The Peffley, Peffly, Pefley Families in America, A historical
and genealogical record of the Peffley, Peffly and Pefley
families from 1729-1938; Published in 1938, By May Miller Frost
and Clarence Earl Frost
Call Number: R929.2 P375
551 - JOHN PEFFLEY (son of No.5) married
in Botetourt Co., Va., May 21st, 1828, MARY MAGDALENE ROBINSON, born in Bot. Co., Va., Jan. 11th, 1808, died at Ladoga, Oct.
12th, 1883; (daughter of THOMAS and SARAH ROBINSON). Both are
buried in Harshbarger Cemetery, Ladoga, Ind.
Thomas Robinson, Jr., was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 1st, 1773. His father was a Captain during the Revolutionary War. Grant E. Rose, Ladoga, has a tin lantern that Capt. Robinson carried during the War.
Issue: First 3 born in Bot. Co., Va., rest in Mont. Co., Ind.
1 - JOEL PEFFLEY, b. 3-22-1829, d. 11-2-1917.
2 - JOHN ROBINSON PEFFLEY, b. 4-9-1830, d. 7-1-1909.
3 - CIRCLE PEFFLEY, b. 6-26-1831, d. 8-1-1912.
4 - THOMAS PEFFLEY, b. 3-2-1833, d. 2-22-1919.
5 - ZACHARIAH PEFFLEY, b. 9-24-1834, d. 2-1-1921.
6 - CYRUS PEFFLEY, b. 8-12-1836, d. 8-27-1842.
7 - BENJ. FRANKLIN PEFFLEY, b. 10-28-1838, d. 7-21-1840.
8 - SARAH PEFFLEY, b. 4-24-1841, d. 2-26-1923.
9 - DAVID HENRY PEFFLEY, b. 12-11-1844, d. 8-29-1922.
10 - MARY MAGDALENA PEFFLEY, b. 9-1-1846, d. Jan. 1896.
11 - WILLIAM CICERO PEFFLEY, b. 5-24-1850, d. 6-27-1851.
12 - LAVINIA ANN PEFFLEY, b. 2-2-1855, d. 6-25-1932.
John Peffley was a member of the Church of the Brethren. He had a large German bible covered with heavy calf-skin and bound in brass, with heavy metal clasps. It was printed by the Christoff Saur Press, Germantown, Penna., in 1776. He used to read it to his children and translate the German. The bible is now in the vault of the Ladoga Bldg. & Loan Ass'n. for safe- keeping. There are no family records in the bible. They were evidently removed when the book was given to the Church.
WILL ASSIGNING THE BIBLE TO BRETHREN CHURCH (BETHEL CHURCH) THIS GERMAN BIBLE, made in the year of the Declaration of our Independence, 1776, was the property of our great-grandfather, as at his death it came into the hands of our grandfather, David Peffley, and it was his request that after his death it should be the property of his oldest heir, and then after his death the next oldest heir should take charge of it and so on until the last and when the last heir had died it should be presented to this church and John Peffley, deceased, being the last heir, requested shortly before his death that the above request of his father be carried out, and with heirs, in accordance with the same, cheerfully present you this sacred volume
Signed: This 11th day of November in the Year of Our Lord 1883. Joel Peffley. John R. Peffley. Circle Peffley. Thomas Peffley. Zachariah Peffley. David Peffley. Sarah Rose. Mary M. Hunt. Lavinia Mahorney. FROM AN ADDRESS WRITTEN BY JOEL PEFFLEY, and read on the occasion of the golden wedding of his parents, John and Mary Peffley, May 21st, 1878.
Our company emigrated from Botetourt Co., Va., was made up of father's family (five persons) one wagon, and four horses; Jacob Harshbarger's (nine persons) two wagons, six horses; Samuel Britts (seven persons) one wagon and buggy, five horses; McCormics (ten persons) one wagon and one horse; J. Fletchers (three persons) one wagon and one horse; J. Barbour's family (three persons) one wagon one horse making a company of thirty-seven persons leagued together for safety and convenience. We travelled nearly three hundred miles over the mountains and about the same distance across land where mud and water were about equally distributed. In six weeks and five days we arrived one and one half miles east of Ladoga and occupied an old log cabin. In the spring of 1832 we moved into an old log cabin which still stands on the lot near our home
In 1834 we raised some wheat. We threshed and separated this, our first crop, by beating it out with clubs and fanning the chaff with a sheet worked by two men, while the third stood upon a bench and dribbled it down from a half bushel. During this year movers were as thick as possums in a pawpaw patch; corn-huskings and gum-sucks began to be fashionable. We raised flax, pulled it, pounded off the seeds, put it to rot, broke, scutched or swingled it, and then mother spun it and wove our wearing apparel. The every day clothing of boys our age (twelve years) was a long tow-linen shirt, and it was regular torture to break in a rough new linen shirt. Our Sunday clothes were tow trousers and vests with home-made buttons, and a buckeye hat. For winter we wore linsey-woolsey clothes and untanned coon-skin caps with tails flying to the breeze. For our pocket money we were allowed to dig ginseng, and manufacture wooden pitch-forks and hickory scrub-brooms.
The sang (ginseng- Jeff Scism, 2000) we sold green for six cents per pound - if dried for twenty five cents per pound - and our brooms and pitch-forks brought us a shilling each. The only hay-forks used then were made out of a fork of a bush. We made in one season over 1500 lbs. of sugar from five hundred sugar trees on our place.