ESTATE OF JOHN PEGRAM, JR
of Guilford Co., North Carolina
This is from abstract of Supreme Court
Records - Cause No. 5915 during 1850s from original papers at
N.C. State Archieves. Styled BAKER PEGRAM vs. JESSE F. PEGRAM,
et al. It is posted since it is a document showing the
relationship of George Pegram, Sr. and his son, John Pegram, Sr.
to the Pegrams who settled in Guilford Co., North Carolina.
Abstract: Orator BAKER PEGRAM states that in
1845 his brother, JOHN, borrowed for said BAKER from SAMUEL
DWIGGINS - $150. Said BAKER now owes the Estate of his brother,
JOHN for the stated amount plus interest. Said brother JOHN died
in July 1848 in Guilford Co. and left heirs: JOHN F. PEGRAM,
REBECCA J. PEGRAM, THOMAS C. PEGRAM, JESSE F. PEGRAM and MARY
ANN PEGRAM (who married CHARLES N. BARHAM & died since her
father, leaving infant, JOHN F. BARHAM). However, JESSE F.
PEGRAM and CHARLES N. BARHAM have refused to receive the money
plus interest to pay off the loan. The defendants say that the
loan used a tract of land as collateral and that the loan was
not paid up on time, and therefore the land has now has changed
hands and there is no money due. Following the arguments several
people made depositions with regard to the presumed agreement
between said BAKER PEGRAM and his brother, JOHN. In very brief
summation here is family information gathered from despositions:
JOHN B. PEGRAM states he was born July 1831.
JAMES H. PEGRAM states he is a son of BAKER and 20 years of age.
DEMPSEY McKENNEY states that he married a PEGRAM related to both
JESSE PEGRAM states he is BAKER PEGRAM's brother and brother to
father of Def.
DANIEL PEGRAM states he is a brother to both parties.
JOHN F. PEGRAM says he is 29 years old and BAKER & JOHN were his
Other PEGRAMs who testified but did not state a relationship
are HENRY J. PEGRAM, ALLEN W. PEGRAM, ROBERT W. PEGRAM and
ELIJAH S. PEGRAM.
Probated 1777, Warren Co., North Carolina
In the name of God Amen, I, DANIEL PEGRAM of
the Province of North Carolina and County of Bute being weak in
body, but of a sound sense and memory, and knowing the frailty
of this life, and that it is appointed for all men once to die
have thought proper to make this my Last Will and Testament. As
to my body, I desire it may be decently buried when carried out
of the house. My soul, I trust in the hands of my Dear Redeemer
and as to my temporal affairs after my debts being paid, which
debts are to be paid out of the money due to me for schooling,
and the tobacco as soon as my Exctr. can get a market for the
same, Thomas Miller and Allan Love & Co. being all the debts I
owe, the rest of my Estate which God has blest me with I give
and bequeath in manner and form following
I give to my son DANIEL PEGRAM a tract or
parcel of land situate lying and being on the west side of Hobb
Quarter Creek - bounded by FRANCIS RIGGIN's line and my original
line, between Charles Johnston's deed and me being by estimation
one hundred & forty Acres more or less and whatever was given at
his marriage I now confirm, and do appoint him and my son GEORGE
PEGRAM my Executors, to this my Will and to settle and discharge
my debts with the two above creditors.
I give and bequeath to my son GEORGE PEGRAM
one tract or parcel of land lying in both sides of Hobb Quarter
Creek, bounded by FRANCIS RIGGIN's line from the Hico Road to
the creek, down the creek to a branch called the Mirey branch,
up the said branch to the head, thence by a line of marked trees
to the original line; Thence along the old Line to the Hico
Road, thence up the road to the first station being by
estimation 140 acres more or less, and what was given to him at
his marriage I now confirm.
I give and bequeath to my son EDWARD PEGRAM a
tract or parcel of land on the south side of the Hico road
bounded by the lines of ROBERT HARRIS, JAMES NICHOLSON, FRANCIS
RIGGIN & GEORGE PEGRAM being by estimation 140 acres more or
less & also one mare and fold, six head of cattle & also one
feather bed and pair of sheets and forty shillings V. money due
for his part of tobacco.
I give and bequeath to my son GIDEON PEGRAM
the land whereon he resides, bounded by GEORGE PEGRAM's line,
JOHNSTON's line and Hobb Quarter Creek, being by estimation 140
acres more or less, as also one black mare three years old, 4
head of cattle, 2 sows and shoats, and all the tools except the
cross saw which I leave for the use of all my sons, as also the
fold the sorrell mare is with fold of as also one feather bed
and a pair of sheets.
As to my daughter MARY RIGGIN, having given
her on her marriage what I intended, but fearing the Deed should
not prove authentic, it is my desire that she keep everything
given at that time with out molestation or control.
I leave in the possession of my wife all the
rest of my Estate (except a sorrell horse colt two years old
which colt I give to my daughter SALLY PEGRAM, and the fold the
sorrel mare is now with fold of, which fold is already given to
my son GIDEON which estate of stock and household furniture I
desire she may not be molested in during her life, and I
likewise desire she may live and have this place for her place
of abode during her life, and her daughters SALLEY and PATTEY
PEGRAM to live with her while married, the land that I joined in
taking up and surveying with JOSEPH RIGGIN, I give to my
daughters SALLEY and PATTEY PEGRAM, to be equally divided
between them by my Exctr the part adjoining to THOMAS BELL, to
SALLEY PEGRAM the part on Little Creek to PATTEY PEGRAM, and at
the death of my wife it is my desire that the stock and
household furniture be equally divided between my two daughters
SALLEY & PATTEY PEGRAM except the sorrell mare of which mare and
her increase I give to my daughter PATTEY PEGRAM , and I revoke
and annul all other gifts heretofore made and do acknowledge
this to be my Last Will and Testament. Given and acknowledged
under my hand and seal this 15th day of November 1776.
Daniel Pegram (Seal)
Inventory Estate of
Va. Orders & Wills, Part 2, B16, P246
4 cows and calves, 4 of same, 2 two
year old heffers
1 set blue curtains & vallians & bed & bedsted,, counterpin,
blankets & rug & sheets
1 set (?) tallows with bed & bolster, bedsted , rug and sheets
one ____ bed sheets
1 large & 1 small looking glass, 1 chest drawers, 7 chairs2
brass sconce & candlestick, 1 iron ___,
1 small money scale1 square table, 1 round ____, 1 set wool
cards, 2 small boxes, 1 set andirons
1 saddle & bridle, 1 grid stone & (?) fender, 1 box iron shot, 1
gun. 1 cradle & bed
2 doz bottles, 2 chests, 1 jug, 2 beer casks, 1 brass ____, 3
dippers, 1 set spoon molds
36_____, 1 set silver spoons, ditto pewter
1 stand for a candle, 1 quilting frame, 2 sets _____, 1 small
pillow ____ with feathers & _____
1 large bible & the whole history of man, ______, ______
___________, 1 frying pan, 1 washing tub, 2 pails, 19 (?)geese,
5 (?) turkeys
4 iron pots, 1 mare & her colt, 1 young horse
3 butter pots, 1_ ___, 1 ladle, 1 churn, 2 milk pans, 1_______,
4 knives, ________
Will of GEORGE PEGRAM, SR.
WARREN COUNTY, N.C. - 1825
In the name of God Amen, I GEORGE PEGRAM of
the County of Warren and State of North Carolina being well in
body and sound disposing mind and memory, knowing that it is
appointed for all men once to die, and the uncertainty of the
time thereof, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament
in manner and form following.
Item The following property I have to be
sold, the tract of land whereon I now live, one bay mare, cart,
two saddles, one grind stone, all my barrels and hogsheads, and
the money arising from the sale, to pay my just debts, and the
balance to be equally divided between six of my children, viz,
GEORGE PEGRAM, WILLIAM PEGRAM, NANCY BELL, SALLY PEGRAM, PATSY
PEGRAM, AND LUCRETIA PEGRAM.
Item I give and devise to my son JOHN PEGRAM
one bed and furniture to him, his heirs and assigns forever. I
give and devise to my Grand Son MICAGER BELL one dollar to him
his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give and devise to my Grand Son JACK
PEGRAM (son of THOMAS PEGRAM) thirty dollars to be put out to
interest for him until he arrives to the age of twenty one
years. It is also my will and desire if my Grand Son JACK PEGRAM
shall die before the age of twenty one years the money should be
divided amongst all my children.
Item I give and devise to my two sons, GEORGE
PEGRAM and WILLIAM PEGRAM all my working tools of any
description to be equally divided between them.
Item The balance of my property I give to
three of my daughters that now live with me, vis, SALLY PEGRAM,
PATSEY PEGRAM and LUCRETIA PEGRAM, to be equally divided amongst
Item Out of the money I leave to my daughter
NANCY BELL I give to my son GEORGE PEGRAM eleven dollars, to him
his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I hereby nominate my sons GEORGE PEGRAM
and WILLIAM PEGRAM to be whole and sole executors to this my
Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed my seal this 30th day of March in the year
of our Lord 1819.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presents of
Nov Court 1825
This Will of GEORGE PEGRAM, SR. was proved in
open Court by the Oaths of PEYTON VAUGHAN and DANIEL RIGGAN
sucscribing witnesses thereto & on motion ordered to be recorded
whereupon GEORGE PEGRAM on of the Executors therein named
qualified in due form of law.
Will of Gideon Pegram
Probated Warren County, North Carolina 1823
In the name
of God Amen
I Gideon Pegram of the County of Warren &
State of North Carolina being of sound and disposing mind and
memory do make and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament
in manner following, to wit,
I lend to my beloved wife Charity Pegram all
my lands and plantations with all the appurtenances thereto
belonging, during her natural life to be used and enjoyed as she
may think proper, also I giveto my wife all my stock of horses,
cattle, hogs and sheep, also I lend to my wife all my household
and kitchen furniture during her natural life.
I give to my daughter Patsey Nicholson after
the death of my wife, the following tracts of land which I
bought of Gideon Horton and Thomas Horton formerly the land of
John Horton to her and her heirs forever. Also I give to my
daughter Patsey Nicholson after the death of my wife, one bed
and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
to my grand daughter after the death of my wife, Martha A.
Vaughn the following tract of land, beginning at George
Pegramís corner at the head of the Mirey Branch, thence down
the said branch to Hubquarter Creek, thence down the said
creek to the old corner maple, thence up my spring branch to
the head of the said branch, then forward to the old line on
a Hickory, also one feather bed and _____ furniture. Alos
one desk, one walnut chest and one walnust table. To her and
her heirs forever, provided my said grand daughter live to
the agoe of twenty one years and marries and has lawfull
issue, but if she dies without said issue, then my will is
that the abvoe property be equally divited between all her
brothers and sisters by the motherís side.
My will is that at my death what money I
may have on hand or debts due to me in any way I give to my
I give to my friend Henry Fitts after the
death of my wife, the following track of lands, beginning at
a maple at Hubquarter Creek on the old line, thence along
Millerís to a red oak, thence along Hortonís line to a red
oak, thence to a hickory, thence to the head of my spring
branch and down the said branch to the beginning, also an
equal share of all the property loaned to wife, not
otherwise given away, to him and his heirs forever,
requesting my said frind to use an appropriate the said
property for the benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Vaughn and
her children except Martha A. Vaughn who is already provided
After the death of my wife, my will is
that the household and kitchen furniture I give to my friend
Henry Fitts as above - and I do hearby appoint my wife
Executirx and my friend Henry Fitts Executor of this my Last
Will & Testament, in witness whereof I herunto set my hand
and seal this 20th day of March 1823.
Signed, sealed, published & declared in
presence of Gideon Pegram, 20 March 1823.
(Signed) Gideon Pegram