The Paregien Journal – Issue 365 – October 6, 2017
The Life of Jacob Mac Paregien,
In 1974, I self-published a few photo-copied manuscripts under the title: The Paregien Family History. By 2000, I had collected much more information and many more photos. So I set about writing an updated manuscript. The result of that mammouth project came together in 2006. I called it the Paregien Family History: 1816 to 2006.
That 660+ page document covers the Paregien, Paregine, Pearigen and Peargin clans with ties back to our family patriarch, Jacob Mac Paregien. It is completely indexed in the back with a list of every name and town mentioned in that manuscript. BEWARE: If you make any changes to the manuscript, then the hundreds and hundreds of page numbers in the index will be incorrect.
That comprehensive collection of information and photos is still available from me on a CD or a flashdrive for a $25.00 check. Make it payable to “Stan Paregien” and mail it to me at 1127 48th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34203. You may want to take it to a printer and have it printed (double-sided) and bound.
I donated leather-bound copies to (1) The Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, OK.; (2) The Johnston County History Society at Tishomingo, OK.; and (3) the Family Search Geneology Center at Salt Lake City, Utah. You may want to get exra copies bound and donate them to whatever geneological center is most activive in the area where your family was centered.
Our Earliest Roots
Note: Jacob Mac Paregien and his first wife, Nancy Morgan, were my great-great grandparents. — SP
Jacob M. Paregien & Nancy Morgan had 9 children (listed chronologically): (1) William H. Paregien; (2) James A. Paregien; (3) Mary Jane Paregien; (4) Emily Elizabeth Paregien; (5) Sarah A. Paregien; (6) Robert H. Paregien; (7) Louise E. Paregien; (8) Samuel M. Paregien; (9) Thomas J. Paregien.
Jacob M. Paregien and his second wife, Avis Murdon Parmley, had 4 children: (1) Nancy Paregien; (2) Stephen Arnold Douglas Paregien (changed his name to PAREGINE); (3) Mary A. Paregien; and (4) Henry Clay Paregien (changed his name to PEARIGEN).
James A. Paregien (son of Jacob) and Harriet Brummett had 9 children: (1) Hariett E. Paregien; (2) James Edward “Bud” Paregien; (3) George Walter Paregien; (4) Emey Evaline Paregien; (5) Jefferson Mac (“Jeff”) Paregien; (6) William Marion (“Will”) Paregien; (7) Alruettir Paregien; (8) Nancy Paregien; and (9) Benjamin Franklin (“Frank”) Paregien.
Nancy Paregien (daughter of Jacob) married Anton “Ollie” Guion and had 3 children: (1) May Guion; (2) Maud Guion; and (3) Thomas Guion.
Stephen Arnold Douglas Paregine* (son of Jacob) married Celia Lowe and they had one child: Edd Paregine
Stephen Arnold Douglas Paregine and his 2nd wife, Mollie Mary Brooks Payne, had 3 children: (1) Lillian Mary Paregine; (2) William Mack Paregine; and (3) Grace Olive Paregine.
Henry Clay Pearigen (son of Jacob) married Sarah Evangeline Taylor and they had 5 children: (1) Eldora Pearigen; (2) Bird McKinley Pearigen; (3) Melvin L. Paregien; (4) an unnamed girl who died in infancy; and (5) another child.
James Edward “Bud” Paregien (son of James A. Paregien) married Julie Copeland and they had 1 child: William Reece Paregien (he began spelling his name as PEARGIN). James Edward Paregien married Lulu Lawson and they had 5 children: (1) Marvin Peargin; (2) Douglas Peargin; (3) Orie Peargin; (4) William Olan Peargin; (5) Creda Peargin; and (6) Richard (“Dick”) Odell Peargin.
James Edward Paregien and his 2nd wife had 1 and possibly 2 children: (1) Bertha Paregien; and (2) perhaps Warner (or maybe William) Paregien (??).
Jacob Mac Paregien:
Part 1 of 3 — 1816 to 1857
It is thought that Jacob Mac Paregien was born on April 12, 1816 in Warren County, Kentucky. We do not know the names of his parents. Jacob stated in a U.S. Federal Census for 1880 that his father was from Ireland and his mother from South Carolina. [With the publication of this history in 2006, I am passing the genealogical torch to the next generation. Perhaps they can trace our roots back to our European origin. –SP]
The 1860 U.S. Census of Jackson County, Ill., listed Jacob “Paragen” (age 44) and married as having been born in Kentucky. But the family tradition, at least for the Frank Paregien branch and the Stephen Arnold Douglas Paregine branch, is that Jacob was born in Northern Ireland and came to the U.S. as a stowaway at the age of 14 (about 1830).
The Family Search Ancestral File (ID # 10511984) says that “Jacob M. Paregin” was born in 1816 in Warren County, Kentucky. Please be advised that you will find the name Paregien spelled 50 different ways, due to the particular writer’s indifference or literacy.
The major town, today, in Warren County is Bowling Green (the county seat). Ironically, in 1962-63 Stan Paregien traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky from Nashville every Sunday for about a year. He preached for a little country congregation, Mars Hill Church of Christ, outside of Bowling Green. He had no idea, back then, that he was near the birthplace of his great-great-grandfather.
Warren county was formed in 1797. It is located in the Pennyrile and Western coal field regions of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 395 to 955 feet above sea level.
Nancy Baird wrote this of Bowling Green (Warren County), Kentucky: “In 1821 the Bank of the Commonwealth established a branch office on the square and by 1827 the town boasted a locally owned newspaper, a resident physician, a private school for boys (a school for girls opened in the Presbyterian Church in the mid 1820s), a Masonic lodge, at least one church, two tiny hotels, a number of mercantile shops and an array of other business establishments. Most structures housing a commercial venture also served as a residence for the owner. The courthouse provided meeting space for congregations without buildings and numerous rural log structures provided space for both school and church meetings. A stagecoach line connecting Bowling Green to Louisville, Nashville and Hopkinsville rumbled into town three times a week to discharge and pick up the mail and passengers. The round trip between Bowling Green and Louisville (180 miles) took three days and cost $12.
“From its inception Warren County’s residents depended on the Barren River as an avenue for commerce. In the winter when the river was high, flatboats loaded with tobacco, ham, whiskey and other farm produce began the arduous trip from a warehouse on the river’s edge to New Orleans. The flatboat journey down river and return by wagon or on foot (steamboats did not paddle up the Mississippi and Ohio until after 1814) required about six months. Goods not produced locally came by wagon from Louisville or Nashville on roads that were little better than an animal path, an erratic and expensive mode of freighting.
“After the advent of the steamboat on the Ohio River, local businessmen urged that the narrow, winding, snag-filled Green and Barren rivers be improved sufficiently for steamboats to ascend to Bowling Green. Without such river trade, warned a newspaper editor, “we can never be independent or prosperous.” Discussions and delays followed but eventually a company of young volunteers cleared the worst snags and overhanging trees. In January 1828 a tiny, single stack steamboat, the United States, arrived at Bowling Green and its cargo of a few boxes of sugar, tea, coffee and other items was unloaded and displayed on the riverbank. A local miss later recalled that she could not believe that so much could ever be consumed by the town’s residents.
“During the 1830s the state authorized improvements on the Green and Barren and eventually provided for the construction of locks and dams. On the completion of these projects, paddle wheelers could ply upriver to the Bowling Green boat landing.” (from A HISTORY OF WARREN COUNTY)
Jacob Paregien was living near Murphysboro in Jackson County, Ill., when the 1840 census was taken. He may have bought land in Section 31, W/SE sometime prior (Saline Land Grant). That record, taken by Dr. John Logan,, lists “Jacob Peregin” and a white female as living in “Township 7 — Ora”. There is an “Ora” township just north of the “Oraville” community on the Jackson County map.
(Welcome sign in 2017)
Dr. John Logan donated twenty acres of land for a new county seat in Murphrysboro, Jackson County, Ill., in August of 1843.
Jacob M. Paregien’s first marriage was to Nancy Morgan (born 9 April, 1821 or 1822 in Warren County, Kentucky). Her father was Robert H. Morgan and he was born 19 March, 1786 in North Carolina. Robert Morgan married Hannah Moyers Myers on 5 Feb., 1812 in Warren County, Kentucky. She had been born about 1794 in Tenn. The web site of Warren County Genealogical Society has her name spelled as “Hanniah Mires,” but the date is the same (http://www.burgoo.com/). Robert Morgan died in September, 1855 in Jackson County, Ill.
Nancy Morgan’s siblings were: Margaret Morgan (born 1826 in Kentucky), Martha Jane Morgan (born 25 Feb., 1825 in Warren County, Ken.; died 13 Sept., 1948 in Jackson County, Ill.)
Jacob and Nancy (Morgan) Paregien had nine children. We only have a photo of one of these nine children, James A. Paregien.
- William H. Paregien
William H. Paregien was born 23 Nov., 1837 . He was born in Missouri, according to the 1840 U.S. Census for Jackson County, Ill. He married Huldah McCann on 11 Jan., 1859. — Jackson County Illinois Marriages: 1857-1866, p. 27).
(Also: See the information below on the 1860 Census, below, which states that at age 23 he was living with his wife, “Huldy” and daughter Elizabeth in Jackson County).
On 21 Sept., 1852, William Paregien bought 40.12 acres of land in County 39, Section 19, Township 09S, Meridian 3, Section NENW, Range 02W. Then on 30 Sept., 1852 William Paregien bought .12 acres of land for $1.25 in County 39, Section 19, Township 09S, Meridian 3, Section NENW, Range 02W.
The St. Louis (Missouri) City Directory for 1868-69 lists “Jacob Perigan,” carpenter, living at 1417 Cass Ave. It also lists his son, William H. Perigan, as a laborer and living at the same address.
28 Jan., 1876 – A 5-yr old Melinda Paregien died of bronchitis at 1214 W. 9th St., St. Louis, Missouri. Who is she?? Could this have been a daughter of William and Huldah Paregien? Melinda Paregien was buried at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, and the undertaker was listed as “Father,” meaning probably that he dug her grave and buried her. [St. Louis Death Registers — City, County, 1850-1908 — Vol. 7, p.57. St. Louis County Library Film #RDSL 16 ]
- James Alexander Paregien
James Alexander Paregien was born 21 March, 1841 in Murphysboro, Ill. (State of birth so noted in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Jackson County, Ill.). This was my paternal great-grandfather.
- Mary Jane Paregien
Mary Jane Paregien was born 24 June, 1844. At the tender age of 14, she married James Ward on 25 Nov., 1858. (Marriages Index, Jackson County Courthouse, p. 37).
The 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Jackson County, Illinois shows a Mary Ward, born in Illinois in 1844, married to a John Ward (blacksmith). That may or may not be our Mary Jane Paregien Ward.
It is important not to confuse this Mary Paregien, born to Jacob and Nancy Paregien, with the Mary A. Paregien born to Jacob Paregien and his second wife, Avis Murdon Parmley Paregien.
- Emily Elizabeth Paregien
She was born 30 Dec., 1845 in Missouri (according to the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Jackson County, Illinois).The U.S. Federal Census of 1870 for Jackson County, Ill., lists an “Elizabeth Peregin”, age 22, born in 1847 in Missouri as living in Kincaid Township.
It also lists a Melicy A. Peregin, age 2, born in 1867 in Illinois as living in the same Township.
[The 1870 Census for Lauderdale, Alabama (Township 2, Range 8) lists an Eliza Peregin, age 36, born in 1833 in Alabama. It also lists a Nancy Peregin, age 1, born in 1868 in Alabama as living in the same Township.]
30 Oct., 1873 – Marriage of Elizabeth Paregien, age 27, (daughter of Jacob & Nancy Paregien) was married to Richard Connell in St. Louis (St. Louis County, Ill.) on 30 Oct., 1873. William Powers, a Justice of the Peace, performed the ceremony. [St. Louis County Wedding Records, filed and recorded on 29 Jan., 1874]
There is no listing for them anywhere in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census that I can find. Both the names Richard Connell and Elizabeth Connell are very common.
- Sarah A. Paregien
Sarah A. Paregien was born to Jacob Paregien and his first wife, Nancy Morgan Paregien on 10 March, 1849 (??) in Missouri (according to 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Jackson County, Illinois). There is no mention of her in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, anywhere.
There is no mention of a Sarah A. Paregien anywhere in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, when her father and stepmother and several siblings were living in Cold Spring (Phelps County), Missouri. She would have been 31 years of age then.
- Robert H. Paregien
Robert H. Paregien was born 24 March, 1849 in Jackson County, Ill. He died in 1857 at about age 8. One source (Family Search Ancestral File, ID #10511984) has his name as Robert F. Paregin.
- Louise E. Paregien
Louise (or perhaps Louisa) E. Paregien was born to Jacob and Nancy Paregien on 26 Dec., 1851. One source (Family Search Ancestral File, ID #10511984) has her first name as Louisa and says she was born in 1853 in Jackson County, Ill.
She married Jonathan W. Moore in St. Louis (St. Louis County, Ill.) on 18 Feb., 1869.
- Samuel M. Paregien
Samuel M. Paregien was born to Jacob and Nancy Paregien on 10 Feb., 1853. One source (Family Search Ancestral File, ID #10511984) has him born in 1855 in Jackson County, Ill. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census has him born in 1852
One source says Samuel died 4 May, 1864, but I don’t think that is correct. Can a dead man get married? Perhaps. Or, more likely, he really did not die in 1864. There was a Samuel Paregien who married Mary C. Davis (Index to Female Marriages, Jackson County Marriages, Book 2, 121).
The St. Louis (Missouri) City Directory for 1872-73 lists “Samuel M. Paregein” living on east Pennsylvania Ave., between Neosho and Itaska, in Carondelet. It gives the same address for his father, “J.M. Paregien”
However, the 1880 U.S. Census shows Samuel Paregien, age 26, living with his parents and other relatives in Cold Spring (Phelps County), Missouri.
In 1907 there was a Samuel Paregien who owned land in Kincaid Township, IS, Range 4W of the 3rd PM, Block 24. The land is west of Kincaid Lake (The lake is man-made and was not there in those days) and is now owned by the U.S. Forest Service.
The 1910 United States Federal Census for Jackson County shows Samuel M. Paregien, age 57 (born in 1852 in Illinois), as living in Kincaid Township.
There is a Sam Perigen listed as buried in the Kincaid Cemetery.
- Thomas J. Paregien
Thomas J. Paregien was the final child born to Jacob and Nancy Paregien. He was born 20 Nov., 1854 in Jackson County, Ill. Could his full name have been Thomas Jefferson Paregien? It was common to name children after presidents or prominent people. Thomas J. Paregien died at age four, on 21 Feb., 1859, probably in Jackson County, Illinois.
The 1830 Census for Jackson County, Illinois shows that there were only 86 white residents in the county who were over 50 years of age. The life span was not that great, back then. There were a total of 1,768 white residents and 62 black residents.
The 1840 Census Record taken by Dr. John Logan lists a “Jacob Peregin” and a white female in Jackson County, Illinois (Township 7 – Ora; sheet 11). This document was found at www.rootsweb.com/~iljackson/1840.html. There is a community north of Murphysboro named Oraville.
The 1850 U.S. Census Record shows Arys Parmley being married to Daniel, in the Jacksonville area [My sister, Roberta Paregien Fournier, found this entry]
The web site for Illinois Land Purchases shows that Jacob “McParegien” bought a parcel of “Federal sale” land in a sale dated 28 April, 1853. And he bought another on 30 April, 1853. The April 30 document says it was a Federal sale in which he bought .38 acres of land in County 39, Section 19, Township 09S, Meridian 3, Section NESW, Range 02W, for $1.25. Jacob Paregien is also listed as “Jacob M. Paragin” (Township 7S, Range 2W, Sec 31 WSE) and as Jacob “Peregin”.
On 26 Feb., 1855 “Jacob McParigren” was listed in a probate hearing as the executor of the will for a Mr. Samuel Perry (will on file at Southern Illinois University Library, File 1775).
It was on 3 Nov., 1855 that the probate of the will of Daniel Parmlee was filed (File #1777), with the executor being Jesse W. Ward. This was, no doubt, Daniel Parmley, the deceased husband of Avis Parmley ( She then became Jacob Paregien’s second wife).
Jacob’s first wife , Nancy Morgan Paregien, died on 19 Dec., 1856 (just one year after her father died). Probably in Jackson County, Illinois. [RESEARCH NOTE: Where is she buried?]
NEXT: Part 2 of the Life of Jacob Mac Paregien