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If you are a descendant of George W. Pugh who was enumerated in the 1860
census as a resident of Monroe County, Indiana, Bean Blossom Township, you
may have wondered about his ancestors. There are many answers in a recent,
well resourced article in the March 2008 issue of the National Genealogical
Society Quarterly. The article, written by Daniela Moneta, is entitled,
"Identifying the Children of David Pugh and Nancy Minton of Virginia,
Kentucky and Tennessee," appears on pages 13-22.
According to Moneta, David Pugh was legally married to a woman named Sarah.
About 1806, Sarah's brother, Shadrack Greer, brought charges in Grayson
County, Virginia, against Pugh and a local woman, Nancy Minton, who lived on
the Pugh property. David was jailed for, among other things, failing to
"keep the peace toward the citizens of the Commonwealth and especially
toward Sarah his wife." In August 1806, Pugh, after signing documents
leaving most of his cash and real estate to his wife and family, left for
Pugh began his second life in Claiborne County, Tennessee, with Nancy.
Although they never married, they had six children together including
George. There is evidence that the children from both relationships
interacted together upon occasion.
The article strongly focuses on proving the relationship of Pugh to Nancy
Minton and does not explore the lives of his children, including George,
beyond that relationship. But it ireally sheds a lot of light on a
confusing aspect of George's heritage,and is well worth reading. Most major
libraries will have copies of this periodical.