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The Story As I Know It:
Joseph Peggs was born in Dublin Ireland in about 1775 according to the book "Kentuckians in Ohio and Indiana" by Stuart Seeley Sprague. He married Nancy Cunningham, who was born in Pennsylvania. Ernest G. Maddox memoirs states that Joseph's wife was Annie with no last name given. Annie was a common nickname for Nancy, so I believe we have the same woman.
The Memoir also states that Joseph Peggs was born in Dublin, went to London and then to American. He must have been in Pennsylvania by 1792. He married Nancy Cunningham in Pennsylvania and had two children there before moving to Henry County Kentucky about 1796.
Julia Mortenson does a lot of
research on the Maddox and adjunct
families, including the Peggs. She
found a Bio on William McGregor on the Marion
Indiana website. The site now requires
a password. end of 2011 It is worth keeping for the
clue it provides. Mr. McGregor had married
"Frances M. Pegs, daughter of Joseph
A. Peggs a granddaughter of Joseph
Peggs." It stated that Joseph Peggs
had witnessed the sinking of the Royal George.
The Royal George was a large British ship that was
undergoing repairs in Portsmouth Harbor when he
suddenly sank on August 29, 1782. The story from our
modern eye is amazing. It had a crew of over 800
men. While it was undergoing repairs they and friend
and family were all on board! The ship had been
heeled over to expose a leak for repairs, there was a loud
crack and it immediately sank. Nearly 1400 people
died in the disaster. or 800 depending on which story you
find. One of the stories can be found on the
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Royal_George_%281756%29 If Joseph was born about 1775 as implied, then he would have been only 7/8 years old when he saw the sinking of the ship. That means he was probably traveling with relatives.
According to the LDS IGI Kentucky listing Joseph Peggs
and Nancy Cunningham had the following children:
(I've place a * by those also listed in the Memoir
and a **by info added by Julia Mortenson):
1. Rachel born June 9, 1793 in Penn * wed Wm. McClellan.
2. Jacob born Oct 20, 1794 in Penn *, wed Martha Wooten Tracy, March 4, 1824 in Oldham county KY**.
3. Ellen born 1797or8 in Kentucky. * wed Wm. Campbell.
4. Catherine born tween 1797 in Oldham Ct * "Kitty" wed Bailor Hoskins Feb. 6, 1821
5. Mary born about 1802 in Henry Ct Kentucky *Mary wed George William Estes in 1823.
6. Sarah Ann born 1806 in Henry Ct. * Sarah wed Johnathan Cox.
7. Joseph born Oct 24, 1807 in Henry Ct.* wed Mary Ann McCready June 9, 1833 Mason County KY **
8. Nancy born 1808 in Henry Ct. * wed Joseph Greenwood.
9. John Francis born 1809 Henry Ct. died as Dr. Peggs in Franklin Indiana on Oct. 28, 1857. wed Sarah Louise Gex, Nov 14, 1833 Gallatin county KY.
10 Evan Owen born Sept 14, 1814 in Henry Ct. wed Margaret H. Hunter June 14, 1845** probably in Johnson County Indiana
11. Thomas born about 1815 in Henry Ct.
12. William Archibald born about 1818 in Henry Ct. * Will, wed Elizabeth Ware Blanton Aug.24, 1842 Owens County Ky, 2nd wed Susan Snead Blanton, Aug 21, 1845 Owen County Ky.
I don't know if the Blanton women were sisters,
or widows of brothers. Catherine's birth date is
derived from her tombstone that said she was 94 when she
died in 1892.
Julia has found Joseph Pagg on the Henry
County Ky tax list, dated 8/6/1800. This may
have been where they came to from Pennsylvania. He is
listed on most of the yearly Henry County Tax lists from
1800 to 1814. 1800 and 1801 he was said to be
on Locust Creek. This is a short creek going into the Ohio
East of Milton. 1802 and 1803 he is on the Little
Kentucky River, which meanders south of Bedford in the
center of the county. 1812, Henry county Tax list he has
190 acres and 5 horses, but I can't read the water
course. 1814 he is said to be on Barebone Creek with
190 acres, which is west of Bedford. So he was
probably there in 1812 also. 1800 - 1804 he also had a
town lot, value not high and it didn't say which
town. Values ranged from 8 to 47 (dollars?).
1814 he is also listed with a town lot valued at 1110
(dollars?). Julia, believes it possible that he was
a shoemaker and maybe in 1814 he had a well established
The Tax list shows that in 1811 he had a black under
16. The 1808-1810 Tax lists could not be
found. It is possible that the slave was there also,
but the slave was gone by 1812
The 1810 Henry Ct. Kentucky census lists Joseph as Head of Household with 2 males under 10, 1 male 10-16 and 1 male 26 - 45 and 3 females under 10, 2 females between 10-16, 1 female 16-18 and a female 26-45. They had 1 slave.
The 1820 Henry Ct. census list Joseph as Head of
Household with 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male
16-26 and 1 male 26-45, 4 females under 10, and 1 female
10-16 and 1 women over 45. It also states that 1
person in the household was foreign-born (Joseph) and 1
person in commerce.
On Sept 22, 1827, there is a deed granting Joseph Peggs
200 acres on the Little Kentucky river for $1. Henry
County Ky Deed Book A, page 448/9. On Feb. 2,
1831 Joseph Peggs sells the 200 acres to
his son-in-law Baylor Hoskins for $400. Oldham
county Ky Deed Book B., page 228. I do not
believe that Joseph have a $399 profit on the
deal. I believe there was a previous deed to the land, and
something was not right legally so the 1827 deed made it
clearly legal. However, we need to find the previous
deed. There is also the Barebone land, where we
believe he had been living since 1812, but no deed has
turned up for that property either.
The 1830 Oldham county Ky Census list Joseph Peggs, Head of
Household with 1 male 10-14, 2 males 15-19, 1 male 20-29
and 1 male over 70. 1 female 5-9, 2 females 20-29, 1
female 60-70. I believe The "over 70" must be a recording
error of the census taker, or the 2 previous census'
understated his age. The only child that doesn't fit the
list of children above is the female 5-10.
In February 1832 Nancy Peggs appeared
before the Oldham County Court to relinquish her dower
rights to the land Joseph Peggs had purchased on
the Little Kentucky River but had sold the year before to
Baylor Hoskins, their son-in-law. Oldham
County Deed Book B, page 466. Balyor was
selling the land at this time. She was called
"Consort" of Joseph Peggs, so we know he was still
alive at that time.
Shortly after the real estate transactions Joseph and Nancy Peggs moved to Indiana. Joseph is not found on a census again.
According to the Indiana census record, in 1830 the oldest son, Jacob, was living in Marion County Indiana. Many of their children ended up in Johnson County Indiana. Rachel and William McClellan are on the 1870 Census, Jacob Peggs is on every Census through 1880 when he was living with John F. McClellan - hotel keeper.. Also found are Joseph, Thomas, Evan and John F. The 1840 Indiana Census, Johnson County has Evan Peggs a single man with a woman 70-80 was living with him. This was most likely Nancy. Except for Rachel, I could not find the daughters in Indiana.
Joseph Peggs died in Johnson county
Indiana. It is not known exactly when. His stone was
recently found, in poor condition in the Glade-Dobbin
Cemetery. We know it was after February, 1832. The
stone has the date of death on it, but it is
unreadable. Some read it as 1836, others as 1846.
Nancy died in July 1840 and is buried in
the Glade-Dobbin cemetery. According to the Clark
Township, Johnson County Indiana Cemetery Listing
2000. She was 71 years old. Near by is
their son Thomas Peggs
died April 1836, age 25 and grandson, Alfred,
son of Joseph and MA Peggs. He died
In 1850 Jacob Peggs was in Johnson Ct,
Indiana, age 55, listed as an Innkeeper. Also there
were his brothers Joseph Peggs, age 43 listed as a
shoemaker and John F. Peggs age 41.
I believe there were Peggs, Greenwood and Maddox families that moved about the same time to Indiana. Some of the family stayed there, such as Nancy's older brothers, and Daniel Maddox while other families returned to Kentucky.
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