Re: Peregrine Falcon/Peregrine Magness
Hi, Randa's mom,
There are only two children of Perygren Sr. that I'm sure about. One is a son, Samuel; the other is a daughter, whose Christian name I don't know, who married a Gaines and had a son named Thomas. In 1763, Perygren Sr., who was a blacksmith, leased some land in Fairfax County, Virginia for a term that included not only his lifetime but also the lifetimes of his son Samuel and his grandson, Thomas Gaines.
I think it's possible that Samuel was the Samuel Makanes who married Francisme Cravens in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia in 1742. There's also a later marriage in Maryland between Samuel Magness and Ann War, but this was in the 1770's and may have been a later Samuel.
In addition to Perygren Sr., Perygren Jr. and Samuel, two other Mackness names turn up very early in northern Virginia and the adjoining counties of southern Maryland: John, who married Elizabeth Morris in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1751, and a "George McKness" who appears among the names in the Fairfax County, Virginia estate records of Bridget Costello in 1769. I think John's family ended up in Harford County, Maryland, and I think there may also have been a Moses Magness who was part of this same generation, but whether any of these three men was actually a son of Perygren Sr. still remains to be proven.
Unfortunately, that's about all I know about the possible collateral lines of Perygren Jr.'s family. Most of my research has been on the direct line, since I'm a descendant of one of Perygren Jr.'s sons, who was also named Samuel.
Although Perygren Sr. is the only early Mackness I've found in that particular part of Virginia and Maryland, it's always possible that there were others. Perygren Sr. seems to have emigrated to the American colonies sometime in the 1720's (that's when he first begins to appear in the records, anyway), but there's no guarantee that he was the only family member to emigrate.
I hope this has helped. If I can answer any other questions, please let me know.