The Story of David Pugh- Virginia to Tennessee

The Old David Pugh and Sara Greer Homesite at Volney, VA

(No original structures remain.)

David Pugh {son of Samuel Pugh and Susannah (last name unknown)} was born 1761 in Virginia, and died February 11, 1822 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.   He married Sarah Greer (daughter of William Greer and Sarah Freeland) who was born June 30, 1763 in Bedford County, Virginia, and died January 31, 1833 in Grayson County, Virginia.  David and Sarah (Click here for Sarah's genealogy) had 8 children:

  1. William Pugh born 11 Feb 1785 in Franklin County, Virginia, died November   27, 1837 in Grayson County, Virginia.   He married Lucy Anderson April 18, 1820 in Grayson County Virginia.  She died February 20, 1849.

  2. Susanna Pugh born May 20, 1786 in Franklin County, Virginia, died after 1860 in Smyth County, Virginia.  She married Levi Williams in August 1806 in Grayson County, Virginia. Levi (son of Jenkin Williams and Uriah Marks) was born January 15, 1782 in Virginia, and died after 1860 in Smyth County, Virginia.

  3. Rhoda Pugh born March 19, 1788 in Franklin County, Virginia, died August 27, 1863 on Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, Virginia.  Rhoda married John Wells May 25, 1809 on Big Wilson Creek.

  4. Mary Violet Pugh born February 20, 1790 in Franklin County , Virginia, died September 18, 1859.  She married William Thomas (son of Jonathan Thomas and Patience Bourne).  William Thomas was born January 17, 1790 and died May 17, 1866.

  5. Samuel Pugh born June 26, 1792 in what is now Grayson County, Virginia, died August 9, 1868 in Grayson County, Virginia.  He married Nancy Wells on October 23, 1817.

  6. Robert Pugh was born April 1, 1795 in Grayson County, Virginia.  He died May 19, 1865 in Grayson  County, Virginia.  He married Mary Jane Thomas (daughter of Jonathan Thomas and Patience Bourne).  Mary was born April 15, 1802 in Grayson County Virginia, and died February 29, 1876 in Grayson County, Virginia.  Robert and Mary were married on January 23, 1817 in Grayson County, Virginia.  One of Robert and Mary's children, Jonathan Thomas Pugh (named after his grandfather who fought in the American Revolution, see his pension application transcribed below.) married Jane (Jenie) Phipps, and one of their sons, Jonathan Thomas Pugh II (called JT or Jonce Pugh) was the father to Marshall Fields Pugh, father of Danny Fields Pugh. Jonce and his wife, Emma Hash Pugh, and his mother Jenie (Jinie) Pugh are buried in the Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery on the hill behind the old Phipps' Store at Fox, Virginia. 

  7. John Pugh born March 7, 1798 in Grayson County, Virginia, died September 5, 1865 in Grayson County, Virginia.  He married Cinthia Bourne on April 25, 1822 in Grayson County, Virginia.

  8. Ruth Pugh born February 21, 1801 in Grayson County, Virginia.  She married Elisha Anderson December 14, 1819 in Grayson County, Virginia.

David Pugh was married to Sarah Greer, as stated above.  In 1806, a scandal came to a head.  David had a mistress, a Nancy Minton by whom he fathered some children, while married to Sarah Greer.  Sarah, coming from a prominent and respected family in the community did not take this lightly.  She asked David to take his mistress and illegitimate children and leave the county. (Legend says her brothers actually asked somewhat firmly.)  The old David and Sarah Greer Farm was located off Highway 16, where Highway 58 turns toward Grayson Highlands and Whitetop.  There is a service station located in the intersection where the old farm began.  Legend says that David's mistress, Nancy Minton lived in Ashe County.  According to Minnie Pugh with the Grayson Historical Society, Nancy actually lived in a cabin on the Pugh property.  A transcription of the   agreement between David and Sarah can be found by clicking on the link below.   David left Grayson County and moved to Claiborne County, Tennessee with Nancy Minton and her children.  Agreements were recorded in Tennessee just before David's death, deeding property, both real and personal to Nancy Minton. (Some of the personal property is a liquor still.) 

Please click on this link to see a PDF transcription of the Agreement between David and Sarah as well as the deed to Nancy Minton.

 Revolutionary War Pension Application for Jonathan Thomas (transcribed)

 October 23, 1832
 State of Virginia
 Grayson County

On this 23rd day of October 1832 personally appeared in open Court, before the Justices of the Court of Grayson County, Jonathan Thomas a resident of Grayson County in the State of Virginia, aged 69 years who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.  That in the year 1782 he volunteered against the tories and marched in a company under Capt. William Douglass in persuit of the tories, and overtook and defeated a party of them near Haw river in Orange County in the State of North Carolina, and after this he persued them into Chatham Guilford & Randolph Counties in North Carolina & then into the mountains of Virginia.  About this time a tory by the name of Hightown killed Col. Mcbane of the Continental army and the company in which this declarant was then serving pursued the said Hightown & one of his brothers, but could not overtake either of them.  One other tory, however, was taken in this chase, by name of McRoberds, who through the darkness of the night afterwards made his escape. This declarant when the company were disbanded, received a discharge from Capt. William Douglass dated 15th day of March 1782, herewith forwarded for the inspection of the War department before the aforesaid Service, for which this declarant has the discharge aforesaid, in the year 1781.   While in a Militia company commanded by a Capt. Richard Edwards of Orange County, North Carolina, this declarant was taken prisoner by the british & tories about 2 miles from Hillsboro in North Carolina, and taken by the enemy together with the Governor of North Carolina, his secretary and nearly all the members of the North Carolina Legislature, with many others amounting in number as well as he now recollects to 200 men, and carried them to
Wilmington in the aforesaid State.  Col. Archibald Lille of the regular troops was taken prisoner at the same time and place.  The Brittish were commanded by a Major Craig and after being kept at Wilmington a considerable time, intelligence of the Surrender of Cornwallis reached the British who immediately left the place for Charleston, and many of the tories returning to their homes in the upper part of North Carolina brought the declarant with them from whom he soon escaped and immediately joined Capt. Douglass company & served therein, as herein before stated.  This declarant was a prisoner about 5 months as near as he can recollect.  He was born in Orange County, North Carolina, in the year 1762 Nov 29th.  He has a record of his age, made by his father, now at home in his Bible.  He resided in Orange County North Carolina untill May 1792 when he removed into Montgomery County in the State of Virginia afterwards Wythe County & now Grayson County, were he yet resides.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any State.  He is known to Joshua Hanks & Eli Cook in his present County who can testify as to his character for veracity and thair belief of his services as a Souldier in the War of the revolution.
Sworn to, and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Jonathan Thomas

Note: Jonathan Thomas married Patience Bourne in 1787.  His daughter Mary Polly Thomas married Robert Pugh, son of David Pugh and Sarah Greer.  Robert and Sarah's son, Jonathan Thomas Pugh married Jane "Jinie" Phipps.  Their son, Jonathan Thomas ("Jonce, or JT")  Pugh II married Medora Emma "Em" Hash.  Their son, Marshall Fields Pugh who married Delta Marie Osborne  is my father.

Thanks, Danny Pugh