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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, November 24, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~David Davis, Sr.

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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 David Davis written 29 April 1775.1

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Will of David Davis Senr.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I David Davis Senr. of South Carolina Craven County: being Weak in Body but of sound Mind and Memory Blefsed be God: do this Twenty Ninth day of April In the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy five: Make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament In Manner following: That is to say: Principally and first of all I allow that all my Lawful debts be paid out of my personal Estate. Also I will and allow to my son William Davis the plantation or tract of Land I now live on adjoining Crowders Creek Also I will and allow to my son Thomas Davis Twenty pounds proclamation money of North Carolina. To be paid to him by son Wm, at the Expiration of Two years after my death. Also I will and allow that my personal Estate be Equally divided between my son Thomas and William Davis and make and constitute and ordain Col. Thomas Neel Esq. and John Howe to be my executors of this my Last Will and Testament in Trust: In witnefs thereof I said David Davis have to this my Last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written.
                                                                                               DAVID DAVIS {seal}
Signed Sealed and delivered
by the Testator and for his Last
Will and Testament In presence
of us who were present at the signing
and sealing thereof.
John Howe )
Davis Neel )
Jean Neel )
 
David Davis was born in Nov 1717 in Merion Township. He signed his Will on 29 Apr 1775  in the Cheraw District, South Carolina.2 He died in 1793 at the age of 76 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

David Davis and Jane Miles were married in Dec 1738. Jane Miles was born in 1720 in Pencader Hundred, Delaware. She died before 1772 at the age of 52.

David Davis and Jane Miles had the following children:
i. John Davis was born in 1741 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina. He died in May 1778 at the age of 37.
ii. James Francis Davis was born in 1743 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina. He died in 1808 or 1809 at the age of 65.
iii. William Davis was born about 1751 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina. He died before 1810 at the age of 59.
iv. Jane Davis was born in 1753 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina.
v. Samuel Davis was born in Apr 1757 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina.
vi. David Davis was born in 1758 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina.
vii. Thomas Davis, born 22 Mar 1760, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Nancy Rivers, 1787 or 1788, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 20 Mar 1845, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.


David Davis is my 5th Great Grandfather. 




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[1] Charleston County, South Carolina, SC Court of Ordinary Will Books, WILL of DAVID DAVIS; digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: copied November 1997); Book TT, page 583, Family History Film: #0023477.
[2] Ibid.


























Sunday, November 23, 2014

Census Sunday~ 38 Years, 2 Documents

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Crowdsourcing, Wikipedia define crowdsourcing as:
the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community,…” 1

Today I’m asking you, my fellow genealogist and family historian, to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule, read the story I am about to present and then see if you can add to this story.

I have been researching my family for 38 years. The first 24 years I lived in Utah and had access to the LDS Family History Library which I visited frequently. Yet I haven’t made any progress on this story.

Family tradition and folklore says that my maternal 2nd Great Grandmother is Laura Driggers. My mother also said she died very young from complication due to childbirth. My second Great Grandfather was Joseph Henry John/Johns. In 1880 Joseph Henry Johns also known as Joe Johns was single, age 31.

Joseph and his elderly father can be found in the 1880 Census for Marlboro County, South Carolina. 2

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This same census is one of two documents that I have found that contains the name Laura Driggers. You can see that Laura is listed next door in the Household of her Grandfather Jeremiah Polston. She is a mere 10 years of age according to this census.

But, who are Laura Driggers parents? Her presence in the household of Jeremiah suggests that her Mother was a Polston, daughter of Jerimiah, and that her Father was a Driggers.
Joseph John/Johns married Laura Driggers, about 1882. Their first born a son, Walter Joseph Johns, Sr. was born 2 August 1883.

Joseph Henry Johns and Laura Driggers had the following children:
i. Walter Joseph Johns Sr., born 2 Aug 1883, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Arletha Quick, 2 Feb 1914, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Blanche Scott, 10 Aug 1927, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Ellen Grooms, 22 Aug 1933, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 31 Jan 1964, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Julius Johns, born 4 Mar 1887, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Mary Catherine Brock, 16 Jun 1912, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 16 May 1937, Monroe, Union, North Carolina.
iii. Annie Bell Johns, born May 1888, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Robert Roller, abt 1914; married William Ellis Boan, abt 1919; died 22 Jul 1923, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Samuel Johns was born about 1890 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1920.
v. Nellie Johns, born Jul 1891, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married George Washington Heustess, Oct 1909; died 18 Jan 1928, Columbia, Richland, South Carolina.
vi. Fanny Belle Johns, born Jul 1892, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married Julius Jones, 12 Nov 1912, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina.
vii. Ida B Johns was born about 1893 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. She appeared in the census in 1900.
viii. Mamie Johns was born in Jul 1898 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. She died before 1910.

Laura (Driggers) Johns is not listed in the 1900 Census. This corresponds with family folklore that she died during or shortly after the birth of her daughter, Mamie Johns. A snapshot of the Census shows that Joseph married in 1882 and in 1900 he is listed as a widow with 6 children in the household. 3

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Joseph Henry Johns never remarried and was partially paralyzed shortly before his death on 10 April 1929 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.

Up until this point no document has been found named Laura Driggers as the wife of Joseph Henry Johns. The only knowledge of the event is family folklore and only one document has been found that mentions Laura Driggers – the 1880 Marlboro County, South Carolina Census.

Child Name Death date Father Name Mother Name
Walter Joseph 31 Jan 1964 Certificate Restricted (not released by state)
Julius 16 May 1937 Joe John Not Known
Annie Bell 22 July 1923 Joseph John Blank
Samuel**
Nellie 18 January 1928 Joe Johns Laura Driggers
Fannie
Mamie Bef 1910
· ** Samuel only found in one Census the 1920 census for Marlboro County, SC

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Laura (Driggers) Johns, age 28/29, is believed to have died at or shortly after the birth of her daughter, Mamie in 1898. Her absence from the 1900 Marlboro County census and family folklore substantiate this thought process. Only two documents (1880 Census, SC death certificate of daughter Nellie (Johns) Heustes) have been found that substantiate her existence. 4

If you have any data about Laura Driggers (1869/70-1898), granddaughter of Jeremiah Polston, please contact me through this blog.

If you have some spare time, take a look for Laura, maybe the “Genealogy Genie” will look favorable of your adventure and we can add some additional facts to timeline of Laura (Driggers) Johns.
 
 










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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing
[2] 1880 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #108, page 460A, Line 22, Dwelling # 43, Family #43, Household of Shade JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_1235.
[3] 1900 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 87, page 55A, dwelling 365, family 383, Household of Joseph John; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1536.
[4] Nellie Huestes, death certificate 000520 (18 January 1928), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.




































Saturday, November 22, 2014

Surname Saturday~Teal-Graves

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Christopher Wesley Teal was born on 23 May 1851 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 He is enumerated in all censuses (1860-1920) for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.2 He appeared in the census in 1920. Christopher died on 27 Dec 1922 at the age of 71 and was buried at Zoar UMC cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.3 4 5
Christopher Wesley Teal and Clarinda G. Graves were married on 25 Nov 1878 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.6

Clarinda G. Graves, daughter of William Thomas Graves and Mary Gilley Lassiter, was born on 23 Oct 1859 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 7 8 She was baptized on 1 Jan 1874 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.9 10 Clarinda died on 1 Aug 1933 at the age of 73 and was buried at Zoar UMC cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.11 1213

Christopher Wesley Teal and Clarinda G. Graves had the following children:

i. Hattie Eugeneia Teal, born 10 Oct 1879, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Washington Davis, 1897; died 22 Nov 1935, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. William Mallory Teal, born 3 Sep 1881, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Annie Elizabeth Robeson; died Dec 1929, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. Mary Etta Teal, born 14 Sep 1883, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Sidney Douglass Hursey, abt 1903, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 20 Mar 1948, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Eugene Thompson Teal, born 26 Mar 1885, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Hattie Campbell, 1910; died 6 Apr 1947, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
v. Benjamin Thurmond Teal, born 19 Jan 1886, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Ophelia Lorene Davis, 6 Dec 1914, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 29 Mar 1973, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Martin Luther Teal Sr., born 7 Sep 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Pauline Campbell; died 16 Jun 1968, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Louis Perkins Teal, born 30 Sep 1891, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Lola Irene ; died 15 Nov 1967, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL.
viii. John Wesley Teal, born 7 May 1894, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Marjorie Newkirk Robertson; died 22 Apr 1978, Bremerton,WA.

Christopher Wesley Teal is my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.

Clarinda (Graves) Teal was the niece of my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane (Graves) Purvis. Clarinda is also my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.
 
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1. C. W. TEAL, death certificate 018744 (27 December 1922), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
2. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page: 328A(stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 311, Family 311, Household of C. W. TEAL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 17 January 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
3. C. W. TEAL, Chesterfield death certificate 018744 (27 December 1922).
4. Ibid.
5. James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001. Obituary of Brother. C. W. TEAL; The Chesterfield Advertiser,25 January 1923, page 1, col. 4, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
6. Ibid.
7. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 171; Line 3, Dwelling 1082, Family 1080, Household of [William] Thomas GRAVES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
8. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 259A(stamped); Line 39, Dwelling 164, Family 170, Household of M. LASITER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 January 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
9. Brent H. Holcomb C.A.L.S., St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry 1768-1832,: Parish Register 1819-1924 (Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1991), page 67.
10. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 328A(stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 311, Family 311, Household of C. W. TEAL.
11. C. W. TEAL Family Bible, Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Clarinda G. Teal died 1 August 1933; Clarinda Graves Teal, Obtained from M. Henderson.
12. Mrs. Clara W. TEAL Obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 3 August 1933]..
13. Mrs. Clara W. TEAL obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 4 August 1933, page 2, column 4.




























Wednesday, November 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: #47, Samuel Deese

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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 Samuel Deese. 

Samuel Deese was born about 1805 in Anson County, North Carolina.1 He and his family were found in the 1830-1880 Censuses for Anson County, North Carolina. 2 3 4 5 While it has not been confirmed he is thought to be the son of Stephen Deese and his wife Sarah (LNU).

Samuel Deese married and Sarah "Sallie" Hill about 1830 in Anson County, North Carolina. This date is based on the birth of their first child, Martha in 1831.

Sarah "Sallie" Hill was born about 1811 in Stanly County, North Carolina.6 7 8 Her parents are unknown, Sallie (Hill) Deese died on 6 Sep 1881 at the age of 70 in Anson County, North Carolina.

Samuel Deese and Sarah Hill had the following children:

i. Martha Deese, born abt 1831, Anson County, North Carolina; married Alex Melton; died 9 Apr 1915, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.
ii. William Bogan Deese was born about 1837 in Anson County, North Carolina.9 He served in the military Company B, North Carolina 31st Infantry Regiment in 1861–1865. He died on 3 Sep 1863 at the age of 26 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
iii. Sarah A. Deese, born abt 1841, Stanly County, North Carolina; married Frank F. Melton, 1873; died 18 Nov 1916, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina.
iv. Nancy Deese, born abt 1843,  Anson County, North Carolina; married Sam Short; died 16 May 1921, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
v. James Hamilton Deese was born about 1845 in Anson County, North Carolina.10
vi. Henry Harrison Deese Sr., born 4 Aug 1845, Anson County, North Carolina; married Nellie Isabella Huneycutt, 1 Feb 1875, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 21 Jun 1913, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
vii. John Calvin Deese, born 10 Nov 1852, Anson County, North Carolina; married Louvena Huneycutt, 9 Apr 1884, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina; Louvena died from complication at childbirth on 16 October 1889. John Calvin then married Sarah Frances Gathings, 4 Feb 1892, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 1 Apr 1930, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
viii. Zachariah T. Deese, born Oct 1854, Anson County, North Carolina; married Clara W. Gathings, 22 Dec 1890, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 22 Jun 1923, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina.
ix. Elizabeth Deese was born about 1861 in Anson County, North Carolina.11

No tombstone has been found for Samuel and Sallie and their death occurred many years before death certificates were mandatory in North Caroline. There was a death notice posted for Sallie in the local newspaper.

Thursday, September 15, 1881 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC) -Died: Near Jones’ Creek, September 6th, 1881, Mrs. Sallie DEES, aged 70 years. [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jganis/unionco/newspapers1881-1889.html]

No death notice or obituary had been found for Samuel Deese but we know he died about 4 June 1888 at the age of 88 because of this clipping.
Found in Anson County Commissioner Proceedings Volume A, page 338 - June 4, 1888 - Ordered by the Board of Commissioners that the treasurer pay William McGregor two dollars 25 cents for coffin for Sam Dees. Facebook posting by Steve Bailey.

Samuel Deese is my paternal 2nd Great Grandfather.







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1. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 May 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 619.
2. Ibid.
3. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, , , .
4. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 March 2013); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1122.
5. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #2, Page 345C; Line 11, Dwelling 127, Family 140, Household of Samuel DEESE; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 14 October 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 0951.
6. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS.
7. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES.
8. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, ED #2, Page 345C; Line 11, Dwelling 127, Family 140, Household of Samuel DEESE.
9. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS.
10. Ibid.
11. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES.

































Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Corp. Lewis J. Rivers

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Corp. Lewis J. Rivers
b. 1845
d. Mar. 2, 1865
bu. Rivers Cemetery1

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Lewis J. Rivers was born about 1845, a son of Frederick C. Rivers and Sarah Jane Hurst. He was the ninth born of fifteen children with 6 brothers and 8 sisters.

Lewis enlisted with Company “B”, 26th Infantry on 2 July 1863. On 30 July 1864 he was captured near Petersburg, Virginia and became a Prisoner of War (POW). He was sent to the POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. On 8 August 1864 he was given a break and shipped to Elmira Prison in New York. On 11 October 1864 he was transferred for exchange. Then on October 29, 1864 he was exchanged and released into the hands of the Confederate representative. His military record on-line at Fold3 clearly shows he was released back to Confederate forces. There is no death date listed.2


Lewis J. Rivers death is recorded in Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr. book "Broken Fortunes" as L. I. Rivers, Pvt. Company B, 26th SCVI died 03/02/1865, Charleston, South Carolina, DOD, buried Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.3

DOD – indicates he Died of Disease, at Charleston on 2 March 1865.   He was buried in the Confederate section of Magnolia Cemetery. His grave can be viewed by clicking here.









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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2012); Memorial page for Corp. Louis J. Rivers; (Unknown-Unknown); Find a Grave memorial # 47258802, Citing Rivers Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[2] Randolph W. Kirkland Jr., Broken Fortunes: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in the Service of Their Country and State in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1997), page 298.
[3] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2012); Memorial page for Pvt. Lewis J. Rivers; (1845–2 March 1865); Find a Grave memorial # 20752288, Citing Magnolia Cemetery; Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA.
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