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Posted by: jan lala (ID *****7442) Date: May 16, 2007 at 10:56:26
1761 - Augusta Co., VA "Palzer Smelzer" vs. Frederick "Stem" of New River.
The warrant was "kept off by force of arms". (Chronicles of the
Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia Records of Augusta Co., VA 1745-1800
by Lyman Chalkley) (Note: Frederick Stern was a neighbor who in
1750 surveyed and in 1755 was granted land at mouth of New River and
Crab Creek. Stern sold his land in 1768 to George
noted george teater obtained crab creek from frederick stern.prior to this he was noted as soldier of george waghinton 160 and in the cherokee war about the same time, which leaves him very few notes from 1761 to 1768, nataniel gist went in the cherokee nations as trader and partner of richard pearis. strong indication that george teater may have remained there with gist for some time,
DEED BOOK NO 11
Page 87 - 16th November, 1762. Richard Pearis and Rhoda, of Frederick County, to ALEXANDER BOYD, of the Virginia Regiment, £50, 1/2 of a tract containing -- acres in upper part of Dunger Bottom, conveyed by John Miller to said Richard Pearis and a certain John Smith, August, 1762. Delivered: Alex. Love, November, 1763.
both documents above show that george teater lived on the land adjacent to richard pearis, for crab creek and dunkers bottom run together, therfore richard pearis was one of george teater s closest nieghbors.
Biographical Sketch of Robert Cunningham by E. Alfred Jones of London, England
An excellent biographical sketch of Robert Cunningham was published in The Ohio State University Bulletin, Volume XXVI, Number 4, October 30, 1921, pages 87-88, entitled The Journal of Alexander Chesney, a South Carolina Loyalist in the Revolution and After, Edited by E. Alfred Jones of London England, with an Introduction by Professor Wilbur H. Siebert. Professor Wilbur Henry Siebert describes Mr. Jones in the following words:
It is scarcely necessary to speak of the special qualifications of Mr. E. Alfred Jones for the task of editing The Journal of Alexander Chesney, since the admirable results of his labors are manifest in this volume. The present writer can not, however, deny himself the pleasure of saying that Mr. Jones has long been familiar with the abundant materials relating to the American loyalists that are to be found in the Public Record Office, the British Museum, and other collections in London. Nor can he forbear to add that the Editor has greatly increased the value of this volume by his copious annotations, many of which contain information not easily available and some, information not accessible at all in print. Mr. Jones found Chesney's Journal in the British Museum (Additional MSS., 32627).
Sketch of Robert Cunningham
Robert Cunningham, born in 1741, was the son of John Cunningham, a member of a Scotch family which settled about 1681 in Virginia and removed early in 1769 to the district of Ninety-Six in South Carolina. (E. McCrady, The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780, p. 88.) Robert Cunningham acquired a plantation of his own at Island ford on the Saluda River and by energy and industry became a man of wealth and influence.
From the dawn of the Revolution Robert Cunningham displayed the most uncompromising spirit of loyalty. (Hist. MSS. Comm., Report on the MSS. of the Earl of Dartmouth, Vol. II, p. 355.) The treaty of neutrality made between that urbane and easygoing loyalist, Colonel Thomas Fletchall, and William Henry Drayton, September 16 1776, provoked his bitter opposition and brought forth his refusal to be bound by it, in a letter to Drayton, dated October 6 following (see Drayton, Memoirs of the Revolution, Vol. I, p. 418). So dangerous a foe was not permitted to remain at large and on November 1, while holding the rank of captain in the loyal militia, Cunningham was committed to Charleston jail on a charge of committing high crimes and misdemeanors against the liberties of South Carolina, having, according to a letter written from Savannah on the 19th., been seized by a party disguised as Indians. He was detained a prisoner until February 1776. (Force, American Archives, Series IV, Vol. 8, p. 1606; ibid., Vol. 4, p. 29; iv; McCrady, The Hist. of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775.1780, p. 86; A. S. Salley, Jr., Hist. of Orangeburg County, 1898, pp. 804-7; Moultrie, Memoirs, Vol. I, p. 100.) His brother, Major Patrick Cunningham, with a party of loyalists made an unsuccessful attempt to rescue him from the hands of his captors.
The British Government awarded him compensation to the amount of £1,080 from his estimated loss of £1,355 for his South Carolina property confiscated by the State. (A.O. 12/109.)
Brigadier-General Cunningham at the conclusion of the war in his own Province set sail for the Bahamas with other compatriots and settled at Nassau in the island of New Providence, so aptly named as the harbor of refuge for the distressed loyalists. In this new home Robert Cunningham settled on the tracts of valuable land which had been granted to him for his services in the American Revolutionary war. Here he died, 9 February 1813. On his tombstone in the western cemetery is inscribed: " ... exiled from his native Country in the American Revolution for his attachment to his King and the Laws of his Country." His wife, Margaret, survived him only a few weeks, having died 26 March at the age of 76.
Four children were left by Robert and Margaret Cunningham, namely, John, who married, 5 March, 1795, Ann Harrold; Charles; Margaret, who was married, 22 June 1790, to Richard Pearis, son of Colonel Richard Pearis, a loyalist from South Carolina; and Elizabeth, who married, 1 May 1792, Robert Brownlee, a loyalist. In his will are mentioned, in addition to his wife and children, the following family connections: John, natural son of John Cunningham by a woman named Hannah Ridley; his sister, Margaret Cunningham, and her son, Robert Andrew Cunningham; his cousin, Jean, daughter of Thomas Edwards; his cousin, Robert Cunningham, son of David Cunningham, to whom was bequeathed 300 dollars for his education; and his two cousins, Margaret Fenny and Elizabeth Brown, daughters of Joseph Jefferson.
this article shows that john cunningham did not not marry sarah pearis the daughter of richard pearis the 2nd john cunningham was way to young.
PEARIS, Margaret, 40 acres, Abaco
PEARIS, Richard, 140 acres, Abaco
loyalist land deeds published by the bahamas govt. by this time margaret would have beena spinster way past marriage age.
49. Pearis, Richard M. ___________ 15 December 1794 ___________ ___________ ___________
50. Perkins, Jeremiah D. 12 January 1822 21 June 1822 New Providence Thomas R. Rigby
John Malcolm ___________
above is the pooven will of richard pearis contained at the bahamas supreme court, his will was blank, indicated his middle name was m. therefore any postings on the internet should be discarded as any evidence as to what or who his children married ect.
“William Jones, of the county of Wilkes, in the state aforesaid [Georgia], being duly sworn, maketh oath, and saith, that, about four months ago [that would be April 1794], he was employed and did go the Creek country, to carry a letter to Ford Reid & Company at Pensacola, the Lieutenant Governor directed him to go to the principal Govenor at New Orleans, which the despondent did; that, returning from New Orleans, and arriving again at Pensacola, about four weeks since, he saw there Colonel [Thomas] Brown[e] and Colonel Richard Paris [Pearis], of and from the Island of new Providence, with letters from Lord Dunmore to the Governor of Pensacola, to obtain a passport to the Creek country, which letters he saw delivered; and that the despondent understood they had a large quantity of goods for the Creeks, and was told by Baillee China, and the Indian trader Russel, that they were to hold a treaty with the Creek nation….”
William Jones [signed]
Sworn to in Seriven county, the 15th day of August, 1794.
richard pearis was spotted alive and well in flrorida. in spring and nothing really shows that he ever returned to the bahamas this was spains dominion he would of been in spanish territory and perhaps ended his days there.
Will of George Pearis Virginia Dated: November 15, 1749 Proven: September 14, 1752
In the name of God, amen. I George Pearis Senior of the county & parish of Frederick in the colony of Virginia, being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God, though weak in the body, yet of a sound & perfect memory & understanding, do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such revoking & disavowing all other will or wills, testimony or testaments heretofore by me made or declared either by word of mouth or by writing and this only to be taken for my last will & testament & no other.
Imprimis, I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker, expecting his most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits & meditations of my most compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be the atonement for my sins and is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God by him, seeing he ever livith to make intercession for them & who I trust will not reject his God-fearing penitent sinner when I come to him for mercy. In this hope & confidence I render up my soul in death, humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious & only one God most holy, most merciful and gracious for the time of my dissolution and then to receive me to himself unto that peace and rest and in incomparable felicity, which he has reserved for all that love and fear him. Amen. Blessed be God.
Imprimis, I give my body to the earth from whence it was formed and order it to be buried at the Presbyterian meeting house in the country aforesaid in faith awaiting its resurrection from thence at the last day. As for my burial, I desire I may decrease without pomp or state at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named who I doubt not will attend with all requisite care and prudence as to my wishes. I will and positively order that all my lawful debts be paid and fully discharged. Then I give and bequeath to my Daughter Christian Neally [Neeley] one English Crown by reason I gave her a child's part already. Item. I give and bequeath to my eldest son George Pearis one English Crown.
Item. I give my second son Richard that tract of land I bought of Peter Nelson, whereon he now dwells, to him, his heirs and assigns forever together with my best riding horse and my wearing apparel.
Item. I give and bequeath to my third and youngest son Robert Pearis that tract of patent land, which I bought of William Hoge, whereupon I now dwell, for the use of him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my dear and loving wife Sarah, one end of my dwelling house, ever which end she thinks best to choose during her lifetime or widowhood, and also I do order and allow her twenty bushels of wheat and twenty bushels of Indian corn to be paid to her year by year by my said son Robert Pearis during her life or widowhood together with one third part of all my movable estate not disposed of yet. All bonds and bill and book debts whatsoever accepted the remainder whereof shall fall to my son Robert after all my debts be discharged.
Item. I do leave that tract of land which I bought of Richard Morgan in the care of my son Robert for the space of seven years ensuing the date hereof; and at the expiration of seven years, I order it be sold and the price there of let out on interest and principal sum together with the interest shall be paid to my grandson George Pearis's oldest son called George [born 1746] at the age of twenty-one years . But if in the case said grandson should not live 'til the age of twenty-one years then I order said tract of land to my second son Richard Pearis and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I do give my grandson John Neally the sum of twenty-five pounds current money to be paid and discharged to him in horses and mares by my son Robert at the age of 21 years.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my dear and loving wife Sarah to be executrix and my son Robert to be executor of this my last will and testament together with the assistance of Col's James Wood and Lewis Neally to join with them in the administration and to see this my last will and testament in every article performed and perfected to the full intent and meaning thereof. In witness whereas I have herewith set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of November in the year of our Lord 1749.
Sealed, signed and published in the presence of us
John Sherer Hugh Lyle Richard Pearis
several notes ,one is that the peris family are presbyterians same as george teater. here it is noted that the elder made provision for his grandson george. who would later become capt george pearis a patriot hero of the revolution, he did mention robert pearis george s younger brother, nor did he mention a grandaughter sarah. one would assume if the sarah pearis that married george teaters was the daughter of george then she should of been mentioned here she would also have to of been older than george as well. but there is no mention of a girl sarah here, only his grandson george.
on the 1744 fredrerick co tax list he was george parish. [parish] not pearis or parris. this indicates he was of the early parrish families of virginia. john paris parrish .had a joint deed with richard paris 1750 frederick co. a strong indication that rhoda was a parrish. there were many rhodas in the parrishs of virginia and nc. this may explain why the family changed the style to pearis to distinguish between themselves concerning the marriage of richard and rhoda
In the name of God Amen. I Robert Pearis of the province of South Carolina aforesaid being at present sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, (blessed be God for the same) do make, publish and declare this to be and contain my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First and principally when it shall please God to call me hence, I resign my soul into his Almighty Protection humbly hoping for the remission of my sins through the merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors, hereinafter named. And as touching what worldly estate it hath pleased God of his Bounty and favor to bestow upon me (after all and singular just debts and funeral expenses are fully and Ultimately paid and satisfied); I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same in manner and form following, that is to say,
First, as the behavior of my wife Elizabeth Pearis for some considerable time past, during which I have not cohabited with her, has been such as she must on serious retrospect of her past conduct and appeal to her conscience be convinced that she is not equitably entitled to any share or interest in my estate; I do therefore, leaving her to that conviction, only give and bequeath her the sum of twenty pounds sterling, which sum I give in full of any demand or other claim whatever, which she can or may have set up or pretend to make on my estate either in law or otherwise—
Item as to all and singular the rest and residue of my estate real and personal whatsoever and wherever the same may be or which I may in any manner of wise be interested or entitled unto at the time of my decease, I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto and among my two daughters Elizabeth and Sarah Pearis their heirs and assigns forever, share and share alike. First allowing & deducting out of my said estate a sufficient sum for the maintenance and liberally educating of my daughter Sarah until she arrive at or attain her age of eighteen years—
Lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my friends Mr. John Cunningham and Mr. Christopher Nealey Exors of this last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former & other wills by me at anytime heretofore made and declaring this only to be & contain my last will and testament wrote on this & preceding page of one sheet of post paper in the witness whereof I the said Robert Pearis have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty-ninety day of August in the year of our Lord one-thousand-seven-hundred-eighty-one.
Signed sealed, published & declared by the above named Rob. Pearis as & for his last will and testament in presence of us, who in his sight & of each other have at his request subscribed our names as witnesses here to. The word twenty in the sixth line from the bottom of the first page on the other side of the bequest to the testators wife being first erased and altered to the word two.
Wm. Mason Jas. Cunningham Davd. Cunningham John Neely
Proved before the Honorable William Bull, Esquire, Lieut. Governor, Intendant General of the Police and Ordinary of His Majesty's said province—this 7th December 1781 at the time qualified John Cunningham
i correct the date of death near 1792, robert had a younger named sarah pearis and an older daughter named elizabeth. if a john cunningham married a sarah pearis by the timeline i could of been the grandson of robert cunningham married the sarah pearis mentioned here. we should also remember that there were four generations of teaters of kentucky that called themselves robert parris teater.
Parris, ElizabethMalone, John71Feb07 1784
above is the madison kentucky marriage book that shows 2 yrs after robert pearis death elizabeth was living in madison kentucky, the question is ,with who? the only logical explanation is with george teater and wife sarah who be a 1st cousin of elizabeth.,
ROBERT PARIS VIRGINIA S 31,287
Shelby County, Kentucky. December 1, 1833, age 83. States that he was a resident
of Montgomery County, Virginia when he entered the service as a private
volunteer soldier in September 1774, as well as he remembers, and was attached
to the company of Captain Campbell; that he rendezvoused with his company at the
house of Captain Campbell in Montgomery County, Virginia, that the tour was for
3 months under command of Col Lewis who designed an expedition against the
Indian settlements on the Kohawa River. They having committed some depredations
upon the frontier settlements and having engaged in open hostilities; that he
marched with the rest of said men from their place of rendezvous upon said
expedition and upon their march on the waters of New River. He, this declarant,
received a severe injury in his right leg by a fall and could in consequence
threof proceed with the troops no further but was compelled to remain behind and
await the return of the party that they had afterwards as he was informed a
skirmish with the Indians on the Kohawa River when said Lewis the commander was
killed: that the detachment at last returned and with its assistance he was
enabled to return: that he continued afterwards with his company until the
expiration of his tour but was unable to perform any active military duty during
it's continuance after he received the aforesaid injury - - -says that in March
1775 again entered the service as a volunteer for 3 months in a company of
Captain Thompson, that he still resided in the said County of Montgomery: that
he rendezvoused with the company to New River and was stationed at a small fort
or station near a place called Long Island, for the purpose of guarding and
defending the frontiers from the Indians who were exceedingly troublesome: that
while he was at said point he was engaged upon various scouting parties directed
against the Indians and was indeed actively employed in that kind of warfare
against them during the main and principal part of his term of service and when
his tour had expired having fully and faithfully served out the same, he was
discharged and returned to his home. Says that on July 24, 1775, he entered upon
an expedition to Kentucky under Daniel Boone: that there were only ten effective
men in company and they left the said County of Montgomery on the said day and
marched through the country and finally landed at Boonesboro on the Kentucky
River at which place there was at that time a small fort, that he continued at
said place guarding it except when absent on scouting and spying parties, which
was frequently the case for about the period of four months and then returned to
his home in Montgomery County, Virginia. Says that his services upon this trip
or expedition were those of a volunteer.
States that early in the spring of the year 1776, he thinks in March or April of
that year the Indians again became very troublesome upon the frontier comprising
the section of country where he lived - - his residence still being in
Montgomery County, Virginia, and that he volunteered against them and
accordingly returned to the service and was engaged almost constantly during the
residue of the spring of said year and the following Summer and Fall in scouting
parties against them, which were largely headed by Captain Campbell and also a
spy, says he served 5 months that his services were almost constant, the
situation of the frontier and disposition of the Indians required unremitting
Further states that in 1777 in the spring, the situation on the settlements in
his quarters of the country was no better than it was in the year proceeding:
that the Indians were still hostile and frequently committed depredation upon
them, sometimes stealing their horses and every once in awhile butchering some
of the inhabitants, that in consequence thereof, the service of the able bodied
men were in almost constant requisition from the later part of the winter to the
first part of the spring until the later part of the fall of that year
comprising a period of nearly or quite nine months and that he, this declarant,
being young man intermission during the whole of said period in spying and
scouting parties against them.
- - He is sure that he is within the bounds of truth when he says that he was
engaged in less than six months in active and actual service against them as a
spy and upon scouting parties during the spring - summer and fall of the said
year 1777, says Captain Campbell was an active Indian fighter and commanded the
scouting parties upon several occasions in which this declarant was engaged.
Says further that a brother of his (this declarant) was also a captain and that
his said brother was also very active exertions to protect the settlements and
that he was often the leader of parties in which the declarant was one, he
states that during the winter season the Indians commonly gave them little or no
interruption, that it was only in the open season of the year generally that
they were to be dreaded and guarded against. Says that in 1778 he was engaged as
in the proceeding year in endeavoring to protect the country from depredations
of the Indians. That he was also much engaged that year to wit: 1778 in active
service against the Indians as a spy and scout, that his services were performed
in the spring, summer and fall of the year: that he is confident that he could
not have performed less than four months active service as such during said
year: that his said services as a spy and scout or ranger against the Indians
during the said year 1778 were performed under Captain Campbell and Captain
That in the month of May 1779 as well as he now remembers he again entered the
service of the U.S. as a private volunteer soldier under Captain Campbell upon a
tour of 3 months: that the company met at the house of Campbell and he was
marched by him to the vicinity of New River where the Indians had been
committing some depredations: that he continued in the service against the
Indians endeavoring to repel and punish their depredations, during the whole of
his said tour and when the same was fully ended, he returned home to Montgomery
County, Virginia where he still resided. States that early in the spring of the
year 1780 he moved from Montgomery County, VA. to Green County, N.C. which now
composes part of the State of Tennessee: That his said company rendezvoused at
the muster guard and came under command of Col William Campbell, who had also
under his command various other militia companies: that they were marched from
their said places of rendezvous up the country and in a few days were joined by
other men under command of Col Sevier and Col Shelby and Col Cleveland: that
they then marched in pursuit of the British and Tories under the command of Col
or General Ferguson and finally came up with him at King's Mountain where a
severe engagement took place in which Ferguson men and many of the men were
killed and a good many prisoners taken: that he continued in service after this
action until the expiration of his said tour of duty and was then discharged and
returned to his home in said Green County, N.C.
- - -Says that in 1781, in June he again entered service as a private volunteer
soldier in a troop of Cavalry, under Captain Richardson upon a tour of 3 months,
that his company rendezvoused at a place called Knox on Hoston and there came
under command of Col Martin and were marched against the Indians at what was
then called the lower Chickamunga towns, that they destroyed their huts and corn
and upon the route 3 of the Americans killed and five wounded, that after
destroying their corn they were marched back again and the Indians fled on at a
distance and a few days after the return of the party Indians commenced a series
of depredations upon the settlements and by means there of kept this declarant
constantly engaged in active service during the whole period of his said tour
and when the same was fully and completely ended he was discharged and returned
- - -States that during the year 1782 and 1783, he was frequently engaged in
parties against the Indians under the command of Captain Richardson and Sawyer,
that he also acted a part of each one of those years as an Indian spy, he thinks
not less than two months in each year, and he thinks he did not serve on the
parties named above less than two months, as a spy and two months upon scouting
parties, in 1782 and in similar service in 1783, amounting in all, for both said
years to 8 months.
- - -States that it has been his fortune from his first arrival at manhood until
1793 to be a resident in the frontier settlements and amongst those who were
exposed to the incursions of the Indians: that his own safety and that of his
family and his neighbors required of him the most active exertion during a great
part of the time.
- - -Said he was born in Botetourt County, Virginia October 3, 1750, he remained
in Green County, N.C. until 1793 when called into the service from the early
part of the year 1780 until the conclusion of the war in 1793, I moved from that
county and state to Madison County, Kentucky, now Gerrard County, Kentucky and
about ten years afterwards moved to where I now live, in Shelby County, KY.
- - I recollect that Col Shelby was with us upon the tour against the British
and Tories and upon that tour the battle of King's Mountain was fought.
- - Robert received his pension, $80.00, 4 January 1834 at age 84)
robert points out that his brother was a cpt of the revoltion. being capt george pearis, the same grandson mentioned in the will of george pearis the elder. george pearis 1st wife was sarah pepper. his 2nd wife was a indian from a small nc. tribe. hsi children from the indian wife were moses who folloewed robert to madison ky and a daughter named rhoda after richards wife, her son george hohimer ,married easter totton a sister of rebecca who married parris teater. the female indian blood of george pearis would be to parris teaters inlaws george hohimer. hammer .is listed on the tenn tax list with benjamin totton, perhaps the connection was from that side of the family.
the george william teater of kentucky named his sons after the engish teaters of tyrrell. william samuel george. the other sons were named after the parris family robert richard and parris. except for lewis craig. who was named after the preacher. and one sarah. susan is a common in the gibsons and tetertons.