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Issue of Daniel Pegram4 and Nancy Hardaway

MARTHA PEGRAM5, daughter of Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway, was born 10 March 1802, likely in Bedford County, Virginia, and died 12 September 1828. She moved to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina with her parents about 18 13-14. Martha married Jacob Stowe Jr. There is some confusion as to the children of Martha and Jacob Jr. There seems to be no question that they had a son, STEPHENS DECATUR6, born 22 June 1822 and died 23 March 1894. Stephens married Margaret Abernathy, and had two children; HARDAWAY7, and MARTHA, who is buried in the old Stoneville Cemetery, near Belmont, North Carolina. Martha and Jacob also had a daughter, maybe two. One source (19) lists a daughter MINERVA PEGRAM7, who married Amzi Barnett.

Another source (125) lists a daughter HARRIET7, born 18 September 1827 and died 11 September 1828. It is most likely that there were two daughters, but since Harriet died at one year of age she was not always listed.

Martha Pegram Stowe is buried in the Stowe family graveyard in Gaston County, North Carolina.

HARRIET PEGRAM5, daughter of Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway, was born 6 June 1804, almost assuredly in Bedford County, Virginia. She moved to North Carolina with her parents. She died 27 August 1835 and is buried in the Bethel Churchyard, York, South Carolina. Harriet married Thomas Brevard McLean of Lincoln County, North Carolina, 22 December 1831. He was born 10 February 1804 and died 25 February 1865. Harriet and Thomas had a son JOHN DAVIDSON6.

JOHN DAVIDSON McLEAN, M.D.6 was born 16 October 1832, and died 1 March 1878. He married Mary Elizabeth Dodson McLean, a cousin, 5 November 1865. She was born 4 March 1842 and died 28 June 1874. They had three children:

LEON THOMAS, m. Julia Budd.
ROBERT CLYDE, m. Rose Adams.

There are a large number of descendants of the children of Dr. John Davidson and Mary McLean, that are not known to the compiler. Robert Clyde McLean had a son LEON LESLIE8 of Gastonia, North Carolina. He wrote a letter on 22 October 1954 stating that Dr. John Davidson McLean's grandfather was Dr. William McLean, who was a prominent and colorful figure in Lincoln County during the Revolutionary War. He was elected State Senator, and delivered an address at the first celebration of the battle of King's Mountain. He erected, at his own expense, the first monument in memory of the men who died there. He was one of the original members of the Order of the Cincinnati. He married Mary Davidson, a daughter of Major John Davidson, a wealthy and prominent citizen of the area, and a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (131).

JULIA ANN PEGRAM5, daughter of Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway, was born in Bedford County, Virginia, 21 August 1806. She never married, and died 20 June 1874. She is buried in the Old Mason Burying Grounds beside her parents.


EMELINE PEGRAM5, daughter of Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway, was born in Bedford County, Virginia, 20 June 1809. She probably died young, since no record of her has been  found, other than her birth.

ADELINE PEGRAM5, the youngest child of Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway, was born 26 March 18 12. She was probably born in Virginia shortly before her family moved to North Carolina. We have no information on her, but it is fitting to end the Pegram story with "Sweet Adeline".

Daniel Pegram and Nancy Hardaway are the ancestors of untold numbers of descendants. If they could know about them I believe that they would be pleased. Daniel and Nancy were descended from two families of hardy stock, and much of it has been passed on to subsequent generations.


It has no doubt been obvious to the reader that this book was not written with the aid of a word  processor, electronic dictionary or electronic editor. The mistakes are my own.

Much of what I said in concluding the book, "Descendants of John Simmons of North Carolina 1760" (119), applies equally to the present treatise.

You have now become acquainted with some of our ancestors, deceased relatives and living  members of the Pegram family. Bringing them to you has been an intriguing and revealing journey. I have trod some of the same soil as our forefathers, and in a less material way have walked, talked and lived with them, over a period of years. I feel that I know many ofthem personally, and found them to be a stalwart, proud and determined people, as exemplified by their numerous accomplishments and wide recognition. The inherent characteristics of our early Virginia ancestors have, to a considerable extent, been preserved in many present day descendants.

These descendants should have a better sense of belonging, since being introduced to their people. Without a knowledge of filial relationships there is a lack of a satisfying perspective, as if one were hatched from an egg incubated by the sun. The information presented leads us back three hundred years, a century before the birth of our nation, to which the Pegram family so nobly contributed.

A challenge awaits the individual that will undertake the journey beyond George Pegram1, to our English ancestors. They will be well rewarded by meeting some interesting family members, long since departed.

As for me, the years spent in bringing this story to you have been pleasant and satisfying ones, and I trust that the readers will feel that their time has been well spent.

Filially Yours,


Samuel W. Simmons
2050 Black Fox Drive, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30345


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