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Margaret Willliams (#47558040)
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RE: John Elam Scruggs
Margaret, how nice to hear from you. And you will enjoy your time looking for family in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. It is well-maintained so you are not likely to encounter anything like chiggers or rattlesnakes. Wish I could say the same for all the cemeteries in Bedford County.

I am not actually related to the Scruggs family. My great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Davis, married Susan Catherine "Kittie" Scruggs. Sadly, she died within a few years. My great-grandmother was his second wife, Maggie Jennings. When you visit the cemetery, you will see Ben and Kittie buried side-by-side. They both died young, but my great-grandmother lived until 1921, and is buried in Chattanooga. She lived with my grandmother and family there. The Scruggs graves that I saw are all to the right of the church.

Back to the Scruggs family. I have uncovered a fair amount of information about them in the Bedford County Family History book, published by the historical society there. What I know is this: John Elam Scruggs (1802-1889) was married twice. First, to Rachel Clay Finch (1808-1837), with whom he had seven children: Edward Finch Scruggs, Elizabeth Scruggs, John Elam Scruggs, Jr., Mary Elam Scruggs, Rachel Finch Scruggs and Sarah Ann Scruggs. Second, old John Elam married Mary Jane Moore (1810-1897), and had another seven children: Edney Jane Scruggs, William Finch Scruggs, Charles Moore Scruggs, Mary Agnes Scruggs, Susan Catherine (who married Ben Davis), John Elam Scruggs II and James Benjamin Scruggs.

So your C.M. Scruggs, son of John Elam, is likely to be Charles Moore Scruggs, don't you think? I do show him married to Millie Elizabeth Davis, but don't think she is part of my Davis family. I have no record other than name for Sarah Ann Scruggs. However, since Sarah's mother was Rachel Clay Finch. Someone sent me a history not long ago. If you send me your regular email address, I will send it along to you. Mine is

As far as someone with knowledge of the Bedford County families, I would contact Carolyn Smotherman, who is a well-known genealogist in the area. Her email is Carolyn Smotherman

Good luck!
Added by CarolynB on Jul 15, 2011 10:26 AM

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