From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
From a Sow or a Sparrow, by Dorris D. Hendrickson and
Paul L. Hisaw (1988), provides much information on the early
records about the SUGG family. Descendants from all three SUGG
brothers are discussed, but principally those of William SUGG,through
his son Moses and grandson William.
This information about William SUGGE, together with much supplementary
data on these early SUGG generations is based upon the research
of Bill SIMMONS and Scott TRIMBLE, both SUGG descendants through
Priscilla (SUGG) ALLEN, daughter of George SUGG. Though it is
probable that further research will require additional revisions
in the material presented here, it is believed to be basically
correct - except when uncertainty is stated. For an exceptional
amount of research material and documentation, and additional
descendants of the SUGG lines, please visit Scott Thomas Suggs
Articles and Files web page .
William SUGGE - b. about 1635, Bristol, England; d.
about 1691, VA. It is believed that the three brothers named SUGG
who appear in Norfolk Co., VA in the late 17th century were sons
of William SUGGE. A bond of Mar. 20, 1663 between William SUGGE
and John BROWN of Isle of Wight Co., VA may have been for indentured
servitude, sponsorship for the trip to America, or as a marriage
bond. In the first two cases, John BROWN may have been a close
relative, and in the latter case, he may have been his father-in-law.
Note that the estimated birth years of his sons begin about 1663.
Children of William Sugge
- William - b. about 1663; d. between Oct. 1706 and Aug. 1708,
probably in Norfolk Co., VA. His will, dated Feb. 10, 1704 with
a codicil dated Oct. 27, 1706 in Norfolk Co., names his brothers
George and Joseph, his wife, four sons and two daughters. William
purchased land in Jan. 1693 in Norfold Co., VA. Married first
about 1683 Ruth FENFORD, youngest of three daughter of Thomas
and Sarah FENFORD of Norfolk Co., VA. Ruth was apparently the
mother of all of William's children. After her death, William
married second Mary, who was probably a widow with two children
when she married him. Children: William married Margaret; Thomas
married; Joseph married Margaret; Moses married; Sarah; and Margaret.
- George - b. about 1665; d. winter of
1734/5, Norfolk Co., VA.
- Joseph - b. about 1668. In Norfolk Co., VA by Apr. 1694,
and living in 1704. Joseph witnessed the will of William KNOTT
of the Town of Norfolk, VA on Apr. 6, 1694, and served as a juryman
in Sep. 1708. Tradition holds that Joseph settled at Williamsburg,
VA, and may have been grandfather of the John SUGG who married
Elizabeth MURPHRY (see children of Thomas and Aquilla SUGG, sons
George and wife (Ives) Sugg
George SUGG - b. about 1665; d. winter of 1734/5, Norfolk
Co., VA. His will, naming wife Sarah, was written Sep. 2, 1734,
and proved Feb. 21, 1734/5, Norfolk Co., VA (Will Book 12, page
77). George, son of William SUGGE, was named
in his brother William's will of 1704. Juryman 1708. A Family
Called Fort, by Homer T. Fort, Jr. and Drucilla Stovall Jones
(Midland, TX; 1970) is subtitled "The Descendants of Elias
Fort of Virginia", and provides much SUGG family information
in tracing the genealogy of George's granddaughter Sarah (SUGG)
FORT, wife of Elias FORT. Married first by 1696, a daughter of
Timothy IVES as revealed in a Deed of 1696 in which he names his
granddaughter Margaret, daughter of George SUGG. Married second,
possibly shortly after 1696 to Sarah (possibly the daughter of
Lemuel WILSON), who may have been the mother of the younger children.
It is also possible that George had another wife (mother of one
or more of his youunger children) between his marriage to Miss
IVES and his marrige to Sarah.
Miss IVES - b. about 1660-70, VA; d. before Jul. 1696,
VA. Daughter of Timothy IVES and Elizabeth
Children of George and his first wife
- Margaret - b. before Jul. 1696,
VA; d. VA. Married first Benjamin BECK.
Children of George and Sarah
- Thomas - b. about 1700. Since the birth year for son Thomas
has been estimated as early as 1690, he may have been the son
of Sarah, as shown here, the son of Miss IVES, or the son of
an unknown earlier wife of George SUGG. Found on the tithable
list of 1730 in Norfolk Co., VA, Thomas was bequeathed 70 acres
by father. Resided in Anson Co., NC. Thomas may have married
several times, one wife being Sarah ELDRIDGE, daughter of William
ELDRIDGE. There is much uncertainty about their family, but possible
children are: Thomas married Mary HARBARD; William married Sarah
MATHIAS; Kesiah married William McGEE; Sarah married Thomas ATTMORE;
Elizabeth married Joseph REHEM; Priscilla married Ben ATKINSON;
Aquilla married first Lucy READING, and second Elizabeth STAFFORD;
John married Elizabeth MURPHRY; and Absalom married Vinil BUNN.
- George - b. about 1704; d. about Nov. 1758, Beaufort (now
Pitt) Co., NC. Will dated Oct. 29, 1758 and proved in Nov. Court
1758. Lived in Edgecomb Co., NC in the 1740s. Married Judith
TYSON. Children: Nimrod; Joel married Sarah Patience JONES (DAR
line); George Augustus married first Frances ATKINSON, and second
brother Joel's widow, Sarah Patience (JONES) SUGG; Allen; Aquilla;
Lucy married Abraham TYSON; Fanny; and Sarah.
- Aquilla - b. 1706, VA; d. 1789, Davidson Co., TN. Will dated
Feb. 13, 1785 and proved in July Court 1789 (on oath of George
Augustus SUGG, son-in-law of Aquilla's second wife), with estate
inventory filed Oct. Court, Davidson Co., TN. Settled at Tarboro,
Edgecomb Co., NC by May 1745. Married first after Apr. 6 in 1734,
probably in Norfolk Co., VA, Elizabeth MAUND (b. about 1715,
Norfolk Co., VA; d. between Nov. 14, 1768 and May 8, 1780, Edgecomb
Co., NC), daughter of William and Esther (TUCKER) MAUND and sister
of William MAUND, Jr., who married Aquilla's sister Priscilla.
Aquilla reportedly married second Elizabeth BATTLES. He then
married by Feb. 1785, Abigail BONNER, then the widow of Simon
JONES. Her daughter Sarah Patience JONES married first Joel,
and second George Augustus, sons of Aquilla's brother George
SUGG. Children of Aquilla and Elizabeth: William married Elizabeth
LOVETT; Keziah married William MACE (DAR line); Sarah married
Elias FORT; Josiah died young; Noah married Murphree HOWELL (DAR
line); Esther married Joseph HOWELL II; and Lemuel, Sr. married
Mary S. DAVIS (DAR line). [Note: Some sources also report sons
Aquilla and John, but available evidence suggests this is improbable.]
- Priscilla - b. say 1706/12, Norfolk Co., VA; d. after Feb.
1777, probably Pitt Co., NC. Her will was dated Dec. 22, 1771,
naming daughter Mary WILLIAMS and sons Merryman, Charles and
Gabriel ALLEN [Pitt Co. Deed Book E 1771-1774, page 49]. Married
first William MAUND, Jr. (b. 1704; d. 1734), brother of Elizabeth
who married Priscilla's brother Aquilla SUGG, and brother of
Noah MAUND, whose verbal will of Feb. 1, 1752/3 (proved in that
month's Court) left his entire estate to brother-in-law Aquilla
SUGG. Priscilla reportedly married second by Mar. 1735 Thomas
CATON, who was a witness to the will of her father. About 1743
or earlier, Priscilla married Jacob ALLEN (d. 1762, Pitt Co.,
NC), whose will was dated and proved May 1762. It appears that
Priscilla married again by Jan. 1775 [Witness Priscilla JOHNSON,
Pitt Co. Deed Book F, page 145], to Mr. JOHNSON (one source giving
his name as James JOHNSTON, Sr.). Priscilla JOHNSON and Gabriel
ALLEN witnessed land sale by Charles ALLEN of Pitt Co., NC, on
Feb. 7, 1777 [Edgecombe Co. Deed Book 3, page 239]. Children
of Priscilla and William: William married Mary; and possibly
Esther married Jonas JOHNSTON. Child of Priscilla and one of
her husbands: Mary married Dr. Richard WILLIAMS. Children of
Priscilla and Jacob: Merryman; Charles married; and Gabriel C.
married Ann McKINNEY.
- Sarah - Married Calib WALLACE/WALLIS. It is possible that
descendants of Sarah and Calib setted in Montgomery (formerly
part of Anson) Co., NC.
- Mary - Named in father's will as youngest daughter. Underage
at date of father's will in 1734.