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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Claim For Pension ~ Catherine Brock Davis


Catherine B. Davis, is my first cousin 4 times removed. She was born in March 1837 a daughter of Squire H. Brock and his wife Rachel Parker.[1] Catherine married William L. Davis, born 1834, on March 2, 1857 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[2]

William L. Davis enlisted into the Civil War on August 25, 1861, Chesterfield, SC. He joined with Capt. Kelley’s Company, Chesterfield Artillery.[3] His Civil War record shows his age as 27 years. he was issued a certificate of Disability and discharged February 28, 1962.  He suffered an attack of pneumonia which affected his health.[4]

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After his discharge from the military, William and Catherine stayed put in Chesterfield until after their 4th child was born in 1869. By Census day 1870 they were in Duval County, Florida.[5] It’s quite possible they thought the weather was better suited for William‘s health than it was in the Carolinas.

William’s occupation is recorded as a laborer in 1870 and a fisherman in the 1880 Census.

On July 3rd, 1891, William L. Davis was killed by lightning near Woodtown on St. Johns River, 10 miles from Jacksonville in Duval County.[6] Catherine was left a widow with several small children.

On July 24, 1909, Catherine B. Davis filed a widow's pension application (# A03212) for service of William L. Davis, (J. C. Coit's Chesterfield Light Artillery); citing National Archives microfilm publication "M267, Civil War Service Records, South Carolina."[7]

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The pension application was approved on 9 September 1909 and Catherine was awarded a total of $120 per annum or $10.00 monthly.

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This pension record contained a tremendous amount of genealogical information about both William and Catherine Brock Davis. 

They were married for 34 years 4 months and 1 day. They had a total of seven (7) children; five sons and two daughters.

Catherine Brock Davis died July 2, 1917 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.[8] She is buried in the Old Jacksonville City Cemetery.[9]
 
 
 








 
 

[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Duval County, Florida, population schedule, Jacksonville City, Duval County, Florida, enumeration district (ED) #43, Page 181B, Line 79, Family 56, Dwelling 59, Household of James DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2008); citing NARA publication Roll: T623, Roll 167.
[2] Division of Library & Information Services, "Florida Civil War Pension; Confederate Pension Applications," digital images, floridamemory.com (http://www.floridamemory.com : viewed March 2012), Catherine B. Davis, Application #A03212; citing for service in the Civil War of Her husband William L. Davis; J. C. Coit's Chesterfield Light Artillery.
[3] "Civil War Service Records, South Carolina," digital images, iArchives, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com/image/77193666 : viewed March 2012), William L. Davis; citing M267, Civil War Service Records, South Carolina; Capt. J. C. Coit's Company, Chesterfield Light Artillery.
[4] Ibid.
[5] 1870 U. S. Census, Duval County, Florida, population schedule, Mandarin, Duval County, Florida, Page 572A, Line 11, Family 470, Dwelling 398, Household of William L. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2007); citing NARA publication Roll: M593_129.
[6] Division of Library & Information Services, "Florida Civil War Pension; Confederate Pension Applications," digital images, floridamemory.com (http://www.floridamemory.com : viewed March 2012), Catherine B. Davis, Application #A03212; citing for service in the Civil War of Her husband William L. Davis; J. C. Coit's Chesterfield Light Artillery.
[7] Ibid.
[8] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://findagrave.com; Headstone for Catherine B. Davis; (1837–2 July 1917); Memorial # 57125615; Record of the Old Jacksonville City Cemetery; Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA; Accessed on March 2012.
[9] Ibid.

























Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~Sarah Annie Brock


Sarah Annie Brock
Birth: Jul. 14, 1881
Chesterfield County, SC
Death: Dec. 18, 1955
Concord, Cabarrus Co., NC
Burial: Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens

Daughter of Ben Brock and Louise Ellen Sellers.


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Photo courtesy of Julious Burr


Sarah Annie Brock is my Grand Aunt. She married Charles Washington Brock  who was her second cousin. Sarah Annie is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Brock and Louise Ellen Sellers, my great grandparents.

Charles Washington Brock is a son of James Paul Brock and Catherine Josephine Smith.








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[1] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Sarah Annie Brock; (14 July 1881–18 December 1955); Memorial # 51599765; Record of the Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 4 March 2011.
[2] State of North Carolina, death no. 28830 (18 December 1955), Sarah Annie Brock; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[3] 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 0037, Page 16A/142(stamped); Line 11, Dwelling 273, Family 273, Household of Charlie BROCK.
[4] 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 40, Page: 24A/180 (stamped); Line 21, Dwelling 429, Family 441, Household of Charles W. BROCK.
[5] 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13, Page 265A/8A; Line 14, Dwelling 125, Family 128, Household of Charlie BROCK.
[6] 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, ED 13-19, Page 12B/275(stamped); Line 53, Household #174, Household of James F. BROCK.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Amanuensis Monday~Divorce Decree, Mark Rivers vs Catherine Rivers

Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s posting is the Divorce Decree of Mark and Catherine Rivers; but, first some background. 

Mark Rivers was born abt 1808 in Chesterfield, South Carolina, a son of Mark Rivers and Annie Parker.[1] His divorce decree states that he married Irena Catherine Hancock in Feb 1840 in Chesterfield, SC.[2]

Sometime prior to 1840, his sister Milly and her husband Moses Holifield had migrated from Anson County to Jones County, Mississippi. Shortly after marrying, Mark and Catherine joined his sister and brother-in-law in Jones county, Mississippi.

In 1850 Chesterfield County, brother Luke Rivers and his wife Mary Selina were struggling to make a living and Luke was listed as a Miner.[3] Between 1850 and 1860, Luke decides to join his siblings, Brother Mark and Sister Milly in Mississippi. We know they arrived before January 1859 because Luke Rivers is a key witness at his brother divorce hearing.[4]

On April 19, 1859 Mark and Catherine were granted a divorce.




Decree
The State of Mississippi } Chancery Court
Jones County} April Term 1859
Mark Rivers}
              Vs }                                          Bill for divorce
Catherine Rivers}
This cause having been submitted for final hearing as Bill and proof and being fully understood by the court and it appearing that the allegations of adultery in said bill contained are fully sustained by the testimony It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the Chancelor that the bonds of matrimony existing between the said complaint and defendant be and they are hereby dissolved and the said complaint is fully and entirely released from all obligations and liabilities contracted by said marriage It is further decreed that the complainant pay all costs herein expensed
Decreed the 19th day of April A.D. 1859
                                                                                          W. M. Hancock
                                                                                          Chancelor
Decree recorded May 6th 1859
D M Strong Clk

The entire text of the hearing can be found on FamilySearch by clicking on this link –> Mark & Catherine Rivers[5]

The hearing consists of 4 pages Images 22-24 or pages 31-35 of the Mississippi, Jones County Chancery Court, Volume 1, pages 31-35. Some portions of the text are somewhat explicit.

Epilogue:
Even though this divorce was granted on April 19, 1859 there is some indication that Mark and Catherine continued to live as husband and wife. They can be found together in the 1860 Census for Jones County.[6]

1860 CENSUS: Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi; Roll: M653_584;  Image: 127;  Family History Library Film: 803584, 17 Oct 1860, Page 705, Line 11; Dwelling 304, Family 304; Mark RIVERS, age 52, Farmer, born in SC (1808); Arena C. RIVERS, age 46, born in SC (1814); J. H. DRIMAN, age 17, born in MS (1843).

Ransome, Elie, Miles and Miley Holifield, four minor children, were apprentice to Mark and Catherine Rivers in Choctaw County, Alabama. [7]

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[Spelling left as found in original document]
January the 5th 1868
The State of Ala Chtaw County
To all hoom this may concern wee the Signed have bound ourselves to have bound to Mark Rivers and his wife Catherine Rivers two of our children Elie and Miley until thay ar 21 years of age the sade Rivers and his wife Dus agree to fernish the children clothing and provishion and 12 month scooling and the Sade Rivers and his Wife Dus further agree when the children is free to give then a starte as same as if tha was than on childring.[8]
                                                                                        James X Holifield
                                                                                        LuSindy X Holifield
[Spelling left as found in original document]


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It is not known when or where Mark Rivers died; but, on Sept 8, 1879, his widower Irene Catherine married George S. Fagan in Choctaw County, Alabama. She moved to Robertson County, Texas to live with her nephew, Jasper N. Dryman and his family and died sometime before 1903.










[1] 1860 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 705, Line 11, Dwelling 304, Family 304, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 584.
[2] Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1 page 31-35, Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; <http://www.FamilySearch.org>, Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi; LDS Family History Microfilm #903686.
[3] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 168A, Line 6, Family #1065, Dwelling #1065, Household of Luke Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2000); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[4] Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1 page 31-35, Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; <http://www.FamilySearch.org>, Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi; LDS Family History Microfilm #903686.
[5] Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1 page 31-35, Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; <http://www.FamilySearch.org>, Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi; LDS Family History Microfilm #903686.
[6] 1860 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 705, Line 11, Dwelling 304, Family 304, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 584.
[7] http://www.whitesstore.com/ChoctawCoRecords.htm
[8] Choctaw County, Alabama, Volume 1 page 31-35 Roll# S2005-0347, "Apprenticeship Records (1823-1924), Index - Adams, Judge - Young, Mattie", Minors for Apprenticeship-Milley, Ransom, Miles Holifield, 5 January 1868; Clerk of Probate, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama.















Sunday, July 28, 2013

Census Sunday~Who is Sarah Florence?

Ervin Samuel Brock was my 1st cousin three times removed. About 1897, he married a lady named Sarah Florence, with two young daughters named Lone Nubie, born May 1879 and Mary P. Morris, born Mar 1884. [1]

The family, minus Ervin Samuel, is listed in the 1900 Census for Cheraw, South Carolina.[2]

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CENSUS ABSTRACT:

Details of the above family are as follows:
1900 U. S. Population Census
Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0017, Page: 7A/26 (stamped), Line 28, Dwelling 113, Family 113, Household of Sarah BROCK;
Line 28 - BROCK, Sarah, Head, b. May 1860, age 40, married 3 years. 6 children, 4 Living, b. NC
Line 29 – Nubie, Lone, Daug., b. May 1879, age 21, Single, b. SC
Line 30 – Morris, Mary P., Daug., b. Mar 1884, age 16, Single, b. SC
Line 31 – Brock, Lillie, Daug., b. May 1900, age 0/12, Single, b. SC

Why Ervin Samuel and his new wife Sarah Florence are not living together in June 1900 is not known, especially since they have a newborn daughter, Lillie Brock.

What is known is that Ervin Samuel was found in household with another daughter, Nellie and his son Irvin Jr. with his brother and sister? [3]

1900 CENSUS: Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: 1523;  Enumeration District: 17; FHL microfilm: 1241523, Page: 6B; Line 95, Dwelling 109, Family 109; Samuel BROCK, male, age 50, born Oct 1849 in SC; Irving BROCK, Son, age 30, born Mar 1880 in SC; Nellie BROCK, Daughter, age 3, born Jan 1897  in SC;  Elizabeth BROCK, Sister, age 57, born June 1845 in SC and Alexander BROCK, Brother, age 52, born June 1847 in SC.

While the 1900 Census shows that Sarah Florence had 6 children four that were now living; it doesn’t show that she was previously married although the surname NUBIE and MORRIS suggests a possibility of two previous marriages.

We do know that Sarah Florence had 4 living children; two by previous marriages (Lone Nubie & Mary P. Morris) and two from her marriage to Ervin Samuel Brock (Nellie and Lillie).

Ervin and Sarah daughter Mary Pauline Morris married my Grand Uncle John Hezekiah BROCK. 

Mary Pauline, my Grand Aunt, died in 1938 in Stanly County, North Carolina. Her obituary in the January 1938 edition of the Stanly News and Press made no mentioned of her parents. [4]

Next was her death certificate at the Stanly County Courthouse. Her NC Death Certificate lists her parents as William Morris and Florence Newton.[5] So now we have the following possibilities for her maiden name.
Sarah Florence ???
Sarah Florence Newton
Sarah Florence Nubie
Sarah Florence Morris

My next move was to search for a Newton with a daughter Lone Nubie, born May 1879. So my next stop was the 1880 census.[6]

This looked like a good match but the birth date and number/names of children didn't match up so I continued my research. 

1880 CENSUS: Mount Gilead, Montgomery, North Carolina; Roll: 973; Family History Film: 1254973; Enumeration District: 127; Image: 0329; Page 166C(stamped); Line 22, Dwelling 341, Family 341; William MORRIS, male, age 43, born in NC and Sarah F.MORRIS, Wife, age 25, born in NC; ...

I knew from my cousin Patsy that Sarah Florence daughter with the surname Nubie  was also called “Dissie”. After some searching I came up with this listing:

1880 CENSUS: Morven, Anson County, North Carolina; National Archives Film T9-0951; Family History Film: 1254951; Enumeration District: 002; Image: 0492;  Page 350A (stamped); Line 28, Family 225, Dwelling 243; Minna NUBY, While, Female, age 52, born in NC; Sarah NUBY, Daughter, White, Single, age 20, born in NC and Disola NUBY, Grand-Daughter, White, age 1, born in NC.

Now we have identified Sarah and her daughter Dissie Lone living with her Mother “Minna”  NUBY in 1880.

Continuing our research of the census we are looking for a NUBY family with a wife Minna and a daughter Sarah Florence. Then in the 1860 Census for Chatham County, North Carolina we hit pay dirt and find the elusive parents of Sarah Florence and determine that her maiden name is NEWBY. [7]

1860 CENSUS: Middle Division, Chatham, North Carolina; Roll: M653_892;  Image: 222; Family History Library Film: 803892, Page: 2/111(stamped); Line 23, Dwelling 575, Family 522; Nathan NEWBY, Male, age 24, born in NC; Jemima NEWBY, Female, age 28, born in NC and Sarah F. NEWBY, Female, age 1/12, born in NC.

The search for Sarah Florence NEWBY took some time and lead us on a few “bunny trails” that proved unproductive but in the final analysis we are certain that we found the correct Sarah Florence.
My personal comments: I believe that Sarah Florence marriage to Ervin Samuel Brock was most likely here 2nd marriage; so we have an unknown marriage still to discover.

My reason for this is her statement that she had six children, 4 living in 1900 and had been married 3 years. We know at this point in her life that the last two children – Nellie & Lillie - were the children of her current marriage leaving 4 children, two of which are now deceased born prior to her marriage in 1897 to Ervin Samuel. Her first daughter was Dissie Ione Newby was most likely born to an unwed mother. Did Sarah Florence marry William Morris the stated Father of Mary Pauline Morris. At this time I do not know and more research is required.









[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0017, Page: 7A/26(stamped), Line 28, Dwelling 113, Family 113, Household of Sarah BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 26 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
[2] Ibid.
[3] 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.
[4] Mrs. J. H. Brock obituary, The Stanly News and Press, Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, 1 February 1938, Page 1, Col 1.
[5] State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 57 (30 January 1938), Mrs. Pauline Brock; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[6] 1880 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 002, Page 350A(stamped); Line 28, Family 225, Dwelling 243, Household of Mima NUBY; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 26 May 2013); citing National Archive Microfilm T9-0951.
[7] 1860 U. S. Census, Chatham County, North Carolina, population schedule, Middle Division, Chatham, North Carolina, Page: 2/111(stamped); Line 23, Dwelling 575, Family 522, Household of Nathan NEWBY; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 26 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 892.










































Saturday, July 27, 2013

Surname Saturday~Johns, Bone and Toler

After 37 years there are many unanswered question about my 2nd great grandparents Shadrach and Mary Johns and their family.

While we work backward in genealogy; for the purpose of this article we will moved forward. This is what is known after 37 years of research.

Shadrach, aka Shade, JOHN or JOHNS was born about 1800. His parents are unknown.

A Shade JOHN found in the 1830 Darlington County, South Carolina population census[1] may or may not be the same Shade or Shadrach JOHN/JOHNS that I know as my 2nd Great grandfather. The Shade JOHN listed is between 20-29 years of age; his wife is also between 20-29 and they have a son and a daughter less than 5 years of age.  Nothing more is known of this family.

Moving forward 20 years and we find Shadrach and his family in the 1850 Population census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.[2]

The Family composition is:
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Shadrach John had married Mary Bone/Boan about 1842 and by 1850 they had three (3) children. Joseph JOHN listed as age 1 is my great grandfather. Shadrach’s occupation is listed as a laborer.  

Sometime between 1850 and 1860 Shadrach and Mary decided that a westward movement might improve their lot in life and we find then living in Seals Station, Russell County, Alabama in the 1860 population schedule.[3]

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At this point another child has been added to the family, daughter, Anna W. JOHNS. Note at this point an “S” has been added to the surname.  The 1860 Census shows Anna birthplace as South Carolina so we can adjust the movement from South Carolina to Alabama to between 1854 and 1860.

We all know that in 1861 we had the firing on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War. You would think that at his age an old man like Shadrach JOHNS, age 60, would have been exempted from the war; but, that is not the case. 

Fold3 shows that Shadrick/Shadrach JOHNS served with Co. H, 24th Alabama Infantry during in the Civil War.[4]

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Not only did he serve in the 24th Alabama Infantry but he was also in the Capt. Parson's[5] Company of the Florida Home Guard. On 27 September 1864, Shadrach JOHN was captured by Union forces under the leadership of Gen. Alexander Asboth at Hard Labor Creek, during the Battle for Vernon, Florida and was imprisoned at Elmira, New York. Also captured was his kinsman Enoch JOHNS who died 27 December 1864 while imprisoned at Elmira.[6]

Local historian and blogger, Dale Cox, has written a detail article on The West Florida War, A New Look at the 1864 Raid on Marianna.[7] Look under the section entitle – The Battle for Vernon. While Enoch didn't return from the War, Shadrach Johns signed an oath of allegiance and returned home to his family.

OATH of ALLEGIANCE [8]
J Confederate Fla.  Shadrack John
Pvt. Capt. Jones Co. Fla. Mil
Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War At Elmira, New York desirous to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States Roll dated Headquarters Prison Camp, Elmira N. Y. Dec. 16, 1864
Join Station : - Nov. 20, 186x.
Where Captured: - near Vernon, Fla
When Captured :-- Sept 28, 1864
Remarks: - Was ordered out by the Governor to resist an Union raiding party. Is a Union man and is over 60 years of age, and was captured same day that he was ordered out Desires to go to Pensacola, Fla.
Shadrach JOHN was released from Elmira on 29 May 1865.

When captured, it’s look as if Shadrach and his family had moved from Russell County, Alabama to Washington County, Florida. A Land Deed on file at the Chesterfield Courthouse, chesterfield, South Carolina provided proof that they in fact were living in Washington County on December 3, 1866.

Land deed between Jas. Eddings & Others to W. T. Goodwin Deed dated 3 December 1866 states:[9]

Know all men by these presents, that we, SHADRACH JOHNS and MARY JOHNS of the county of Washington and State of Florida, and JAMES EDDINGS, ANN EDDINGS, and REBECCA BONE of the District of Chesterfield, and State of South Carolina, have in consequence of ninety dollars to us in hand the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged paid by WILLIAM T. GOODWIN of the District of Chesterfield and State of South Carolina, have granted, bargained, sold, and released, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said WILLIAM T. GOODWIN all that parcel or tract of land, containing eight acres, more or less, being a part of a tract of land purchased by MARY BONE deceased of A. P. LaCOSTE deceased...

We see in this land deed that both Shadrach and Mary JOHNS are named as partied to the deed and three of their four children signed the deed.

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Children names are Anner [Anna] JOHNS; A. C. TOLER and my great grandfather H. J. [Henry Joseph] JOHNS. Not named is  son, Thomas H. Johns.

The fate of Thomas H. Johns is not known but is suspected to have died in the Civil War. Alice Catherine Johns wasn’t really A. C. Toler in December 1866. She wouldn't become A. C. TOLER until 3 years later. Alice Catherine JOHNS married Joel S. TOLER, who served in Company A, 29th Regiment Alabama, on 30 September 1869 in Bullock County, Alabama. [10]

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Our last glimpse of Shadrach Johns is the 1880 Population Census for Marlboro County, South Carolina.[11] In this census we find Shadrach, his son Joseph Henry and two grandchildren Mary & William TOLAR. Great Great Grandpa Shadrach is now eighty years old.

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We know that Shadrach and Mary’s son, Thomas H. JOHNS, b. abt 1847 in SC is missing and presumed dead by December 1866 when the Land Deed was transacted in Chesterfield, SC and Thomas was not mentioned.

Now, 14 years later and no information has been found to determine what happened to Mary Bone JOHNS wife of Shadrach, Joel S. TOLER/TOLAR, son-in-law; Alice Catherine Johns TOLER daughter or Anna W. JOHNS,  Daughter. 

We do know that whatever happened the two children of Joel & Catherine, Mary and William Shadrac, did survived along with their Uncle Joseph Henry and their Grandfather Shadrach Johns. 
When Shadrach Johns died and his exact place of burial is not known; but, he most likely died in Marlboro County.
The struggles that my great grandparents faced must have seem so unbearable at times. This has been a difficult story to document and still many gaps exist. 

What happen to Thomas H. Johns? Did he die in the Civil War?
Where were Mary & Shadrach in 1870? I haven’t found them in the 1870 census? They were in Washington County, Florida in Dec. 1866.
What happen to Mary and Anna Johns, Joel and Catherine Toler between December 1866 and June 1880?

Your thoughts and suggestions greatly welcome on how to proceed with this mystery.
 
 
 




 
 

[1] 1830 U. S. Census, Darlington County, South Carolina, population schedule, Darlington County, South Carolina, Page 219 Line 6, Household of Shade JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 January 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M19_173.
[2] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, page 109A, Line 11, Dwelling 161, Family/161, Household of Shadrach JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Russell County, Alabama, population schedule, Seals Station, Russell County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) No ED, page 893, Line 7, dwelling 238, family 227, Household of Shadrick Johns; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_22.
[4] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 23 January 2013), entry for Shadrack JOHN, Private; Co. H, 24th Alabama Infantry; Confederate.
[5] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 23 January 2013), entry for Shadrick Johns, Private; Capt. Parson's Company; Confederate.
[6] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Accessed on 2 January 2012; Headstone for Enoch Johns; Memorial # 66434473.
[7] http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fljackso/cox/WFW4.htm
[8] http://www.fold3.com/image/#20|127927670
[9] Land Deed - Jas. Eddings & Others to W. T. Goodwin Deed; 3 December 1866; Deed Book #5; Page(s) 598 & 599; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 1999.
[10] Bullock County, Alabama, marriage (30 September 1869), Joel S. Toler to Catherine Johns; Montgomery, Alabama, USA, State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Record Services Division.
[11] 1880 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #108, page 460A, Line 22, Dwelling # 43, Family #43, Household of Shade JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_1235.


























































Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Treasures from Probate Records


I spent some time today browsing through Probate Minutes Book G&H, Lauderdale County, Mississippi. Almost from the start, I began to see various references to the family of John H. Brown and his wife Sarah Rivers whom I have researched for many years.

John H. Brown died on September 4, 1855 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi. I have a copy of his estate file that I ordered from Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History.

I have a handwritten book from 1926 that states that Martha Brown daughter of John H. Brown married a Mr. Culbreth.

<45> Martha Brown(1Wm, 4Fredk, 8Sarah) ; b. _______;d._______;m. Mr. Culbreth, a highly educated man who died leaving her with several small children.

It wasn’t until I received John H,. Brown Estate folder from the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History that I was to find a source document with the Culbreth surname. I have now determine that Martha Brown married John Culbreth. Naming a son, Epps sealed the mystery of who Martha married.
 
Heirs of John H. Brown

And now in the minutes of the April term 1856 of the Lauderdale Court records I find daughter Martha referred to as Martha MATTHEWS.

In 1850, Martha and her husband John Culberth are living in Southern District, Lauderdale, Mississippi with their two sons Epps N. and Joseph M. Culberth.  In 1860, Martha is living with James H. Matthews and two sons named John H. Culbreth and James Matthews, age 2. They are living in Smith County, Mississippi.By 1870, Martha had returned to the surname CULBRETH and both the Culbreth and the Matthews son is using the Culbreth surname.

1870 Census: Township 6, Lauderdale, Mississippi; Martha Culbreth, age 52; John Culbreth, age 18 and James Culbreth, age 12.

From Minute Books
51, page 118/119 Sale of the Lands belonging to the estate of John H. Brown, deceased.
It was ordered by the court that citation issued to Smith County, Martha Matthews notifying her to appear at the May term next of this Court an contest the application of Henry Brown administrator of the estate of John H. Brown deceased for an order to sale the lands belonging to said estate, if she thinks proper (viz: the NW ¼ OF NW ¼ & SW 1/4 S18 T4 R10)
And it was also ordered that citation issued to Stephen Brown of Jasper County notifying him to appear at the May term next of this court, and if he think proper contest the petition of Stephen Brown administrator <sic> [should read Henry Brown administrator] of the estate of John H. Brown dec’d for an order to sell the following lands belonging to said estate (Viz: the NW ¼ OF NW ¼ & SW 1/4 S18 T4 R10)

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BOOK G&H, page 118-119

There were other gems within this volume; references to the death of William Brown.

To Stephen Brown administrator of Sarah Griffith. Stephen Brown married Susan Griffith; is Sarah Griffith her Mother. Clear up one mystery and another takes it place.

Then in the February term 1856 a real mystery yet to be unravel.

It was ordered by the Court that a citation be issued and served upon John Brown guardian of William L. Brown a minor heir of William Brown deceased notifying him to appear & file an annual account of said guardianship at the March term next of this court.

William Brown, the son of John H. Brown died August 19, 1853 approximately two years before the passing of his father, John H. Brown.

That's in the first 66 of 410 pages. There more treasures to be uncovered tomorrow.






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[1] Lauderdale Probate Minutes, Book G&H, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, <www.familysearch.org>
[2] 1850, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, population schedule, Southern District, Lauderdale, Mississippi, Page: 341A(stamped); Line 23, Dwelling 224, Family 232, Household of John CULBERTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication Roll M432_375.
[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith, Mississippi, Page: 288; Line 3, Dwelling 348, Family 348, Household of James M. MATTHEWS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2013); citing NARA publication Roll: M653_591.
[4] 1870 U S Census, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 6, Lauderdale, Mississippi, Page: 60A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 622, Family 622, Household of Martha CULBRETH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_735.









Monday, July 22, 2013

Amanuensis Monday~Marriage, Joel H. Goodwin and Evaline M. Primm


Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s posting is the marriage of Joel H. Goodwin to his first wife, Evaline Matilda Primm.

JOEL H. GOODWIN AND C. M. PRIMM Marriage Licensee

J. A. Fortenbury Minister of Cumberland Presbyterian do hereby certify that I solemnized the Rights of Matrimony on this the 19th of June 1855 at the residence of John Primm of Union County, Ark between J. H. Goodwin aged 26 years and E. M. Primm age 15 years both residents of Union County, Ark. According to the rights & Customs of said Cumberland P. C. my credentials recorded Clk Office of Saline County of this State in the Record of marriage pages 88 this 14th day of July A.D. 1855.
                                                                      A. Fortenbury Minister of
                                                                    the of the Gospel and C. P. C.
Filed July 5th A. D. 1855
Recorded July 14th A. D. 1855

Evaline Matilda Primm Goodwin died a short 21 years later on May 14, 1876. She is buried in Salem Cemetery, Lisbon, Union County, Arkansas.

Her husband, Joel H. Goodman, then married Julia A. Brown on 26 February 1879 in Ouachita County, Arkansas. 

If you have information on this couple, please contact me.







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[1] Union County, Arkansas, marriage licensee (19 June 1855), J. H. Goodwin & E. M. Primm; County Courthouse, Union County, Arkansas. <http://goo.gl/UPivx>




Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary~Mrs. P. H. Brock


Mary Ellen Liles Brock
b.  Nov. 1848
d. 1 June 1902
bu. 2 June 1902, St. David’s Episcopal Church cemetery

Mrs P. H. Brock Obituary

The News of Cheraw
Mrs. P. H. Brock, a most estimable lady, died at her home on Sunday morning. She leaves a husband and a large family to mourn her loss. Mrs. Brock was the daughter of the Late Capt. F. L. Liles, for many year mayor of Cheraw. She was one of the most earnest and devoted members of the Methodist church.


Mary Ellen Liles Brock was the wife of Peter Haley Brock. Mary Ellen and Peter had eleven children.

Mary Ellen‘s husband Peter Haley is my 1st cousin three times removed. 





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[1] Obituary for Mrs. P. H. Brock, The State. Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 7 June 1902.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Surname Saturday~James Brock, b. ca 1745, d. Dec. 15, 1847


Today’s posting is a request for help. From my previous postings over the past year and a half; I am sure you are well aware of the absence of records for the Chesterfield County area of South Carolina.

The Brock Surname is one of my primary surnames in my Maternal line. Just recently I found an obituary suggesting that one James Brock of  the Cheraw District of South Carolina was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. 

“…the house of Mr. James Brock, of Cheraw District, S. C. a Revolutionary soldier, aged nearly one hundred years, was consumed by fire …”

Well this is news to me and since all the Brock in Chesterfield County are related then I’m elated. So off I go to the Fold3 website www.Fold3.com 

On Fold3, I found 2 images related to James Brock of South Carolina.

Page 1 - James Brock

Page 2 - James Brock

Information from above Documents:
Name: James Brock
Unit: Fifth (5th) South Carolina Regiment
Enlisted:  September 18, 1776
Volume 9, page 35 (Does anyone know what Volume 9, page 35 is referring to?)
http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|21945010

The obituary for James Brock states that he perished in a fire that destroyed his home and that he was nearly one hundred years old. Census records indicates we are  talking about James Brock found in the 1800-1840 Censuses.
  • 1800 CENSUS: No Twp Listed, Chesterfield  County, SC, Series: M32  Roll: 47, Page: 101 (339); James BROCK, age 26- 44 [1756-1774], 4 Males, under 10; 1 Female, under 10; 2 Females, ages 10-15 and 1 Female, age 26-44[Wife].
  • 1810 CENSUS: No Twp Listed, Chesterfield  County, SC, Series: M252  Roll: 60, Page: 316; James BROCK, age 45 and over, 3 Males, under 10; 1 Male, age 10-15, 1 Male, age 16-25; 2 Females, under 10; 1 Female, ages 10-15, 1 Female, Age 26-44 and 1 Female, age 45 and over[Wife].
  • 1820 CENSUS: No Twp Listed, Chesterfield  County, SC, Series: M33  Roll: 119, Page: 240; James BROCK, age 45 and over, 1 Male, under 10; 2 Male, age 10-16, 1 Male, age 16-18; 1 Female, under 10; 1 Female, ages 10-16 and 1 Female, age 45 and over [Wife].
  • 1830 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 172; Family History Film: 0022506; page: 235; Line 19; James BROCK, head of household; 1 male, 15-20; 1 male, 70-80 and 1 female, 60-70. (1750-1760) 
  • 1840 CENSUS:  Chesterfield, South Carolina; Roll: 510;  Image: 1290; Family History Library Film: 0022508, Page 338; Line 23, Household of James Brock.
1 male - 90 thru 99 [James BROCK]1 Females - 50 thru 59
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 2
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 2
Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total Slaves: 5 
It’s obvious that if I am to prove that James Brock did in fact serve in the Revolutionary War the records of the National  Archives are going to need to be explored.
          This James Brock is the Father of Eli P. Brock, Benjamin Brock, Samuel W. Brock and Squire H.    Brock.


Newspaper Notice - Eli P. Brock, 1844

The State of Mississippi
Hinds County
In the Probate Court of said County; January Term 1851
To Samuel Brock, Esquire Brock, Benjamin Brock, and all other unknown heirs who are non-residents, and all other persons whatsoever interested in the Estate of ELI P. BROCK, deceased:
YOU are hereby cited to be and appear before our said Court, at the April Term, 1851, thereof, then and there to shew cause if any you can why MOSES BROCK administrator of said estate should not be allowed at that time to make his final settlement and be discharged from all farther liability as such administrator.
WITNESS, Hon. Amos R. JOHNSTON, Judge of our said Court, at its January Term. [L. S.[ A. D. 1851, and the seal of said Court attached.
Attest---- W. H. HAMPTON, Clerk
Jan. 23, 1851. ---32-3t.
Hinds County Gazette, Raymond, Mississippi, 23 January 1851. Number 32, Volume 6 

While I don’t have a single document stating this fact; this document in the estate file of Eli P. Brock, Hinds County, Mississippi provide circumstantial evidence that Eli P. Brock, Benjamin Brock, Samuel W. Brock and Squire H. Brock are related. 

Eli P. Brock went to Mississippi with his Uncle William Brock and some cousins while Benjamin Brock, Samuel W. Brock and Squire H. Brock stayed in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  

So, I have a request for each of you, my readers. I have shared all the clues I have about James Brock. Take 30 minutes and let’s unite in networking, crowdsourcing, social media or any way possible and see if  we can find records for James Brock’s service in the Revolutionary War. 
Based on my current research James Brock is my 4th Great Grandfather. 




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1. James BROCK obituary, The Southern Patriot, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 23 December 1847, Page 2. 
2. Ancestry, "Revolutionary War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 21 March 2013), entry for James BROCK, ; Fifth (5th) South Carolina Regiment; America.
3. 1800 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, No Twp Listed, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 101 (339), Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 March 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication M32, Roll 47.
4. 1810 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, , ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); citing National Archives Microfilm M252_60.
5. 1820 Census of the United States, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, No Twp Listed, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 240, Household of James Brock, James Brock; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M 33_119.
6. 1830 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, No Twp Listed, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 235, Line 19, Household of James Brock, James Brock; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 29 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M19_172.
7. 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, South Carolina, page 338, Line xx, Household of James Brock, James Brock.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M740_Roll 510.
8. Obituary for James BROCK, The Southern Patriot, 23 December 1847.
9. James BROCK obituary, The Mississippi Free Trader, Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, 12 January 1848, Page 2. .
10. Obituary for James BROCK, The Southern Patriot, 23 December 1847.
11. North Carolina, Deed Book: M, page 338, FARGUHART MCRAE TO VALENTINE BROCK; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
12. 1850, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Washington Parrish, Louisiana, page 85, Household of William Brock; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration, Roll: M19_43.
13. 1840,  Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Hinds County, Mississippi, page 216, Household of William Brock; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.om : viewed 2009); Family History Library Film: 0014840..
14. 1841, Hinds County, Mississippi, Mississippi state census index, No Township Listed, Hinds County, Mississippi, William Brock Sr.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.om : viewed ).
15. Hinds County, MS, Probate Court Estates, Old Series, Raymond, MS, MDAH Microfilm #10402, Family History Library Film #1479977, Estate #744, William Brock, Jan 1844.
16. Hinds County, MS, Probate Court Estates, Old Series, Raymond, MS, MDAH Microfilm #10392, Family History Library Film #1064400, Estate #321, James P. J. Purvis, Feb 1836.














Thursday, July 18, 2013

Those Places Thursday~Lake Powell


From October 1976 through April 2000, I lived in Utah about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. The first 8 1/2 years as a Senior NCO in the Air Force. In June 1983, I retired as an E-9 with 22 years 6 months and 21 days service.

After retirement, I worked for a local jet engine company building cruise missile engines and the engine for the Cessna Citation Jet. Living in Utah was great for travel to many well know recreation areas such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, Arches National Park, Zion’s National Park, Moab, Utah; Canyonlands and Lake Powell among many, many others. You can river raft on the Salmon and Snake River in Idaho one weekend, the Green and Colorado River in Utah the next weekend.  Motorhome and tent camping is awesome.  Skiing and snowmobiling, the greatest anywhere especially snowmobiling in Yellowstone during the Winter.

When you are tired of the outdoors, there is always the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City; six days out of every week.

In September 1990, we spent a week on Lake Powell on a houseboat. Lake Powell is a large reservoir on the Colorado Rivers that straddled the border between Utah and Arizona. Highway 89 connects Utah and Arizona at the Glen Canyon Dam.

We spent a leisure week on the lake, swimming, boating, reading, sunbathing and just aimlessly enjoying our week away from a hectic work schedule.

One major attraction if you are ever on the Lake is the magnificent Rainbow Bridge National Monument on the eastern end of the lake. Two other attractions, a short distance away, are Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Slot Canyons.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday~John Harvey Rivers

Source - T. Sharp


John Harvey Rivers
Source: T. Sharp

19th (Dawson's) Arkansas Infantry Regiment, Company "B",  Confederate States of America


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday~John and Sarah Lang


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Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

Sarah Frances “Sallie Purvis and John Rufus Lang were married June 10, 1910 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 1

They are my Grand Aunt and Uncle.

Sarah Frances is the daughter of William James Purvis and Mary Hulda Previtte. She was born on June 16, 1891 in Morven, Anson County, North Carolina. 2

John Rufus is the son of Margie Lang. John was born March 6, 1883 in Anson County, North Carolina.3
John R. and Sallie F. Lang had 9 children; five daughters and four sons.

Sarah Frances “Sallie Purvis Lang died May 22, 1951 at a hospital in Florence, South Carolina. John Rufus Lang died June 29, 1968 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. They are buried in the Campbell Family Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 4 5




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[1] John Rufus Lang and Sarah Frances Purvis, (10 June 1910), Chesterfield County Marriage Index: ; Probate Office, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
[2] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for Sarah Frances Purvis Lang; (16 June 1891–22 May 1951); Memorial # 40603587; Record of the Campbell Family Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 19 February 2013.
[3] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image, http://www.findagrave.com; Headstone for John Rufus Lang; (6 March 1883–29 June 1968); Memorial # 40603553; Record of the Campbell Family Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 19 February 2013.
[4] Sarah F. LANG, death certificate 005798 (22 May 1951), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
[5] John Rufus Lang obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, South Carolina, 4 July 1968, Page 2.





Monday, July 15, 2013

Amanuensis Monday~Valentine Brock Land Deed, 1807

Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s posting is Land Deed between Farguhart McRae and Valentine Brock for 150 acres of Land. The deed is on file in Anson County, North Carolina just across the state line from Chesterfield County. The deed on file is a copy of the original deed. The original is on file in the State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina. All deeds at the local level are copies of the original.

DEED BOOK M-338(2)

292. FARGUHART MCRAE TO VALENTINE BROCK1
THIS INDENTURE made the 22nd. Day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven [1807] Between Farguhart McRae of the County of Anson and State of North Carolina of the one part & Valentine Brock the State of South Carolina and District of  Chesterfield of the other part WITNESSTH that I Farguhart McRae for & in consideration of the sum of Five hundred [$500]  Dollars in hand paid the Receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge before the Delivery of these presents have Grantee Bargained sold conveyed and do by these presents grant Bargain sell alien convey & confirm the Sd. Valentine Brock and his heirs forever a certain piece of parcel of land lying and being in Anson County as aforesd. and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning in John Akins Senr. line on the south side of old Mill Creek on the bank of said creek and runs with sd. line So.  28 Wt. to a black oak Sd. Akins’s second corner in the in the flat ground of Sd. Creek then south 62 Et.  212 poles down the creek to a pine then No. 28 Et. with said Akins’s line to the bank of the Creek then up the said Creek with its very courses to the first station containing on hundred [100] acres of land more or less.  Also fifty [50] acres of land runs as follows Beginning on a double white oak by a spanish oak and 2 red oaks in the fork of a branch in or near the above line and run So. 35 Wt. 30 chains to two hickorys then So. 54 Wt. 10 chs. With his other line to a stake by 3 pines pointers in the Edge of a branch then So. 30 Wt. 10 chains to a stake then So. 54 Et. 20 chains to a stake then No. 35 Et. 40 chains to a stake then a direct line to the Beginning containing fifty [50] acres more or less Together with all Rights privilege and advantages thereunto belonging To Have and to hold all and singular the above granted lands and premises with every part and parcel unto the Sd. Valentine Brock his heirs and assigns to the only proper use Benefit and Behoof of him the Sd. Brock his heirs and assigns forever and the Sd. Farguhart McRae doth for his self his heirs Exrs. Admrs. or assigns covenant and agree to warrant and Defend all and singular the above lands and premises and every part and parcel thereof from and against the Lawful claim of any person or persons whatsoever. Witness whereof the Sd. Farguhart McRae have hereunto set his hand and seal the day & year above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered                        Farguhart   X  McRae {SEAL}
In the presence of us                                                     his mark
D. McRae
F. Campbell
State of North Carolina
Anson County July sessions 1808
Then the within deed was duly proved in open court in order to be Registered.
                                                                                     Tod Robinson CLK


Valentine Brock is my 4th Great Grand Uncle.



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[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: M, page 338, FARGUHART MCRAE TO VALENTINE BROCK; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Census Sunday~What’s In A Name?

In all my 37 plus years of research no single family has given me the aggravation that I have endured with reconstructing the Epps Rivers Brown and Dorinda Adair family.

From yesterday’s posting we know that Epps and Dorinda had nine (9) children; 3 sons and six daughters. 1 2 3 4
Sarah O. BROWN, female, born 19 April 1843;
Napoleon Bonaparte “Nap BROWN, male, b. 14 February 1845
Lafayette BROWN, male, b. Apr 1847
Martha J. BROWN, female, b. 1849
Nancy BROWN, age 08, b. 1852, in AR;
Lucy BROWN, age 06, b. 1854 in AR;
Mollie BROWN, age 03, b. 1857 in AR;
Lizzie BROWN, age 7/12, , 1859/1860 in AR;
Weyman BROWN, Male, age 07, b. 1863 in AR.

A family history booklet states that three of these six daughters died at an early age. The three that are listed as dying early are: 5

Lucy/Lu BROWN, age 06, b. 1854 in AR; Died early
Mollie BROWN, age 03, b. 1857 in AR; Died early
Lizzie BROWN, age 7/12, b. 1859/1860 in AR; Died early

All are still alive in the 1880 Census. After removing these three from the six daughters; we have these three remaining:
Sarah O. BROWN, female, born 19 April 1843; Married William Ward they are buried in Old Parkers Chapel Cemetery, Union County, Arkansas.
Martha J. BROWN, male, b. 1849
Nancy BROWN, age 08, b. 1852, in AR;

The Family history Book (1926) states that:
171.Sally [Brown]; b. _________;d. abt. 1915; m. Wm. Ward.
Sarah/Sally did married William Ward.
174.Dora; b.__________;d.__________; m. (1) Joel Goodwin; m. (2) Jim Buckner. Lived in Western Texas.

175.Nannie; b.__________;d.__________; m. Al Glass of Kasse, Texas. Nannie has been a Widow for many years. She is now living (1926) with her only child - Brown Glass, b.____, Kasse, Texas.
So at this point we have a problem. The censuses (1850-1880) do not list a daughter named Dora Brown.
Marriage records for Ouachita County Arkansas shows that Joel H. Goodwin married Julie A. BROWN on 26 February 1879. 6

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The 1880 census for Ouachita shows Joel & Julia Goodwin. 7

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Now we have the Family booklet naming Dora Brown as wife of Joel H. Goodwin and County Marriage records saying that Julia A. Brown married Joel H. Goodwin. To further compound this I looked for and found no marriage record for Jim Buckner.

James Buckner and Elizabeth J./Julia were found in Texas in 1900, 1920 and 1930. 8 9 10

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Now, to tie the Buckner to the Brown we have the Texas Death Certificate for James Buckner wife. 11

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We see that Dora/Elizabeth J. /Julie A. Brown are now known as Donnie Buckner. Donnie Buckner was:
b. Sept 10, 1853
Married: J. M. Buckner
Father: E. R. Brown [Epps Rivers Brown]
Mother: Mirandy Ardar [Dorinda Adair]
d. 9 June 1933, Westella, Nolan, Texas

If, at this point the narrative is not too confusing let’s add one more element to the story. James “Jim” M. Buckner and his wife had one child - James Evelyn “Lynn” Buckner, Sr. born 11 February 1881 in Arkansas. Also remember the marriage to Joel H. Goodwin took place on February 26, 1879 and they are enumerated in the 1880 census for Ouachita County, Arkansas.

James Evelyn “Lynn” Buckner, Sr. died June 5, 1950 in Nolan County, Texas. His Texas Death Certificate shows his parents as J. M. Buckner and Julia Bradley. 12

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In summary, conflict exists as to the specific daughter of Epps Rivers Brown that married Joel H. Goodwin and James H. “Jim” Buckner and the daughter that married Absalom Pratt Glass as we saw in yesterday’s posting.

Family tradition states that Dora married Joel H. Goodwin and Jim Buckner.

Ouachita County, Arkansas marriage licensee shows that Joel H. Goodwin married Julia A. Brown.
If Dora/Julia married Joel H. Goodwin it was short lived. Since he was older and had children just slightly younger than herself it’s possible she saw the marriage as a losing situation. Regardless,  sometime around May 1880, Julia Brown Goodwin and Jim Buckner united together. 

Jim Buckner and his wife had one known child, a Son, born February 11, 1881 in Arkansas. No marriage license has been found and it’s possible no marriage took place. We do know they left Arkansas and moved to Texas.

Any suggestions on resolving some of this conflicting information would be greatly appreciated.
 
 





 
 
 
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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Union County, Arkansas, population schedule, El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas, Page 226A, Line 31, Dwelling/Family 21/21, Household of Epps R. BROWN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 July 2011); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_30.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Union County, Arkansas, population schedule, Dorado, Union County, Arkansas, Page 316B, Line 17, Family/Dwelling 703/651, Household of Epps R. BROWN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 July 2011); citing NARA publication Roll: M653_51.
3. 1870 U. S. Census, Union County, Arkansas, population schedule, Franklin, Union County, Arkansas, Page: 523B; Line 26, Dwelling/Family 107/108, Household of Epps R. Brown; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 July 2011); citing NARA publication Roll: M593_65.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, Union County, Arkansas, population schedule, Franklin, Union County, Arkansas, enumeration district (ED) #270, Page 226C, Line 17, Dwelling 80, Family 84, Household of E. R. BROWN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 July 2011); citing NARA publication Roll: T9-0058.
5. Minnie Sanders Rivers, The Rivers Family: of Chesterfield County, South Carolina, handwritten (unpublished: n.p., 1929), Family 43 - Epps Rivers Brown.
6. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957," digital images - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 24 January 2013), Clerk Copy, "Ouachita County, Arkansas Marriage Book "B"," page 381, Joel H. Goodwin and Julia A. Brown; citing Register of Deed, Ouachita County, Arkansas Marriage Book "B", page 381.
7. 1880 U. S. Census, Union County, Arkansas, population schedule, Tremont, Ouachita County, Arkansas, enumeration district (ED) #221, Page 47A; Line 1, Dwelling NL, Family NL, Household of J. H. GOODWIN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 September 2011); citing NARA publication Roll: T9-0058.
8. 1900 U. S. Census,  Coryell County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 6, Coryell County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 47, Page: 176B(stamped); Line 86, Dwelling 305, Family 305, Household of James M. BUCKNER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 September 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1624.
9. 1920 U. S. Census, Nolan County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 5, Nolan County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) #180, Page: 89B; Line 81, Dwelling 176, Family 180, Household of James BUCKNER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 25 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll 1837.
10. 1930 U. S. Census, Nolan County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 5, Nolan County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) #10, Page: 234B; Line 91, Dwelling 35, Family 35, Household of James B. BUCKNER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 25 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T626, Roll 2378.
11. State of Texas, death certificate no. 4376 (9 January 1933), Donnie Buckner; https:/www.familysearch.org.
12. J. E. Buckner, death certificate 29639 (5 June 1950), Vital Records, Department of Health, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

























































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