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Nancy Cunningham was born in Pennsylvania in 1769 according to her tombstone and the book "Kentuckians in Ohio and Indiana" by Stuart Seeley Sprague. She married Joseph Peggs, who was born in Dublin, Ireland. 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.  Her name was also given in a short bio that appeared in Johnson County Indiana about her son Joseph  Peggs Jr.

Julia Mortenson has found an interesting possibility.  There was a Dutch family, Comingore, their trail leads through Washington County PA, Henry County KY, and Johnson County Indiana.  These are the same counties that Joseph and Nancy, "Annie" lived in.  Between the American Revolution and 1880, the name Comingore went through a number of variations to Cummingam.  The Peggs bio was written about 1900 and it wouldn't be hard to go to Cunningham.  Speculation at this time, but something to research.

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 they had two children there before moving to Henry County Kentucky about 1796.

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):
1. Rachel born June 9, 1793 in Penn * wed Wm. McClellan *.
2. Jacob born Oct 20, 1794 in Penn *
3. Ellen born 1797or 8 in Kentucky. * wed Wm. Campbell *.
4. Catherine "Kitty" born about 1797 in Oldham Ct * Kitty wed Bailey Haskins*
5. Mary born about 1802 in Henry Ct Kentucky *Mary Ann wed George William Esters in 1823
6. Sarah Ann born 1806 in Henry Ct. * Sarah wed Johnathan Cox* and 2nd David Cosat on Jan 15, 1860
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 1811 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.

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 10-16, 1 male 16-26 and 1 male 26-45, 4 females under 10, and 1 female 10-16. Annie must have died between 1818 and 1820. The boys all fit, but Nancy is the only girl that does. This needs checking. It also states that 1 person in the household was foreign-born (Joseph) and 1 person in commerce.

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.  

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.

                                        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. 

Nancy Peggs 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 71years old.  Near by is her son Thomas Peggs died April 1836, age 25 and her grandson, Alfred, son of  Joseph and MA Peggs.  He died in 1855.

And in 1850 Jacob was in Johnson Ct, Indiana, age 55, listed as an Innkeeper. Also there were his brothers Joseph, age 43 listed as a shoemaker and John F. 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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    1. Where in Pennsylvania was she born?
    2. Who were her parents?
    3. Where were Joseph and Nancy wed?



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