Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thomas Peak, 1849-1913, Marion County MS

My paternal great-great grandfather, Thomas Peak, was born 01 July 1849 in Marion County, Mississippi, the son of Elexander Peak and Luecynde Smith.  

On 06 January 1870, Thomas married Elizabeth Louise Boyte (Boyette, Boyd) in Lawrence County, Mississippi.  She was born 22 September 1852 in Mississippi, the daughter of Hugh Boyte and Nancy Delilah Reeves.  The couple were enumerated on the 1870 federal census, Marion County, Mississippi.  

1870 Federal Census, Marion County, Mississippi, Pg 3

A decade later, Thomas and Elizabeth are again enumerated in Marion County, Mississippi.  By then, they were parents of four children- Ellar (Ella), age 8, Simeon, age 6, Corah (Cora), age 4 and Simson (Simpson), age 8 months.  

1880 Federal Census, Marion County, MS, Red Creek & Wolf River, Dist 157, Pg  6

On 30 June 1892, Thomas Peak filed for homestead exemption on 40 acres located in the "Southwest quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section thirty one in Township three North of Range thirteen East of Washington Meridian in Mississippi".

Homestead exemption certificate-
Thomas Peak

In 1900, twenty years after the last available census, Thomas and Elizabeth still resided in Marion County, Mississippi.  Their daughter, Ella Lucinda, had married James Ross Dunaway in 1891 so she no longer resided with them.  Their son, Simeon, had married Ludonia Beard in 1897 so he had moved out as well.  Their children Cora and Simpson remained in the household along with younger siblings Sophia, age 15, Alberna (Alberny), age 12 and Mary, age 8.  The census record also shows that Thomas and Elizabeth had been married 30 years and they were parents of 7 children, of whom all were still living.  Thomas was a farmer and his son, Simpson, was a farm laborer.

1900 Federal Census, Marion County, Mississippi, Beat 3, Dist 78, Pg 12

In 1910, Thomas and Elizabeth had only one child remaining in their household- daughter Mary, age 17.  The rest of their children had all married and moved out.  Their son, Simeon, and his family lived next door.

1910 Federal Census, Marion County, Beat 3, Dist 0103, Pg 35

Thomas Peak died 01 September 1913 in Marion County, Mississippi.  He was buried in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Marion County, Mississippi.  His wife, Elizabeth, died 24 March 1930.  She was buried next to him.

Children of Thomas Peak and Elizabeth Louise Boyte:
i.    Ella Lucinda Peak (1871-1951), married James Ross Dunaway
ii.   Simeon A. Peak (1873-1952), married Ludonia Beard
iii.  Cora Ann Peak (1874-1958), married John Harvey Dunaway
iv.  Simpson Peak (1879-1952), married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Miller
v.   Sophia N. Peak (1885-     ), no further info
vi.  Alberny Roselli Peak (1887-    ), no further info
vii. Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Peak (1891-1997), married Lee Webster Morgan

See also:
Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas and Elizabeth Peak

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