James Scruggs

JAMES SCRUGGS, farmer and stock-raiser of the Ninth District, was born in 1812, in Davidson County, Tenn., and is the fourth child born to the union of Thomas and Edna Scruggs, natives of Virginia. They immigrated to this State in 1809, and to them were born nine children: Elizabeth, Nancy, James, Narcissa, Mary, Jane, William H., and Roxie A. James, our subject, attended the common schools, where he received a liberal education. When quite young he came to Giles County, and worked at the saddler's trade at Elkton until 1841, after which he began farming where be now resides. He has 600 acres on Elkton Turnpike, and is in very comfortable circumstances. All this he has made by hard work and good management, and is not in debt one dollar. In 1834, he married Susan Nelson, daughter of John and Phoebe Nelson, natives, respectively, of Alabama and Tennessee. This union of our subjects resulted in the birth of four children: William P., Mary E., James R. and Annie E. Mr. Scruggs, in politics, is Democratic, and he and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in high standing. In 1875, Mrs. Scruggs was paralyzed, and has never fully recovered from the stroke, but is much better. The Scruggs family is one of the fixtures of this county, and all are good citizens.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County