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TO CAROLINA FAMILY ROOTS READERS.
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, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter

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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SVouet.jpg - This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Commons is a freely licensed media file repository. .

Surname Saturday~William R. Sellers



William Riley was born abt 1842 to William Eddins Sellers and Elizabeth Parsons, my 2nd great grandparents. He is listed as 8 years old in the 1850 census and 17 in the 1860 census. His Father was killed in an accident while building a church in Madison County, Tennessee sometime between 1854 and 1860. Elizabeth Parsons Sellers packed up the children and brought them back to Chesterfield County.

On 26 December 1861, William Riley Sellers was enlisted into Civil War, Company A, 4th South Carolina Cavalry by J. C. Craig. Image 10 in his Civil War record on Fold3 shows that he was missing at the Battle of Haw's Shop. Image 13 shows that he was captured on May 30, 1864 and died  on 23 March 1865 of pneumonia. [1]

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William Riley Sellers, died in prison at Elmira, NY on  23 March 1865.  He is  buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery, CSA Section, Location #2438, Elmira, NY. [William Riley Sellers 4th SC unit is the red triangle in the lower left corner of above picture]

You can view his marker by clicking on this link.[3]

William Riley Sellers is my great grand Uncle.


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[1] http://www.fold3.com/image/#20|64802201
[2] Battle of Haw's Shop - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haw%27s_Shop.pngThis file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
[3] Find A Grave Memorial# 66214868

Friday, March 29, 2013

Death of Squire H. Brock

Squire H. Brock is my 3rd great grand Uncle.

Squire was born 5 Feb 1805.[1] While a specific document has not been found naming his parents; indirect evidence indicates he was a son of James Brock who died 15 Dec 1847 in a tragic house fire.

Squire married Rachel Parker and they had 8 children; 4 daughters and 4 sons.  

A land deed in Book 8, page 360-361 at the Chesterfield County Courthouse, Register of Deeds shows that Squire H. Brock transferred land to John W. Brock on 29 August 1885. Squire’s  wife relinquished her rights and claim to dower to the transfer of this property.[2]

Squire H. Brock died in 1888. There are only two known sources for his death date of February 10, 1888. Those two sources are his tombstone in the Brock Cemetery and  the Squire J. Rivers Family Bible. [3[[4]

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Squire’s daughter Mary A. Brock, b. 1829 married William Alfred Rivers about June 1851 and they had one son – Squire James Rivers, on 13 March 1852. Mary A. Brock Rivers died as a result of this childbirth on 25 March 1852. William Alfred Rivers died 17 August 1863 at Petersburg, Virginia.[5]  The loss of his Mother, at birth, and his Father, in the Civil War, resulted in Squire James being  raised by his grandparents Squire H. & Rachel Brock and his use of the Brock surname as a young lad.






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[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 1072. Tombstone of SQUIRE H. BROCK; 5 February 1805–10 February 1888, Brock Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] Land Deed - Squire H. Brock to John W. Brock; 29 August 1885; Deed Book #8; Page(s) 360-361; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 11 June 1998.
[3] Squire James Rivers Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), DEATH DATE; S. H. BROCK died February 10, 1888, Obtained from Judy [name withheld].
[4] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 1072. Tombstone of SQUIRE H. BROCK; 5 February 1805–10 February 1888, Brock Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[5] Randolph W. Kirkland Jr., Broken Fortunes: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in the Service of Their Country and State in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1997), Page 298.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~Hardy Sellers


Pvt. Hardy Sellers
b. 13 Dec. 1823
d. 15 Aug 1863

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Hardy Sellers was born on 13 Dec 1823 to Phillip and Mary Sellers. He married Mary E. Hancock about 1845. This date is based on the birth date of their known First born Lauraetta Jane Sellers, b. 10 Sept. 1946.

By the start of the Civil War, Hardy and Mary had been married about 16 years and had seven children, all daughters.  Then in January 1861 the South succeeds; the Civil war begins and on August 12, 1862 Hardy Sellers enlists with Captain Kelly’s Company Chesterfield Light Artillery.[1]

A year and 3 days later Hardy Sellers died on 15 August 1863 in the hospital at Petersburg, Virginia. The above tombstone is at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery where Hardy’s wife Mary E. Hancock is buried. [2]

Mary Sellers was left with 7 daughters, ranging in ages from 3 to 14 to raise on her own.

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One other book that I reviewed is “Broken Fortunes", By Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr.. Mr. Kirkland states in his book that Hardy Sellers, Pvt, age 40, died 8/15/1863, Petersburg, VA and was buried at Blandford Church, Pbg., VA. [3]

That certainly makes sense since he died in a Petersburg hospital and no record has been found showing that his body was returned to Chesterfield County.

Hardy Sellers is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.





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[1] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 25 March 2013), entry for Hardy Sellers, Private; Captain Kelly’s Company Chesterfield Light Artillery; Confederate.
[2] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Pvt. Hardy Sellers; (13 December 1823–15 August 1863); Memorial # 66124540; Record of the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 25 March 2013.
[3] "Broken Fortunes", By Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr., Published by The South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, SC, 1995, Page 312. Hardy Sellers, Pvt, age 40, died 8/15/1863, Petersburg, VA and was buried at Blandford Church, Pbg., VA.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Military Monday~Eli Brock


Eli W. Brock was born in February 1832 to Samuel W. Brock and Martha (LNU). 

On 11 May 1864 the Civil War caught up with Eli Brock  and he was conscripted into the Confederate States Army by Major Green for the duration of the War. He was 32 years and 3 months old. He was assigned as a Private to the 1st SC Artillery, Company I.

Eli survived the War, returning home  to married  Mary Jane White in 1865. Nothing more is contained within the available on-line military records.

After returning home he and Mary Jane settled down to farming and raising a family of seven children; 5 daughters and 2 sons.

According to Eli’s tombstone he died in 1905 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. No obituary has been found for Eli Brock.

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

Eli and Mary Jane are buried in the Brock Cemetery, Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, SC. [2]



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[1] http://www.fold3.com/image/#20|67715359
[2] Find A Grave Memorial# 32255936

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Church Record Sunday- Chesterfield County, SC

From Circuit Riders to permanent structures; religion has played a vital role in the founding and building of communities in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. There are quite a few long standing churches in the County Far too many to mention them all in this blog but I would like to mention several of them.

Elizabeth Baptist Church
Located in Mt. Croghan, SC
Founded in 1825 by Elder Joel Gulledge and Samuel Timmons
One of the oldest churches in the county.
Many early pioneers of the county buried here.
Minutes from the church with many names of former members  can be found here: Elizabeth Baptist Church Minutes

St. David’s Episcopal Church
Used as a hospital during the Revolutionary and Civil War.

First Civil War monument ever erected is in St David’s Churchyard.[1]

English Soldiers from the 71th Regiment buried in it’s churchyard.

Bishop Francis Asbury visited Cheraw in 1785. It is reported that he and his party spent some time in prayer at St David’s.[2] The St. David's Parish was created in 1768. [3]  Likely the church was built between these two dates [1768-1785].

Many of the early settlers buried in its churchyard.

Review both “The History of the Old Cheraws” and “St. David's Parish, South Carolina: Minutes of the Vestry, 1768-1832; Parish Register, 1819-1924”. [4]

Zoar United Methodist Church[5]
The exact date of it founding is unknown but it is known to be over 100 years. Early members of the Church were the Teal’s, Davis’, Rivers’, Boatwright’s, Campbell’s and Previtte’s.  The church began as a little log cabin and is quite stately today.

It’s churchyard includes many of the early county pioneers including several of my great grandparents and great great grandparents.

Westfield Creek Baptist Church
Established over a hundred years ago.

"Homecoming at Westfield Creek Church, Oct. 28
Westfield Creek Baptist Church will celebrate their 119th Homecoming on Sunday Oct. 28th at 10:30a.m. Vocal Reunion will be ministering in music. Evangelist Dr. Bill Traywick will preach God’s Word."[6]

White Oak Presbyterian
The history of Presbyterians in Chesterfield County goes back to 1812 and forward to the establishment of  a church which later merged with another Church and was called Pisgah. Pisgah was later renamed White Oak Presbyterian Church.

White Oak is approximately 6 miles south of Ruby, SC and is the oldest Presbyterian Church in the County.

This is just a represented samples of the many old churches; some of whom were started in the infancy of the county and still exists today.[7]

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[1] http://civilwartravel.blogspot.com/2009/07/south-carolina-jeff-king-day-5.html
[2] http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMCTHW_Francis_Asburys_First_Visit_to_SC
[3]http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/St._Davids_Parish,_South_Carolina
[4] Holcomb, Brent H. and St. David's Episcopal Church. St. David's Parish, South Carolina: Minutes of the Vestry, 1768-1832; Parish Register, 1819-1924. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979.FHL Book 975.763/C1 K2h
[5] http://www.pigggenealogy.com/zoar_methodist.htm
[6] http://theccshopper.com/index.asp, Saturday, March 23, 2013
[7]http://chesterfield-sc.com/Historic%20CField/churches/whiteoak.htm

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Friday’s Faces from the Past~Do You Know Her?

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While I think I know the name of this lady; I’m requesting help from you, my readers, to positively identify her.

The source of this picture was not quite sure but believed it to be his Grand Mother or Great Grand Mother. They also stated that they had seen an identical copy of this portrait in a home on Zoar Church Road near the Brock Mill Road intersection. It is believe that the home referred to was the home of  a Summerford family.


If you have any information please contact me. You can leave comment on this blog post or look for the envelope on right side of this blog and send me a private e-mail.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Estate Settlement Action ~William Brock

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This indenture made the twenty eight day of December on the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and fifty two between Asael Six and Sarah Six his wife of the one party and Moses Brock of the other part all of the county of Hinds and State of Mississippi. Witnesseth that the said Asael Six and Sarah Six for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and thirty seven dollars and fifty cents to them in hand paid by the said Moses Brock the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted, bargained and sold and by the presents do grant bargain quit convey deliver and confirm unto the said Moses Brock his heirs Executors
                                                                                                January 1853
administrators & assigns forever all our portion Lot three divided interest claim or claims in and to the unsettled and undivided estate of William Brock late of Hinds county state of Mississippi, deceased. Especially all our interest in the Negro or mulatto man John belonging to said estate or the legal heirs of the same and all our interest in the money belonging to said estate amounting to three hundred and twenty dollars, more or less which is now in the hands of the said Moses Brock as the legal administrator of the said estate to have and to hold the interest of the said Asael Six and Sarah Six his wife in the estate aforesaid together with all profits and interest arising there from. In testimony whereof the said Asael Six and Sarah does hereunto set their hands and affix their seals date first above written.
Asael Six (Seal)
Sarah Six (Seal)
The State of Mississippi}
Hinds County} Personally appeared before me John J. Williams a Justice of the Peace in and for said county the within named Asael Six and Sarah Six his wife who personally acknowledge that they Signed sealed and delivers the within Deed Bill of Sale or Trust claim on the day and year therein written as their voluntary act and deed the said Sarah Six on a private Examination separate and apart from her said husband acknowledge that She Signed Sealed and delivered said Instrument of wording on the day and year therein mentioned fully as her voluntary act and Deed with any fear threats or compulsion of her husband.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 28th day of December A. D. 1852.
                                                                                         John J. Williams (Seal)
Filed 4 Jany 1853 & Recorded 13 January 1853.
G. B. Downing, Clk
About January 1844 William Brock, age 74, died and a short time later his second wife died leaving a surviving child age about 2 to 2 1/2 years old.

Sarah in the above deed is Sarah Brock daughter of William and his first wife Charlotte. She married Asael/Asahel SIX son of Phillip Six and Charlotte Selser on 22 November 1838 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

Moses Brock is also a son of William and Charlotte Brock and a brother to Sarah Brock Six.

This Deed is the result of action directed by the courts in the settlement of the Estate of William Brock. 
 












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* Bold text added by author
 
[1] Mississippi, Deed Book 22: page 36 & 37, Asael Six and Sarah Six his wife; Register of Deeds, (Raymond, Rankin County, Mississippi; accessed 21 March 2013).
















Thursday, March 21, 2013

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer


The Arlington National Cemetery gained a lot of unfavorable attention over the past years caused by mismanagement at the cemetery. A lot of improvements have been made and are continuing to be implemented.

One very positive improvement is the new searchable grave-site locator that was placed on-line in October 2012 and can be access here – Gravesite Locator 

The website also has available apps for the Apple products, Android and Blackberry phones. 

Direct access to the Arlington National Cemetery Explorer – ANC Explorer is:   http://public.mapper.army.mil/ANC/ANCWeb/PublicWMV/ancWeb.html

ANC Explorer

I hopeful this technology can be migrated and used to map cemeteries nationwide. 






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[1] Screen-print from http://public.mapper.army.mil/ANC/ANCWeb/PublicWMV/ancWeb.html

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Liebster Award

I am humble and thankful to Suzanne over at P. S. Annie for nomination of this blog and myself for the Liebster Award.  Thank you Suzanne.

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Liebster Award Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator; list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers, who have blogs with 200 followers or less, whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on the blogs letting the owners know they have been chosen. (No tag backs.)
4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog.

Suzanne’s questions and my answers:
11 Questions for My Nominees

Since genealogy is my passion, I tried to think of questions that could be used to write family history moments about which your future generations might enjoy reading.

1. Was kindergarten mandatory in your area when you were the age to go?
No, I started school at age 5 to fill a class in a one-room school with 3 grades.
2. What is your passion? What drives you?
Helping others

3. Who in your family history do you most enjoy hearing about?
My Grandmother Lucy Pearl, Known as Grandma Pearly
4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Is that what you became?
Loved airplanes, Spent 22 years 6 months in Air force, retired as Chief Master Sergeant (E-9); built cruise missile engines and private business jet engines as second career.
5. If you went to college, where did you go? Did you ever hold a job in the area of your major?
Park College – Bus. Admin. (Now University); Utah State University – Master in Human Resources – Never held a Job in either field
6. Do you have a favorite craft or hobby? What is it?
Yes, Genealogy
7. Describe your favorite room in your home now or in your childhood home.
Family Room; it’s relaxing
8. How many blogs do you own and how many do you follow? Write about two of your favorites.
Own One – Carolina Family Roots Civil War – 25; Genealogy over 100
9. Ketchup-or mustard-based barbecue sauce? Beef, pork, or chicken for your barbecue?
Ketchup – Beef
Which was used for the family cookouts of your childhood?
No outdoor cookout during my youth
10. Tell about a favorite memory of you with your parents or grandparents.
Christmas time with the family was my favorites. We left cookies and milk for Santa and he in turn left us toys and a box filled with fruits – apple, oranges and tangerines an- and nuts of all variety.
11. Do you keep a journal? Is it done on the computer or with actual pen and paper?
No

11 Random Facts about Me:


1. My wife is my best friend.
2. I flew the back seat of an F-16 Fighter jet and pulled nine G’s.
3. I have published articles in several treasure hunting magazines.
4. Genealogy is my passion.
5. I love helping others with their genealogy.
6. I did a balloon flight over the Australian outback.
7. I love history, science and archeology.
8. Clive Cussler is my favorite author.
9. I love traveling and did a jet boat ride through the spectacular Shotover River canyons of New Zealand.
10. I build and repair my own desktop computers, as needed.
11. I’m participated in over 25 European “Volksmarsch“


11 Questions for My Nominees


Since this is a genealogy blog most of my question has to do with your genealogy experience.

1. What is your most notable achievement, thus far, in life?
2. What part has your education played in this achievement?
3. What was your most “serendipity” moment in your genealogical research?
4. Have you encountered any “brick walls” in your research? If so, were you able to resolve your brick wall?
5. Have you ever attended a National Genealogical Society Family History Conference?
6. Do you do most of your research on-line or do your travel to courthouses and archives to do research?
7. Is your family research centralized to one location or spread over several states?
8. How important is the Genealogical Proof Standard in your research and does your database meet that requirement?
9. Do you have an on-line tree? Is it public or private?
10. Do you intend to publish your research at some point in the future?
11. Have you participated in any DNA testing to resolve difficult genealogical stumbling blocks? Were the results beneficial to your research?

I am passing this award along to the following blogs:

Leaves & Branches
Thrashley and Eliza Ann White
A Family Tapestry
Carolina Girl Genealogy
kinexxions
Climbing The Branches
The Dead Librarian
Barking up the Wrong Tree
Leaves for Trees
A Patient Genealogist
Past – Present - Future
































Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~Grandma Pearly


Lucy Pearl Purvis

Grandma Pearly was the only grandparent that I knew. My other three grandparents had already passed away before I was born.  Grandma’s husband James F. “Jim”  Purvis died in February 1936; Grandma was 55 years old. She remained a widower until she passed away in April 1970 at the age of 85. She out lived her husband by 30 years. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Amanuensis Monday~Burwell J. Hamrick vs John H. Brown

Capt.. John C. Hamrick and John H. Brown were related through their children. Capt. Hamrick’s daughter Martha Hamrick married John Brown’s son William Lafayette Brown.

On 19 August 1853, William Lafayette died leaving 9 children all between the ages of infant to 21. They are all named within the probate records of Lauderdale County, Mississippi. [1]

Over the course of the next few years John H. Brown dies on 14 Sept. 1855 and Capt. Hamrick died on 1 Sept. 1856.

Thus we have this petition from Burwell J. Hamrick requesting the Court to intervene due to a conflict of interest.[2]

Hamrick vs John H. Brown

Petition B. J. Hamrick vs John H. Brown Guardian
The State of Mississippi}
Lauderdale County} to the Hon. D. J. Daniel Judge of Probate of said County
The petition of Burwell J Hamrick one of the Executors of the last will and testament of John Hamrick deceased respectfully represent that a term of the said court held on the 18 your petitioner testors <sic> the said John Hamrick deceased became one of the securities of John H Brown on his bond as guardian of Wm. L. Brown a minor heir of William Brown deceased – that your petitioner now conceives the Estate of the said testor <sic> John Hamrick in danger of suffering by reason of his being Said Security.
Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honor to cause the said John H Brown Guardian as aforesaid to be summons to be and appear before said court at the November term next thereof and to order him to give good counter security or to Execute a new bond with good security in the form and penalty of stature in his behalf.
And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.
B. J.  Hamrick
Exc.
Sworn to and Subscribed Sept. 24, 1856.
J. B. Hamrick {seal}
Justice of the peace
The State of Mississippi}
Lauderdale County} Schedule of the money on hold by the Estate of John Hamrick deceased
                                                          Cash............................................................... $60.00
B. J. Hamrick
Exc.
Sworn to and Subscribed
Nov. 8, 1856
J. B. Hamrick
Justice of the peace


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testor = testator, testators
[1] Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Lauderdale County Estate Papers, William BROWN; "Lauderdale County Estate Papers," digital images, LDS Church, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed, downloaded 17 March 2013); Frame 351,Book E, Page 28, William Brown died 19 August 1853.
[2] Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Lauderdale County Estate Papers, John Hamrick; "Lauderdale County Estate Papers," digital images, LDS Church, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed, downloaded 17 March 2013); Frame 225, Book F&G, Page 431.




















Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday's Obituary ~ James Brock, b. 1802


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The within named James Brock is supposed to be dead but left a number of heirs residing in this county whose names are as follows
Wm. Brock, James Brock, John Brock, Valentine Brock, Sarah Touchstone, Mary Garrett Felix Brock and some others whose names are unknown the above named John I suppose resides in Hinds county.
May 20 1861                                                                                              G. Martin Shff

William Brock, the Father of the within named James Brock died sometime around January 1844. The earliest dated document in his Estate File is dated 22 January 1844. Many researchers have this date listed as William Brock’s death date. This is not his death date; he died sometime before this date.

I have yet to find a WILL for William so it’s believed that no Will was left; there is no mention of a WILL in the 84 pages of his estate's folder. William did leave a very young son – Richard Johnson Brock, b, 2 July 1843.

This young son and his sick Mother are why William’s Estate was probated and why we have the documents therein. Ironically, William’s young wife, Katherine Delilah Jordan Brock, died on 27 June 1846; just 2 years after losing her husband. Richard Johnson Brock was a mere 2 1/2 years old.

William’s son Moses Brock, Sr. was assigned administrator of the estate at the request of Katherine Brock, his step-mother. Moses Brock and his wife Margaret Six cared for Richard until her death.

The estate stayed active for the next sixteen years and six months (16 1/2) and on 10 June 1861, Moses Brock petitioned the court to close the estate. To do this, the Court required the concurrence of all partied to the estate. Thus we have the Court document issued to the Sheriff of Simpson County.

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William and his first wife Charlotte had 9 children. One of these children – Emily were deceased prior to William’s death. Now in June 1861 this court has issued the above order for the Sheriff to notify the remaining seven (7) children of the closure of their Father estate. Here another puzzle exists; They had a son named Francis M. Brock. Is this Felix Brock?  There was no known daughter named Mary; so who is Mary Garrett and lastly why is daughter Nancy Brock Glasscock Hinson missing from the summons?

Those named in the Court Order are:
William Brock
James Brock
John Brock
Valentine Brock
Sarah Touchstone
Mary Garrett
Felix Brock

Then we have the above report from B. Martin, Sheriff -- “The within named James Brock is supposed to be dead…

Long before I found this document I knew that James Brock was dead. I had traced him up until the 1850 Census in Simpson County, Mississippi and in 1860 his wife Piety Leggett Brock was alone with three (3) of her sons and a daughter ranging in age from 10 to 23.

No tombstone has been found for James Brock and an exact date has not yet been found.






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[1] Hinds County, MS, Probate Court Estates, Old Series, Raymond, MS, MDAH Microfilm #10402, Family History Library Film #1479977, Estate #744, William Brock, Jan 1844.
[2] 1850, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Simpson County, Mississippi, Page: 317A; Line 1, Dwelling 421, Family 421, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com : viewed 15 March 2013); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_381.
[3] 1860, Westville, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Harrisville Twsp, Simpson County, Mississippi, Page: 138, Line 27, Dwelling 9, Family 9, Household of Pyety BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com : viewed 16 March 2013); citiing NARA publication M653, Roll: 591.



















Friday, March 15, 2013

Land Deed–Wm. A. Purvis to Jefferson D. Rhine

TEXT OF DEED BETWEEN Wm. A. PURVIS & WIFE AND JEFFERSON D. RHINE. RECORDED IN BOOK 22, PAGE 532 & 533, ANSON COUNTY, NC. AND GRANTOR INDEX TO DEEDS PG. 97. GRANTOR INDEX ON FILM #018131. TEXT OF DEED FOUND ON FILM # 296737. LDS GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY, SLC, UTAH.

Wm. A. Purvis & Wife to Jefferson D. Rhine

State of North Carolina}
Anson County } This deed made this 28th day of September 1883. William A. Purvis and wife Sarah Jane Purvis of Anson County and State of North Carolina of the first part and Jefferson D. Rhine of Anson County and State of North Carolina of the second part. Witnesseth: That said parties of the first part in consideration of Four hundred and forty-two and 121100 dollars to them paid by the said Jefferson D. Rhine the receipt of which is hereby acknowledge, has bargained and sold and by these present do bargain, sell, and convey to said Jefferson D. Rhine and hid heirs, all the rights, title, interest and estate of the party of the first part, in and to a tract or parcel of land in Anson County, State of North Carolina, adjoining the lands of John J. Dunlap, (the McGugan land), Wm. Hendricks, Alex Walls and others bounded as follows: Beginning at a stake in the state line the 4th comer of Wm. Hendricks land and runs N. 15 W. 38.35 chs. to a stake in a line of Dunlap's McGugan land, the 3rd comer of Hendricks (formerly Gaddy's) tract then N. 88 W. 11.40 chs. to a stake one pine pointer, then South 37.50 chs. to a stake in the state line, then with the state line East 21 chs. to the beginning containing sixty (60) acres. It being a tract of land which was conveyed to the said William A. Purvis by James L. Edwards by deed bearing date December 21st 1871- to have and to hold the aforesaid tract or parcel of land and all privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said Jefferson D. Rhine his heirs and assigns forever and the said William A. Purvis and wife Sarah J. Purvis covenant that they are seized of said premises in fee and have right to convey the same in fee-simple: that the same are free and clear from all encumbrances and that they will warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all persons whatsoever. In testimony whereof, the said William A. Purvis and wife Sarah J. Purvis have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year above written.
W. A. Purvis {Seal}
S. J. Purvis {Seal}
State of North Carolina}
Anson County} I John C. McLancklin Clerk of Superior Court for Anson County do hereby certify that William A. Purvis and Sarah J. Purvis his wife personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing Deed of Conveyance and the said Sarah J. Purvis being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband, touching her voluntary execution thereof doth state on such, her private examination that she had executed the same freely and voluntarily without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person and that she doth still voluntarily assent thereto: Let the Deed of Conveyance with this certificate be registered this September 28th 1883.
John C. McLancklin
Clerk of Superior Court


My great great grandfather William A. Purvis and his 1st wife Sarah Jane Graves purchased this land from James L. Edwards in December 1872. Here a short 11 years later he is selling the land to J. D. Rhyne. 

Available records show that William A.and his son William James struggled each year after the the Civil War with their farming. Deed of Trusts, for this period, shows that each year they had to borrow, against the farm,   enough money to put crops in for the following years and after the loan was repaid not much was left. Tax records show that they were sometimes delinquent for the tax year.

 Regardless, William A. managed to hang on to some land up until September 1899 (DB 33:370). William A. died shortly after he and his wife Betsy sold their last 12 acres of land to J. D. Rhyne. Betsy, believed to be his second wife based on this deed (DB 33:370)  died on 18 Oct 1926 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina. No death certificate, tombstone or obituary has been found for William A. Purvis. He was alive on 23 September 1899 (Signed Deed) and died before 28 June 1900 (1900 Census enumerated). 




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[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book 22: pages 532-533, Wm. A. Purvis and wife [Sarah J. Purvis] to Jefferson D. Rhyne; 28 September 1883, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.








Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Historic Buildings ~ County Court House


Chesterfield Court House
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Chesterfield Court House

This Courthouse was built in 1884 to replace the Courthouse burned by General Sherman and General Kilpatrick on their march through Chesterfield County in March 1865.

The Succession Rock Monument is located on the Courthouse grounds. One comer of the monument can be seem just left of the green bushes.

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Succession Monument

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday–Richard and Lizzie Brock

Christi Atwood Harris Photo of Tomstone Richard Johnson brock
Photo Courtesy of Christi Atwood Harris 

Richard Johnson Brock was born on 2 Jul 1843 in Raymond, Hinds, Mississippi. 1 2 He is listed in the 1870-1930 censuses for Louisiana.3 4 5 6 7 8 He died on 19 Jul 1932 at the age of 89 in Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana.9 10

Richard Johnson Brock and Elizabeth Sarah "Lizzie" Evans were married on 6 Dec 1868 in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.11 Elizabeth was the widow of Joseph F. CROW who died in the Civil War. Elizabeth Sarah "Lizzie" Evans was born in 10 Nov 1843 in Louisiana. 12 13 14 15 16 She died on 23 Jan 1938 at the age of 92.

Richard and Elizabeth are buried Old Midway Baptist Church Cemetery, Richland Parish, Louisiana.

Richard Johnson Brock and Elizabeth Sarah Evans had the following children:
i. Moses Franklin Brock, born 11 May 1871, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana; married Virginia Mae Dew, abt 1894, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana; died 23 Oct 1909, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana.
ii. Susan Delilah Brock was born on 14 Mar 1875 in Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. She died on 15 Jul 1876 at the age of 1 and was buried on 17 Jul 1876 at in Midway Church Cemetery, Richland Parish, Louisiana.
iii. Mattie Elizabeth Brock, born 3 Apr 1878, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana; married Joseph William Jackson, 9 Apr 1896, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana; died 13 Apr 1964, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana.
iv. William Brock was born on 3 Apr 1878 in Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. He died on 3 Apr 1878 at the age of 0 in Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. He was buried on 5 Apr 1878 in Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana.

Tragic Events: 

When Richard Johnson Brock was born in 1843 his Father was almost 60 years old if not older. It is not known when his first wife Charlotte died but he married Katherine Delilah Jordan on 1 September 1842 in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Richard is their only child. Shortly after Richard Johnson Brock was born; both his parents passed away. His Father, William Brock died before 22 January 1844 then on 27 January 1846 Katherine passed away. When William died back in Jan. 1844 Katherine relinquished her right as executrix and turn that duty over to Moses Brock, Sr. son of William and Charlotte.


Katerine Brock Reliquish

Utica Jnuary 22 AD 184417
This is to make nown to the Hon. Judge of probate of the County of Hinds & state of Mississippi that I Catherine Brock consort of Wm Brock desires to relinquish All my claims of administration ship to Moses Brock one of the heirs of the diseased I have preferred him in preference to any other person And wold not relinquish my claim to the any othe person-- & ferther say that I am not able to attende court being nearly helpless by affliction___ given under my hand the Day and dait above writen in presents of us.

                                                                                           Katherine X Brock
James Brock
R. N. Brown
John M Amy










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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Hinds County, Mississippi, Page 114/178B (stamped), Line 24, Dwelling 881, Family 881, Household of Moses BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 372.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Utica PO, Hinds County, Mississippi, Page: 680; Line 23, Dwelling 370, Family 390, Household of M.[Moses] BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 582.
3. 1870, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 11, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, Page: 61B (stamped); Line 35, Dwelling 52, Family 52, Household of R. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2013); citing National Archives M593_513.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, 1st and 2nd Ward, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 092, Page 413B; Line 22, Dwelling 10, Family 10, Household of R. J. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T9_474.
5. 1900 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 0126, Page 6A (Stamped); Line 49, Dwelling 116, Family 125, Household of R. J. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_586.
6. 1910 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 0141, Page: 1B (stamped); Line 54, Dwelling 14, Family 14, Household of Richard BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_535.
7. 1920 U.S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 136, Page 13A/163A & B(stamped), Line 50, Dwelling 259, Family 273 (Last Entry), Household of R. J. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_633.
8. 1930 U.S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 1, Page: 134A; Line 14, Dwelling 383, Family 413, Household of Richard J. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_825.
9. State of Louisiana, death no. 09481 (19 July 1932), Richard J Brock; State of Louisiana, Secretary of State, Division of Archives, Records Management, and History, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
10. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Richard Brock; (2 July 1843–19 July 1932); Memorial # 32467948; Record of the Old Midway Baptist Church Cemetery; Richland Parish, Louisiana, USA; Accessed on 4 March 2013.
11. "Louisiana, Marriages, 1718-1925," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: Viewed 11 March 2013), Marriage: Richard J. Brock to Elizabeth Crow; Hunting For Bears; Marriage Date: 6 Dec 1868; Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
12. 1870, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 11, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, Page: 61B (stamped); Line 35, Dwelling 52, Family 52, Household of R. BROCK.
13. 1880 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, 1st and 2nd Ward, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, ED 092, Page 413B; Line 22, Dwelling 10, Family 10, Household of R. J. BROCK.
14. 1900 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, ED 0126, Page 6A (Stamped); Line 49, Dwelling 116, Family 125, Household of R. J. BROCK.
15. 1910 U. S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, ED 0141, Page: 1B (stamped); Line 54, Dwelling 14, Family 14, Household of Richard BROCK.
16. 1930 U.S. Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 1, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, ED 1, Page: 134A; Line 14, Dwelling 383, Family 413, Household of Richard J. BROCK.
17. Hinds County, MS, Probate Court Estates, Old Series, Raymond, MS, MDAH Microfilm #10402, Family History Library Film #1479977, Estate #744, William Brock, Jan 1844.
18. Tombstone photo property of Christi Atwood Harris and may not be used without her permission. Permission was obtained for publication herein.






























Monday, March 11, 2013

Military Monday ~ Lt. Robert H. Miller


In 1859, a bright young man from Louisiana graduated from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia.

This was a high spirited time in America. Social and economic issues were dividing the North and the South, arguments over States rights and slavery were extremely volatile. Then in January 1861, shots were fired on Fort Sumter off the Coast of South Carolina It was a time of War.

Robert H. Miller did not shirk his responsibilities or obligations; immediately  returning to Concordia Parish and assisted in organizing the Concordia Rifles.

Eagerly awaiting his return home to Louisiana was his parents Joseph Edward Miller and Elizabeth Rose Campbell Purvis Miller. His half-sister Mary Anna Purvis, half-brother Col. William R. Purvis and younger brother Joseph D. Miller.

On 19 June 1861, just months after the firing on Fort Sumter, Joseph Henry Miller, age 22 joined Company “F” of the 14th Louisiana Infantry. [1][2]

The 14th Louisiana Infantry fought at many of the major and minor battles in the years 1861 and 1862. Lt. Robert H. Miller was there with them and at lulls in the battles he was writing home to his Mother, Father, Sister Mary Anna and numerous other relatives. The collection of his letters today can be found by searching on Letters of Lieutenant Robert H. Miller to His Family, 1861-1862.

Those battles included the following engagements:

  • Yorktown Siege – 5 April – 3 May 1862
  • Williamsburg – 5 May 1862
  • Seven Pines 1 June 1862
  • Ellison’s Mill – 27 June 1862
  • Gaines’ Mill – 27 June 1862 [3]
  • Frazier’s Farm – 30 June 1862
  • Cedar Run – 9 August 1862
  • Bristoe Station – 27 August 1862
  • Manassas, No 2, 28-30 August 1862

Manassas No 2 is most often called the Battle of Bull Run. The battle took place near the City of Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia. The earlier battle know as First Manassas or First Battle of Bull Run took place on 21 July 1861.

Robert Henry Miller was Killed in action (KIA) on 29 August 1862 at the Battle of Bull Run.

This excerpt is from his Mother’s obituary and states that his  body was found on the field and identified by a Bible found in his breast pocket.

R. H. Miller

In the article printed in the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, page 63 there is a statement that Robert H. Miller’s father (Joseph E. Miller) had arrived for a visit and was available for last rites when his body was recovered. [4]

In his letters home to his Mother just prior to his death; Roberts indicated that he was being considered fro promotion to Captain.

Sadly a bright brave young man went off to war; but failed to come home.

I don’t have a death date for Robert Father (Joseph E. Miller); but, if the statement is true we can now say that he was still living on 29 August 1862. 


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[1] http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laconcor/cw.htm
[2] http://www.fold3.com/image/#20|76775311
[3] [Footnote 23,. Page 87]Lieutenant  Colonel  York  wrote  a  letter  to the editor  of  the Whig  on July  10, 1862,  giving  an account  of  the  fighting  in  which the  Fourteenth  Louisiana  had been engaged  since  June 26.  He mentioned  a  number  of  men by  name including  Miller who  had  been  conspicuous  in  a  charge across  a ravine  at  Gaines'  Farm  on June  27. (Richmond  Whig, July 16, 1862).[4]
[4] Forrest P. Connor and Robert H. Miller, "Letters of Lieutenant Robert H. Miller to His Family: 1861-1862," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 70, No. 1, Jan., 1962, JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org : Downloaded 10 March 2013), Civil War Letters of Robert Henry Miller, pages 69-91, Virginia Historical Society.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday's Obituary ~ Mrs. E. R. Miller


                                                            MILLER
Mrs. Elizabeth Rose Miller was born in St. Tammany’s Parish, La., July 16, 1814, and went peacefully to sleep, in the home of her beloved daughter, Mrs. Anna Campbell,at Bethany, W. Va., on Sept. 19, 1906, at the ripe old age of ninety-two years.She was twice married, first to James Purdee Purvis, on the 19th of January 1832. By this marriage, she had three children, James, who died at ten years of age; Mary Anna, widow of the late Alexander Campbell, who survives her,and William R. Purvis, who died at Roseland, La. in January, 1882.  On the 10th of March 1839, she was married a second time, to Joseph Ewing Miller, at Jackson, Miss., whom she has outlived for many long years, and to this union were born two sons—Robert H. Miller, who, just after graduating with honor at Bethany College, enlisted in the Civil War. He was killed at the first battle of “Bull Run”; his body was found on the field, and identified by a Bible in his breast pocket, in which was written his full name. The second son, Joseph E. Miller, still lives, at Fairview, La., and has a large family of children. She was truly great because she was truly good, with a deeply religious nature, and kind heart, coupled with a strong intellect, and mind richly endowed and cultivated, and stored with wisdom and knowledge. She was one of the most wonderful women of her day and generation, and upon any them one could suggest or converse, she was fluent, interesting and instructive. Her maiden name was Campbell, and her Scotch ancestors were celebrated for bravery at the battle of “Culloden Moor,”in 1746. In 1848 she sent her brother, T. F. Campbell, to be educated at Bethany College, and he afterwards became an educator himself, founding a college at Monmouth, Ore., and his youngest son is “Prince Campbell, “ now president of the University of Oregon, at Eugene. Later on, she sent another brother, “Fountain Campbell,” to be educated at Bethany; and in 1849 came herself, bringing her only daughter, Mary Anna, whom she placed in school in Pleasant Hill Seminary, then presided over by Mrs. Jane C. McKeever, a sister of Alexander Campbell.  After three years of study at this institution, Mary Anna was married to Alexander Campbell, Jr., whose faithful and devoted wife she has been for fifty-four years, their “golden wedding”having been celebrated in 1902, in Lexington, Ky., at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Mary C. Hagerman.  At this wedding anniversary, “Grandma Miller” was present, and four generations helped to celebrate the happy occasion. It is wonderful to think of a life just closed that has extended back to the time of the Indians, when they owned and occupied many of the Southern States.  And now the long life that was filled with generous impulses and conscientious work for her master, with a grand and noble ambition to accomplish the greatest possible good, has forever closed upon earth, and she has gone from us deeply lamented by all who had the good fortune to know her in the prime and vigor of her beautiful and useful life.  Her fragrant memory is one to be long cherished by those who knew and loved her, and is a blessed heritage to the children and grandchildren down to the latest generation of those who survive her.
Bethany, W. Va.                                                                                  D.C.B.


Elizabeth Rose Miller Obituary
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[1] Obituary discovered in a Bethany College Scrapbook by Karen D. of Oklahoma and her friend Janice. This is a KEY Document in research of the Campbell-Purvis-Miller line all credit for it’s  find is attributed to Karen D. and Janice. Printed here with their approval; not to be used without approval. ©2012.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Surname(s) Saturday ~ Brock ~ Purvis

In this surname Saturday posting we will take a look at the family of my grand Uncle and Aunt – Ervin Samuel Brock and Martha Eliza “Sis” Purvis and their 9 children, my 1st cousins once removed. 

Ervin Samuel Brock Jr. was born on 6 Mar 1880 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 1 2 3 5 6 Ervin is listed in the 1900-1940 census for Anson County, NA and Chesterfield County, SC. 7 8 9 Ervin died on 17 May 1954 at the age of 74 in Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina.10 He was buried on 18 May 1954 at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.11 His estate (Probate Folder #671) was probated on 19 Feb. 1895.4

Ervin Samuel Brock Jr. and Martha Eliza ""Sis"" Purvis were married about 1903. Martha Eliza ""Sis"" Purvis, daughter of William James Purvis and Mary Hulda Previtte, was born on 10 Aug 1882 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina.12 13 14 15 16 She died on 15 Dec 1966 at the age of 84 in Patrick, Chesterfield, South Carolina.17 18

Ervin Samuel Brock and Martha Eliza Purvis had the following children:

i. Mary Eliza Brock, born 12 Jun 1904, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married Edward W. Deese, 24 Jul 1923, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 15 Nov 1973, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Viola Cathleen Brock, born 17 Jul 1906, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married Jasper Harmon Threadgill Sr., abt 1925; married William Oscar Webb; died 4 Aug 1985, Hamlet, Richmond, North Carolina.
iii. Willie Mae Brock, born 1 Aug 1909, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married John Hodge Jr., abt 1930; married Redge Ivey; died 2 Feb 1993, Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina.
iv. George Washington Brock, born 25 Mar 1911, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mannie Lee Hodge, 15 Nov 1931, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 15 Feb 1983, Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina.
v. Neomi Brock was born about 1914 in McFarlan, Anson, North Carolina.19 20 21 She died on 7 Jun 1930 at the age of 16 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina and  was buried on 8 Jun 1930 in Zoar Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.22 23
vi. Oscar Wilson Brock, born 11 Apr 1916, Anson County, North Carolina; married Sarah Ann Oliver; died Jun 1979, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.
vii. Lela Sarah Frances Brock, born 3 Oct 1918, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Jayson Hodge, abt 1934; died 12 Nov 1998, Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
viii. Janette Brock, born 20 Feb 1921, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married Johnny F. Hodge, abt 1936; died 29 Mar 2012, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ix. Christine Geneva Brock was born on 15 Mar 1924 in Hampton County, North Carolina.24 25 26 She died on 23 Jan 1989 at the age of 64 in Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina and was buried on 26 Jan 1989 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 27 28

There’s not very many of this generations still living today. My great grandparents (William & Mary Purvis) had 7 children, six (6) of these lived to adulthood. Those six children had a total of 55 grandchildren; nine of them named above, the sons & daughters of Ervin Brock & Martha Purvis; eight (8) of the 55 grand children are living today; the oldest is ninety-four and the youngest is eighty.  
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1. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 002, Page 287B, Line 33, Dwelling 534, Family 528, Household of [Irvin] Sam'l BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 June 2012); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
2. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Computer 23 May 2011), Ervin Brock; citing Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls, FHL Roll Number #1852503; Birth Date: 6 Mar 1880.
3. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) # 002, Page 287B; Line 33, Dwelling 534, Family 538, Household of [Irvin] Sam'l BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
4. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Ervin Brock Jr.; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 27 August 2012); Probate Folder #671, Ervin Brock, Jr..
5. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 17, Page: 6B; Line 95, Dwelling 109, Family 109, Household of Samuel BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 2 June 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1523.
6. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com, Ervin Brock.
7. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 6, Page 75B; Line 81, Dwelling 49, Family 49, Household of Ervin BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
8. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 15, Page 12A, Line 43, Dwelling 9, Family 9, Household of Ervin BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 2192.
9. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 13-16, Page 225B/6B; Line 52, #88, Household of Ervin Brock; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : accessed 3 April 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3799.
10. Ervin Brock, death certificate (long form) 005352 (17 May 1954), SC State Board of Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
11. Ibid.
12. William J. Purvis Family Family Bible Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), birth record; Martha Eliza Purvis date of birth as 10 Aug. 1883, Obtained from Tammy Gathings Swearengin, Wadesboro, North Carolina.
13. 1900 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 8, page 149B, line 79, dwelling 15, family 15, Household of William J. Purvis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.
14. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, ED 6, Page 75B; Line 81, Dwelling 49, Family 49, Household of Ervin BROCK.
15. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 15, Page 12A, Line 43, Dwelling 9, Family 9, Household of Ervin BROCK.
16. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-16, Page 225B/6B; Line 52, #88, Household of Ervin Brock.
17. Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index database, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : <viewed|accessed> 27 August 2012), Martha E. Brock, SSN: 251-86-9560, 1965 derived from U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File,database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, 24 July 2011).
18. Ibid.
19. Neomi Brock, death certificate 009728 (7 June 1930), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
20. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, ED 6, Page 75B; Line 81, Dwelling 49, Family 49, Household of Ervin BROCK.
21. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 15, Page 12A, Line 43, Dwelling 9, Family 9, Household of Ervin BROCK.
22. Neomi Brock, Chesterfield County, South Carolina death certificate 009728 (7 June 1930).
23. Ibid.
24. Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index," database, Ancestry.com, 2011 (www.ancestry.com), C. Brock, 251-50-6427, viewed on-line 20 February 2013.
25. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 15, Page 12A, Line 43, Dwelling 9, Family 9, Household of Ervin BROCK.
26. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-16, Page 225B/6B; Line 52, #88, Household of Ervin Brock.
27. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Christine G. Brock; (1924–1989); Memorial # 32096765; Record of the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Accessed on 20 February 2013.
28. Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index", database, 2011,C. Brock, 251-50-6427, viewed on-line 20 February 2013.










































Friday, March 8, 2013

Pitfalls: Some Approved Genealogies Are Wrong

One of the giants in genealogy, Milton Rubincam, wrote a book in 1987 entitled “Pitfall in Genealogical Research”. The first chapter of his book is entitled “The Sanctity of The Printed Word” basically expounding the notion that blind acceptance of printed genealogies is fool-hardy.

In this article we will look at the sanctity of the printed word and reinforced the idea that printed genealogical information can in fact be misrepresented, manufactured and presented as factual.

I have been doing genealogical research for many years. We all make mistakes and I am positive there are mistakes in my database and in words that I have written; but, I can assure you they were not deliberate.

First, to all the new “budding” genealogists and family historians I would offer this advice: Do not believe anything you read on-line until you confirm that it true and you have an Original Source Document in hand verifying/confirming the information you found on-line.

Case in point is this Sons of American Revolution (SAR) Membership form approved and verified by  genealogy experts at SAR headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

A partial view of the Approved SAR application is shown to make a point and information has been excluded to protect the identity of the applicant.

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The basis of this SAR application is that:

Sarah Bush Boatwright, b. 12 August 1856, Augusta, Georgia, died 19 October 1917 in Miami, Florida is the Daughter of George Boatwright and Mary Bush and that George is the Son of Lewis Boatwright an Margaret Elizabeth Davis. Margaret Elizabeth Davis is the daughter of Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers and Nancy Rivers is the daughter of Frederick Rivers.

Lewis Boatwright and his wife Elizabeth Davis, Thomas Davis and Frederick Rivers are my ancestors. I have spent many hours researching these individuals.

So let evaluate this application and discuss some irregularities in the application.

We will start at the top.

Assertion: Sarah Bush Boatwright, b. 12 August 1856, Augusta, Georgia, died 19 October 1917 in Miami, Florida is the Daughter of George Boatwright and Mary Bush and that George is the Son of Lewis Boatwright an Margaret Elizabeth Davis.

Response. I don’t know who Sarah Bush Boatwright is but I have found no evidence that George R. Boatwright, Son of Lewis Boatwright had a daughter named Sarah Bush and he certainty DID NOT marry Mary Bush.

Assertion: Sarah Ann BUSH, b. 12 August 1856, Augusta, Georgia, died 19 October 1917 in Miami, Florida is the Daughter of George Boatwright and Mary Bush.

Response: This portion of this application may be correct; but, this George Boatwright IS NOT the son of Lewis Boatwright that married Margaret Elizabeth Davis.

Assertion: George Boatwright, b. 1823, d. 1864 married Mary Bush in 1849. She was born 1826 and died in 1876. George is the Son of Lewis Boatwright an Margaret Elizabeth Davis.

Reponse: Lewis Boatwright and his wife Elizabeth Davis oldest son was George R. Boatwright. George was married to Lauretta Hurst and she died young on 8 August 1863. George R. Boatwright never left Chesterfield and can be found in census and land records from his birth to his death on 9 April 1894. He did have a daughter named Sarah; but, her name was Sarah Catherine Boatwright and she married William J. Freeman abt 1891. There was no wife or child named MARY in George’s family.

Assertion: George Boatwright, b. 1823, d. 1864 married Mary Bush in 1849
George R. Boatwright, son of Lewis Boatwright was b. 19 Jan 1819 and died 8 Apr 1894. (Does not match above assertion). George Boatwright in the SAR App was b. in 1823 and died in 1864.

George R. Boatwright b. 1819 married Lauretta Hurst about 1852. (The Census shows wife Lauretta not wife Mary).

1860 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: M653_1217; Image 294; Family History Library Film: 805217; Page 145, Line 13, Dwelling 725, Family 725; G. R. Boatwright, age 38; his wife Lauretta Boatwright, age 27; Elizabeth Boatwright, age 7; Harriett Boatwright, age 6; Loretta Boatwright, age 3 and Lewis Boatwright, age 4/12.

George/George R. is enumerated in 1850-1880 Census for Chesterfield County with no indication he ever left the state.[1] [2] [3] [4]


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The George Boatwright on the SAR application married in 1849 and was 4 years younger than George R. Boatwright, son of Lewis. George R. Boatwright was single and living with his parents who both were still living in 1850.[5]

1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll M432_851 ; Image: 359, Film #0444814, Page 177B, Line 31, Dwelling 1214, Family 1214; Lewis BOATWRIGHT, age 52, Farmer born in SC; Elizabeth BOATWRIGHT, age 50, born in SC; George BOATWRIGHT, age 27, born in SC; Samuel BOATWRIGHT, age 19, born in SC; Meary BOATWRIGHT, age 15, born in SC; Sarah BOATWRIGHT, age 13, born in SC; Calvin BOATWRIGHT, age 10, born in SC; Lucinda BOATWRIGHT, age 07, born in SC.

George R. Boatwright was born on 19 Jan 1819 and died on 9 Apr 1894 at the age of 75 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

George R. Boatwright and Lauretta Hurst were married about 1852 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Lauretta Hurst, daughter of Isaac Hurst and Henrietta Rivers, was born in 1831.[6] [7] [8] She died on 8 Aug 1863 at the age of 32 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

The Will of George R. Boatwright names daughters Elizabeth McBride, Lauretta Boatwright, Sarah C. Boatwright, grandson Irvin Brock and son Drury L. Boatwright.[9]
This is the key document in exposing the falsehood of the above application. 

George and Lauretta had 6 children of which one son died young. When he wrote his WILL his wife Lauretta  and daughter, Harriette "Hennie" Boatwright Brock had passed away. Harriette left one surviving son - Irvin Samuel Brock. George names all his surviving children and this grandson in his WILL. 

George R. Boatwright and Lauretta Hurst had the following children:
i. Elizabeth R. Boatwright, born 1853 married Andrew J. McBride; died 30 Jul 1916, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Hariett "Hennie" Boatwright, born 8 May 1854, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina married Ervin Samuel Brock Sr., abt 1879; died bef 1894, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
iii. Lewis Boatwright was born on 8 May 1854; died on 3 Jun 1857 at the age of 3 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Laura R. Boatwright, born 4 May 1857, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Isaac Jacob Davis, 26 Dec 1894; died 8 Aug 1940, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Drury Lewis Boatwright, born 1 Apr 1860, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Julia Ella Teal, abt 1878; died 9 Feb 1939, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Sarah Catherine Boatwright, born 10 Aug 1862, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William J. Freeman, abt 1891; died 26 Oct 1947, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Sarah Bush Boatwright lineage as shown in this SAR application and many more along with numerous approved DAR application is bogus. There is no connection to Lewis Boatwright, Margaret Elizabeth Davis, Thomas Davis, Nancy Rivers and Frederick Rivers.

All admissions to the SAR and DAR through these men are manufactured and are not verifiable using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Individuals who are member of the SAR/DAR though this lineage should be made to re-verify their membership with proven genealogies.










[1] 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.
[2] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 145, Line 13, Dwelling 725, Family 725, Household of G. R. Boatwright.
[3] 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 292A, Line 38, Dwelling #97, Family 97, Household of G. R. Boatwright.
[4] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 327C; Line 16, Dwelling 294, Family 294, Household of Geo. BOATWRIGHT.
[5] 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.
[6] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 174A, Line 20, Dwelling #1162, Family 1162, Household of Isaac HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 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 137A, Line 35, Dwelling #613, Family 613, Household of Isaac HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[8] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 145, Line 13, Dwelling 725, Family 725, Household of G. R. Boatwright.
[9] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, George R. BOATWRIGHT; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 18 February 2013); Folder #781, Images 742-760.















































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