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A Theory Concerning Patience Hendon's Identity
By E. Wayne Hendon
I descend from Isham and Patience Hendon through their son, Aaron Hendon. This Isham is often referred to as "Isham C.". Like many of my fellow Hendon family researchers, I've always wondered about Patience's maiden name. She has simply always been called "Patience UNKNOWN".  Isham Hendon died about 1802. Patience married John Clements in 1806 in Clarke County, Georgia. John Clements was the father-in-law of Patience's son, Benjamin Norris Hendon.

Isham Hendon was the son of James Hendon and Hannah Norris. James Hendon moved his family from Maryland to Wake County, North Carolina about 1760-1770. Isham was born c1755 and had three siblings; Elijah, Sarah, and Elizabeth.

It is believed that Isham married Patience in the mid 1770's in Wake County, North Carolina. According to Grace Hendon Chancy's book The Hendons From Gunpowder River and various other sources, they had seven children:
James F. Hendon, born 1778, died Feb. 14, 1845, Clarke County, Georgia. Married Margaret Whitehead in Georgia about 1806.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendon, born Jan. 18, 1782, died 1832 in Ashville, St. Clair County, Alabama. Married James Thomason on Aug. 4, 1806 in Clarke County, Georgia.
Nancy Hendon, born about 1782 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, married John Moore Jan. 8, 1811 in Clarke County, Georgia. Her second marriage was to James Robinson on Dec. 31, 1828.
Aaron Hendon, born 1784-1787, Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Married Elizabeth Stedman on July 10, 1816 in Clarke County, Georgia.
Benjamin Norris Hendon, born c1785, Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Married in Clarke County, Georgia to Ally Clements on Nov. 2, 1807. His second marriage was to Elizabeth Graham in 1858 in Newton County, Mississippi.
Isham Hendon, Jr., born about 1788, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, died unmarried.
Elijah Hendon, born about 1788. Married Sallie E. Phillips April 25, 1821 in Putnam County, Georgia. Elijah died May 06, 1870 in Calhoun County, Alabama.

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In 1998, while attending the Hendon Homecoming in Oxford, Alabama, Bill Fitzgerald, Art Hendon and I visited the nearby St. Clair County Court House at Ashville. While there, I discovered a Power of Attorney (see: power of attorney ) signed by my g g g grandfather, Aaron Hendon (son of Isham and Patience). The 1833 document authorized an attorney, Robert Hinton, to represent Aaron Hendon in order to collect an inheritance given by Joshua Sugg(s) in Wake County, North Carolina. Joshua Suggs' will (see:Joshua Suggs' will ) also provided for land and money to be left to some of Aaron's siblings; Nancy, Norris (Benjamin Norris), and Elijah Hendon.
I believe that Patience Hendon was the daughter of Joshua Sugg(s) and since she had already died (about 1810), Suggs wanted her children to share in his estate. Or, Patience was a Sugg and somehow related to Joshua. The other children; James F., Isham, Jr. and Elizabeth were not mentioned in the will. Suggs may have lost touch with them. The four Hendon heirs received $117 each and two thirds of the proceeds of a 225 acre tract of land, which was a sizable sum in 1830. If they weren't descendants of Joshua Suggs, why were they his heirs?? Unfortunately, Suggs' will did not identify his relationship to any of his heirs. Thus far, attempts to determine the names of Joshua Suggs' children have been unsuccessful.
ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT:
Isham and Patience's daughter, Elizabeth Hendon, married James Thomason in 1806. On page 300 of "The Hendons From Gunpowder River", the family of Elizabeth Hendon Thomason is listed. Notice the names of Elizabeth's first four children:
James HENDON Thomason
Hensley SUGGS Thomason
JOSHUA Allen Thomason
John ISHAM Thomason
As you can see, Elizabeth used "James", "Suggs", "Joshua", and "Isham" in these four names. All these sons were apparently named after Elizabeth's father and grandfathers. I don't think she would have just grabbed "SUGGS" out of the air and used it as a middle name for her second son!  How about the "Joshua" name for the third child?
THE SUGGS FAMILY
*Origins of the name*
An internet search reveals:
SUGG branches in USA derive from the original branch in England who first adopted the name in 1150 AD. Taken from a nickname based on the Old English word 'sucgra' & the Middle English 'sugge', meaning a bird, & hegesugge (a hedge-sparrow). Hence Bird is a synonym of the name & is a common surname today in England; Sugge was once very numerous but is rare today. The name, therefore, is 850 yrs old. Earliest land record is perhaps that of Hamon Sugg, owning 34 measures of land near Ripon, Yorkshire.  Sir John Sugg created Baronet for personal & military services to King Charles II, 1660; Admiral Francis Sugg defeated Dutch Fleets on five occasions (in 1700's AD). From 1700-1800 Sugg branches owned total of 899 acres in Essex, Lincoln, Gloucester, Dorset, Merioneth. Also, Peter Sugg of Winchester was granted a Coat of Arms, & owned large estates. Richard Sugg, knighted by Richard II, was granted lands at Brecon, Wales, in 1378. Land records show that there were Sugg branches in the Welsh counties of Carmarthen, Pembroke, Denbigh, Monmouth, Radnor, in the 1200's AD.
And:
The name "Suggs" seems to have come from an Old English or Anglo-Saxon word, "sugge," meaning "one who dwells with sows" or the way I translate it, "pig farmer." My family thinks that William came from Bristol, England. I really have never researched other immigrants with the "Sugg" or "Suggs" name. In my family the men used the name "Sugg" until a few generations ago, when the name became "Suggs." My great-aunt told me that the name changed because people would say things like, "The Sugg's live over there," etc., until the "s" on the end just stuck. My ancestors were mainly farmers at first, with a mill owner or two tossed in. Later, they had stores and worked for the railroad. It's really an interesting family, and there are many, many records in North Carolina.


*SUGGS LINEAGE*

Joshua Suggs was the son of Moses Suggs. Moses Sugg, Sr., son of William Sugg, Jr. was born about 1692 at Norfolk Co., Virginia, and died at Wake Co., North Carolina about 1787.  He was married a Miss. Taylor, who died about 1790.  In 1784, three years before he died at 95, Moses Sugg, Sr. appeared before the North Carolina Legislature to petition that his five "natural sons": Joshua Taylor, Moses Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Mark Taylor, and William Taylor henceforth be known by the names of  Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg (See Below). Just why this occurred is not known, but some researchers believe that Moses and Miss Taylor were never legally married. Others surmise that Miss Taylor was either an Indian or a negro, which prevented Moses from marrying her. Moses left Norfolk Co., Virginia for Johnson Co., North Carolina, around 1747/49 when he sold his land.  By 1772 the family was in Wake Co., North Carolina [earlier part of Johnson Co.]


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        LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA--1784.  (Page 641)

CHAPTER LXXIV.

An Act for altering the names of Joshua Taylor, Moses Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Mark Taylor, and William Taylor, to that of Joshua Suggs, Moses  Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg.

I. Whereas, it is the earnest request of Moses Sugg, the natural father of the said Joshua, Moses, Aaron, Mark. and William, that they should assume his surname;

 II. Be it therefore Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the ratification of this Act the names of the said Joshua Taylor, Moses Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Mark Taylor, and William Taylor, shall be altered to the names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg; and the)' shall henceforth be called and known by the names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg; and that all and every devise. bequest, legacy, grant. deed, bill, promissory note, or other writing or assumption, of or from any person or persons whatsoever, heretofore made, granted. or done to the said Joshua, Moses, Aaron, Mark and William, by the names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg and William Sugg shall be good and valid in law to all intents and purposes; and that by the names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg. Mark  Sugg and William Sugg they shall be. and hereby are jointly and severally and respectively!. enabled to take, receive,
have, possess and enjoy any and every devise. bequest, legacy, Estate, right, title, interest and property of. in and to an!: lands. tenements, hereditaments, goods, monies, profits, sum or sums of money credits or chattels whatever, which shall or may be given, granted, assigned, conveyed. or made payable to him or them by the said names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg, in and by virtue of an) last will or testament, deed. bill of sale. conveyance, bond, obligation, bill, promissory note, or other writing or assumption of, or from any person or persons whatsoever; and that by the names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg. Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg he or they shall and may sue, and be sued and impleaded in any action or suit. as well in law as in equity or otherwise, and may therein plead, answer and defend, in full and ample manner, to all intents and purposes; and that by the said names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg, he or they shall and may from the ratification of this Act In all things whatever, be subject to the same restrictions, and intitled to the same privileges, benefits and emoluments, as if he or they had from the time of his or their nativity hitherto been lawfully called and known by the said names of Joshua Sugg, Moses Sugg, Aaron Sugg, Mark Sugg, and William Sugg.

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I am most anxious to communicate with others who may be interested in exploring this theory.

Please contact: Wayne Hendon
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