James Suddarth was born 22 March 1795 in Virginia. At the age of 17, on 1 January 1813, James volunteered at Lexington, Kentucky to serve in the Kentucky militia for a period of three months during the War of 1812. After serving his three months, he went back home and then volunteered again, this time in Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky in August of 1813.
James served in Captain Coffee’s Company of Mounted Men and fought in the Battle of the Themes in Canada. James was discharged in November of 1813 at Dayton, Ohio, and returned to Casey County, Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, James moved with other family members to Southern Indiana.
James’ sister, Sarah, married Jeremiah Tadlock in Harrison County, Indiana on 20 February 1817. The Tadlocks were neighbors of the Suddarths in Casey County, Kentucky, and probably traveled to Indiana with them. This is the earliest record of the Suddarth family that I have found in Indiana.
In 1820, James is listed on the Crawford County, Indiana census. Also listed, next to James, is Patience Suddarth and Jeremiah Tadlock. By 1820, James had married Malinda Patton. She was born 13 September, 1797, in Kentucky.
James and Malinda had at least three children: Sarah, born between 1815 and 1820; David B., born 7 September 1831 in Indiana; and James, born 1835 in Indiana. It is very likely that there were more children, as well.
James died 21 October 1865 in Crawford County, Indiana. His wife, Malinda, died soon after on 2 November 1865, also in Crawford County. They are buried in Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Indiana.