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Monday, December 22, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Sale of Real Estate

Pin It Amanuensis Monday is a Web Blog theme started by blogger John Newmark. You can access his blog here http://blog.transylvaniandutch.com/

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Today our subject is the Sale of Real Estate of W. A. Purvis.

By virtue of powers contained in a Deed of Trust executed by W. A. Purvis and Sarah J. Purvis on the 23rd day of December 1884 to N. J. Thompson and C. C. Moore, partners under the style of Thompson & Moore, and registered in trust book No. 18, page 202 of the registers office of Anson County, Dec. 27th, 1884, and by consent and request of said W. A. Purvis and Sarah J. Purvis, we will sell for cash to the highest bidder at the Court House door in the town of Wadesboro, on Monday the 7th day of December, 1885, the land described in said Deed of trust, containing 50 acres more or less, adjoining the lands of W. J. McLendon and others. Sale of above lands made to satisfy a note secured by mortgage on said reality.         N. J. THOMPSON
                                                                                         C. C. MOORE
                                                                                       Partners and Mortgagees
Nov 25 1885, 1t.

This land was sold and then resold to J. D Rhyne. At one  time William A. Purvis and his son, William James Purvis, own approximately 120 acres of land just south and west of McFarland, NC along the North and South Carolina State Line. J. D. Rhyne purchased most of this land and some of the land today is owned by Dave Kelley.

Source: Provided by RAOGK Contributor  Debra Cooper, 12:56am Dec 18; document source: The Anson Times, 3 Dec 1885, Thu, Page 3

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday's Obituary~Bro. Christopher Wesley Teal

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Bro. C. W. Teal1
On the 27th day of December 1922 after a brief illness with influenza, though preceded by several years of feebleness on account of Bright's disease, Mr. C.W. Teal one of the most highly respected men of his community fell on sleep. He suffered much but bore his sickness with Christian fortitude, always greeting his friends in a friendly manner. He was born on May 23, 1857 and on November 25, 1878 was married to Miss Clara Graves. His good wife and eight survive. Mrs. W.W. Davis, Mrs. Sidney D. Hursey, William and M. Luther Teal of Chesterfield, Louis P. Teal of Atlanta, GA, and John W. Teal of Omaha, Neb. In early life he gave his heart to God and became a member of Zoar Methodist Church and for about thirty years has held some office in the church. His going away leaves two vacancies, that of the Sunday school or Church only when he was altogether too feeble to ride. Many are the precious truths he tried to impart to the members of the Wesley Adult Bible Class. In seems that the last few years of his life were his brightest, spiritually. Few were the times the writer talked with him, that the Church and its interest were not the topic of his conversation. On Sunday PM Dec. 31st, the funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. L.E. Peeler and his body gently laid to rest in Zoar Church Cemetery where the services were concluded with Masonic honors. The large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives, the beautiful floral offerings, testifying to the high esteem in which he was held by his friends and loved ones and were a beautiful tribute to the departed spirit of one who had "finished the course" and "had kept the Faith." We sympathize with the bereaved in this dark hour but realize as we do they weep, but not as those who have no hope. For he has only gone before to await the homecoming of his companion, and children and friends. A Friend.

Christopher Wesley Teal was born 23 May 1851, a son of  Benjamin Franklin Teal and Eliza A. Davis. He was the 5th born of 10 children; 3 sisters and 6 brothers. 2

Christopher Wesley married Clarinda G.Graves on 25 November 1878.3 Christopher and Clarinda would have eight children; 6 sons and 2 daughters. Christopher W. died in 1922 and his wife Clarinda died 11 years later in 1933. They are both buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 4

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

[1] Obituary - Bro. C. W. Teal, The Chesterfield Advertiser,  January 25, 1923, page 1, col. 4, and February 1, 1923, page 1, col 5. SOURCE: James C. Pigg, "Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926, Chesterfield County, SC" (Tega Cay, SC, Self-published, 2001).  Buried at Zoar Church Cemetery. Bright's disease.
[2] C. W. TEAL, death certificate 018744 (27 December 1922), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
[3] 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.
[4] Ibid.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Serendipity While Internet Browsing

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Yesterday was a very exhausting day. The wife and I had left home early for a day trip to Richmond County, NC and Chesterfield County, SC.The purpose of our visit was to visit with my 91 year old aunt, a visit with her elderly sister and finally a short visit with my sister. On the return trip home was two additional stops to visit another sister of the Wife and to have dinner with our two grandchildren. By the time of our arrival back home it was dark and we both were exhausted. 

The wife sat down with a glass of tea to watch TV and I turned on the computer and started randomly browsing. After about a half hour of browsing I noticed on the Google screen several web pages about marriages and death notices from NC newspapers. Among the list with this link:


Now to be honest with you I had no significant event that occurred between 1851 and 1854 but when I find one of these pages I have two key words that I search for – Anson & Chesterfield.

The first is for Anson County and the second is for Chesterfield County, SC. If an event happens with one of my ancestors it most likely happen either in Anson County or Chesterfield County. Fayetteville is a NC newspaper so my fist choice key word was – Anson.

The Anson search term return a total of 105 instances that Anson occurred in the document.

The best way to move forward in a document like this is with the F3 key; so with my finger on the F3 key I started moving forward in the document. After a couple of minutes browsing I came to this entry
22 Jun 1852
M On the 10th inst., by the Rev. Mr. DuPREE, Mr. Wm. A. PERVIS, of Cheraw, and Miss Sarah Jane 
 GRAVES of Chesterfield District.

And almost fell off my chair.

For 38 years I have searched for documents on William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves and here while piddling around on the computer with nothing on my agenda, their marriage just falls into my lap.That’s a serendipity moment.   

I immediately went looking for the  actual newspaper article and with the help of two awesome contributors over on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - RAOGK USA (RAOGK) Facebook page I now have a copy of their documented marriage.

Marriage - William & Sarah Graves Purvis

On the 10th inst., by the Rev. Mr. DuPREE, Mr. Wm. A. PERVIS, of Cheraw, and Miss Sarah Jane GRAVES of Chesterfield District. [Marriage date: 10 Jun 1852] 2

My thanks to RAOGK Facebook page contributors’ Joy Kersteter and Debra Cooper, 17 December 2014.


[1] http://www.ncgenweb.us/cumberland/1851-4abstracts.html

[2] MARRIAGE, The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States, 22 June 1852, Page 3, Last Column, top right corner. Wm. A. PERVIS & Sarah Jane GRAVES.

[3] https://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkUSA/permalink/589522781149614/

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

52 Ancestors: #51, Frederick F. Rivers

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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 Frederick F. Rivers.

Frederick F. Rivers is my 5th Great Grandfather. His birth date is unknown but Census data tells us that he was born before 1754 and died after 1820. Frederick is enumerated in the 1790-1800-1810 and 1820 Censuses for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 1 2 3 4

His wife is totally unknown. If the oldest female in the above four mentioned censuses are accurate and the oldest female is his wife then we know she was was born between 1755 & 1765 and that she died aft 1820.

Census Age Predicted Birth Yr.
1800 21-45 1755-1779
1810 26-45 1765-1784
1820 45+ 1775

Frederick and his wife had 4 children; 2 sons and 2 daughters. Three of these 4 children are known, William Rivers, Frederick F. Rivers, Jr, and Sarah Rivers.

Page 412 of ”The History of The Old Cheraw's” along with Audited Account AA-6452 proves his participation in the Revolutionary War. He was in Charleston, SC during the Sieze of Charleston, captured and imprisoned for a short while.5

After the war he received 3 grants for land for his active participation  consisting of 1000 acres, 227 acres and 200 acres for a total of 1427 acres of land in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. I have found no evidence that Frederick owned slaves during his lifetime. 6 7 8

Equity Records for Alex Melton and Edith Lundy alias Edith Wages, J. J. Evans, Defts Solc, dated 11 December 1814 shows Frederick Rivers and Lewis Boatwright as the two witnesses to this document. This is the latest document I have other than the 1820 census fro Frederick Rivers. 9

I have a Will dated 9 Jan 1769 that shows a Frederick Rivers as the Witness fro the Will of Jacob Waldburger, St. Peter's Parish, Granville County. This is the earliest document I have that names a Frederick Rivers. I have no proof that this Frederick Rivers is in fact our ancestor.10
Exors: wife during her widowhood; Rev. J. Joachin Zubly; Dr. Heny Bourquin; Capt. Cornelious Dupont.
Wit: Lachn. McGillivary, Jean Jaque Goante, Temoin., Frederick Rivers.
D: 9 Jan. 1769.  P. 22 Mar. 1770    R:nd.    Page 436

Frederick's Wife.
In 1927, in an un-sourced history of the David/Davis Family by Harry Alexander Davis made the following comments. 11

Frederick Rivers, pge 54
*Frederick Rivers b ca 1739 died 1810, married 1762 Mary Boatwright, b. 1745 died1814. Chesterfield Dist. S. C. He served as a Private in the Revolution. (Stub Entries to Indents, Lib. N, No. 650.) Left children; Frederick Jr. Isaac, James and Nancy.

On Page 54, Mr. Davis is detailing the facts for my Great Grandfather Thomas Davis states:
“He [Thomas Davis] married July 1786 Nancy, daughter of Frederick Rivers,* and Mary Boatwright, born 15 Dec 1767.” 12

I stated earlier that Frederick had two daughters as indicated by the 1800 Census:

1800 Census

You can see by this Census that Frederick had two sons and two daughters.
1 Female, Daughter?, age 10-15, birth year – 1785-1790
1 Female, Daughter?, 16-25, birth year – 1775-1884 – Daughter Sarah was born 1 January 1782. So we have a perfect match.  She married John H. Brown and died after 1870 in Arkansas.
1  Female, Wife?, 26-44

But, it quite obvious that the second presumed daughter in the household wasn’t even old enough to play when Thomas and Nancy were married in July 1786. She may not have even been born when Thomas & Nancy married.

The second part of this is that there is no known Mary Boatwright that was the wife of Frederick Rivers. The Boatwright Family has been well documented and no evidence has been found that Mary Boatwright even existed.


But this was not going to stop those intent on creating a family history so Frederick Rivers wife Mary Boatwright morphed into a  female named Sarah Purvis, daughter of Gilbert Purvis.  

Well, Gilbert did have a daughter called Sally that most likely was named Sarah Purvis. The problem here is that she went to Mississippi with her family and when her older brother (Gilbert Johnston Purvis) died he left a stipend for her care. She died there some time after 1836 having never married.13

Sally Purvis

So on iteration #3, Sarah Purvis is now Gilbert Purvis’s sister thus her parents are John Purvis and Sarah Johnston who were married 2 April 1746 in Parish Prince Frederick Winyaw, South Carolina. No proof of this has been found as of today but that doesn't stop the tree copiers on-line from continuing to propagate this myth. 14

To summarize:
Frederick Rivers was born before 1854. His first son was born 25 February 1776 so he probably married about 1774 or 1775.  His wife is also unknown. She was was born between 1755 & 1765 and died after 1820. The Census shows they had 4 children; 2 sons and 2 daughters. One daughter is unknown. Frederick and his wife died after 1820. 

Frederick F. Rivers and his wife are my 5th Great Grandparents. The search continues to identify my 5th Great Grandmother.

[1] 1790 U S Census, St Thomas, Cheraws District, South Carolina, population schedule, St Thomas, Cheraws District, South Carolina, page 373, Household of Fredk. Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed January 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm M637, Roll 11.
[2] 1800, Second Census of the United States, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, page 109, Household of Frederick Rivers; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed January 2000); citing National Archives Microfilm M 32, Roll 47.
[3] 1810 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, page 555, Household of Frederick Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed February 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm M637, Roll 60.
[4] 1820 Census of the United States, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, page 128, Line 21, about mid-page, Frederic Rivers; digital image, Ancestry.com
[5] Right Rev. Alexander Gregg D.D., History of the Old Cheraws (Columbia, South Carolina: The State Company, 1925), page 412.
[6] "Plats for State Land Grants, 1784 - 1868, S108092," SC Department of Archive & History (SCDAH), SCDAH Database Search (http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx : viewed 11 October 2011), transcription, Frederick Rivers, "Plat for 200 acres," Volume: 0003, Page: 00151.
[7] "Plats for State Land Grants, 1784 - 1868, S108092," SC Department of Archive & History (SCDAH), SCDAH Database Search (http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx : viewed 11 October 2011), transcription, Frederick Rivers, "Rev War Accounts Audited," Reel: 0125, Frame: 00255.
[8] "Plats for State Land Grants, 1784 - 1868, S108092," SC Department of Archive & History (SCDAH), SCDAH Database Search (http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx : viewed 11 October 2011), transcription, Frederick Rivers, "Plat for 1000 acres," Volume: 0014, Page: 00112.
[9] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Cheraw Equity Records, SC Archives, Equity Film, Second Section, Pages 0000-0014, Alex Melton ads Edith Lundy alias Edith Wages, 11 December 1814; SC Archives & History, Columbia, SC.
[10] Caroline Moore, ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 1760-1784 (Columbia SC: R. L. Bryan Company, 1964), page 129.
[11] Harry Alexander Davis, The Davis Family (Davies and David) in Wales and America: genealogy of Morgan David of Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.: H. A. Davis, 1927), 54.
[12] Ibid.
[13] Hinds County, Mississippi, Will Book 1: page 48, Gilbert Johnson Purvis; Family History Library, Film #878728, Salt Lake City, Utah.
[14] National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, The Register Book of Parish Prince Frederick Winyaw (Baltimore, Maryland: William & Wilkins Company, 1916), page 55.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Samuel Arnold Brock

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Samuel Arnold Brock
b. 19 May 1876
d. 6 Feb. 1944
bu. Brock Cemetery

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

Samuel Arnold Brock was the the 4th born child of Samuel Washington Brock and Sarah Jane Lee. He had nine siblings; five sisters and four brothers.1 2

About 1910, Samuel Arnold married Henrietta Elizabeth “Hennie” Smith daughter of Charlie Smith and Annie Atkinson. They would live to raise a family of eight children; four sons and four daughters. 3

Samuel Arnold died on 6 February 1944. His South Carolina Death certificate (#07703) shows he suffered a “stroke apoplexy”. He was 67 years of age.4

Samuel Arnold Brock is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed.

[1] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 002, Page 287A, Line 30, Dwelling 522, Family 526, Household of Sam'l BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 March 2013); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
[2] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0017, Page 7A/26 (stamped); Line 34, Dwelling 115, Family 115, Household of Samuel W. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 20 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[3] 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 40, Page: 23A/179(stamped); Line 89, Dwelling 413, Family 435, Household of Samuel A. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 20 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
[4] Samuel A. Brock, death certificate #007703 (6 February 1944), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.