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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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Heirs of James and Britten Dozier

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Georgia}
Sumter County} Know all men by these presents; that we Lovett R. Dozier and William Johnson, Security, acknowledge ourselves jointly and severally boun[d] <sic> unto Louis Bruner, Ordinary of said County and his succefsors and afsigns in the just and full sum of Four Hundred & fifty dollars, to the true payment of which, will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and heirs, executors, and administrators of us, and each of us, jointly and severally, by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 7th day of June 1852.
The condition of the bond or obligation is such; that if the above bound Lovett R. Dozier, who is this day appointed Guardian of the persons or property of Nancy, Rebecca, Eliza Ann and James W. Dozier, Orphan children of Britten Dozier, deceased, he acknowledging the same by his acceptance of said appointment, and Letters of Guardianship of this date, shall, well and truly maintain, clothe and educate said orphans according to their circumstances, and shall take good and lawful care of their persons and property, according to the laws of this State, and shall annually make a just and true return of all his actings and doings herein, unto the said Ordinary, an pay over all afsets that may remain in his hands when said Guardianship shall legally terminate, then this Obligation to be void, else to remain in full force. In Witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this day and year above written.
Attest:                                                             L. R. Dozier {LS}
L. Bruner, Ord’y                                            Wm. Johnson {LS}

James and Britten Dozier moved from Chesterfield County to Georgia, Sumter County sometime before 1850.

James Dozier died before 7 October 1848. James is not listed in the 1850 Mortality schedule for Sumter County and the fact that we have a documents dated  7 October 1848 showing him deceased; it’s most likely he died sometime in the last quarter of 1848.[2] 

“This 7th day of October 1848.
The condition of the above obligation is such that where as the above bound Lovit R. Dozier has this day applied to the said Edm. Nunn, clerk of the court of ordinary for & has obtained tempory <sic> letters of Adm of the goods a & chattles rights and credits of Jam[es] Dozier, dec. Now if the a bound Lovit R. Dozier shall carefully…

Britten (maiden name unknown) Dozier died before 7 June 1852. [3]”

Sealed with our seals, and dated this 7th day of June 1852.
“The condition of the bond or obligation is such; that if the above bound Lovett R. Dozier, who is this day appointed Guardian of the persons or property of Nancy, Rebecca, Eliza Ann and James W. Dozier, Orphan children of Britten Dozier, deceased…”

James and Britten had 4 children named within the above document. The oldest daughter born in 1832 and the youngest, a son, born in 1838.  


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[1] "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30448-1595-78?cc=1999178&wc=9SB9-FMH:267781801,267875801 : accessed 26 May 2015), Sumter > Wills, administration and guardian bonds 1838-1855 vol 00 > image 124-125 of 208; county probate courthouses, Georgia.


[2] "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30448-1579-74?cc=1999178&wc=9SB9-FMH:267781801,267875801 : accessed 26 May 2015), Sumter > Wills, administration and guardian bonds 1838-1855 vol 00 > image 120 of 208; county probate courthouses, Georgia.

[3] "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30448-1595-78?cc=1999178&wc=9SB9-FMH:267781801,267875801 : accessed 26 May 2015), Sumter > Wills, administration and guardian bonds 1838-1855 vol 00 > image 124-125 of 208; county probate courthouses, Georgia.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Laid off to Nancy A. Rivers, Update

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In my blog post ”Laid off to Nancy A, Rivers the wife of James Rivers” found here,

http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2014/10/laid-off-to-nancy-rivers-wife-of-james.html

I closed the article with these comments:
If James Rivers did in fact die in the Civil War; what happen to his wife Nancy A. (Dozier) Rivers. No record of James or Nancy A. has been found after 22 December 1859, the date of the above land deed.  Did Britten Dozier move to Georgia? Did Nancy A. Rivers move with her?
This family has created more questions than answers.


With thanks to Renee Werth, we now know that Nancy A. (Dozier) Rivers moved to Sumter County, Georgia and married Noah Meeks on 16 January 1862 in that county.[1]

Noah Meeks Marriage
Marriage License, Meeks-Rivers
Noah and Nancy would go on to have three sons, Andrew, Henry and Russell, born between 1866 and 1876. Nancy and Noah are enumerated in the 1880 Census for Geneva County, Alabama.

1880 CENSUS: Geneva County, Alabama; Roll: 13; Family History Film: 1254013; Enumeration District: 078, Page: 639A(stamped); Line 18, Dwelling NL, Family 138; Noah MEEKS, male, age 49, born in GA; Nancy A. MEEKS, Wife, age 48, born in SC; Andrew MEEKS, male, age 14, born in AL; Henry MEEKS, male, age 6, born in AL; Russell MEEKS, male, age 4, born in AL and Rebecca FELTS, Sister-in-law, age 46, born in SC.[2]

Living in the household with Noah and Nancy is Nancy's sister Rebecca H. Dozier Felts. Rebecca H. Dozier married George G. Felts on 22  December 1852 in Sumter County, Georgia.

This suggest that the Dozier family had moved to Sumter County, Georgia sometime before December 1852. On-line trees state that James Dozier died in 1849 but this is doubtful since there is no listing in the 1850 Mortality Census for James Dozier.

The marriage of Nancy A. Rivers on 29 January 1862 in Sumter County, Georgia suggests that James Rivers entered the Civil War and died as a result of this action (killed, disease) between January 1861 and  29 January 1862.

Neither James nor Britten, his wife, death dates have been determined. The Burned Deed, page 50, dated 22 December 1859 in the Chesterfield County Courthouse states:
“which said tract of land was conveyed to me by Wm. A. Rivers, by deed bearing date 10th Dec. 1858. Said tract of land being a portion of the real Estate of Britton Dozier, laid off to Nancy A. Rivers the wife of James Rivers, reference being had to a…” [3]

Britten
page 50, burned book






This suggests that Britten Dozier died prior to December 1858 at which time William A. Rivers bought a portion of her “estate lands”.  There is no doubt that the Dozier’s did in fact moved to Georgia. Still this story does not end. Beyond 1880 nothing is known of Nancy A. Dozier Rivers Meeks and her sister Rebecca H. Dozier Felts.

If you have information on these families please contact me.


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[1] "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWCJ-7Q5 : accessed 23 May 2015), Noah Meeks and Nancy A. Rivers, 16 Jan 1862; citing , Sumter, Georgia; FHL microfilm 255,437.
[2] 1880 U. S. Census, Geneva County, Alabama, population schedule, Geneva, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 078, Page: 639A(stamped); Line 18, Dwelling NL, Family 138, Householf of Noah MEEKS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 May 2015); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 13.
[3] Burned Book, Page 50, Probate Office, Chesterfield County, SC Courthouse



Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

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IN MEMORY OF
Folded Flag

James Deese, US Army, WWI (KIA)
Luther William Johns, US Army Paratrooper, WWII
Willie Benjamin Johns, US Army, WWII
John Calvin Purvis, US Army, WWII
Willie David Johns, US Army, Post Korea
Donald Fisher, US Army, Korea
Carl Donald Morrison, US Navy, Vietnam




















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[1] Flag image courtesy of Google Images

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday’s Obituary~William Covington Gathings

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Death of William C. Gathings
Special to The News
Hillsboro, Tex., May 10. – William C. Gathings of Covington, one of the most generally and favorably known citizens of this county, and a member of the Gathings family noted in Texas history for the part they performed in the reconstruction era immediately succeeding the Civil War, died at his home at 11 o’clock this morning after a brief illness. He was 61 years of age.
He was a native of North Carolina, but came to Texas at an early age, and after serving through the war in the twelfth Texas Cavalry, located near the site of the home in which he died, and had lived in that vicinity ever since. His wife and a number of children survive him. 

William Covington Gathings is my wife’s 2nd Cousin 3 time removed.   he was born 20 Sept. 1844 in Anson County, NC, a son of Col. James Jackson Gathings, Sr. and his wife Martha Wall Covington.


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[1] The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, 11 May 1905, page 5, column 5.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shopping Saturday~A Trip to The Store

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Growing up as a teenager in North Carolina we lived on a large farm North East of Morven, North Carolina. Morven is one of several small towns in Anson County, NC. Wadesboro, the county seat, is located about 10 Miles NE of Morven on Highway 52.

 Anson-townshipMap-Home

On the Green Map the location of the farm we lived on is labeled “Farm” It was located North of Jones Creek and the Creek was the southern boundary of the farm consisting of about 500 acres.

Dad was away from home during the week working bridge construction throughout  North and South Carolina. On the weekends, when he was home making a trip to Paul Diggs Store at the intersection of Diggs Road and Highway 145 was a weekly routine. My Dad never had a driver license so the trip to the store was by foot and the store was approximately 2 miles one way from the farm.

Along the way, but closer to the store than our house was the home Aunt Liz and Aunt Cora. These two were sisters of my Daddy’s Mother, Lucy; my grandmother. It was our first stop and we all made for the well to draw a cool bucket of water. There were always sweets for us children.





The next stop was The Store. In the back of the Store was a pot belly stove with men sitting around talking. Daddy would buy us a RC Cola and a moon pie and send us scurrying outside until he was ready to leave.

On the return trip was a stop at the Robinson Antiques and used Furniture often referred to as Robinson Junkyard. We kids had a great time looking at all the “goodies” available for purchase. After a short stop, we would travel on home arriving in time for Mom to put food on the table and partake of our afternoon meal.

Keep in mind that there was no TV to rush home to watch; we didn’t even have a battery powered radio but life was great growing up as a teenager in the 1950’s.     








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