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TO CAROLINA FAMILY ROOTS. Thanks for reading and commenting about my blog postings. My goal is to accurately document the genealogy of my family and allied families living in Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, NC. If you have a Chesterfield County surname you are interested in please send me an e-mail.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Military Monday~Two Isaac Hurst

Pin It Sometimes the resources we are exposed to can be confusing and add more doubt than certainty to our research. Case in point is Isaac Hurst of Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  

In pre-civil war Chesterfield County there were two young men by the name of Isaac Hurst, who were born at such a time that they would be of age to serve when the Civil War began in 1861. 

Isaac Hurst
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Those two men were:
  • Isaac F. Hurst, age 33, son of William & Nancy Rivers Hurst.
  • Isaac Hurst, age 35, son of Isaac & Henrietta Rivers Hurst.
We know that neither of these two men survived the Civil War. So we have two men and our task is to determine when, where and how each of these men died?

We start by looking at Civil War resources to determine what happened to these two men. But, first let’s take a quick look on FindAGrave. 

FindAGrave reveals tombstones for both of our men:
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 43479224 – Isaac Hurst
  • Find A Grave Memorial#30006251 – Isaac F. Hurst

Isaac Hurst
Find A Grave Memorial# 43479224 1
This memorial shows that Isaac Hurst son of Isaac & Henrietta Rivers Hurst was: 
Birth: Jan. 15, 1837
Death: Jul. 2, 1862
Wounded June 15, 1862 at Secessionville, James Island, S.C. from which he never recovered.
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Isaac Hurst appears on a list of casualties, of Smith’s Battalion, in the engagement at Sucessionville, S. C. , June 16, 1862.  
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Broken Fortunes, page 173, 3
Shows that Isaac Hurst, Private, Co. B, 9th SCVI Bn., died 25 June 1862 at Sucessionville, Died of Wounds.
So we have a conflict; his tombstone shows that Isaac died 2 July 1862; Broken Fortunes shows a death date of 25 June 1862. 
A U.S., Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865 shows Isaac Hurst was severely wounded on June 19, 1862. 4
Isaac Hurst Casuality List

It unclear whether Isaac Hurst died 25 June 1862 or 2 July 1862.


Isaac F. Hurst
Find A Grave Memorial# 30006251 5
Birth: 1837
Death: Oct. 4, 1862

Died at home at age 27 of wounds received in Civil War. Private 4th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry Company A (Craig's)CSA. Formerly served as Co. A,. 12th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry

Company A, 12th SCVCB, died of disease 04 October 1862 at Georgetown, South Carolina,
Fold3.com
Pvt. Isaac F. Hurst died 4 October 18626
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Company A, 12th SCVCav., 7http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66894520/
Broken Fortunes, page 173 8
Died while serving in Civil War. Broken Fortunes, Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr., The SC Historical Society, Charleston, SC, 1995, Page 173.  Source: Pvt. Isaac F. Hurst, age 27, was a member of Craig's CO 4th SC CAV CSA. He enlisted 26 December 1861, at Cheraw, SC, and died on 4 Oct. 1862.


In my research there is no doubt that Isaac F. Hurst son of William and Nancy Rivers Hurst died 4 October 1862, at home, from wounds received in the Civil War. There is doubt as to the date of death for Isaac Hurst son of Isaac & Henrietta Rivers Hurst; but we know he died at Sucessionville, of wounds received in battle.

One more mystery.
Then in the book “Broken Fortunes” we have one additional Isaac Hurst that died in the Civil War from South Carolina.


Broken Fortunes, page 173 9
This book shows an Isaac Hurst, age 27, Private, 4th SCVC, died 15 May 1864 at home, died of Disease. The age of this Isaac Hurst matches the age of Isaac F. Hurst but the death dates are different. The 4th SCV was primarily made up of men from the Chesterfield area of Cheraw; yet, only 2 known Isaac Hurst perished in the Civil War. There is no Isaac Hurst listed with the 4th Cav on Fold3.com.

So who is Isaac Hurst, age 27, Private, 4th SCVC, died 15 May 1864 at home, died of Disease?




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[1] Find A Grave Memorial# 43479224
[2] http://www.fold3.com/image/259306628/
[3] Randolph W. Kirkland Jr., Broken Fortunes: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in the Service of Their Country and State in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1997), page 173.
[4] Records of the Adjutant and Inspector General's Department, "U.S., Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865," digital images, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (Http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 7 June 2014), Military Engagement at Secessionville, James Island, South Carolina; citing Microfilm publication M836, 7 rolls. ARC ID: 653994; Isaac Hurst.
[5] Find A Grave Memorial#30006251
[6] http://www.fold3.com/image/#20|66894526
[7] http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66894520/
[8] Randolph W. Kirkland Jr., Broken Fortunes: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in the Service of Their Country and State in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1997), page 173.
[9] Ibid.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Land Deed Confirms Family Composition

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When the bonfire had quit burning and the soldiers had marched or ridden off, the good citizens of Chesterfield County retrieved one (1) burned deed book from the burning embers that was once their county courthouse.  That Burned Book is still maintained on file in the present day courthouse. The below deed between Sarah Sellers and James Oliver to John Purvis can be found on page 48 of that book.
 
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Sarah Sellers and James Oliver to John Purvis
Burned Book page 48
 
Know all men by these presents that we Sarah Sellers and James Oliver of the district of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of to be paid by John Purvis of the same district in the state aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and release, and by these presents Do Grant, bargain, Sell and release, unto the said John Purvis, all our interest in a tract of land belonging to the Estate of Vicey Purvis, late of the district of Chesterfield, situate lying and being in the District and state aforesaid, which said tract of land was conveyed to the said Vicey Purvis by Edward Burch by deed bearing date 2nd day of January A. D. 1829 and Recorded in the Register office of said District in Book II, page 393. The tract of land that we have this day conveyed to the said John Purvis contains One Hundred and twenty two acres more or less and is in the North Western portion of the above tract of Three Hundred acres bounded by lands of Sarah Sellers and others—Together with all and singular the Rights, Members, Hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining To Have and To Hold all and singular the premises before mentioned, unto the said John Purvis his Heirs and afsigns forever, And we do hereby bind ourselves our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises, unto the said John Purvis his Heirs and afsigns. Against …our Heirs and every other person or persons lawfully claiming or to [Burnt section illegible] or any part thereof--
[Burnt section illegible] Hands and Seals this 26th day of February in the year of our
[Burnt section illegible] eight hundred and sixty one---
[Burnt section illegible] delivered.                                             Sarah X Sellers {seal}
[Burnt section illegible]                                                              James X Oliver {seal}
[Burnt section illegible]
[Burnt section illegible]
 
The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} Personally appeared before me H. Craig and made oath that he saw the within named Sarah Sellers & James Oliver sign seal and as their act and deed deliver the within written Deed and that he with Thos. Craig witnefsed the execution thereof.
 
Sworn before me this 4th day of Augst 1862 H. Craig
D. Douglafs
           Mag.                                                          (Recorded Aug. 4th 1862)

I have previously written about the use of land deeds in family research and what a valuable goldmine Land Deeds can be in your research. 
 
This particular deed, pulled from the ashes and burning embers is one of those “gold nuggets”  because it confirms and verifies the family composition of one Vicey Purvis. 
 
Vicey Purvis appears in three census in Chesterfield County South Carolina. In all cases, she is listed without a husband in the household. 
 
1830 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 172; Family History Film: 0022506,  Page: 258; Line 15, Vicy Purvis, female, age 40-49, 3 males, age 10-14 and 1 female, age 16-19.
1840 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; NARA Series: M704; Roll Number: 510; Family History Film: 0022508, Image 1338, Page: 362; Line 15, Vicy Purvis, female, age 50-59, 1 males, age 20-29 [Stephen] and 1 male, less than 5 years of age.
1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll:  M432_851; Image: 290, Page: 143A(stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 685, Family 685; Vicy PERVIS, female, age 64, born in SC; Daniel TURNAGE, male, age 12, born in SC and John TURNAGE, male, age 11, born in SC.

In 1850, Vicy states that she was 64 years old; thus born in 1786, which matches the age reported in the other two census. 

In 1830 she had 3 males born between 1816-1820 and 1 female born between 1811-1814.

Two of these males were:
John “Jack” Purvis, born 1814
Stephen Purvis, born 1818
1 male (unknown)
The female born between 1811-1814 was most likely her last born, a daughter named Mary, though the census shows that she was born in 1821. There is also a possibility that the 16-19 year old female was Sarah Purvis just before she married Elijah Sellers.
 
In February 1861, when the above Land Deed was executed we see that this deed was used to transfer land which is now in possession of Sarah Sellers and James Oliver; lands that is the Estate Lands of Vicey Purvis. Those named within this deed are:

Vicey Purvis, (Mother)
  • John Purvis, (Son)
  • Sarah [Purvis] Sellers (Daughter)
  • James Oliver (Son-in-law, Husband of Mary Purvis)
  • Stephen Purvis, a son, born 1818 was not named within the deed because he was deceased. Stephen Purvis chose to enlist as a volunteer in the Mexican War. During the Battle of Vera Cruz, he was killed in June 1847.
I’m at a lost as to why Mary [Purvis] Oliver was not named. Also, in many years of research I have not yet identified a Male Purvis as the husband of Vicey [Maiden Name unknown] Purvis. 

If you have any information on Vicy/Vicey Purvis, her children or her spouse I would love to hear from you. In almost 40 years of Purvis research I have not heard from anyone researching this specific line.
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Land Deed - Sarah Sellers and James Oliver to John Purvis; 26 February 1861; Deed Book #Burnt Book; Page(s) 48; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 27 August 2014.
















Wednesday, August 27, 2014

52 Ancestors: #35,William Shadrac Toler

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Amy Johnson Crow of No Story To Small has started a challenge of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
From her blog “The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”
 
The focus of my blog post today is William Shadrac Toler.
 
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Older Couple-William S.Toler and Missie
 Toler**

William Shadrac Toler is my 1st cousin twice removed. He and his family and my parents and siblings lived within 20 miles of each other growing up, yet, I never knew he and his family existed until I started doing genealogical research. 
 
His parents and most of his Mother’s family just disappeared between 1860 and 1880 and though he was young when this happened he may have had some knowledge of their demise passed down from his Grandfather, my 2nd Great Grandfather or by his Uncle, Joseph Henry Johns my Great Grandfather.

   

I have previously written about this mystery, which can be read here:
http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2014/01/treasure-chest-thursdaythe-shadrach.html

William Shadrac Toler was born on 5 Apr 1874 in Seal Station, Russell, Alabama. 1 2 3 4 William died on 19 Jun 1955 at the age of 81 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.5 He was buried on 20 Jun 1955 at Society Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina. 6 7

William Shadrac Toler and Margaret Alice "Missie" Linton were married on 27 Dec 1896 in SC.
 

Margaret Alice "Missie" Linton, daughter of Alexander Linton and Victoria Kelly, was born on 8 Sep 1881 in Chesterfield County, SC. 8 9 She died on 6 Nov 1964 at the age of 83 in Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina. She was buried at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina. 
 
William Shadrac Toler and Margaret Alice Linton had the following children:
i. William Dewitt Toler, born 11 Sep 1897, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 16 Jan 1971, Vancouver, Clark, Washington.
ii. Shadrac Hudson Toler was born on 22 Oct 1898 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 1 Jan 1899 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. Gary Boggan Toler was born on 22 Dec 1899 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 12 Feb 1900 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Sandy Alexander Toler was born on 3 Mar 1901 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 14 Apr 1901 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Sidney Alvin Toler, born 27 Feb 1902, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 8 Aug 1976, Bishopville, Lee, South Carolina.
vi. Anna Kathryn Toler, born 12 Dec 1905, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 13 Jan 1980, Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina.
vii. Harry Toler was born in May 1906 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died in May 1906 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
viii. Susan Roberta Toler, born 30 Jun 1907, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 6 Aug 1992, Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina.
ix. Edward Evans Toler, born 30 Jan 1909, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 17 Mar 1984, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.
x. Lewis Lafayette Toler was born on 27 Jan 1911 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 8 Jun 1974 at the age of 63 in Society Hill, Darlington, South Carolina.
xi. Simpson Ellison Toler, born 18 Jan 1916, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, died 29 Jun 1976.
xii. Jacob Daniel Toler, born 9 Jan 1918, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 4 Aug 1963, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
 
I regret not knowing William S. Toler but when he died in 1955, I was a young teenager with no interest in family history. If you are related to William Shadrac ans Missie Linton Toler I would love to hear from you. 
 
 
 
 
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**- names of other individual in photo withheld to maintain privacy. 
1. 1880 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #108, page 460A, Line 22, Dwelling # 43, Family #43, Household of Shade JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_1235.
2. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Steerpen, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0028, Page 8A/194A (stamped), Line 30, Dwelling 148, Family 157, Household of William TOLER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 23 January 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1523.
3. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Steer Pen, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0045, Page 13A/282A (stamped); Line 7, Dwelling 164, Family 164, Household of William TOLER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 23 January 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_1455.
4. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 26 August 2014), William Shadrick Toler; citing Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls, Roll: 1852504.
5. William Shadrac Ioler [Toler], death certificate 008717 (19 June 1955), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
6. William Shadrac Tolar obituary, The Cheraw Chronicle, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 23 June 1955.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 August 2014); Memorial page for William S. Toler; (5 April 1874–19 June 1955); Find a Grave memorial # 97068255, Citing Society Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Society Hill, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA.
8. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Steerpen, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0028, Page 8A/194A (stamped), Line 30, Dwelling 148, Family 157, Household of William TOLER.
9. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Steer Pen, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0045, Page 13A/282A (stamped); Line 7, Dwelling 164, Family 164, Household of William TOLER.














































Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Vanishing Tombstones

Pin It They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the two photos in this posting speaks volumes about the future of our ancestors grave markers. 

The two photos are of the same marker taken approximately 25 years apart by the same individual. The photo on the left was taken with an 35mm camera using color film. The photo on the right was taken in 2008 with a digital camera. 

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr ca 1983
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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr ca 2008


The Rev. Joel Gulledge died in December 1861, his tombstone survived through the early 1980’s when the first photo was taken. What happen to cause the deterioration shown in photo #2 between 1980 and 2008 is unknown. But, the fact remains that tombstone are not forever making the old adage “If it’s written in Granite, it’s forever”, a cliché. Yes, I know the above tombstone is not granite; but, it has deteriorated significantly in the past 25 years.

In addition to the malicious destruction by vandals, theft, plowed over family cemeteries by farmers, the modernization of vast open lands and now just plain deterioration over time and many “old cemeteries and tombstone” are becoming ruble on the ground or hauled away to dumps. 

Is this a prelude to the future of your Ancestor’s monuments? Maybe a forewarning that we need to get involved to protect and preserve these monuments for future generations. 

I can think of several ways that you can get involved and help preserve these monuments for future generation.
  • Become a member of FindAGrave. and/or BillionGraves. 
  • Become a photo volunteer for FindAGrave. and/or BillionGraves. 
  • Be an advocate of protecting all cemeteries, the old “Family Plot” as well of the modern day Memorial or Memory Parks.
  • Get you local societies involved. Perform cemetery surveys and documents these surveys with pictorial books created by the Society.
  • Does you state have a Cemetery Preservation Program. If not campaign to establish one.
  • Are Historic Cemeteries preserved? If not, why not. Cemeteries and tombstones are historical resources that shows patterns in our economic and social lifestyle. Get you older cemetery preserved by adding them to the local Historical Register.
Today photos may be all that left of your ancestor's monuments  25, 50 or 100 years from today. 



Monday, August 25, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~1846 Land Deed–A. S. W. Alpin to Rolin R. Sellers

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Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.
 
His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s subject is an 1846 Land Deed from A.S.W. Alpin to Rolin R. Sellers.1
 
sellers land deed 314

ALEXANDER S. W. ALPIN to ROLIN R. SELLERS
State of North Carolina}
Anson County} This indenture made on the 24th day of November in the yarn of our Lord 1846 between Alexander S. W. Alpin of the county of Anson & State of North Carolina on the one part and Rolin R. Sellers of the County and state aforesaid on the other part witnesfeth that the said Alexander S. W. Alpin hath this day sold to Rolin Sellers a tract of land being situate in the County of Anson and sate aforesaid containing Two Hundred and thirty-six acres in and for the consideration of the sum of Two Hundred and twenty Dollars the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged the said Lands Begins at a white oak Parsons corner and runs with Pratt’s line No. 23 W, 29 Chains and 68 links to a Hickory thence So. 37 W. 89 chains & 51 links to a stake in Jarman’s line 3 pines pointer thence So. 30 E 29 chains and 60 links to a stake 4 black jacks and pine pointer thence No. 37 E 92 chains to the beginning which I the said Alexander S. W. Alpin do warrant and defend the Right & Title of the said land unto the said Rolin R. Sellers his heirs and afsigns forever against the lawful claim of any and all persons whatsoever In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the date above written ---Signed Sealed and delivered                                                        A. S. W. Alpin {seal}
In the presence of}  State of North Carolina}  Jany term 1848
Vincent Parsons Junr} Anson County} Then the execution of this deed was
James Britt} duly proved in open Court by Vincent Parsons, Junr and ordered to be Registered.                                               N D Boggan Clk

This piece of property was purchased by Rolin R. Sellers after his marriage to Widow Sarah Pratt Hinson on 25 December 1844. The property was purchased in November 1846. Sarah and Rolin had two children, a son and a daughter.

The property, ideal for growing corn or cotton, would provide a good start for his new bride and their children. . 




 
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[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: #12, page 314, ALEXANDER S. W. ALPIN to ROLIN R. SELLERS; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.












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