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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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Will of Mary Sellers, Probated 1875

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The below posted will is the will of Mary E. Gulledge wife of Phillip Sellers, Jr. and the daughter of the Rev. Joel Gulledge. Philip, her husband, died before 1850 and no Will has been found for him. As indicated in the Will, Philip and Mary had 3 sons and a daughter. The Will was written in 1854 and there is no indication that the Will was updated before her death. Some records indicate that her son Elijah died in the Civil War. 

MARY SELLERS WILL1
 
Mary Sellers WILL, page 42Mary SELLERS WILL, page 43

In the name of God, Amen. I, Mary Sellers of the county of Anson and state of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainly of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make and ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament that is to say:
First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the tract of land where I am now living containing two hundred and Sixty-eight acres, lying on the South side of the middle prong of Jones Creek, adjoining the lands of Robert Huntley and others, to be equally divided at my decease between my three Sons, viz: Phillip, Elijah and Joel Sellers, after the land shall have been divided, Phillip to have the first choice in lots, Elijah the second and Joel the third, the remainder of my property to be equally divided between Phillip, Elijah, Joel and Martha Sellers.
In witnefs whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my Seal, the twenty-third day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and fifty-four.
William D. Webb (signed)                      Mary ( her X mark) Sellers
William Webb

State of North Carolina}
Anson County} In the Probate Court October 5th 1875
Then a paper purporting to be the the Last Will and Testament of Mary Sellers, late of said County, is propounded for Probate before me, and the due examination thereof is proven by the affidavits of W. D. Webb, and William Webb the subscribing witnesses thereto, who being duly sworn say each for himself, that the said proper writing was signed in their presence, by the said Mary Sellers and that she declared the same to be her Last Will and Testament, that they signed said instrument of writing as witnefses, in the presence of the said Mary Sellers, at her request, and in the presence of each other, and that at the time of the signing, publishing and attestation thereof, the said Mary Sellers was of sound mind and disposing memory. 
 
Therefore let the said paper writing be recorded as the Last Will and Testament, of the said Mary Sellers.
John C. McLanchlin
Judge of Probate


Mary E. Gulledge Sellers was the wife of Phillip Sellers, Jr., my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.



 
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[1] Anson County Deed Book "D". page 42 & 43
"North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19432-12107-75?cc=1867501&wc=MDRC-TM9:169763901,169851601 : accessed 21 Aug 2014), Anson > Wills, 1868-1905, Vol. D > image 43 of 361.













Thursday, August 21, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday~Eye Witness Account of the Death of John Sellers

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John Sellers was born about 1825, the last born child of Philip Sellers (1774-abt 1834) and Mary LNU (1774-bef 1850). John married Mary LNU before 1850 and in their short marriage had 3 children; one son and two daughters. On Sept. 8. 1863, John enlisted into Co. "B", 31st Regiment, also known as the O-K BOYS. Eight month later, on 14 May 1864, John was killed in action during a skirmish at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia.

In 1883, Mary his wife submitted necessary paperwork for a “widow” pension for the service of her husband John Sellers to his country. Mary Sellers pension is on file in the NC state Archive in Raleigh, NC. The information below is a transcription of 3 of these page from her 5 page pension application.1

3-John Sellers Widow-Mary-Pension Application-page-0034-John Sellers Widow-Mary-Pension Application-page-0045-John Sellers Widow-Mary-Pension Application-page-005

North Carolina}
Anson County}
Mary Sellers being duly sworn says on oath that she is the widow of John Sellers, who served as a private in Co. B. 31st Regiment North Carolina Troops, and that her husband according to information derived from his comrades at or about that time, was killed in battle at or near Drewry’s Bluff in the month of May 1864.
Sworn to and Subscribed }                                                               Mary her X mark Sellers
Before me Sept. 7th 1883}
John C. McLanchlin}
Clerk of Superior Court}

North Carolina}
Anson County}
Benjamin P. Liles being duly sworn says on his oath that he served as a private on Co. B 31st Regiment, N. C. Troops that on the ___day of May 1864 the said company was engaged as skirmishes near Drewry’s Bluff in Virginia and that while so engages John Sellers was a few paces to the right of this affiant, we were firing upon the enemy and receiving as very destructive fire from them, in the midst of which John Sellers was shot in the head and killed instantly. We were lying down loading and firing and this affiant distinctly heard the thud of the ball when it struck Sellers. We advanced, drove the enemy from our front and afterwards fell back over the same ground, and while so doing this affiant saw the dead body of John Sellers lying upon the spot where he heard the thud of the ball which stuck him.
Sworn and Subscribed}                                                                             B. P. Liles
Before me Sept. 7th 1883}
John C. McLanchlin}
Clerk of Superior Court}

North Carolina}
Anson County}
James T. Bradley being duly sworn says on his oath that he was captain of Co. B 31st N. C. Troops from May 1863 until the close of the War, that on or about the 14th day of May 1864, said company he being in command of is, was engaged as skirmishes near Drewry’s Bluff in Virginia and exposed to a destructive fire from the enemy during the engagement this affiant was himself wounded, and came off the field, while being carried off the field or soon thereafter he was informed of the casualties that occurred in his company and among others that John Sellers was killed. Saw John Sellers enlisted in this company some time in the year 1863, and sworn in as a private up to the day of his death.
Sworn and Subscribed}                                                                             J. T. Bradley
Before me Sept. 7th 1883}
John C. McLanchlin}
Clerk of Superior Court}

North Carolina}
Anson County} I, John C. McLanchlin, Clerk of Superior Court for said county of Anson hereby certify that I am well acquainted with Benj. P. Liles and James T. Bradley the above named affiants and know them to be men of good character and entirely trustworthy, and that they have no interest in this claim. Witness my hand and official seal.
At office in Wadesborough, this the 8th day of September 1885.
John C. McLanchlin
Clerk of Superior Court

John Sellers is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.






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[1] State Archives of North Carolina .., NC Manuscript and Archives Reference System (http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/ : viewed 2 August 2014), digital Image of Pension Application, "Pension Bureau: Act of 1885 Pension Applications - John Sellers," MARS Id: 5.21.49.61 (Folder); Call Number: Box 6:162.



























Wednesday, August 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: #34, Thomas J. Graves

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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 Thomas J. Graves, my 3rd Great Grand Uncle

Thomas J. Graves was born in 1820 in Anson County, North Carolina.1 Thomas and his family were enumerated in 3 censuses; 1840 Anson County, NC; 1850 Chesterfield County, SC and 1850 Anson County, NC. 2 3 4

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These two censuses show the family composition prior to the Civil War. You will note that there are some inconsistencies in the children listed in the two censuses. Martha Graves married Elisha B. Smith and Eliza, the Mother of Martha can be found enumerated with them in 1880 Chesterfield County.

The Civil War that broke out in 1861, caught up with Thomas in August 1862. On 13 August 1862 he was conscripted into service with Co. C, 8th SC Infantry at Columbia, South Carolina.5 A year and two months later on 15 October 1862 he died of pneumonia at the age of 42 at Charlestown Hospital in Winchester, Virginia.6


Another paradox is that Thomas’s wife is referred to as Mary Graves in his Military Service Record. 

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Thomas J. Graves and Eliza “Mollie” Rivers were married about 1837. Eliza Mollie Rivers was born on 13 Jun 1823 in SC. 7 8 9 10 She died on 29 Oct 1898 at the age of 75 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She was buried in the Smith Cemetery on the State line near Jackson Road West.

Thomas J. Graves and Eliza Mollie Rivers had the following children:
i. Mary Ann Graves, born 1838, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William F. Rivers, abt 1859, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Ferguson Hale Smith, btn 1863-1867; died abt Nov 1870, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Eliza Graves was born in 1840 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 11
iii. Martha Jane Graves, born 7 Oct 1841, Anson County, North Carolina; married Elisha B. Smith; died 24 Mar 1905, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
 






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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 176B, Line 19, Dwelling 1196; Family #1196, Household of Thomas GRAVES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 September 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
2. 1840 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 86; Line 17, Household of Thomas J. Graves; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M704, Roll 354.
3. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 176B, Line 19, Dwelling 1196; Family #1196, Household of Thomas GRAVES.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge Township, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 230A, Line 6, Dwelling 1067, Family 1027, Household of Thomas GRAVES; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
5. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 20 June 2011), entry for Thomas J. Graves, Private; Co. C, 8th SC Infantry; Confederate.
6. Ibid.
7. 1840 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 86; Line 17, , Household of Thomas J. Graves.
8. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 176B, Line 19, Dwelling 1196; Family #1196, Household of Thomas GRAVES.
9. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Gulledge Township, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 230A, Line 6, Dwelling 1067, Family 1027, Household of Thomas GRAVES.
10. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Mount Croghan, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 007, Page 368C(stamped), Line 49, Dwelling 293, Family 293, Household of Elishue SMITH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 November 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
11. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 176B, Line 19, Dwelling 1196; Family #1196, Household of Thomas GRAVES.





























Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Elmira Gathings Atkinson

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Elmira Gathings Atkinson
1 May 1835
7 Oct. 1897

Elmira Gathings Tombstone

Elmira Gathings is the daughter of Charles Gathings and Clarasea “Clary”  Bailey.  She was the 9th born of 12 children; five sons and seven daughters. 

Shortly after the civil War Elmira married Jerry M. Atkinson about 1865. Their first born, a son named James Richard,  was born 19 November 1866. In the 1870 census, Jerry is listed as Kennie; by 1880 Elmira is listed as a “Widow”.  

Elmira died on 7 October 1897. She was buried in the Family Cemetery near Jones creek on the old home place. Back in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s many tombstones were present in this cemetery. Five years ago when I took the above photo; Elmira’s tombstone was the only one present. Sunken ground now identifies the many graves that once were marked with marble or granite headstone.
 
Elmira Gathings Atkinson is my wife’s Great Grand Aunt.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~1829 Land Deed~Gilbert J. Purvis to Grass Scruggs

Pin It 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 1829 Land Deed between Gilbert Johnson Purvis and Grass Scruggs of Clarke County, Alabama.1
 
These Purvis are very important to my research and since receiving DNA results in April 2014 that showed a connection I have refocused my research in this area.

From previous research we know that a large contingency of Purvis families moved from Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Mississippi through Georgia and Alabama. We talked about this migration and some of the clues in this posting.

I spent the last week of July through the first week of August, in Utah visiting my son and doing some research. I made a point to acquire two deeds that I knew existed in Clarke County, Alabama. Today’s deed between Gilbert Johnson Purvis and Grass Scruggs is one of those deeds.


Gilbert J. Purvis to Grass Scruggs
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This indenture made the 12 day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Twenty-nine, Between Gilbert J. Purvis of the County of Simpson and state of Mississippi of the one part and, Grafs Scruggs of the County of Clarke and state of Alabama, of the other part Witnefseth that the said Gilbert J. Purvis for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred Dollars good and lawful money to him in hand paid by the said Grafs Scruggs at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted and sold, and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said Grafs Scruggs his heirs and afsigns a certain lot or parcel of ground lying and being in the County of Clarke and the state of Alabama, namely Sixty Acres of the South end of fractional section No. 36, in the Township No. 11 Range No. 2 West of the Basis Meridian and bounded as follows, viz. On the east by the line of said Township on the North by fractional section No. 25. On the West by the Tombigbee Rivers, on the South by North Township line, Together with all and singular the tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging and the revisions and revisions remainder and reminding yearly and other rents or money and profits thereof and of every part and parcel thereof. To have and to hold the said lot or parcel of land with the tenements, hereditaments and all and singular other … promises herein before mentioned or appurtenances thereunto intended to be bargained and sold and every part and parcel thereof with every of the rights members and appurtenances unto the said Grafs Scruggs to his heirs and afsigns forever to and for the only proper use and behoof of him the said Grafs Scruggs his heirs and assigns forever and the said Gilbert J. Purvis for himself and his heirs the said lot or parcel of ground with all and singular the promises and appurtenances before mentioned unto the said Grafs Scruggs to his heirs and afsigns free from the claim or claims of him the said Gilbert J. Purvis his heirs and of all and every person or persons, whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witnesefs whereof the said Gilbert J. Purvis has hereunto set his hands and seal the day and year above written.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence}              Gilbert J. Purvis {seal}
of William Howell Justice Peace}
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Filed in Office 29 March 1856. Recorded 9 May 1856, Book G on pages 366.367 M.M. Coats Judge P. Court
 
No evidence has been found to show that Gilbert J.[ohnson] Purvis was ever married. His Will is posted on this site and no wife was named within that Will. We know that James P. J. Purvis is a nephew but James “his Slanted E mark” Purvis relationship had not been determined.  His mark has been found in three separate Land Deeds but he has not been found in any other documents. 



 
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[1] Land Deed - Gilbert J. PURVIS to Grass Scruggs; 12 January 1829; Deed Book #G; Page(s) 366-367; Register of Deeds; Clarke County, Alabama; 1August 2014. LDS FHL Film#1823018.








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