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Piatt/Pyatt/Peyatte of all spellings


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William (Piatt)

William and Mary Smith Pyatt
William Peatte/Pyatt was born about 1776. Some researchers claim he is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Pyatt. However, the will of Jacob Pyeatt filed in Washington County, Pennsylvania, does not give a son named William. Since William was still fathering children in 1832, we know he did not precede Jacob Pyeatt in death. Therefore, I believe that the parentage of William Pyeatt born c1776 is still in question. James H Payett said that word handed down through the years was that he was a son of Jacob of Ohio Co, WV. Is this the same as the Jacob who was married to Elizabeth and died in Pennsylvania?

He married in Augusta Co, VA, in November 1814, Mary Smith the daughter of Martin Smith born between 1794-1800. Their marriage bond appears as follows:
Augusta County, VA, 1814 WILLIAM PEAT and JOHN MILLER are held and firmly bound...this 17th day of November 1814...[marriage] to be solemnized between the above bound WILLIAM PEATT & MARY SMITH, daughter of MARTIN SMITH decd? of Augusta Co...

Could this have been a second marriage? William would have been 40 fathering his first child, if it was his first marriage.

Children of William Pyatt and Mary Smith are:

James Pyatt b: 1816
?daughter Pyatt
Marshall Pyatt b: 1820
Elijah H Pyatt b: 1822 (or 1819) in Augusta Co, WV m: Sarah J Schoonover August 12, 1873 Nicholas Co, WV (daughter Nancy A b: 1870)
?daughter Pyatt (this could have been a relative other than a child - from the 1820 census)
William Pyatt b: 1827
Andrew J. Pyatt b: 1829 in Pocahontas, West Virginia m: Dicey Gibson May 14, 1857 Nicholas County, West Virginia
John Pyatt b: c1830
Dinah/Dianah Pyatt b: 1832 Nicholas Co, WV
George Pyatt b: 1835 Nicholas Co, WV
Alexander Pyatt b: 1840 Nicholas Co, WV
John S Pyatt b: 16 Jun 1842 Nicholas Co, WV d: 13 Feb 1896 Cuba (buried Mt Hope Cemetery, Trace Fork, Jackson Co, WV) m: 18 Sep 1864, Mason Co, WV, Mary C Snider b: 1 May 1845 Jackson Co, WV d: 11 Oct 1929, Trace Fork, Jackson Co WV (buried Mt Hope Cemetery)

The 1820 census for Augusta Co, Virginia, page 14A, shows William aged 45+; one female 16-26; 2 males 0-10 and 1 female 1-10. Could the age difference between the adults indicate that this was a second marriage for William? It would seem that if it was, he would have had other children born before 1816.

I note that a Marshall and Virginia Peyatt lost an infant (probably at birth as no age is listed) on September 24, 1861 in Poca, Kanawha Co, WV. Was this the Marshall, son of William?


Carol Pyatt [email protected]
Piatt Family Newsletter Vol 4, 1989
Augusta Co, VA, marriage bonds
1820 Augusta Co, VA, census
Kanawha Co, WV, deaths 1860-1869
James H Peyatt of VA [email protected]
Updated Nov 2001
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William has also been attached to Jacob and Elizabeth Pyeatt, proved in Washington County, PA on March 31, 1784 is still on file in that county in the office of the Recorder of Wills. It appears in Will Book Vol 1, page 33. This transcript of the will of Jacob Pyeatt seeks to preserve the original form and spelling of the will. Names will be capitalized, however. (Laverne Ingram Piatt) JACOB PEYATTE, deceased. In the name of God, Amen. I JACOB PYEATT, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory calling to mind that all men is mortal do make constitute and Ordain this Instrument of Writing to be my Last Will and Testament in the following manner. First, I recommend my soul to God that give it and my body to be buried in the descent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors and as for my worldly substance such as the Lord has been pleased to favor me with I dispose them in ye following manner. Item, I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife, ELIZABETH PEYATT, her bed and bedding, one hors and side Sade, one Cow and her muntance while Shee Lives of my land, and my land to be Equally divided between my three sons Viz: BENJAMIN, JAMES, AND THOMAS. Item, I give and bequeath to my oldest son JACOB my big Bible and my Cane. Item, I give and bequeath to my son, ROBERT, one Ewe and Lamb. Item, I give to my Daughter, REBECA, ten Shillings Sterling. Item, I give to my Daughter, RACHEL seven and six pence Sterling. MARY I give ten Shillings Sterling. Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter DINE, one Cow, one Ewe and Lamb. Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter, SUSANAH one Cow, one Bed and an Iron pot, and to my Daughter, ELIZABETH I give one Cow, one bed and Ewe and Lamb and to my son BENJAMIN I give the care and use of my Land until the boys is of age and I give BENJAMIN one horse plough and plough tackling and BENJAMIN is to bring up and school JAMES AND THOMAS for the use of the Land and I do Appoint my too sons JACOB AND BENJAMIN to be my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and In Witness Whereof I set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of August one thousand seven hundred and Eighty. Signed Jacob (his X Mark) Pyeatt seal Signed sealed and Delivered in the presents of us. William Phillips, David McKeay Washington Co SS: On the 31st day of March 1784 Before one James Marshel Esqr. Register for the probate of Wills & ca in and for said County personally came William Philips one of the subscribing Witnesses within named and his solemn oath did depose and say that he was present and saw and heard Jacob Peyatte the Testator within named sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within Annexed Instrument in Writing as and for his last Will and Testament and that at the time of doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind, memory and understanding t the best of his knowledge Observation and belief That David McKeay the other subscribing witness signed the same in the presence of this deponent and in the presence of and at the special request of the Testator, Sworn before James Marshel Regr. Be it Remembered that on the 31st day of March Anno Domini 1784 the last Testament of Jacob Peyatte late of Washington Co, deceased was proved in due form of Law, and Letters Testamentary thereon were granted to Jacob Peyatte and Benjamin Peyatte the Executors therein named they being first Sworn well and truly to administer the Estate of the said deceased and to Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory thereof unto the Administration when Legally thereunto Required. registered this 31st day of March Anno Domini 1784. James Marshel Regr.

More notes from Laverne: "Jacobs's will mentions the children in a certain order but that is not necessarily their birth order. He mentioned "Benjamin, James and Thomas" first but I believe that these three were sons #3, 4, & 5. Benjamin was the oldest son still in the area where Jacob lived. Benjamin was made the executor of Jacob's will and James and Thomas were still minors. Benjamin was to work the land "for the schooling of James and Thomas." Jacob (Jr.) named 4th is called the ouldes" (sic) but he may not have been in the area at the time of that the will was written in 1780. Indeed this Jacob (Jr) may have been the man who was with George Rogers Clark during those years. Robert named 5th was off with the soldiers of the revolution. The daughters are named: Rebecca, Rachel, Mary )but not called "daughter") Dinah, Susannah, Elizabeth. This may or not be the birth order. I believe that the sons and daughters were mentioned separated by sex but that that does not mean all the daughters were younger than the sons. The first three daughters received money, the other three received farm animals. If can be debated as to which would be more beneficial to a married daughter or a single one. Also, Dinah Piatt married Thomas Thornburg. In a history of Alleghney Co., PA the biography of Thomas Thornburg states that Thomas came to Washington Co., PA as a young man with a load of wool. He met and was befriended by Jacob Piatt who allowed him to spin the wool into yard and weave the yard into fabric on his (Jacob's) loom. Thomas also married Jacob's daughter. If Jacob died in 1784, his daughter had to be of or near marriageable age by that time in order for Thomas to have become friends with Jacob before Jacob's death. So 1780 is too late for her birth, I think. If I supplied the birth dates for the daughters to you I was in error. It would be so much easier if Jacob and Elizabeth's Bible had been preserved. Jacob left it to his son Jacob Jr. LIP

Last Updated Nov 2001


Piatt Family Newsletter, Volume 6, 1991
Laverne Ingram Piatt [email protected]
Carol Pyatt [email protected]
Will of Jacob Piatt

Researcher John Keilch has also suggested William to be the son of one James Piatt, born before 1765 who is listed near William on the 1810 Hampshire Co census (recorded ast James Peate and sometimes transcribed as James Peale)