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Friday, August 1, 2014

Thomas Davis misidentified as Thomas Lloyd Davis

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Thomas Lloyd Davis does not and never did exist. He’s the result of someone’s poor research methods and family researchers that keep propagating this falsehood by copying it from tree to tree.

Tombstone:
The first evidence of this obvious misrepresentation is Thomas Davis tombstone in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, where his name is clearly shown as Thos. Davis.1
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There is no “middle name” between Thos. and Davis. Lloyd’s S. C. Militia is the unit he was attached to during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Davis served under Capt. Thomas Lloyd. ,

Military Record & Pension File
His Revolutionary War military and pension file list his name as Thomas Davis. 2
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This file consists of 43 images. Every document in this file that mentions the solder’s name referred to him as Thomas Davis. Never anywhere in these files is he referred to as Thomas Lloyd Davis or Thomas L. Davis. It’s always Thomas Davis.

Census:
Thomas Davis is listed in the 1790-1840 Censuses. In all 5 of these censuses he is listed as Thomas Davis with no middle name or initial. 3 4 5 6 7 8

1778 Petit Jury List – Cheraw District
“The Jury Lists of 1778 - 1779 were copied from the original handwritten lists on deposit at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, South Carolina (Compiled by Gelee Corley Hendrix and Morn McKoy Lindsay). The names in this book are in the same sequence as the original lists, and every effort was made to copy the names exactly as written, including misspellings.” 9 On this list as Thomas Davis.
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Stub Entries for Indent 10
"Stub Entries to Indents issued in payment of Claims Against South Carolina", Book L-N, Edited by A.S. Salley, Jr., Secretary of the Historical Commission of South Carolina, Printed for The Historical Commission of South Carolina by The State Company, Columbia, SC, 1910, Page 276, No. 173, Lib N. Issued 29 Jan 1785 to Mr. Thomas Davis for four pounds 12/10 1/4 Sterling for 65 days duty done in the militia in 1782 account audited, ---Principal....L4..8..6 3/4, Interest 0..6..5.

John Calvin Davis Family Bible:

Thomas Davis died March the 20th 1845, Aged 85 years (exact). 11

This is just a sample of the documents I have and in every single case he is listed as Thomas Davis. I have not found a single document that lists his name as Thomas Lloyd or Thomas L. Davis.





 
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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 January 2010); Memorial page for Thomas Davis; (26 March 1760–20 March 1845); Find a Grave memorial # 45431028, Citing Davis Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[2] http://www.fold3.com/image/15484583/
[3] 1790 U. S. Census, Cheraw District, South Carolina, population schedule, St Thomas, Cheraws District, South Carolina, Page: 355; Line 133, Thomas DAVIS Household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M637_11.
[4] 1800 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page #105, Thomas Davis Household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 June 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication M32_Roll 47.
[5] 1810 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 554; Line 22, Household of Thomas DAVIS, Household of Thomas DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M252_60.
[6]1820 Census of the United States, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 123; Line 22, Thomas Davis Household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M 33_119.
[7] 1830 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 239; Line 14,, Household of Tho Davis Senior, Household of Tho Davis Senior; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M19_172.
[8] 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 342, Thomas Davis Household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M740_Roll 510.
[9] http://genealogytrails.com/scar/1778-79_jurylist8.htm#cheraw_petit
[10] A.S. Salley Jr., Stub Entries to Indents issued in payment of Claims Against South Carolina: Book L-N, (Columbia, South Carolina,: The State Company, 1910), page 276.
[11] Family data, John C. Davis Family Bible, Holy Bible, (New York: n.p., 1844); original owned in 2004 by Old Darlington District Genealogy Archives, [address for private use].

























Wednesday, July 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: #31, William Kenson “Billy Previtte

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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 today’s blog posting is William Kenson “Billy Previtte.

William Kenson "Billy" Previtte was born on 30 Jun 1857 in Anson County, North Carolina, United States.1 2 3 4 5 Billy died on 24 Jul 1907 at the age of 50  and was buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.6 7 8

William Kenson "Billy" Previtte and Henrietta Elizabeth Davis were married in 1882 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States.9

Henrietta Elizabeth Davis, daughter of William Alfred Davis and Nancy J. Hurst, was born on 7 Sep 1865 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States.10 11 12 13 14 15  Henrietta died on 23 Jul 1945 at the age of 79 and was buried on 24 Jul 1945 at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.16 17 18

William Kenson Previtte and Henrietta Elizabeth Davis had the following children:

i. Nancy Jane "Nana" Previtte, born 31 Jul 1882, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Robert Lee Webb; died 22 Oct 1947, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. John Washington Previtte, born 3 Apr 1886, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Allie Freeman, 17 Jul 1921, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 29 Jul 1957, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Previtte, born 25 Oct 1887, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married John Nelson Davis, bef 1930; died 12 Apr 1951, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Mary Anne Previtte, born 4 Jul 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Clarance Dupree Stroud; died 11 Apr 1964.
v. William Alfred Previtte, born 10 Oct 1890, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Mary Belle Sellers, 29 Dec 1912, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 29 Mar 1951, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Laura Ella Previtte, born 12 Dec 1892, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married William Eli Sellers, 10 Jan 1915, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 29 Dec 1928, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Hannah Elizabeth Previtte, born 1 Jan 1900, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Daniel Hinson, 8 Aug 1920, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 1 Oct 1991, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
viii. Isaac Quin Previtte was born on 12 Sep 1902 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He died on 30 Sep 1902 at the age of 18 days in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
ix. James L. Previtte was born on 1 Jan 1904 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He died on 6 Jan 1904 at the age of 5 days in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
 
William Kenson “Billy” Previtte is my Great Grand Uncle.



 
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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 4 June 2012); Memorial page for William Kenson Previtt; (30 June 1857–24 July 1907); Find a Grave memorial # 47251020, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, Page 128B, Line 35, Dwelling/Family 494/493, Household of John Previtt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
3. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 291B, Line 36, Household 85/85, Household of J. W. PRIVETT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page: 326B, Line 43,, Dwelling 291, Family 291, Household of John PRIVOTT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
5. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 21, Page 107A, Line 16, Dwelling 422, Family 429, Household of William K. PRIVETT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 June 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, William Kenson Previtt (30 June 1857–24 July 1907), Memorial # 47251020.
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid.
9. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 107A, Line 16, Dwelling 422, Family 429, Household of William K. PRIVETT.
10. Henretta Privett, death certificate (long) 007741 (23 July 1945), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
11. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED No ED, Page 288B, Line 20, Dwelling/Family 17/17, Household of W. A. DAVIS.
12. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina;, ED #5, Page 327C; Line 7, Dwelling 293, Family 293, Household of W. A. DAVIS.
13. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 107A, Line 16, Dwelling 422, Family 429, Household of William K. PRIVETT.
14. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0037, Page: 10A/136A(stamped); Line 39, Dwelling 170, Family 170, Household of Henrietta PRIVETT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_1455.
15. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 17, Page 6B/47B(stamped); Line 64, Dwelling 96, Family 103, Household of Nannie WEBB; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 2192.
16. Henretta Privett, Chesterfield County, South Carolina death certificate 007741 (23 July 1945).
17. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Henrietta Previtt (7 September 1865–23 July 1945), Memorial # 47184548.
18. Ibid.
































Monday, July 28, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~David W. Graves to Malcolm Decker Land Deed

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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 from David W. Graves to Malcom Decker, dated 28 March 1877.1
The State of South Carolina
                                                     Know all men by these presents that I David W. Graves of the County of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid in consideration of the sum of two hundred ($200) dollars to me in hand paid at and before the Sealing of these presents by Malcolm Decker of the County of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) have granted, bargained,  Sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, Sell and release unto the said Malcolm Decker all that certain piece, parcel or tract of land Situate lying and being in the County of Chesterfield in the State of South Carolina containing 217 acres more or less bounded on the North by Thompkins  line and on the East by the Public Road and the Thomas land on the South by a small Branch or brook and only West by the McIntyre land and has such form, marks and bounds  as is represented by a platt of resurvey made by Randal McDonald and certify by him on the 23rd day of the December  one thousand eight hundred and twenty two (1822)  a copy of which plat is hereunto annexed Together with all and singular the Rights, Members, Hereditaments  and Appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and Singular the said premises performed mentioned unto the said Malcolm Decker his heirs and Assigns forever, And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever against all and singular the said premise unto the said Malcolm Decker his Heirs and Assigns against myself and my heirs and all other persons lawfully claiming or to claim the Same or any part thereof.  Witness my hand and seal this twenty eight (28th) day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven (1877) and in the one hundred and first (101st) year of the Sovereignty of the United States of America
                                                                                   David W. Graves
Signed, Sealed and delivered}
in the presence of }
T. G. Blue}
P.J. Stafford}

The State of South Carolina
Chesterfield County
                                                                    Personally appeared before me P.J. Stafford and made oath that he Saw the within named David W. Graves, Sign, Seal and as his act and deed deliver the within Written deed and that he with Thomas G Blue witnessed  the execution thereof.
Signed before me}                                                      P. J. Spofford
the 4th day of October 1880}
Thomas F. Mulloy
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The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
                           I, Donald Matheson a Notary Public duly commissioned and qualified do certified unto all whom it may concern that Mrs. Mary Ann Graves the wife of the within named D. W. Graves did this day appear before me and upon being privately and Separately Examined by me did declared that she was freely, voluntarily and without any compulsion, dread or fear of any person or persons  whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Malcolm Decker his Heirs and Assigns all her interest and Estate and also all her right and claim of dower of, in or to all and Singular the premises within mentioned and released given under my hand and Seal this 25th day of December Anno Domenici Eighteen hundred and Seventy Seven.
D Matheson  (LS)}                                                 Mary Ann Graves
Notary Public}

Auditors Office}
Chesterfield County}
                            Recorded in the Sales Book “A”, Oct.  4, 1880
                page 165                     C. L.  Evans, Auditor
                           Recorded 4th  Oct. 1880
          Origin’l dlvd to Malcolm Decker

Chesterfield County Deed Book 6, pages 151-153
David W. Graves married Mary Anne Gulledge abut 1872, Mary Ann was the daughter of Daniel Gulledge and Jane Henderson. about the same time Malcolm Decker married Catherine Gulledge, the sister of Mary Anne.
On the same day the above action took place, Catherine Decker “release unto the said David W. Graves all my third interest in one track of one hundred seven (107) acres of land more or less in Chesterfield County, situate on Bay branch and bounded on the North, West and the South by lands of M. G. TANH? and W. W. Knight, and on the East by Estate lands of Daniel Gulledge,…”2
These two transaction seems to be a consolidation of the 2/3 interested (Mary Ann & Catherine) in land formerly belonging to Daniel Gulledge and the selling of the consolidated parcel to Malcolm Decker. 
David W. Graves is my 3rd Great Grandfather.
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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 6: pages 151-153, David W. Graves to Malcolm Decker; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 5: pages 327-328, C[atherine] Decker to the D. W. Graves Deed; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Surname Saturday~Purvis-Pervis

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The surname Purvis/Pervis was not a major surname in the early history of this United States yet, it has been one of my more difficult surnames to research.
Purvis Name Meaning
Scottish and northern English (Northumberland and Durham): probably from Middle English purveys ‘provisions’, ‘supplies’ (from Middle English purvey(en), Old French porveoir ‘to provide, supply’), hence a metonymic occupational name for an official responsible for obtaining supplies for a monastery or manor house.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press 2
For 38+ years I have searched for my 2nd Great Grandfather William A. Purvis, born between 1823-1827 in either NC or SC (date & place represents variation in the 3 census he appears in 1860-1870-1880 Anson County, North Carolina).
In 1790 there were only  17 Heads of household in the entire united states; 13 Purvis and 4 Pervis families.
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1790 Pervis
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With the exception of two families they were all either in North Carolina or South Carolina with the majority in South Carolina.  

Just across the state line from Anson County is Chesterfield County South Carolina. Anson County, NC and Chesterfield County, SC have a common shared border – the state line. Also in Chesterfield County in 1790 was a Gilbert Purvis, head of household.

In 1800, the Purvis/Pervis surname has grown a little and spread from the Carolinas and Pennsylvania to Delaware and Maine
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There was also 3 Pervis families in Delaware.
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Back in South Carolina the heads of Households in nearby Chesterfield County has grown to 8 families. This represents a significant increase in families in just 10 years. 

1800 Census, Purvis, Chesterfield

The potential for finding William A. Purvis parents are increasing expeditiously; however, there is one small problem. General William T. Sherman and his Union forces felt it was necessary to burn all public records in the County of Chesterfield to teach it’s citizens a lesson. Thus there are little to no documents to proved or reject a lineage. 

By 1810, There has been another increased of the Purvis/Pervis surname and now they have spread out to Louisiana, New York and Virginia. There were 17 Purvis heads of Household and 3 Pervis located in Delaware

1810, Purvis, USA
Pervis-1810

In Chesterfield County, SC the families had slightly decreased from 8 families to 5 families.
1810, Purvis, Cfld

In 1820, we find 30 Purvis families located in the following states – Indiana (1); Kentucky (2); Louisiana(2); Maryland (1); Michigan(1); New York(2); North Carolina(4); Ohio(1); Pennsylvania(3); South Carolina(5); Tennessee(3) and Virginia(5).  
Purvis 1820, USA

There was also 11 Pervis families located in Georgia(4); Indiana(1); Kentucky(4); Mississippi (1) and North Carolina (1). The combined total is 41 Purvis/Pervis families enumerated in the Census in 1820. 
Pervis, 1820, USA

In South Carolina we have 5 families and it’s reasonable to say that one of these 5 families could be the parents of William A. Purvis, born between 1823 and 1827 in one of the Carolinas. These 5 families are:
1820, Purvis, SC, Chesterfield

Of the 5 families in South Carolina in 1820; only two are enumerated in Chesterfield County.
  • John Purvis
  • Samuel Purvis
  • Ann Purvis (located next door in Darlington County, SC)
The absence of record in this burned county (Chesterfield) resulted in my move to use DNA to help solved the problem. I did a Y-67 Test with Family Tree DNA about two years ago. The results show an almost perfect match with Joseph Purves (1770 – 1841) in Chirnside, Berwick, Scotland.3 Bridging this gap between Joseph 1841 and William A. Purvis, 1823-27 is a monumental task.

In April of this year I migrated my result over to FTDNA Family Family and immediately had what I consider a significant match. I have also tested with 23andMe.

For years I have an intuition that somehow my line was connected to the Chesterfield County Purvis primarily due to proximity. Family Finder confirmed that a “MILEY” descendant of James F. Purvis, Sr. born 1760 and myself are projected to be 5th cousins to remote. Jerry is a direct descendant of James F. Purvis, Sr., born 1760. James F. Purvis is a brother to Gilbert Purvis and both are sons of John Purvis and Sarah Johnson married 2 April 1746, Prince Frederick,Craven County, South Carolina.

The biggest challenge I am facing today is getting descendant's to have their DNA tested. There is still a large segment of our present day society that is fearful of having these DNA tested and kept on file someplace. 


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[1] Special Thanks to “Heritage Quest” for the census surname lists used throughout this article. 
[2] http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=purvis
[3] http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/purvis/results
[4] National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, The Regster Book of Parish Prince Frederick Winyaw (Baltimore, Maryland: William & Wilkins Company, 1916), page 55.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Military Appointments -1861

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1861 Headlines

APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY ACADEMY FOR 1861. ---The following is the official list of the appointments to the State Military Academy for the present year:  [Those names marked thus (with an asterisk) are appointed to the Citadel. The others to the Arsenal.]. 1


1861 Chesterfield County Military Academy









CHESTERFIELD.

W. A. Blue,
J. L. Jordan,
W. H. Jordan,
A. Blakeley,
B. C. Evans,
J. Y. Westervelt

South Carolina in 1861 had two main military schools within the state - The Citadel Academy in Charleston and The Arsenal Academy in Columbia.

“The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (SC) was established by the South Carolina Legislature on Dec 20, 1842. The original name of the college was the South Carolina Military Academy (SCMA). It was established as a four-year college built upon the Citizen-Soldier tradition and patterned after the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. The original college consisted of two schools: 1) The Citadel Academy in Charleston, SC and 2) The Arsenal Academy in Columbia, SC.” 2

The Arsenal Academy was “burned to rubble” by the forces of General William T. Sherman under the command of Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair during the sacking and burning of Columbia, South Carolina in February 1865. 

As I put this posting together I wonder what impact the Civil War had on the education of these young men. Did they finish their education or were they consumed by the events of that time.  




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[1] “The Charleston Mercury”, Charleston , South Carolina, 4 December 1861, page 2.
[2] http://www.citadelhistory.org/historyFAQ.html
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