I do not have the appendix.
The first record of Peacocks in Capt. Ellis’s district in Rowan County was when Samuel, William and John paid poll tax in 1802. Samuel purchased land on Four Mile Branch and his children married neighbors. William lived near by for a while then moved south where he joined the Jersey Church. John before 1807 had moved south to Buffalo Creek in Cabarrus County near today’s Concord. John did not stay long because he is in Lincoln County for the 1810 census. He did have his children baptized so there are some church records along the way. John seems to move back and forth between Lincoln and Cabarrus Counties. Delila married John Michael Sides JR in Cabarrus County in Jan of 1812. John Peacock son of John married Amelia Ludwick in 1821 in Cabarrus County. The Sides and Ludwick families are both associated with the Dutch Buffalo Creek Church.
Edward Person Peacock or someone else had told Daniel that Constance was his aunt and his parent’s names were William and Sarah. Dr. Barker and Miss Clifford looked at the other 5 children in the family group sealed in 1938 and saw they were the children of William and Amelia Ludwick Peacock living in Cabarrus County 45 miles from Lexington area in Davidson County. They also noticed the list did not include any of the children born after Delila moved to Brown County.
There were land records naming a William Peacock and William JR purchasing land together early in 1830. The 1830 census had a William Senior with 3 young children and a woman that appears to be their mother. Later the same year William sells the land at a loss without his son. Michael McKern made out his will in 1822 with Samuel Peacock was a witness and Abraham Pippinger, JR was the executor of the will. Michael’s will list Sally so it appears she is still single. Abraham Pippinger JR named a grandson Henry McKern and his mother as Sarah Peacock in his will. Sarah and Henry are the correct age to match William SR’s census record and Edward Person Peacock and Mary S match the other two children. Henry McKern and his mother Sarah Peacock are in Missouri for the 1870 census.
Samuel’s land was east of McKern’s land. The land owned by McKern, Pippinger and Holloway all joined each other. The Holloway Church was on Pippinger property.
In the 1880 census in Brown County Constance reported she was born in NC and both her parents were born in MD. Edward Person Peacock reported his father was born in MD his mother in NC. All of Delila’s children in Brown County state their mother was born in NC or the census taker just was on a roll and hit every box with NC. One son was in Missouri and the census taker had to ask and he reported his mother was born in MD.
William son of Samuel was born in NC and William of Cabarrus was born in NC so William JR must be the one that married the widow Sarah Pippinger McKern and is the father of Edward and Mary.
Delila and William Peacock marry in Cabarrus County to members of the Dutch Buffalo Creek Church. I have been told that the full text of Delila’s marriage bond gives John S Peacock for her father’s name. Delila’s husband John Michael Sides served in the War of 1812 so he would have had a warrant for 160 acres of land between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Michael Sides died in 1833. John Sides his oldest son has already made the move to Illinois and is married to Rachel Briggs. Delila’s oldest son still in NC is only 10 so she makes the move to Illinois to join her son John.
A John L Briggs used a warrant and purchased 160 acres of Adams County. A John Briggs used a warrant to purchase 160 acres of Pike County in 1818.I do not know if one of these is Constance’s husband or another Briggs family.Brown County did not come into being until Feb 1839 so the land in Pike could have been in Brown County.
Dr Barker and Miss Clifford concluded;
Samuel and Leah had sons William and John, daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Ruth. Samuel is not part of the Wayne County Peacocks. (Samuel I, Samuel II …)
William SR had sons William, John, and Samuel, daughters Constance and Mary.
John had sons William, Samuel and John B daughters Delila, Susan, Elizabeth, Constance, and Susannah.
I am a direct descendant of Samuel and Leah Peacock and Maurine Clifford is a direct descendant of Constance Peacock Briggs. I am told those in Utah have proof of their version of the family history but the only think I know of is Elizabeth Briggs Stephens called Delila her aunt in a letter but that is just more oral history not real proof. Keep in mind all the baptisms and family seals were done based on the oral history in Daniel’s Big Book.