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Patience Suddarth

Posted by dwsuddarth on 9 July 2011

One of my most elusive and most intriguing ancestors is Patience Suddarth.  I first encountered Patience on the 1820 Crawford County, Indiana census.  She is enumerated as ‘Patience Suddreth’ and is the head of household, 26 – 45 years of age.  Also in the household are two young boys, one 10 – 16 and the other under 10 years.  Enumerated immediately before Patience is ‘James Suddreth’ and immediately after is Jeremiah Tadlock, husband of James’s sister, Sarah Suddarth.

There is definitely a relationship between Patience, James and Sarah.  Just what exactly that relationship is has not been confirmed.  James is 25 years of age at this time (born 1795) and Sarah is 17 (born 1803).  Looking at the 1820 census record, Patience would have been between 26 and 45, so she could be a sister to James and Sarah, their mother, an Aunt, or some other relationship.  It is also not clear from this record whether Patience is a widow or had never married (we cannot be sure that Patience is the mother of the two boys in the household).  I have found no other records for Patience in Crawford or surrounding counties in Indiana, and I do not find her anywhere in the 1830 census.

I do, however, find someone who could possibly be her in the 1810 census.  The 1810 Casey County, Kentucky census lists a ‘Peashant Sutheard’, head of household, between the ages of 26 and 45.  Additionally, there is another female in the household, under 10 years of age, making her born between 1800 and 1810.  There are also two young boys in the household, both under 10, so born between 1800 and 1810 as well.  Is this the same Patience Suddarth as was found in Crawford County?

I believe it is.  The age on the two census records agrees.  If this is the same Patience, she would have been born between 1775 and 1784.  James Suddarth, enumerated in the 1820 census immediately before Patience, enlisted at the Casey County, Kentucky courthouse in 1813 to fight in the War of 1812.  Additionally, James is found in Casey County tax lists for the years 1812 – 1814.  There is also a John Suddarth found in the Casey County tax lists in 1809 and then again from 1812 through 1815 and in 1817.  I have not found John in the tax lists for 1810, 1811 or 1816.  Neither John nor James are found in the Casey County census in 1810.

So, we know that there are Suddarths in Casey County at the time.  We also know that James from Crawford County, Indiana, is from Casey County, Kentucky and is found on tax lists there.  But what about the children found in the census records?

The Suddarth family of Crawford County, Indiana consisted of 4 brothers and 1 sister, according to a letter written by Jerry Suddarth in 1899.  These brothers were James, born 1795; Benjamin, born 1801; John, born 1811; and Lewis, born 1812.  The sister was Sarah, who was born in 1803.  In 1810, the female found in the household is the right age to be Sarah.  Of the two boys, Benjamin was born in 1801, so he would have been under 10 at the time of the census.  James would have been 15, so it is possible that a mistake was made in the census.   James could also have been in another household at the age of 15 and this is another child who died young.  I think that with all the other evidence, that either of these situations is very likely.  The 1820 census in Crawford County, Indiana shows two boys, one under 10, and the other 10 to 16.  I think that it is very likely that the one under 10 is Lewis and that the one who is 10 to 16 is John (he would have been 9 at the time; it is very possible that he was reported and/or marked as being 10.  James and Sarah are each in their own households in 1820.  Benjamin has not been found in 1820.

No other records have been found which mention Patience.  This is not surprising for a female at that time.  I am pretty confident that the Patience found in 1810 is the same as the Patience found in 1820.  If that is the case, then I believe that she is not a widow, but that Suddarth is her maiden name.  This of course leads to all kinds of questions, such as whose children is she raising, both in 1810 and 1820?  Are they hers and she was never married or are they the children of a relative that she has taken in and is helping to raise?  I am sure that there are many other possibilities, as well.  Patience will remain one of my favorite ancestors to research, hoping to uncover more of her life’s story.

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The Will of Dicey A. Davis

Posted by dwsuddarth on 16 May 2011

Following is a transcription of the will of Dicey A. Davis, daughter of Benjamin Suddarth and Nancy Wright.

Will of Dicey A. Davis
Washington County, Indiana
Will Book F:185-186
Written 6 March 1886; proved 1 May 1886

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dicey A. Davis Will

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Dicey A. Davis of Hardinsburg, Washington County, Indiana, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First – I give and bequeath to my brother Greenberry Suddarth all the property of which I die possessed both real and personal without inventory or appraisement, he, my said brother, paying the expense of my last illness, burial expenses, and tombstones for my grave said stones to cost about $5000. He, my said brother Greenberry Suddarth to hold my residence and lot known and designated as Lot No 5 as layed down on the platt of Ellis addition to the town of Hardinsburg, during his natural life and to give a home during that time, if she should live so long, to my sister Mary Lynn.

Second – At his death, I give and bequeath said house and lot as above described, to Sanford E McIntosh and John R. Cravens without inventory or appraisement, and hereby empower them to sell same and convey it, at public or private sale at their discretion, and dispose of the proceeds as follows, after paying expenses of of sale and all other necessary expenses, they shall buy four setts of tombstones good plain substantial stones, and place them as follows: one sett each at the graves of my father, Benjamin Suddarth, my mother Nancy Suddarth, and my brothers Blackwell and John Suddarth. If there be any money left, I hereby instruct my executors to pay into the hands of the trustees of the Hardin Cemetery or graveyard (the cemetery where my father mother and brothers as above named are buried) to be by said trustees used at their discretion in beautifying and improving said cemetery.

Third – I hereby appoint the aforementioned Sanford E. McIntosh and John R. Cravens or either of them my executors of this my last will and testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of March 1886.

Signed by Dicey A. Davis

Dicey A. x Davis

as her last will and testament, in our presence, and signed as witnesses by us in her presence -

Henry C. Fouts
Sanford E. McIntosh

Proof of Will

State of Indiana, Washington County, ss:

Be it remembered, that on the 1st day of May 1886. Sanford E. McIntosh one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and testament of Dicey A. Davis late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before James M Taylor, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, upon his oath declared and testified as follow that is to say: that on the 6th day of March 1886, he saw the said Dicey A. Davis sign her name to said instrument in writing as and for last will and testament, and that this deponent at the same time heard the said Dicey A. Davis declare the said instrument in writing to be her last will and testament and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time at the request of the said Dicey A Davis and with her consent attested and subscribed by the said deponent & Henry C Fouts in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Dicey A. Davis, was at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age, (that is more than twenty one years of age.) and of sound and disposing min and memory, and not under any coercion or restraint, as the said deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.

Sanford E. McIntosh

Sworn to and subscribed by the said Sanford E McIntosh before me, James M Taylor, Clerk of said Court at Salem, the 1st day of May, 1886.

James M Taylor Clerk

In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affix the seal of said Court.

James M Taylor Clerk

State of Indiana, Washington County, ss:

I James M Taylor, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County Indiana do hereby certify that the within annexed will and testament of Dicey A. Davis has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Sanford E McIntosh one of the subscribing witnesses there that a complete record of said will, and of the testimony of the said Sanford E McIntosh in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in Book F at pages 185-6 of the records of Wills of said County.
In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at Salem, this 1st day of May 1886

James M Taylor
Clerk Circuit Court Washington Co.

Dicey A. Davis Will

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A Busy Summer as the Search Goes On…..

Posted by dwsuddarth on 3 September 2010

Wow, has the Summer gone by quickly.  It has been a very busy one, but I have been able to get some research done.

Back in June, I attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research held at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  I highly recommend this for anyone who wishes to strengthen their research.  The Institute is one week-long and offers courses for everyone from the beginner to the advanced researcher.  The course I took, Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, was exceptional.  Along with the outstanding course offerings, the chance to meet and network with fellow genealogists is worth the trip alone.  I will definitely be heading back next year to further my genealogical education.

Of course, since I was on the road, I spent some time doing some research.  Unfortunately, the research part of my trip was not very fruitful.  I spent some time at the Kentucky State Archives reviewing court cases from Casey and Lincoln Counties for the early 1800′s, hoping to find some mention of the Suddarths or collateral families.  Nothing.  I searched old newspapers on microfilm at the Lexington, Kentucky Public Library.  Nothing.  I read deed books cover to cover at the Casey County Courthouse.  Nothing.  This happens sometimes; it is a part of the research.

I was fortunate, however, to find the marriage record for James and Malinda Suddarth’s son, James.  James was born about 1835 in Crawford County, Indiana.  In June of 1857, a marriage license was issued for James B. Suddarth and Sarah Sullivan in Washington County, Indiana, just to the North and East of Crawford County.  It is not known if the couple actually married, however.  The license was issued, but the return was never completed.  Neither James nor Sarah are found in any census records after 1850 (James is enumerated with his parents, James and Malinda).  It is presumed that James had died by 1860, although no record of this has been found.

The most interesting part of the record is that it gives James’ middle initial.  The middle initial is ‘B’, the same as for his brother, David B. Suddarth.  It is thought that David’s middle name is Barnett, which could be a family name, possibly the maiden name of his mother, Malinda.  The fact that James also has the middle initial ‘B’ provides just a little more evidence that the name Barnett is a family name.  Of course, it is possible that James’ middle name is not Barnett.  We do not know for sure.

I will be conducting more research on James and Malinda’s son, James.  Among the questions I have are, did he and Sarah have a child together?  What actually happened to James and Sarah?  Did they ever get married?  As usual, lots of questions, few answers.

James B. Suddarth – Sarah Sullivan Marriage

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Sister Sadie

Posted by dwsuddarth on 28 April 2010

In Jerry L. Suddarth’s letter to Mary Suddarth, dated 6 November 1899, he mentions that his grandfather, James Suddarth, had a sister, Sadie.  Sadie is a nickname for Sarah and there is a Sarah Suddarth in Crawford County, Indiana at the same time James is there.

Sarah Suddarth was born about 1803 in either Virginia or Kentucky.  The only two census records she is named on are the 1850 and 1860 Crawford County, Indiana censuses.  In 1850, her place of birth is recorded as Kentucky.  In 1860, her birthplace is recorded as Virginia.

By early 1817, Sarah had come to Southern Indiana, most likely with her brothers.  On 20 February 1817, Sarah married Jeremiah Tadlock in Harrison County, Indiana.  Jeremiah is enumerated on the 1820 Crawford County census immediately after Patience Suddarth.  James Suddarth is enumerated immediately before Patience.  Jeremiah’s household contained 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26, 1 female under 10, and 1 female 16-26.

The Tadlocks most likely knew the Suddarths in Casey County, Kentucky and two families probably traveled together to Indiana.  There is an Elisha Tadlock in Harrison County as early as 19 February 1817, just two days after the marriage of Jeremiah and Sarah.  In addition, Elisha Tadlock appears on the 1810 Casey County, Kentucky tax list and on the 1811 Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list.  Just like John Suddarth in Casey County, Kentucky, it does not appear that the Tadlocks owned any land in Casey or Lincoln Counties.

Not much of the information in the letter about Sarah Suddarth is new; it had been uncovered in previous research.  However, it does tell us that she was known as Sadie and this fact could help down the road in other research.

Jeremiah Tadlock – Sarah Suddarth Marriage

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Four Brothers From Indiana

Posted by dwsuddarth on 8 April 2010

In a previous post, I mentioned that there are four men in Southern Indiana in the early 1800′s who may or may not be brothers.  It has always been assumed that they are brothers, but there has been no evidence found to support that conclusion.  That is no longer the case.  In the letter written by Jerry L. Suddarth, he mentions that his grandfather, James, had brothers Benjamin, Lewis and John.  In addition, he tells us that James had a sister Sadie.  Sadie is a nickname for Sarah and there is a Sarah Suddarth in Southern Indiana at the same time as the others.  The information I have found for the Suddarths in Southern Indiana in the early 1800′s is as follows:

  • James, born 1795 in Virginia
  • Benjamin, born 1801 in Virginia
  • Sarah, born 1803 in either Virginia or Kentucky
  • John, born 1811 in Kentucky
  • Lewis, born 1812 in Kentucky

This information matches the information given in the letter.  However, if these five a siblings, why is there such a large gap in the birth dates between Sarah and John?  By looking at the locations of the births, it would appear that the family moved from Virginia to Kentucky sometime between 1801 and 1811.  According to the 1850 Crawford County, Indiana census, Sarah was born in Kentucky.  In the 1860 Crawford County census, her birthplace is given as Virginia.  The large gap in the birth years could be due to the family’s migration between 1801 and 1811.  However, another possibility, which I think is more likely, is that there are two different mothers here.

It would seem likely that James, Benjamin and Sarah were born to one mother and John and Lewis to another.  This could indicate that the mother of James, Benjamin and Sarah died sometime after 1803 and that the father remarried, possibly after migrating to Kentucky.  This suggests that any extant death and marriage records should be searched in Virginia and Kentucky for the time period between 1803 to 1811.  In addition, the six-year gap between the births of James and Benjamin may indicate the birth of additional child who died while young.

While it may seem a large undertaking to search death and marriage records in all of Virginia and Kentucky, the letter does provide a clue to help narrow down the areas to begin searching.  Jerry Suddarth mentions that the two brothers settled in Albemarle County, Virginia and that the family went from Virginia to Tennessee to Kentucky to Indiana.  It is very possible that the family migrated to Kentucky along the Wilderness Road, which went Southwest in Virginia, dipped into Tennessee, then turned Northwest through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky.  The Wilderness Road then went up to Lincoln County, Kentucky, not far from Casey County, which is where James has been located in 1813.  Therefore, looking in the counties through which the Road passed would be the place to begin.


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Chipping Away at Brick Walls

Posted by dwsuddarth on 9 March 2010

You never know where that one piece of information which can help chip away at a brick wall may come from.  As I have written about in a previous post, my biggest and most stubborn brick wall is that of finding the parents of my 3rd great grandfather, Lewis Suddarth.  I recently received something in the mail which took a brick or two out of that wall.

I was looking at the Daughters of the American Revolution website and did a search for Suddarth in their Genealogical Records Committee Index.  Included in the results were some names that I recognized from my past research.  I sent a request for the copies of the pages indicated and received the packet the other day.  In the packet was a copy of a letter written by Jerry L. Suddarth, English, Indiana in 1899.

I knew that Jerry L. Suddarth was the grandson of the James Suddarth which I have been researching.  I have been conducting research into James because I believe he may be a brother of my 3rd great grandfather, Lewis.  If I can find out more about James, it may lead me to Lewis’ parents.  I have transcribed the letter below:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

English, Ind Nov 6, 1899

Mary Suddarth

Model Tenn.

Yours 3rd Inst. has my attention.  I suppose you and I are related as I have always been informed any one spelling the name “Suddarth” are decendants [sic] of two brothers Lawrence Suddarth and James Suddarth who came from Scotland prior to the revolution, that each were in revolutionary war — They settled in Albemarle Co. Virginia.  I am a decendant [sic] of Lawrence Suddarth, my Grand Father was James Suddarth decendant [sic] of Lawrence, my Grandfather have brothers, Benj, Lewis, John, and Sister Sadie.  My Grand Father had children David B, James, Jeremiah, Lucinda and Sadie, my father is the only one living, his name is David B.  our decendants [sic] went to Tenn from Va. then to Ky. and then to Indiana –

We are all Republicans–

Be pleased to hear from you further,

Yours Respect,

Jerry L. Suddarth

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

There are many clues and pieces of information in this letter.  First is the information regarding his grandfather, James, and his brothers Benjamin, Lewis and John, as well as a sister Sadie.  In my research, I have turned up all four brothers.  In addition, I have a Sarah which fits in with the same generation.  Sadie is a nickname for Sarah, so I am pretty sure that this is the same person.  Of course, the biggest clue is that he is descended from a Lawrence Suddarth and that Lawrence had a brother named James.  According to the letter, they were from Scotland and settled in Albemarle County, Virginia.  In addition, it mentions that both brothers fought in the Revolutionary War.   The migration route of the Suddarth family is also mentioned in the letter.

Note that the letter does not, however, name James’ father.  It claims that James is a descendant of Lawrence, but does not indicate the exact relationship between the two.

All of this information needs to be researched and verified before it can be taken as reliable.  In future posts, I will begin deconstructing the letter in more detail.

This letter was found in ‘Tennessee DAR GRC report; s1 v197: genealogical records’. I had traced the family from Southern Indiana into central Kentucky.  I had thought that they came to Kentucky from Virginia.  They did, though possibly through Tennessee.  You never know where you are going to find information which may help break down that wall.  One letter found in a Tennessee DAR report yields many clues to the origins of the Suddarths of Southern Indiana.

Jerry L. Suddarth Letter

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Is James the Father of Lewis?

Posted by dwsuddarth on 31 October 2009

I have been searching for the parents of my third great-grandfather, Lewis Suddarth, for many years now.  It seems to be one of those problems that just does not want to be solved.  Having run into a dead-end in trying to research Lewis, I have begun researching other Suddarths who lived in southern Indiana at the same time as Lewis, hoping that by doing so, I may learn more about Lewis.

The first person I decided to research who would seem to have a connection to Lewis is James Suddarth, thinking he may be a brother.  Throughout the years that I have been researching the Suddarth family, however, I have heard and found posted online that James is Lewis’ father.  The only reason I have ever seen for making this connection is that James is the only Suddarth in southern Indiana who is old enough to be Lewis’ father.  So, has the solution to my puzzle been right under my nose all the time?  Is James the father of Lewis?

I have written quite a lot about James on this blog.  James was born 22 March 1795 in Virginia.  His wife, Malinda, was born 13 September 1797 in Kentucky.  These dates come from the grave marker for James and Malinda located in the Marengo Cemetery in Marengo, Indiana.  According to all census records for Lewis, he was born about 1812 in Kentucky.  Therefore, when Lewis was born, James would have been 17 years of age and Malinda, 15 years of age.  Although I believe this to be unlikely, it is a definite possibility.

Looking at census records for James, I have found the following:

1820 Crawford County, Indiana -

  • 1 male 26 to 45
  • 2 or 3 females under 10
  • 1 female 16 to 26

There are no males Lewis’ age listed in James’ household in 1820.  If James was the father, we would expect to see at least 1 male under 10 enumerated.

1830 Crawford County, Indiana -

  • 2 males under 5
  • 1 male 30 to 40
  • 1 female under 5
  • 1 female 10 to 15
  • 1 female 30 to 40

Again, there are no males Lewis’ age listed in James’ household in 1830.  If James was the father, we would expect to see at least 1 male 15 to 20 enumerated.  The only male children in the household are under 5, too young for Lewis.
Lewis married in August 1839 and is enumerated as head of household in 1840:

1840 Crawford County, Indiana -

  • 1 male 20 to 30
  • 1 female 20 to 30

Is it possible that the enumerator just put Lewis in the wrong column in 1830?  I believe this to be highly unlikely, but let’s look at the 1850 census for James:

1850 Crawford County, Indiana -

  • James Suddarth, age 55, born Virginia
  • Malinda Suddarth, age 55, born Kentucky
  • David Suddarth, age 19, born Crawford County
  • James Suddarth, age 15, born Crawford County

It is clear from the 1850 census that the 2 males under 5 listed in the 1830 census are David and James and that Lewis was not a member of the household in 1830.

Based on a very simple and brief analysis of census records, I do not believe that James is the father of Lewis.  Of course, there is always the possibility that Lewis was not living in his father’s household, but I have found no records to indicate that this would be the case.  I believe saying that James is the father because he is the only Suddarth in the area who is old enough does not take into consideration evidence readily available in the census records.  Thus, I will continue my search for Lewis’ father.

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The Parents of Lewis Suddarth – The Search Begins

Posted by dwsuddarth on 26 September 2009

In trying to find the parents of Lewis Suddarth, I quickly realized that I would need to expand my research.  Up to this point, the records have been fairly easy to locate and have, with a few exceptions, provided direct evidence as to parentage, birth dates and locations, etc.   The records that I have been able to find for Lewis, however, do not provide that information as neatly and exactly.

Lewis is found in three census records; the 1860 Crawford County, Indiana census where he is enumerated as the head of household, 47 years of age, born in Kentucky; the 1850 Crawford County, Indiana census, enumerated as head of household, 38 years of age, born in Kentucky; and the 1840 Crawford County, Indiana census, enumerated as the only male in the household, between 20 and 30 years of age.  All three of these census records indicate that he was born around 1812-1813 in Kentucky.  Lewis would have been about 18 years of age in 1830. I have not found him enumerated in the 1830 census, however.  Therefore, it is likely that he was living with a relative at this time.  Lewis had died before 1870.

I began trying to find out his date of death.  Research into further records turned up a land record dated 21-November-1868, where Lewis’s wife Lydia bought land from their eldest son James.  This, combined with the 1870 census record, would seem to indicate that Lewis had died by this date.  The 1870 census record lists the youngest child in the household, Andrew, as being 2 years of age.  The 1900 Crawford County, Indiana census reveals that Andrew was born in September, 1868.  Since relationships are not indicated on the 1870 census, checking the 1880 census reveals that Andrew is, in fact, Lydia’s son.  Although that does not mean that Lewis is the father, that is most likely the situation.  Further research needs to be conducted in order to either locate a record stating this or to further build a case.  If Lewis is, in fact, Andrew’s father, we can narrow the date of Lewis’s death to between December, 1867 (9 months prior to Andrew’s birth) and November, 1868 (the sale of land to Lydia by their son James).  The actual date is probably closer to November, 1868, as the land was most likely sold shortly after Lewis’ death.  So far, research in area newspapers has not turned up anything regarding his death.

Lewis left a few other land records and a record of his marriage to Lydia Stroud on 26 August 1839. Lydia was born about 1823 in Indiana.  At the time of their marriage, she was around 16 years of age and Lewis was around 27 years of age.  They were married in Orange County, Indiana, which is just north of Crawford County.  This marriage record is the earliest record I have found for Lewis.

Since the earliest census record I could find for Lewis was the 1840 census (enumerated as ‘Lewis Suddard’), I looked to see if there were other Suddarths in the area in 1840. Also enumerated in 1840 in Crawford County was John Suddarth (enumerated as ‘John Suddard’), 30-40 years of age; Benjamin Suddarth (enumerated as ‘Benj Suddearth), 30-40 years of age; and James Suddarth (enumerated as ‘James Suddearth’), 40-50 years of age. James immediately jumped out as a possibility for Lewis’ father.  In researching James, I discovered that he was born 1795 in Virginia.  His wife, Malinda, was born 1797.  Lewis was born around 1812-13.  If James is Lewis’  father, he would have only been 17 or 18 at the time Lewis was born.  Malinda, James’s wife, would have only been 15 or 16 at the time.  Although this is possible, I believe it is very unlikely.  Furthermore, the John Suddarth found in the 1840 census is most likely a brother to Lewis.  According to his gravestone, John was born 6-August-1811.  Census records indicate that John was born in Kentucky, just as Lewis.  In addition, they are enumerated only 3 households apart on the 1840 census.  If, in fact, John is Lewis’s brother, and a son of James and Malinda, James would have been 16 and Malinda 14 at the time of John’s birth.  This, also, is highly unlikely.  Therefore, I do not believe that James and Malinda can be either John’s or Lewis’ parents.  Further research into James and Malinda’s family has shown that they are not the parents of John or Lewis.

In order to find Lewis’ parents, I have been researching the other Suddarths found in the census, as records for Lewis have not been found.  Hopefully, research of James, John, or Benjamin will help point me to Lewis’ parents.

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Suddarths of Southern Indiana

Posted by dwsuddarth on 23 September 2009

In the early 1800′s, there are four Suddarth men whose relationship to each other has always been assumed to be brothers.  I am not so sure.  The four are, in order of birth:

  • James, born 1795 in Virginia
  • Benjamin, born 1801 in Virginia
  • John, born 1811 in Kentucky
  • Lewis, born 1812 in Kentucky

Right away, I think it is apparent that there is a question as to whether these four are brothers.  The large gap in years between Benjamin and John would indicate that either there is more than one family represented here, or there are others that are missing.  I believe that John and Lewis are brothers.  I do not have anything to confirm or deny this, but because of the years and location of their births, I think it is a pretty valid conclusion.  James and Benjamin may also be brothers, as they were born only six years apart and were both born in Virginia.

In addition, I have found some women in the area who are related to these Suddarths.  They are:

  • Patience, born 1774 – 1794
  • Sarah, born 1803 in Kentucky, married Jeremiah Tadlock
  • Sarah, born 1810 – 1820, married James Moore

I think that it is clear here that there are at least two separate families.  Since there are two separate Sarahs with the maiden name of Suddarth, they are most likely not sisters.  Combining this information with the information above, I have broken this down into two separate families.  The first family is composed of James, Benjamin and Sarah (Suddarth) Tadlock.  I believe that they are all siblings.  Patience may also be a sibling, but if she was born early enough, may be the mother or another relative.  The second family would be composed of Sarah (Suddarth) Moore, John, and Lewis.  I believe that these three are siblings, as well.

Looking at the locations of the births, it appears that the Suddarths in Southern Indiana came from Virginia, through Kentucky and then into Indiana, where they settled.  There are a lot of Suddarths in Virginia in the 1700′s and the 1800′s.  Trying to tie the Indiana Suddarths to the Virginia Suddarths has not been easy, however.

I will be writing about each of these Suddarths (as much as I know).  If you are related to any of these families, please contact me.

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