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Re: John Rice and Abigail Suggs Married Wake Co., NC in 1773
Posted by: Charlene Herreid (ID *****2744) Date: January 28, 2007 at 07:37:39
In Reply to: John Rice and Abigail Suggs Married Wake Co., NC in 1773 by David Brown of 1372

Hi, David

I don’t have specific information about the Suggs and Rice families to solve your problems, but I can share some information that might give you some more clues to work with.

First the Sugg(s) Family.

I study the Humphries family that was originally from Brunswick Co, VA. This family had a major presence in Wake Co. NC from the time the county was founded to about 1805. The first member of the family thought to be in the area was William Humphries, who was granted land in Orange Co., NC about 1761. He sold that land and purchased more in Johnston Co., in the area that later became Wake County.

On of William’s neighbors in Johnston Co. was one Aquila Sugg. Aquila was originally from Edgecombe County, NC (this is stated in an early Johnston Co. deed). He seems to be related to a Humphries family in the Edgecombe/Craven/Bertie County areas that may be related to mine, but the relationship between that family and my Humphries family is not proven. Some of Aquila’s other relations in that area, if I remember correctly, seem to be Howells and Murphreys. Here is a record mentioning Aquila in the Johnston Co. records.

Johnston Co., NC
#120
July 1762 Court
A Deed of Sale from Aquila SUGG to Geo. REEVES was proved by the Oath of George KEETH & ordered to be Registered.
Haun, 1980, p. 66

As you know, part of Johnston Co. was taken to form Wake Co. about 1770. William Humphries and other family members appear in quite a few records of Wake Co., which I have collected. Aquila Sugg does not appear in these records, but other Suggs do. They are principally Joshua Sugg at first, then Aaron and Moses Sugg. Here are a couple of examples:

[57]-61
Court of March 1773
Isham ONEAL vs. John JONES: The following Jury being Sworn Verdict for the Defendant to wit: Joshua SUGG William UTTLEY John NUTT James TATE Charles HUMPHRIES William HUMPHRIES, William WALTON Reuben HUNTER John CHEEVES William MCKELROY Matthew PATTON Brittain FULLER
Ordered that the following Jurors attend Hillsborough Supr. Court next (towit): Tingnal JONES Esqr., James JONES, Thomas WOOTTEN, Joseph LANE Esquire, Josiah CRUDUP and Paul PATRICK Abram HILL Esqr.
Haun, 1993, p. 20

Wake Co., NC
Court of December 1777
[177]-39
Ordered that the following person be appointed tax gathures in the following district towit: Isaac HUNTER in Capt. HILLSMAN District Lodiwick ALFORD in Capt. ALFORD’S District Joshua SUGG in Capt. BEDDINGFIELDS District Aaron SUGG in Capt. UTTLEY District Aaron READ in Capt. MOBLEYS District William REEVES in Capt. DANIELS District John HUMPHRIES Va in Capt. BLEDSOES District Nathaniel JONES in Capt. PHILLIPS District Lodiwick ALFORD in Capt. MIALES District William MYATT in Capt. MYATTS District James ALFORD in Capt. POWELLS District.
Haun, 993, p. 61

So the Sugg family seemed to be associated with the Humphries family in Wake Co. for a long period of time and may be relations of some kind. If you can trace your family back to Aquila Sugg, you can go back to Edgecombe, Craven and maybe even Bertie Counties. There are records of the Sugg(s) family in those places.

Re: the Rice family. There are also a few court records in Wake County that mention both John Rice and someone from the Humphries family. Here are a couple:

Wake County, NC
Book A
HINES, Thomas Bond R. 8 Jul 1775 p 73 Bond of Thomas HINES, Nathaniel KIMBROUGH, John ALSTON, and Henry WARREN to Josiah MARTIN, Esq. Thomas HINES requests appointment as sheriff. Witnesses: William WARREN, John HUMPHRIES (Virginia) John RICE.
Wynne, 1984, p. 13

Wake Co, NC
Book C October 1789
TATE, JAMES, Acct current R. 17 Oct 1789. p. 231 Paid to: JOHN RICE, JOHN RADISH, HENRY LANE, VALENTINE AUSTIN, JOHN PATTERSON, BRITAIN SNADERS, WILLIAM NICHOLS, JAMES MOORE, DEMPSEY SPEIRS, MARTIN LANE, WILLIAM FERRELL, DAVID DANIEL, JAMES WILLIAMS Esq. THOS HALL Esq., JESSE GRAY, WM. ROCHELL, JOHN POLLARD.
Executor: WM. TATE
Subscribers: JOHN HUMPHRIES, RICHARD BANKS
Wynne, 1984, p. 67

This John Humphries (Virginia John) was also a justice of the peace, as you say John Rice was.

I don’t know any more about the Rice family in Wake Co., but there is a Rice family in nearby Caswell County that you might check out. This Rice family had connections with a different Humphries family in Caswell Co. that could be related to mine, but this is also unproven. I seem to recall that this Rice family is related somehow to a Thomas Rice who gave all of his children names that started with the letter “Z.” I haven’t studied them for a while because I could not find a connection between them and my known Humphries family, but Caswell County kept excellent records and you might try looking there. Caswell was taken from Orange Co., originally, so there is, once again, a connection back to Orange Co.

Anyway, there it is. There are Humphries connections to both the Sugg(s) and Rice families in Wake Co., NC and known connections between Sugg and Rice families and other Humphries families in nearby counties. There are a lot of excellent published records for Orange, Johnston, and Wake Counties that you have probably already come across. They should help you a lot. I hope the above narrative will provide a few clues that can help point you in the right directions for further study.

Charlene



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