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William Thomas "T.W." Bugg
Birth: Dec. 4, 1844
Johnson County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1918
Fort Chaffee
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA

William Thomas Bugg was a resident and sheriff of Sebastian County, Arkansas (served from 1892 to 1896). He was born in neighboring Johnson County, Arkansas to Benjamin Nicholas and Annis Tucker Bugg, who originated from Williamson County, Tennessee.

1850 Census - Perry, Johnson, AR

Benj M Bugg 35 - school teacher
Annis Bugg 37
Sarah E Bugg 14
John E Bugg 12
Martha C Bugg 10
William T Bugg 6 *
Winfield S Bugg 2

1860 Census - Bates, Sebastian, AR

B N Bugg 45 - farmer
Annice Bugg 46
William Bugg 15 *
Winfield Bugg 12
Eliza Bugg 9
Howell Bugg 7
John W Riggs 30

During the Civil War, William Thomas Bugg served as a Sgt. in Company B of the 35th Regiment of the Arkansas Infantry. It was organized during the summer of 1862. He was 17 years of age when he joined with the Confederate Army. All Arkansas infantry regiments in the District of Arkansas became designated as "Trans-Mississippi Rifle Regiments."

Under the command of Colonel James P. King, the 35th Arkansas fought at the Battle of Bayou Fourche and the Battle of Helena where it reported 75 casualties. William T. Bugg lost a leg in the Battle of Helena.

The war ended in 1865. W.T. Bugg, also known as T.W., became the husband of Martha "Mattie" Temperance McAllister (McAlester) Bugg. Their first child was enumerated in 1870.

1870 Census - Sulfur, Sebastian, AR
Post Office, Milors

William Bugg 25 - farmer
Margaret Bugg 25
O Lee Bugg 3/12
Louis Bugg 21 - farmhand
Jefferson Estes 21

In all, six children were born from their marriage: Ollie Lee, Juliett "Judy", William Benjamin, Lon Jackson, James Franklin and one infant that died at birth.

William and Martha's home, originally built and owned by Martha's parents, was located in what became Fort Chaffee, near Barling, Sebastian County, Arkansas. The home and land were on the location of what is now the Janet Huckabee Nature Center.

1880 Census - Marion, Sebastian, AR

Thomas W. Bugg 35 - farmer
Marthy Bugg 36
Ollie Bugg 10
Juliette Bugg 8
William Bugg 7
Lon Bugg 6
James Bugg 3

William Thomas Bugg served five years as Sebastian County sheriff (1892-1896), owned large tracts of land, farmed, and engaged in the mercantile business in Barling. He was a business partner with his brother-in-law, James William Rutherford (married to Louisa McAlester Rutherford).

William Thomas Bugg and Martha Temperance McAlester Bugg, along with Martha's sister, Louisa McAllister and her husband, James W. Rutherford, purchased and donated three acres of land to expand Steep Hill Cemetery beyond the half acre that belonged to the Bugg family. Therefore, the graves of their parents and some siblings are the oldest in the cemetery. The Bugg's also donated land for the Massard School house which was later renamed Maness.

1900 Census - Mount Sandels, Sebastian, AR

William Bugg 55 - farmer
Martha T Bugg 55
William Bugg 27
James H Bugg 23
Jessie Bugg 17

1910 Census - Sulphur, Sebastian, AR

Thomas W Bugg 65 - farmer
Martha T Bugg 65
Lorenzo J Beckam 18 - hired man

William Thomas, Martha, their parents, all of their children, and many grandchildren are buried at Steep Hill Cemetery.

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Obituary of William Thomas Bugg:


Capt. T. W. Bugg, prominent old citizen of Sebastian county, died at his home in Barling Sunday evening at 9:35 o'clock from injuries received in a runaway accident several weeks ago. He was 73 years of age. Since the accident, Captain Bugg has been confined to his bed and for the past several days had been unconscious. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning from the family residence, Rev. J. A. Moody of Barling, officiating. Interment will be in Steep Hill cemetery. Confederate veterans of Fort Smith plan to attend in a body. Captain Bugg was born in Johnson county, but removed to Barling when he was 9 years old. In the war between the states, he served with distinction in the Confederate army and lost a limb in one of his battles. Soon after the war he was married to Miss Mattie McAllister. He served three terms as sheriff of Sebastian county and then retired to his farm. He leaves three sons, Will B. and L. J. Bugg of Barling, and J.F. Bugg of Lavaca; two brothers, John Bugg of California and Harve Bugg of Fort Smith and a sister, Mrs. J.B.Williams of Fort Smith. His wife died on Dec. 25, 1917.

Source: The Southwest American - Morning Edition (old Fort Smith newspaper), April 16, 1918, page 5.

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Family links: 
  Benjamin Nicholas Bugg (1817 - 1873)
  Annis Tucker Bugg (1814 - 1861)
  Martha Temperance McAllister Bugg (1844 - 1917)*
  Ollie Lee Bugg (1870 - 1912)*
  Juliett Bugg Smith (1871 - 1895)*
  William B. Bugg (1872 - 1940)*
  Lon Jackson Bugg (1874 - 1954)*
  James Franklin Bugg (1876 - 1961)*
  Infant Son of W.T and M.T. Bugg (1880 - 1880)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Bugg Harris (1835 - 1913)*
  William Thomas Bugg (1844 - 1918)
  Eliza Jane Bugg Williams (1850 - 1942)*
  Harvey Benjamin Bugg (1853 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
"At Rest"
Note: William Thomas often reversed his first/middle names or went by "T.W."
Steep Hill Cemetery
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: Southwest Section, Row 311 (same as Row 340)
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Record added: Mar 15, 2010
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- Mark Miller
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015
 Added: Jul. 14, 2014
J.A. Moody was my husband's great grandfather. RIP, Mr. Bugg.
- Krystal Londo Kelley
 Added: Mar. 9, 2014
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