Person:James Dugger (1)

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James Dugger
m. bef 1756
  1. James Dugger1764 - Before 1844
  2. Sarah Dugger1765 - Before 1845
  3. Sterling DuggerBefore 1768 - 1790
  4. Henry DuggerBefore 1769 - 1807
  5. Rebecca Dugger1770 - Before 1844
  • HJames Dugger1764 - Before 1844
  • WNancy Brown1764 - 1820
m. 12 Sep 1787
m. ca 1830
Facts and Events
Name[1] James Dugger
Gender Male
Birth? 1764/1767 Surry, Virginia, United States
Alt Birth[1] ABT 1766 Surry Co, VA
Marriage 12 Sep 1787 Brunswick, Virginia, United Statesto Nancy Brown
Marriage ca 1830 Giles Co., TNto Martha Marks
Death[1] Before 8 Jul 1844 Tippah, Mississippi, United States

Many thanks are owed to various researchers, but special thanks to: Barbara Browder and Ralph Dugger for data shared on this family.

James Dugger was born ca 1764/1767 probably in Surry Co, VA. He is a proven son of Henry Dugger and Ann Bailey. James Dugger first appeared on public records on the 1783 Brunswick Co, VA Tax list where his father Henry Dugger was charged for the tax for James Dugger who was under 21 (but presumably over 16). This entry shows James, son of Henry, to be born between ca 1762 and ca 1767.

James Dugger was again listed with his father Henry on the 1784 tax list, showing him still under 21, or born ca 1763/1768.

In 1785, James Dugger was once again listed on the tax list in someone else's charge, but this time it was Edward Marks (Relationship unknown). James was probably working for Marks as a laborer. The tax entry showed him to be under 21 still, or born ca 1764/1769. Combine all three records, and we can narrow his birth down to ca 1764/1767.

For some reason James Dugger was not listed on the 1786 or 1787 tax lists in Brunswick Co, VA. He may have been counted, but not named.

On 12 Sep 1787 James Duggar obtained a marriage bond in Brunswick Co, VA to marry Nancy Brown, daughter of Lewis Brown. Lester Morris was bondsman for the marriage.

James Dugger was listed on the 1788 Tax list in Brunswick Co, VA in the charge of Lewis Brown (his father-in-law). I don't know if this indicates he was still under 21 or not.

James Dugger was listed on the 1789 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. James Dugger was probably listed on the 1790 census, but unfortunately this census was lost for the entire state of Virginia.

James Dugger was listed on the 1790 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. James Dugger was listed on the 1791 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. James Dugger was listed on the 1792 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. On 22 Apr 1793 Lester Morris and wife Frances sold 100 acres to James Dugger. The land was on both sides of the North Fork of Reedy Creek adjoining Jesse Edwards and Lewis Brown Jr. (Brunswick Co, VA Deed Book 15 page 391).

James Dugger was listed on the 1793 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. James Dugger was listed on the 1793 Real Property Tax list in Brunswick Co, VA and shown with 100 acres. The notation said alteration 100 acres from Lester Morris.

James Dugger was listed on the 1794 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks. James Dugger was listed on the 1794 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres;

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1795 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and 1 black over 16. Note that he was listed as "Sr" this time, and from here on out, he was often listed as "Sr" to distinguish himself from his slightly younger cousin James Dugger son of John Dugger Jr. These two James' were so close in age that I'm not really sure which was older. Since the James under study here appeared on the records first, I suspect he is older, but probably only by less than 5 years. To further complicate matters, both married women named "Nancy". James Dugger was listed on the 1795 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres;

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1796 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks.

James Dugger was listed on the 1796 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres;

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1797 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks.

James Dugger was listed on the 1797 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1798 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks.

James Dugger was listed on the 1798 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1799 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and no blacks.

James Dugger was listed on the 1799 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger was probably listed on the 1800 census, but unfortunately this census was lost for the entire State of Virginia (except one county).

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1800 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and 1 Black over 16 and 1 black age 12-16.

James Dugger was listed on the 1800 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1801 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and 1 Black over 16.

James Dugger was listed on the 1801 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1802 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list with 1 White (himself) and 1 Black over 16.

James Dugger was listed on the 1802 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1803 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger was listed on the 1803 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1804 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1804 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres. This was the first time he was referred to as "Sr" on the Real Property Tax list.

On 9 Jul 1805 James' father Henry Dugger made his Will in Brunswick Co, VA, and named his "son James Dugger". He also named James as Executor of the Will. (Brunswick Co, VA Will Book 7 page 160).

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1805 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1805 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1806 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1806 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1807 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1807 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1808 Brunswick Co, VA Personal Property Tax list.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1808 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1809 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with 100 acres.

"James Dugger Sr" was on the 1809, 1810 and later Personal Property Tax lists in Brunswick Co, VA but I think beginning in 1809, "Sr" was not the same person, as this James under study here moved away about that time, and his cousin formerly referred to as "Jr" was now the older James in the county. I could be wrong in my interpretation, but that is how it seems.

James Dugger Sr was listed on the 1810 Brunswick Co, VA Real Property Tax list and shown with no acres. This shows an alteration of 100 acres to Elisha Abernathy. This was the last time James was listed on the Real Property list, and this seems to reflect him selling his land. I didn't see a deed for him selling his land to Abernathy.

The 1810 census shows two James Dugger listings in Brunswick Co, VA, but I am convinced that neither are the James under study here. The first was listed as "James Dugger Jr" and the other as "James Dugger SJ". The "SJ" probably is for "Son of John" as that was a common way to distinguish men of the same name on various records. This means that the one formerly referred to as James Sr (under study here) was not on this census, so that means he had probably already moved to Giles Co, TN by this time. Unfortunately the 1810 Census for Tennessee was lost for the entire state, except for one county, I believe.

The 1812 Tax list for Giles Co, TN shows James Dugger listed there.

To really complicate matters, James Dugger's cousin James Dugger (always "Jr" before) also moved to Giles Co, TN prior to 1820, though I think the younger James came around 1819.

Both James Duggers were listed on the 1820 census in Giles Co, TN. However, they are easy to distinguish, as the younger James had a large household, and the older James (under study here) had only one child.. We know this James (married to Nancy Brown) left no heirs other than his siblings. Analysis:

  • Giles Co, TN pg 14 James Dugger 100001-00001
  • 1 male 45+ (bef 1775)=James Dugger (c1764/67)
  • 1 male 0-9 (1810/20)=Unknown son
  • 1 female 45+ (bef 1775)=Nancy Brown Dugger (c1766) wife

By the 1830 census there was only one James Dugger in Giles Co, TN, and it is apparently the other one, though listed with "MH" after his name to distinguish him from the this James I would guess, though where was this James in 1830? Perhaps he was there but missed by the census taker or the indexer.

At some point James moved to Tippah Co, MS. Also in this timeframe James' wife Nancy Brown Dugger died, and he married Martha Morris Marks, possibly in Giles Co, TN. (Thanks to Ralph Dugger for this information).

On 30 May 1836 Robert McDonald and wife Nancy of Tippah Co, MS sold 490 acres to James Dugger also of Tippah. Witnesses were William M. Asbury and Alfred C. Garrett (Tippah Co, MS Deed Book A page 239).

On 30 Aug 1836 James Dugger and wife Martha sold land to William Asbury in Tippah Co, MS. Witnesses were Robert McDonald and Alfred C. Garrett. (Tippah Co, MS Deed Book A page 239).

James Dugger was listed on the 1840 census in Tippah Co, MS. Analysis:

  • Tippah Co., MS, page 197 James Duggery (sic), 0000100001000-1000100000000
  • 1 male 70-79 (1760/70)=James Dugger (c1764/67)
  • 1 male 20-29 (1810/20)=Unknown
  • 1 female 20-29 (1810/20)=Unknown
  • 1 female 0-4 (1835/40)=Unknown

James Dugger died sometime around 1844 in Tippah Co, MS apparently leaving a Will naming his siblings as heirs. Unfortunately many of the early records for this county were lost, including this Will. However, his heirs back in Brunswick Co, VA, being children of his brother Henry Dugger and his sister Sarah Dugger Shell are known by two deeds appointing someone with Power of Attorney to collect their portion of James' estate.

Sometime in 1844 (recorded 8 Jul 1844) a deed was made in Brunswick Co, VA among several of James Dugger's heirs: John Dugger, Sterling Dugger, Thomas Kirkland and Armon, his wife, formerly Dugger of Brunswick Co, VA and children of Henry Dugger, deceased, who was a brother of James Dugger, deceased, late of Tippah Co, MS, give Power of Attorney to Douglas H. Wray to receive from James McDaniel, Administrator of our deceased Uncle James Dugger, late of Tippah Co, MS any property that may be due them as heirs. (Brunswick Co, VA Deed Book 33 page 479).

Sometime in 1845 (recorded 29 Mar 1845) another deed was made in Brunswick Co, VA giving Power of Attorney in regard to James Dugger's estate (not a verbatim transcript):

John Shell, Ann Shell, Thomas Carroll who married Rebecca Shell, John Dugger, Sterling Dugger, Thomas Kirkland who married Ermine Dugger, all of Brunswick, Power of Attorney to Ro. Cook of Fayette Co, TN to collect any money which may be due under Will of James Dugger late of county of Tippah, MS as heirs of Sarah Shell or Henry Dugger. The said John B. Shell, Ann Shell, and Rebecca Carroll being heirs and children of Sarah Shell, and said John Dugger, Sterling Dugger, and Ermine Kirkland formerly Dugger, being the heirs and children of Henry Dugger, which said Henry Dugger and Sarah Shell are sister and brother, by those named, mentioned in Will of said James Dugger, late of Tippah Co, MS. (Brunswick Co, VA Deed Book 34 page 51).

There should be numerous other heirs, but the above two records only reflect those that were still residing in Brunswick Co, VA at that time. I don't know if James' wife Martha died before he did, or not.

Children

As far as we can tell, James Dugger had no children, or at least none that were still living at the time of his own death ca 1844. The 1820 census seems to show a son born ca 1810/20. If this was a child of theirs he must have died before 1844.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GEDCOM file submitted by Ancestry.com, Turgeon, Authier, Huff, Dugger 2009, jaturgeon@comcast.net. Imported on.

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