OK, here's MY Peever version: I can get them back to the 18thC: siblings John, Aaron, James, & Thomas of Poulawaddra (near Tralee). Thomas married Catherine Jones of Farmer's Bridge, Tralee and they had the following children: -William b.1814 married Catherine O'Niel -Frances Ellen (1816-1891)married James Neill;they emigrated to Vermont -John b.1818 emigrated to Montreal. died a bachelor -MaryAnn (b.1820) emigrated to Vermont. Married "Big Jim"(?) -Ann Jane (b.1820) Mary Ann's twin, emigrated to Vermont and married William Barry. -Thomas George (1824-1888) married Alice Thomas -Catherine (1826-1897) -David (Black David)b.1832 married Elizabeth Hoffman. -James(1829-1902) emigrated to Admaston, married Susannah Guest (d.1873) and Eliza McQuitty(1851-1901) My line.
So...is James Peever who married Anna Peevers in 1827 the brother of Thomas Peever? AND who were their parents?There is info. that there was a Thomas Peyvre from France (Hugonot?) who married an Ellen Carter (English) and they surface in Ireland c.1635-1659. Cromwell? The Peevers of Kerry were known as Loyal Order of Orange and some carried it when they emigrated. They arrived a bit early to be escaping the famine, and Upper Canada gave preferential treatment to protestant Irish. Also, I have seen the homestead of Thomas & Catherine Jones - they owned land and buildings etc. I suspect at least part of the early Peever emigration was backlash from the Rebellion of 1798. I suspect the Peevers were the reviled "Planters." If any of them emigrated from Blennerville, the main port of emigration from Kerry during the famine, it might be in the passenger lists c.1845-1848.