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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 22, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst 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 Probate Folder #666 – The Will of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst Sellers.1

 Mary E. Husrt Sellers Will

The State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}

Ex parte
          W. A. Sellers
In Re
          Estate of M. E. Sellers, Decd.
To T. L. Huntley Judge Probate for Chesterfield County

The petition of W A Sellers shows this court
I. That M. E. Sellers a citizen of Chesterfield County and State of South Carolina died intestate on 23rd of Sept 1898 leaving a small personal estate amounting to about Fifty dollars which Administration will be necessary in order that the same may be settled.
II.That your petitioner is her son and prays that letters of Administration be granted him and he will ever pray &c

Sept 27th 1898                                             W. A. Sellers

Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst was the wife of Samuel Joseph Sellers. They were married about 1857. To this marriage was born twelve children, 5 sons and 7 daughters. Samuel died in July 1887 and Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” died 23 Sept 1898. They are buried in the Hurst Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.


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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19383-20081-27?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-3TT:190567401,190561002,190567402,191220701 : accessed 22 Sep 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0638-0757 > image 439 of 1623.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Obituary Sunday~John Daniel Teal

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J. D. Teal Obit
J. D. TEAL
Special to The State.
Chesterfield, April 9.—J. D. Teal died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday at Pine Grove church with Masonic honors. He was in his 59th years. 1




John Daniel Teal was born 5 Dec 1852, a son of Benjamin Franklin Teal and Eliza A. Davis. He was the sixth of ten (10) children; three sisters and 6 brothers. 

John married Sarah Ann “Susie” Wadsworth, daughter of Lewis H. Wadsworth and Mary Ann Freeman. They were married about 1871. The 1900 census shows that they had been married 28 years.2  

This same census shows that John and Susie had 9 children, all living. They had 4 sons, James Jacob, Jerome, Robert and 5 daughters, Ida, Ada, Mary, Ella and Alice.
John Daniel died on 5 April 1911 at the age of 58. This seems quite suddenly and unexpected. His wife Susie died on 9 January 1936 at the age of 81. They both are buried at Pine Grove Church Cemetery.3 

John Daniel Teal is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. 

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[1] J. D. TEAL obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 10 April 1911, Page 7, Column 2.
[2] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 105A/21A; Line 5, Dwelling 379, Family 386, Household of John D. TEAL.
[3] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 476. Tombstone of John Daniel Teal; 5 December 1852–5 April 1911, Pine Grove Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Surname Saturday~Purvis-Freeman

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Rosa Effie Freeman was born in 1848 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 2 3 4 5 She was a daughter of Jesse Freeman (1804-July 1881) and Sarah Jane Davis (1804-after 1870). She died about 1884 at the age of 36 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.6 7 The only source of her death is a tombstone in the Purvis Cemetery with the year 1884 recorded. It's also the birth and death year of her last born child and namesake.

Rosa Effie Freeman married Corp. Stephen David Purvis about 1865; probably after his return from the Civil War.

Corp. Stephen David Purvis, son of John "Jack" Purvis and Sarah Huggins, was born on 20 Mar 1841 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.8 He appeared in the household of John "Jack" Purvis in the census in 1860 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.9 He served in the military Company A 4th South Carolina Cavalry CSA in 1861–1865.10 In 1870 and 1880, Stephen and Effie can be found in the Court House Township. 11 12 13

A tombstone for Effie shows that she died in 1884. In the 1900 Census Stephen and Clarence, his son, are together and in 1910, Stephen is living with his daughter Janie and  his son-in-law, Caldwell Baxter Gardner. 14 15 16

Stephen David died on 13 Mar 1914 at the age of 72 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.17 18 19 20 He is buried in the Purvis Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Stephen David Purvis and Rosa Effie Freeman had the following children:
i. William John Purvis, born 28 Aug 1866, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Lula Jane Bennett, 1888, Marlboro, South Carolina; died 9 May 1918, Cayce, Lexington, South Carolina.
ii. Josephine Purvis, born 24 Jan 1868, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Henry Turnage, 1883; died 7 Jan 1934, Rockingham, Richmond, North Carolina.
iii. Sidney James Purvis was born on 24 Apr 1870 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.21 22 He died in 1887 at the age of 17 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.23
iv. Alexander Milton "Sandy" Purvis, born 11 Feb 1873, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Hattie Louginia Gardner, about 1910, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 15 Jun 1930, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Sarah Jane "Janie" Purvis, born 13 Aug 1875, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Caldwell Baxter Gardner, about 1899, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 7 Feb 1946, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Lillie Ann Purvis, born 17 Mar 1878, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Jesse Ballard, about 1902, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 24 Oct 1932, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Archie K. Purvis was born on 6 Apr 1881 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 16 Aug 1882  and was buried  in the Purvis Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.24
viii. Clarence D. Purvis, born 28 Sep 1881, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Margaret Elizabeth Purvis, about 1904, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 19 Mar 1955, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ix. Rose Effie Purvis was born in 1884 and died in 1884 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.25


Rosa Effie Freeman is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.



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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 July 2011); Memorial page for Rosa Effie F. Purvis; (1845–1884); Find a Grave memorial # 45731128, Citing Purvis Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 134B/135A; Line 33, Dwelling 560, Family 560, Household of Jesse FREEMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 June 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 173B; Line 27, Dwelling 1123, Family 1122, Household of Jesse FREEMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
5. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 31 August 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rosa Effie F. Purvis (1845–1884), Memorial # 45731128.
7. Ibid.
8. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 130A; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of John PERVIS.
9. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 128; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of Jno PERVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
10. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 2 July 2012), entry for Stephen D. Purvis, Corp.; 4th SC Cavalry; Confederate.
11. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS.
12. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
13. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 48-49, Dwelling 382, Family 382, Stephen D. PURVIS.
14. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 45-46, Dwelling 380, Family 380, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
15. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 20, Page 82A/10A; Line 22, Dwelling 181; Family 182, Household of Stephen D. Purvis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
16. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0036, Page 113A/10A; Line 43, Dwelling 171; Family 173, Household of Baxter C. GARDNER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
17. "Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org : viewed 2 July 2012), transcription, "Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, Stephen D Purvis," ; NARA Publication Number: M1916, Washington D.C..
18. Ibid.
19. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Corp Stephen D. Purvis (1841–13 March 1914), Memorial # 45726766.
20. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS.
21. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sidney Purvis (1870–1887), Memorial # 45748668.
22. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
23. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sidney Purvis (1870–1887), Memorial # 45748668.
24. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Archie K. Purvis (6 April 1881–16 August 1882), Memorial # 45731214.
25. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rose Effie Purvis (1884–1884), Memorial # 45731176.










































Friday, September 19, 2014

The National Youth Administration (NYA)

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While doing research this past week I was looking for Margaret Sellers. I found her in the 1940 with a list of other young ladies as roommates in the NYA home. [1]

nya list

NYA Home Listing

This home is listed on page 216B, Line 52, Household #241 with Doris LANEY as Head Mistress of the house.  Lines 53 through 80 are all young ladies housed in this home. The home is located in the Court House Township of Chesterfield County in May 1940. 

This peaked my curiosity because I had never heard of the NYA or the NYA Home. My next stop was Google to find exactly what the NYA was and when it was established or existed.

NYA – National Youth Administration (NYA)
The National Youth Administration was part of President Roosevelt NEW DEAL program. It’s focus “was on providing work and education for Americans between the ages of 16 and 25.”[2]
Two programs were operated by the NYA:
  • The Works Project Program to train unemployed, out-of-school youth
  • The Student Aid Program to provide work-study training for high school, college, and graduate students.” [3]
If you care to read more about the National Youth Administration you might try these links.
If you know where this house/building  was located in The Court House Township, in Chesterfield County in May 1940 I would love to here from you. 








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[1] 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-15, Page: 14B/216(stamped); Line 61, Household 241, Margaret SELLERS.
[2] http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/N/NA014.html
[3] Ibid.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thriller Thursday~Murder and Mayhem in Chesterfield

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7 May 1889 – Chesterfield, South Carolina
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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
A. G. Douglass was shot down yesterday morning, over a land dispute, while engaged in chipping a turpentine tree near his home. Mr. Douglass and the shooter, W. D. Merriman, had been engaged in a land dispute resulting in a lawsuit. Merriman shot Douglass using a double barrel shotgun loaded with  buckshot.  
Sheriff J. S. White arriving on the site approximately three hours after the shooting found Douglass's body lying near the tree he was chipping.
An inquest jury was empaneled by Coroner Sellers. After deliberation the jury returned the following verdict: “That W. D. Merriman, A. B. Merriman, Burrell Merriman and Jim Pigg were present and saw the shooting and no one else saw it or knew anything about it.” 1
Sheriff J. S. White  took the three Merriman’s and Jim Pigg into custody and transported them to the Chesterfield Jail.
 
This incident took place in the Cole Hill township approximately 6 miles from Chesterfield. 

On 10 May 1889, The News and Courier ran a follow up article on page 1, column 1  with the following headlines.

The Chesterfield Homicide.
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Additional Light Thrown on the Killing of Douglass
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The Story of the Merrimans—Signs Points to an Ambush—Inconsistencies Between the Statement of the Merrimans and the Position of The Body—It Looks Very Much Like a Foul Murder

Then on September 1, 1889, The News and Courier ran another follow up article with the verdict.
CONVICTED OF MURDER
Phenomenal Success of the Solicitor of the Forth Circuit in Conducting a Murder Case Against A  White Man
The newspaper read "The case of W. D. Merriman, for the murder of A. G. Douglass, was concluded last night. The jury was out fifteen minutes and brought in a verdict of guilty.
W. D. Merriman, A. B. Merriman, B. M. Merriman and James Pigg were charged with the murder of A. G. Douglass on May 6, On Wednesday, September 4, the case was called, and Solicitor Johnson nol prossed the case against all of the defendants except W. D. Merriman."

Nol prossed--- nolle prosequi (no-lay pro-say-kwee) n. Latin for "we shall no longer prosecute,"
 
Charges were dropped for everyone but W. D. Merriman who was found guilty. No follow up sentencing was found for W. D. Merriman.






 
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[1] The News and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday Morning, May 8, 1889, page 1 column 8. Also May 10, 1889 and September 1, 1889 editions.


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