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Biographical sketch of John Pegg, from "Portrait and Biographical Record, Randolph County, Indiana", by A.W. Bowen & Co., Chicago, IL. Published 1894.

John Pegg, of White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana, was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, May 17, 1800. He was a son of Reuben and Rachel (Chambless) Pegg, early settlers of the Carolinas, and descendants of an English family, which came to the United States in the time of the colonies. In early manhood, John Pegg left the parental roof and came to Indiana, locating at Richmond, Wayne County; thence, about the year 1831, made his way to the county of Randolph and entered a tract of land in Section 28, White River Township, where he carved out a farm from what was then an unbroken wilderness. Subsequently he added to his original purchase, and in time, became the owner of a valuable farm of 164 acres, the greater part of which, under his judicious care and management, was brought to a high state of cultivation. On the 12th day of February, 1829, Mr. Pegg was united in marriage to Lydia Cloud, daughter of Mordecai and Rebecca (Thornton) Cloud, of Warren County, Ohio, the fruit of which union was the following children: Mrs., Jane L. Teagle, deceased; William; Rebecca, wife of J. Hurst; Rachel, wife of A. Giberson; Martin; Mrs. Lydia Moore, deceased; John; Mrs. Minerva Oren, deceased; Jesse; Lucinda, wife of H. Wolfe, and Lurene, wife of B. F. Edwards.

Mr. Pegg followed farming all his life and met with well-earned success in that useful calling. As a neighbor and citizen he was highly esteemed, and during a long and remarkably useful life, he enjoyed, in a full degree, the respect and confidence of all with which he had business or other relations. While not identified with any church or religious organization, he was a firm believer in the morality as taught by the Sacred Scriptures, and his character as a man was ever above reproach, and the integrity of his motives was never known to have been questioned. Originally a Whig, he afterward exercised the elective franchise in behalf of the Republican Party, and while always taking a lively interest in matters political, he never aspired to official position, preferring to give the best energies of his mind to his business and to the proper rearing of his family. Upright in his dealings, he earned reputation of which any man might feel justly proud, and the memory of a life well spent and duties well performed is the most valuable legacy to a grateful posterity. The death of this good man occurred April 7, 1867, in White River Township, and in his departure the community lost a noble citizen, his neighbors a kind and faithful counselor, and his immediate family a true and faithful husband and a kind and indulgent father. Mrs. Pegg is still living, having reached a ripe old age, and is surrounded by her children, who rise up and call her blessed. She has thirty living grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren, and all who know her unite in praising her for the great amount of good which she has accomplished, as well as for her many noble qualities of mind and heart.


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