John Henry Skaggs, Jr.

Born:May 11 1833 In:  Pennington Gap, Lee, Virginia
Died:July 19 1859 (at age 26)In:  Turkey Cove, Lee Co., Virginia


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Immediate family

Martha Skaggs (born Davis)
His wife
Nancy Melvina Smith (born Skaggs)
His daughter
John Henry Skaggs, Sr.
His father
Cynthia Skaggs (born Horton)
His mother
Jeremiah Skaggs
His brother
Mary Jane Zion (born Skaggs)
His sister
Nancy Pennington (born Skaggs)
His sister
Hannah Ann Jessee (born Skaggs)
His sister
Rebecca Jayne (born Skaggs)
His sister
Sarah Ann (Pennington) McNeil (born Skaggs)
His sister
William B. Skaggs
His brother
Valerie (Valeria) Long (born Skaggs)
His sister
Elizabeth Pennington Reasor (born Skaggs)
His sister


Bachelor of Liberal Arts
June 1858
 Mossy Creek Baptist College, Tennessee

Contact information

Lee county, Lee, Virginia

Source citations

Page: John Skaggs 32,68,69,75,76,80,85,92
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Date: Sep 14 2010
Citation text:

Earl Davis Smith says it was handed down in the family that John Henry was "very handsome and of great promise" p. 69

Earl Davis Smith gave his grandfather John Henry Skaggs' diploma from Mossy Creek College to the President of the college - on "indefinite loan" in connection with the 100th anniversary of the college in 1950. The College is now known as Carson Newman College.

Carson–Newman College is a historically Baptist liberal arts college located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Enrollment as of 2006-2007 was about 2,050. The college's students come from 44 U.S. states and 30 other countries. Studies are offered in approximately 90 different academic programs. Currently, the five most popular majors are: Nursing, Education, Business, Pre-Medicine/Biology, and Psychology. In addition to the overall institutional accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, many individual majors and programs are nationally accredited. Graduates from C-N typically go on to continue their education at some of the top seminaries and post-graduate institutions in America. C-N is recognized as having one of the better nursing programs in the state, and the pre-medicine programs consistently place students in top medical programs throughout the nation. Carson-Newman was ranked #110 on the Forbes "America's Best Colleges List" for 2009.[

Established as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851, the school began by holding classes in a local Baptist church. Within a few years the institution became Mossy Creek Baptist College and occupied its own buildings on the site of the present campus.

In 1880, the college was named Carson College for James Harvey Carson(1801–1880), who left $15,000 of his estate to the school,.[3][4] For several years it existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women named for William Cate Newman, who had donated money to the women's college. In 1889, the two colleges united as one of the first coeducational institutions in the South.

In 1919, Carson-Newman became officially affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The College was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1927 and the Association of American Colleges in 1928.

During most of its history, Carson–Newman College has served as a residential four-year, liberal arts college with courses of study leading to the baccalaureate degree. On campus, art galleries, theaters, a television studio and a state-of-the-art recital hall offer opportunities for students to exhibit their talents and to participate in a variety of visual and performing arts and productions.

Carson–Newman College has maintained its commitment to training ministers and Christian professionals while expanding its liberal arts program to include 53 undergraduate areas of study. In 1988, Carson–Newman College introduced five "Steeples of Excellence," which focus on central elements of the college's mission and focus on work central to the college. They are the Center for Wellness, the Center for Educational Service to Appalachia, the Center for Baptist Studies, the Center for Global Education, and the Louis and Mary Charlotte Ball Institute for Church Music

Carson-Newman College is a four-year liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City. It traces its roots to the founding of the Mossy Creek Baptist Seminary, which opened its doors for the first session in September 1851. Reverend William Rogers served as the first president of the institution. The curriculum included courses in Latin, Greek, literature, philosophy, morals, mathematics, history, and natural sciences. In 1855 the seminary conferred a baccalaureate degree on its first graduate, Richard Scruggs, who later became a physician. In 1856 the institution changed its name to Mossy Creek Baptist College. In 1859 the graduating class had six members, and the 1860 class numbered thirteen.


Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:

John H. Scaggs
Birth names: John Henry SkaggsJohn W. Scaggs
Gender: Male
Birth: 1834 - Lee, Virginia, United States
Marriage: Spouse: Martha Davis - Dec 30 1859 - Lee, Virginia, United States
Residence: 1850 - Lee county, Lee, Virginia
Death: July 19 1859
Parents: John M Skaggs, Cynthia Skaggs (born Horton)
Wife: Martha Davis
Children: Cynthia Anna Scaggs Barnes, Nancy Melvina Skaggs
Siblings: Sarah Ann Skaggs, Rebecca Jayne (born Scaggs), William B. Skaggs, Hanna Ann Jesse (born Skaggs), Elizabeth P Reasor (born Skaggs), Elizabeth Ann Skaggs, Mary Jane Zion (born Skaggs), Valeria Skaggs, Nancy Skaggs, Jeremiah Skaggs, William Skaggs, Jeremiah Skaggs


on the 1850 US census with his parents and younger siblings.  He was 17 at the time

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