William Julius Caeser Dugger

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William Julius Caeser Dugger

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, Province of North Carolina
Death: July 15, 1838 (77)
Fish Springs, Carter County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Julius Caesar Dugger and Martha Dugger
Husband of Mary Dugger and Mary Martha Dugger
Father of Julius Arnold Dugger; John Dugger; Mary Caroline Pierce; Nancy L. Dugger and Benjamin Carter Dugger
Brother of Rebecca R. Quinn; Benjamin Dugger; William C. Dugger; Celia Mary Goodwin and Hannah Dugger
Half brother of Benjamin Dugger

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About William Julius Caeser Dugger

DAR Ancestor # A034451


     He enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Wilkes County, NC in 1780 and served one month in John Keys' North Carolina Company.
     In May 1781 while in Washington County, NC, he enlisted and served four months in Captain William Smiths Company and "marched to the Big Island Ford in French Broad River" where in August 1781 he joined Col. Sevier against the Chickamauga, Cherokee and Creek Indians.
     In the year 1788, while living in what is now Carter County, TN, Dugger was drafted to serve under Capt. Ford at Knoxville, TN, where they went to Lookout Mountain and fought the Chickamauga and Creek Indians. On this occasion, he fought only two months.
     When he filed for pension at age 71, he stated that, in all, he served about seven months. His Pension was not allowed because he had not served the minimum of six months ( the last service being subsequent to the required time for pension)
     He served in the war of 1812 with his sons Able and John. They served under Gen. Andrew Jackson in the battle against the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Alabama, March 27, 1814. They were with General Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815.
     He was an early settler to the Watauga, TN area, having arrived about 1781. According to Governor John Sevier's commission book, Dugger was commissioned as a Captain in the Carter County Regiment, October 10, 1796 and as a Justice of the Peace for Carter County, October 30, 1797. He was summoned to appear as one of the first grand jury members of Carter County.
     Julius owned land and slaves at the foot of Duggers Mountain in Caldwell County, NC.
     He received at least 2 land grants from the federal government. He was a farmer. He operated the first ferry boat on the Watauga River in 1784 at Dugger's Ferry, now called Fish Spring, Carter County.
     He is buried at the Dugger Cemetery at Sugar Grove Baptist Church in Johnson County. A large monument was erected to his honor by the Julius Dugger Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.


In his pension application (dated 19 Sep 1832).

File No. R 3108

State of Tennessee , County of Carter

On this 19th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Samuel Powell, Judge and now holding the circuit court in and for said county, Julius Dugger, a resident of the County of Carter and State of Tennessee, age 71 years, who being 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 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That when a citizen of Wilkes County, (now Ashe County), North Carolina, he volunteered under Captain John Keyes, who commanded a light horse company and served under him for over a month; that said company marched to the head of Watauga River where they destroyed provisions and in order to prevent the Tories and Indians from getting them. That he was discharged by Captain Keyes and does not know now where that discharge is. That this service was in the year 1780. Afterwards he moved to Washington County, North Carolina, now Carter County, Tennessee and in the month of May 1781 (as he thinks) he volunteered and marched under Captain William Smith whose company marched to the Big Island Ford in French Broad River where in the month of August it joined Col. Sevier, that from thense he marched under Captain Smith and Col. Sevier, against the Chickamauga, Cherokee, and Creek Indians, crossing Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers, Chickamauga Creek, passing Van's Town, Roger's Town, the mountain called Facing Mountain (dividing the waters of Tennessee and Coosa, and stopping at the Coosa River, where they burnt the town called Coosa water and marching from there burnt the Big Shoemake and Little Shoemake towns, and burnt all the towns at that time but Roger's Town. They took at that time 18 prisoners and affiant was in actual service as he thinks on this occasion 4 months. The troops were disbanded as he thinks on the Tennessee River as they returned and affiant came from their home. During this month the troops suffered considerably from want of food, etc., and under Captain Ford to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the troops were disbanded under General Martin. From Knoxville they went to the Lookout Mountain where a battle was fought with the Chickamauga and Creek Indians, in which 8 white men were wounded and 23 killed. That he served actually on this occasion about 2 months. Affiant believes that his actual services were performed in 7 months. He has no documentary evidence by which to establish the truth of his claim, and believes that it can be partially established by the subjoined certificate.

He hereby relinquished all claims to a pension except the present and declares that his name is not inscribed on the pension roll of any state to his knowledge.

Sworn and subscribed in open court

19th September 1832

Julius Dugger

Isaac Taylor aged 75 years, makes oath that he has heard the foregoing affidavit read and believes the statements therein contained to be true. That he was a Lieutenant in the Regiment commanded by Col. Sevier in the fall of 1781. That he was acquainted with Captain William Smith and believed that he served as a Captain under Col. Sevier on the campaign mentioned by Mr. Dugger. The route taken by Col. Sevier's regiment on that occasion is correctly described by Mr. Dugger. Affiant was not however personally acquainted with Julius Dugger at that time- but from the above affidavit and from conservations with Mr. Dugger, (with whom he has been acquainted for several years) and from circumstances detailed to him by Mr. Dugger as having occurred during the campaign, he has no doubt but that he served as he states.

Isaac Taylor

Sworn to and subscribed in open court on 19th September 1832

In the 1770's to 1790's, it was dangerous in the East Tennessee. The settlers had suffered greatly at the hands of the Indians during the Revolutionary War. Even after the war, the Indians continued to attack and raid the white settlers. There are many records of attacks upon settlers and cabin-homes throughout all the territory of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky during the 1790's.

Carter County Court Records:

1. Suit against John Boyd by Julius Duggar for a debt - 9 Aug 1813

2. Order of Sale: Julius Dugger vs. John Boyed, 16 Sep 1813 to Nov. Session 1813


Burial: Pierce Cemetery #2 and moved to Dugger Cemetery in 1947

More About MARY HALL:

Burial: Pierce Cemetery #2 and moved in 1947 by TVA to Dugger Cemetery Sugar Grove Baptist Church

DAR A 034451, Pvt. NC

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William Julius Caeser Dugger's Timeline

September 9, 1760
Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, Province of North Carolina
Age 16
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
October 1, 1780
Age 20
North Carolina, United States
Age 39
December 7, 1813
Age 53
Carter County, Tennessee, United States
Age 61
Johnson County, Tennessee, United States
July 15, 1838
Age 77
Fish Springs, Carter County, Tennessee, United States