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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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Surname Saturday - John H. Wadsworth

John H. Wadsworth was born about 1791 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He is enumerated in Census for the years 1820-19880 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1 2 3 4 5 6 He died after 1880 at the age of 89+ in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 7

John H. Wadsworth and Susannah Davis were married about 1820 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Susannah Davis, daughter of Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers, was born in 1792 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 8 9 She is listed in the 1840-1870 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 10 11 She died about 1875 at the age of 83 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

John H. Wadsworth and Susannah Davis had the following children:

              2              i.   Lewis H. Wadsworth, born 13 Sep 1832, Chesterfield District, South Carolina; married Mary Ann Freeman, 28 Dec 1849, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Elizabeth A. Crawford, abt 1902; died 7 Mar 1910, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
                             ii.   Mary Elizabeth Wadsworth was born about 1835 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 12 13

The 1840 census indicates there is a daughter, age 15 thru 19, whose name is presently unknown. John H. Wadsworth remarried prior to 1880 to a lady named Mary (last name unknown).

John H. Wadsworth and Mary were married. Mary was born about 1852. 14

John H. Wadsworth and Mary had the following child:

                              i.   15 Sarah Christain Wadsworth was born in Nov 1880 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Susannah Davis, wife of John H. Wadsworth is my third great grand aunt.

Extant record on this family are very limited. However, I did find one additional source that is very confusing. There is a land deed in Anson County, NC where Alexander Martin is selling 97 acres of land to Sarah C. & Susanah Wadsworth for $500.00. The deed transaction is dated 4th January 1886. [Anson Co. NC DEED Book 8, Pages 536-537]. 16

In 1886, Sarah C. Wadsworth is only 6 years old and the only Susannah Wadsworth I am aware of is John H. Wadsworth first wife, Susannah Davis Wadsworth. 

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        1. 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, , , . 1840 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: 510; Image: 1358;  Family History Library Film: 0022508, Page 372, Line 15; John WADSWORTH, male, age 40-49, born SC
        2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130A, Line 16, Dwelling 488, Family 488, Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851. 
        3. 1850 Agriculture Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, agriculture census, Chesterfield, Darlington, South Carolina, Page: 441; Line: 11, John H. Wadsworth; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm AD259 Roll 1. 
        4. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 115;  Line 37, Dwelling 302, Family 302, .Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653-1217. 
        5. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 287A; Line 10, Dwelling 210, Family 210, Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
        6. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0004, Page 307A Line 25, Dwelling 107, Family 107, Household of Jno. H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm T9-1225. 
        7. 1880 Agriculture Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, agriculture census, Cole Hill, Chesterfield, South Carolina, Page: 12; Line: 1, Jno. H. Wadsworth; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm AD270 Roll 9.
        8. 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, , , . 1840 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: 510; Image: 1358;  Family History Library Film: 0022508, Page 372, Line 15; John WADSWORTH, male, age 40-49, born SC
        9. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130A, Line 16, Dwelling 488, Family 488, Household of John H. WADSWORTH. 
        10. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 115;  Line 37, Dwelling 302, Family 302, .Household of John H. WADSWORTH. 
        11. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 287A; Line 10, Dwelling 210, Family 210, Household of John H. WADSWORTH. 
        12. 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, , , . 1840 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: 510; Image: 1358;  Family History Library Film: 0022508, Page 372, Line 15; John WADSWORTH, male, age 40-49, born SC
        13. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130A, Line 16, Dwelling 488, Family 488, Household of John H. WADSWORTH. 
        14. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0004, Page 307A Line 25, Dwelling 107, Family 107, Household of Jno. H. WADSWORTH.  
        15. Ibid.
        16.  Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book 8: pages 536 & 537, Alexander Martin to Sarah C. Wadsworth & Susanah Wadsworth; 4 January 1886, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina


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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Dying Soldier Request Fulfilled


William Samuel Brock was born 31 August 1896, a son of Mr. & Mrs. Joel Washington Brock. He was married to Cora Lee.

Private William Brock[1], who died in France in November, 1918, was buried at Brock's Mill last Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. F. M. Cannon. Mr. Brock was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. Brock, and was little more than a boy when called to the colors. Mr. Brock saw service on the battlefields and served with distinction as a brave young soldier, but the very day that the armistice was signed he developed influenza, which was followed by pneumonia, and the noble young life soon passed to its heavenly reward. Mr. Brock, before he died, realizing that he could not live, requested that his body be brought back to the old home church yard for burial, and his parents and relatives feel more comforted in the fact that he now sleeps beneath the sod of his own home among his own people. The body, escorted by a young soldier, reached McFarland Saturday afternoon. The casket was draped with the American colors and the large crowd attending the funeral attested the popularity of the young man among his own people. Mr. Brock was not only a brave soldier of his own country, but he had also enlisted under the banner of the Cross and was a soldier of the Master. Indeed, it was said of this noble young man, "He has fought a good fight, he has kept the faith.


My THANKS to Julious Burr for use of this photo


[1] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001, 55. Tombstone of Private William Samuel Brock; 31 August 1896–10 November 1918, Brock's Mill Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The Chesterfield Advertiser, March 31, 1921, page 1, col. 3.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spotlight on: Frederick Rivers

Genealogical research in Chesterfield County, South Caroline is extremely hard due to the loss of pre-civil war records. Almost no newspapers have survived this period and very few from the civil War until 1900. This has resulted in a potpourri of genealogical miss-information especially on the internet.  

Today I want to discuss the death of Frederick Rivers. First, I want to state unequivocally there are no tombstone, no estate, and no document that states when Frederick Rivers died.  There are many trees on Ancestry that shows Frederick Rivers died in 1810. 

Ancestry.com Family Tree page

There are two documents that's refutes this information. One is the 1820 Census for Chesterfield County.[1]
1820 Census - Ancestry.com


The other documents that proved that Frederick did not die in 1810 is this land deed witnessed by Frederick on 11 December 1814.[2]

State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield District }                     Know all men by these presents that we Alex Melton Rebecca Melton and Edy Wages of the state and district aforesaid for the consideration of one hundred dollars to us in hand paid by William A. Lang of the state and district aforesaid have granted bargained and released and by these presents  do firmly bargain grant sell and release unto the said William A. Lang a tract or parcel of land lying in the State and district aforesaid it being on the North side of Thomson's Creek on Abrams Creek bounded on the north west by part of the said tract to the South West by John Frantoms land now in the possession of others; it being one hundred acres be the same more or less it being part of a thousand acres tract granted to Frederick Rivers the 7th day of Nov 1786 and convey to Barney Wells and from Wells to Simon Lundy and by the last will and testament of the said Simon Lundy to the aforesaid Alexander Melton, Rebecca Melton & Edy Wages together with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances hereunto belonging to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said William A. Lang his heirs and assigns forever and we do hereby bind ourselves and our heirs Executors, administrators and assigns to warrant and forever defend all and singular the rights and premises the said William A. Lang his heirs and assigns against ourselves & our heirs and against every person or persons whomsoever claim claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof as witness whereof we have set our hands and seals this the 11th day of December 1814 & c.

                                                                                        (Signed)               Alex Melton
                                                                                                             Rebecca Melton
                                                                                                                Edy  X Wages
                                                                                                                     Her mark
Signed, sealed &
Delivered in the presence of
Frederick Rivers
Lewis Boatwright


Proved in Common form before Peter Robeson, J. P.


All that is known of Frederick Rivers death is that he died after the census was taken on 2 August 1820.

Be certain that you verify any genealogical information you might find on the internet.There a lot of miss-information all over the web.



[1] Source Citation: 1820 U S Census; Census Place: , Chesterfield, South Carolina; Page: 128; NARA Roll: M33_119; Image: 263.
[2] Cheraw Equity Records, SC Archives, Columbia, SC.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Frederick Rivers & Siddie Boatwright

Frederick F. Rivers was born on 3 Nov 1779 in Chesterfield District, South Carolina.[1] He died on 31 May 1860 at the age of 80 was buried in the Rivers Cemetery,  Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[2]
 
Frederick F. Rivers and Siddie Boatwright were married about 1804 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Siddie Boatwright, daughter of Lewis Boatwright and Sarah Lundy, was born in Jan 1786 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[3] [4] She died on 3 Jul 1861 at the age of 75 and was buried on 3 Jul 1861 in Rivers Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[5] 

Frederick F. Rivers and Siddie Boatwright had the following children:

              2              i.   William M. "Billy" Rivers, born 1805, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Anne Eliza Kelley, 27 Dec 1837, Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died Mar. 18, 1891, Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
                             ii.   Sarah "Siddie" Rivers was born in 1808 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
              3            iii.   David T. Rivers, born 10 Jun 1810, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Katherine Eugenia Edgeworth, abt 1844, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 8 Feb 1891, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
              4            iv.   Lewis Rivers, born 6 Nov 1811, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Lenora L. Padgett, 12 Dec 1839, Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; died 11 Feb 1895, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
              5             v.   Eliza Rivers, born abt 1815, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married John B. Rivers, 1832, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 1879, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
                            vi.   Frederick F. Rivers was born in 1828 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. [6] He died on 11 Jan 1866 at the age of 38 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[7][8] Frederick was buried on 12 Jan 1866 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[9] His estate was probated on 29 Jan 1866 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
              6           vii.   Calvin Rivers, born 9 Jan 1831, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Louise Gatewood, 5 Jan 1860, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 3 Nov 1907, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.




[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Self-Published, 1995, page 1160. Tombstone of Frederick F. Rivers; 3 November 1779–31 March 1860, Rivers Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Self-Published, 1995. Tombstone of Frederick F. Rivers.
[3] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Self-Published, 1995. Tombstone of Siddie Rivers.
[4] . 1850 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 177B, Dwelling #1213, Family/1213, Household of Frederick Rivers Sr. 1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: M432_851; Page: 177B; Image: 359; 3 Dec 1850, Line 26, Family/Dwelling #1213/1213, Frederick RIVERS, Sr., age 72, Farmer, born in SC; Siddy RIVERS, age 65; Sarah RIVERS, age 42, Frederick RIVERS, age 22 and Calvin RIVERS, age 20. Film #0444814.
[5] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Self-Published, 1995. Tombstone of Siddie Rivers.
[6]  1850 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 177B, Dwelling #1213, Family/1213, Household of Frederick Rivers Sr.
[7] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Chesterfield County Estate Records, Folder #103 (29 January 1866), Frederick F. Rivers, Died 11 Jan 1866; South Carolina State Archives, Columbia, South Carolina | www.familysearch.com.
Estate: Chesterfield County Estate Records, Folder #103, SC State Archives, Columbia, SC. Fredk F. Rivers, Died 11 Jan 1866. Brother, Calvin Rivers appointed administrator of estate.
Frederick F. Rivers # 103
Calvin Rivers appointed admin. of estate 29 Jan. 1866. His signature was witnessed by David Rivers, Sarah Rivers and James Rivers. The estate was inventoried by John H. Perkins, P. G. Hinson and D. R. Davis and the sale occurred 15 Feb. 1866. Present at the sale were: E.B. White, David Rivers, Sarah Rivers, Calvin Rivers, S. D. Timmons, Frederick Rivers, C. H. Rivers, Dr. Smith, D. C. Odom, Lewis Hinson, W.R. Streater and Thomas Lyles. According to this record , Frederick F. died 29 Jan. 1866.
[8] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Self-Published, 1995. Tombstone of Frederick F. Rivers.
[9] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Accessed on November 2008; Headstone for Pvt Frederick F. Rivers; Memorial # # 47259387.  Pvt Frederick F. Rivers
  Find A Grave Memorial# 47259387.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Richard Frederick "Fred" Davis

Fred Davis, Zoar Cemetery
Richard Frederick "Fred" Davis was born on 21 Oct 1837 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[1] [2] [3] Richard Frederick is the son of Robert Richard "Ricks" Davis and his wife Sarah "Sallie" Rivers. Richard died on 7 Nov 1915 at the age of 78 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.[4] He was buried on 8 Nov 1915 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. [5]

Richard Frederick Davis and Elizabeth McBride were married about 1860 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Elizabeth McBride, daughter of William McBride and Jerusha Davis, was born in 1843 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] She died in 1901 at the age of 58 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Richard Frederick Davis and Elizabeth McBride had the following children:

              i. Jefferson Fred Davis, born 30 Sep 1861, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
             ii. John Washington Davis, born 5 Nov 1865, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Richard Frederick Davis and Lucy Hardy White were married after 1901 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Lucy Hardy White, daughter of Thrashley White and was born in Jul 1863 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. [11] She died after 1915 at the age of 52.

Richard Frederick Davis and Lucy Hardy White had the following child:

                              i.   Robert L. Davis was born in 1903 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. [12]



[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 831. Tombstone of Fred DAVIS; 21 October 1837–9 November 1915, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Page 179B, Line 16, family 1242, dwelling 1242, Household of William Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 128B; Line 8, Dwelling/Family 489/488, Household of Sarah [RIVERS] DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 August 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[4] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of Fred DAVIS. [Fred DAVIS. Oct 21, 1837 - Nov 09, 1915].
[5]  Ibid.
[6] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 180B, Line 38, Dwelling 162, Family 1262, Household of Sarah DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 28 August 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[7] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 129A; Line 19, Dwelling 498; Family 497, Household of Sarah DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 28 August 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[8] 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 288A; Line 30, Dwelling 10, Family 10, Household of Fred DAVIS.
[9] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #5, Page 326B; Line 11, Dwelling 286, Family 286, Household of Fred DAVIS.
[10] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #21, Page 100B, Line 61, Dwelling/Family 297/303, Household of Frederick DAVIS
[11] 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #0037, Page: 133B; Line 57, Dwelling 120, Family 120, Household of Fread DAVIS.
[12] Ibid.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Military Monday – William A. McCall


Name: William A. McCall, age 32,
Unit :   Co. H, 1st. (Orr) SC Rifles.  
            Co. F, 1st. Reg SC Art'y.
Rank: Private
Enlistment Date: 19 Oct 1861, Sullivan's Island for three (3) years or the War[1]

His entire enlisted was served at Sullivan Island with Detached Services in City of Charleston and at Charleston Arsenal under Col. Orr where he worked as a machinist/mechanic.

On 16 February 1865 - William A. McCall was captured at Sampson County, NC. Sent from Newbern NC, by Capt. Perkins, Union Army, to Hart's Island, New York Harbor. He was released 16 June 1865. G.O. #109, dated 6 June 1865.

16 June 1865 - William A. McCall, Pvt., 1st SC Art'y signed an oath of allegiance to the United States, subscribed and sworn to at Hart's Island, NY Harbor on 16 June 1865. 

His place of residence is listed as Chesterfield District, SC. 
His vital statistics are listed as: - light complexion, light hair, blue eyes and 5' 8 1/2" tall.

W. A. McCall, Co. F., 1st Regt. SC Art'y
9 Jan 1864 - Appears on an application for the detail of mechanics to work at Charleston Arsenal, SC.
Application dated Charleston Arsenal, 9 Jan 1864
Period for which detail is needed - three (3) months Occupation - Machinist W. A. McCall, Co. F., 1st Regt. SC Art'y In jail Charleston, SC
See personal papers of:
     Nelvil Soule, Capt. & AAG
     Francis D. Lee, Capt. Eng'r
     Personal Papers of Wm. A. McCall, Co. F, 1 SC Art'y 5 Jan 1864 -


William Alexander McCall was born about 1830 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 7 Dec 1875 at the age of 45 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States.[2] He was buried at Old Saint Davids Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
William Alexander McCall and Ann Elizabeth Purvis were married on 6 Feb 1851 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[3] Anna Elizabeth Purvis, daughter of James Purvis, was born on 1 Oct 1832 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Anna died on 9 Jan 1925 at the age of 92 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She was buried on 11 Jan 1925 at Old Saint Davids Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

William Alexander McCall and Ann Elizabeth Purvis had 3 children; 2 boys and a girl before going off to war. Their youngest son was born in 1867, 2 years after the war ended.


[1] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 20 June 2012), entry for William A. McCall, Private; Co. H. 1st Orr, SC Rifles & Co. F, 1st SC Artillery; Confederate.
[2]. "Record for Confederate veterans , 1909 -1973," SC Department. of Archive & History (SCDAH), SCDAH Database Search (http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx : viewed 20 June 2012), , "Pension application Ann Elizabeth McCall," pages 1 & 2; Series: S126088, Item 02529. DEATH: Civil War Pension application made by ANN ELIZABETH McCALL OF CHERAW, CHESTERFIELD COUNTY APPLICATION FOR PENSION FOR WILLIAM ALEXANDER MCCALL'S SERVICE IN COMPANY C, EIGHTH REGT, S.C. VOLUNTEERS. May 18, 1919. Ann states that William Alexander McCall died 7 December 1875. That they were married on 6 February 1851, she was now 94 years old and had lived in Chesterfield County since 1830.
[3] . Ibid
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Which Source Document Do You Believe?


I came across another dilemma this week while doing some research to better documents some of my sources.  In this case I was researching my maternal line – my Brock Ancestry. 

Michael Hezekiah "Mike" Brock is my 1st Grand Uncle. He is the son of Hezekiah Brock and Sarah "Sallie" Morris. He was born on 20 January 1853 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. He had 5 brothers, no sisters. He was the second oldest son, my great Grandfather Benjamin Franklin being the oldest child.

According to Michael Hezekiah Brock estate folder (#860) he died 2 Jan 1926, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. [1]


Then we have the South Carolina death certificate for Michael Brock showing that he died 2 January 1927.[2]


So which death date is correct? The estate file (#860) says that Mike Brock died the 2nd January 1926 while the SC Death certificate states that he died the 2nd January 1927. A search for an obituary resulted negative results.  

In situations like this, where we have conflicting information, the Genealogical Proof Standard requires that a reasonably exhaustive search is made of all records and that the conflict be resolved.  
Two other secondary sources are available related to birth and death info. They are a cemetery survey book for the county cemeteries and FindaGrave memorial # 60843661.[3] The FindaGrave memorial does not contain a photo of the tombstone but does have the death date recorded as 2 January 1927 and shows that Mike is buried in Zion cemetery in Pageland, South Carolina. 

On the other hand, the cemetery survey was a comprehensive inventory of all cemeteries within the county and was completed in the mid -1990's. The Cemetery Survey Book has Mike Brock listed on page 813. The tombstone only contains the year of birth – 1853 and the year of death – 1927. [4]

Not enough information has been found to totally resolve the conflicting information for Mike's death date. Two of the above sources are secondary sources; but, it evident that the FindaGrave info came from the death certificate. For the time being, I personally think the death date is 2 January 1927 but will leave the death date unresolved and open to additional research.  


[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 15 June 2011), Photo copies, "Estate #860 - Mike Brock," Images 509-517; FHL Film #2166658.
[2] Mike Brock, death certificate 000437 (2 January 1927), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
[3] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Michael "Mike" Brock; (20 January 1853–2 January 1927); Memorial # 60843661; Record of the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery; Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 15 June 2012
[4] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 813. Tombstone of Mike Brock; 1853–1927, Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Land Deed Confirms Genealogy Research

I have written previously about the value of land deeds in genealogy. One of my primary lines is the BROCK surname. My Grand Mother was a Brock. All the Brocks in Chesterfield County, South Carolina are descendants of a man named Johan Valentine Brack/Brock.

I have researched to some degree every Brock in Chesterfield County. Today to show you the value of  land deeds we will look at William P. Brock, his wife and family. My research on this family resulted in the following information.

William P. Brock was born about 1827 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 He appeared in the census in 1860 & 1870 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.2 3 William died after 1870 and before 1880.

William P. Brock and Easter E. Copeland were married about 1853. Easter E. Copeland, daughter of Archibald Copeland, was born about 1837 in SC. 4 5 Her death date is also unknown but she has not been located after the 1870 Census.

William P. Brock and Easter E. Copeland had the following children:

i.   Wincy E. Brock was born in 1854 in SC. 6 7.  Not found past 1870 Census.
ii.   Peter Preston Brock  Sr., born 2 Feb 1856, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Margaret Jane Sellers; married Elizabeth Jane Eddins; died 8 Feb 1940, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii.   William Thomas Brock, born abt 1855, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Margaret Ellen Newby, abt 1880, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 5 Mar 1920, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv.   Samuel Stonewall Jackson Brock, born 16 Oct 1858, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Laura Cornelius Teal; died 3 Oct 1942, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v.   Delia Ardella Brock, born 7 May 1866, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Edward Chambers Teal; died 24 Apr 1942, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi.   Joel Washington Brock, born 18 May 1869, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Jane Brock; died 24 Jan 1949, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.


So based on my research over the past years William and Easter had 6 children.

Now, let's take a look at the Land Deed I copied today at the Chesterfield Court House from Deed Book 5, Page 520.  


Saml Brock to Wincy E. Brock & others

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County            }
                                Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Brock of the State and County aforesaid in consideration of the sum of Fifty dollars to me in hand paid by W. P. Brock agent for Wincy E. Brock Peter P. Brock W. T. Brock S. S. J. Brock Ardelia Brock & Joel W. Brock sons and daughter of W. P. Brock and Easter E. Brock also of the State and County aforesaid have granted bargained sold release and by these presents do bargain sell and       unto the above named children of W. P.      all that tract or parcel of land situate in the State and County aforesaid on the South West side of big Westfield Creek being part of a tract of land conveyed by William Pegues to Samuel White by deed having date the seventh of November A. D. 1817 said tract containing one hundred acres also eighteen acres of land being set apart by John White to Samuel P. White which the within plat will fully show made by W. L. Robeson under date of 17th December 1850 Together with all and singular the Rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining To have and to hold all and      said Wincy E. Brock, Peter P. Brock W. T. Brock, S. S. J. Brock, Ardelia Brock and Joel W. Brock sons and daughters of W. P. and Easter E. Brock Their heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby bind myself my heirs Executors administrators and       to Warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Wincy E. Brock, Peter P. Brock W. T. Brock, S. S. J. Brock, Ardelia Brock and Joel W. Brock their heirs and assigns against myself my heirs And against all persons whosoever, lawfully claiming or to claim the same in any part thereof In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 28th day of February A. D. 1871.
Signed Sealed and delivered}                                   Samuel X Brock {L.S.}
In the presents of <sic>}
Eli Brock
Eli Whittington

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County              }
                                Personally appeared before me Eli Whittington and made oath that he saw the within named Samuel Brock sign seal and as his act and deed deliver the within deed and that he and Eli Brock Witnessed the execution thereof.
Sworn before me 27th}                                               Eli Whittington
Dec. A. D. 1871}
T. F. Mulloy  }
Clk & Ex Off Magst

Auditors Office}
Chesterfield County}
                                                Recorded 17th Feby 1879 in Sales Book A. page 135
                                                                                            C. L. Evans

Recorded 17th Feby 1879,
Origl deliv'd to


This land deed confirmed the research previously completed on this family. The Grandfather Samuel Brock is conveying 100 acres to his six grandchildren and their Father W. P. Brock is acting as agent for his children. Data within the land deed matches information found on this family in the U. S. population census.             


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        1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Page: 168A; Line 29, Dwelling 1070, Family 1070, Household of Samuel BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 April 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
        2. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 118A, Line 10, Dwelling 342, Family 341, Household of Wm. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.           
        3. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House Twp., Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 289, Line 40, Dwelling 34, Family 34, Household of W[illiam] P. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
        4. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 118A, Line 10, Dwelling 342, Family 341, Household of Wm. BROCK.
        5. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House Twp., Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 289, Line 40, Dwelling 34, Family 34, Household of W[illiam] P. BROCK.
        6. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 118A, Line 10, Dwelling 342, Family 341, Household of Wm. BROCK.
        7. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House Twp., Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 289, Line 40, Dwelling 34, Family 34, Household of W[illiam] P. BROCK.


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