The Peyton Society of Virginia, Inc. to Present Local Town with Commemorative Plaque

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The Peyton Society of Virginia, Inc. 

The Peyton Society of Virginia, Inc. is proud to announce the presentation of a plaque that will commemorate an early settler of the area, Valentine Peyton. The Mayor of the Town of Occoquan, Earnie Porta, and the Town Manager, Kristyn Jovanovich, will be on site to accept the plaque. 

 Valentine Peyton purchased several tracts of land on the Occoquan River. He built the first tobacco warehouse located on the south side of the Occoquan River in 1746, as authorized by the Virginia General Assembly. It ultimately led to the establishment of the Town of Occoquan.

 Peyton was also a member of the House of Burgesses, 1736-1740; Captain, Virginia Militia before 1745; Sheriff, Prince William County, before 1749. He also served as a Justice from 1738 to 1743 and as Sheriff in 1749. He was a member of Dettingen Parish where he served as a church warden from 1745 to 1746 and as a vestryman in 1749.

 He obtained patents and bought considerable land in Prince William County during the period 1711 to 1750. 

 Valentine Peyton (1687-1751) was born in Westmoreland County, the son of Henry Peyton (1656-?) and his wife Ann. He was the grandson of Henry Peyton (1631-1659) and was one of over twenty 17th and 18th century Valentine Peytons in Northern Virginia. He married Frances Linton and they had seven children. They made their home in Prince William County. At least three sons and fourteen grandsons served as patriots in the Revolutionary War. Several Peyton Society of Virginia, Inc. members descended from Valentine and Frances Peyton.

 There will be an event held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at River Mill Park, 407 Mill Street, Occoquan Historic District. The plaque will be placed where the upper and lower paths merge at the end of the park. 

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About The Peyton Society of Virginia, Inc.

The Peyton Society of Virginia (PSV), in its present form, was established on May 16, 1971, and is the successor organization of the John Peyton Memorial Association which was founded on May 18, 1952. Currently, there are over 350 members from all over the United States. The Society is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, literary, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations. The Society’s primary purposes are to honor the heritage handed down to succeeding generations of Peyton [Payton], and other related surnames] descendants from their honorable ancestors; to collect and preserve records of members of this family; to maintain and restore places associated with Peytons, bearing in mind the sacrifices made by the early pioneers in this family in settling the American Continent; to continue its educational work in genealogy and heraldry; and to bring into close relationship Peyton descendants all over the world.  


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