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Peter P and Lavina Cox Pyeatt

Peter Paulus Pyeatt was born in April of 1803 in Warren County, Kentucky to James and Catherine Finley Pyeatt and died March 10, 1884, in Jackson Township, Polk County, Missouri. Peter is buried in the Mitchell Campground Cemetery in Polk County, Missouri, with a headstone that reads 'Peter P Pyeatt'. Peter married first on January 15, 1827, in Washington County, Arkansas, Lavinia Cox who was born December 15, 1810, in Kentucky to Coleman and Martha Patsy Buchanan Cox and who died February 2, 1859, at Mars Hill, Washington County, Arkansas. Peter married second, March 23, 1862, Susan C Link. This marriage is not indexed in Washington County, Arkansas.

Following the information given in Goodspeed's for Peter's brother, John R Pyeatt, he moved from Kentucky to near Little Rock, Arkansas, with his parents in 1812 and moved to Washington County, Arkansas, around 1826 or 1827. Note his marriage to Lavinia took place there in January of 1827.

The children of Peter and Lavinia were:

In an article published by the Washington County (Arkansas) Historical Society, on the Pyeatt's of Old Cane Hill, the author (a Pyeatt, herself), said that James P. Pyeatt (son of Peter P. & Lavinia Cox) and his wife, Mahala Neal had no children. According to Sharolynn Pyeatt, her great-grandfather, John Thomas Pyeatt, was their son and the 1850 census showed that they had 3 children, Martha, John T. and a baby, Mary. Martha & John T. were farmed out with families in Kansas during the Civil War. Their mother had died and James was remarrying. For whatever reason, James never returned to claim his son and daughters. The article's author was born after the Civil War and would never have known these children. So, she couldn't have remembered them and didn't include their information in her 1940s work.

On the 1830 census of Washington County, Arkansas, Peter had the following in his household:
Pyeatt, Peter P 1m20-30; 2f<5; 1f15-20 (pg 4 line 21)

Peter and family appear as follows on the 1840 census of Washington County, Arkansas:

Peter and family appeared as follows on the 1850 census of Cane Hill, Washington County, Arkansas: It appears that Catharine and Elizabeth are probably omitted from some research as they were married or deceased by the time of this census. Or, at least, do not appear with this family.

Lavina died in 1859. Peter and remaining family appeared as follows on the 1860 census of Boonesboro, Cane Hill Township, Washington County, Arkansas:

This family was enumerated #650/79 pg 567 image 93/338. Neighbors are John Chism, James Wheler, Jesse Blair, Elijah Dill, and Jackson Story. Daughter, Nancy, had been married the previous May, although I do not find her with husband William Stout. Margaret and Samuel King and children along with the widowed Mary Hodge and children were living in Cove Township.

Peter had one daughter with his second wife, Susan, as follows:

Some marriages of Washington County, Arkansas, which may belong to the children of Peter Pyeatt (though there were many {Pyeatt families in that area) are as follows:

The probate records for Peter P Pyeatt were copied from microfilm at the Polk County, Missouri, courthouse in Bolivar, Missouri, by Sharolynn Pyeatt. It appears that he had a will on file, however, somehow Sharolynn failed to locate it. Peter apparently lived and died in Jackson Township, Polk County, Missouri, though some researchers list his place of death as Washington County, Arkansas (an easily made mistake). Peter's property in Polk County appears to be near the Mitchell Campground Cemetery where he is buried, though it is not certain. Other of his family buried in Mitchell Cemetery are his wife, Susan, their daughter Lena “Lini” Rebecca Pyeatt Griffin and her baby; also, the wife of Peter Pyeatt Jr., Sarah A. “Orlena” Scroggins.

The following land records appear to 'belong' to Peter:

  • Peter P Pyeatt 08/20/1838; doc #140; NWNW sec 28 town 14N rang 32W 40 acres; AR0850_.135
  • Peter P Pyeatt 08/20/1838; doc #500; NENE sec 29 town 14N rang 32W 40 acres; Ar0850_.476
  • Peter P Pyeatt 03/10/1843; doc #3309; SWSW sec 21 town 14N rang 32W 40 acres; AR0920_.162


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