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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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~Peter Haley Brock

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Peter Haley Brock was born June 3, 1848, a son of Stephen Brock and Nancy Smith. Peter Haley married Mary Ellen Lyles and they had 11 children.[1][2]

Mary Ellen died June 1, 1902 and was buried at Old Saint David's Cemetery in Cheraw, South Carolina.
About 1903 Peter Haley married Josephine L. “Josie” Brown. Josie died on May 10, 1916 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, North Carolina. [3][4]

Less than 2 years later Peter Haley Brock died on April 3, 1918 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He is buried beside his wife in the Old Saint David's Cemetery in Cheraw, South Carolina.[5]

Peter Haley Brock is my 1st cousin 3 times removed.









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[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, Page 41. Tombstone of Peter H. BROCK.; 3 June 1848–3 April 1918, Old St. David's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Peter Haley Brock; (June 1848–3 April 1918); Memorial # 55615322; Record of the Old Saint Davids Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 3 April 2013.
[3] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Mary Ellen Lyles Brock; (November 1848–1 June 1902); Memorial # 61609192; Record of the Old Saint Davids Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 11 January 2012.
[4] State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 284 (10 May 1916), Josephine L Brock; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[5] State of North Carolina, death certificate # 294 (3 April 1918), Peter H Brock; http://www.Ancestry.com, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Military Monday~ Pvt. Carrol Washington Davis

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Carrol Washington Davis enlisted with Company C, 2nd Battalion South Carolina Sharp Shooters on May 1, 1862. This muster card shows that he was “absent” in September-October 1862.[1] Ironically, he would not die in the War but at home approximately four (4) months later.

Carrol Washington Davis was born on 20 June 1821, a son of William Davis and Julia Thurman. His estate folder (Probate File #66) shows that he died in February 1863.[2]

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He was twice married to sisters, daughters of Lewis Boatwright and Elizabeth Rebecca Davis Boatwright. He was first married to Elizabeth Boatwright; she died 15 December 1852. He then married her sister, Mary B. Boatwright. Mary B. Boatwright died 22 February 1863.  

In February a double tragedy struck this family, his wife Mary B. Boatwright died as a result of childbirth complication during the birth of their daughter Mary Eliza Davis. Mary Eliza survived and raised a family;
 dying in January 1945.

While his estate does not show an exact death date; I know he died on or after 22 February 1863. In his estate folder only his children were named as survivors; his wife was not mentioned.





Carrol W. Davis and Mary B. Davis are buried in the Davis Family Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[3]








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[1] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 7 July 201), entry for C. W. Davis, Private; Co. C, 2nd Battalion South Carolina Sharp Shooters; Confederate.
[2] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/ : Viewed January 2012), images, "Carroll W. Davis, Probate File #66," images 23-158; South Carolina Archives and History.
[3] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Pvt. Carrol Washington Davis; (20 June 1821–6 February 1863); Memorial # 33374788; Record of the Davis Family Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 8 July 2012.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Surname Saturday~Thomas Davis Family


Over the forthcoming Saturday for the next two to three months I will be highlighting and documenting 11 children of Thomas Davis and his wife Nancy Rivers.

Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers are my 4th great grand parents. I wrote about Thomas and Nancy here:
We will highlight their children in the order of their birth. Their known first born was Samuel Davis born Jan 1789. 
In Nancy Rivers Davis pension application Rilah Smith made these two statements
The he (Rilah Smith) was born 28 October 1788.

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That he (Rilah Smith were school-fellows with the two oldest son, William & Samuel, of Thomas & Nancy Rivers and that he was three months older than Samuel this first child.

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Samuel Davis was born about Jan 1789 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1 He appeared in the census in 1850 in Scattering, Sumter, Alabama.2 He died on 29 Oct 1857 at the age of 68 in Sumter County, Alabama.

Samuel Davis and Sarah Weaver were married about 1809 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States. Sarah Weaver was born on 13 May 1793 in South Carolina. She died on 14 Dec 1824 at the age of 31 in Dallas County, Alabama.

Samuel Davis and Sarah Weaver had the following children:

i. Margaret Sarah Davis was born on 2 Jul 1810 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States. She died in 1811 at the age of 1 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
ii. Sarah Ann Davis was born on 22 Jan 1814 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 
2 iii. James Francis Davis, born 16 Sep 1816, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Mary Billeys, 1840; died 1863.
iv. Thomas Davis was born on 5 Mar 1819 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He was buried in Texas.
v. Charlotte Davis was born on 12 Feb 1824 in Butler County, Alabama. She died on 13 Feb 1824 at the age of 0.

Samuel Davis and Susan Campbell were married on 1 Nov 1830 in Greene, Alabama. Susan Campbell was born in Jul 1814 in Alabama. 3 She appeared in the census in 1860 in Southern Division, Sumter, Alabama.4 5 She died after Jun 1880 at the age of 65 in Sumter County, Alabama.

Samuel Davis and Susan Campbell had the following children:

 i. William R. Davis, born 23 Feb 1830, Butler Co.,Alabama; married Mary Ann Brown, 1857, Alabama.
ii. Catherine Davis was born in Jun 1832 in Alabama.
iii. John Hadley Davis was born on 3 Nov 1834 in Alabama. 6 He died after 1870 at the age of 36. A Memorial has been created for him at www.findagrave.com. [Find A Grave Memorial# 67666180]
iv. Hugh M. Davis was born on 31 May 1836 in Alabama. 7 He appeared in the census in 1880 in Livingston, Sumter, Alabama.8
v. Mary Martha Davis, born 19 Dec 1838, Alabama; married William James, 1859, Alabama.
vi. Ellen Davis was born on 1 Dec 1840 in Alabama. 9 10 She died in Dec 1921 at the age of 81.
vii. Amanda C. Davis, born 29 Jun 1842, Alabama; married Martin Davis, 1859.
viii. Pernicia Jane Davis was born in Nov 1844 in Alabama. She was buried in Texas.
ix. Emma Davis was born on 9 Jan 1851 in Alabama. 11 She died in 1920 at the age of 69.
Samuel Davis was the only child of Thomas and Nancy that didn't remain in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. In a sworn affidavit dated February 16th, 1853 William Davis stated that the Family Bible was taken out West some  twenty-five years ago by her son, Samuel Davis. 

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1. Thomas DAVIS and W-8655, compiled military record (1779-1783), Rev. War Pension and Land-Bounty Application Files, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), NARA microfilm publication M804, Roll 766.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, population schedule, Scattering, Sumter County, Alabama, Page 296A, Line 17, Dwelling 607, Family 616, Household of Samuel DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M432_15.
3. Ibid.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, population schedule, Southern Division, Sumter, Alabama, Page 525; Line 21, Dwelling 479, Family 479, Household of Susan DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : Viewed 11 January 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_24.
5. 1880 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, population schedule, Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 164, Page: 423D; Line 4, Dwelling 335, Family 335, Household of Hugh M. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 11 January 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_0031.
6. 1850 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Scattering, Sumter County, Alabama, Page 296A, Line 17, Dwelling 607, Family 616, Household of Samuel DAVIS.
7. Ibid.
8. 1880 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, population schedule, Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama, ED 164, Page: 423D; Line 4, Dwelling 335, Family 335, Household of Hugh M. DAVIS.
9. 1850 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, Population Schedule, Scattering, Sumter County, Alabama, Page 296A, Line 17, Dwelling 607, Family 616, Household of Samuel DAVIS.
10. Ibid.
11. 1880 U. S. Census, Sumter County, Alabama, population schedule, Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama, ED 164, Page: 423D; Line 4, Dwelling 335, Family 335, Household of Hugh M. DAVIS.


































Friday, April 26, 2013

Follow Friday~101 Ways to Say Died


I came across this web posting a few days ago. It’s a perfect fit for this Blog and genealogy theme.  
The web post is 101 WAYS TO SAY DIED; it can be view at: 

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http://www.vastpublicindifference.com/2008/08/101-ways-to-say-died.html

And another interesting site, along the same lines here:

http://www.mylastsong.com/advice/99/148/107/funerals/funeral-planning/just-dont-say-hes-died





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[1] http://www.bing.com/images/

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~Elizabeth Davis Previtte

Elizabeth Davis Previtte is the 2nd great grandmother on my paternal side of the family. She was born about 1840 to Michael Davis and Hulda Rivers; married John Washington Previtte about 1856 and died Feb 1900 according to her tombstone.

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When I took this photo on 19 February 1996, Elizabeth’s tombstone was uptight and much more legible than it is today.
Elizabeth Davis Previtte
This is another line where data is very limited, typical of all research in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Newspapers of the time period are non-existence. Searches on Chronicling America and GenealogyBank have turned up negative results.

This is long before Death Certificates were mandatory within the state which was enacted in 1915 but, not fully implemented until 1916.

The only remaining resource for finding any mention of her death other than the tombstone in Zoar Cemetery is possibly historical records of the Zoar United Methodist Church at the United Methodist Archives and History Center of the United Methodist Church  in Madison, New Jersey.

I welcome any suggestions of resources that might contain a death date. Just post your comments in the form below. Thanks.






Suggested Reading:
http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/04/family-of-john-elizabeth-previtte.html




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[1] 1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: M432_851; Image: 363; Page 179B, Line 3, Dwelling/Family 1240/1240. Michael DAVIS, age 43, Farmer, born in SC; Huldy DAVIS, Wife, age 33, born SC; William A. DAVIS, Son, age 15, born SC; Sarah A. DAVIS, Daughter, age 11, born SC; Elizabeth DAVIS, Daughter, age 9, born in SC; Thomas F. DAVIS, Son, age 8, born SC; Nancy DAVIS, Daughter, age 5, born in SC; Charley W. DAVIS, Son, age 3, born SC and Elisha B. DAVIS, Son, age 1, born SC;  Film #0444814.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Military Monday ~ Sgt. Hobson Brock

 
Hobson Brock, b. 26 September 1898, was the son of Dr. Jeptha S. Brock and Susan Alvaline Holmes. He was the youngest of 11 children born to this union.

Hobson was a mere 18 years 6 months 24 days old when he bade farewell to his Father, Mother and 10 siblings in April 1917. I can just imagine the trepidation on the hearts and minds of the entire family.  

Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Brock and Robert Brock spent Wednesday at the old family home near an Warnerton where most of the near kin assembled for a fare-well to Hobson Brock the youngest son of the family on the eve of his departure for the front. Hobson joined the aviation corps and it is presumed he will be on called to San Francisco right an away. [The Era-Leader (Franklinton, La.), April 19, 1917, page 3, column 3]

Then we have the joy of this occasion in August 1919 when their little boy, who left to fight for his country, returned home from the War. 
 
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Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Brock, Robt. Brock, Carl and Richard Babington motored to Warnerton Sunday to attend the home coming celebration given in honor of the youngest member of the family, Hobson Brock who has just returned from France. A large family connection and many friends besides, assembled at the old home to welcome Sgt. Brock, making this occasion one of great joy.
[The Era-Leader, August 07, 1919, Page 4, Column 3]

Hobson Brock married Hazel Packwood on 2 Jul 1929 in Pike County, Mississippi. They had two boys born to this union. Hobson died 1 September 1961 and is buried along with his wife Hazel and one son in the Hollywood Cemetery, Pike County, Mississippi. The other son is buried in Parkway Memorial Cemetery, Madison County, Mississippi.








 
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[1] The Era-Leader (Franklinton, La.), April 19, 1917, page 3, column 3
[2] The Era-Leader (Franklinton, La.), August 07, 1919, Page 4, Column 3
[3] Find A Grave Memorial# 13910819












Sunday, April 21, 2013

Obituary Sunday ~ Dr. James Monroe Brock

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The subject of this sketch, Dr. James Monroe Brock, who died at the home of his dauCapture-James Monroe Brock 1ghter, Mrs. Andrew Fortenberry, December 21, 1916 should have more than passing notice.
Dr. Brock was born March 25, 1854 in the old Vol Brock home near Dillon’s Bridge in Pike county, Mississippi, where his boyhood was spent on the farm.
When he was about 19 years old he was married to Miss Armetha Holmes, and for several years lived near the home of his birth. Eight children were born to this union, Jeptha Vol, the oldest who is the efficient District Attorney of the 26th Judicial District; Jasper S., Assistant Bank Examiner of Louisiana; Ollie E. Brock, prominent merchant of Mt. Hermon; Dr. Lucious W. Brock, practicing physician of Mt. Herman; Mrs. W. E Bannister of Mt. Hermon; and Mrs. Andrew Fortenberry, of Scanlon, La., two having preceded him to the grave.
Capture-James Monroe Brock 2About 28 years ago he moved with his family to Mt. Hermon. At this time he was a practicing physician and did almost all the practice of the entire community with marked success. The writer heard another physician say that Dr. Brock was more successful in certain lines of his work than any physician he had ever known, and no matter who called, he was always ready to respond. Money was not his first consideration. He became a great reader and while not a politician he kept up with the leading issues of the day, was ever foremost in the upbuilding of the country, and especially was he zealous in educational matters and did everything he could to build and maintain good schools in this community.
He was married the second time at Grand Cane La., November 6, 1911 to Miss Fanny McMichael, who survives him with one child, Eloise, age 4 years.
He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church having joined at the old Silver Creek church when quite young, and afterwards moved his membership to the Mt. Hermon Church, of which he remains a member until his death. Few have died in this community who will be missed like Dr. Brock.
Capture-James Monroe Brock 3The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, Thursday, December 21, 1916. He was buried with Masonic honors. A large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends were present to pay their respects to one whom they loved. The funeral rites were conducted by Rev. Hudson, assisted by Rev. C. T. Corkern and J. A. McCormack.
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Dr. James Monroe Brock was the grandson of James L. Brock and Elizabeth Purvis.

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[1] Dr. James Monroe Brock obituary, The Era-Leader, Franklinton, Louisiana, 25 January 1917, Page 2, Column 1.








Saturday, April 20, 2013

Surname Saturday~Graves


My great, great Grandmother is Sarah Jane Graves, b. abt 1833 in Chesterfield, South Carolina and died 31 Dec 1893 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.[1]

Sarah Jane Graves married William A. Purvis just prior to the 1860 census year where they are listed as a  married couple. The marriage most likely took place about 1859 since Sarah Jane is listed as age 16 in the 1850 Census. [2]

The early life of both Sarah Jane and William A. Purvis are obscure and unknown to this researcher. This in part is caused by a major lack of historical documents and records for pre-civil war Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

William A. Purvis has been a major brick wall for over 37 years. The Graves family is just as obscure as the Purvis.

Sarah Jane Graves is found in the the 1850 census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. [3]

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The extracted family information, enumerated 10 August 1850, is:

Family/Dwelling: 110/110
Mary Graves, age 55, Female, born in SC
*  David W. GRAVES, Male, age 32, tailor, born in SC
*  Sarah J. Graves, Female, age 16, born in SC
*  Thomas Graves, Male, age 14, born in SC


After studying this family for 30 plus years my take on this family is that Mary Graves, age 55 is the Mother of David W. Graves and grandmother of Sarah J. Graves and Thomas Graves.
Sarah J, and Thomas are children of David from an unknown Wife. After this Census David W. served in the Civil War and after the war and death of his Mother Mary, he married Mary Ann Gulledge about 1872.
Based on the reported dates in the Census David W. Graves was at least 54 years old when he married Mary Ann Gulledge.

However, there  some conflict of the actual age of David W. Graves. This chart reflects his reported age in the following Census:

1850
1860
1870
1880
32 (1818)
42 (1818)

55 (1825)


He enlisted into the Civil War on August 25, 1861 and reported his age as 40 years old. [4]

His tombstone in the Old St. Mary's Presbyterian Church Cemetery had his Birth date recorded as 22 January 1812. So there a question as to the exact birth year for David W. Graves; is it 1812, 1818 or 1825? [5]

David W. Graves died 21 November 1898 according to his tombstone.

Looking at family composition  in census and attempting to discern relationship is problematic at the best.
Looking at the 1850 census it’s obvious that Mary Graves, age 55 is head of Household and David W., Sarah and Thomas are subordinates within the household.

Also based on census data in the 1830 and 1840 census for Chesterfield County, Mary is head of household; thus it very unlikely that the two younger children are her children and a good possibility they are grandchildren.

I also think  that it’s very unlikely that David W. Graves, b. 1812 or 1818 waited until 1872 before he was married. I think that he was previously married about 1833 when he was around 20 or 21 years of age (This assumes he was born in 1812).  

Mary was born in 1795 based on reported age; if David W. was in fact born in 1812 it’s safe to assume that David W. Graves is her oldest child and was born shortly after her marriage to an unknown Graves man.

I welcome your thoughts and feedback on the position and assumptions I have made within this posting. If you have suggestions on how to proceed I would also welcome those comments. 









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[1] Sarah Jane Graves Purvis obituary, Messenger-Intelligencer, Wadesboro, North Carolina, 4 January 1894, page 3, McFarlan News.
[2] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 106A, Line 8, Dwelling 110, Family 110, Household of Mary GRAVES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 3 March 2009), entry for David W. Graves, Private; Company G, Capt. Kelly's Company, Light Artillery; Confederate. http://www.fold3.com/image/#77197010
[5] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for David W. Graves; (22 January 1812–21 November 1898); Memorial # 47922854; Record of the Saint Mary’s Presbyterian Church Cemetery (old); Patrick, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 1 January 2008.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tech Tuesday~Research Tip

Jacqi Stevens on her blog “A Family Tapestry” made the following statement “Though I could not locate their record for the 1910 census until—thankfully!—someone entered a correction on the Ancestry.com index ...”

And this little comment gave me a great idea to pass on to you, my readers.

Don’t blow by these updates/corrections provided by individuals to correct misinformation on Ancestry. These little corrections are a golden gem for your research.  

In the 1880 Census for Polk County Texas, I researching a Purvis line. In this 1880 Census I’m looking at an entry for Golivare Purvis.

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Now I know his name is misspelled and I know his correct name; but, this error has been reported to Ancestry as erroneous  and Ancestry has made a correction to their database. Now here the hidden gem in this entry:

Click on the new update [Edmond Goldwire Purvis] and you will see this information appear:


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Next click on the name of the Contributor and you have instant access to a fellow researcher that is researching the same families.





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I do hope this helps you to connect with your fellow researchers and maybe even a long lost cousin.























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[1]  Images from Ancestry.com

Monday, April 15, 2013

Military Monday~Pvt. Willie B. Johns



In Honor and Memory of my Uncle-

Willie B. Johns
7 April 1919-19 July 1989
        








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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946


Name:  Willie B Johns
Birth Year:  1919
Race:  White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country:  South Carolina
State of Residence:  South Carolina
County or City:  Chesterfield
Enlistment Date:  15 May 1943
Enlistment State:  South Carolina
Enlistment City:  Fort Jackson Columbia
Branch:  No branch assignment
Grade:  Private
Grade Code:  Private
Term of Enlistment:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law

Component:  Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source:  Civil Life
Education:  Grammar school
Civil Occupation:  Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status:  Married
Height: 30
Weight: 074
 
Willie Benjamin Johns was the son of Julius Johns and Mary Catherine "Mamie" Brock. He was one of eight children; seven of them living to adulthood. Uncle Willie was a Master Carpenter and as a young lad I spent many memorable moments with him sometimes helping in his carpentry endeavors.
We Miss You.








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[1] http://aad.archives.gov/
[2] Image courtesy of Bing.com




















Sunday, April 14, 2013

Census Sunday~1860 Anson County, NC

The 1860 Census for Anson County, North Carolina enumerated 6 August 1860) is the earliest of three (3) Censuses that I have been able to locate my great great grandfather – William A. Purvis. 
  
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William A. Purvis, his wife Sarah Jane Graves Purvis.along with another Couple Joseph White and his wife Laura Brock White are enumerated in Dwelling 1238, Family 1188, Lines 34-37.

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The extracted information for the family, with an enumeration date of 6 August 1860 by Wm. M. Hammond reads: 

*  William A. Purvis, age 34, Male, white, Shoe Maker, $150 in real property, $275 in personal property, born North Carolina.
*  Sarah Purvis, age 26, Female, white, born North Carolina, cannot read or write.
*  Joseph White, age 33, Male, white, Cooper, $0 in real property, $27 in personal property, born North Carolina.
*  Laura [Brock] White, age 30, Female, white, Domestic, born North Carolina, cannot read or write.



Extensive research of these two families has resulted in very little forward motion for almost thirty-seven years. There does not seem to be any connection between these families other than their presence here in this census.


The parents of William A. Purvis are still unknown and continue to be my major brick wall.

If you have any information that can move this line back another generation please contact me at this e-mail.



 




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[1] 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, page 300, line 34, Dwelling 1238, Family 1188, Household of William A. Purvis; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Surname Saturday~Oscar Philmore "O.P." Purvis


My Grandfather, James Francis "Jim" Purvis, had 2 brothers and 4 sisters. His two brothers were John William and Oscar Philmore "O P" Purvis. 

 I never knew my Grand Uncle  O. P. or  my Grand Father Jim Purvis; they both died before I was born. I did know their brother John William Purvis. Grand Uncle John died in  August 1956. I was just short of my fourteenth birthday. 

Grand Uncle Oscar Philmore "O P" Purvis1 was born on 10 Jul 1888 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina.2 3 4 5 His World War I Draft Registration Cards, shows he registered for the draft in 1917–1918.6 7 8 He died on 20 Apr 1931 at the age of 42 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina and was buried on 21 Apr 1931 at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.910-11-12

Oscar Philmore "O P" Purvis and Roxie Carolyn Brock were married on 2 Feb 1913 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.13 Roxie Carolyn Brock, daughter of Samuel Stonewall Jackson Brock and Laura Cornelius Teal, was born on 3 Sep 1895 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.14 15 16 17 18 19 She died on 17 Jan 1967 at the age of 71 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina and was buried on 20 Jan 1967 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.20-21-22

Oscar Philmore Purvis and Roxie Carolyn Brock had the following children:

              i. Christina Geneva "Teenie" Purvis, born 13 Jan 1914, Anson County, North Carolina; married Clayton William Jarman, abt 1933; died 29 Feb 1980, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
             ii. Sarah Elizabeth Purvis, born 3 June 1916, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married Henry Lee Hanna; married John Belk Helms; married Frank Paul; died 6 Jan 1992, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
            iii. Oscar Philmore Purvis, born 24 June 1925, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; married Jerallene C. Patrick, abt 1969, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; married Mary Louise , 16 May 1945, Anderson, South Carolina; died 15 Jul 1979, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.
            iv. Unnamed Purvis was born on 5 May 1928 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina. She died on 6 May 1928 at the age of  0  and was buried on 7 May 1928 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina.













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        1. Oscar Philmore Purvis, death certificate (long form) 170 (20 April 1931), Dept. Health and Human Services, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
        2. William J. Purvis Family Family Bible Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), BIRTH; Oscar P. PURVIS, born 10 July 1888,  Obtained from Tammy Gathings Swearengin, Wadesboro, North Carolina.
        3. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 25 August 2011), O P Purvis; 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: 1765559; Birth Date: 10 Jul 1889.
        4. 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.
        5. 1910  U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven Twsp., Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #012, page 184, line 64-67, Dwelling 65, Family 65, Household of William Purvis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1096.
        6. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com, O P Purvis.
        7. 1920  U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #13, Page 188B, Line 60, Dwelling 146, Family 146, Household of Oscar PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Series: T625, Roll: 1283.
        8. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #13-10, Page 237A, Line 8, Dwelling 92, Family 92, Household of Osker P. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 25 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 2192.
        9. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 45 (25 April 1931), O P PURVIS; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
        10. Oscar Philmore Purvis, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina death certificate 170 (20 April 1931).
        11. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 45, (25 April 1931), O P PURVIS.
        12. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Oscar Philmore Purvis; (10 July 1889–20 April 1931); Memorial # 78318969; Record of the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 25 August 2012.
        13. Oscar Purvis, age 21, and  Roxanna Brock, age 18,, (2 February 1913), SC Marriage Index Book: ; Probate Office, Chesterfield , South Carolina, South Carolina.
        14. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 153. Tombstone of Roxie Brock Reid; 3 September 1895–17 January 1967, Brock's Mill Baptist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
        15. 1900 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 8, Page 7B/155 (stamped); Line 87, Dwelling 114, Family 114, Household of Samuel J. S. BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 31 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.
        16. 1910  U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0037, Page 138B/12B; Line 75, Dwelling 212, Family 212, Household of [Stonewall Jackson] Jack BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1455.
        17. 1920  U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, ED #13, Page 188B, Line 60, Dwelling 146, Family 146, Household of Oscar PURVIS.
        18. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED #13-10, Page 237A, Line 8, Dwelling 92, Family 92, Household of Osker P. PURVIS.
        19. 1940 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 4-21, Page: 9A/255A(stamped), Line 37, Household #159, Household of Roxie Purvis; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : viewed 26 August 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2871.
        20. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 2271, (17 January 1967), Roxie Brock Reid.
        21. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of Roxie Brock Reid.
        22. Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Accessed on 25 August 2012; Headstone for Roxie Brock Reid;  Memorial # 78326283.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday’s Faces from the Past~The James Buchanan Purvis Family

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Photo Courtesy of John Carr
Claude Clifton Purvis, Ina May Purvis, and Irvin Kersh Purvis with their father, James Buchanan Purvis shortly after the death of their mother, Sally Terry Purvis. (ca.  1905). [1]

Sally Terry Purvis died 26 December 1905; James her husband died on 25 December 1921. James and Sarah had 10 children. The three youngest children appear in the above photo. There were eight boys and two girls.[2] [3]  

James Buchanan Purvis was the son of James M. Purvis  and Martha Caroline Russell and the grandson of William James Purvis and Millie Cook.[4]












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[1] 1910 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 4, Smith County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) #0115, Page 73B; Line 86, Dwelling 216, Family 216, Household of James B. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 18 November 2011); citing NARA publication T624_759.
[2] Conversation and e-mail correspondence with Charles Terry Purvis, grandson
[3] image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for J. B. Purvis; (24 November 1855–25 December 1921); Memorial # 49563213; Record of the Rock Bluff Cemetery; Daniel, Smith County, Mississippi, USA; Accessed on 19 November 2011.
[4] 1870 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, TWp 3, Range 6E, Mississippi, Page: 359B(Stamped), Line 33, Dwelling 44, Family 44, Household of James PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 February 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 749.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~John H. Brown Lost Tomb


I’m looking for some help from any and all readers available, living in, near or around Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

John H. Brown died 14 September 1855 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi and was buried there in the County.

His Estate was probated (Filebox 31,  No 253) and within the estate folder there are several mentions of his tomb. I have provided a copy of one of those  documents.

Capture -Tomb

It reads:
Oct. 12, 1858                   Estate of John H. Brown Deased to
                                                                        Henry Brown, Jr.
to Erecting & Building over Decesd
grave a Brick Tomb                                   $35.00

This is  very clear – the intent here was to put a Brick Covering over the grave of John H. Brown so that it would last in perpetuity.

If these actions were carried out; the tomb should be in existence today.  So the question is: Where is John H. Brown Tomb?

If you have any suggestions or ideas please contact me at this e-mail (click).








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[1] Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Probate Court Estates, Filebox 31: No 253, John H. Brown.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Military Monday- In Memory of a High School Classmate

Navy Cross
Jerry Eugene Lineberry
Birth: 1941
Death: February 12, 1970
Home: Wadesboro North Carolina
Service: U. S. Marines
Status: KIA

In Remembrance:

From 1950 through 1960 I attended school in Anson County, North Carolina. Our Lilesville High School Class of 1960 was the last Class in the old School and it was eventually torn down and replaced with a new elementary school.
One of our classmates was Jerry Lineberry. Just prior to the Senior year Jerry transferred to Wadesboro and graduated from the high school there; but, for most of our school years we knew Jerry as our classmate.

Like most young men of that era, you either volunteered or was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Jerry enlisted into the US Navy as a Marine. By the time he reached Vietnam in 1970 I had already served two tours with the Air Force in Thailand. 

On 12 February 1970, while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Que Son Mountains of Quang Nam Province, the Marines came under a heavy fire.

Staff Sergeant Jerry Lineberry led a machine gun team across the fire-swept terrain to take out the enemy position. During this action he was mortally wounded but continue to direct his men until he gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country – his life. Jerry died that February day in a rice paddy while courageously fighting to protect his men and his platoon.[1]

For his extraordinary heroism that day Staff Sergeant Jerry Lineberry was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

You can read the entire citation accompanying this award at: http://goo.gl/iA0Bc

The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for extraordinary heroism in combat.[2]









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[1]http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=4216
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_Cross
[3] Navy Cross Image courtesy of Wikipedia < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_Cross>

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Distinguished Life ~ Reduced to Words

Henry Epps Brown was born 22 May, 1820 to John H. Brown and Sarah Rivers Brown. He died 4 March, 1889 according to this resolution but his tombstone shows he died 11 March, 1889. He was married to Frances A. "Fannie"  Shelton  and they had 5 children - 4 daughters and a son, Henry Clay "Hal" Brown.


Bar Resolution}
Condolence at the}
Death of Hon.}
Henry Brown, Dec’d}

On this day Judge J. B. Moore a member of the Committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions in memory of the Hon. Henry Brown Dec’d by request of said committee presents the following resolution which is by the Court ordered spread .. In full upon the Records and are as follows to wit:
                                                                El Dorado Ark. Sept. 26th 1889
At a meeting of the El Dorado Bar held at the Court House on this day for the purpose of paying Tribute of respect to memory of the Hon. Henry Brown lately a member of this Bar the following proceedings were had.
Judge W. M. VanHook was called to the chair and Wm. D. Jameson elected Secty <sic> of said meeting. On motion Jesse B. Moore, T. J. Gaughan and Wm. D. Jameson were appointed a committee by the chair to draft suitable resolutions in memory of the life and character of deceased And on further motion it was resolved that said committee prepare & present said resolutions to the Circuit County and Probate Courts of Union County. And that a copy of the same be furnished the family of deceased—
                                               Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to remove from the walks of man the Hon. Henry Brown formerly a member of this Bar of long and honorable standing and three times a Judge of the County and Probate Courts of this County, whose death occurred in Howard Co. Arks on the 4th day March 1889. Therefore be it resolve
                                                That in the death of our brother and associate the state of Arkansas has lost a valuable & Estimable Citizen, the Bar an able & distinguished Jurist, Society an honorable member and family a loving husband and devoted father.

2. Resolved—That during the long residence of Judge Brown in our midst covering a period of about thirty years we always recognized in him a true friend & an honest conscientious gentleman devoted to duty in the various walks of life, and that we deplore his untimely death
Jesse B. Moore
T. J. Gaughan
Wm. D. Jameson
Committee
It is ordered that Court adjourn until Court in Course
County & Probate Judge



Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 1
Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 2
Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 3






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[1] Probate Court, Arkansas, Probate Records, 1817-1979,: Volume M (El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas: Probate Court, Union County, Arkansas, 1883–1893), page 395-396.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sisters, School Teachers and Orphans


While researching the family of Irvin Samuel Brock and Mary A. Stubbs I found some interesting information concerning their daughters – Lillian Mae and Alliene W. Brock.  Lillian and Alliene are the 2nd and 3rd Children of Irvin & Mary with Lillian being the oldest; 4 year older than her younger sister.

Lillian Mae  married James Lawrence MacDonald and her sister Alliene  W. married George Franklin Rogers. Lillian Mae and another older sister Minnie attended college and graduated; both Lillian and Minnie became school teachers.

Unfortunately, the parents of these children, Irvin and Mary, both died in 1897 resulting in loss opportunity for the remaining two children, Alliene and her brother Leon Coit, to attend college. Minnie & Lillian were away at college when their Dad got sick. His obituary states: “His two daughters, who are students at Winthrop, reach home in time to be with their father during his last hours.”[1]

Documents within Estate Folder #717, Estate of I. S. BROCK, Film #E914, Frame 1345, contain a request by Peter H. BROCK stating that I. S. BROCK died intestate on 12 October 1897, leaving a considerable personal Estate, left no Widow and his children who are of age are ALL GIRLS and the petitioner is BROTHER of the deceased. Dated 16 October 1897. [2]

In 1920, Lillian is living with her sister Minnie and her husband Charles Conglon in Georgetown South Carolina.

In 1930, Lillian was in the State of Maryland working as  an employee (Director) in the  Springfield State Hospital.[3] By 1945, she had moved to Florida to be with her sister Alliene Rogers.

.The 1945 State Census for Florida show Lillian MacDonald (School Teacher) enumerated with Mrs. George F. Rogers and in Dade County Florida.[4] 

1945 Florida Census

Enlarged view:
Capture-1945 Census[5]

I still have a big gap in the lives of these three sisters and will continue to research their life after marriage and leaving home.

Alliene W. Brock Rogers, b. 11 Apr 1884; did 23 Mar 1974 and her husband are buried in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Lake City, Columbia County, Florida. [6]

Her older sister Lillian Mae Brock MacDonald. born 21 July 1880, died  9 March 1963 is buried at Old St. David Episcopal Church cemetery with her parents in Cheraw, South Carolina. [7]

Minnie Brock Conglon born 26 May 1878; died 23 March 1949 is buried in Prince George Winyah Cemetery, Georgetown, South Carolina.[8]










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[1] Death of I. S. Brock obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 14 October 1897, page 6.
[2] http://goo.gl/a7p9R
[3] 1930 U. S. Census, Carroll County, Maryland, population schedule, Freedom, Carroll, Maryland, enumeration district (ED) 9, Page: 25A/143A(Stamped); Line 39, Springfield State Hospital, Line 39, Lillian B. MacDONALD; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 3 April 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 872.
[4] 1945 U. S. Census, Dade County, Florida, state census, , Page: 24, Line: 38, Household of Mrs. George F. Rogers, Lillian MacDonald; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 April 2013); citing Florida, Archive Series #: S1371, Roll 7.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Find A Grave Memorial# 44819531
[7] Find A Grave Memorial# 80816387
[8] Find A Grave Memorial# 36699756
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