Elizabeth Sugg Harvey (lower left), her daughter, Zilphia Ann Harvey Cleveland (lower right), her granddaughter, Virginia Ann Cleveland Rowe,her great-granddaughter, Carrie Inez Rowe Mallison, and her eight-year old great-great granddaughter, Virna Velma Mallison.
Elizabeth Sugg was born in Moore Co., NC on 19 August, 1795. She married John Duncan Harvey (b. 15 April 1794, Randolph Co., NC) on 26 September 1815 in Little River, Montgomery Co., NC. Her parents were Harbard Sugg and Zilphia Wright, both of whom died in Montgomery Co., NC. While it has not yet been proven, we think that her father was probably the son of Thomas Sugg, Jr. (son of Thomas Sugg 1690-1773 and Elizabeth Battle b. 1734 Anson Co. NC) and Mary Harbard, mentioned in a website posted by Scott T.S. Trimble, another Sugg descendant.
After their marriage, Elizabeth and John Harvey moved to Suggsville, Clarke Co., Alabama. It is likely that the town had been settled by some of her relatives, but I don't have any direct knowledge of that at present. They had seven children in Suggsville: Mary Shambeger, Harbard S., Zilphia Ann (pictured above), Hezekiah J., George Williams, Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" (my ggg grandmother), and John D. Harvey.
Some family members have speculated that John Harvey had gone to Texas to participate in the war for independence from Mexico, but no proof of that has been found and others think it is not likely. The family did remove to central Texas some time after the birth of young John D. Jr. in 1838 in Alabama, settling in Independence, Washington County. It was there that their daughter, Mattie Harvey, married Amos Boynton in 1856. A picture of the house where Amos & Mattie Harvey Boynton lived can be seen here.
Like many pioneer women, Elizabeth Sugg did not have an easy life, although it was a long one. She suffered from toothache, and smoked a corncob pipe to relieve the pain. When she was an adult she fell into a fireplace and burned her face, causing a disfigurement that she tried to cover by always wearing a scarf over it.
Elizabeth loved apples, and frequently hid them in her room but sometimes forgot about them until they had rotted. Her great-great-granddaughter, Virna Mallison (1882-1953), would scrape apples with a knife and feed them to her that way, since she could not chew them with her bad teeth. Elizabeth Sugg Harvey died on 27 March 1894 in Kenny, Austin Co., TX at the age of 98.
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