Joseph Peggs, a pioneer, and honored citizen of Pleasant Township, was born in Henry (now Trimble) County, Ky., October 24, 1807, and was the son of Joseph and Nancy (Cunningham) Peggs, the former of whom was a native of Ireland, and the latter was a native of Pennsylvania. His early life was all spent in his native county. He attended country school in the winter time, but owing to the poor advantages, his early education was quite limited. Early in his youth he began the shoemaker’s trade, which he followed in different places until 1842, when he moved his family to Johnson County, Ind., and settled on a farm in Pleasant Township, and he has continued to occupy the same farm for a period of forty-six years. Mr. Peggs was married in Germantown, Ky., June 9, 1833, to Mary Ann McCrady. She was born in Montgomery County, Va., February 6, 1816, and was the daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Summers) McCrady. When Mrs. Peggs was but eleven months old her parents emigrated from Virginia to Mason County, Ky., where she grew to womanhood, and where she was married. Mr. and Mrs. Peggs have seven children: William A., born May 9, 1834; Margaret F., March 28, 1836; John H., December 4, 1840; Mary A., August 31, 1842; Louisa A., February 12, 1845, deceased; Alfred F., December 18, 1854, deceased, and Charles E., June 4, 1857. In politics, Mr. Peggs is a democrat, casting his first vote for Gen. Jackson. The wife of Mr. Peggs is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Peggs has served his township as assessor one term. He and wife passed their golden wedding anniversary June 9, 1883.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 807.