Peacock’s in Brown County
in the mid 1830’s three Peacock ladies moved to the area. Constance
Peacock Briggs and Delila Peacock Sides located in the Versailles area. Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick
was in Beverly Township
just east of the entrance to Siloam
Park. Edward Person Peacock and Mary S. Peacock
were in Brown County
by 1840 and they most likely made the move from North Carolina with their Aunt Constance.
Samuel Jones Peacock arrived in 1850 and lived with his Aunt Elizabeth Peacock
Hedrick. Samuel J made the trip by wagon train with Alexander, Leonard and
Obediah Hedrick half brothers of George Hedrick husband of Elizabeth Peacock
Briggs daughter of Constance Peacock Briggs married John Stephens a Mormon and moved
to Nauvoo. John then led one of the wagon trains to Utah. Daniel Monroe Stephens and his brother
James Otha Stephens visited Brown
County in 1881 as a part
of their two year mission for the church. They used part of the day talking to
Briggs and Peacock relatives to obtain information about their ancestors. The
evenings were devoted to Mormon Services in various homes around Brown County.
They next went to Michigan and then returned
to Brown County
before going back to Utah.
Delila and their oldest children were all dead at the time of the visit. They
were also told Elizabeth Peacock Hedrick was dead and made no attempt to visit
cousins in Adams County. They did make contact with
Samuel Jones Peacock by mail several years later. The bottom line is they did
not learn the names of their great-grandparents. This is supported by the
ordnances they arraigned upon returning to Utah. They did arrange a Mormon Baptize of
the dead for William, John and Samuel Peacock the names of Constance’s
brothers. The same three names could also be the names of Delila’s
brothers. The names do not work for sons of Samuel and Leah because they did
not have a son named Samuel.
big misconception occurs when Daniel referred to Delila and his great aunt the
correct title should be great aunt-in-law. John Sides son of Delila married
Rachel Briggs. Caroline Sides married James Briggs. The two Briggs are
Elizabeth Briggs Stephens’s first cousins. Because of the in-law
relationship Elizabeth Briggs Stephens would have called John Sides and
Caroline Sides Briggs her cousins. The mother of a cousin is of course an aunt.
Elizabeth Briggs Stephens did in fact refer to Delila as Aunt Delila in a
letter. Constance and Delila are first cousins and not sisters.
next misconception is Samuel Peacock and Leah Jones were the parents of all the
second generation Peacocks. This misconception causes people to make Elizabeth
and Sarah (Sally) also sisters to Constance.
The 1802 and 1803 poll tax shows Samuel, William and John Peacock paid the tax
in the area south of Lexington,
North Carolina. Samuel’s
sons would have been teenagers so they were not the ones paying the tax.
The first records of Samuel are in
the Caswell District of Orange County were he married Leah in 1787 and paid
taxes in 1790. He is not listed in the 1790 census but the census records
before the Civil War are not complete. Samuel is not in the 1800 or 1810 census
but can be found in the 1820 and 1830 census of Davidson County.
Samuel appeared in court to post bond for his son William in 1814 for the child
out of wedlock with Sally McKern. Sally was living at home when her father
wrote his will in 1822. The court record is the last public record naming
William son of Samuel. John son of Samuel was in court two times once for the
child of Anna Gallimore and once for the child of Lancy Williams. Notice; John
appeared on his own behalf where for some reason William had to have his father
appear. Samuel’s will names Leah his wife, Sally and Ruthey his daughters.
John son of Samuel is to get the balance of the estate when Leah dies. William son of Samuel and Elizabeth are
not named in the will. I concluded William has died or moved from the area. Elizabeth has married
into a family with lots of land. The census and will would indicate the Sally
and Ruth are not married though there is a child the correct age to be the
Ruth’s son by Leonard Cross. The other female in the home is most likely
the illegitimate daughter of John or William.
William joined the Jersey Church
and purchased land near Flat Swamp Creek. William SR and William JR purchased
land in mid 1820’s. William SR sold it in 1830 without William JR. The
1830 census shows a William Peacock Senior but no junior. The William SR
household in the 1830 census has a young woman with three small children. These
are Sally Pippinger McKern Peacock and her children. Sally married a son of
Michael McKern and had a son Henry McKern. When her husband died she married
William Peacock JR. William JR and Sally had Edward Person Peacock and Mary S
Peacock. Abraham Pippinger’s will in 1822 list his daughter as Sally
Peacock and his grandson Henry McKern. Sally Peacock can be found in the 1870
census of Missouri
living with her son Henry McKern. Edward Person Peacock reported his father was
born in Maryland and Constance Peacock Briggs
reported both her parents were born in Maryland.
The McKern’s and Pippinger’s were from New
Jersey and can be found in the records of the Jersey Church.
Sally Pippinger McKern Peacock was the sister-in-law of Sally McKern mother of
William of Samuel’s illegitimate child. John son of William settled his
father’s estate when William SR died.
The John Peacock paying tax in 1803
does not appear in any records in the area of today’s Davidson County
after that date. John moved to Buffalo Creek in Cabarrus
County and then on to Lincoln County. The 1810 census shows John with
4 children in Lincoln.
His oldest two children are not listed in this census. Delila was 19 and William was 14, it
appears they were back in Cabarrus
County where Delila
married John Michael Sides JR in 1812 and William married Amelia Ludwick 8
years later. John Peacock then seems to go back and forth between Cabarrus and Lincoln Counties with several records in both
counties. . The Cabarrus records involve marriage and baptism of John’s
children. Delila, William, Samuel, Constance, Elizabeth, Susanna. These all
occurred between 1809 and 1830 but there were two births and a marriage in Lincoln in the same time
period. The Ludwick and Sides
were members of the Dutch
Peacock married Leah Jones May 3, 1787 in Orange County
1788 never married
Sept. 12 1789 married Christine Holloway
1793 may have married Solomon Hedrick
April 4, 1800 married George Hedrick
1807 married Leonard Cross
Peacock married unknown
1787 married Sally Pippinger McKern
May 1, 1789 married John L Briggs
1791-1800 married Rebeka
1792-1797 married Mr. Stephens
Peacock married unknown
Dec 6, 1791 married John Michael Sides
in the 1810 census but no other record
John B born
Constance birthday is from
LDS records. I think her daughter would know her mothers birthday. John son of
Samuel’s birthday is from his daughter’s bible. The dates Sept to
May does not work for siblings.
The Solomon Sarah married was not likely George’s
brother for he married Mary Polly Swing in 1836. This is the same year court
records show her as Sarah Peacock administrator of her fathers will.
Dr. Harold Barker was the authority on this clan. He was
working on a Peacock book with Maureen Clifford a descendant of Elizabeth
Briggs Stephens. I have part of this book and it is the source of most of the
data above. Dr. Barker and Miss Clifford wrote two books on the Briggs of Old
Anson and Rowan Counties. I have a copy of this book on
film at the local LDS Family History Library. The main reason is the appendix
has part of Daniel’s Diary. Dr. Barker had a complete copy of the diary.
Samuel’s children married those in the area of Four
William’s children married those in the area of the Jersey Church.
John’s children married those in Cabarrus and Lincoln County.
The move to Brown
County was prompted
tobacco farming had ruined the land.