Remembering Our Ancestors: William Suddarth

William Suddarth, second-generation American born son of Scottish immigrants to the New World – his grandfather Lawrence Henry had come some time before 1677 to Overwharton Parish, Stafford, VA, which was formed before 1680 – was born in said parish in 1714, the son of James Suddarth (the spelling varies quite a bit) and his wife Elizabeth.  William had three siblings (that survived), Thomas, Mary and James.

He went on to marry Partlow Mills, who was born and raised in the same place, about 1738, and after her death in 1748, he married Sarah Elliot in 1750 in King George County, VA, just a bit further south.

Partlow and William had 12 children, 8 of whom survived into adulthood.  Their daughter Sarah is our 7th (and 8th) great-grandmother and was the wife of Samuel Denny, who settled his family in below Pilot Mountain, NC.

Within the last 12 years of his life, William Suddarth moved from Stafford County about 130 miles west into the Piedmont region of Virginia near the center of the state, to the newly created Amherst County that had been carved out of Albemarle County in 1761.  Yes, that’s the county in which Thomas Jefferson built Monticello a decade later.  The county borders Shenandoah National Park.

There, William Suddarth died in April of 1762.

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in the Fall

Rest in Peace, Great-Grandpa William.  With the Suddarth’s and the Denny’s, two Scottish lines joined.  I cannot imagine that you were displeased with your daughter Sarah’s choice of husband.  She now rests just west of Pilot Mountain under a rock pile on the south side of Pilot Creek near the mouth, at the foot of the hill.  If you look at a map where Pilot Creek meets the Ararat River, you can see quite well where that would have been.

In the featured image, taken from the ‘Stoddard-Sudduth papers’, are listed William’s children that appear in his will, among them Sarah Denny.  You can also find the place where they lived when William died, the newly formed Amherst County, VA.


2 Replies to “Remembering Our Ancestors: William Suddarth”

  1. Thank you for posting, I’m a descendent of the Suddarths. Wiliiam didn’t die on December 25,1761, this was the date of his will. He died the following April, as your clipping shows.

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