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From Various Old Newspapers
1800 - 1922


The Oracle of Dauphin (Pennsylvania)
September 8, 1800


By virtue of an order of the Orphan's Court of the county of Northumberland, will be exposed to sale, on Tuesday the seventh day of October next, between the hours of 10 o'clock in the forenoon and 4 in the afternoon of said day, at the house of Joseph Pegg, on the premises, A certain Plantation or tract of Land, situate in Catawissa township in said county, containing Three Hundred and Fourteen and one Quarter acres of Land, and the usual allowance of 6 per cent, with the appurtenances the same being part of the real estate of Philip Albright, deceased. Attendance will be given, and terms made known on the day of sale, by George Albright, and George Small, administrators of said Philip Albright. By order of the Court, Jasper Ewing, Clerk of Orphans Court.

Take Notice
The subscribers, administrators above named, inform the public, that the above plantation is conveniently situate, about one mile from the Susquehannah, and about 10 or 11 miles from Sunbury.

There are sixty acres of said Land cleared and in good order, about six acres of which is meadow; there is also a Barn and two good Dwelling Houses, a Saw-mill, on a good stream; and a great quantity of excellent Timber on said Land. George Albright, George Small, Admin. August 26th, 1800.



The Hudson River Chronicle (New York)
October 30, 1838


In Sawpit, on Tuesday evening, the 10th ult., Mrs. Mary Pegg, wife of Mr. John Pegg.



The North American (Pennsylvania)
May 20, 1839

Among the passengers in the steamer Liverpool, sailed on Saturday morning from New York, were Mrs. Mary Bailey, Messrs. W. H. Mercer, H. M. Walker, John Moss, C. J. Biddle, Jos. Pegg, of Philadelphia, and the Hon. Daniel Webster, lady and daughter.



The Ohio Statesman (Ohio)
March 25, 1846

Benjamin Pegg, a revolutionary soldier, died last week near Covington, Miami county, Ohio, aged one hundred years and ten months.



The New York Herald (New York)
March 26, 1863


On Wednesday, March 25, Sarah, widow of Roger Pegg, in the 75th year of her age.

The friends and those of the family are invited to attend the funeral, from her late residence, No. 52 West Forty-sixth street, on Saturday afternoon, at one o'clock, without further invitation.



New Haven Daily Palladium (Connecticut)
October 12, 1863

Many of our readers will hear with regret of the death of Mr. Samuel W. Pegg, a former resident of this city, whose kind and gentle manners and gentlemanly deportment won the hearts of all who were favored with his acquaintance. He went from this city some four years since, having accepted a situation as a chief clerk in a western town. At the breaking out of the rebellion he joined a New York regiment, but being taken sick while the regiment was in camp near New York, he was rejected by the examining board. But his unwavering patriotism would not allow him to remain inactive, and he came to this city about a year since, and while here received an appointment as hospital steward on the U. S. iron-clad Patapsco. He was actively engaged in his duties until after Dupont's attack on Charleston, when his health failed him and he came home to die. He lingered with the consumption for a few weeks and died at the residence of his father, the Rev. John Pegg, Grosvenor Corners, Schoharie Co., N. Y.



The Critic (Washington D. C.)
April 24, 1871

Mr. Randall Pegg, an old, well-known and eccentric citizen of the Sixth ward, died on Saturday afternoon. There is hardly a citizen of Washington who has not seen him, hat in hand, even in mid-winter, pacing all over town, as he said, "for exercise," and at times would have all the semblance of a lunatic, and yet, save for this one peculiarity, Mr. Pegg was a quiet, honest man, all his days, and was never known to harm anybody or do a wrong act.



Deseret Evening News (Utah)
August 16, 1877


In this City, August 15th, at 2 p.m., of convulsions, Winnie Haynes Culmer, daughter of G. F. and Annie Culmer, aged 2 years and 6 months.

In the 13th Ward of this City, of general debility, James Pegg, in the 82nd year of his age.

Deceased was a native of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, joined the Church in Sydney, Australia, twenty-three years ago, and emigrated from the latter place during the present year, arriving in this City ten weeks since. Elder Pegg was a diligent and faithful Latter-day Saint, and was greatly respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. to-morrow, at late residence of deceased. Friends of the family are invited.



Idaho Daily Statesman (Idaho)
Dec 8, 1892


Joe Pegg, as his intimates call him, and Captain Pegg, as he delighted to be called on the strength of his owning a 2-ton catboat- is a man of some wealth and a great deal of leisure.

Recently Captain Pegg made a trip to Europe, and in order that the officers of the state department might earn their money, as well as to show his own importance, the captain secured a passport-secured it personally in Washington, so as to make sure that it was all right.

In the passport a description of the person is always written, but this the captain, in the hurry of preparation, neglected to read.

One day, while dining at a restaurant in Berlin, an official entered, and tapping the captain on the shoulder said:
"Beg your pardon, sir, but I am in search of an escaped convict, and as a matter of form you will oblige me with your passport."

"Do I look like a convict?" demanded the captain.

"Possibly not, but in any case I must see your passport."

In his confusion the captain, instead of producing his passport, handed the officer the bill of fare. The latter commenced to read:

"Sheep's head, neck of mutton, pig's feet. Very good, sir, the description talies; you must come along."
Alfred R. Calhoun



The Daily Inter Ocean (Illinois)
Jan 28, 1894

Dubuque, Iowa, Jan. 27 - Special Telegram

Dr. Austin Pegg, of Ossian, Iowa, died there today of brain fever. He was under indictment here with Pension Agent Van Lewen, and it is supposed worry killed him.



The Knoxville Journal (Kentucky)
December 15, 1895

Descendants Daniel Pegg of Philadelphia.
Thirty Four Acres of Ground in the Quaker city Belongs to Them -
Several Heirs in Knoxville.

The following which appeared in the press dispatches more than two months ago, gives an interesting account of an old lease now lapsed in the city of Philadelphia in which certain Knoxville parties are particularly interested:

Portland, Oregon, December 23.
H. W. Gillingham, living on a ranch in the Coast mountains west of McMinnville, received a letter last week from his brother in Ohio, making it plain that in course of time, together with several other heirs of Daniel Pegg, he is likely to come into possession of a large fortune.

In 1793 Daniel Pegg leased thirty-four acres of land to the city of Philadelphia for a term of 99 years. The land was subsequently parceled out subject to this lease, as the records are said to show, and in time became part of the great city. For 40 years no lease money has been paid and aside from the property itself there is a large claim against the city. Gillingham will shortly leave for Philadelphia to accelerate proceedings.

The information contained in the above dispatch has proven especially interesting to at least two residents of Knoxville, who have been notified that they are among the beneficiaries of the magnificent estate mentioned above.

They are Mr. Wm. P. Pegg, (familiarly known as "Bob") and his sister, Mrs. H. C. Barry, grandchildren of Frederick Pegg, who died here many years ago and who was a grandson of Daniel Pegg above referred to.

A journal reporter in attempting to gather further details of the matter yesterday learned that the young man mentioned as one of the heirs was temporarily absent from the city, but later he gathered from Mr. H. C. Barry a very interesting statement regarding the big bonanza.

"So far as I know there can be no longer any objection to its publication," said Mr. Barry, "especially since it is the expressed desire of Mr. Gillingham that the matter be made public in order that all heirs may present their claims. It all came about in this way," he continued, "A letter from a relative enclosed the above dispatch clipped from a Cincinnati paper and requested correspondence on the subject, adding that the earliest ancestor of whom any record exists, according to family tradition came to this country from England whan a lad of fifteen in the early part of the seventeenth century, locating in Philadelphia, when that city was the national capital. Here is a letter received from a relative in Indiana, who is in possession of records giving the names of ancestors back to Daniel. An explanatory letter from Mr. Gillingham mentioned above says: "The property embraces thirty acres, now built up in solid brick structures in the business portion of Philadelphia, and four acres are occupied by union depot and buildings, the wole with forty years' rent due being now estimated at ninety millions."

"Besides these, a number of other letters have been received by the heirs here from claimants in different states, as well as from attorneys, regarding the estate. Some of the claimants-there are about seventy-are giving powers of attorney for the settlement of their claims at the best advantage, while others will probably await the result of the big lawsuit which will inevitably folow."



Daily Inter Ocean (Illinois)
Jan 9, 1896

WILL SECURE PART OF $66,000.000.
Residents of Decatur, Ill., Are Heirs to the Pegg Estate
Decatur, Ill., Jan. 8 - Special Telegram.

James Boone, Mrs. C. R. Johnson, and Eugene Boone were today officially informed that it had been proved that they are among the fifty-four heirs to the Pegg estate of $66,000,000, at Philadelphia, Pa., soon to be secured by the claimants. Dr. and Mrs. A. S. Bryan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles Pegg of Batavia, Ohio, and L. M. Bryan, author of "A Guide to the Civil Service," are among the other heirs. The mother of the Boones of Decatur was a Pegg. Her grandfather was a brother of Daniel Pegg. President Buchanan gave to the paternal grandparents of the Pegg family a land grant for the property in question, and the ninety-nine-year lease will expire in a short time. The Decatur heirs are a hard-working people.



The Kansas City Star (Missouri)
Jan 12, 1896

A Kansas City Beef Salesman Has Expectations of Affluence

M. A. Pegg of 1116 1/2 Michigan avenue, a salesman for the St. Louis Avenue Beef company, a branch of the Swift Packing company, is of the opinion that he is one of the heirs to 66 million dollars' worth of property in Philadelphia, which has recently reverted to the Pegg family by the expiration of a ninety-nine year lease, Fifty-four heirs have already put in their claims. Mr. Pegg's uncle, A. B. Pegg of Terre Haute, Ind., recently wrote to him and said that he was preparing to take the matter into court.



Morning World Herald (Nebraska)
Jan. 30, 1896

A Council Bluffs Lady Who Has a Claim on the Pegg Estate.

The press dispatches recently have contained announcements regarding the Pegg estate in Philadelphia, estimated to be worth $66,000,000 and soon to be distributed among the heirs. The estate comprises an immense tract of land granted by Buchanan to the Pegg family. A large part of it was allenated from the control of the owners by a ninety-nine-year lease which will soon terminate. Mrs. Hannah Crum, 720 Broadway, is a daughter of Elizabeth Antill and a grand-daughter of Nancy Pegg, who was a sister to Daniel Pegg, one of the original owners of the estate. Mrs. Crum has proof of her descent and will assert her claim as one of the heirs to the vast estate.



The Morning Herald (Kentucky)
February 9, 1896

Anderson, Ind., Feb. 8

Mrs. Samuel Cook, leader of the Women's Christian Temperance union, and who is known over the state in that connection, has information that she is one of the direct heirs of Valentine Pegg, deceased, who left an estate in Philadelphia valued at $75,000,000.



The Sioux City Journal (Iowa)
Feb 12, 1896

Samuel Pegg, of Greensburg, Ind., Claims Thirty Acres in Philadelphia
Greensburg, Ind., Feb. 11

A vast fortune in Philadelphia is said to await Samuel Pegg, a farmer of this county, and he will leave Tuesday to look after his share. The estate is valued at $85,000,000, and the property consists of about thirty acres in the central part of Philadelphia. Mr. Pegg has traced his relationship, and finds that the man who left the vast wealth was the only uncle of his father, Rev. Reuben Pegg. There was one brother and a sister. There are only five known living descendants, and by descent Samuel Pegg comes into possession of one-eighth of the estate. They have been notified by their lawyer in Philadelphia, who has been for some time working on the case, that a division will be made as soon as they can all go and claim their rights.



The Morning Herald (Kentucky)
March 20, 1896

Peru, Ind., March 19

Last Friday James Pegg, a veteran of the late war, who resided in Peoria, received a check for over $300 from the pension department. He deposited the check in a bank and as he was leaving the building he was seized with hemorrhage of the nose and on Monday he died.



The Philadelphia Enquirer (Pennsylvania)
April 1, 1896

Officers Much annoyed Regarding the Publication of Fictitious Accounts

The officials and clerks in the offices of the Prothonotary and Register of Wills, are over-run with inquiries and letters pertaining to what purports to be the estate of Daniel Pegg.

The officers state positively that there is no such estate, and they are greatly annoyed at the fictitious accounts which have been published throughout the country.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
April 6, 1896

Representatives in Philadelphia Looking Up Millions
Special to The Inquirer.
Springfield, O., April 5.

The Pegg heirs of this and adjoining States who seek to obtain possession of 35o acres of land in the heart of Philadelphia, have formed an association and are now arranging for a big meeting, to be held at Columbus on April 11.

The famous case of the Anneke Jans Bogardus heirs for the possession of millions' worth of property situated in the heart of the New York business section and held by the Trinity Church Corporation has a parallel in the Pegg suit in this State. The Anneke Jans heirs have formed an incorporated company for the prosecution of their claims. The descendants of Pegg have not been so radical, but they have an association that answers the purpose just as well.

At present Colonel Innes, of the State Capitol, in company with L. L. Pegg, is in Philadelphia looking after their interests by examining records and tracing the genealogical branches. At the meeting of the heirs a decision will be made by the Pegg Association in the premises.

It is stated that if the original property granted in the patent was held together it would to-day be worth $850,000,000.

Clerks and officials in the offices of the Prothonotary and Register of Wills are almost upset by the numerous letters and inquiries pouring in, asking for information concerning what purports to be the estate of Daniel Pegg. The officers declare with a good deal of emphasis that no such estate exists.



Aberdeen Daily News (South Dakota)
December 31, 1897

Bath, South Dakota, Dec. 29

Elijah Pegg returned home to Mason, Minn., Friday night.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
April 26, 1899


On April 24, 1899, John Pegg, in the 82nd year of his age. Funeral services at his late residence, 606 Spruce street, on Thursday, the 26th inst., at 1 o['clock P. M., precisely. Interment private.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
December 21, 1901


In response to a communication from William H. Bryan, of Buffalo, inquiring after the "Pegg estate," supposed to be worth millions, with large deposits in the treasury of this city, City Treasurer Moore yesterday replied for the benefit of Mr. Bryan and others making similar inquiries that the estate and deposits, as far as he knows, have nothing but a mythical existence. Numerous other inquiries have been received, which Mr. Moore believes to have been inspired by unscrupulous agents seeking dupes.



The Olympian (Washington)
August 23, 1902

Descendants of Daniel Pegg Expect to Establish Title to Property Valued at Millions.
Indianapolis, Ind., Aug 23

During the coming week several sorts of persons living in various parts of Indiana and adjoining state will meet in Indianapolis to raise funds to send legal representatives to Philadelphia to establish their claim to property in the business district of that cityvalued at millions of dollars, which they claim is due them as descendants of Daniel Pegg, the original owner of the land. The heirs claim that Pegg owned 350 acres of land in what is now the heart of Philadelphia, on a grant from the lieutenant governor of the colony of New York, which was leased to the city of Philadelphia, William Penn. The heirs believe that they can prove title to the ground, which it is declared was leased to the city of Philadelphia by Daniel Pegg, the third of the line. They have engaged able counsel to represent them and go to Philadelphia to search the records for the proofs. In order to prove the claim it will first be necessary to secure a plat of the ground, a very difficult thing, the attorneys say, and if the proof is abtainable, suit will be filed to recover the property and moneys due them for rental on the lease.

The claimants have two or three times before attempted to investigate the claim, but have never had sufficient funds. It is believed that at next week's conference the sufficient amount will be raised to push the matter to a conclusion.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
March 1, 1904

Alleged Heirs of Daniel Pegg Claim Large Quantity of Property Above Vine Street

The Pegg heirs have turned up again. They claim title to all the property in the Northern Liberties district from Vine to Poplar streets and from Third street to the Delaware River. They yesterday visited Lawyer J. Joseph Murphy and deposited with him a great mass of papers yellow with age.

Mr. Murphy promised to look into their case carefully. He said that as the property claimed was worth about $50,000,000, saving nothing of all of the back rents, his fee ought to be about fifteen millions, if they recovered. That sum made him happier than he always is. The base of the claim is that Daniel Pegg leased the territory for 99 years and that the term has expired. Fifty years ago the name of Daniel Pegg was a household word in that section of the city. Pegg street was named in his honor. The creek where Willow street now is was then called Pegg's Run.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
Nov. 16, 1907


Suddenly, at Buford, North Dakota, on November 12, 1907. William Pegg, Jr. in his 37th year. Due, notice of funeral wll be given, from his late residence, 4176 Poplar street.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
Feb 13, 1908

Danville, Pa., Feb. 12

Robert J. Pegg, of this town, was today notified that he has been appointed by Governor Stuart as trustee of the Hospital for the Insane at this place, vice Harry M. Schoch deceased.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
September 29, 1908


On September 27, 1908, Sarah, wife of John Pegg. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, on Wednesday 30th inst., at 1:30 P. M., from the residence of her husband, 1416 Ellsworth st. Services at St. Andrew's Church. 6th and Spruce sts., at 2:30 P. M. Interment at Odd Fellows' Cemetery.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
August 16, 1911

Flemington, N. J., Aug. 15.

John Pegg, aged about 75 years, was found dead in his woods near Ringoes last night. Pegg drove to the woods in the afternoon. There was a large gash on his head. It is believed he fell from the wagon, his head striking a stone. Pegg was a former constable of Amwell township and was well known.



Morning Oregonian (Oregon)
June 3, 1914


June 22, at the residence, 943 Thurman st., John Pegg, aged 63 years. Funeral services will be held at Dunning & McEntees chapel today (Tuesday) at 2:30 P. M. Friends respectfully invited. Remains will be taken to the Crematorium.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Pennsylvania)
November 16, 1918

Administrators were named in the following estates today;

Estate of Harry W. Pegg, late of Kingston, Edward W. Pegg, administrator, value $1000.



Wilkes Barre Times Leader (Pennsylvania)
December 19, 1921


A surprise party was held Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice H. Davis, of Shawnee avenue, in honor of their daughter, Miss Eleanor. A delightful evening was spent in games and singing.

At a late hour luncheon was served to the following: Margaret Davis, Margaret Jones, Lawrence Pegg, Mabel Richards, Evan Davis, Warren Meyer, Marie Evans, Eleanor Davis, Anna Davis, Trixie Powell, Malcolm Scott, Roy Reese, Ruth Jones, Benjamin Trimcavage, Mildred Reese, Hannah Davis, Janet Humphreys, David Lloyd, Ralph Humphreys, Madeline Walzack, William Reese, Ruth Patten, Mr. and Mrs. M. Davis and daughter, Margaret.



The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
July 24, 1922


Suddenly, July 21, Charles D, son of Millie and the late William Pegg, aged 23. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral. Tues., 2 P. M., from his mother's residence, 3528 Fisk ave., Falls of Schuylkill. Int. Mt. Peace Cem. Friends may call Mon, eve.









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