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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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday’s Obituary~Leonard E. Hurst

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Leonard E. Hurst, of Chesterfield, was killed instantly last Thursday on the road between Chesterfield and Cheraw when the highway truck which he was driving collided with a sedan driven by Elliott Montgomery, of Cheraw. Hurst, who was an employee of the State Highway Department, was going toward Cheraw, when he attempted to pass the sedan which was also headed for Cheraw. He apparently lost control of the truck and cut directly in front of the sedan which was going, it is reported, at about 35 miles an hour. Occupants of the sedan were badly bruised and the five month's old son of Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Donnelly, of Cheraw received severe cuts about the head but is reported not seriously injured. In the sedan were Miss Ruth Watson, Mrs. I.G. Donnelly, the driver, Elliott Montgomery, James Montgomery, Mrs. J.P. Thompson, all of Cheraw. Mr. Hurst was about thirty-five years of age, He is survived by his widow who, before marriage was Miss Belle Pate, of Chesterfield; by his father, P. T. Hurst; two brothers, Preston and Finley, and one sister, Mrs. Horace Douglass. Funeral services and burial were held at Shiloh Friday afternoon, when the Revs. J. J. Stevenson and F. M. Cannon. Among the out of town relatives and friends to attend the funeral were Mrs. J. T. Dixon and Mrs. Carrie King, of Florence, Mrs. Delmar Jernigan, of Florence, Mr. Monroe Livingston and family and Mrs. Alice Malcolm, Laurel Hill, NC.

This obituary also appeared in “The State”, 23 August 1929, page 2 column 3. Mrs. Donnelly in that edition is referred to as Mrs. T. C. Donnelly.

Leonard E. Hurst was born  Feb 1896 to Phillip Thomas and Ella Hurst.


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[1] Leonard E. Hurst obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 29 August 1929, page 1, col. 1.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Loose Ends with the Charlie and Annie Smith Family

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There's a lot of advertising suggesting that genealogy research is easy and can be done by clicking on leaves.

After thirty-nine years of research, I can tell you that not all genealogy research is easy and it definitely cannot be done sitting at your home computer.

A good case to demonstrate this is the family of Charlie Smith and Annie Atkinson of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 

Charlie & Annie does not appear in any censuses as a couple. Annie Atkinson Smith was first found listed in the 1900 Census. She and her two children are enumerated in the household of her parents Wiley B. Atkinson and his wife Margaret. 1

Wiley B. Atkinson Household
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1900-Smith-Atkinson Census
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In the above census, Annie Smith is a Widower; thus it’s  logical that Charlie Smith, her husband, died before June 1900 (date of Census). No obituary or tombstone has been found for Charlie Smith. His date of birth and parents are unknown by this researcher. 
Only two know children were born to the union – Hezekiah (Sept 1889)  and Henrietta Smith (Aug 1896). Henrietta birth of Aug 1896 suggests that her Father (Charlie) was alive until about December 1895 and that he passed away between December 1895 and June 1900.

Annie Atkinson Smith can be found in the 1920 Census in the household of her brother  Gaston Augustus and in the 1930 Census as a Servant for the family of William Turnage Rivers. 2

One unsourced documents suggests that Annie Atkinson Smith died in 1948 in Virginia. This could not and has not been confirmed. A valid death date for Annie has not been found.

Hezekiah Smith
Hezekiah Smith was born in September 1889 according to the 1900 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Hezekiah married Fannie Jeannette Eddins, daughter of William W. Eddings and his wife Martha E. Previtte. The Eddings are my Great Uncle and Aunt. 3
Hezekiah and Fannie were married about 1909 and had 5 children; three daughters and two sons.

Fannie Eddings Smith died 23 Nov 1965 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina. She was buried in Pineview Cemetery, South Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, North Carolina. 4

No record of Hezekiah Smith’s death date has been found

Henrietta Elizabeth “Hennie” Smith
Henrietta Smith was born in August 1896 according to the 1900 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Henrietta married Samuel Arnold Brock, son of Samuel Washington Brock and Sarah Jane Lee. The Brock’s are my Cousins. 5

Henrietta and Samuel Arnold were married about 1910. To this union were born 8 children; four sons and four daughters. 
Henrietta Elizabeth “Hennie” Smith Brock died 28 April 1978 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina. She was buried in the Brock’s Mill Baptist Church Cemetery. Her obituary was printed in the Chesterfield Advertiser, 3 May 1978.6 7

Many hours have been spent researching this family of four and yet here today we have many unanswered questions and still have much to discover.
  • When and where did Charlie Smith pass away?
  • Where is Charlie Smith buried?
  • Who are the parents of Charlie Smith?
  • When and where did Annie Atkinson Smith pass away?
  • Where is Annie Smith buried?
  • When and where did Hezekiah Smith pass away?
  • Where is Hezekiah Smith buried?





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[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[2] 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Old Store, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 46, Page: 4B/288 (stamped); Line 90, Dwelling 86, Family 88, Household of G. Augustus ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
[3] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[4] State of North Carolina, death no. 36842 (23 November 1965), Mrs. Fannie Eddins Smith; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[5] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[6] State of North Carolina, death (28 April 1978), Henrietta Elizabeth Brock; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[7] MRS. SAMUEL A. BROCK obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 3 May 1978.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Children of Elizabeth “Betsy” Purvis

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On June 1st, 2014, I wrote about Betsy Purvis.
Circumstantial evidence points to either a “martial affair” or a “marriage” between Elizabeth “Betsy” Previtte Purvis and my 2nd Great Grandfather William A. Purvis.
Betsy Previtte Purvis has two Children:
  • Mary Jane Purvis, b. abt 1873; married Charles Franklin “Charlie” Lang
  • Ella Frances Purvis, b. 25 September 1881; married Thomas “Tom” T. Tarlton
At the time of birth of these two children, William A. Purvis is married to Sarah Jane Graves. Yet, Ella Frances Purvis Tarlton, Social Security Form 5, show her parents as Billie Purvis and Elizabeth Previtte. Betsy Purvis died 18 October 1926 in Richmond County, NC. After the death of Sarah in 1893 and William A. Purvis around 1900; Betsy sold off land (DB 33:370) that belonged to William A. Purvis and in one land dead she is referred to as his wife Betsy.

DB33, page 370
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During the past week while probing around Ancestry.com I came across a database of Delayed Birth certificate for South Carolina

While searching this database for the surname PURVIS; I found the following delayed birth certificate for Ella Jane Lang.

DBC- Ella Jane Lang
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Ella Jane Lang was the first born child of Mary Jane Purvis and Charles Franklin Lang. Ella Jane was born 4 August 1889 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. her mother died during childbirth or shortly after the birth of Frances Elizabeth “Effie” Lang in March 1895.

Appearing on behalf of Ella Jane Lang was her Uncle, Tom T. Tarlton and his wife Ella Frances Purvis Tarlton.

Ella Jane married Jack Allison Dillard about 1917 and at the time of this application (20 Sept 1955) she was living in Laurens County, South Carolina.



If you have any information about individuals mentioned within this article I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

United in Holy Matrimony~Levina Purvis and Isham Ivey, Jr.

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Isham Ivey & Levina Purvis
Marriage Licensee courtesy of plrolison
Page 151
The State of Mississippi}
Marion County} To any Judge Justice of the Peace or Minister of the Gospel lawfully authorized to Celebrate the rites of Matrimony in said County.Greetings—
                                You are hereby authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, and for so doing this shall be your warrant—
Given at office this 5th day of Decr. 1831.

                                  Robert Burtan, Clk.
                                                                                         
I do hereby certify that on the 9th of December 1831 I did celebrate the rights of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Viney Purvis.
                                                                 William Baines, A Minister
Duly Recorded January 24th 1832---
                                                Robert Burtan, Clk.
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In 1825, John Purvis, age unknown, died in Clarke County, Alabama. His estate consisted of 44 pages and was quite extensive. 2

John Purvis, 1825_1

A preview of his estate leaves no doubt that John Purvis was related to Gilbert and James F. Purvis  who had migrated from Chesterfield County, South Carolina in the year 1818.

Among a short listing of some of those names are  – Gilbert Johnston Purvis, James “Slanted E” Purvis William Purvis, Rebecca Howl [Howell], Joseph Purvis, Sarah Purvis and Levina Purvis.

john Purvis, 1825_6

One name was unfamiliar with this researcher and led to additional research. That name was Levina Purvis.

Levina Purvis

Image 1394 of the estate states that
Levina Purvis was Borned the 16 Day of March
1807------Wm. L. Thornton

Image 1394 Snippet

But who is Levina Purvis and why is her birth date and her’s alone spelled out, documented within the estate record of John Purvis?

Is Levina Purvis the daughter of John Purvis?

I have looked for estate laws for this period of time in Alabama but have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions or links are welcomed.

In 1825, when John Purvis died, Levina was 18 years of age. Six years later in 1832, at the age of 24, Levina Purvis married Widower Isham Ivey, Jr.  The marriage licensee above show that this marriage took place in 9 December 1831 in Marion County, Mississippi.
Isham was a widow with small children. His first wife Temperance Gill, had passed away about 1830 at the young age of 25.

Isham and Levina Purvis Ivey would raise eight children of their own. Isham Ivey, Jr. died 10 January 1861 in Clarke County, Mississippi. No record of Levina Purvis Ivey death has been found. 

If you  are related or have any information on Levina Purvis Ivey I would love to hear from you.







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[1]  "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V28M-M4L : accessed 12 January 2015), Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, 09 Dec 1831; citing Marion,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 879,989.
[2] Clarke County, AL,Clarke County, Alabama, estate case files, 1810-1915; Probate Court, Grove Hill, Alabama, LDS Family History Library Film # 2229240, Frame 1365, John Purvis, 1825, Estate, Box 22, Folder 68, Frame 1365.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~My Great Grandparents.

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William James Purvis
b. 25 Sept. 1863
d. 8 June 1941

Mary Hulda Previtte Purvis
b. 5 Jan 1861
d. 29 Jul 1938

bu. Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery
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Wm. J. & Mary Purvis Tombstone
A previous article about my great grandparents can be read here.


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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 October 2011); Memorial page for William James Purvis; (25 September 1863–8 June 1941); Find a Grave memorial # 78248220, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County. South Carolina, USA.
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