Re: History Of the Descendants of Abraham Beery
I recently came across your post on the Beery Family genealogy and realized that there might be a connection to my Peery ancestors. I descend from Philip Peery of Botetourt County, Virginia, through his daughter Mary Elizabeth Peery (b. Dec. 1769; d. 24 Sep 1844 in Clark County, Ohio) and her husband Frederick Miller (1760-1822). Much of my information comes from the book “The Genealogy of the Descendants of Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Peery Miller” by their grandson Professor John Peery Miller, published in 1913.I found some additional information in Botetourt County at the Fincastle Library in the Kessler Collection. That information was in a series of correspondence from the mid-1980s between Mrs. Kessler and Ruth Peery of Post Falls, Idaho. In her letters Mrs. Peery states that Philip was the son of Joseph Peery who came to Botetourt County in the early 1740s.Mrs. Peery and others (see Peery Family Forum) assert that the Peerys are Scots or Scots-Irish.I have no reason to doubt that for their ancestral lines, but I believe it incorrect for mine.Indeed, there is other information to state that there was a Joseph Peery among the original settlers of the Valley of Virginia who was believed to be German based upon his associations.I have several sets of evidence pointing to a German (in the ethno-linguistic sense) origin for my Peery line.Given that the name Peery is not an expected spelling for German, I have assumed that it was anglicized and/or just mis-transcribed in early records.Having seen the name Beery as a German family of colonial times in the Valley, I decided to check out the Beery Family Forum, which led me to your post.A search also revealed that you had used Peery as a synonym in a earlier post, so this gave me hope of a connection that might lead to the identification of an immigrant ancestor, perhaps Nicholas Bieri.So, the question is whether any of my known ancestors (Philip Peery or Mary Elizabeth Peery Miller) appear in the Beery book or other records in your possession.I eagerly look forward to your response and thank you for your time and effort.