Peyton Lieuallen, 1798-1880 (Daniel, John, Freeman)

Billie Harris - Oct 26, 2008

The following information was taken from the March and June 1997 issue of Llewellyn Traces by Martha Abbey.

"The Lewallen brothers and sisters of Peyton Lieuallen, 1798-1880

"The ancestors of Peyton Lieuallen are a mystery for researchers and this article will not solve that mystery, but it does shed light upon Peyton Lieuallen's siblings.   They were Lewallens!

"According to censuses, Peyton Lieuallen was born in 1798 in Virginia or perhaps in North Carolina.   By 1832 he was in Anderson County, Tennessee.   in April 1843, he gave power of attorney to a Charles Lewallen and moved from Tennessee, with his wife and children, to Mercer County, Missouri.   Peyton Lieuallen died in 1880 at the home of a daughter, Mary Ann (Lieuallen) Cox, in Decatur County, Iowa.

"The article 'The Journey of Six Lieuallen Brothers to Oregon' in Llewellyn Traces 2:3, followed six of Peyton's sons to Oregon and Idaho, and reported on his two daughters and another son who remained in the Midwest.   His wife Jemima (Smith) Lieuallen and a third daughter both died in Missouri in August 1859 of 'fever.'   Some researchers believe his wife was Sarah, perhaps Sarah Jemima.

"We've been unable to find Peyton's father and mother.   But we feel we're getting closer.

"Obviously, part of the tracing problem has been the spelling of last names.   While Peyton used 'Lieuallen,' his siblings all used 'Lewallen.'   Another problem is that names of Peyton's siblings closely parallel the names of some of the 15 children of Richard Llewellyn (1763-1833) also of Anderson County, Tennessee.   (Please see our article about Richard Llewellyn on the opposite page.)

"A frew researchers have felt Peyton Lieuallen and his siblings belong to the immediate family of Richard Llewellyn.   We disagree.

"Now come some records from several sources, which should help in the search of the roots of Peyton Lieuallen because they give us more names to work with.

"Among those records is the letter by which Peyton Lewallen (sic) was notified by an Elisha Stogsdill of the 1869 death of a sister in Fackler (Jackson County) Alabama.   That sister was Elizabeth (Lewallen) Tipton.

"Elisha Stogsdill, who wrote the ltter to Peyton, was administrator of the estate of Elizabeth (Lewallen) Tipton, who died as a childless widow sometime before 26 June 1869.   Her estate of less than $600 was to be divided among her siblings or their heirs.   At the time of her death, her one living sibling was Peyton Lieuallen.

"the administration of the estate of Elizabeth (Lewallen) Tipton was finalized 12 july 1870 and is recorded in Will Book P, Jackson County, Alabama.   Our files contain a copy of the document showing the distribution of Elizabeth Tipton's estate; it is barely readable and would be hard to decipher were it reproduced here.

"Records of the distribution of the estate show that Peyton Lewallen (sic) received $62.64, his share of the estate.

"Brothers and sisters of Peyton Lieuallen as named in the estate settlement, were Daniel Lewallen, John Lewallen, Freeman Lewallen, Sarah (Lewallen) Patton, Polley (sic) (Lewallen) Vowell, Cynthia Lewallen and, of course, the deceased sister whose estate was being settled, Elizabeth (Lewallen) Tipton.

"The heirs of Peyton Lieuallen's siblings as named in the court record were:

"Heirs of Daniel Lewallen (1789-1849) were P. (Preston) Lewallen (1832-1909), Madison Lewallen (1824-after 1900), Andrew J. Lewallen, Daniel Lewallen, Polley Hammons, M. W. Lewallen, and M. J. Lipscom.   (Query 35-89 in Llewellyn Traces 1:2 tells us Daniel and his wife Elizabeth (___?) (1793-?) had 11 children.   This court record includes 7.)

"The heirs of Peyton Lieuallen's brother John Lewallen (1790-before 1869) was Joseph Minor (sic).   He may be the same Joseph Minor who was, in 1855, the guardian of the children of Charles Lewallen, deceased (see 'Jackson County, Alabama, guardianship records, 1855' in the adjoining column.)   that guardianship record remains to indicate that the children of Charles Lewallen were grandchildren of a Daniel Luallen (sic).   We wonder if Daniel, the grandfather of the minor children, was Daniel, the brother of Peyton Lieuallen.   If so, Charels (deceased) would have been another son of Daniel and Elizabeth ? Lewallen.

"The Tipton estate records lists heirs of another sibling, Freeman Lewallen (1795-before 1869) as Margaret Lewallen, E. A. Johnson, James Lewallen, and Isaac C. Lewallen.

"And although at the time of the settlement of the estate of Elizabeth Lewallen Tipton, her sisters Sarah Patton, Polley Vowel and Cynthia Lewallen were deceased, their heirs are not named in the court record.   This may indicate that no one knew the names of their heirs.

"Logic tells us Peyton Lieuallen might have received his given name from his mother's maiden name.   'Peyton' was a prominent surname in 18th century Virginia.   We know that Charles Marshall Llewellyn 'of Albermarle' (Virginia) married Bernadine Peyton, daughter of Col. William Madison and Sally (Taylor) Peyton, but we have no reasonable dates or places for this couple.   We've found two references to them, one an obscure mention in J. Lewis Peyton's The History of Augusta County, Virginia, and another in Mrs. Harris' book Llewellyn, Lewallen, Lualin, etc., etc., which gives a date much too late to apply to ou problem in placing Peyton Lieuallen.   However, we need more information about Charles Marshall Llewellyn, his wife, and family to be completely convinced he wasn't connected somehow with Peyton Lieuallen.

"So, we still need to find records that prove the parentage of Peyton Lieuallen and his siblings named in the Elizabeth Tipton estate settlement.   The records needed now are wills, land records, Bible records, other court records, all to solve the mystery of the parents of Peyton Lieuallen and his brothers and sisters, all of whom seemed to have died by 1869.

"References:   Estate settlement, Jackson County, Alabama, Will Book P. page 416; Billie Harris, Llewellyn, Lewallen, Lualin, etc., etc (Sacramento:   1981), pages 135, 136, 199; Llewellyn Traces 1:2, page 40; 2:3, page 49; J. Lewis Peyton, The History of Augusta County, Virginia (Harrisburg, Virginia:   1985), page 321; Elisha Stogsdill 1869 letter to Peyton Lewallen (sic), in possession of Lieuallen descendants in Oregon; U.S. Census, 1830 and 1840, Alabama, Jackson County, and Tennessee, Anderson County; 1850 and 1860 Missuri, Dade County."