January 12, 2013
? - Tennessee?
May 1834 - San Felipe de Austin, Texas
Old Three Hundred colonist. The earliest known records have Jonathan living in Nashville on July 2, 1818, when he married his cousin Angelina. They moved to New Orleans and lived there for four years before leaving for Texas aboard the ship Good Intent. Arriving at the port of Matagorda on June 18, 1822, they traveled through Texas for three years looking for a good place to set up a homestead before finally choosing San Felipe de Austin, settling there in October 1825. He applied for land as one of Stephen Austin's original colonists, and in 1827 received title to a league near what would later become Matagorda County. He remained in town, however, and found work running a ferry and freighting business, saving his money to purchase four lots in town where he built a combination inn and tavern that was run by his wife. Peyton's Tavern, as it was known, became a popular meeting spot in the town, and survived Jonathan's death in 1834 another two years until it was burned to the ground during the Runaway Scrape.
Note: Unmarked. During the Texas revolution, the entire town of San Felipe was burned to the ground, destroying all of the wooden grave markers. So although Jonathan Peyton is known to be buried in this cemetery, the exact location has been lost. The photo below is representative of the oldest section of the cemetery where it is possible he still rests.
San Felipe de Austin Cemetery