Samuel F. Pegues
b. circa 1862, d. 19 June 1910
- Father: Benjamin Franklin Pegues b. 7 April 1814, d. 9 February 1881
- Mother: Sarah Ann Wilds Gillespie b. 26 June 1821, d. 25 April 1904
- Samuel F. Pegues was born circa 1862 in South Carolina.
- Benjamin Franklin Pegues and Sarah Ann Wilds Gillespie appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Smithville Township, Marlboro County, South Carolina. Other members of the household included Samuel F. Pegues, Lucy Pegues, Harriet S. J. Pegues, Nannie Gillespie Pegues, Mary Elizabeth Pegues, Ella Lee Pegues, Martha S. Pegues, Sue Sparks Pegues and Edmond Waddill Pegues.
- Benjamin Franklin Pegues and Sarah Ann Wilds Gillespie appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Smithville Township, Marlboro County, South Carolina, and minister William Wroton. Ages of some of the children are off in this census, and it is an educated guess that "Patty" refers to Martha.. Other members of the household included Samuel F. Pegues, Lucy Pegues, Martha S. Pegues, Sue Sparks Pegues, Edmond Waddill Pegues and Maurice R. Pegues.
- Samuel David Sanders wrote to Samuel F. Pegues:
Georgetown, Texas, September, 1898
My Dear Sam: Your highly esteemed letter and present of Capt. J. A. W. Thomas's History of Marlboro came in due time, and both were such a delightful treat to me. For several reasons, the reading of the history has given the highest pleasure. I have a passion for the old-time things and places and people. Captain Thomas and I were about the same age. I have known him from early manhood, and often heard him preach in Cheraw and elsewhere, and then during the war we entered the Confederate service at the same time and in the same regiment. He was captain of Company F, and I a lieutenant of Company D, in the Twenty-first South Carolina Regiment. During these four years of hard service in field and camp we became intimate friends, and I loved him as a brother. Though never our appointed chaplain, he was ever our pastor and often our preacher. I never knew a better, truer, braver man.
The original settlers of Marlboro were, with few exceptions, an exceedingly worthy and respectable people, and their descendants have perpetuated the family traits. I regard the settlement of the "Welch Neck Baptists" fully as important to American goodness and greatness as I do the settlement of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock.
I had lost sight of the fact that our family had descended, on the maternal side, from the founder of the Welch Neck colony. My mother and your grandmother Gillespie, were daughters of Nancy Hicks, wife of Thomas Godfrey. Nancy Hicks was the daughter of Col. George Hicks, who married the daughter of Rev. Philip James, the first pastor of the Welch Neck Baptist Church, who was a son of James James, the founder and leader of the Welch Neck colony. Mr. James James was a man of large estate and high character and great influence; he owned large landed estates on both sides the Pedee at Society Hill Ferry, and lived, first, above the ferry, on the Marlboro side. Col. Abel Kolb, the hero of Hon. A. D. Sims's novel called "Bevil Falcon," who was killed by Tories during the Revolution at his own house, was a descendant of Mr. James and consequently a relative of ours. He inherited from Mr. James the plantation in Marlboro opposite Society Hill, his elegant brick house being on the bank of the Pedee, just above the ferry.
Captain Thomas was not able to get much information concerning the Pegues family. The original Pegues (so far as we know) was a Huguenot French gentleman, of large wealth, superior education, and fine personal appearance. He married a Swiss lady of accomplishments similar to his own. Despairing of any relief from the Roman Catholics' persecution in France, he moved over to London and died there. His only son and namesake, Claudius Pegues, in the early part of the last century, while a young man, moved over to America, bringing a good estate with him. In the same vessel with him were a young English gentleman named Butler and his sister, Miss Butler. Mr. Pegues and Miss Butler fell in love with each other and were married in Charleston, S. C. Young Mr. Butler moved up to Edgefield, S. C., and became the ancestor of the Butler family, which has given so many distinguished men to South Carolina in political and military life; among them two Senators (United States) Butler, and Col. P. M. Butler, who was killed in the Mexican War, and also Hon. Preston Brooks, and also, I think, some of the later Hagoods.
Claudius Pegues moved to Georgetown, S. C., and soon after to Marlboro, and being the only man of his name who came to America, is the ancestor of all of the Pegues's in our country. He lived and died and is buried on the plantation now owned by Frank P. B. Pegues. He was an old man in the Revolutionary War, but did what service he could for his country. His two sons, William and Claudius, were active soldiers in the war. William was the father of the Sneedsborough branch of the family, and Claudius of the Marlboro branch. Your ancestor had four sons: your grandfather, James Pegues, and Malachi, William, and Christopher, all men of high social position and useful lives. The family extended from the Virginia line almost to the Rio Grande River, in Texas. There are many of them living in Texas. I have met with a few of them, and so far as I know, they are elegant, pretty women. The blessings of a good and pious ancestry have to a large extent descended to their posterity.
. . . I am holding up well for an old man of seventy-six years, feeling only a little the infirmities of old age. I would like so much to go out to South Carolina again, but not much hope of accomplishing it. There are not often found in one family so many elderly persons as in ours. . . .
In conclusion, Sam, I thank you so much for your kind letter and the history of Marlboro. We all join in much love to you and all the dear relatives at home.
Yours most affectionately, (signed) S. D. Sanders.
- Samuel F. Pegues appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in McColl, Marlboro County, South Carolina, boarding in the household of Wm Fletcher.
- He was a salesman in a drygoods store, according to the 1900 census.
- He married Unknown (?)
- The following appeared on 28 April 1904 in The State: (Bennettsville, April 27) Mrs. Sarah Ann Wilds Pegues died at the home of her son, Maj. Rufus M. Pegues, in the upper part of this county late yesterday afternoon, at the age of 84. The funeral services were held at New Hope cemetery this afternoon. Mrs. Pegues was the wife of the late Col. B. Frank Pegues, and the mother of Waddell Pegues of Mississippi, Samuel F. Pegues of McColl, Mrs. W. W. Pegues of Pegues, N.C., Miss Lucy Pegues and Mrs. W. D. Evans of Kollock.
[There is slight inaccuracy in the obituary with regard to identifying Rufus Pegues as her son; he was a son-in-law, husband of her deceased daughter Sarah Olivia, and also a nephew, son of her husband's brother Wesley Leatherwood Pegues.]
- Samuel F. Pegues became a widower at the 24 October 1906 death of his wife Unknown (?)
- The following appeared on 26 October 1906 in The State: (McColl, Oct. 24) Mrs. S. F. Pegues died at her home here this morning. Death was caused by organic heart trouble. The body will be buried at Beaver Dam cemetery tomorrow morning.
- Edmond Waddill Pegues and Nannie Seay Pollock appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, at 205 60th Street North. Other members of the household included Samuel F. Pegues, Rebecca Pegues, Nancy S. Pegues and Virginia Lee Pegues.
- He was a commercial traveler dealing in harvesting machines.
- Samuel F. Pegues died on 19 June 1910 in Alabama.
- Last Edited: 12 Dec 2013