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Dudley Daniel Diggs was born May 22, 1833 in Anson County, North Carolina and died June 27, 1904 in Peachland, Anson County, North Carolina.  During the War Between the States, he served in Company H, 43rd N.C. Infantry (Confederate).

He married on Feb 27, 1856 (according to Bible record) to Lucy Baucom (b.Oct 10, 1838, d.Aug 12, 1909 Anson Co, NC, the daughter of Willis Baucom and Elizabeth Curlee. Dudley and Lucy Diggs are buried at the Peachland Cemetery in Anson Co., NC.

They had three sons:
1-Andrew Moorman Diggs (b.Jan 27, 1857, d.Jan 26, 1897 Union Co, NC).
He was associated with the Jesse James Gang. He married on Feb 15, 1877 in Anson Co to Sarah Alice Hubbard (.1859-d.Dec 10, 1881, daughter of William Thomas Hubbard). One child:
            -Lucy Anna Diggs (born Sept. 1879 Anson Co, NC). Adopted by
                   grandfather William T. Hubbard before he moved to Arkansas. No
                   further record.

2-William Cannie Diggs (b.May 3, 1858, d.Mar 13, 1940 Peachland, Anson Co, NC) m. on Dec 18, 1878 Anson Co to Martha Ellen Caudle (May 25, 1861-Nov 26, 1935 Peachland, Anson Co, NC, daughter of Absalom A. Caudle and Nancy Brewer). Children:
            -DANIEL DIGGS (b.1880 NC)
            -TWINS (b.1882 NC)
            -JAMES THOMAS "Tom" DIGGS (b.Nov 10, 1883 NC-d.Nov 4, 1979
                  Douglas Co, GA) m. FRANCIS ALICE USSERY on Jun 2, 1915.
            -WILLIAM CLEVELAND DIGGS (b.Oct 24, 1885 NC-d.Aug 7, 1960)
                 m. MARY BLANCHE CARPENTER (b.May 21, 1892-d.Aug 21, 1958)
                 on Jan 10, 1909 Anson. Buried at Deep Springs Cemetery, Anson Co,

            -ANDREW APSALOM DIGGS (b.Jan 16, 1888 NC-d.Aug 2, 1958
                 Chester, SC) m. ANNA MAE HILDREATH on Feb 23, 1907
                 in Anson Co, NC.

            -GEORGE ALEXANDER DIGGS (b.Oct 5, 1893 Jackson, Madison
                 Co, TN-d.July 15, 1937 near Midland, Stanly Co, NC), m. MARGARET
                 ELIZABETH PRESLAR (b.May 30, 1895-d.Jun 7, 1987 Robbins, Moore
                 Co, NC). Lived in Peachland, Anson Co, NC until about 1936, then
                 moved to Stanfield, Stanly Co, on the Rocky River.
                 One of their children:
                 -ROSA LEE DIGGS (b.in Peachland, Anson Co, NC) married
                       JOSEPH FRANCIS GANIS. One of their children
                      -RALPH PETER GANIS married JULIE ANN HAMPTON

3-James Dudley Diggs (b.Dec 9, 1859, d.Jan 1, 1939). Married on Dec 9,  1883 Anson Co to Ida Rose Baucom (b.Jul 25, 1866-d.Feb 21,  1908).
           -FANNIE ELLEN DIGGS (Nov 13, 1884 NC-Mar 5, 1901 NC)
           -ANDREW MOORMAN DIGGS (b.Nov 12, 1886 NC)
           -ELIZABETH MORNING DIGGS (b.Jan 12, 1889 NC)
           -WILLIAM RILEY DIGGS (b.Dec 9, 1890 TN)
           -MATTIE ROSE DIGGS (b.Jan 10, 1893 TN)
           -JAMES DANIEL DIGGS (b.Jan 8, 1895 NC)
           -VERGIE MAGGIE DIGGS (b.Jan 30, 1897 NC)
           -CLAY DUMAS DIGGS (b.Dec 28, 1898 NC)
           -LUCY JANE DIGGS (b.Mar 6, 1903 NC-d.1996 Union Co, NC)

Dudley Daniel Diggs' father was Andrew Moorman Diggs, who was born Dec. 11, 1815 in Anson Co., and died between 1845 and 1850, probably in Yalobusha Co, Mississippi, near Big Creek, in what is now Calhoun and Chickasaw Counties. There were many epidemics, including Yellow Fever, in that area at the time. He was married about 1832 to Morning Rebecca Hinson, who was born Dec 25, 1812 in Anson Co., and died Dec. 6, 1883 in Shady Hill, Henderson Co., TN, the daughter of Bartlett and Harriet Hinson of Anson County, NC. 

Andrew Moorman Diggs left Anson Co. before 1840 with a large party of other Ansonians, (including his father), that settled in Henderson, Carroll, and Henry Counties of West Tennessee. His wife Morning Rebecca Diggs remained in Anson Co. with her two young children, Dudley and Elizabeth.  Elizabeth P. Diggs married on July 18, 1858 to Darling A. Pond, the son of Sprattly Simmons Pond. She eventually lived in Henderson and Madison Counties, TN, and Tupelo, MS.

Andrew M. Diggs was probably planning to send for his family as soon as he had cleared a homestead for them. But, for whatever reason, he and another large group from West Tennessee left there and headed south to Mississippi before 1845, settling in Yalobusha Co., in the area that later was divided into Calhoun and Chickasaw Counties, which is the last place of record for him. He went there with his father, Dudley Diggs, (Sr.), who was born about 1775 in Anson Co., and died sometime after 1860 near Pittsboro, Calhoun Co, MS.

Dudley Diggs (Sr.) had been married at least 2 times. His first wife, and the mother of Andrew Moorman Diggs, was Lucy Moorman (b.c.1787, d.c.1817), the daughter of Andrew Moorman (b.1759, d.Nov. 5, 1807 Richmond Co, NC) and Jane Bounds (b. Jun. 26, 1759-d.after 1850 Chesterfield Co, SC). Dudley Diggs' 2nd wife was Catherine McRae, the daughter of Daniel McRae. She died before 1841.

The known children of Dudley Diggs' first marriage were Andrew Moorman Diggs, and John Diggs (b. May 4, 1808, d. Oct 26, 1836). The children of Dudley Diggs' 2nd marriage were Margaret Diggs, Celia Diggs (married Samuel Cox in 1839 in TN), Lucy Jane Diggs (b.1833, married Patrick M. Hudgins in 1859 in MS), and Daniel Dudley Diggs (b.1836, who lived in Carroll Co, MS in 1880).

Dudley Diggs, (Sr.) was the son of Sheriff Marshall Diggs (b.c. 1734, d. 1831 Anson Co, NC) and Anne Snead. Even though Marshall Diggs did not name Dudley in his will, which he wrote on Sept. 9, 1816, he did give Dudley 70 acres of land on Jones Creek, Anson County, in a deed dated Sept. 7, 1816. He apparently gave Dudley this land in lieu of an inheritance. Dudley did not register this deed at the Courthouse, and it was not until 1835, after Dudley had sold this and 8 other tracts of land to Robert C. Hattaway, and then this Hattaway was selling the land, that the deed was acknowledged (deed book Z, page 304). This is the only proof thus far, that Marshall is the father of Dudley.

Sheriff Marshall Diggs (b.c.1734 VA) was the son of Marshall (b.c.1680 VA) and Sarah Degge of Louisa Co, VA.

Marshall Degge was the son of John Degge (b.c. 1640, d.Aug 28, 1726), who immigrated to VA from Staffordshire, England in 1674. He settled in the area that is now Mathews Co. VA, where there is a small town by the name of Diggs. His father, Isaac Degge, was the brother of Sir Simon Degge, Knight, who remained in England. Isaac married Rose Marshall.

Although conclusively proven to not be related to the Diggs family of Col. Dudley Diggs of VA, who's line can be traced to Kent, England, the Degge/Diggs family of Anson Co., NC is descended from
Thomas Degge of Strongshall, County Stafford, England, near Uttoxeter, who's lineage can be traced back to Hugh Degge, (1377-1399) of Stramshall, England.

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Letter written by Rev. William C. Diggs of Henry County, TN
to his brother James K.P. Diggs, 186

Family data from a Moorman and Diggs Family Bible

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This page created in Sept. 2000 - Updated May 9, 2008 by Julie Hampton Ganis