Person:William Dugger (19)

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William Copeland Dugger
m. 8 Apr 1809
  1. Nancy Dugger1810 - After 1880
  2. William Copeland Dugger1812 - 1870
  3. David D Dugger1814 - 1901
  4. Benjamin Tarlton Dugger1816 - After 1880
  5. Mary Ann Sabra Dugger1818 - 1896
  • HWilliam Copeland Dugger1812 - 1870
  • WNancy Lacey1814 - 1852
m. 1830/1835
  1. John K Dugger1835 - 1920
  2. Sarah Jane Dugger1837 - After 1850
  3. Thomas Alexander Dugger1839 - 1914
  4. James T Dugger1842 - 1909
  5. Mary A Elizabeth Dugger1844 - 1911
  6. William H Dugger1846 - 1938
  7. Martha Dugger1848 - After 1860
  8. Ezekial Dugger1851 - After 1870
  • HWilliam Copeland Dugger1812 - 1870
  • WCelia Smith1824 - After 1880
m. 7 Feb 1856
  1. Winfield S Dugger1855 - After 1880
  2. Nancy Joanna Dugger1858 - After 1870
Facts and Events
Name William Copeland Dugger
Gender Male
Birth? 19 May 1812 Carter, Tennessee, United States
Marriage 1830/1835 Carter, Tennessee, United Statesto Nancy Lacey
Marriage 7 Feb 1856 Johnson, Tennessee, United Statesto Celia Smith
Death? 1870/1880 Cherokee, Kansas, United States

William Copeland Dugger was born 19 May 1812 (source?) in Carter Co, TN. He is a proven son of William Dugger (1750-1839) and his 3rd wife Nancy Ann Brown.

Birth is listed in the William Dugger family bible, though the year is off by a few years, or misread:

  • Martha Dugger, born February 24, 1799
  • Rosamund Dugger born May 4 1805
  • Nancy Dugger born June 10, 1810
  • Patty Pierce born November 15, 1795
  • Hannah Pierce born Oct. 3, 1797
  • Jenny Pierce born Sept 25, 1800
  • George Morton Pierce born Nov. 22, 1802
  • Hardy Pierce born Nov. 14, 1804
  • Henry pierce born June 5, 1807
  • Ann Brown Pierce born Sept 24, 1779
  • Thomas Dugger born May 16, 1797
  • Patty Dugger born Feb 24, 1799
  • Rhoda Dugger born March 28 1801
  • William Copeland Dugger born May 19, 1819
  • Sarah Ann Dugger born Nov. 15, 1836


William Copeland Dugger was named in his father William Dugger's Will of 10 Apr 1839 as "William, David and Tarlton, my three sons." and he was also named as an Executor of the Will.

William C. Dugger married Nancy Lacey (I don't have a source for her maiden name) circa 1830/1835 in Carter Co, TN. I didn't find a marriage record for them. The 1850 census shows them married in 1836 (the census taker put a marriage year in the "Married in year" column, which wasn't what that column was for, but nice to have anyway!). This 1836 date puts their marriage after the birth of their first child. The entry on the 1850 census is likely wrong, either that or William was married before Nancy.

William was listed on the 1840 census in Carter Co, TN, near his brother Benjamin T. Dugger and various other relatives. Analysis:

  • Carter Co., TN page 170 William C. Duggar 2000100000000-1000100000000
  • 1 male 20-29 (1810/1820)=William C. Dugger (1812)
  • 2 males 0-4 (1835/1840)=1-John K. Dugger (1835); 2-Alexander Dugger (c1841) sons
  • 1 females 20-29 (1810/1820)=Nancy Lacey Dugger (c1815) wife
  • 1 female 0-4 (1835/1840)=Sarah P. Dugger (c1838) daughter

On the 1850 census, William Copeland Dugger and family were listed in Carter Co, TN between his brother Benjamin T. Dugger and brother Thomas Dugger.

7th Census of the United States - 1850
Name Age Sex Race Occupation Real $ Birth Place
Carter Co, TN - 1st Civil District
Page 160b, House # 27, Family # 27
Dugger William C 34 M W Farmer (M 1836) 1450 TN
Dugger Nancy 35 F W TN
Dugger John 14 M W Farmer TN
Dugger Sarah P 12 F W TN
Dugger Alexander 9 M W TN
Dugger James T 7 M W TN
Dugger Elizabeth 5 F W TN
Dugger William H 3 M W TN
Dugger Martha 1 F W TN

William Copeland Dugger applied for a Pension on behalf of himself and his siblings, as heirs of Revolutionary War soldier William Dugger, their father. Filed 9 Jun 1853 (# R 3109), he named the surviving heirs of William, and though he listed himself as a child of William Dugger, he did not include himself in the list showing the surviving heirs and giving their ages.

Apparently Nancy Lacey Dugger died between 1852 and 1856, for on 4 Feb 1856 "William C. Dugger" obtained a marriage bond in neighboring Johnson Co, TN to marry Celia Smith (listed as "Selia Bowman"). They married in Johnson Co, TN on 7 Feb 1856. Celia Smith was previously married to Cornelius Bowman (married in 1846) who had died between 1850 and 1856.

William and family were still in Carter Co, TN for the 1860 census. They were in Vermillion Co, IN in 1870. He died before 1880. His widow Celia was on the 1880 census in Cherokee Co., KS.