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James Surratt, Surat

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Re: James Surratt, Surat

Posted: 25 Jul 2007 10:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
The centennial History of Bland County, Virginia, published in 1861, contains a sketch about Jimmie Surat and a photo of him sitting in front of his cabin. Per this sketch:

Jimmie Surat (pronounced Cert)--"one of the most colorful, unique and the undisputed oldest citizen ever to reside in Bland County"--was said to have come to Bland Co from the Carolinas, and was a half Blackfoot Indian who came to Virginia when his tribe was forced out of the Carolinas(this is highly dubious, since the Blackfoot were Sioux, not Cherokee). However he got to Bland Co, he lived in a cabin on Brushy Mountain. His first wife was Suze, his second wife Liz. With Liz, he had four children: a boy and three girls. He is said in the sketch to have died at age 120. He registered to vote in Bland 15 Sep 1902 and gave his age in 1902 as about 90. He died in 1915, per the sketch, and he is buried in the town cemetery in Bland. (Obviously, all these dates don't quite add up, but he evidently did live to a very old age.)

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of this (none of the sketches are signed, and some contain some fanciful tales), but this is a summary of what the sketch contains.

James and Lizzie Surratt are listed on the 1910 Bland Co census, he is listed as age 90, born in NC, parents b unknown, and a basket maker by occupation. She is age 45, born in VA, and a washer woman. Their 12 year old granddaughter Margaret lives with them. They are listed as white.

Hope this is of interest to you!

Sandra Kidd
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