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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Census Sunday~Mark/Martin Rivers, 1870, Choctaw, Alabama

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Mark Rivers was born in Chesterfield, SC about 1808 to Mark Rivers and Annie Parker. He married Irena Catherine Hancock in February 18401 in Chesterfield County, SC.

Shortly, thereafter Mark and Catherine migrated to Jones County, Mississippi2 joining his sister Emilia Rivers Holified and his brother-in-law Moses Holifield.

On 19 April 1859, Catherine and Mark were divorced after Mark charged her with adultery.

By 1860, Mark’s brother Like and his wife Selina had also moved from Chesterfield County to Jones County, Mississippi.

In 1860, Mark and Catherine can be found living together even though divorced in April 1859. Also in the household is a young lad named J. H. Driman/Dryman. [The “H” is really an  “N”. Jasper Newton Driman/Dryman].4

In 1870 Catherine is out of the household and replaced with Amanda. I have not found Catherine in the 1870 census. However, this could be Catherine using a different name.

Martin Rivers, 1870 Choctaw, AL

Also in the household with Martin and Amanda are 4 children – S. Holyfield, female, age 19; M. Holyfield, female, age 13; Robt. Holyfield, male, age 10 and Monroe Holyfield, male, age 8.

1870, Rivers, Choctaw, AL

A look at Alabama Apprenticeship Records shows that three of these children were;  Milley  Holifield, Ranson Holifield and Miles Holifield . The Apprenticeship action took place on 5 January 1868

January the 5th 1868
The State of Ala Chtaw County
To all hoom this may concern wee the Signed have bound ourselves to have bound to Mark Rivers and his wife Catherine Rivers two of our children Elie and Miley until thay ar 21 years of age the sade Rivers and his wife Dus agree to fernish the children clothing and provishion and 12 month scooling and the Sade Rivers and his Wife Dus further agree when the children is free to give then a starte as same as if tha was than on childring.6


Mark or Martin is not found after 1870. It’s the opinion of this author and researcher that even though divorced Mark/Martin and Catherine/Amanda lived together until his death sometime around mid to late 1879.

No death date, obituary or tombstone has been found for Mark/Martin Rivers.

On 8 September 1879, Irena Catherine Hancock Rivers married George S. Fagan in Choctaw County, Alabama.7

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[1] Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1 page 31-35 , Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi.
[2] 1850 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 129B, Line 13, Dwelling 3194, Family #194, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com:viewed 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 374.
[3] Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1 page 31-35 , Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi.
[4] 1860 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 705, Line 11, Dwelling 304, Family 304, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 584.
[5] 1870 U. S. Census, Choctaw County, Alabama, population schedule, Township 10, Choctaw, Alabama, Page: 412B; Line 27, Dwelling 162, Family 163, Household of Martin RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing NARA publication M593_7.
[6] Choctaw County, Alabama, Volume 1 page 31-35 Roll# S2005-0347, "Apprenticeship Records (1823-1924), Index - Adams, Judge - Young, Mattie", Minors for Apprenticeship-Milley, Ransom, Miles Holifield, 5 January 1868; Clerk of Probate, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama.
[7] Choctaw County, Alabama, Marriage Licensee, Book 1, Page 263, FHL Film #1788198., George S Fagan & Catherine Rivers, 8 September 1879; Probate Court, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama.

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