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.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday~Marriage License, Daniel Wright and Lillie Deese

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Daniel Robert Wright, Sr. married Lillie Ross Deese on 21 November 1912 in Gulledge Township, Anson County, North Carolina. Lillie Ross Deese was my 1st cousin twice removed. She was the first born daughter of  Zachariah T. Deese and Clara W. Gathings. She had 4 siblings; two sisters and two brothers. One of her sisters died very young.

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Daniel and Lillie had 9 children; five sons and four daughters. As stated previously, Lillie Deese Wright is my 1st cousin twice removed. 

[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Anson County Marriages,  Lilly Dees and Daniel Wright, 21 November 1912; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday (almost)~Andersonville

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[1] POW Image courtesy of Google Images. The other two photos taken by author of this article.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~Samuel William Brock, Jr.

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Samuel W. Brock, Jr.
b. 16 Nov. 1935
d. 7 Aug. 1973


Samuel William Brock, Jr. is the son of Samuel William Brock Sr. and Bessie Leona Pressley. Samuel was married and had two surviving daughters.
He served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army.

Samuel William Brock, Jr. is a distant cousin.

[1] Samuel William Brock, Jr. obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 8 August 1973, page 23A, column 6.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Sion Page Will, 1885

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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 Stanly County WILL of Sion Page, 1885.

Sion Page Will[1]I, Sion Page of the County of Stanly and Sate of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do male and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following,That is to say first That my  executor herein after named shall provide for my  body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends, and pay all burial expense together with my just debts wherever however and to whomever owing, out of the moneys  that may first come into his hand as a part or parcel of my estate. 
Item 1st. I give and devise to my daughter Mary Frances one Cow & calf one bed and furniture, two hogs entirely hers. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Frances my Kitchen furniture one chest, one Table, Six Chairs. All my Cooking Utensils and my table ware.
                My will and desire is that all the residue of my estate shall be sold and the debts owing to me collected, and if there should be any surplus over and above the payment of debts and expenses shall be paid to my daughter Mary Frances for her support.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend Wm. R. Hartsell my lawful executor, to all intent and purposes, to execute this my last Will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I the said Sion Page do hereunto set my hand seal. This the 30th day of October Anno Domini 1885.
                                                                     Sion (X his mark) Page {Seal}
Signed Sealed published and }
delivered by the said Sion Page}
to be his last Will and Testament}
in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence}
do subscribe our names as Witnesses thereto.
                                                                                Conrad Craton
                                                                                G. N. Craton

Sion Page and his wife Nancy Dove are my 3rd Great Grandparents.

[1]"North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-20079-18592-85?cc=1867501&wc=32GQ-2NL:169988501,170067001: accessed 21 July 2015), Stanly > Wills, 1868-1907, Vol. 2 > image 114 of 359; county courthouses, North Carolina. [Will Book 2, page 154]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Census Sunday~Keeper of the Poor House

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Page 126 of the 1860 Population Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina contains a partial listing of the “Poor House” occupants.

1860 Census

The keeper of the Poor House in 1860 Chesterfield County was George A. Parker, III and his wife Nancy Rivers Parker, The Parker family was enumerated as Dwelling 461 and Family number 460. The Parker had three children:
  • Elizabeth Parker, b. 1852
  • Samuel Parker, b. 1853
  • John Parker. b. 1854
1860 Poor House

Also, living  with the Parker’s is an elderly lady named Hawley Rivers. We know that Hawley Rivers is a guest of the Parker and not an actual member of the “Poor House.” Hawley Rivers is the sister of Nancy Rivers wife of George A. Parker, III.

Poor House

There are 5 individuals assigned to the Poor House in 1860. These five individuals are identified in the 1860 Census in the Far right column as “Paupers”


They are:
  • Lavinia Sellers, female, age 76; Pauper
  • Nelly Martin, female, age 55; Ditto
  • James Lemons, male, age 60; Ditto
  • Liddy Kosier, female, age 50; Ditto
  • William Cohee, male, age 40; Ditto
Only one document had been found for the George A. Parker family beyond the 1860 Census. The document is a fragment of a Land Deed found in what is known as the “Burned Book” located in the Chesterfield County Probate Office.
Chesterfield County , SC; Page 21, Land Deed between George A. Parker  and illegible, Burnt. Visible names and comments are: George R. Boatwright; Mark Rivers, Witness: Mark Rivers, C. W. Davis, Nancy Parker the wife of the within, 25 May 1861.
Nancy Rivers Parker, wife of George A. Parker, III is my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.

[1] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, Page: 126A; Line 13, Dwelling 431, Family 431, Household of Hawley PARKER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[2] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 126, Line 32, Dwelling 460, Family 460, Household of George A. PARKER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 July 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[3] Land Deed - George A. Parker to illegible; 29 May 1861; Deed Book #Burnt Book; Page(s) 21; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 27 August 2014.