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, July 3, 2015

From Wedded Bliss to Separation

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The State of South Carolina)
Chesterfield District)
Know all men these Presents that I Jacob Gainey of the District and State aforesaid in consequence of a Separation having taken place between myself and my wife Sarah Gainey and for the purpose of providing for the future maintenance of my said wife and also in consideration of the sum of  five Dollars to me in hand paid by John Evans  & Hugh Craig of the  District and State, Have bargained, Sold quit claimed and  released unto the said John Evans and Hugh Craig in trust for the said Sarah and for the use and benefit of the said Sarah Gainey (viz) One tract of land containing twenty two acres more or less conveyed to me by Richard Knight by deed dated the 20th day of April 1815.  Also one other tract conveyed to me by Flora McDonald and others dated 25th day of February 1815 & recorded in Book No. 6, Pages 124, 125 for one hundred acres more or less. Also one other tract of land containing one hundred acres more or less conveyed to me by Andah Burges by deed of Conveyance dated the 8th day of Febr, 1822. Also the following negroes, Sooky, Nelson,  Amy and Eliza together with all the Household furniture (with the exception of one Bed, one pot, one oven and table) one sorrel Horse, One half of the Stock of all kinds, consisting of Hogs & Cattle & Sheep. One riding chair, One cart, one half of the Corn & Wheat of this years Crop, which above mentioned property, the rents, issues and profits and services of the same, or any part thereof, I do hereby renounce release and forever quit claim unto the said John Evans & Hugh Craig in trust as aforesaid and that they the said John Evans and Hugh Craig, shall permit and suffer my said Wife, to enjoy the rents, issues, profits uses and services of the same, without the same being In any manner subject to my debts, contracts, disposal or control, And I do hereby bind myself to warrant and defend the above mentioned property to the said John Evans and Hugh Craig in trust as aforesaid.....Witness my hand & seal the twenty sixth day of April in this year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six and in the fiftieth year of the sovereignty & Independence of the United States of America.
                                                               Jacob X {his mark} Ganey (Seal)
Signed, Sealed & delivered
in presence of                                                   
D. A. Campbell
John McNeill, Jr.

Proved by Daniel Campbell April 27, 1826, before John Craig.
Recorded in Book No. 10, pages 376 & 377.

[SOURCE: The Darlington Flag, Darlington, South Carolina, Volume 6, No. 3, Summer 1994, Pages 24, 25 & 26]

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday~Sheriff Sale, Brock, Alford Land

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Sheriff Sale
Sheriff Sale.-No. 1392
Kentwood Bank
F. E. Alford and T. S. BrockNotice is hereby given that by virtue of a writ of fieri facias[1], issued out of the 26th Judicial District Court of La., in and for Washington Parish, in above entitled cause, and to me directed, I will proceed to sell at public auction to the last and highest bidder, on
Saturday, March 20, 1915
at the principal front door of the court house at Franklinton, La., between the legal sale hours for judicial sales, the following described property, to
First-240 acres of land more or less known as the Willie Brock place, lying on the Bogue Chitto River, bounded on the north by lands of J. S. Brock, on the east by the Bogue Chitto River, and being situated in Tp 1, south range 10 east, St Helena Meridian.
Second-Also a certain track of land in Washington Parish, Louisiana containing 200 acres more or less, in Jacob Alford hd or section No. 54, in Tp 1, south. range 10 east, on the west side of Bogue Chitto River, bounded on the north by lands of J. S. Brock, east by Bogue Chitto River, south by lands of Jane Brumfield or Jane Whittington, and west by public lands, and lands of J. S. Brock, being the lands purchased by J. S. Brock from Samantha Smith and William V. Brock, her husband, excepting therefrom 80 acres of land conveyed by J. S. Brock to M. T. Brumfield on Feb. 17, 1906.

Third--Also 200 acres of land more or less in said Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana, on the west side of Bogue Chitto River in said section 54. Tp 1, south, range 10 east, acquired by J. S. Brock from Valentine Brock as per deed of record in conveyance book No. 2, page 39 of conveyance records of Washington Parish.

Terms of sale-- Cash with benefit of appraisement.
This 10th day of February, 1915.
T. J. Simmons, Sheriff.

J. S. Brock is Dr. Jeptha S. Brock, son of Valentine “Vol” Brock and Bethany Thaney Ginn.  He died 7 October 1914 in Warrenton, Washington Parish, Louisiana. Since the sheriff sale took place in February of 1915 it was most likely driven by probate proceedings to settle his estate. This will be added to my “to do” for my trip to the LDS Family History Library later this year.

Valentine “Vol” Brock is my 2nd cousin 4 times removed and his son, Jeptha, is my 3rd Cousin 3 times removed.    

[1] A fieri facias, usually abbreviated fi. fa. (Latin for that you cause to be made) is a writ of execution after judgment obtained in a legal action for debt or damages.< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fieri_facias>
[2] The Era-leader,(Franklinton, La.), February 25, 1915, Image 4, Column 2, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~Cynthia Ellen Spease

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Cynthia Ellen Spease
b. 20  May 1933
d. 13 April 1963
bu. Society Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery


Cynthia Ellen Spease was tragically murdered in a murder-suicide carried out by her ex-husband, on 13 April 1963. She was 28 years old.

Cynthia Ellen is my 3rd Cousin.

[1] Find A Grave Memorial# 97068250

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Jacob Ganey

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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 the WILL of Jacob Ganey, written in February 1845.[1]


State of South Carolina)
Chesterfield District)

In the name of God Amen. I Jacob district of Chesterfield and State of South Carolina, being weak in body but of Sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament this 26th day of February In the year our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-five in manner and form following.
First - I desire that the present crop now on hand shall be made and Gathered after which I desire the sale of my Negro man Nelson, and the proceeds go to the payment of my debts.
Second- I Give and bequeath to my beloved son Lewis Ganey the sum of one dollar.
Third - I give and bequeath to my beloved brother John Ganey the sum of one dollar to be paid unto them respectively so soon as one year after my decease shall be Expired.
FOURTH- I give & bequeath affectionate wife Charlotte Ganey all of my Lands containing about four hundred and twenty five acres with the Exception of Forty Acres off of the South side of the Teel tract of Land including the buildings wherein James Jones now lives- for which I have given a deed to Martha Jones. Also I give and bequeath unto my affectionate wife Charlotte Ganey all the remainder of my Negroes-twelve in number namely Bob, Sucky, Wilson, Sally, Hannah, Sam, Amy, Charlotte, Eliza, Mary, Harriet and Milly. Also I give and bequeath to my aforesaid wife all of my stock of Horses, Hogs, Cattle & Sheep, Also I give and bequeath to my wife all my household goods, Bedsteads, beding, and other furniture and also all the rest and residue of my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever of what nature, Kind and quality _____ the same may be, and not herein before given and disposed of (after payment of my debts and funeral Expenses) I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife her Executors administrators and assigns to and for her and their own use and benefit absolutely.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Charlotte Ganey sole Excutrix of this my last will and testament. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the)
said testator as and for his last will and)
testament in our presence, who at his request )                his
in his presence and in the presence of each)         Jacob P.  X Ganey (seal)
other have subscribed our names as Witnesses )           mark
    Wm. L. Robeson
    John L. P. Boan
    James K. Jones

Proved 14 Apr. 1845 & Recorded in Book No. 1, page 25 17 Apr. 1845.
Also qualified Charlotte Gainey Executrix on the 14 April 1845
(Signed) T. Bryan, O.C.D.

Jacob Ganey was twice married. His first wife was Sarah “Sally” Kendricks, later changed by court order to the surname Jackson. One known child was born to these two unions, a son, called Lewis by his second wife Sally Jackson. Jacob died 4 April 1845 and you can see by the footnotes that there was a legal battle over his estate.
* Also spelled Gainey today
[1] Reference- SC Department of Archives, Chesterfield Equity, Lewis Gainey, William H. Gainey et al vs. Charlotte Gainey and The Darlington Flag, Volume 6, No. 3, Summer 1994, Pages 24, 25 & 26]