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09 August 2008

A Marriage, a Killing, a New Name, & a New Life: William Warren Peavy's Story

William Warren Peavy was born 1848 in Georgia to William Henry Peavy and Elizabeth Jackson. Warren first married Scynthia Hammock, daughter of John Alex Hammock and Sarah Emerson, 27 April 1876 in Byron, Houston County, Georgia. Scynthia was born about 1854 in Georgia and died 1905 in Georgia. She was buried in Sardis Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia.

Warren and Scynthia Peavy had one son, James Francis Peavy Hammock. He was born 6 February 1877 in Byron, Houston County, Georgia. J. F. was reared by his grandmother, Sarah Hammock, and assumed her name. He married Minnie Lewis Avant, daughter of James Russell Avant and Mary E. Harry, 1910 at Liberty United Methodist Church in Bibb County, Georgia. Minnie was born 1876 in Georgia abd died 1959 in Bibb County, Georgia. Francis died 8 January 1960. He and Minnie were both buried in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bibb County, Georgia.

In March 1878, Warren Peavy shot and killed his brother-in-law, T. C. Hammock. Evidence, including family letters from over 100 years ago and family interviews conducted 30 years ago, suggest he fled to Texas and assumed the name Joe N. Warren.

From Columbus Daily Enquirer-Sun 27 March 1878:
Saturday afternoon, at Byron, on the Southwestern Railroad, Mr. Warren Peavy shot and killed his brother-in-law, young Mr. Hammock. Ten buckshot were fired into his body. Family trouble. Hammock was unarmed, and his only offense seems to have been that he was riding out Peavy's child, his own niece.

30 March 1878:
Mr. Hammock, shot Saturday by Mr. Seavy, at Byron's Station, S.W.R.R., is dead. Seavy is still at large.

Robert Scott Davis, Jr.'s Georgia Black Book: Morbid, Macabre and Sometimes Disgusting Records of Genealogical Value records "On 23 March 1878 in Houston Co., T. C. Hammock was murdered by Warren Peavy."

William Warren Peavy, under the name of Joe N. Warren, fled to Texas after the killing and farmed for a living. He later married Sarah Elizabeth Gilbert, daughter of Almoth Byers Gilbert and Mary Jane Hill. They married in the year 1885 in Parker County, Texas. Sarah was born 1862 in Parker County, Texas. She died 1927 and was buried next to her husband in Fairview Cemetery.

Joe N. Warren and Sarah Gilbert had six children: William Frederick (1887-1962), Almoth Franklin (1889-1952), Augustus Jackson (1892-1968), Charles Isery (1894-1977), Sarah Melissa (1896-1970), and Samuel Wilson (1898-1903).

William Warren Peavy, a.k.a. Joe N. Warren, died from injuries suffered in a horse and wagon accident 5 November 1899 in Parker County, Texas. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery.

The family letters mentioned above also suggest the Texas Warrens were unaware of the Georgia Peavys. I'm glad we found our way to each other 100 years later.
Additional Sources:
- History of Peach County, Georgia. Governor Treutlen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1972
- Charles Jackson
- Lynn Walden, Great-granddaughter of Joe N. Warren
- Newspaper Articles via Genealogy Bank
- Clifford V. Barker's The Story of the Georgia Peavys and the Texas Warrens
- Census Records
- Marriage Records

- Family Letters
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Obituaries
- Probate Records
- Death Records


grace said...

What an interesting family story. You can probably add being a bigamist if he never divorced the first wife when he fled.
wonder what term " riding with " probably dating do you think.
great story thanks for sharing grace

grace said...

It is a very interesting story. And I would think riding with was courting . No wonder he was shot.

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