MAJOR PETER PEVEY
BIRTH: 14 Apr 1762 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
DEATH: 6 Jul 1836 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
BURIAL: 8 Jul 1836 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
FATHER: Thomas PEAVEY, Sr. - Birth: 14 Mar 1736 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
MOTHER: Dorcas Mary HOLT - Birth: 1739 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
MARRIAGE: Lucy CUMMINGS on 8 Apr 1787 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Birth: 9 Jul 1767 in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Death: 15 Oct 1854 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
1. Peter PEAVEY - Birth: 29 Jul 1788 in Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Death: 28 Oct 1879 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
2. Sally 'Sarah' PEVEY - Birth: 11 Jul 1790 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Death: 18 Sep 1874 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Marriage: William WRIGHT on 2 Jun 1855
3. Lucy Cummings PEAVEY - Birth: 3 Jul 1792 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
4. Benjamin Abbott PEVEY - Birth: 25 Sep 1794 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
5. Jacob S. PEVEY - Birth: 24 Dec 1797 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
6. Abiel PEVEY - Birth: 27 Mar 1799 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Death: 29 Nov 1799 in Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
7. Dorcas PEVEY - Birth: 8 Oct 1800 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
8. Elizabeth PEVEY - Birth: 6 Apr 1803 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Death: Died in infancy
9. Elizabeth PEVEY - Birth: 30 Aug 1804 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
10. Abiel PEVEY - Birth: 17 Jun 1807 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
11. John Merrill PEVEY - Birth: 30 Nov 1809 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
12. Merrill Cummings PEVEY - Birth: 7 Aug 1812 in Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
PETER PEVEY - (1762-1836), was placed on the pension roll of Hillsboro County, NH, 1818, for service as private, Massachusetts Continental line.
He was born in Andover, Mass.; died in Greenfield, N.H. He married Lucy Cummings, ca. 1787. (Research note: Not found in NARA M804, Roll# 1899 but listed in DAR Lineage books, year 1900 book #34-#35, and 1919, #49-50. Marsha McWilliams)
Notes by Mark Kulow
He was in the army at the Battle of Monmouth, White Plains which resulted in the surrender of Burgoyne. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant while serving in the MA Continental Army in Captain Benjamin Farnum's Company during the Revolutionary War. Peter enjoyed his military service and continued with military affairs holding various offices in theMilitia. He ended up as a Major in the 29th Regiment, NH Volunteer Infantry. He is on the 1835 list of NH Pensioners showing his age as 70years old. This is fairly close to his actual birth date of 1762 so the record may just be slightly off. He had been placed on the pension role June 30, 1818 and his pension had commenced April 3, 1818. He wasallotted an annual allowance of $96 per year. In 1835 he had received atotal of $1,528.53. It does not mention any service in the War of 1812.He probably received the rank of Major through his military service withthe NH Militia after the Revolutionary War. War record comes from the"Enlistment Record of Peter Peavey in the National Archives".
It appears that he moved to Wilton in Hillsborough Co. shortly after the war and ran the mills at the French Place. His father Thomas and the rest of the family came to Greenfield at a later point. The 1790 census shows Major Peter Sr. living near a Thomas Peavey in Peterborough but I haven't been able to confirm the relationship between them. It appears that Peter's father Thomas was still in Andover, MA for the 1790 Census and did not show up in Greenfield until the 1800 Census. I'm not sure why Peter is on the 1790 Census in Peterborough Township rather than in Wilton or Greenfield. However, Greenfield is not on the list of townships in the 1790 census. It might be helpful to study the early township history for this area in order to more accurately place the family members. Lyndeborough Gore which subsequently was named Peterborough Slipwas later incorporated into Greenfield. These towns are not to beconfused with Peterborough which was nearby but completely separate.
(This story is a quotation from Leroy Peavey) Peter moved from Wilton to a new settlement that he started in the southpart of Greenfield, on unincorporated land on the north slope of themountain known as Pack's Monadnock. It was there he built a log house. In the spring of 1789, with oxen and cart, he started out with the furniture for his new home. Mrs. Peavey, on horseback with a bundle lashed behind the saddle, and a child in her arms, arrived at the house first. They had followed a trail of marked trees from Wilton.
The "History of Hillsborough Co., NH", compiled by D. Hamilton Hurd, has the following story concerning Major Peter and his family.
In 1789, Major Peter Peavey, of Wilton, NH purchased a lot of wild landnear the base of South Mountain, in Greenland. He built a log cabin abouteighteen feet square with a huge stone chimney reaching just above thechamber-floor, and from there it was topped out with sticks plasteredwith clay on the outside and inside. In one of its three windows, about a foot square, was a rude lattice covered with oiled paper, the others, instead of glass, had boards, which were removed when light was needed.The crevices between the logs were filled with moss. The door was wideenough to admit a hand-sled loaded with logs to fill the yawning fire-place. He moved his effects on an ox-team and his wife rode on horseback with a pair of large saddle bags, a bundle strapped to the rear of the saddle and baby Peter, in her lap. Her horse walked faster than the oxen, and when she reached the last house on the way, she lighted the candle in her lantern, entered the forest and pursued her roadless way, guided by blazed trees, and arrived at their home before her husband, and kindled the first fire in their new home. Subsequently, his brotherThomas purchased an adjoining lot, and both brothers carved fertile farms out of the primitive forests, reared large families and occupied a front rank among the sturdy settlers of the town.[Barnes.FTW]
Notes on Peter: (from Lisa Braendle)
1. He went to Wilton, NH and conducted the mills at the French Place, According to Worchester Co. Memoirs, Vol 1.
2. He was one of the founders of the settlement in the South part of Greenfield, according to Worchester Co. Vol 1.
3. He was prominent n military affairs and was major of the 26th NH regiment.
4. Misc. Pevey Gen. states Peter's birth as 4/14/1759.