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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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday’s Obituary~Dr. Cornelius Kollock

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Dr. Cornelius Kollock
    b. Dec. 7, 1824
d. Aug. 17, 1897
bu. St. David’s Cemetery 

Dr. Cornelius Kollock was born 7 December 1824 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. He was a son of Oliver Hawes Kollock and Sarah James Wilson. At the age of seventeen he was admitted to Brown University. It was at Brown University that he met his future wife Mary Henrietta Shaw.  She waited patiently for 6 years until his graduation to marry him. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After graduation in 1848, he spent 2 years in Paris studying under the great surgeon of that era, Gerhard, Michel and Ricord and others.  

In January 1856 Dr. Kollock , The Rev. Alexander Gregg, W. L. T. Prince, Henry McIver met at the Gregg home and organized the Cheraw Lyceum.
He served with the Medical Department of the Confederate States Army as a civilian volunteer. He and his wife went to Richmond in June 1861 and stayed for 3 months. He was there during the first battle of Manassas (21 July 1861).
Dr. Kollock died on 17 August 1897 and was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church Cemetery.

 Death of Dr. Kollock

Death of Dr. Kollock
Charleston, Aug. 17. – A special to The news and Courier from Cheraw announces the death of Dr. Cornelius Kollock, one of the most eminent physicians in the State and an authority on abdominal surgery. He was born in Cheraw in 1824; graduated at Brown University and in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; studied in Paris under Velpeau and others; married Miss Mary Henrietta Shaw of Boston.1  

I do not have any information suggesting that Dr. Kollock cared for any of my kinfolk during his practice from 1851 till 1895; but, there is a high probability that some of them were under his care.

The men and women of Cheraw and the surrounding communities were blessed to have this amazing Doctor to care for them.


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[1] The State, Columbia, South Carolina,18 August 1897, page 1, column 1. 
[2] http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Kollock-papers-1056.0.pdf
[3] North Carolina Medical Journal, Volume 40, July to December 1897, Carolina Publishing Co., Wilmington, NC, 1897, page
[4] The biography of Ephraim McDowell: the father of ovariotomy, Mary Young Ridenbaugh, page 588







Saturday, October 25, 2014

Surname Saturday~William James and Millie Cook Purvis

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William James Purvis was born about 1796 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He was listed on the 1825 Tax Roll for Simpson County, Mississippi.1

William appeared on the 1840 census for Scott County, Mississippi, the 1841 Mississippi State and Territorial Census for Scott County, Mississippi. Between 1841 and 1850, William James moved to Smith County, Mississippi where he appears on the 1850 and 1860 for Smith County, Mississippi.2 3 William James died between 1860 and 1870, date unknown, in Smith County, Mississippi.

Note: Many on-line trees has William James listed as William Forbes Purvis. This is an error. No one, as of today, has produced proof that his middle name is Forbes. There are land deeds in Mississippi that continually list him as William James Purvis.

William James Purvis and Millie Cook were married about 1812 or 1813. Millie Cook, daughter of John Cook, was born about 1795 in SC.4 5 6 Millie Purvis is listed on the 1871 Tax list for Smith County, Mississippi. She died sometime after her appearance on the 1871 Taxes, date unknown. No tombstone or death notice has been found.

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William James Purvis and Millie Cook had the following children:

i. Rebecca Purvis, born abt 1814, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Rebecca had one son named Eugene Lafayette Dickson.
ii. William J. Purvis was born about 1819 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.7 8 
iii. Martha Ann Purvis, born 22 Aug 1819, Scott County, Mississippi; married Carmen Myers, 7 Mar 1838; died 20 Jan 1871, Rankin County, Mississippi.
iv. Precilla Ann Purvis, born 1824, Mississippi; married Alexander Myers, 1 Sep 1840; died Aug 1859, Nacogdoches, Texas.
v. Thomas Jefferson Purvis, born abt 1826, Mississippi; married Emily Winstead, abt 1846; died 21 Jun 1863, Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi.
vi. John Mitchel Purvis, born 20 Feb 1828, Smith County, Mississippi; married Celia Ann Myers, 29 Jan 1850, Rankin County, Mississippi; married Rebecca J. Means, abt 1892, Smith County, Mississippi; died 12 Aug 1912, Daniel, Smith County, Mississippi, USA.
vii. James M. Purvis, born 1 Apr 1830, Rankin County, Mississippi; married Martha Caroline Russell, 17 Dec 1855, Rankin County, Mississippi; married Sarah A. Russell, 17 Jan 1870; married Sarah Elizabeth Mize, abt 1895, Rankin County, Mississippi; died 18 Jan 1909, Smith County, Mississippi.
viii. Marsha Purvis was born about 1837 in Smith County, Mississippi.9
ix. Alonzo Purvis was born about 1845 in Smith County, Mississippi. 10


I have found no information on marriage for Rebecca, William, Marsha or Alonzo; nor do I have death dates for these 3 children.

There are a number of trees on line that have Lucy Ann Purvis who married William H. Franklin listed as a child of William James and Millie Cook Purvis. This is an error, Lucy Ann, b. abt 1831 is the daughter of John P. Purvis and Mary Parks.
 
I have used the 1840 and 1850 census to reconstruct this family. The above family members accounts for every child of William and Mille except one son, b. 1835-1840, most likely died young and 2 daughters born between 1831 and 1835. The two girls most likely had married and left home by 1850. I have a candidate for one of these two girls. 

1840 United States Federal Census - William Purvis
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Scott, Mississippi

1 - Males - Under 5; most likely died before 1850
3 - Males - 10 thru 14; James, age 10; Thomas Jefferson , age 14; John Mitchell, age 12
1 - Males - 20 thru 29; William J., age 21
1 male Males - 40 thru 49; [William James], age 50
1 - Females - Under 5; Manura/Marsha, age 3
2 - Females - 5 thru 9: b.[1831-1835]??
1 - Females - 15 thru 19; Precilla Ann
2 - Females - 20 thru 29; Martha Ann, age 21; Rebecca, age 26;
1 - Females - 40 thru 49; [Millie Cook Purvis], age 45

Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 9
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 5
Total Free White Persons: 14

1850 CENSUS: Smith County, Mississippi, Dwelling 112, Family 112; Roll: M432_381; Page 334; William PURVIS, age 60, Farmer, born in SC; Millie PURVIS, wife, age 55, born in SC; William PURVIS, son, age 36, born in SC; James PURVIS, son, age 20, born in MS; Manura [Marsha] PURVIS, daughter, age 13, born in MS; Alonzo PURVIS, son, age 5, born in MS.






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1. James F. Purvis, Estates, 1828-72, Chancery Clerk's Office, Raymond, Mississippi.
2. 1850, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) No ED, Page 334, dwelling 112, family 112, Household of William PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 February 2010); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_381.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) no ED, Page: 316, Line 34, dwelling 534, family 534, Household of William PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing NARA publication Roll: M653_591.
4. 1850, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, ED No ED, Page 334, dwelling 112, family 112, Household of William PURVIS.
5. 1860 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, ED no ED, Page: 316, Line 34, dwelling 534, family 534, Household of William PURVIS.
6. 1870 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, TWp 3, Range 6E, Mississippi, Page: 359B(Stamped), Line 33, Dwelling 44, Family 44, Household of James PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 February 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 749.
7. 1850, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, ED No ED, Page 334, dwelling 112, family 112, Household of William PURVIS.
8. 1860 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, ED no ED, Page: 316, Line 34, dwelling 534, family 534, Household of William PURVIS.
9. 1850, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, ED No ED, Page 334, dwelling 112, family 112, Household of William PURVIS.
10. Ibid.






























Friday, October 24, 2014

Who is Johnson J. Purvis?

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Mary Virginia Hagerman was born about 1882, a daughter of Barton Campbell Hagerman and  Mary Ann “Mamie” Campbell. Mary Virginia married Halford Adams Watson on 29 December 1906 She was also the 3rd Great Granddaughter of Gilbert Purvis, Revolutionary Soldier. 

On 28 September 1914, Mary Virginia submitted an application for DAR membership based on her 3rd Great Grandfather Gilbert Purvis service in the Revolutionary War. The application was approved in 1915 and assigned DAR #115797. She is the only applicant to be approved for DAR membership based on Gilbert Purvis’ service. 1

Johnson J. Purvis

The application, submitted by Mary Virginia (Hagerman) Watson shows that her 2nd Great Grandfather was Johnson Purvis. A copy of this application was my first encounter or exposure to Johnson Purvis. 

To put this in perspective let me say that I have been researching the Purvis surname in Chesterfield County since October 1976. I have not found a single document in South Carolina with this man’s name on it. My first thought was did this man really exist or is this just folklore.

Then on 11 November 2010, I sent this e-mail to a lady named Karen. Karen is also a direct descendant of Gilbert Purvis.
 

Karen,
We are corresponding on GENFORUM.
I'm using the e-mail CPurvis1@gmail.com
Please take a few minutes and tell me the story about Mary Ann Purvis
and William R. Purvis and the info you have that been passed down in
your Campbell Family.
I have a theory; but I need the full story as passed down.
THANKS,

Charlie

This e-mail led to an extensive search that filled in a lot of gaps in Karen’s direct line and in my research of the Purvis of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 

Still it took many months to find additional info on Johnson Purvis and again the documents are very spare and limited in information. Since November 2010, these three documents have been found.

1831 Simpson Co. Tax List
1831 Simpson County , MS Tax List 2
1832 Simpaon Co. Tax List
1832 Simpson County , MS Tax List 3

1833 Simpson Co. Tax List
1833 Simpson County , MS Tax List 4

So now there is no doubt that Johnson or Johnston Purvis existed. But, Gilbert Purvis, Sr. also had a son known as Gilbert Johnson Purvis. Would he name another son Johnson James or James Johnson? In other words, could Johnson J. and G. Johnson be the same individual?  James P. J. Purvis is the said son of this Johnson J. Purvis first referred to in DAR app 115795 above. All the evidence I found about Gilbert Johnson Purvis including his Will suggests that he remained a single man. James P. J. Purvis is believed to have one brother named William H. H. Purvis. When William H. H. Purvis moved to Polk County, TX in the late 1840’s he took with him an older woman named Sarah Purvis.

Is Sarah Purvis the wife of Johnson Purvis and the mother of James P. J. Purvis and William H. H. Purvis?
Sarah Pervis, 1850, Polk Co., TX
1850 Census, Polk Co., TX

1850 Polk Co., TX
1850 Actual Census page





If we go back to the DAR App 115797 we see that Mary Virginia listed James P. J. parents as Johnson and Sarah.


Johnson Purvis
DAR App 115797











Who is Johnson J. Purvis; four documents does not provided very much helpful information. As you can see I have more questions than answers with this line. If you have any comments or recommendations I would love to hear from you.

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[1] Mary Virginia Hagerman Watson, "DAR ANCESTOR DATABASE," DAR Application, Daughters of the American Revolution (http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search/?Tab_ID=1 : Viewed & Download 23 October 2014), DAR APP 115797; Ancestor: Gilbert Purvis.
[2] 1831 Tax List, Simpson County, Mississippi; James P. J. PURVIS and Johnson J. PURVIS,  are listed on the Tax roll.
"Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21381-30365-21?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 57 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson.

[3] 1832 Tax List, Simpson County, Mississippi; Pender J. PURVIS and Johnson J. PURVIS,  are listed on the Tax roll. www.Familysearch.org; "Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21381-30272-71?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 70 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson.
[4] 1833 Tax List - Simpson County, Mississippi, Purviff, Johnson J.
"Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21381-31596-87?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 86 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

52 Ancestors: #43, Andrew Washington Sellers

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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 Pvt. Andrew Washington Sellers, Confederate Soldier

Among the many ancestors I have researched, three men, in my direct lineage, stands heads above the others as men I most admire. They are Hezekiah Brock, my 2nd Great Grandfather, Shadrach Johns, my 2nd Great Grandfather and Andrew Washington Sellers, my Great Grand Uncle. While these three men are mentioned here I in no way want to diminish the achievements of my other relatives. My dad, stands tall among all these men and I admire none of them more than I do my father.  

I have written about each of these men previously but today we will revisit with Andrew Washington Sellers.

Andrew Washington Sellers grew up in tough times without his father. Shortly after his birth, his father William Eddins Sellers took his family to Madison County, Tennessee where some of their Sellers relatives had migrated. Sometime before Andrew turned 10, about or before 1854, his father, William Eddins Sellers was killed in an accident. Their mother, Elizabeth (Parsons) Sellers packed up her 4 sons and two daughters and moved back to Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 1 2 

At the breakout of the Civil War, Andrew Washington, enlisted on 26 December 1861 as a private with Company A, 4th SC Cavalry. On the September-October 1864 Muster Roll he is shown on detached duty to Stoney Creek with an unserviceable horse. This tuned out to be an unfortunate event because on 1 December 1864, Andrew Washington Sellers, was captured at Stoney Creek, taken prisoner and sent to Pt. Lookout, Maryland. He was released after taking the “Oath of Allegiance” 19 June 1865. This is 13 days after the official end of the War on 6 June 1865.3 4

AWS-Oath 

My blog posting “Interview with a Confederate Veteran” is his experience in his words and is highly recommended. In this article Andrew Washington refers to a “Bronze Cross of Honor” that he was awarded. The interview was conducted in 1932 and I suspect this Bronze Cross of Honor was in fact the “Southern Cross of Honor” presented to Andrew sometime after the Civil War by the Stonewall Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.5

Bronze Cross of Honor

Andrew Washington married Catherine Pinkney Wallace on 27 December 1865. They had nine children; 5 sons and 4 daughters. Catherine passed away on 30 December 1912. Andrew Washington Sellers,passed away on 12 January 1935, at age 90 and was buried at Zoar United Methodist Church cemetery.6 7

 Andrew Washington Sellers is my Great grand Uncle.











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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 889.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130B; Line 28, Dwelling 0522, Family 0521, Household of Elizabeth SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
3. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/:accessed 3 September 2013), entry for Andrew Washington SELLERS, Private; Co. A, 4th SC CAV CSA.; Confederate.
4. Andrew Washington SELLERS, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 7 April 1932, page 3, col. 3-5. Interview with Andrew Washington Sellers, Confederate Veteran (conducted by Nellie Bristow, Florence Morning News, reprinted Chesterfield Advertiser, April 7, 1932).
5. Ibid.
6. Andrew Washington Sellers, obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 24 January 1935, page 1, col 5.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com:accessed 26 May 2013); Memorial page for Andrew Washington Sellers; (24 November 1844–12 January 1935); Find a Grave memorial # 32166062, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.










Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Elizabeth Deese Streater

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Elizabeth Deese Streater
Birth: Sep. 10, 1893
Death: Jun. 18, 1980

Elizabeth Deese Streater Tombstone

Winnie Elizabeth Deese was the first born child of John Calvin Deese and Sarah Frances Gathings. Sarah Frances was John Calvin’s second wife, He was a widower with three small daughters when he married Sarah Frances in February 1892.

Elizabeth whom I knew as “Aunt Lizzie” married Joseph “Joe” Vernon Streater about September 1920. Joe and Aunt Lizzie had 5 children; 4 sons and a daughter. The 3 youngest children perished as infants and only the two firstborn lived to adulthood. Both of these two children have since passed away.

Aunt Lizzie died in an Alabama nursing home, near her daughter, in June 1980. One of her six sisters were still living at that time and she would die two years later in February 1982.  Aunt Lizzie was buried in the Morven Cemetery, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina.








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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 4 June 2010); Memorial page for Elizabeth Deese Streater; (10 September 1893–18 June 1980); Find a Grave memorial # 38280167, Citing Morven Cemetery; Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, USA.
[2] Mrs. Elizabeth Streater obituary, The Ozark Star, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama, 25 June 1980. Holman Funeral Home in Charge.
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