Rebecca Pegues Torbert

b. 19 March 1891, d. 3 November 1983

Rebecca Pegues Torbert Ballow, 1891-1983
  • Rebecca Pegues Torbert was born on 19 March 1891 in Marengo County, Alabama.
  • She was known as Ree.
  • 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 Rebecca Pegues Torbert, Sidney Ernest Torbert, Florence Edna Torbert, Thomas Jefferson Torbert, Sarah Decima Torbert, James Everett Torbert, George Whitfield Torbert, Sylvester Sledge Torbert and James Bartholomew Pegues.
  • 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
  • A photographic portrait was made of James and Anna Pegues Torbert and children (except older brothers Sidney Ernest and Thomas Jefferson), about 1903.
  • The following appeared on 1 August 1908 in The Montgomery Advertiser: (Demopolis, July 31) Miss Ree Torbert, who has been visiting relatives and friends in Linden, returned to her home at Torbertville Thursday.
  • James Anthony Torbert and Anna Mary Pegues appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Jackson Store, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Rebecca Pegues Torbert, Sarah Decima Torbert, George Whitfield Torbert, Sylvester Sledge Torbert and Elise Louise Torbert.
  • She married William Anson Ballow, son of Charles Joseph Ballow and Mary Elizabeth Cooper, on 8 April 1914 in Marengo County, Alabama, and Ree's brother Jeff married Anson's first cousin Sadie Ballow.
  • William Anson Ballow and Rebecca Pegues Torbert appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Macon, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Emma Elizabeth Ballow, William Anson Ballow Jr and Coralie Holman Ballow.
  • William Anson Ballow and Rebecca Pegues Torbert appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Dayton, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Emma Elizabeth Ballow, William Anson Ballow Jr, Coralie Holman Ballow, Joseph Roland Ballow, Ernest Jefferson Ballow and Rebecca Torbert Ballow.
  • William Anson Ballow and Rebecca Pegues Torbert appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Silycauga, Talladega County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Coralie Holman Ballow, Joseph Roland Ballow, Ernest Jefferson Ballow and Rebecca Torbert Ballow. In 1935, the family was living in Dayton, Marengo County.
  • Rebecca Pegues Torbert became a widow at the 18 April 1955 death of her husband William Anson Ballow.
  • The SSDI lists Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, as the last residence of record of Rebecca Pegues Torbert.
  • Rebecca Pegues Torbert died on 3 November 1983 at age 92.
  • She was buried at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama.
  • Last Edited: 20 Feb 2016

Family: William Anson Ballow b. 19 March 1887, d. 18 April 1955