Newer Peyton

Newer Peyton family cemetery, Wilcox Township, Hancock County,
(Section 34 of township 4 range 9 West of fourth principle Meridian)

   This cemetery burial list was submitted by Patricia Joan Kirchherr Allen, daughter of Nanny Elizabeth Peyton Kirchherr, granddaughter of Alberum Wheat Peyton, and a great granddaughter of John Peyton.
   This cemetery is maintained by Edna Peyton Schwerer , daughter of A.  W. Peyton and granddaughter of John Peyton the pioneer .
   It is located south and east of Warsaw, Ill. and contains one forth acres
   This section was purchased by Mr. John Peyton, Esq. , in August 1840.  Mr. Peyton was an extensive land owner (property 9 by 15  miles scattered) fruit grower, cattle raiser, politician, Mississippi Levee commissioner, first justice of the peace for Wilcox and justice of the peace for the combined Warsaw and Wilcox Township before they were divided. The Gregg's 1800 A.D. history of Hancock County, Illinois, pages 648-650 and portrait of John Peyton and the pioneer on page 753.  John was the son of the Peyton Buried in the older Peyton cemetery, located on Section 24 of Wilcox Township, Hancock County, Illinois.  John was the brother of James Peyton who is buried in the Peyton cemetery, city of Warsaw.
   This cemetery is well maintained by Mrs. Edna Peyton Schwerer of Blandinsville, Illinois and of San Diego, California The Stones are as if they were placed yesterday.  Her sister, Nanny Elizabeth P Kirchherr, is buried in the Oakland cemetery, Warsaw, Illinois In the Kirschherr section.  Nanny's husband, Otto's family, has a family cemetery located on Section 36, Wilcox Township, Hancock county.
   In the family vault in the Peyton cemetery in Section 34 is buried: John Peyton the pioneer, his wife, Alice Elizabeth Peyton, and their daughter, Sarah Jane Peyton  (known as Janie).
   A.  W. Peyton, his wife Mary  (Molly), and their daughter, Mildred, and their son, John Bailey Peyton, and Leannah Peyton, who was a beloved aunt of Mary Peyton, are all buried outside the family vault.  All have headstones at their graves.  A stillborn baby girl, daughter of Nanny Peyton Kirchherr and Otto Kirchherr, is buried north of the large vault.
   A.  W. Peyton and sister, daughter of John Peyton, is buried in Oakland cemetery, Warsaw, Ill..  Mary Alice Peyton Laudenschlacher.  Their infant brother, Oliver Lewis Peyton, is buried in the older Peyton family cemetery on Section 24.
   This introduction was prepared by Mrs. Allen for use with this list.
   This is one of the lists of the Warren L.Van Dine project of preserving the names of the dead of Hancock County, Illinois But preparation of such lists for the county's burying grounds.  Timing of this done by Warren L. Van Dine from typed copy furnished by Mrs. Allen.
   There are also two other Peyton family cemeteries included in this project: the Peyton cemetery of  Warsaw Township, in the older Peyton family cemetery located in Section 24 of  Wilcox Township.

The Pearl Gordon Vestal material begins at this point.

   This long neglected old family burial ground is in wooded pasture land owned long ago by one of the members of the pioneer Clark family.  It contains more graves and than now can be identified, mostly of the Clark, family, possibly used by neighbors.  Once, long ago, a migrant family of strangers called and said they had just lost a child on a camping site, near by, where they had broken their journey, and asked permission to enter their child here.  This privilege was readily granted, says Mrs. Nettie Clark Siegfried, Hamilton, Ill.. , who is a granddaughter of the above Jotham Clark and a great granddaughter of the above Mrs. Nettie Stakes. Mrs. Stakes was the mother-in-law of Jotham Clark; and Mrs. William Clark was the first wife of his son, William Clark.
   Mrs. Siegfried guided Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Vestal to this cemetery in the autumn of 1949.  She and we believe that Mr. Elijah Stakes is also buried there, for we found broken fragments of an illegible old marble tombstone whose top marginal lines were identical with those on Mrs. Stakes stone.  Several graves were marked only by 1 or 2 field stones.  We guessed the cemetery to have perhaps 10, possibly more burials.  This site is on a knoll, and a beautiful wood lot, near a ravine.  It is on the east bluff of the Mississippi River, but far enough back in the forest to have no view of the river.
   This cemetery is thoroughly hidden, being about a half mile from any open road.  To reach it we went south and west from Hamilton, Montebello Township, Hancock County, Ill. via Illinois 96, to go westward,  2 or 3 miles to Warsaw, Ill., and an unpaved minor Country Road starts north.  It is only about half a mile long and is probably the east boundary of Wilcox Township.  At the end of this short gravel we came to the present Albert, former home, on the west side of the road.
   Here we asked permission to park our car and enter private farmlands to search for the cemetery.  Mrs. Braeden kindly asked her high school son to acompany us.  We went up a fenced Lane, then up hill and down dale several times, over, or under, or through several barbed wire fences ,  through wood lots and pastures of several owners, where there were no houses at all.  We were told we crossed Braeden land and some belonging to Albert Breaden estate; and that the part occupied by the burial ground once belonged to the lateChas. O. Dickinson, of Hamilton, Ill. (It is so marked on one of my Hancock County Platt books) and now to a Mr. DeYoung of Warsaw, Ill. .
   Mrs. Siegfried states that Mrs. William Clark was born young, and lived near this site.  Also, that Mrs. Susan Stakes Clark, widow of Jotham Clark and  daughter of a Elijah and Nancy Stakes, Removed to Grand Junction, Green  County, Iowa, with one of her sons, and is buried there.  She further states that her grandfather, Jotham and Clark, buried here, was a son of Jabish and Abigail Van sickle Clark of Washington County, Pennsylvania, where Jotham was born.  Family tradition, not proven or disproven, as yet, is that Jabish Clark descends from Abraham Clark, " the signer" of New Jersey.  It is possible that Jabish was a "collateral descendant"
   Newer Peyton family cemetery, Wilcox Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

(John Peyton the pioneer, and his son, Alberum W. Peyton)

Resume of right up about John Peyton and the 1880 Gregg Hancock County, Illinois history, pages 648 through 650, and portrait on page 753.
   This is a fine sketch of several pages length which picks up the Peyton family from the time they came from England to the New World, setting in Westmoreland County, Va. In 1656.  Gregg says Amherst County, but Mrs. Allen States it is Westmoreland.
   The first in the line from which the Hancock County, Illinois Peyton are descended was James Peyton, an American revolution veteran who served seven years in General Washington's bayont carrying army.
   Mr Gregg commented: "Thus we have attempted to give some idea of the ancestry of the Peyton before they came to this country, and find, firstly, that they are of English descent and of good old revolutionary stock, having risked their lives and fortunes to found the government which we now enjoy. "
   The family is traced from Virginia to Kentucky were James Peyton moved after his soldiering in the revolution, locating in Casey County where he bought a tract of land 5 or 6  miles long.
   From Kentucky Lewis Peyton, one of the James ' boys, led the family to Hancock County, Illinois in the heart of the North American continent.
   Lewis was 16 when his father, James Peyton, took him from Virginia to Kentucky about 1801.  He was a man of about 44 when he and his wife Sarah Peyton (who he married in Kentucky) came to Illinois about 1830.  Here in Wilcox Township he died in 1852.
   His son, John Peyton, subject of this sketch in his time became a legend and he still is today 70 years after his death.  His farming operations in the county were literally fabulous, undoubtedly the largest ever carried by anyone in its history.  At the time of his death in 1899 he owned a tract of land 15  miles long and 9  miles wide (scattered).  He employed a small army of farm laborers.
   The Peyton's back there at least lived in the grand manner.  We cannot expect to see their like again soon if we ever do in Hancock county.

(1968 Hancock County, Illinois history)
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in Section 34, there is a family burial ground for a number of the descendants of John Peyton and his son, Alberum W. Peyton.

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John Peyton was the most extensive land owner ever to live in Wilcox Township and the native of the township.  He married Mary Alice Peyton.  Mrs. Lewis (Edna) Schwerer of Blandinsville, Ill. is a daughter.  She still owns the original farm on which her great-grandfather Lewis Peyton, settled in 1830.


The 1968 history of Hancock county, Ill. was incorrect as follows:

John Peyton the pioneer was born in casey County, Kentucky----
 see his tombstone and the 1800 A.D. history of Hancock co Illinois, by Th. Gregg, Chas C.  Chapman, Chicago, Illinois.

John Peyton married Allis Elizabeth Peyton, daughter of George W. Peyton, Sr., and his wife Jincy, Mary Alice Peyton was his daughter.  See:1800 A.D. history of Hancock Co. : by Th. Gregg, and also his will and the distribution of a state of his father-in-law, George Washington, Peyton, Sr., 1872 both on file in Carthage, Ill. John Peyton and Alice Elizabeth were married in Van Buren County, Iowa on June 4, 1848, recorded marriage record book B, page 81.

Edna Peyton Schwerer is the daughter of Alberum Wheat Peyton and granddaughter of John Peyton.  See her birth certificate and the will of her father both are on record in Carthage.  Her father was born 115 years ago and April 17, 1855, and her grandfather 154 years ago on December 10, 1815.

This cemetery is about 6 miles from Warsaw. it can be reached by going down the blacktop Bluff Road past the Grant Battery factory the blacktop dance at the Rockford School House now Land Laboratory School.  Keep on this road going straight ahead about 2 miles and then turn left at the first road and following that road about one-half to three-quarters of a mile until one sees an old barn with a red roof and then look to the left to see a road leading to the cemetery, that is, left of the road on which you are traveling--not left of the barn.

Peyton , John- b December 10, 1815 in Casey Co, Kentucky   d: October 26, 1899 in Hancock Co, Illinois   (h/o Allis Elizabeth Peyton)
Peyton, Allis Elizabeth (Peyton)- b: May 4, 1832 in Montgomery Co, Indiana   d: April 3 , 1876
Peyton, Sarah Jane-b: January 28, 1851   d December 25, 1879  (d/o John and Allis Elizabeth Peyton)
Peyton, John- (John Peyton the pioneer-not to be confused with his grandson, John Peyton)
Peyton, John Bailey- b: December 14, 1894   d: August 16, 1952  (s/o Alberum W.and Mary Peyton)
Peyton, Alberum W.- b: April 17, 1855   d: July 30, 1931  (h/o Mary Peyton)
Peyton, Leannah- b: March 15, 1837 in Casey Co,. Kentucky   d: February 16, 1905 in Hancock Co, Illinois  (d/o Valentine Peyton)(sister of First Lieut. Vincent Peyton the father of Mary Peyton the wife of A.. W. Peyton)
Peyton, Mary- b: October 17, 1870   d: February 17, 1952  (w/o Alberum W.Peyton)-Mary was one of twin girls born in Casey Co, Kentucky to Sarah Jane Gibson and her husband first Lt. Vincent Peyton of company B. first Kentucky Calvary
Peyton, Mildred- b: April 3, 1900   d: August 6, 1919  (Mildred drowned during a swimming party in the Mississippi river.  The beach was closed and never reopened.  Dean Cockrill of California fiancee of Mildred sister, Edna, drowned while trying to rescue the favorite of the family. )

Older Peyton family cemetery, Wilcox Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

This cemetery burial list was furnished by Mrs. patricia Joan Kirchherr Allen, a great granddaughter and she is to be credited with it.

This cemetery which is located in Section 24 of Wilcox Township is owned by Mrs. Edna Peyton Schwerer, of Blandinsville, Ill. , a great granddaughter of Lewis Peyton.

The list typed in March of 1970 were furnished by Mrs. Allen, by Warren L. Van Dine who was in charge of this Hancock County, Ill. cemetery's project.

This burying ground is located on the Peyton family homestead have ended from the government in the spring of 1850 by Lewis and Sarah Sassene (Roach ) Peyton, (daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Sassene) Roach).  The Peyton came from Casey County, Kentucky with their children John (barry Section 34), James isaacs (buried in Peyton cemetery, Warsaw, Illinois died during the cholera epidemic), George Washington Peyton (buried and this cemetery) (died during the cholera epidemic) Amelia Susan (married James Barker and she is buried in Salina County, Kansas, d.  6/2/1883).

Lewis Peyton was a son of James Peyton and Elizabeth Cox Peyton (daughter of John Cox of Albemarle County, Va.).  James was in the 6th and 10th Virginia regiments (same regimen, but when by both name) of the Continental line of the American Revolution from October 30, 1776-January, 1780.  James ' health was impaired from his stay at the hospital at Valley Forge where he was in a hospital for three months.  He later survived in the Amherst County. , Virginia militia during the American revolution.  Chief Black Hawk visited the Peyton's on Section 24.  The hunters would stop off for food and morph wall on hunting trips (Indians).  The Indians left and unknown white boy on the doorstep.  This white boy died during the cholera epidemic.

This introduction was prepared by Mrs. Allen for use with this list.

There are also two other Peyton family cemeteries in this project.  They are the Peyton cemetery in Warsaw Township and the newer Peyton family cemetery in Section 34 of Wilcox Township.

Peyton, Lewis- b: October 31, 1786 in Amherst Co, Virginia   d: August 4, 1852 Hancock Co, Illinois
Peyton, Sarah- b: February 6, 1795 Lincoln Co, Kentucky   d: October 13, 1887 in Hancock Co, Illinois
Peyton, George Washington - b: March 31, 1820   d: August 7, 1849  (s/o L and S Peyton)   George Washington Peyton (druggist in Alexandria, Missouri) his account Rocket is in the possession of his great grand niece P Joan Allen.  One of his accounts included that of Dr. Charles Hey, father of John Hay, secretary of Abraham Lincoln.  There were two other George Washington patents' junior and senior of Van Buren, Iowa who were the father and the brother-in-law of John Peyton this sheet W. Peyton its brother).
Peyton , Lewis Barker - b: July 24, 1850  d: May 31, 1851  10 ms 7 ds  (s/o J. S and A S Barker) (Lewis Peyton Barker, A. S. Peyton and J. S. Barker, grandson of Louis Peyton born October. 24, 1881 died May 31st 1851.  This apparently a mistake and should read Lewis Barker Peyton, son of  J..  S.  Peyton and A.  S.  Barker born July 24, 1850 and died May 31, 1851)
Peyton, Oliver Lewis- b: March 30, 1849   d: September 10, 1849  (s/o John and Allis E. Peyton)
Peyton, Isaac Lewis- b: 1830 in Montgomery Co, Indiana   d: april 1903 and Wilcox Township, Hancock County, Illinois aged about 74  (see Warsaw Bulletin of April 1903 and "60 years ago" in April 23, 1963 issue) (I. L Peyton was in the gold rush to California and was an inventor.  He lived in Van Buren Co., Iowa, and moved to Wilcox in 1865.