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The origin of the founder of Surgoinsville
I believe that James Surguine was not of French origins, but from some other Eastern Europe country, because me and my family live in Paris, and we are the only Surguines known in France. The name "surguine" isn't frequent, and it doesn't sound like a french name. It is why I believe he came from Russia, or maybe another country in it's area, it would be more logical, according to the sonorities of this name.
According to my grandfather, William K. Surguine, James Surguine, the founder of Surgoinsville came from Wales, not France but was known by his compatriots as a Frenchman. He was a quartermaster officer in the American Revolution, at least this is what I have been told, but I have no personal knowledge of either of these facts. My older brother got this information from our grandfather. There are about 100 families with the surname Surguine in the United States and all trace their ancestry back to the founder of Surgoinsville. M. Surguine, Laurel, Md. ----