Peeky and Rorer Forefathers

The earliest Smullen ancestors to settle in America were Harry Greenwood' s maternal grandparents ancestors.  Harry Greenwood was known to his grandchildren and great grand children as "Dada". He was Nana's [Charlotte Smullen's] father. "Dada" was born in 1872 and lived to be 92 years old. Dada's father was Thomas Greenwood; his mother was Ester Peeky whose grandfather was Jacob Peeky.

Rudolph Peeky [1720 - 1793] and his wife Barbara Rorer with family emigrated from Switzerland in 1741 and settled in the Montgomery/ Philadelphia area. Jacob Peeky, son of Rudolph and Barbara, was born in 1753.  Barbara's brother, Henry Rorer married Maraget Grieder [Krider] and had a daughter, Barbara Rorer, born in 1751. The young Barbara Rorer and Jacob Peeky were married in 1769. "This would make Jacob and his wife Barbara first cousins." This also was an occurrence in the Greene' Beach/Porter ancestry.

Jacob took his bride to a log cabin near the present Oak Lane Railroad Station [Philadelphia.]. He followed the occupation of his father making shoes etc. and educated his sons in the same industry. Records also show he [Jacob] had a water corn mill and a gist mill.  ... was merchant and had a saw mill in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. 

Hessian was a name given to the 30,000 German soldiers hired by the British to fight the colonists during the Revolutionary War in America. The Hessians were victims of a European system by which governments sold men into military service. They were paid 25 cents a day. The Hessians were not particularly interested in the war, but they were well trained and fought well. Their performance in battles, including Fort Washington, caused the American troops to know and respect their fighting ability.

However, the Peeky/Rorer family "were suffers by the depredations [harassment taken from an enemy] of the Hessian soldiers. The Hessians went to the Peeky home one day and were in the act of driving two cows from the barn when Mrs. Alice Young, Barbara's sister, seized an axe. Standing in the gate, she said she would split the first man down who dared to drive the cows out. The Hessians left, admiring her for her stand."

During the Revolutionary War, Jacob Peeky was "Sargent Col, in Matthew Holgate's 7th Battalion, 3rd Company, Pennsylvania Militia (Capt. Caleb Armitage's Co.) At the time of his death he was listed as "cordwainer."

Barbara and Jacob Peeky had eight children:

Barbara Rorer Peeky died in 1833 at the age of 82. Jacob Peeky died in 1839 at the age of 86.