m. Before 1745
m. ca 1772
Facts and Events
Benjamin Dugger was born ca 1747 or earlier, assuming he was at least 21 when his first public record was recorded. That record was a deed where he received property. There was no minimum age for that so it may not be the best one to use for age calculation. He was listed on the 1772 tax list in his own name, so he was probably 21 or older then, or born ca 1751 or before. The 1800 census does show him over 45, so born before 1755 for sure. It is safe to say he was born before 1755, and probably safe to say before 1751.
Benjamin Dugger’s parents are not proven, but it seems extremely likely that he is a brother to Julius Dugger (1760), William Dugger (1750) and Mary Dugger Goodwin Smith (1750/60) as they were all associated with one another and arrived in the NC-TN border region at the same time. It is theorized that they are all children of William Dugger (Sr) (c1720) for he came to that region when they did.
Benjamin is often listed as a son of the mythical Julius Caesar Dugger, but that is wrong.
Benjamin was probably named for the older Benjamin Dugger (c1724), his presumed uncle.
John Preston Arthur had this to say about Benjamin:
The above is interesting, though a little off. Daniel who went to Kentucky was actually Benjamin’s son, not his brother. Also there is no evidence that the Duggers were from Scotland.
Mr. Arthur said more about Benjamin Dugger’s family:
On 20 Mar 1768 William Dugger deeded a “Read and White Cow” and other livestock to Benjamin Dugger in Pittsylvania Co., VA. Witnessed by Samuel Hall. This is the first public record for Benjamin Dugger. It isn’t clear whether this is his father William Dugger or his brother William Dugger, however, his brother was only 18 at this time, so it is more likely his father. There is also the possibility that this is the older Benjamin Dugger instead. (Pittsylvania Co., VA Deed Book 1 page 167).
Benjamin Dugger married Elizabeth (—) ca 1772 in Surry Co., NC. Her maiden name is unknown, though some list her as a Duke, but I don’t know where that comes from.
Benjamin Duger was listed on the 1772 Surry County tax list with 1 poll.
Benjamin Dugger was listed on the 1774 tax list in Surry, again with 1 poll.
Benjamin Dugger and William Dugger were listed together on the 1775 Surry tax list, for 2 polls. This record shows that they were probably indeed brothers.
Wilkes County was formed in 1777 from the western part of Surry, and the Duggers fell into the new county.
On 2 Nov 1784 Benjamin Duggar received a state land grant for 100 acres on the south fork of Elk Creek on Julius Duggar’s line (his brother). (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book A1 page 492).
Benjamin Dugger was listed on the 1787 North Carolina State Census:
Benjamin Dugger was listed on the 1787 tax list in Wilkes Co., NC in Capt. Isbell’s company. He was taxed for 130 acres,1 poll and 1 stud horse.
Benjamin Dugger was listed on the 1788 Wilkes tax list in Capt. Witherspoon’s Company. Taxed for 300 acres and 1 poll.
A deed was made on 26 Apr 1788 in which Benjamin and his brother Julius were mentioned. William Isaacs of Burke Co., NC, sold 190 acres to Zebulon Baird for $200. The land was on both sides of Elk Creek adjoining land formerly owned by Samuel Hall, John Beverly and Benjamin Duggar, and being tan entry made by Julius Duggar but sold by law by Richard Allen to William Isaacs. (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book C1 page 58).
On 9 Aug 1789 Benjamin Dugger received a state land grant of 19 acres on the south fork of Elk Creek, adjoining the upper corner of his “other survey.” (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book B1 page 415).
Benjamin was listed on the 1790 census in Wilkes Co., NC.
On xx xxx 1797 Theophilus Evans, Thomas Kindal and Benjamin Dugger witnessed a deed from William Farguson to John Brown for land on South Fork Elk Creek. (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book D page 296).
On 5 Dec 1798 Benjamin Dugger received a state land grant (# 1631) for land on Elk Creek, waters of Watauga above the Great Falls. (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book D page 598).
Benjamin was listed on the 1800 census in Wilkes County. The enumerations don’t account for all the children that should have been at home.
On 13 Oct 1802 Benjamin Duggar of Ashe Co., NC sold 50 acres on Elk Creek to Martin Hall. Witnessed by Joel Duggar (made his mark) and Mary Duggar (made her mark). (Wilkes Co., NC Deed Book C1 page 435).
The above deed shows that the Duggers had moved to neighboring Ashe County between 1800 and 1802. Joel and Mary Dugger are Benjamin’s children.
On 12 Feb 1807 Benjamin Dugger entered 50 acres on Brush Fork of Cove Creek in Ashe Co., NC. (North Carolina Land Entry # 1722)
Benjamin was listed on the 1810 census in Ashe Co., NC.
Benjamin Dugger died ca 1815 in Ashe Co., NC. He is buried at the Howell Cemetery in what is now Watauga Co., NC (formed in 1849). His marker must have been placed many years later for it gives his death date as 1797 which is off by almost 20 years. It has been theorized that this is the grave for a different Benjamin Dugger, perhaps a son who died young. No other information is on the stone so we can’t really be sure. A newer stone was placed with the same information by Gordon S. Dugger in the 1950's. Now there are two stones, though the old one was buried and out of easy view for many years.