Since there is a lot of interest in knowing the origins of the Pegram family, I thought this might be of interest. The first known reference to the name Pegram is found in the Doomsday Book which shows one William Pegram and wife Agnes living immediately west of Nazeing. Although the early parish registers are very incomplete, there is a reference in the 1600's to a George Pegram who donated a considerable sum of money to the repair of the church. Further, the earliest parish records found for Pegram births, deaths and marriages in England are either in Nazeing or in adjacent parishes. It is also in Nazeing that we find a will of George Pegram during the early 1600s where George Pegram refers to his daughter, now living in New England and a son, John, now "visiting in New England." While we know that all Pegrams in America are descended from George Pegram of Williamsburg, Va., we do not know if George Pegram was the first to settle here or whether our George may have been a son of John who was here earlier. However, after many years of research, it is our best guess that our common ancestor, George Pegram, was probably the son or grandson of George Pegram who died during the middle of the 17th century in Nazeing. Even today, most Pegrams in England and other countries can trace their roots to this area of Essex Co. in England. Note the reference in this article of the church bell that was donated by John Pegrum.
"The first appearance of its name appears in Domesday Book , completed in A.D. 1086, when it appears as Nassingam, and in later documents as time went on, it came to be described as follows: Nasinga, Nazing, and latterly Nazeing. Before the Norman Conquest it would appear that even then it had been known long as a village on an elevated position in a clearing of Essex Forest, afterwards called Waltham Forest.
The population of this little colony can be taken to have been considerable for the middle of the sixth century, by which time the saxons had founded the kingdom of Essex (i.e. East Saxons).
It is not known whether the first Church building was erected about the time of Saint Augustine's arrival in England at the end of the sixth century or whether it was in existence half a century later, when the Pope sent a visitation to this country to lay down the ritual to be followed by Christians.
Other authorities think it possible that a Church was built on the site of the present one as far back as the fourth century.
- ↑ Entered by Allan Thomas.
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No known carriers of George's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests.
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