JOHN MASK PEACE HOUSE, a.k.a BAMBRO PLANTATION
(before & after renovations; click photos to enlarge)
Fairport, Granville County, North Carolina
|PLANTATION NAME:||JOHN MASK PEACE HOUSE, part of BAMBRO PLANTATION|
|ORIGINAL OWNER:||John Mask Peace (1774-1852)|
Peace, Senior, a joiner from Goochland County, Virginia, bought two hundred
acres of land on Tabb's Creek in Granville County, North Carolina in June
1756. His household consisted of his wife, Mary Mask, and two sons, Joseph
Junior and John. Joseph Junior and John married soon after moving to North
Carolina, and the three families lived close to each other in Granville
County. John M. Peace Sr. (1742-1821), known as Captain John due to his
service in the Granville County militia during the Revolutionary War, was a
planter. His wife Margaret and their six children (Joseph, Lucy, William,
John Mask, Pleasant and Mary) lived at Bambro, the Peace family plantation
near Fairport. Joseph and William moved to Raleigh and became successful
merchants. John Mask and Pleasant married Reed family sisters and both built
homes on Bambro plantation lands. According to family tradition, it was John
Mask Peace who built the Peace House that is extant today.
John's brother, Pleasant Peace (1775-1858) owned a comparable
farm on the Peace land, northeast of John' house. In 1850 Pleasant owned 350
improved acres of land, 290 unimproved acres had 21 slaves, and his farm was
valued at $2,500. After Pleasant's death in 1858 William Leak Peace was
listed as head of household. Pleasant Poindexter Peace and Christopher Peace
practiced medicine out of offices on their front yard. Margaret Scott Peace
outlived her other siblings, and thus inherited the family land. She left
the majority of her property to Eliza and Tom Peace, former Peace family
slaves whom she employed as caretakers, after her death on July 1, 1901. The
Pleasant Peace House was ruinous by the 1970s.
|SLAVE POPULATION:||John M. Peace
Sr. had 5 Slaves in 1820; John M. Peace Jr. had 15 Slaves in 1850; Pleasant
Peace had 21 Slaves in 1850; Josephus Peace had 23 Slaves, with 4 slave
houses in 1860; William L. Peace had 26 Slaves, with 6 slave houses in 1860.
JOHN PEACE SR., Granville County, August 8, 1821 Inventory of Slaves:
|RESEARCH NOTES:|| The John
Mask Peace house was located in Fairport in Granville and is now a
historical site and the Bambro Plantation of Fishing Creek was known to be
where the slaves were kept. One of John Peace's sons (Josephus) married one
of the slaves (Martha), which established my family's mulatto Peace lineage.
I have attached a list of slaves owned by the Peace slaveowners I gathered from North Carolina Granville Deed Records. The Peace Family (John Mask Peace and Margaret Scott Peace) were known as one of the 1st settlers in North Carolina in the 1700's to house slaves. The Peace College of Raleigh and the Peace Cemetery are connected to the family as well.
John Mask Peace (1742-1821) + Margaret Scott
Child: John Peace (1774-1852) + Frances Reed
Child: Josephus Peace (1827-1915) + Martha (Slave)
Child: Madison Peace (3rd great-grandfather)
|MISCELLANEOUS:||National Register of Historic Places Application; John Mask Peace Family on Find-a-Grave; 1850 & 1860 Granville County Slave Schedules; Estate of John Peace Sr. 1821|
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