A few weeks back I posted the ABC's for my Surname Saturday inspiration - an alphabetical list of Surnames that I tend to neglect so that I could focus on one a week. I had initially wanted to post about the Amyx family a few weeks ago, but I found myself putting it off because I wasn't sure I knew much about them. Unlike some lines that I know as well as my own children, details from the Amyx line just don't stick. I feel like I'm about to study for a test and have all the notes, but have missed all the classes! So it's time to dive in and see just what information I have been stuffing into the Amyx file over the years. *Note: anything enclosed in (parentheses) is not verified.
Relationship Verified: First, I absolutely know that I am connected to this family. Two years ago the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution approved my application that connects to this line. The DAR application required that every date, location, and relationship be documented. My patriot, George Taylor's son Mark Taylor married Peggy Amyx. I have a copy of the Minister Return of Rev. Edward Mitchell from the courthouse of Botetourt County, Virginia.
- Botetourt County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses and Returns, Taylor-Amyx, 1808; Office of Clerk of Circuit Court, Fincastle, Virginia.
Margaret "Peggy" Amyx was born in 1782 to Samuel and (Eleanor Hairston) Amyx. She married Mark Taylor at the age of 26 sometime within the year of 1808. A list of marriages performed by the minister within the year called a Minister's Return, was filed with the Botetourt County Court on 01 Dec 1808. Mark had inherited land from his father's estate in 1801 so he brought his bride home to Short Hill Plantation on top of Short Hill Mountain in Rockbridge County, Virginia. There they were blessed with eight children. A tragedy struck in 1824 when Mark was "felled on by a tree" according to his obituary printed in the Lexington Newspaper. Sometime in the years following, Peggy headed west with her daughter Nancy and Nancy's huband Lindsey Hogue. It is possible that other members of the family accompanied them but research still needs to be done to verify this. They settled near Xenia in Greene County, Ohio. Peggy died a widow 15 Mar 1850 and is buried in Section A Lot 9 Grave 10 (updated 24 Mar 2010) of Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, OH. The U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule lists her cause of death as "old age" which is amusing because she was only 68 according to her headstone.
Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 09 November 2009), photograph, “gravestone for Margaret "Peggy" Amyx Taylor (1782-1850), Memorial No. 38583580, Records of the Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, Ohio;” photograph © John L. Poling.
Samuel Amyx, father of Margaret "Peggy" Amyx, was born (ante 1761) according to NSDAR Application #764909 A833 and #755397 A749. His date of death occured between the date of his Will and when it was presented to the court of Botetourt County, Virginia: wd 05 May 1818 / wp Jan 1819. The Heritage book of Botetourt county lists his birth date as (1745). He was married (c. 1780 to Eleanor Hairston). She is listed as deceased in Samuel's Will written 05 May 1818 - "...it is my will that at my decease that there shall be a tombstone fixed at the head of your mother's grave..." Samuel Amyx was granted 395 acres of land on 07 Feb 1806 in Botetourt County as recorded in the book Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800. He served in the American Revolution as a Private in Captain Pawlings Co. of Militia in the 16th District of Botetourt Co. VA.
- NSDAR Application #764909 A833 and #755397 A749; Office of the Registrar General, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC.
- Atkinson, Esther Noel. "Amyx Family." In Botetourt County, Virginia Heritage Book, 1770-2000. Botetourt Heritage Book Committe, compiler. Summersville, WV: Wadsworth Publishing Company, Inc., 2001.
- Summers, Lewis Preston,. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800, "First Surveys of Land in Botetourt County, Virginia." Abingdon, Va.: L.P. Summers, 1929. p 485
- Stoner, Robert Douthat. "Personnel of Botetourt County Companies as Districted." A Seed-Bed of the Republic. Roanoke, Virginia: Roanoke Historical Society, 1962. p 125. Print.
- Kegley, F. B. . Kegley's Virginia Frontier. Roanoke, Virginia: Southwest Virginia Historical Society, 1938. p 522. Print.