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Re: James SUGGS-Rev War Patriot from NC- any info- Something fishy here??
Posted by: Richard lake (ID *****8414) Date: February 02, 2013 at 08:27:54
In Reply to: Re: James SUGGS-Rev War Patriot from NC- any info- Something fishy here?? by Richard lake of 353

Sharon: Following up my previous post - I located a photo of the marker on Find-A-Grave and, as I suspected, it surely appears to be fairly new with no visiable weathering. Additionally, there is no indication that the marker was placed by any lineage/historical society such as DAR, SAR, etc. nor the VA and it doesn't look like the RW markers/headstones/plaques that I have seen. It's simply a simple granite (?) rectangle with James Suggs' basic info and the notation that he served with NC militia during the Revolutionary War. ANYONE could have gone to a granite headstone fabricator and had this done. To be brutally honest, I suspect that James' service is family lore without any any substantialtion thus someone placed this marker in order to give the story legs. That may be why you can't find any record of his service - he didn't serve. DAR has placed their Patriotss database online and a query doesn't result in any hit for James Suggs/NC Militia. Of course this only tells you that no one has become a DAR member based upon his service. As you likely know, there is no RW pension record or land bounty for him - at least I don't find one. I can't find him on any NC militia roll so your friend's quest doesn't appear too promising. Lastly, even IF you found a James Suggs who served in the RW you'd still have to prove that he was one-and-the-same James Suggs from whom your friend descends.

Another person replied to your query on the Georgia board with some census info as well as a history of the Wm Suggs branch. The latter info should be questioned throughly - no documentation is furnished and it sure sounds suspicious to me - with its references to English royalty, knighthood, Pocahontas, etc. These are red flags to be sure. I hope I'm all wet on this and can be proven wrong, it would be great news to your friend but.......

Rick


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