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George Washington Peyton
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1807
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1885
Freestone County
Texas, USA

George Washington Peyton, son of William Peyton and Barbara E. Rodgers Peyton of Scotch descent, was born in Tennessee, August 21, 1807.
He migrated west from 1832 to Cole Co., Mo. and to Hempstead Co., Ark. ca 1838. He volunteered his services at Washington, Hempstead Co., Ark. in Capt. Dillard's Cavalry Co., Yell Reg. organized in Crawford Co., Ark. and fought in the Mexican War 1846-7 for which his Widow receivd a pension.
When he "gold fever" broke out in California he joined a company of miners and in 1849 they left Little Rock, Ark in quest of the precious metal. They traveled by horse back with pack-mules to carry provisions, luggage and etc. George riding a race horse on the trip that he traded for mining equipment when he arrived. One mule fell from a high precipice (like Cliff), so hazardous that they didn't even try to recover their loss. He dug in the mines two years, accumulating a bit more than $2,000.00 in gold dust and nuggets. He only heard it thunder twice while there. When he was ready to return to his home he offered $1,000.00 in gold dust for the horse which was refused.
In 1851 he sailed from Santa Barbara, California with his gold dust belted around him, to New Orleans, Louisana, where he had it coined.
On his way home he stopped off at Keatchie, DeSoto, Pa., La. to visit his brother William Carroll Peyton and there he met his future wife. On December 23, 1851 he and Delilah Geneva Daily were married. He immigrated to, and settled in Limestone County Texas.
He was a very conservative man of few, but well chosen words. His education was far above the average of his time. He was adored by his children. He had a thick Scotch brogue, giving the accent to many words. Two quotations he used many times are: "Time and Tide wait for no man", and "What does not help hinders".
He died in Freestone County Texas, January 30, 1885 and was buried in Cotton Gin Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Delilah Geneva Dailey Peyton (1830 - 1900)*
  Franklin Pierce Peyton (1853 - 1926)*
  Barbara Ann Peyton Collins (1863 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Married 12-23-1852 to Delilah G. Dailey
Cotton Gin Cemetery
Cotton Gin
Freestone County
Texas, USA
Plot: C2-006
Maintained by: Kelli Smythe
Originally Created by: Nancie
Record added: Sep 25, 2005
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