Peter Graybill

Male 1783 - 1868  (84 years)

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  • Name Peter Graybill 
    Born 1 Dec 1783  Rural Retreat, Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jul 1868  , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3640  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2015 

    Father John Peter Graybill,   b. 3 Oct 1762, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1842, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Christina or Christena or Christiana Wampler,   b. Abt 1753, Lebanon Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1844, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Married Abt 1779  , Frederick, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary or Polly Burkett,   b. 4 Dec 1789, Jefferson, Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1875, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 6 Aug 1807  , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1800 US: Ashe County, North Carolina. The total population for Ashe County, North Carolina in 1800 was 2785, including slaves. The 1800 Ashe County Census was the first for the northwestern most county in the Tar Heel State. This county was formed in late 1799 and included all of Wilkes County west of the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountain. The 977 square miles that then composed Ashe County has been further divided, first in 1849 to form Watauga County, North Carolina and again 10 years later to form Alleghany County. This record includes families who may have been living in those areas at the time. The original census was in rough alphabetic order, and this does not facilitate the research of particular communities. I include all interrelated families of this time and place to better show relationships. A word of explanation on some of these families:
      A. Mary and Barbara Burkett who married Peter and David Graybeal, had a father named Christian - unsure as to which is correct of the two.
      B. Elizabeth Eller appears to be Elizabeth Dick, the wife of Peter Eller who had just died per his probate of 1799.The one daughter is probably Mary; unsure who the two boys are since there should be three: Jacob, Henry, and George. John Eller would be Elizabeth's eldest son and married to Susannah Kerns.
      C. Henry Graybeal would have recently married Celia Henson and also the eldest son of [John] Peter and Christina [Wampler] Graybill who also appear to be in this same census. Note that Peter evidently had owned slaves at that time - the census does not say how many.
      D. One of the William Hensons could be somehow related to William Henson who marries Nancy Graybill and to Celia Henson who marries Henry Graybeal.
      E. The two Koons are probably brothers and are sons of Devault Koon judging from their ages. This would make them uncles to George Koons who eventually marries Mary Eller.
      F. James Lewis, b. abt. 1790, marries Christena Graybill in 1807 - there may be a connection with these two James Lewis.
      G. William Pennington marries Barbara (or Elizabeth) Eller and may be the younger of the two here listed.
      H. Michael Stucker is a misspelling for Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker with their three oldest children: Polly, David, and Elizabeth.
      Head of Family; Males 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Females - 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+:
      Burkett, Christian; 1-2-0-1-0; 1-0-2-0-0
      Burkett, Christian; 4-1-0-1-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Eller, Elizabeth; 1-0-1-0-0; 0-0-1-0-1
      Eller, John; 3-0-0-1-0; 1-0-0-1-0
      Graybeal, Henry; 0-0-1-0-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Graybeal, Peter; 2-1-1-0-1; 3-1-0-0-1
      Henson, William; 0-1-1-0-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Henson, William; 3-0-0-0-1; 1-1-1-0-0
      Koons, George; 0-0-1-0-1; 0-0-0-0-1
      Koons, John; 0-0-1-0-1; 0-1-2-0-1
      Lewis, James; 2-2-1-0-1; 4-1-0-0-1
      Lewis, James, Jr.; 1-0-1-0-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Pennington, William; 0-1-0-1-0; 1-2-1-0-1
      Pennington, William; 0-0-1-0-0; 0-0-1-0-0
      Stucker, Michael; 1-0-0-1-0; 2-0-0-1-0

      1810 US: Ashe County, North Carolina; I include several related families in my database for this time and place. Some notes:
      A. One of the two William Penningtons is married to an Eller - I assume it is the one with a younger wife.
      B. One of the two Christian Burketts is probably the parent of Barbara and Mary who married Graybeal brothers.
      C. James Lewis married Christina Graybill.
      D. The older Peter Graybill would be John Peter and Christina Wampler Graybill. The other Peter and Henry would be their sons.
      E. Adam Wilker could be Adam Welker, father of James Welker who later marries Elizabeth Stoker.
      F. Surprisingly there is no Michael Stoker who should be there unless in adjoining county.
      G. One of the two George Koons should be the George Koons of this database.
      H. Not sure why two J. Ellers unless the transcriber inadvertently named the "J." as both Jacob when in fact the older one is John. Peter Eller would be a brother.
      I. The older Peter Graybill would be John Peter Graybill, father of the other two Graybills: Henry and Peter [Jr.].
      Head of Family; Males 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Females - 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Slaves:
      Pennington, W. (William); 1-0-1-0-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Bourket C. (Christian); 2-2-2-0-1; 5-1-1-1-0
      Wilker, A. (Adam); 0-1-2-0-1; 0-1-0-0-1
      Graybill, H. (Henry); 3-0-0-1-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Lewis, J. (James); 1-0-1-0-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Graybill, P. (Peter); 0-1-0-1-0; 0-1-0-0-1
      Graybeal, P. (Peter); 1-0-1-0-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Graybill, H.; 2-0-1-0-0; 3-0-0-1-0
      Koons, G. (George); 2-0-0-1-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Pennington, W. (Wm); 2-0-1-0-0; 2-0-0-0-1
      Eller, P. (Peter); 3-0-0-1-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Eller, J. (Jacob); 2-3-1-0-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Burket, C. (Christian); 4-1-0-0-1; 0-1-0-0-1
      Koontz, G. (George); 1-0-0-1-0; 2-0-1-0-1; 3
      Eller, J. (Jacob [John?]); 2-0-0-1-0; 1-0-1-0-0

      1815: The following names are rom the website accessed 20 Dec 2008: "Ashe Co., NC, 1815 Tax List" (The oldest surviving Ashe Co. tax list. The original is in the NC Archives in Raleigh.)
      Every Name Index Alphabetized by Sandra Lake Lassen, October 1996 1499 Lakeside Drive, West Jefferson, NC 28694 Page numbers coincide with typed, unalphabetized version by Mrs. W. O Absher & Mrs. W. C. Sidden (undated) donated to the Ashe Co. Public Library."
      I mark my ancestors and their siblings with an asterisk (*). It is apparent that many had migrated to Ohio by the time this tax list was made in 1815. Noticeably absent are the Stokers and many of the Graybills. Other names are surnames in the area of other related families:
      Burkett, John 16
      Eller, Henry* 5
      Eller, Jacob* 4
      Eller, Peter* 10
      Faw, Jacob 16
      Graybeal (Graybel), David* 4
      Graybeal, Eli 4
      Graybeal, Henry* 2
      Graybeal, Peter* 16
      Henson, Nancy 2
      Koons, Devault 3
      Koons, Gaspar 2
      Koons, George* 3
      Koons, John 3
      Koonts, Geo.* 17
      Kounts, Mary* 17
      Penington, Aaron 10
      Penington, Ephrom 9
      Penington, Levi 5, 9
      Penington, William 10
      Pennington, Micajah 1
      Welker, David 2

      1820 US: Ashe County, North Carolina; I include several related families in my database for this time and place - note no James Lewis, William Pennington, Welkers, nor Koons:
      Head of Family; Males 0-10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Females - 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Slaves:
      Eller, Henry; 1-0-0-1-0-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Eller, Jacob; 2-1-0-0-1-0; 4-1-0-1-0
      Graybeal, David; 3-0-0-1-0-0; 0-0-1-0-0
      Graybeal, Henry; 3?-1-1-0-0; 1; 0-2-2-0-1
      Burkt, Christian; 1-1-1-2-0-1; 1-2-0-1-1
      Graybeal, Peter; 3-1-0-0-1-0; 2-0-1-0-0

      1830 US: Ashe County, North Carolina, entire county search for related families found the following:
      Henry Eller, p. 26a, males 0-5:2; 5-10:2; 15-20:1; 40-50:1//females 10-15:2; 30-40:1.
      David Graybeal, p. 26a, males 0-5:2; 5-10:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:1; 30-40:1.
      Henry Graybeal, p. 34a, males 5-10:1; 10-15:1; 15-20:1; 20-30:1; 50-60:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:1; 20-30:1; 40-50:1.
      Peter Graybeal, p. 39a, males 10-15:2; 20-30:1; 40-50:1//0-5:1; 20-30:1; 40-50:1.
      No William Hensons, Penningtons, Stokers, nor Shaws.

      1850 US: Ashe County, North Carolina, p. 277a, 19 Sep 1850, dwelling 576:
      Peter Graybeal, 65, farming, $2,000 real estate, VA.
      Mary, 61, NC
      Jacob, 30, farmer, NC.
      Rachel, 25, Tennysee. [Wife of Jacob.]
      Elizabeth, 5, NC.
      Mary A., 3, NC.
      Susan, 3, NC.
      Catherine, 1, NC.

      1860 US: Jefferson Post Office, Town District, Ashe, North Carolina, p. 324a, 12 Jun 1860, dwelling 242, living next door to son Jacob age 40:
      Peter Graybeal, 76, farmer, $900 real estate, NC.
      Mary, 71, NC.

      2. Per website <>: Ashe County, North Carolina Land Grants 1799-1936, filed in NC Secretary of State Land Office from NC Department of Archives Index. [To obtain copies from NC Dept. of Archives see]. The following is by NC Dept. of Archives reference file number, name, then dates [no other explanation given except that first date may be when the transaction occurred and the second date could be when registered]: - 889 - David Graybell - 1811 - 1812 - 1381 - Peter Graybeil - 1825 - 1827 - 1386 - Peter Graybeal and Christian Burket - 1825 - 1827 - 1592 - David Graybeal - 1827 - 1829 - 1593 - David Graybeal - 1828 - 1829 - Henry Graybeal - 1816 - 1828 - 1831 - Henry Graybeal - 1844 - 1830 - 1833 - 1965 - Peter Graybeal - 1832 - 1834 - 1990 - David Graybeal - 1832 - 1834 - 1991 - David Graybeal - 1832 - 1834 - 1992 - David Graybeal - 1832 - 1834 - 2325 - David Graybeal - 1836 - 1838 - 2326 - David Graybeal - 1836 - 1838 - 2399 - John Graybeal - 1834 - 1837 - 2515 - Henry Graybeal and Jeremiah Osburn - 1836 - 1838 - 2710 - John Graybeal - 1828 - 1840 - 2764 - David Graybeal - 1839 - 1840 - 2765 - David Graybill - 1838 - 1840
      312.14.28.3407 - 3395 - John Graybeal - 1844 - 1846
      312.14.28.3408 - 3396 - David Graybeal - 1845 - 1846
      312.14.28.3668 - 3654 - David Graybeal - 1847 - 1849
      312.14.28.3675 - 3661 - David Graybeal - 1849
      312.14.28.3915 - 3900 - David Graybeal - 1847 - 1848
      312.14.28.3916 - 3901 - David Graybeal - 1847 - 1848
      312.14.28.3917 - 3902 - John Graybeal - 1847 - 1848
      412.14.28.4225 - 4258 - David Graybeal - 1850 - 1852
      412.14.28.4226 - 4259 - David Graybeal - 1852
      412.14.28.4256 - 4289 - David Graybeal - 1849 - 1852
      412.14.28.4618 - 4651 - David Graybeal - 1855
      412.14.28.4728 - 4761 - David Graybeal - 1855 - 1856
      512.14.28.5012 - 5043 - David Graybeal - 1871 - 1873

      3. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 17-31, clarifies early North Carolina counties and land grant practices:
      "Land grants in North Carolina originated with an entry application which was filed in the county where the land was situated and if not lost are now on file there. This was followed, sometimes soon and sometimes years later by an order from the land office for the tract to be surveyed. Sometimes soon and sometimes years later the survey was made and a surveyor's plat filed with the Secretary of State in Raleigh. Then came the grant which may have been issued reasonably near the date of the survey or sometimes several years later. These grants, orders to survey and the survey itself are on file now in the Secretary of State's office at Raleigh...
      Many counties were formed from what originally was Rowan County, namely Surry and Guilford in 1770, Burke and Wilkes in 1777, Randolph in 1779, Iridell in 1788, Stokes in 1789, Buncomb in 1791, Ashe in1799, Davidson in 1822, Yancey in 1833, Davie in 1836 and Yadkin in 1850. Some of these counties were grandchildren of Rowan County; for instance Wilkes was taken partly from Burke and partly from Surry, Randolph from Guilford, Buncomb and Yancy form Burke, Ashe from Wilkes and Stokes and Yadkin from Surry. These facts must be kept in mind when tracing early Rowan County families."

      4. Per website, which is a decade by decade census derived tabulation of slave holders in Ashe County from 1800 to 1860 and after a full PAF database for all individuals associated with Wilkes/Ashe county, no slave owners were found for families with the surnames Pennington, Henson, Hodson, Koons, Stoker, White, McDaniels, Kerns, Judd, nor Shaw. Slaveholders that were found:
      Burkett, Christian (father of Burkett daughters who married Graybeals): 1850 -6; 1860 - yes.
      Eller, Jacob: 1830 - 1
      Graybeal, David: 1860 - 3
      Graybeal, John: 1860 - 5 [Note this John Graybeal is too young to be a brother to David or Peter.]
      Graybeal, Peter: 1800 - yes; 1830 - 2

      5. It appears from a full search of Ashe County, NC in the 1850 census, only Jacob Eller, David Graybeal, and Peter Graybeal are of the original pre-1800 Ellers, Graybills, Koons, and Stokers. Many descendants with these surnames were found except for Stokers.

      6. Entry found for William Pennington, Peter Graybeal, and Henry Graybeal in the "Minutes of the Ashe County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1806" per website [Note. Despite the fact that Ashe County, North Carolina was created in 1799, the first extant court records begin in 1806.] State of North Carolina.
      A. Ashe County May Term 1806. In a County Court begun and held for the County of Ashe on the second Monday being the 12th day of May A.D. 1806:
      a. "Ordered by the court that the sheriff summon Daniel Hoppers, Saml Phipps, Jacob Bumgarner, Petter Gross, Wm. Allison, Francis Sturgill, Senr., Wm. Snow, Wm. Pennington, Junr., Jas. Richardson, Saml. Stedham, Wm. Richardson, Isaac Hitchcock, Jas. Lewis, Wm. Perkins, Ruben Wallis, Petter Graybeall, Joshua Weaver, Wm. Ray, Ephr. Osborn, Henry Graybell, Benjn. Ward, Carter Whittington, Jno. Estep, Christian Sherar, Wm. Walters, Thos. Calloway, Snr. & [illegible] Little, Christian Burkheart, David Bailey & Andw. Sheets as jurors next court."
      B. State of North Carolina. August term 1806. At a county court begun and held for the County of Ashe on the second Monday being the 11th day of August A. D. 1806:
      a. "Joseph Plummer vs Wells Blevins. Appeal. Jury sworn & empaneled: Francis Sturgill, Christian Burkett Saml. Stedham, Wm. Walters, Christian Shearer, Reuben Wallis, Wm. Allison, Petter Graybell, Wm. Phips, Jas. Dixon, Wm. Henson, Wm. Adkins. Jury find for the plaintiff 12/6 & costs."

      7. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 6-8, note that this book has some downline of the children of this couple: "Peter Graybill, Jr., b. 1 Dec 1783, Rural Retreat, VA; d. 15 Jul 1868, Ashe Co., NC; md. 6 Aug 1807, Ashe Co., NC to Mary Burkett. She was born 4 Dec 1789, Jefferson, Ashe Co., NC; d. 12 Oct 1875, Ashe Co., NC. She was the d/o of Christian Burkett and Catherine Pery. Peter's and Mary's children were Catherine, John, Susanna, David, Jacob and Mary."

      8. Burketts, Graybeals, and Ellers mentioned in the book "History of Western North Carolina," by John Preston Arthur, 1914, chapter 8: "Some Early Settlers of Ashe. These noble, self-sacrificing men and women of the early times endangered their lives and braved many hardships in the wild Indian country to open the way to happy homes, schools, churches and the blessings of our present civilization. Some of these were Henry Poe, Martin Gambill, Thomas Sutherland, Timothy Perkins, Captain John Cox, Henry Hardin, Canada Richardson, James Douglas, Daniel Dickson and Elijah Galloway. Besides these were many others whose names awaken much unwritten history: Miller, Blevins, Ham, Reeves, Woodin, Barr, Baker, Eller, Goodman, Ray, Burkett, Graybeal, Houck, Kilby, Ashley, Jones, Gentry, Smith, Plummer, Lewis, Sutherland, McMillan, Colvard, Barker, Senter, Maxwell, Calhoun, Sapp, Thomas, Worth, Oliver and others."
      Also the following quote is found; note that they were from Germany and may only have sailed from Holland - they were not Dutch: "The Graybeals. They are said to be of Dutch ancestry, are generally thrifty and successful folk, and own much real estate and live stock. They are honest, frugal and among the best citizens of Ashe."

      9. Various deeds noted from Worldconnect database ":480580" of Donna Schell 21 Feb 2003:
      a. Crider, Michael to: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 1810, 41.00 a., On Buffalo Creek North Fork of New River,$, Rcd: 1810-08, Bk: D, p. 213; Witnesses: John Rowland, David Griffith. b. Burket, Daniel to: Graybeal, Peter 1823-11-26, 200.00 a., on the Waters of Beaver Creek, waters of North Fork of New River, $, Rcd: 1825-11, Bk: E, p. 345; Witnesses: Thomas Calloway, H. W. Britt. c. State (NC) #1275 to: Peter Graybeal & Christian Burkett, 1825-02-08,100.00 a., On Buffalo Creek in Lenoir's Line, $, Rcd:, Bk: C, p. 90. d. State (NC) #1270 to: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 1825-10-13, 15.00 a., His old corner/running N w/his old line/Griffeths corner and line, $, Rcd: 1827, Bk: C, p. 58 Witness: G. Burton Hutchens. e. Ray, John to: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 1834-11-11, 130.00 a., J. Fletcher's line/Old Field Creek/stake in Wilcoxen's old line, $ 200, Rcd: 1835-01-14, Bk: V, p. 368. f. Graybeal, Peter [Jr] to: Graybeal, David [brother] 1838-10-17,188.00 a., Land on North Fork of New River held in trust for Susan Hauck & her children, $ 0, Rcd: 1839-06-23, Bk: M old, p. 525. g. Graybeal, Peter to: Graybeal, John 1839-02-20, 300.00 a., Old Fields Creek/Branch S. Fork of N. River/land originally conveyed by Thomas Calloway, $, Rcd: 1839-07-02, Bk: Mo, p. 26; Witness: Absolom Faw. f. Graybeal, Peter [Jr] to: Graybeal, David [son] 1846-02-24, 245.00 a., [not copied] $ 300, Rcd: 1847-11, Bk: O, p. 69; Witness: Joseph Perkins.

      10. Children reported from Worldconnect database ":480580" of Donna Schell 21 Feb 2003:
      Catherine Graybeal, b: 1808 in NC.
      John Graybeal, b: 2 Jun 1810 in Ashe Co., NC.
      Susanna Graybeal, b: 1813 in Ashe Co., NC.
      David Graybeal, b: 14 Jul 1815 in Ashe Co, NC.
      Jacob Graybeal, b: 19 Apr 1820 in Ashe Co., NC.
      Mary Graybeal, b: 27 Sep 1829 in Ashe Co, NC.

      11. Website accessed 14 Dec 2008:
      "Ashe County, NC - Deeds - Abstracts of selected deeds." This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Kyle R. Graybeal, 37 Spring Lake Drive, Stafford, VA 22554. Revised 9 October 2001. This file contains abstracts of selected deeds from Ashe County, North Carolina Land records, mostly involving Graybeal family members. The information contained herein does not constitute the sum total of deeds in the Ashe County records involving Graybeal individuals. There are a few incomplete fields in some records especially in acreage, land description & witness names. This means that I have not copied them, not that the information is missing from the court records. The file now includes more deeds and has been corrected for errors dealing with land grants appearing in the original file. In the original file, the entry date and the date the deed was signed were reversed. This new file corrects that problem.
      Information sorted in date order, which is yyyy-mm-dd. Grantee & Grantor names are [last], [first]. Witness names are [first], [last]. NFNR = North Fork of New River. Mn and Vn means Deed Books M new and V new respectively. Information in [] inserted by me and correct to the best of my knowledge. Information in () added for clarification. Price paid, proven date, and registered date not included to save space. I have this information on most deeds in case it is desired. Some compass directions are indicated by N, S, etc., rather spelled out. Deeds for state grants did not require witnesses' signatures. The indication that a particular person signed with an "x" is not consistent from record to record in this transcription. {Kerry's note: I have refined the list so as to cut it off after whom I think may be the first generation after John Peter Graybill and Christina Wampler; see that more complete list with John Peter Graybill - this partial list are for those only including the name of Peter Graybill. The ones marked "Sr." below are probably the original John/Peter followed by Peter (1783-1868). Note also that the junior Peter had a grandson named Peter (1840-1904) in the area as well.}:
      State (NC) TO: Craybell, Peter [Sr] 33 a., Grant: 2492, Ent: 1794-10-30; Signed: 1790-12-27; S. side of S. Beaver Creek/Groves corner & line; Book: A, 034.
      May, Abraham TO: Graybeal, Peter [Sr] 170 a.; Signed: 1799-04-07; Both sides New River @ White's line/P. Henson Corner/NFNR; Book: D, 109; Witness: S. Hubbard, Henry Graybeal.
      Graybell, Peter TO: Pouts, Peter 33 a.; Signed: 1800-11-10; South side of Beaver Creek/Groves Corner & line; Book: A, 278; Witness: Anarun Pouts, Wm. McNies, David (x) Burket.
      May, Abraham TO: Graybeal, Peter 60 a.; Signed: 1805-11-12; Running up the River to a stake/to a Spanish Oak/Paul Henson crnr as was; Book: Mn, 171; Witness: James B. Bunyard, Nancy Bunyard.
      Crider, Michael TO: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 41 a.; Signed: 1810; Buffalo Creek, North Fork of New River. Book: D, 213; Witness: John Rowland, David Griffith.
      Nall, Robert TO: Graybeal, Peter 100 a.; Signed: 1810; Round Knob of Phoenix Mt., join Michael Crider/waters of Buffalow, NFNR; Book: Vn, 425; Witness: John Kessler, John Burkard.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Brown, Peter 60 a. Signed: 1810-07-03; North Fork of New River, Paul Henson's corner. Book: M, 172; Witness: Jas. Fletcher, Henry Graybeal.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Bowers, Peter 170 a.; Signed: 1810-07-03; Both sides of NFNR/the River Bank @ White's line/James Henson. Book: Mn, 161; Witness: Henry Graybeal, James Fletcher.
      State (NC) TO: Graybeal, David 50 a., Grant: 0782, Ent: 1811-02-01; Signed: 1811-02-01; On Horse Ck/S 110, E 72, Jacob Eller's Line, N 110, 1st Station. Book: Mn, 295; Witness: Peter Graybeal, Henry Eller.
      Crider, Michael TO: Graybeal, Peter 320 a.; Signed: 1811-06-24; Buffalo Ck/west side Phoenix Mt/east side Paddies Mt. Book: Vn, 430; Witness: John Kessler, John Perry.
      Graybell, Peter TO: Duncan, James 141 a.; Signed: 1814-03-23 p/o 2 tracts on a branch of Buffalo Ck/waters North Fork New River. Book: C, 412; Witness: Thomas Calloway.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, David 100 a. Signed: 1814-04-05; Old Field Creek/waters of Big Horse Creek. Book: TT, 241; Witness: Henry Graybeal, James Lewis.
      Graybell, Peter TO: Bowers, Peter 60 a.; Signed: 1815-05-09; On the River. Book: C, 389; Witness: James B. Bunyard, Francis Bryan.
      May, Abraham TO: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 150 a.; Signed: 1820-08-30; Both sides of Little Piney Creek/waters of NFNR. Book: E, 340; Witness: William Thomas, Joseph Sutherland.
      Burket, Daniel TO: Graybeal, Peter 200a.; Signed: 1823-11-26; On the Waters of Beaver Ck, waters of NFNR. Book: E, 345; Witness: Thomas Calloway, H. W. Britt.
      State (NC) TO: P. Graybeal & C. Burkett 100a., Grant: 1275, Ent: 1825-02-08; Signed: 1827-01-04; Buffalo Creek in Lenoir's Line. Book: C, 90.
      State (NC) TO: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 15 a., Grant: 1270, Ent: 1825-10-13. Signed: 1827-01-04. His old corner/running N w/his old line/Griffeths crnr & line. Book: C, 058.
      Griffeth, David TO: Graybeal, Peter 246 a.; Signed: 1828-11-22; 1st tract 96a Buffalo Ck/agreed crnr A. May, D. Burkett/2nd trct 50a/100; Book: E, 482; Witness: John Hamilton, Peter Earnest.
      Calloway, Thomas TO: Graybeal, Peter 300 a.; Signed: 1831-11-29; Orig deed was 250 a/this deed describes new area/Old Field Ck/S. Fork NR; Book: E, 481; Witness: John Ray, Jurat; Wm H. Calloway.
      Gentry, Ephraim TO: Graybeal, Peter 200 a.; Signed: 1832-11-13; On Old Field Creek waters S. fork NR/agreed line Gentry & J. Foutz; Book: E, 466; Witness: Wm Hamilton.
      Ray, John TO: Graybeal, Peter [Jr] 130 a.; Signed: 1834-11-11; J. Fletcher's line/Old Field Ck/stake in Wilcoxen's old line; Book: Vn, 368.
      Graybeal, Peter [Jr] TO: Graybeal, David 188 a.; Signed: 1838-10-17; Land on NFNR held in trust for Susan Hauck & her children. Book: Mn, 525; Witness: R. Gentry.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, David & John 188 a.; Signed: 1839; Land held in trust for Susan Hauck & her children. Book: Mn, 425; Witness: R. Gentry.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, John 300 a.; Signed: 1839-02-20; Old Fields Creek/Branch S. Fork of N. River/Orig conveyed by T Calloway; Book: Mn, 026; Witness: Absolom Faw.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, John ? a.; Signed: 1844-04-27; Book: P, 229.
      Graybeal, P. TO: Elliot, Wm & Stephen 0 a. Signed: 1844-11-18; Gift of sorrel mare and two cows; Book: N, 234.
      Graybeal, Peter [Jr] TO: Graybeal, Dav 245 a.; Signed: 1846-02-24; Book: O, 069; Witness: Joseph Perkins.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, David ? a.; Signed: 1849-11-22; Book: P, 144.
      Waugh & Murcheson TO: Graybeal, Peter 250 a.; Signed: 1851-08-07; Book: S, 223.
      Graybeal, Peter [Jr] TO: Graybeal, John ? a.; Signed: 1852-10-09; Book: S, 098.
      Graybeal, Peter TO: Graybeal, John 25 a.; Signed: 1855-06-06; Book: Y, 217.
      Graybeal, David TO: Graybeal, Peter 371.5 a.; Signed: 1859-01-26; 5 tracts on Buffalo Creek/96a, 49a, 100a, 26.5a, 100a. Book: U, 092.
      Graybeal, Peter (x) TO: Elliot, Jean, et al 50 a.; Signed: 1862-09-02; Little Horse Ck, stake in old line, Abram Hamm crnr/on the Long Branch; Book: Vn, 190; Witness: John Weaver.

      12. FHL book 975.5763 H2h "Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia, from 1800 to 1922," by John Newton Harman, Sr., Member Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, 1922[updated 1975]), pp. 428-31, "Graybeal-Greear Families"; this article provides the descendancy of the two brothers Peter and David Graybill:
      "The Graybeal family is of Dutch descent. The first history we have of them gives them located in Bottetourt County, Virginia. Two brothers, Peter and David, married sisters by the name of Burkett. They all talked and read in their native tongue, and spelled the name "Graybill".
      One of these brothers immigrated to Ash County, N. C., late in the 17th century, and located near Jefferson in Ash County. At this time they changed their name to spell "Graybeal," instead of "Graybill" hence the difference in the way the name is now being spelled. Peter Graybeal, Sr. had three children: John, David and Betsy, who married ___ Shaw.
      John Graybeal (son of Peter, Sr.), married Martha Howell (first wife). She died about 1865. They located on old Field Creek, Ash County, N.C. When returning from church in about 1883, he was thrown from a young horse and killed.
      Their children: Rhoda, who married a Mr. Green; Peter; Jacob; Sarah, who married a Mr. Greear; Mary, who married a Mr. Harden (first), a Mr. Jones (second), and a Mr. McCarroll (third); and Davis.
      John Graybeal (of Peter), married Jane Nye (second wife). Their children: Martha Jane, who married a Mr. Johnson; Rhoda, who married a Mr. Green (Children: Peter Green, who married a Harden (first) and a Perkins (second); Jacob Green, who married Alice Forster of Illinois, and located at Bryant, Ill. They have three children: James, Minnie and Willard Forster); and Sarah.
      Sarah Graybeal (daughter of John, Peter), married John Calvin Greear, September 29, 1866. They left Grayson County, Virginia, and located in Tazewell County, at Wittens Mills, Va., where she died June 13, 1902.
      Their children: Mattie Greear, who married Charles F. Faulkner (Children: Ollie, who married a Mr. Cummins; Allen; Felix; Grace; Emma; Blake; Sarah; Verna; Jesse; Fay; and Calvin); William
      Brown Greear, who married Nancy Flora Gillespie, September 24, 1902 (Children: William Brown, Jr., and David Calvin Gillespie); Eugene Marshall Greear, who married Susie McNew, March 9, 1904 (Children: Thomas McNew and Eugene Marshall, Jr.); Troy Miller Greear, who married Grace Smoot, April, 1903 (Children: John Richard, Ella Sarah and ___); Clabe Baker Greear, who married Teura Strader, July, 1908 (one child: Louis Strader);Clyde Howell Greear; and Cora Ella Greear, who married Elbert S. Hurt (one daughter, Frieda Catherine).
      David Graybeal (son of Peter, Sr.) married Barbara Burkett (daughter of Christine) had seven children: Joseph, Simeon, Eli, Rebecca, Calvin, Thomas, and Joisa.
      Joseph Graybeal (son of David, of Peter), married Clarissa Faw. They located on a part of David Graybeal's estate on Little Horse Creek, Ash Co., N. C. Their children: Nancy, who married Thomas Burk; Jane, who married Hiram Weaver; Simeon; and Barbara, who married Hiram Weaver.
      Simeon Graybeal (son of David, of Peter), born September 5, 1822; died September 28, 1913; married Martha Greear November 4, 1847 daughter of Shadrach). They located on a part of the old homestead, but later bought property in Tazewell County. Later they removed to Greenbrier Co., W. Va. She was born March 25, 1883; died March 25, 1903.
      Their children: Granville Monroe, Troy W., Fields Jerome, Eva, Sarah, who died in infancy, Livonia N., Avery L., Charles Lee, and Nora A.
      Monroe Graybeal (son of Simeon, of David, of Peter), born February 22, 1849; died October 4, 1924; married Sarah McCarter, ___.
      Their children: W. Fields, who married Mariah L. Sayers (first wife) June 20, 1894 (one son, David). He married Virginia Spracher (second wife) in 1907 (two children: Evelyn and Monroe). He married Vivian Dailey (third wife); Virginia 0. Graybeal married Herbert Leonard (one daughter, Ruth); Arthur Simeon Graybeal married Elizabeth Hopkins, February 23, 1907 (one son, Hopkins); Charles J. (dec'd), who married Elizabeth Ratcliffe, 1908; Flora Graybeal married Charles Harman (their children: Bernard, Gladys, Nell, and Virginia); Mona Graybeal married B. I. Payne (Children: Helen, Elizabeth, Mary Hunter and a son, ___); Ellen Graybeal; Myrtle Graybeal, Orla G. Graybeal - all three died young; and Elsie, who married William P. Armontrout.
      Troy Graybeal (son of Simeon, of David, of Peter), born September 28, 1853; died September 1, 1922; married Charlotte Warren (first wife), who died March 25, 1901. He married Cornelia Mauzy (second wife).
      Their children: Joseph Walter, who married Bertha Taylor; Lelia, who married Jesse F. Bright (Child, Raymond Edward); Jennie, who died 1903, at age of twenty-four years; Oran, who married Birdie Ocheltree, first, (Children: Rogers, Sidney, and Jesse), two children by second wife: Oran Avery, Jr., and ___); Munsey, who married Ellen Martin (both dec'd); Maude, who married R. M. Riffe (Children: Catherine, Elizabeth, who married Brown McFerrin; John, Robert and Charlotte); Carl, who married Elizabeth Stolner; Bright (dec'd); Essie Ellen, who married W. S. Penn (Children: Elizabeth, W. S., Jr., Arthur (dec'd) Esther and Walter Edward; Gladys, who married Dwight Boggs; Zylphia; and Ival Grace.
      Fields Jerome Graybeal (son of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married Nancy Isabelle Steele (daughter of Robt), June 11, 1879. Their children: Pearl; Robert Wiley, who married Rubie C. Nicholas (Children: Neva Steele and R. W., Jr.); Larrie Lee, who married Thena Brown; Roy Everett, and E. Grace. Eva Graybeal (daughter of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married J. Munsey Ratcliffe. They had one daughter, Mattie, who died when twelve years of age.
      Lavonia Graybeal (daughter of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married Rev. Wilfred Lawson. They had three children: Phillip, Eric, and Olin Greear.
      Avery L. Graybeal (son of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married Katherine Clarke. They had four children: Willie Esther, who married Alta L. Bobbitt (Children: A. L., Jr. and Carl Preston); Viola Miriam; Naomi Ruth and Paul Herman.
      Lee Graybeal (son of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married Nettie West. Three Children: Carl, Howard and Marie.
      Nora Graybeal (daughter of Simeon, of David, of Peter), married G. Augustus Ratcliffe. Their children: Fred, Mattie, Willard, Bessie, Clyda, Lois, Mildred, Lenore and Donald (dec'd).
      Eli Graybeal (son of David, of Peter), married Milly Wyatt. Their children: Calvin, who married Lucy Howell; Willie; David (dec'd) and Celia, who married a Graham.
      Rebecca Graybeal (daughter of David, of Peter), married William Spencer. They located on Grassy Creek, N. C. Their children: Catherine, who married John Thomas (one son Calvin, who married ___ Cornett); Fielding Spencer, who died in the West; Lee Spencer (dec'd); Melvin; Eli; John, who married Jennie Perkins and moved to Colorado. There were several children. His wife died and John returned to Virginia and married a Miss Young (second wife).
      Calvin Graybeal (son of David, of Peter), married Susannah McCarrell. They located on Horse Creek, Ash Co., N. C., where they both lived and died. Their children: Cicero, who married a Wilcox; Adolphus; Joisa, dec'd; Rebecca, who married Nelson Baldwin; Ellen, who married William Patton (Children: Ollie, John, Ruth); William; Oscar; and Laura, who married Adolphus Eller.
      Joisa Grabeal (David, of Peter), who married John Calvin Greear March 10, 1853. They located in Grayson County, Va. Their children: Jennie, who married Dr. J. R. Gross (Children: Joisa, Bessie and Victor); Rebecca, who married a Mr. Butt and Robey.
      Thomas Graybeal (of David) no further record."

      1. Per burial record.

      1. Website accessed 20 Dec 2009: "Letter, John Graybeal to Dona Graybeal."
      Letter from John Graybeal of Shell Creek, Tennessee to his grand-daughter Dona Graybeal of Fig, North Carolina. This letter was found among the papers and Letters of Dona Graybeal and her son W. Thomas Graybal, of Emory, Virginia. Dona Graybeal was married to my great-uncle Winfield A. Graybeal, a Methodist Minister.
      John Graybeal, son of Andrew Graybeal, and grandson of Henry Graybeal of Ashe County, North Carolina, wrote the letter to his granddaughter Dona Graybeal, daughter of William Asbury Graybeal and Rebecca Graybeal. Both sides of Dona's family trace back to Henry Graybeal.
      Notes: The original letter was written in pencil on tablet paper with no punctuation and paragraph breaks. Paragraph breaks have been inserted where it seemed logical to do so for clarity. Periods have also been added at the end of sentences. Spelling remains as it was interpreted except where indicated by [ ]. References to "Winny" are to Winfield A. Graybeal Dona's husband and son of David Melvin Graybeal and Mary Anne Jones.
      Transcribed by Kyle R. Graybeal
      "Shell Creek Ten Jan 26 1915
      Dona we recv'd your letter was real glad to hear from you all. was glad you was having a good time & Doing some good in the caus of Religion there. Dont seam to be But little good Doing here. We have had some offel Bad weather this winter. the weather was the worst before Christmas i Ever saw. i think we got a litter from pa a few days ago Said Conly & wife had gone to New Mexico Lum has moved in bout 8 miles of us. i Recon Griggs preached a fine Sermon Sunday at Shell Creek We are having a fine day today 26 of Jan
      Well you asked me about the Graybeals. My father always told me they came from Penn to NC. My grandfather settled rite on the lands Elihu & your grandpa graybial lived. My granfathers name was Henry. Winnys grate granfathers name was David. he settled probably on the lands that Winnys granfather & Calvin graybeal lived on Hoss creek. the old man Petter settled near Jefferson, they Both maried Birkets
      My granmother graybeal was a Henson. ther was one them old graybeals Name was John he never was married. he fell Dead at a wood pile cuting wood. Ther was one Mike he went West long time ago they never could her from him after them Days. So that was all of the old graybeals. they was real Duch.
      My father always told me he couldent understand a word they would say when they talked in ther language though they could talk English all rite. i remember seeing all of them they wer Dunkards them days
      My grandfather was a Methodist Ex[h]orter a grate scriptonian i remember seeing my grandfather & old man Dav & Peter. My grandmother Died after i was a bot grown her name was Celia
      Well Dona i dont guess you can read this letter if you can you can almost Beat me so we hope you are all well and enjoying life. give Winny my Best respects and wishes and trust he may Do much good.
      Your grandma has had a Bad cold all this winter and holds rite on so we would glad to here from you all often. We remain your grandparents
      John Graybeal write soon"

      1. Per burial record.

      2. Will probate information from Worldconnect database ":480580" of Donna Schell 21 Feb 2003: "Ashe Co., NC Wills Reviewed by Herbert Bohler on 13 Aug 1990 in Ashe Co., NC Courthouse: Peter Graybeal (Jr) Probated 1868 (?) Will dated 18 March 1868. Wife: Mary (Burkett); Children: David, Jacob, Catherine Edwards (wife of Clisby Edwards), [her dau: Olive Edwards], Mary Shown (wife of Isaac W. Shown), John.

      3. Website accessed 13 Dec 2008:
      "Ashe County, NC - Wills - Peter Graybeal, Jr., 18 Mar 1868, contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Kyle R. Graybeal
      Last Will and Testament of Peter Graybeal [Jr.]. Born 1 Dec. 1783, in Virginia and died, 15 July 1868, in Ashe Co., NC, son of Peter Graybeal/Graybill and Christina Wampler. This transcription was made from a photocopy of the original paper on file in the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C. The court house copy is filed in Will Book D, pages 76 - 78. The copy in the will book contains numerous changes and "corrections" inserted by the original copyist. Surnames appearing in the document: Edwards, Graybeal, Hardin, Houck, shown. Note: The will refers to the individual normally known as "Peter Jr" as Peter Sr., which was in fact correct at the time of his death. [The will:]
      In the name of God amen. I Peter Graybeal Sr of the County of Ashe State of North Carolina being of sound and disposing mind and memory do Make publish and ordain This my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say,
      I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Graybeal all the money Bonds, Notes and other c - - s? of debt due me which may be on hand at my decease, all my house hold and kitchen furniture of every kind my Buggy & harnefs, and so much of whatever stock I may have on hand or she may desire to keep
      My will is that after the death of wife Mary my whole estate not disposed of by this my last will & Testament or by deeds of Gift or by my Executor for funeral expenses be disposed of by my executor at public sale, and the proceeds be equally divided among all my children (and in case they should be dead their Heirs) except my sons David Graybeal and Jacob Graybeal, and in said division refference [sic] must be had by my Executor to the amount I have or may have against my children advancements either in money or property made by me to them, and in case any of my children shall shall [sic]have received more then [sic] their distributive share such one shall be required to pay back so as to make them Equal
      The share of my eldest daughter Catherine Edwards who was the wife of Clisby Edwards after deducting for advancements to her during her life made by me I give and bequeath unto her daughter Olive Edwards one share to be paid after the decease of my wife to her by my Executor
      The share of my daughter Susan Houck wife Henry Houck after deducting for advancements made by me to her I wish to be equally divided share and share alike among all her children to be paid to them after the death of my wife
      To my son David Graybeal & his heirs I will bequeath the sum of five dollars to be paid to him by my Executor after the death of my wife Mary Graybeal
      To my son Jacob Graybeal my will is to pay to Jacob Graybeals children one Hundred Dollars which the said Jacob Graybeal is due me after the death of my wife Mary Graybeal and nothing more to be paid to Jacob Graybeal out of my property
      The share of my daughter Mary Shown wife of Isaac H. Shown after deducting for advancements by me to her and to her Husband made in real & personal property I will and bequeath to her the said Mary Shown and Isaac H. Shown her husband during their natural life and then to be divided share and share alike among the bodily Heirs of the said Mary Shown to be paid to the said Mary & Isaac H. Shown by my executor after the death of my wife Mary Graybeal
      The share of my son John Graybeal after deducting for advancements made by me to him I wish to be paid by my Executor to him after the death of my wife Mary Graybeal, an Equal part of all my estate. For the amount of advancements made by me to my children I direct my executor to a book Kept for that purpose which he will find Each one charged with the amount each one has received from me, said book is now in my possesion.
      Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint and friend Richard G. Hardin Executor to this my last will and testament to execute the same to all intents and purposes according to the true Intent and meaning of the same hereby confirming Every part and clause thereof and hereby revoking and declaring uterly [sic] void all other former Wills and Testaments by me made In testimony whereof I the said Peter Graybeal Sr have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 18th day of March AD 1868
      Peter x Graybeal {Seal}
      Signed & sealed in the} presents [sic] of us } Jacob Houck, Frank Hardin.'

      1. Website: <>: Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery Index Baldwin, (Old Fields Township) Ashe County, North Carolina, established in 1847 on land donated by Mrs. Elizabeth Houck Edwards. Row numbers begin in the right rear of cemetery and plot numbers are from right to left when viewed from the cemetery entrance road. Maiden name of spouse is recorded when known. Recorded by Warren H. Houck as of January 1, 1999. A number of graves are unmarked and or have inscriptions that are illegible. Graybeal entries:
      Row 9, plot 10-A: Graybeal, Peter, b. Dec.1, 1783, d. Jul.15, 1868.
      Row 9, plot 10-B: Graybeal, Mary (Burkett), b. Dec.4, 1789, d. Oct.12, 1875, daughter of Christ. & Cathl. Perry.