6 May 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Charles B. Peugh, general farmer, section 27, Genesee Township, was born Dec. 9, 1819, in Bath Co., Ky. Samuel Peugh, his father, was born in Virginia, and was of English descent. He removed later to Kentucky, and when his son was about four years of age, made another transfer of his residence and interests, to Washington Co, Ind., locating on an unimproved farm in a county which was in its earliest pioneer days. The mother, Elizabeth Peugh, died in Indiana about 1875, and was nearly 80 years of age. The father died at his son’s house in Genesee Township about 1865, when he was 77 years of age.
Mr. Peugh was a member of his father’s family until his marriage, which took place when he was 26 years of age. He formed a matrimonial alliance with Jane A. Loudon in September, 1845. Her parents, John and Lavinia (Lee) Loudon, were born respectively in Ireland and New Jersey. Her father came to the United States in childhood, and was married in the State of New York. He settled on a farm in Washington County, York State. Mrs. Peugh was born there March 28, 1827, and was third in order of birth of a family of eight children. Her parents went, when she was 12 years of age, to Washington Co., Ind., where they died—the decease of the father occurring in 1852, and that of the mother about 1871.
Mr. and Mrs. Peugh have been the parents of 13 children, all are living but one: John L. married Martha Swearingen, and they reside on a farm in Genesee Township; Eliza is the wife of E.R. Grubb, of whom a personal account is given in this book, and who has officiated as Deacon in the Christian Church about 11 years, and is a great worker in the Sunday-school interest; Samuel married Nancy Howe, and is a farmer also a stock dealer, in Carroll Co., Ill.; William C. married Catherine Wetzel, and is a farmer in Genesee Township; Margaret is the wife of Joseph Harrison, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; James L. married Alice Colcord (see sketch of William H. Colcord); Viola B. is the wife of Frank Wetzel, of Genesee Township; Elizabeth is the wife of Frank Shannon, a farmer of Tama Co., Iowa; Sarah A. married Patrick Flynn, and they reside in the county last named; Malinda R. is the widow of Millard Hannis; Nora E. and Cora M. reside with their parents; one child died in infancy.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peugh resided on a farm owned by the former for a time, removing in 1851 to Illinois, and fixing their residence on a farm which he had purchased previously. The entire tract was all unbroken prairie, with no visible traces of civilization. The place is now in first-class condition with fine and valuable farm buildings. Mr. Peugh is a progressive farmer, and is interested in stock. The entire family, with a single exception, are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Peugh has been a Deacon five years, and has officiated as Elder about seven years. In his political convictions he is a Democrat.