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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Founding Families of South Carolina

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In  April 1997, the Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society launched a project entitled “Founding Families of South Carolina”.The project served a two-fold purpose, 1) fund raising purposes, 2)  to celebrate the 210th anniversary of Statehood by recognizing ancestors who were in South Carolina on or before May 23, 1788 when we were granted statehood.
I participated in this project and submitted my application for qualification of my 4th Great Grandfather Thomas Davis (22 Mar 1760-20 March 1845),  a Revolutionary War Solider. 1

Founding Families.

A list of all the Foundling Families can be found here:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scccscgs/ffhomepage.htm

Also on the list is my 5th Great Grandfather Frederick Rivers, the father of my 3rd Great Grandmother, Hulda Rivers who married Michael Davis. 

The Columbia Chapter published of a two-part book containing a listing of all the ancestors and connecting families and a copy of the original descent charts submitted by participants to qualify as a “Founding Family”. 2

FF_BOOK

There are 276 men lists on the Founding Families website and within this book. There is an order form for the book on the Founding Family website listed within this postings. This was a 1997 project, I would suggest sending an e-mail to verify copies are still available if you desire a copy of this book.
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scccscgs/ffhomepage.htm








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[1]  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scccscgs/ffhomepage.htm
[2] Columbia Chapter - SCGS, Founding Families of The State of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina: Columbia Chapter - SCGS, November 2000), Alphabetical listing,  Thomas Davis.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday~Death Date for William H. H. Purvis

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I have written several post about William H. H. Purvis and his death in Polk County, Texas. One thing that has been a real puzzle is the death date of William H. H. Purvis. On-line trees at Ancestry lack any research and are mere copies of each other repeating the same erroneous information over and over.

This past summer I had the opportunity to visit my son in Utah and was able to do some research at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

At the top of my list was the death date for William H. H. Purvis and while I did not find the exact date he died, I did find the month and year. The death month and year is contained within Estate packet #139. 1

Page 209

No. 139
                                The State of Texas   Polk County in the County Court July Term 1855,
To his honor Wm. F. Gee chief justice Your petitioner Joseph McGee of Newton County of Texas shows
that W. H. H. Purvis of said Polk County departed this life intestate on or about the    day of June last past, and that the nearest relative of said descendant have as yet failed and refused to administer on said estate that said Purvis had in pofefion [possession]  at the time of his death real and personal property to a large amount and is believed  to own it, that your petitioner is the owner and holder of large and bono fide claims against said estate and that he is unable to collect the same or have them litigated without and administrator  of said estate, wherefore, he prays your honor to cause the usual notice be given and at the July term 1855 of your honorable court appoint your petitioner  administrator of said estate as in duty bound & c.
                                                                                                Joseph McGee
Filed July 18, 1855
W. H. Dukes, Clk.
Record April 5th, A D 1856 on page 209
L. G. McNickin, Depty Clk c c P4


William H. H. Purvis died in June 1855 in Polk County, Texas.

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[1] Estate #139, Page 209, FHL Film #1006872; Estate records found on pages 208-238, 344-346, 358-359 and page 388; FHL Film #1006872.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oct. 29 – 52 Ancestors: #44, Louise Ellen (Sellers) Brock

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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 Louise Ellen (Sellers) Brock.

Louise Ellen Sellers was born in Jun 1850 in Madison County, Tennessee.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 She was the daughter of William Eddins Sellers and Elizabeth (Parsons) Sellers.
Louise Ellen and her older sister Mary Abigail were siblings in a household with 3 brothers; William Riley, Andrew Washington, and James Arnold “Buck”  Sellers. Another brother, Alonzo W., passed away at age 6.

The children lost their father (William Eddins Sellers) at a very young age when he was killed in Madison County Tennessee about 1854. Family tradition says he was helping to build a church  when he fell from the rafters sustaining  fatal injuries. To date I have not been able to find any information on this accident.  

The family was enumerated in the 1850 census for Madison County, Tennessee
1850 CENSUS: District 10, Madison County, Tennessee;  Roll: M432_889;   Image: 187, Page 305B (Written 610); Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244; Wm. E. SELLERS, Male, age 30, born in SC; Elizabeth SELLERS, age 28, born in SC; William R. SELLERS, Son, age 8, born in SC;  Andrew W. SELLERS, Son, age 6, born in SC; James A. SELLERS, Son, age 4, born in TN; Mary A. SELLERS, Daughter, age 2, born in TN and Luellen SELLERS, Daughter, age 1/12, born in TN.

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth (Parsons) Sellers packed up her 6 children and moved them back to Chesterfield.  
1860 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: M653_1217;  Image: 264; Family History Library Film: 805217, Page 130B; Line 28, Dwelling 0522, Family 0521, Elizabeth SELLERS, age 36, born in SC; William R. SELLERS, Son, age 17, born in SC;  Andrew D. SELLERS, Son, age 14, born in SC; James A. SELLERS, Son, age 13, born in TN; Mary A. SELLERS, Daughter, age 11, born in TN; Loretta [Lou Ellen] SELLERS, Daughter, age 09, born in TN and Aley [Alonzo] W. SELLERS, Son, age 06, born in TN.

Louise Ellen Sellers and Benjamin Franklin Brock Sr. were married about 1871.

Benjamin Franklin Brock Sr., son of Hezekiah Brock and Sarah Morris, was born on 17 Jan 1849 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.8 He was born on 17 Jan 1851 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.9 10 11 Benjamin and Louise can be found in the censuses for 1880-1920 for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.12 13 14 15

Benjamin Franklin Brock and Louise Ellen Sellers had the following children:

i. Charles Riley Brock, born 21 Apr 1878, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Minnie Elizabeth Brock, 1905, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Ada Louise Soles, 8 Sep 1918, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Etta Florence Pate, 6 Oct 1921, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 22 Feb 1946, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Sarah Annie Brock, born 14 Jul 1881, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Charles Washington Brock, 1907; died 18 Dec 1955, Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina.
iii. John Hezekiah Brock, born 5 May 1884, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Pauline Morris, 1905; died 2 Apr 1931, Norwood, Stanly, North Carolina.
iv. Mary Catherine "Mamie" Brock, born 21 Sep 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Julius Johns, 16 Jun 1912, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 17 Jun 1938, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Benjamin Franklin Brock Jr., born 29 Jan 1894, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Cora Jemima Brock, 31 Oct 1915, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 30 Mar 1964, Rock Hill, York, South Carolina.
Their daughter Mary Catherine “Mamie” is my Grandmother.
Benjamin died on 13 Jul 1924 at the age of 73  and was buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, South Carolina.16 17 18
Louise Ellen died on 15 Dec 1928 at the age of 78 and buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.19 20 21 22

Louise Ellen (Sellers) Brock is my Great Grandmother.









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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 889.
2. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 21, Page 95B; Line 89, Dwelling 204, Family 209, Household of Benjamin F. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 16 June 2013 ); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130B; Line 28, Dwelling 0522, Family 0521, Household of Elizabeth SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page 325C, Line 29, Dwelling 252, Family # 252, Household of Benj. F. BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
5. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 95B; Line 89, Dwelling 204, Family 209, Household of Benjamin F. BROCK.
6. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0037, Page 143B; Line 71, Dwelling 305, Family 305, Household of Benn F. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 16 June 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
7. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 40, Page: 18B/174(stamped), Dwelling 333, Family 43, Household of Benjamin BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 20 July 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Benjamin Franklin Brock (17 January 1849–13 July 1924), Memorial # 109662534.
9. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 95B; Line 89, Dwelling 204, Family 209, Household of Benjamin F. BROCK.
10. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 117, Line 18, Dwelling 328, Family 327, Household of "Hugh" BROCK.
11. 1870 U. S. Census, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 289A, Line 33, Dwelling 33, family 33, Household of S[arah] BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2012); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1491.
12. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 325C, Line 29, Dwelling 252, Family # 252, Household of Benj. F. BROCK.
13. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 95B; Line 89, Dwelling 204, Family 209, Household of Benjamin F. BROCK.
14. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0037, Page 143B; Line 71, Dwelling 305, Family 305, Household of Benn F. BROCK.
15. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 40, Page: 18B/174(stamped), Dwelling 333, Family 43, Household of Benjamin BROCK.
16. B F {Benjamin Franklin] BROCK, Chesterfield County, South Carolina death certificate 012522 (13 July 1924).
17. Ibid.
18. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Benjamin Franklin Brock (17 January 1849–13 July 1924), Memorial # 109662534.
19. Lou E Brock, death certificate 021850 (15 December 1928), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
20. Ibid.
21. Interview with a Confederate Veteran obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 7 April 1932. Sellers, Confederate Veteran (conducted by Nellie Bristow, Florence Morning News, reprinted Chesterfield Advertiser, April 7, 1932).
22. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 January 2014); Memorial page for Louisa Ellen "Lou" Sellers Brock; (1856–15 December 1928); Find a Grave memorial # 109663030, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.



































Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Pvt. Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Jr.

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Pvt. Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Jr.
b. Apr. 14, 1927
d. Sep. 2, 1946
bu. Morven Cemetery1

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Photo Courtesy of Julius Burr

Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Jr. was the only child of Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Sr. and Mary Isabel Watts. Jesse died in an automobile accident on 2 September 1946.2 Family folklore reports that he was with his cousin Bobby J. Purvis. I haven’t located the newspaper article for the accident that took Jesse Gwyn life but I’m still looking.

Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Jr.

Jesse served in the Army during WWII. He enlisted 28 January 1846 and was discharged on 30 April 1946. His enlistment records shows he enlisted for the Panama Canal Department.3




He is buried along with his parents in the Morven Cemetery, Anson County, North Carolina.


Jesse Gwyn Boatwright was my 2nd Cousin once removed.








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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 June 2012); Memorial page for Pvt Jesse Gwyn Boatwright, Jr.; (14 April 1927–2 September 1946); Find a Grave memorial # 56974979, Citing Morven Cemetery; Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, USA.
[1] State of North Carolina, death no. #17937 (2 September 1946), Gwyn Boatwright Jr.; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[3] National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64, "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, Ancestry, Army Enlistment Gwyn Boatwright Jr.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed, Samuel Brock to Sarah Davis

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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 a Land Deed between Samuel Brock and Sarah Davis on 8 August 1871.1


Samuel Brock}
To } Deed
Sarah Davis}
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Brock of the county of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid For and in consideration of the sum of Fifty Dollars to me paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge have granted bargained sold and released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto Sarah Davis and her bodily heirs late of the same County and State All that piece or tract of land lying an being on both sides of the Woolf branch being a tract of forty one acres and part of a tract of eighty three acres and part of another tract of one hundred and nineteen acres formerly owned by Mathew White containing one hundred acres more or less bounded as follows on the N. by Squire H. Brock W by lands of Samuel Brock E by Capt. Pollock. Together with all and singular the rights members Hereditaments appurtenances Having such shape form and marks as are represented on the Platt. To have and to hold all and singular the said premises unto the said Sarah Davis and her bodily heirs Their heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs lawfully claiming the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal August 8th in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one
Signed Sealed and delivered}
In the presence of}
James P. Brock}                                        Samuel x (his mark) Brock {LS}
S. P. White}

Personally appeared before me James P. Brock & made oath that he with S. P. White witnessed the signature of Samuel Brock.
Sworn to before me this}
30th day of Nov. 1871}                                                James P. Brock
{Official seal} Henry D. Malloy}
Notary Public}

Recorded 6th Nov. 1885 in Sales Book C page 222
T. M. Kirkley, Auditor

Recorded 6th Nov 1885

The reference Samuel Brock is Samuel W. Brock, b. 1796, married Martha LNU, and died sometime after 1880. Sarah Davis is Sarah Ann Brock Davis, wife of Leonard Davis, and daughter of Samuel W. Brock. James Paul Brock, witness, is his youngest son. Squire H. Brock and Samuel W. Brock are thought to be brothers. Samuel W. and his wife Martha were both living in 1880. They both passed away sometime after 1880, date unknown, no tombstones have been found for either of them.  



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[1]  Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 8: pages 358-359, Samuel Brock to Sarah Davis Land Deed; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
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