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plied by Joseph C. Guild in his book, Old Times in Tennessee,
and from the Texas Almanac of 1872. Quoting Mr. Guild:
"Col. Anthony Bledsoe, who had explored this section [of Ten-
nessee], returned to his native State, and in 1779 headed a num-
ber of emigrants, among whom were his brother Col. Isaac Bled-
soe, Hugh Rogers, Shelby Blackman, Morgan Hill and John E.
Peyton, with their families and others, and blazed their way
through the wilderness amid dangers from savages and wild
beasts, and settled in Sumner County. In that year (1779) Col.
Bledsoe secured a grant of five thousand acres of land called the
Greenfield Survey, which was perhaps, the finest tract of land in
the world. It was upon this body of land that these emigrants
settled. . . . Col. Anthony Bledsoe was killed [by Indians]
July 20, 1787; Col. Isaac Bledsoe, his brother, in 1793."2
The New London, Connecticut, Star in 1872 mentioned that a
married sister of Bailie Peyton emigrated to Texas on the
Schooner Only Son, commanded by Captain Benjamin Ellison,
that sailed from New Orleans, February 7, 1822, with ninety
emigrants. After examining the but little known coast of Texas,
touching in West Galveston Bay, it entered and explored Mata-
gorda Bay and finally landed the passengers at the mouths of
the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers. Some of the others in the
party, besides Mr. Peyton's sister, were Major George Helm of
Kentucky, Rev. S. L. Helm, D. D., of Kentucky, and Grenup
Hays, a grandson of Daniel Boone.8
Jonathan C. Peyton and wife were members of the "Old Three
Hundred" of Austin's colonists, Mr. Peyton receiving title, dated
August 25, 1827, to a league of land situated in the present county
of Matagorda. At San Felipe de Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Peyton
owned many town lots and conducted a tavern. There Mr. Pey-
ton died in June, 1834, leaving his widow and probably two
At the July term of the Probate Court of Austin County, Mrs.
Peyton was appointed administratrix of the estate.4 The inven-
tory of their property showed that they owned eight slaves and
considerable real estate in San Felipe de Austin, included in
which were "four lots and a fraction on which the tavern and
2Joseph C. Guild, Old Times in Tennessee, 26.
'Texas Almanac, 1872.
'Book A, page 27, Probate Records of Austin County.
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