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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Carroll Washington Davis – Double Tragedy 1863 – Follow-up

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In my posting yesterday, Colleen G. Brown Pasquale asked "What happened to the Children?"

Her question and my response prompted me to take another look. My initial research was done back in the 1990's when I was living in Utah and up until recently I did not have easy access to the Chesterfield County Probate Records. Now they are on-line at FamilySearch. What I found is that there is indeed a probate record on file when I had told Colleen there was none. My apologies for the error.

Probate file #439, Davis, Mary E., et al[1] is the file on these four children of Mary Boatwright Davis and her husband Carroll Washington Davis. The files contain documents relating to the care and upkeep of Catherine J. Davis, Lewis B. Davis, Margaret E. Davis and Mary Eliza Davis.

In 1870, a letter was initiated stating that Mary Eliza Davis was about 8 years of age and needed a guardian appointed[2]. Michael Davis was appointed her guardian.  Michael Davis accepted the appointment on 23 December 1870. On 24 February 1877, James F. Perkins was appointed guardian of the children.



The file contains 48 documents related to the care and upkeep of these children.
James F. Perkins petitioned the court for release of guardianship of Mary Eliza Davis on 21 August 1884 (Image 1144).[3]

James F. Perkins petitioned the court for release of guardianship of Lewis B. Davis on 29 August 1878. (Image 1164).[4]

James F. Perkins petitioned the court for release of guardianship of Catherine J. Davis on (document undated) (Image 1169).[5]

Image #1171 shows that the last 4 children are entitled to part of Lewis Boatwright Estate.
Catherine J. Davis, Margaret E. Davis, Mary Eliza Davis and Lewis B. Davis; all under age of twenty-one. [6]



The seven (7) children lived to adulthood. Catherine J. Davis, 1st child by second wife (Mary) married James Franklin (Pigg)  Hunley. She was the first of the seven to pass away. She died in 1904. There are no newspapers and very few legal documents from this period. They were all destroyed during the Civil War; burned by General Sherman forces.


I know of no other documents that can provide information on this family and these children. I don't know what ORAL HISTORY has been passed down in this family.

The first image (1125) of the estate file (#439) can be access here: http://bit.ly/JQoGBN

If you are a direct descendant of C. W. & Mary B. Davis and have information you are willing to share, please contact me at this e-mail address.








[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1125 -1173, FHL Film#2166335.
[2] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1167, FHL Film#2166335. 
[3] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1144, FHL Film#2166335. 
[4] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1164, FHL Film#2166335. 
[5] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1169, FHL Film#2166335. 
[6] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, Mary E. Davis, et al," Image 1171, FHL Film#2166335.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Carroll Washington Davis - Double Tragedy in February 1863

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Carroll Washington Davis is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed and his wives are also my 1st Cousin 4 times removed. Carroll married sisters; Elizabeth and Mary B. Boatwright. They were the daughters of Lewis Boatwright and Elizabeth Rebecca Davis.  

Carroll Washington Davis was born on 20 Jun 1821 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1850 – 1860 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States.[1] [2] Carroll served in the military Civil War in 1861–1865. He died in Feb 1863 at the age of 41 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He was buried on 28 Feb 1863 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States

Carroll Washington Davis and Elizabeth Boatwright were married on 17 Feb 1846 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Elizabeth Boatwright, daughter of Lewis Boatwright and Elizabeth Rebecca Davis, was born on 2 May 1820 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[3] She died on 15 Dec 1853 at the age of 33 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Carroll Washington Davis and Elizabeth Boatwright had the following children:

                      i.   William Benjamin Davis, born 1 Feb 1847, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
                     ii.   Elizabeth Julia Davis, born 28 Mar 1848, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
                    iii.   George Richard Davis, born 1 Mar 1851, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Carroll Washington Davis and Mary B. Boatwright were married on 10 Aug 1854 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Mary B. Boatwright, daughter of Lewis Boatwright and Elizabeth Rebecca Davis, was born in 1832 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. [4] [5] She died on 22 Feb 1863 at the age of 31 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Carroll Washington Davis and Mary B. Boatwright had the following children:

                      i.   Catherine Jane Davis, born 1855, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
                     ii.   Lewis Boatwright Davis, born 30 Jun 1857, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
                    iii.   Margaret Elizabeth Davis, born 28 Mar 1860, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina..
                    iv.   Mary Eliza Davis, born 22 Feb 1863, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.


When Carroll first wife, Elizabeth Boatwright Davis, died on 15 December 1853 it left him in very dire position. As a farmer, he had tasks that must be done on the farm. As a Father he had three (3) children to care for, two boys and a girl, ranging in age from 2 to six years old.  They couldn’t be left alone.

On 10 August 1854, Carroll married his wife’s sister, Mary B. Boatwright.  During the next 9 years Carroll and Mary had four children of their own, three daughters and a son, plus his three (3) children from the first marriage.

Probate and census records indicate a double tragedy occurred in this family in February 1863. Both Carroll and his Wife Mary died in February of 1863. I don’t know which died first; Carroll Washington memorial at findagrave.com shows a death date of 6 Feb. 1863. [6] He did in fact die in February 1863 but the exact date is not listed in his probate record.

 



The first line reads: "Sheweth that C. W. Davis late of said county departed this life about the      day of February 1863, having …"

We can see from this document that he died in February 1863 but the exact date is not mentioned. He had a large estate at the time of his death. The initial administrator David R. DAVIS died (8 Jan 1892) while the estate was in probate and probate was reassigned to Louis B. DAVIS and continued until the 1890's. His entire estate consists of 135 documents.

Then on 22 February 1863, another tragedy occurred, Mary Boatwright Davis died from childbirth of her daughter Mary Eliza Davis, b. 22 February 1863.

Contained within the estate file (#66) is this document.[7]




South Carolina}
Chesterfield District}   Personally came Sarah Ann Freeman before me and made oath that soon after the death of Ms Mary Davis wife of C. W. Davis she this despondent  was requested to take charge of an infant child (a daughter) of said Mary Davis then named Mary Eliza, then about two weeks old despondent consented to do so and on taking the said child in her charge found it in a very critical state of health and filled with sores, but by careful treatment and nursing it recovered and is still alive – despondent took charge of the infant on the 6th day of March 1863 and carefully attended to it finding clothing &c until the 1st day of March 1865, during which time she was put to considerable trouble and bestowed all necessary care and attention to the said infant to secure her health and comfort.  
Sworn before me                                                        her
March 30th, 1867                                        Sarah Ann X Freeman
                                                                                    mark

The Sarah Ann Freeman here is most likely Sarah Ann Davis, wife of Jesse Freeman. David R. Davis the administrator of the estate died 8 Jan 1892. On April 4th 1892, Louis B. Davis brothers to Carol W. and David R. Davis was appointed the administrator

Legal heirs to the estate as named in probate were:[8]

Wm. B. Davis, Jr.; T. B. Teal and wife Elizabeth J. Teal; George R. Davis; Catherine J. Davis; Lewis B. Davis; Marg. E. Davis and Mary Eliza Davis all legal heirs.  





If you are a direct descendant of this line and have oral history on the death of Carroll and Mary, please e-mail me.

 














         


[1] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 179B; Line 12, Dwelling 1241, Family 1241, Household of Carroll W. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[2] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 125B; Line 6, Dwelling 448, Family 447, Household of C. W. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[3] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 179B; Line 12, Dwelling 1241, Family 1241, Household of Carroll W. DAVIS.
[4] 1850 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 177B, Line 31, Dwelling 1214, Family 1214, Household of  Lewis BOATWRIGHT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 November 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[5] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 125B; Line 6, Dwelling 448, Family 447, Household of C. W. DAVIS.
[6] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Family Search, "C. W. Davis, Probate File #66," images 23-158.
[7] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Family Search, "C. W. Davis, Probate File #66," images 23-158.
[8] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Family Search, "C. W. Davis, Probate File #66," images 23-158.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Military Monday – William Blakney Davis

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William Blakney Davis was born about 1823, a son of William Davis and Julie Thurman in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He exact death date is unknown but was sometime after the 1880 Census. He is buried Peniel Cemetery, Chesterfield South Carolina

William Blakney Davis married Mary Jane Martin about 1855. Mary Jane Martin was born on 3 Feb 1835 in North Carolina. She died on 15 Sep 1885 at the age of 50 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She was buried in Peniel Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

William Blakney Davis and Mary Jane Martin had 10 children, 5 before the war and five after the war.

He enlisted on January 8, 1862, by Capt. B. T. Davis, into the Confederate Army for 3 years as a Private. His military record is available on Fold3.com

He was wounded in his left hip and captured on 24 June 1864, He stayed in the hospital at Fort Monroe, VA till February 1st, 1865 at which time he was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland where he was paroled February 14, 1865.

He was admitted the day after his parole (Feb. 15th, 1865) to the hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On Feb 21, 1865, he was granted a 60 day furlough.

His military record also contained another parole that occurred in 24 July 1863. At that time he was also a prisoner of war. He was granted release in a prisoner exchange by pledging, on his honor, never to bear arms against the United States of America.

William B. Davis parole


William Blakney Davis, though captured and taken prisoner twice and wounded, survived the War and returned home to his family. He and Mary Martin Davis had five additional children after he was released.

They are enumerated in the Cole Hill Township of Chesterfield County in 1880[1], six of their 10 children are living at home; the oldest age 16, the youngest age 5.




[1] 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #004, Page: 303D; Line 20, Dwelling 79, Family 79, Household of William B. Davis


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sundays Obituary: Albert Franklin Phillips, Sr.

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Albert Franklin Phillips Sr. was born on 3 Apr 1923 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina, United States.  He was the son of Reuben Thomas Phillips and Teressa Sarah Deese. He died on 9 Apr 2000[1] at the age of 77 and was buried at Eastview Cemetery, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.
Albert Franklin Phillips Sr. and Mary Rebecca Brister were married in 1954 in Louisiana. Mary Rebecca Brister was born on 8 May 1930 in Leesville, Louisiana, USA. She died on 12 Oct 2004 at the age of 74 in Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina, United States.

Albert Franklin Phillips and Mary Rebecca Brister had 5 children.

Albert Franklin Phillips is my 1st cousin once removed.




OBITUARY: Wadesboro, N.C. - Mr. Albert Franklin Phillips, 77, died April 9, 2000, at his residence.
A native of Anson County, he was born April 3, 1923, the son of the late Reuben Thomas Phillips and Cora Blanche Deese. Mr. Phillips was a retired Air Force sergeant and was a member of the Wadesboro VFW. Graveside services were Tuesday, April 11, at Eastview Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Earl Bradshaw. Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Phillips, Reuben T. Phillips Jr. and Edgar Phillips; and sisters, Ethel Watts and Francis Flack. Survivors include his wife, Mary Rebecca Phillips of the home; sons, Albert F. Phillips Jr. of Polkton and Thomas Matthew Phillips of Wadesboro; daughters, Ms. Mary Lee of Wadesboro, Mrs. Christine Morton of Wadesboro, and Mrs. Debra Porter of Atlanta, Ga.; and sisters, Mrs. Clara McLester of Polkton and Mrs. Todd Cooper of Rockingham. Memorials may be made to Duke and St. Joseph Home Care and Hospice, P0 Box 974, Wadesboro, NC 28170 Moore Funeral Home of Wadesboro was in charge of funeral arrangements. [The Cheraw Chronicle, April 13, 2000, Page 6A].[2]


[1] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Accessed on April 2012; Headstone for Albert Franklin "Frank" Phillips, Sr; Memorial # 27815941.
[2] Obituary: Mr. Albert Franklin Phillips obituary, The Cheraw Chronicle, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 13 April 2000, Page 6A.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Surname Saturday - Teal - Brock

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Martha Jane Teal was born on 11 Aug 1830 in Anson County, North Carolina. 1 2 3 4 She died on 3 Jul 1886 at the age of 55 in Barbour County, Alabama. Martha was buried at Pea River Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Martha Jane Teal is a daughter of William Columbus Teal and Isabella McRae. 

Martha Jane Teal and James Brock were married in 1844 in SC. James Brock, son of Benjamin Brock and Temperance, was born on 19 Oct 1822 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1850-1880 Census in Barbour County, Alabama.5 6 7 8 He died on 16 May 1883 at the age of 60 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama. A Memorial for James can be viewed at www.findagrave.com.9
 
Martha and James left the Carolinas' sometime between 1845 and 1850. Their fist child, William, was born in Chesterfield in 1845. 

James Brock is my second great Uncle.

James Brock and Martha Jane Teal had the following children:

                              i.   William Daniel Brock, born 27 Apr 1845, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Josephine T. Brown, 8 Mar 1870, AL; died 4 Jun 1926, Barbour Co.,AL.
                             ii.   Temperance A. Brock, born 30 Dec 1847, Barbour County, Alabama; married Robert B. Brown, 8 Jan 1880, AL; died 1 Jun 1928, Clio, Barbour Co.,AL.
                            iii.   Mary J. Brock, born 3 Feb 1850, Barbour County, Alabama; married James Grant, 25 Jan 1870, AL.
                            iv.   Benjamin Franklin Brock, born 22 Aug 1852, Clio, Barbour, Alabama; married Mary Elizabeth McRae, 27 Feb 1879, AL; died 11 Mar 1927, Clio, Barbour, Alabama.
                             v.   Lilly Ann Brock, born 3 May 1853, Barbour County, Alabama; married William Eberhart Ramage; died 25 Oct 1883, Clio, Barbour, Alabama.
                            vi.   Alexander L. Brock, born 21 Aug 1855, Barbour County, Alabama; married Amanda Knight, 30 Dec 1880, AL; married Sally White; died 1937, Barbour County, Alabama.
                           vii.   Elizabeth Brock was born about 1858. 10 She died before 1870 at the age of 12.
                          viii.   Christain Brock was born in 1860 in Barbour County, Alabama. She died before 1870 at the age of 10 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama.
                            ix.   Sarah Jane Brock, born 17 Jul 1861, Barbour County, Alabama; married Clayton Webster Knight, 20 Jan 1881; died 1948, Clio, Barbour, Alabama.
                             x.   James Pleasant Brock, born 11 Apr 1864, Barbour County, Alabama; married Lillie Powell.
                            xi.   Charles Henry Brock, born 29 Jan 1866, Barbour County, Alabama; married Florence B. Clark, abt 1902, Barbour Co., AL; married Nena Clark; married Levanah Clark; died 21 Jan 1945, Clio, Barbour, Alabama.
                           xii.   Eliza "Lila" Brock, born 8 Jun 1866, Barbour County, Alabama; married George H. Chambers; died 30 May 1934.
                          xiii.   Ella Brock, born 1870, Barbour County, Alabama; married Henry M. Shelby.
                         xiv.   Martha J. Brock was born in 1872 in Barbour County, Alabama. 11 A Memorial has been created for she at www.findagrave.com.


Elizabeth & Christian may be the same individual. Evidently she died at an early age, so data is not readily available.

 On James Brock's findagrave memorial, he is listed as James Gregory Brock. I have not found a source document showing James with a  middle name of Gregory. If anyone in the reading audience has a source for this information please contact me by e-mail.





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        1. 1850 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Division 23, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 203B; Line 24, Dwelling 1421, Family 1460, Household of James Brock; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed June 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 1.
        2. 1860 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Beat #15, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 558; Line 11, Dwelling 650, Family 638, Household of  James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed May 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 1.
        3. 1870 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Township 9 Range 24, Barbour County, Alabama, Page: 367B, Line 16, Dwelling 2049, Family 2176, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed May 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 2.
        4. 1880 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Atkinsons, Barbour County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) #021, Page 330D, Line 25, Dwelling NL, Family 110, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed May 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 2.
        5. 1850 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Division 23, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 203B; Line 24, Dwelling 1421, Family 1460, Household of James Brock.
        6. 1860 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Beat #15, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 558; Line 11, Dwelling 650, Family 638, Household of James BROCK.
        7. 1870 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Township 9 Range 24, Barbour County, Alabama, Page: 367B, Line 16, Dwelling 2049, Family 2176, Household of James BROCK.
8. 1880 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Atkinsons, Barbour County, Alabama, ED #021, Page 330D, Line 25, Dwelling NL, Family 110, Household of James BROCK.
        9. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for James Gregory Brock; (19 October 1822–16 April 1883); Memorial # 17945449; Record of the Pea River Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Clio, Barbour County, Alabama, USA; Accessed on May 2012. James Gregory Brock - Find A Grave Memorial# 17945449.
        10. 1860 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Beat #15, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 558; Line 11, Dwelling 650, Family 638, Household of James BROCK.
          11. 1880 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Atkinsons, Barbour County, Alabama, ED #021, Page 330D, Line 25, Dwelling NL, Family 110, Household of James BROCK
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