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Of Pennsylvania

"Pegg News Articles"
Interesting . . .
Old Newspaper Articles
...from around the country
1800 to 1922



"Documents Found"
Discovered by Daniel Dixon

"Documents of Nathan Pegg"




By Daniel Dixon


Written by Daniel Dixon

A History of the Pegg Estate in the Northern Liberties District of Philadelphia
Compiled by Sheri Pegg and Daniel K. Dixon
Written by Daniel Dixon
(perfect bound 91 pages)

From the author of
"Breaking Ground" AND "Unraveling the Mystery of Multiple Daniel Peggs in Hunterdon County, New Jersey", both now out of print.

In Memory Of

1932 - 2001
ROGER HUFF dedicated many years of his life, to the research of the Pegg family. His goal was to prove and disprove beliefs that he shared with Milton N. Pegg. Sadly, his dream of completing the first four generations of decendants, from Daniel PEGG I, ended on April 8, 2001. The loss of this gentle man will be greatly felt by all who had the good fortune to know him, and for those who didn't.
From the files

of Roger Huff
Research Summary . . .Final Report to Roger Huff.

The Friends Records effectively stop with Daniel Pegg, Sr

"Read the Report"



of Daniel Pegg



      Most of what I know, about Daniel PEGG, was written in the book titled, "A Genealogy of Some Families Descended From Daniel Pegg Who Settled in the Seventeenth Century Where the City of Philadelphia now Stands"  by Milton N. PEGG. It came to me from a very nice cousin, Dianne Anderson, in California, mother of Janice Baker "PEGG FAMILY HISTORY" (link no longer works). She copied the entire book, including pictures, and sent it to me, just because I was researching the PEGG family. It was such a generous thing to do, that I was inspired. I decided to type the book into the computer and send it back to her, via email, so that we might share it with other researchers.

From the book...."Daniel Pegg 1st, was a member of the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers. This order grew out of the Puritan movement. Their basic belief in the equality of all persons in God's sight, their refusal to engage in military service and their refusal to recognize any class distinctions brought them into sharp opposition with the Church and with the State in England, especially after Charles II came to the throne in 1660. About this time fifteen thousand Quakers were thrown into prison and four hundred and fifty died in jail. Between 1650 and 1660 George Fox and other prominent Quakers urged the establishment of a colony in America as a refuge for Quakers who were suffering persecution. This was granted in 1676, and in 1677 two hundred and thirty Quakers from London and Yorkshire founded a settlement that became Burlington in America. Within two years there were three hundred houses and twenty-five hundred of a population in America."

"We do not know just when Daniel Pegg came to America. The earliest date mentioned in W. J. Pegg's papers is that of a deed of land for 600 acres in 1665 made out to Daniel Pegg who settled on the banks of the Delaware river between the Cohoquinoque and Cohocksinck creeks. This land along the Delaware river was under Swedish control from 1638 to 1655 when it passed to Dutch control. Then the English took control in 1664. Though control changed the settlers remained and so Jurian Hartzfielder who obtained from the Court of upland in the time of the Swedes, a grant of land on the banks of the Delaware, afterwards sold three hundred and fifty acres of this land to Daniel Pegg. Sir William Penn who came to America in 1680, some time after Daniel, confirmed this sale on March 26th, 1684. This was recorded at Philadelphia in Patent Book A, Vol. 4, page 353. This area later became known as the Northern Liberties." (Several OLD NEWS ITEMS about the PEGG land and the 99 year lease to the City of Philadelphia.)  

"It is interesting to note that before the coming of the white man to this area, it was inhabited by a tribe of Indians known as the Lenni-Lennape, later called the Delawares. They were of an ancient and proud lineage known to other Indians as the "Original People" and bore the name of "Grandfather of the Red Men". The Quakers treated the Indians with great fairness and kindness and it is on record that no Quaker was ever killed by an Indian. In 1732 when the last Indian claims were settled in this area, their spokesman declared, "Not a drop of our blood have you spilled in battle, not an acre of our ground have you taken without our consent". how different was the treatment of Indians elsewhere in the eastern states where a state of constant warfare existed until the Indians were extreminated or driven out of their country."

"Daniel Pegg evidently was a God-fearing, industrious, thrifty man of considerable knowledge and business ability judging by the state of prosperity his will indicates. He owned a large brick manor house, a plantation and negro slaves as well as a brickyard, a tanyard and a malt house. Bricks for building houses were first used in England in the reign of James 1st (1603-1625). The knowledge of brick-making and of woollen mills was passed down from father to son until Isaac Pegg's time."

"As shown on the family tree, Daniel 1st was twice married and had four sons and three daughters but only one son left heirs to carry on the Pegg name. His name was Nathan. Daniel died Dec. 23rd, 1702 and was buried in the Friend's buring ground with members of his family at 302 Arch Street, Philadelphia."

One Pegg researcher has written: "Daniel Pegg was, in all probability, a descendant of the Pegges of Derbyshire, England, a pedigree of which family will be found in Hunter's Families". The descent, however, has not been proven.

Found in the "The Papers of William Penn" (Vol. 3) under the ""Blackwell Rent Rolls, 1688-1689", Daniel Pegg is listed as an "OR" (old renter) in 1681; surveyed for 150 acres, Phila. Co., paid 1 1/2 bushels wheat rent to William Penn.

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Philadelphia [p.450) MINUTES AND MARRIAGE RECORDS page 567 1691, 3, 5. Barbara, Phila., Pa., m Daniel Pegg, Phila., Pa.

(Made in 1702 - Will Book B, page 296.)

   I, Daniel Pegg, being weak of body but of perfect memory, praised be the Lord for the same. And not knowing how soon it may please the Lord to call me hence do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament how I would have that estate God has blessed me with disposed of.
   1st - My will is that all my lawful debts be paid and satisfied giving to my executors, hereafter named, full power to sell my brick house on the bank of the Delaware river in Philadelphia, for and towards the paying of my said debts.

Item - I do give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, fifty pounds and the ground rent of the house at Philadelphia, formerly Daniel Smiths, to be paid to her at the age of twenty-one years.

I do give to my daughter Jane, fifty pounds at the age of twenty-one years.

Item - I do give and bequeath to my youngest son, Nathan Pegg, fifty pounds at the age of twenty-one years, which said one hundred and fifty pounds, shall be raised, out of my stock.

Item - I do give and bequeath to my son Elias Pegg, the house and ground called the Malt House. Together with ten acres of land, that which was formerly William Framson's, and half the swamp adjoining the same and also the ground between the said Malt House and the boat and oars and twenty feet of ground beyond each of the said houses at the age of twenty-one years.

Item - I do give and bequeath to my eldest son Daniel Pegg, my manor house and plantation and Negroes, when he shall attain the age of twenty-one years. He paying to his sister Jane and to his brother Nathan, fifty pounds apiece when they shall attain to the age of twenty-one years. And I do give to my son Nathan that six acres of land and my right to the tanyard whereon Thomas Williams liveth.

Item - I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Barbara Pegg all the rest of my stock and movables, and all the rents of my estate until my said children shall come of age, and after that the valuable thirds of all the rents during her natural life, being towards bringing up my said children. Now if my son Daniel shall happen to die before he comes of age, then his share to fall to my son Elias Pegg, and his share to be given to my son Nathan.

And I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my friends John Stacy, Elias Jones and John Redman to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me.

In testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this eleventh day of February in the year AD 1702. Before sealing and delivering hereof. My further will is that my said executors shall have full power to make sale of stock or Negroes. For the raising of the one hundred and fifty pounds aforesaid, and for paying my debts that shall yet be unpaid after the house as aforesaid is sold, and to let and sell any part of my estate for the benefit and use aforesaid. Daniel Pegg (seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us: John Hart, Daniel Toole & Samuel Parker. Regularly admitted to Probate, March 1st, 1702. Executors declined to serve, March 19th, 1702. Court appointed Barbara Pegg, relict of deceased, to administer the Estate, March 27th, 1702.

The following is a newspaper account of the lease of Daniel Pegg, to the City of Philadelphia for a tract of land. Copied by permission from W. Miller. When the family went in search of this lease in the record book it could not be found, nor was their any evidence that one ever existed.

Pages 203-4, June 10th, 1793.
From Daniel Pegg to the city of Philadelphia, Pa.; five hundred and fifty (550) acres of land to have and to hold in contract on lease by me for ninety-nine (99) years. It laying direct in line commencing at my brick house which is on the Delaware river, north three hundred (300) chains, there being five hundred and fifty (550) acres in all, and also three hundred (300) acres in the Northern Liberties in the city limits of Harrisburg, Pa.

I, James Wilson, Justice of the Supreme Court of Philadelphia, Pa., here witness and set my seal this 10th day of June, 1793.
Witnessed and sworn to by James Polk, Clerk of the Court and officers Smith, Meredith, and James I. Scott.

This for the benefit of my children, my daughter Nellie Pegg, my son Elias Pegg and my daughter Rachel Pegg, they do receive the rentals of the said land every twenty years, or their offspring as they agree.

I, James Wilson, make this agreement with Daniel Pegg in Harrisburg, Pa., June 10th, 1793, supporting and constituting this agreement with Daniel Pegg. James Wilson, C. of C.
Recorded in book of C. of C. Folio 503.

From Cantrell Family History:
"In 1684, a law was passed in the Courts of England directing that all inhabitants in the colony register in their respective counties, so their movement between counties and colonies would be known to county and other authorities. The lists now available in the possession of the Historical Society are not complete, indicating that the law was never completely carried out. The lists cover the period May 1684 - August 1687."

"Barbara Jones came to this country from either Flint, or Denbigh, Wales, in the ship "Submission", September 1682. From the log of the "Submission": Ellis Jones, age 45; Jane Jones, age 40; Barbara Jones, age 13; Mary Jones, age 12; Dorothy Jones, age 10; Isaac Jones, age 4 months."

9-2-1685 (Nov. 2, 1685) "Daniel Pegg desiring a Certificate of his clearness relating to marriage. Thomas Fitzwater and Thomas Cross are to enquire concerning him and give account to the next meeting." (Minutes of Phila. MM, p.42)

12-27-1690/91 (Feb. 27, 1691), Mary Fincher and Margaret Beardsley present Daniel Pegg and Barbara Jones who declared their intentions of marriage before this meeting, it being the first time. Friends appoint Francis Rawles and Ralph Ward to enquire into the clearness of the said Daniel, and make report thereof to the next meeting. (Minutes of Phila. MM, p.131)

1-27-1691 (Mar. 27, 1691), Daniel Pegg and Barbara Jones appeared before this meeting, signifying their intentions of taking each other in marriage, it being the second time and after enquiry made, concerning the said Daniel, nothing appeared to obstruct his proceedings, so Friends gave way that they might accomplish their aforesaid intentions according to the order of Truth. (Minutes of Phila. MM, p.132)

3-5-1691 (May 5, 1691), Daniel Pegg m. Barbara Jones, daughter of Ellis and Jane Jones of Philadelphia Meeting. Witnesses: Jane and Ellis Jones, Thomas Fitzwater, Abel Noble, John Stacy, Henry Furness and 21 others. (Recorded in original book B - A, p.10, Phila. MM)

The "Pennsylvania Historical Magazine" in a list of names of "Important Colonists, who came in the 'Submission'", mentions Ellis Jones. Ellis was a resident of Bucks County, 1684, but did not remain there long, and in the Welsh Tract Purchases his name appears as having purchased one hundred acres in Nantonell Parish, Radnor. Barbara Jones married her cousin Isaac Jones, and Dorothy Jones married Richard Cantril.

"Ellis Jones, a weaver and servant to the Governor, and his family were Quakers and as Richard Cantril belonged to the Church of England, Richard and Dorothy were married, to use a Quaker term, "Out of Meeting"."

"Barbara's sister, Dorothy, seems to have been a young lady of considerable spirit and independence of character. She not only married the man of her choice, irrespective of her religious training, but later evidence is found of her love of gaiety and society in an old history of Philadelphia where she figured (danced?) at a masquerade ball, much to the horror of her more quiet friends. She seems to have inherited her love of society from her mother, for the name of Jane Jones appears as witness to the marriage of a great many Quaker of her day, and the Quaker weddings were probably the principal events affording those of that sect an expression of their social instinct."

"The will of Jane Jones, relict of Ellis Jones, executed at Philadelphia, August 3, 1730 and recorded at Philadelphia December 27, 1732 mentions her grandchildren: Zebulon Cantril, Joseph Cantril, and Dorothy Cantril, to each of whom she bequeaths "One English shilling, or the value of it in coyn current"."

SOURCE: Cantrell Family History, Glenda Ruth Densmore Harrel, Edgecliff, TX. (Note: I am attempting to find the website so that I may link directly.)

Reference: Early Families of the North Carolina Counties of Rockingham and Stokes with Revolutionary Service, compiled and published by members of James Hunter Chapter, National Society Daughters of American Revolution of Madison, North Carolina, published 1977.  

of Daniel Pegg


Arch Street Meeting House
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Updated July 26, 2012