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Biographies of Buchanan County Residents:

Family of Peter Williamson by Donna Pfitzner


Peter Williamson was born about 1790 in what is present day Tyler County WV.  He was the son of Thomas Williamson and Elizabeth Anderson.  Peter married Delilah “Sarah”  McVey (McVay/McVeigh)  in Ohio County VA in 1817.  Sarah was born about 1795.  Sarah McVey was (I believe) the daughter of Edmund McVey and Elizabeth.     Peter Williamson died in 1879 in Buchanan County MO. 

Peter Williamson is listed in the 1850 Buchanan County, Center twp, census.   Son Augustus is listed nearby with his family.  Also listed nearby is a family headed by William McVeigh.  I suspect he was a sibling to Delilah Sarah McVey and I would welcome correspondence with any of the ancestors of this McVeigh family.

Peter’s father Thomas Williamson and Sarah’s father Edmund McVey both served in the revolutionary war in the PA militia unit of Cpt Eleazer Williamson.  Thomas Williamson also served as a constable in Ohio County VA, now Tyler County WV.

Sometime around 1847-1848 Peter Williamson left VA and headed to MO.  Most of his adult children (some married with their own children) and other relatives came along.  Peter Williamson and wife Sarah remained in Buchanan County MO the rest of their lives.

Peter Williamson and wife Sarah had 11 children all born in VA.

Hamilton born about 1817-Married Emeline Craig & later Ann Triplett, he remained in VA

Augustus born about 1820-Married Martha , had at least 5 children & lived in Buchanan and DeKalb Counties in MO

Nancy born 3/31/1822-Married Albert Stout in 1845 in VA,  then to Buchanan County MO for 10 years, and on to Marshall County KS.  Nancy & Albert Stout had children Peter, Albert, Margaret, Martha, Nathaniel, Mary, and Lemuel born in VA and MO.  Nancy died in 1883 and is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Marshall County KS. 

Delila born 6/30/1824-Married Eli Rice, had 8 children, and remained in VA

Mary born abt 1826-Unk what became of Mary

Ruth  born abt 1828-Married Hines Linn, had 6 children,  and lived in Brown County KS

Rhoda born about 1830-Married ML Duncan, had one son James Duncan, and died young

Lemuel  born abt 1832-Married Mary Johns Miller, had 8 children, and lived in Marshall County KS.  He died in 1887 & is buried close to sister Nancy in Prospect Hill Cemetery. 

Emily born abt 1834-Married Charles Messenger & lived in Buchanan County MO

Sarah born abt 1836-Married J W Devorse, had children Frank and Mary, and lived in Buchanan County MO and eventually on to Marshall County KS

Nicholas born abt 1841-Unk what became of Nicholas