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.