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About the study
http://www.padenfamily.org/showmedia.php?mediaID=11914&medialinkID=385867However, I was surprised when I found his reply, he never sent it!
The magnitude and scope of the project that Norma wanted to do really intrigued and interested me. We corresponded several times and I have been pursuing it ever since.
At this time (1968) the only widely available compiled information about "Pedens" was the book "The Pedens of America" published in 1961 first published in 1900. This book was about the family and descendants of John Peden and Margaret "Peggy" McDill from South Carolina. This family group also had the advantage to have an annual family reunion since 1955 the first was held in 1899, the second in 1909. Unfortunately, this book was compiled largely from personal information with no sources included to verify the accuracy of the information. Unfortunate also is that this book has been available for a long time and some of that information is inaccurate and misleading. Many researchers unknowingly accepted this information as fact and in so doing it was repeated and widely circulated. Trying to correct widely accepted information is like trying to "un-ring" a bell. However, a new updated book was published in 2013.
The next major compilation was the book "Genealogy of The Pedens of Kentucky 1756-1986" published in 1986 by Henry C. Peden, Jr. This book is about the family and descendants of John Peden and Mary Smith from Virginia and Kentucky. Henry did an excellent job in presenting and sourcing this family history including many pictures and copies of documents to support his sources this is the family line I come from.
In 2003 Norma Paden Locke finally published a book about the family and descendants of Samuel Peden and Lydia Potter, "Peden-Paden family history, descendants of Samuel Peden and Lydia Potter Peden" compiled by "The Paden Five".
In October 2003 I was the first Paden to be DNA tested by FamilyTreeDNA.com.
This was followed by Mark Paden from the John Peden and Margaret "Peggy" McDill family line from South Carolina. Since we did not match, the theory about "3 brothers" who came to America was no longer valid.
The next step was the creation of the Paden / Peden Family History and Genealogy website in August 2006. This website was created to help support the Paden/Peden DNA project. The intent was to document and record every Paden/Peden family in the United States and to facilitate the exchange of information and reduce duplication of research efforts.
History of the name
Alexander Peden (1626-1686), Scotland, known as Peden the Prophet. One of the leading forces in the Covenanter movement.
Forrest E. Peden (1913-1945), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor.
Leslie Earl Peden (1923-2002), American Major League Baseball catcher.
Preston Elmer Peden (1914-1985), U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.
Robert "Robbie" Lloyd Peden (1973- ), Australian professional boxer.
John "Jack" Peden (1865- ), Irish footballer.
Bill Peden (1970- ), Australian former rugby league footballer.
James Douglas "Doug" Peden (1916-2005), Canadian basketball player who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
William "Torchy" Peden (1906-1980), Canadian bicycle champion.
Peden Stadium, Ohio University, named after Coach Donald Charles Peden (1898-1970)
The top 5 countries with the surname of Peden are:
New Zealand 39.86 per million
United Kingdom 28.95 per million
Australia 26.41 per million
United States 20.27 per million
Canada 14.67 per million
Distribution of the name
All Peden surnames from the 1860 United States federal census have been recorded (584 entries) and all Paden surnames from the 1860 United States federal census have been recorded (618 entries).
All Peden surnames from the U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 have been recorded (460 entries) and all Paden surnames from the U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 have been recorded (411 entries)