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Robert Peyton (abt. 1745 - abt. 1785)

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Robert Peyton
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died about in Franklin County, North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jun 2012
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Categories: Peyton Name Study | Virginia, Peyton Name Study | Prince William County, Virginia | North Carolina, Peyton Name Study.

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Robert was born in September 1745 to Valentine Peyton (but not Capt. Valentine Peyton, d. 1750/1751, who m. Frances Linton).[1][2]

In September 1761, Robert's guardian was John Peyton; in November 1762, guardianship was appointed to Benjamin Rush:[3]

Rush appointed Guardian to...Robert Peyton, Orphan of Valentine Peyton, Gent., deceased, ...[4]

Ann Rush, who married Robert by March 1765, was the daughter of Benjamin Rush Jr. and his wife Alice (Grigsby) Rush.[5]

A deed in December 1762, signed by Benjamin and Alice Rush, was witnessed by Charles Tyler, Robert Peyton, and Anne Rush.

Children of Robert and Anne (Rush) Peyton included:

  • Alice (Alec) Peyton, married George Noland[6]
  • Ann Peyton (b 20 February 1770), married John Cochran[7]
  • William Peyton (b 1774-1784), married Sarah ____[8]

Robert Peyton's will, recorded November 30, 1785, in Franklin County, N.C., was "made in the presence of George Nolan and wife. Wits: George Noland and Alec Noland."


  1. per Harold Davey of the Peyton Society, who confirmed that while Robert Peyton b 1745 m Ann Rush was indeed the son of Valentine Peyton, neither he nor his father was descended from Capt. Valentine Peyton
  2. However, Mary Gregg offers persuasive research that the Peyton Society is wrong in stating that Robert Peyton (son of Capt. Valentine Peyton, d. 1750/1751) married Ann Guffey; that Ann Guffey married Yelverton Peyton. DAR records have Robert and Yelverton married to Ann Guffey and Anna Guffee, respectively (see below).
  3. see Gregg's summary (below)
  4. Prince William Co., Va., OB 1761-1763:385, November 2, 1762. Prince William County, Virginia, Orders, 1762-1763. Ruth and Sam Sparacio (see also Mary Gregg's Genforum post)
  5. Marriage date based on a deed of that date with "Robert Peyton of Loudoun County [Virginia] and Anne his wife." The transfer is for property sold to Valentine Peyton in August 1750. Also, "Grigsby" is from "family knowledge" - supporting documentation is still being sought.
  6. based on witnesses to Robert Peyton's will, recorded 1785
  7. Cochran family bible (see below)
  8. Peyton Society of Virginia, in updates to Peytons of Virginia II, Vol. Two (2004; updates through Nov. 7, 2016). Robert Peyton, born 1 Sep 1745 Prince William Co., VA; married Anne Rush, daughter of Benjamin Rush and Alice Grigsby, before 1769 (page 798, father Valentine Peyton, FE Line).
  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge and information provided in the Peyton and Payton Family Genealogy Forums by Mary Gregg (e.g., Order Book and Deed Book excerpts). See especially this post. See this page for a list of her posts in the Payton Family and Peyton Family forums.
  • My [Mary Gregg] correspondent and co-researcher, Carlene St. John, found and copied a transcription of the Bible of one Hiram Peyton Cochran. She wrote, "This bible is listed in a booklet entitled "Collection of Bible Records" which was Published by the Houston Genealogical Forum, Houston, Texas, September 1963. [Salt Lake City Family History Center 976.4 A1 #108, pages 3 & 4.] It is a typed manuscript of Bible records. . ." The Holy Bible published 1824 in Philadelphia by H. C. Carey and I. Lea H. P. Cochran and Nancy Stoker was married 11 Apr 1816 <snip> Robert Peyton was born 1st September 1745 Ann Rush his wife was born 3rd April 1746 The above are H. P. Cochrans's matronal Grand Parents (from Genforum #352)
  • E-mailed information from Harold Davey, May 2013
  • Following is from Mary Gregg's Genforum post #352, in which she provides a summary of information that she and her co-researcher Carlene St. John had found:
From "Historian's Guide to Loudoun, 1757-1766" by Phillips: Sent by Pat Duncan (Loudoun Co., Va., Order Bk A:509) September 10, 1761. Robert Peyton, an infant, is represented by John Peyton, his Guardian. Note from Mary: "Infant" did not mean "baby." It was a legal term referring to anyone who was still a minor.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA, ORDERS, 1762-1763. Ruth and Sam Sparacio (Prince William Co., Va., OB 1761-1763:385) November 2, 1762. Rush appointed Guardian to Peyton. Robert Peyton, Orphan of Valentine Peyton, Gent., deceased, came into Court and made choice of Benjamin Rush for his Guardian who is to enter into and execute a Bond at the next Court with good and sufficient securitys for his faithfull performance of his Guardianship
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA, DEED ABSTRACTS, 1749-1752 and 1761-1764. Ruth and Sam Sparacio (Prince William Co., Va., DB P:266-271) December 5/6, 1762. Benjamin Rush of Parish of Dettingen in the County of Prince William Planter & Alice his Wife of one part and John Tyler of the Parish and County aforesaid of other part. . .
Wits: Charles Tyler, Robert Peyton
/s/ Benja. Rush, Jr. /s/ Alice Rush
Anne Rush
Note from Mary: Contrary to what some may think, it was not necessary that a person be at least 21 years of age in order to witness a deed, thus Ann Rush at age 16, and Robert Peyton at age 17 could witness a deed.
See also:
  • Peytons of Virginia II, Volumes One and Two (2004, plus additional data edition 70 [March 24, 2013]).
  • DAR Records for Peytons who married (different) Ann Guffeys:
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Yelverton Peyton", Ancestor # A090000.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Robert Peyton (b before 1740)", Ancestor # A089994.

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Peyton Society of Virginia

FE Line, FE-1 in Peytons of Virginia II, Volume Two, page 738; son of an unidentified Valentine (FE) based on court records. Will leaves his wife Anne "all my estate to raise my small children" (not named).

DNA information

yResults reported to the "Payton/Peyton/Patton/Paxton DNA Project"
  • no clear mention of this Robert
WikiTree descendant of this Robert's daughter Alice (not proved):
WikiTree's DNA Ancestors View for Robert Peyton
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  • Y Chromosome: No direct line descendants in WikiTree
  • X Chromosome: "possible carriers of portions of Robert's X chromosome"
    • no DNA-badged profiles
    • best bet: George Madison Batchelor (1839-1908) probably has living descendants in/around Vicksburg, Mississippi
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  • Potentially useful autosomal DNA test(s):
    • Liz (Noland) Shifflett (Noland-165) - GEDMatch ID T227726
    • Peyton Noland (Noland-166) - GEDMatch ID T479362

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On 18 Jan 2018 at 18:22 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

p 499 of the Hayden book - PEYTON, of England and Virginia, by Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden - is interesting (Google Books snippit view) and warrants detailed scrutiny.

On 7 Feb 2017 at 21:46 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Stafford County order book mentioned in update to previous post... see "000039218" in the Library of Virginia's digital collections ( & then click the DigiTool link).

On 14 Jun 2016 at 18:49 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: beliefs change. At this point there I think that Frances Harrison married a different Valentine Peyton. The Stafford County Order Book returned to Virginia a few years ago shows a Valentine Peyton, Clerk, past the time that Captain Valentine Peyton died.

I think that strong evidence is mounting that Robert (b 1745, married Ann Rush) is the son of Valentine (d 1751) but not of Frances Linton. I believe that Frances Linton married Valentine c1716/1719 and was mother of some of the 7 children the Peyton Society of Virginia attributes to her, but not Robert (and I don't think Craven either). Frances Harrison is said to have married Valentine (d 1751), but also is said to have been born c1711, so she couldn't have married him in 1719. But she could have married him after Frances Linton died & been the mother of Craven (b c1730) and Robert (b 1745). Although it's not impossible that a 47-year-old woman in 1745 to have born a child (Frances Linton was b c1698), it's more likely a woman born c1710 did.

On 13 Jun 2016 at 15:27 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

This Robert Peyton is from Prince William and Loudoun counties, Virginia according to deeds. His will was recorded in Franklin County, NC in 1785.

According to the Peyton Society of Virginia, the Robert Peyton who married Ann Guffey (born Rockbridge, VA) died in Tennessee in 1795 (born 1725).

The book Davis Stockton of Virginia, by Leona Irene Smith Johnson and Winfred Broadus Smith, has Robert Peyton m Ann Guffey living on Pissey Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles from Yelverton Peyton m Ann Guffey, living on Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County. Amherst/Rockbridge are adjacent. PWC/Loudoun county are quite a distance away (see this map, select 1778).

Robert is 16 degrees from George Bush, 19 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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