All Caucasian Pegrams living in America today can be traced to George Pegram who died in York Co., Va. prior to 1693. George had other sons as reflected by the records of early Virginia but there are no living male descendents of any that did not come through his son Daniel Pegram who was born by 1690 in York Co. or son William who also lived in Williamsburg, Va. The home of William Pegram is still standing in Williamsburg and is now in private hands. We know nothing of George's wife except that she was a HUNT. We can determine this from the apprenticeship papers of George's son, George, when he was apprenticed to Daniel DuVal. George's apprenticeship papers were signed by ROBERT HUNT who is identified as his uncle. It is thought that Daniel DuVal was the builder of the historic Ware Parish Church in Gloucester Co., VA. which would have occurred during George's apprenticeship. While this has been a theory of many DuVal researchers, it is not yet proven. We have not been able to identify any subsequent descendants of this George.
Daniel (son of George, our common ancestor) was orphaned in York Co, VA. At the age of about 12-14 he was apprenticed to Thomas Whitby as a carpenter (01/24/1704 - 01/12/1711) York Co., Deeds, Orders, Wills 12, 1702-1706, 165. He later acquired and built a house on lot 183 in Williamsburg which he occupied at the time of his death in 1726. Since he lived very near the Governor's Palace it is interesting to think he may have been involved in the construction.
His will, proved 18 July 1726, listed his
children and ordered that ..."every one of my Children namely Daniel
Pegram, Edward Pegram, Mary Pegram and Sarah Pegram have each of
them a Ring of the Value of twenty Shillings to be raised out of my
Estate," and also ordered that his house and lot in Williamsburg
be sold. He left the remainder of his estate to his wife
Sarah, "to be disposed of as she thinks fitt," and named her his
sole executor. York County Records, Orders, Wills, Book 16,
page 400. His wife had apparently been
married prior to her marriage to Daniel Pegram. She left her
"Son David Foese his freedom" and all the tools formerly belonging
to her husband Daniel Pegram. Sarah's estate was to be divided
among her five children, Mary, Sarah, Daniel, Edward and George.
The inventory of her estate, recorded in York County June 21, 1727,
listed cattle, horses and household furnishings valued at 53:8:4-
1/2 pounds. Since George was not named in his father's will,
it is assumed he was born after his father's death.
There is absolutely no documentation for the idea
that Sarah, wife of Daniel was also a Hunt and this is the first
correction that anyone tracing their Pegram roots should make.
Daniel died in Williamsburg in 1725/26 and his wife died the next
year in 1727. Sarah's tombstone can still be seen in the Bruton
Church cemetery in Williamsburg.
Edward Pegram's line has been extensively documented by Dr. Samuel W. Simmons. Winona, a descendant of Daniel Pegram of Warren Co., NC has also maintained an extensive database on the descendants of Edward which she has shared for inclusion here. We originally intended to limit this webpage to the descendents of Daniel Pegram of Warren Co., NC. but with Winona's generous contributions, we have expanded our scope to include ALL descendants of George Pegram of Williamsburg, Va., our common ancestor. We have also included a transcribed copy of Dr. Simmons' book on the web site.
Another great resource on the Pegram family is "Some Pegrams of Middle Tennessee" by Dorothy Pegram Roland which we be posting here as well. Dorothy was kind enough to give us written permission to use her work and it is a great source for any Pegram descendants with Tennessee roots.
There are still links that can not be documented
from existing public records but with rare exception the only
questions involve a choice of brothers as to an undocumented parent.
While we think we have almost exhausted the public records, we
realize there are still possible links to be found in family bibles
and private collections which are not in the public domain. Until
recently, no one in N.C. could document John Pegram's wife,
Parthenia. Then I heard from a Pegram in West Virginia who said she
had a family bible naming Parthenia as Parthenia Bell.
Note: We will soon finish updating the present information found here. It may take a few months to finish projects we have already started but the final update should be finished and online before the end of 2010. There is so much more that can and should be done but it must be left to others. We do hope that we have provided sufficient information to help future generations use our data to document their own Pegram ancestry.
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