Brief Narrative on James M. Pugh (1665-1724)
- I have read that James M. Pugh (1665-1724) came to this country in
1682. He arrived at Penn's Landing aboard the ship "Welcome." As a
very young man, he was a part of the "first wave" of immigrants to
William Penn's new colony. His father, Evan Pugh (??-1704) arrived
in PA in 1698 with the third wave of immigrants to Pennsylvania. It
is said that he was indentured as a servant to Edward Bevan, who
sponsored his trip, for seven years. He became a surveyor, however,
in 1685. James M. Pugh married Joan Price on April 23, 1692. She
was also born in Wales but the marriage occurred in Radnor, PA.
My file shows that James and Joan had seven children. At least two
of his sons followed him in the surveying trade and mapped the land
from New York to Georgia for the primary purpose of laying out roads
to connect the colonies and improve trade routs. I believe the two
sons were James Pugh II (1695-1768) and Thomas Pugh, Sr. (1703-
1797). With their knowledge of geography and available land, James
and Thomas migrated south. James Pugh II died in GA and Thomas died
in Chatham County, NC.
According to my file, it appears as though James and Joan's other
children remained near Philadelphia. The next couple of generations
spread out a little, some moving to nearby New York and New Jersey
and others moving as far west as Pittsburgh. At the same time, the
southern branch of this line was also growing and spreading out.
The James M. Pugh line was predominantly of the Quaker faith. Fast
forward to the 1850's and several of this line were now in OH and IN
and other points west. Some came straight across PA and others came
back north from the Carolinas and GA.
This is an extremely simplified description of the migration
patterns of this line but it shows how important DNA testing can be
in assisting researchers of Pugh lines that are not well documented
through church, land and census records. If anyone can offer
corrections or add to the story as I have presented it, please feel
free to do so. This is a very interesting line with many very