Facts and Events
“John Dugger, Surry” was born 1749 in Surry Co., VA. The suffix “Surry” was added to his name to distinguish him from his uncle John Dugger (Sr) and his 1st cousin John Dugger (Jr). To complicate matters further, both John Surry and John Jr were married to women named Frances (“Fanny”). And to make it slightly more complex, it seems that John Surry’s wife Frances was probably John Sr’s daughter (though that isn’t certain at this point).
John Dugger, Surry is a son of Lydia Dugger and was born out of wedlock. Someone among his descendants made the claim that John was a son of Col. Pierre Dugger, a French officer who served in America during the Revolutionary War. As romantic a notion as that is, there is no proof for it at all, in fact plenty of proof to the contrary. The biggest problem is that John was born decades before the American Revolution!
On 30 Apr 1762 Marmaduke Cheatham made his Will in Surry Co., VA naming his heirs. It was proven 17 Jun 1766.
No relationship to Mr. Cheatham was stated, but recent DNA testing confirms that John Dugger Surry’s DNA is the same as Marmaduke Cheatham’s, so he probably is John’s father. (Surry Co., VA Will Book 10 page 416).
John came of age around 1770. He married Frances (—) on 4 Nov 1771, presumably in Brunswick Co., VA. (per Revolutionary War Pension File W 7062). I think it is possible, even probable that Frances was also a Dugger, and a daughter of John Dugger Sr and Priscilla Bennett. John Sr did name both a daughter-in-law Fanny Dugger and a “Frances Dugger” in his will, with separate legacies. Frances was listed among other heirs where the relationship to John Sr wasn’t stated, but they are all thought to be his children.
They lived in Dinwiddie Co., VA for about 8 years (per Revolutionary War Pension File W 7062).
John Dugger Surry was a Revolutionary War soldier. See Pension File W 7062.
On 2 May 1780 William and Mary Rainey of Brunswick Co., VA sold 220 acres to John Duggar of Dinwiddie Co., VA for L3000. Witnessed by Benjamin Blick, David Andrews and Alexander Andrews. (Brunswick Co., VA Deed Book 14 page 25).
It was around this (1780) time that John Dugger Surry returned to Brunswick County.
“John Dugger (Surry)” was listed on the 1782 Brunswick County tax lists. He was on the land tax list with 220 acres, and on the personal property list with 1 person and 1 tithe.
“John Dugger (Surry)” was listed on the 1783 and 1784 Brunswick County personal property list with 1 person and 1 tithe each time.
In Jul 1784 court, Berry and Berry sued John Dugger Surry, Sarah Dugger and John Dugger, administrators of the estate of James Dugger, deceased. James was a son of John Sr, and Sarah was James’ widow. (Brunswick Co., VA Order Book 8 page 480).
John Dugger Surry did not appear on the 1785 tax list in Brunswick.
In Jan 1785 court, Moses Thorp sued John Dugger Surry and John Dugger Jr. (Brunswick Co., VA Order Book 14 page 53).
In Jan 1785 court, Henry Brodnax sued John Dugger Surry for debt. (Brunswick Co., VA Order Book 14 page 53).
John Dugger Surry was not listed on the 1786 tax list in Brunswick.
John Dugger Surry was listed on the 1787 Brunswick tax lists. He had 220 acres (as before), and had no whites between 16 and 21, and no blacks.
On 28 Mar 1787 John Dugger witnessed a deed from Benjamin Edwards Brown and wife Mason Brown to Gray Edmunds. This could be one of the other Johns instead. (Brunswick Co., VA Deed Book 14 page 279).
In May 1787 court, John Dugger Surry and “John Dugger” were listed as jurors. (Brunswick Co., VA Order Book 14 page 513).
John Dugger Surry was listed on the 1788 Brunswick tax lists. He had 220 acres; no whites between 16 and 21, one black over 16, and no blacks under 16.
John Dugger Surry was listed on the 1789 Brunswick tax lists. He had 220 acres; one white tithe, and no blacks.
John was listed on the 1790 land tax list in Brunswick with 220 acres, but not on the personal property list that year.
On 1 Apr 1790 John Dugger Surry and wife Frances of Brunswick Co., VA sold their 220 acres of land Jerman Dugger (their nephew, son of John Jr), for L80. Witnessed by Sterling Dugger, William Goodrum, Daniel Dugger and Henry Dugger. (Brunswick Co., VA Deed Book 14 page 630).
This deed (1790) probably signals their move to Orange Co., NC where brother Alexander Dugger was already living.
Unfortunately the 1790 census is lost for Virginia, and though extant for most of North Carolina, it is lost for Orange County.
John Dugger Surry was listed on the 1791 land tax list alterations in Brunswick Co., VA showing 220 acres having been transferred to Jerman Dugger.
In Aug 1797 court, in the case of William Rainey Sr and wife Mary vs. Thomas Stith, the court ordered the complainant to take a deposition of “John Dugger, commonly called John Dugger, Surry” of Orange Co., NC. (Brunswick Co., VA Order Book 17 page 343).
They lived in Orange Co., NC for around 8 years. (per Revolutionary War Pension File W 7062). Assuming they moved there in 1790, they probably left ca 1798. From there they moved to Sumner Co., TN where they remained the rest of their lives.
Unfortunately the 1800 and 1810 census is lost for Tennessee.
"John Duger" was listed on the 1809 Sumner Co., TN tax list with 102 acres.
John Dugger is listed on the 1816 tax list in Sumner Co., TN with 102 acres on Deshas Creek. He is also listed there in 1817 (no details), 1818 (102 acres “Drakes” Creek), 1819 (no details) and 1820 (no details).
John was listed on the 1820 census in Sumner Co., TN.
John Dugger was listed on the 1821 tax list in Sumner Co., TN.
John was listed on the 1830 census in Sumner Co., TN.
John Dugger died on 23 Mar 1834 in Sumner Co., TN. (per Revolutionary War Pension File W 7062).