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May 16, 2021 - 5:16:14 PM
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13964 posts since 10/30/2008

Here's some deep catalog advertising that just popped up on my FB feed, an ad for an old (1886) map of Cleveland Co. NC. Earl's home county.

Boiling Springs is right in the area of the big numeral 2 in the lower left. Go a bit southeast on one of the straight roads and you see a little caption for Flint Hill. Just west of that notation is the residence of a D Scruggs.

Move over to the west toward the county line and there's a number of Scruggses and Rupkes. Just above the big numeral 1 is TD Scruggs and AD Scruggs, then going south are C Rupke, LB Scruggs. Below the Broad River south near the county line is D Rupke.

If anyone knows more details about Earl's ancestors I hope you will chime in.

I've driven from Boiling Springs down the River Road to the crossing of the Broad River.  There's a very nice state park there now for swimming.  Very short walk from where Earl was born.  Of course I imagine him swimming there, although he moved away from the birthplace when still a boy.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 05/16/2021 17:18:23

May 16, 2021 - 5:51:51 PM

1473 posts since 4/13/2009

George Elam Scruggs' father was David Scruggs (1849 - 1933), who died in Cleveland County. George had five siblings, all girls and was married to Lula Georgia Ruppe. David Scruggs was born in Rutherford County, NC, while his wife Sarah Hamrick Green (1847-1885) was a native of Cleveland County.

May 17, 2021 - 8:14:11 AM

13964 posts since 10/30/2008

deestexas, your information certainly points to the D Scruggs shown just west of the Flint Hill caption! Thanks.

I guess I read "Ruppe" as "Rupke" due to the fancy serifs on the p's. Thanks for the clarification.

May 17, 2021 - 11:48:49 AM



9496 posts since 7/1/2006

If you haven't already, maybe you can also reach out the The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC and share this with them. They have folks there who seem to know every nuanced detail of Earl's life and if they're not aware of this, they should be, either way, I'm sure they can help put in all in historical context. They're a serious bunch there for sure!

May 21, 2021 - 12:49:38 PM

2483 posts since 4/5/2006

Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting. Couldn't help but notice a few Jones' scattered about. But that's another story.

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