James Bartholomew Pegues

b. 3 November 1836, d. 11 August 1901

James Bartholomew Pegues, 1836-1901
  • James Bartholomew Pegues was born on 3 November 1836 in Alabama.
  • Christopher James Pegues and Ann Elizabeth Cosnahan appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Old Spring Hill, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included James Bartholomew Pegues, Rebecca Cosnahan Pegues, William Crosland Pegues, Jane Elizabeth Pegues, Mary Ramsey Pegues and Edward Christopher Harder.
  • He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1854 to 1856.
  • He married Ann Eliza Brodnax, daughter of Thomas Whitaker Brodnax and Sarah A. Vanorden, on 19 November 1857 at Perry County, Alabama; by license issued the 16th.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues and Ann Eliza Brodnax appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Linden PO, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Anna Mary Pegues and Sarah Pegues.
  • He was a planter, according to the 1860 census.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues enlisted as a private on 11 March 1862 at Spring Hill in Company A, Moody's Brigade, 43rd Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA. Record of engagements: present 15 August 1862 at Huntsville, Tennessee; wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia, 20 September 1863; absent on furlough from Knoxville, 29 November 1863, to Halfway House, Virginia, 10 May 1864; present at Gooches Farm, 12 May 1864; wounded at Drewrys Bluff, 16 May 1864; absent wounded from Petersburg, 17-18 June 1864; present at Petersburg during the siege. He was appointed 4th Corporal September 1862; 5th Sergeant 13 January 1863, 1st Sergeant 10 February 1864, and elected Brevet 2nd Lieutenant 5 September 1864. He was paroled at Appomattox Court House, April 1865, 2nd Lieutenant, Company B.
    James Bartholomew Pegues (right), Co A, 43rd Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA
  • James Bartholomew Pegues and Ann Eliza Brodnax appeared in the 1866 Alabama state census in Dallas County, Alabama. Other (counted but unnamed) members of the household apparently included Anna Mary Pegues, Sarah A. Pegues, Rebecca M. Pegues and James Bartholomew Pegues.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues and Ann Eliza Brodnax appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Spring Hill, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Anna Mary Pegues, Sarah A. Pegues, Rebecca M. Pegues, Decima H. Pegues, Thomas Pegues and Edward Hartley Pegues.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues and Ann Eliza Brodnax appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Faunsdale, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Anna Mary Pegues, Rebecca M. Pegues, Decima H. Pegues, Thomas Pegues, Edward Hartley Pegues, Christopher Curtis Pegues, Jessie Fletcher Pegues and Sarah A. Pegues.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1880 census.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues became a widower at the circa 1883 death of his wife Ann Eliza Brodnax.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues appeared in the 1890 Birmingham, Alabama, City Directory at 7th between Morris & 1st Street listed as a carpenter for L&N RR shops..
  • James Anthony Torbert and Anna Mary Pegues appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Jackson's Store Precinct, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included James Bartholomew Pegues, Sidney Ernest Torbert, Florence Edna Torbert, Thomas Jefferson Torbert, Sarah Decima Torbert, James Everett Torbert, Rebecca Pegues Torbert, George Whitfield Torbert and Sylvester Sledge Torbert.
  • On 16 January 1901, James Bartholomew Pegues wrote to Rebecca Pegues Torbert:
         New Orleans, Jan 16, 1901
         Miss Redie Torbert, Old Spring Hill, Ala
    My dear little daughter
         I know you thought I had entirely forgotten my promise to send you my picture; but you were mistaken. Grandpa seldom forgets a promise made to anyone and especially does he remember one made to his dear little children. I am sometimes slow in fulfilling my promises; but as soon as I can I always try to do it so you must forgive me for being so long about it. I send you my picture in this letter. Deccie & the boys Kit & Fletch say it is a good one, I don’t know whether it is or not myself. If I ever have the money to spare I am going to have some photographs taken and send some of you one of those. I had this picture taken for you alone. I want to see you all so bad. It seems like a year since I left home. I can’t tell now when I will come back home. Work is scarce here just now and hard to get so money is scarce with me. I would give a lot to see my & Dutchman, and in fact all of you. Tell my Dutchman that I will be sure to bring him a lot of nails when I come and tell Whitfield I have not forgotten his hatchet, and that it shall be a steel one that will not break so easy. I suppose you all go to school now to Miss Bertie Small, Do you like her. I hope my dear little Jimmie is well and finally rid of his chills. Tell your mama to open my box of scaley barks and take half of them out for you all if you want them, and if she can to sell the other half for me and pay Mr. Lowry the 30c I owe him and if she get more than 30c for them to buy her some postage stamps with the rest. I don’t know if she can sell them or not, or what they are worth. Kiss mama, the baby, my Dutchman, and Whitfield for me and give my love to all the rest. Now my dear little girl I must close. Deccie & the boys send love to all. Tell old man Isac howdy for me when you see him. Write to me when you can.
         Your loving Grandfather.
    James Bartholomew Pegues to granddaughter Rebecca Pegues Torbert, 16 January 1901
    James Bartholomew Pegues, 1836-1901
  • Note: "Scaley barks" are hickory nuts, from the scaley bark or shagbark hickory tree.
  • James Bartholomew Pegues died on 11 August 1901 at age 64 in either Alabama or Louisiana.
  • He was buried at Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery in Old Spring Hill, Marengo County, Alabama. His daughter Anna Torbert applied to the War Department for a veteran's headstone on 20 August 1935, consigned for delivery to her brother-in-law Sylvester Smith Torbert in Demopolis.
    James Bartholomew Pegues (1936-1901), Old Spring Hill Cemetery, Marengo County
  • Last Edited: 4 Jul 2016

Family: Ann Eliza Brodnax b. circa 1840, d. circa 1883