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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.

Friday, January 31, 2014

52 Ancestors: #5, Electa Huneycutt Atkinson


Electa Huneycutt is my great grand Aunt. She was born on 3 November 1874,1 a daughter of James W. Huneycutt and his wife Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Page. Electa was the baby in her family and her oldest sister, Louvena, was my great grandmother.

Growing up in rural North Carolina we didn’t see much of our kinfolk. All my grandparents with the exception of Grandma Purvis were already deceased by the time I was born. Grandma Purvis was the daughter of Electa’s older sister Louvena. As a young child growing up the children were expected to take leave of the adults. Thus, we were never exposed to any talk about our kin.

When I  became interested in genealogy I had no knowledge of my ancestry beyond Grandma Purvis. 

Researching Grandma led me to the Huneycutt family. I learned that Grandma was the daughter of James Calvin Deese and his wife Louvena Huneycutt. The only Louvena Huneycutt I could find was in the 1880 Census, spelled Levina, but definitely worth taking a look.

The 1880 census has the family composition listed as:2


1880-James Hunicutt

This was my first exposure of Lecta/Electa Hunneycutt.. I next found Electa in 1900 Census in her mother’s household.3 Her Father had died in 1896.

For years I looked for Lecta/Electa Hunneycutt with no results. I spent hours examining records in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. No luck.

Then one day while searching NC Death Certificates on Ancestry.com  I put her first name in the search block along with her father's name and the very first listing contained her name.

Electa Adkinson

The death certificate4 provided the name of her husband and Electa Huneycutt was no longer one of those hidden female ancestors.

About 1901, Electa Huneycutt married Samuel Henry Atkinson. In 1910,5 Electa reported that she was the mother of three children, two living. Her daughter, Emma and son William James  were the two living children. I have found no record of the deceased child. 

Electa Hunneycutt Atkinson died 4 March 1949 in Stanly County, North Carolina.

Her obituary7 appeared in “The Stanly Hews and Press”, Tuesday, 8 March 1949, page 7, Column 4.

Mrs. Atkinson Taken By Death Friday afternoon at her home in Palestine. She had been ill for two months and death was attributed to a heart condition.
She was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Page Huneycutt of Stanly County.
Final rites were held Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the home, conducted by the Rev. Edwin Bailey. Burial was in the Palestine Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Sam Atkinson, and two children, Mrs. Gillam Coble of Albemarle and, route 2, and Willie Atkinson of Eldorado.

Electa and Sam are buried in the Palestine Methodist Church Cemetery.



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1. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 6383 (4 March 1949), Mrs. Electa Honeycutt Atkinson; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
2. 1880 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 002, Page 352A(stamped), Line 39, Dwelling #264, Family #282, Household of James Hunicutt; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 26 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
3. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0019, Page 1A/59(stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 4, Family 4, Household of Sarah E. HONEYCUT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 28 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1523.
4. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 6383 (4 March 1949), Mrs. Electa Honeycutt Atkinson; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
5. 1910 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0116, Page 109B/109(stamped), Line 87, Dwelling 130, Family 131, Household of Samuel ATKINSON; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 28 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1096.
6. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 6383 (4 March 1949), Mrs. Electa Honeycutt Atkinson; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
7. Mrs. Atkinson Taken By Death obituary, The Stanly News and Press, Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, 8 March 1949, Page 7, Col 4..
8. 1920 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 146, Page: 193A(stamped); Line 32, Dwelling 640/299, Family 309, Household of Henry S. ATKINSON; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 28 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll 1323.
9. 1930 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, North Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 17, Page: 141A; Line 28, Dwelling 263, Family 282, Household of Samuel H. ATKINSON; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : viewed 28 May 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1721.
10. 1940 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, East and Southeast Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 84-178, Page: 16B/269(stamped); Line 57, Household #288, Household OF Samuel ATKINSON; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : viewed 28 May 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2975.









Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thriller Thursday~Corn Liquor, Guns and Back Room Drinking = Death


DIES BY HANDS OF BROTHER-IN-LAWLafayette Rivers Slain by W. Gary Smith
No Witnesses To Killing
Deplorable Family Tragedy Occurs in Back Room of Matheson Building in Bennettsville

Special to the State.
Bennettsville, Feb. 18. – C. Lafayette Rivers was shot and instantly killed here this evening by W. Gary Smith. The homicide occurred in a room in the rear of the Matheson building on Broad Street near the Bennettsville and Cheraw Depot. No one else was in the room at the time of the shooting.
Rivers was shot in the face, just below eye, the ball entering the brain. Smith was shot in the neck, the ball entering from the front, slightly to the right, and passing through the neck. From the testimony and circumstances it seems certain that Rivers fired the first shot.
The homicide is a most deplorable affair. Rivers married a sister of Smith, and Smith married a sister of Rivers.Rivers was almost 37 years old and leaves a widow and two children. Smith is about 35 years old and his wife and three children are living. Smith was arrested and is in jail.
The coroner’s jury returned the formal verdict; Smith’s wound is not regarded as necessarily fatal. The two men, with other friends, had been in the room several times during the day and all had been drinking.  A two gallon jug partly filled with corn liquor was found in the room.
[“The State”, Columbia, SC, 19 February 1911, page 2, col 5]

Columbus Lafayette "Buck" Rivers Sr. was born on 1 Apr 1874 in Marlboro County, South Carolina.1 2 He was shot and killed on 18 Feb 1911 at the age of 36 and was buried at McCall Cemetery in Marlboro, South Carolina.34 5
Columbus Lafayette "Buck" Rivers Sr. married Atlanta Nell "Addie" Smith on 26 Dec 1902 in Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina.6
Atlanta Nell "Addie" Smith, daughter of William Angus Smith and Julia , was born on 1 Sep 1886 and in Marlboro County, South Carolina.7 8 9 10
 
Columbus Lafayette Rivers and Atlanta Nell “Addie” Smith had the following children:

i. Rachel Rivers, born abt 1908, Marlboro, South Carolina, United States; married Marvin Townsend, abt 1925.
ii. Columbus Lafayette Rivers Jr., born 8 Jan 1911, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married Christine Charlotte Reeves.

The killing of her husband by her brother left Addie a widower with two babies to raise on her own. Rachel was just barely 2 years of age and young Columbus, Jr.  was a new born baby.
With few choices it wasn't very long until  Atlanta Nell “Addie” Smith Rivers was remarried. Her new husband was a young man named Alton John Weatherly.  There had 3 known children.

Atlanta Nell “Addie” Smith Rivers Weatherly died on 25 Apr 1930 at the age of 43 and was buried McCall Cemetery in Marlboro County, South Carolina.11 1213 14 Two years later her new husband also passed away leaving 3 young children ranging in age from 9 to 18.







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1. Mark Rivers and Caroline Dean Rivers Family Bible Holy Bible, (New York, New York: n.p., n.d.); Obtained from Betty Lee Hefty, 8 Xeroxed page from Original Bible. BIRTH - 1 April 18748 February 1911, Columbia Lafayette "Buck" Rivers Sr..
2. 1880 U S Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Adamsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #104, Page: 359A; Line 39, Dwelling 6, Family 6, Household of Mark Rivers; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1235.
3. Mark Rivers and Caroline Dean Rivers Family Bible, DEATH - 18 February 1911, Columbia Lafayette "Buck" Rivers Sr.>.
4. Leon Madison Rivers, "Leon M. Rivers Genealogical Collection," genealogical data, 1920's, Box 3, Folder 75, reviewed 14 June 2005, Leon M. Rivers Genealogical Collection; South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, South Carolina. Elijah Davis married Mattie Deese.
5. Elizabeth C. Drake, Marlboro County Cemetery Survey; Marlboro County Historical Society, 1984, page 201. Tombstone of C. L. RIVERS; 1 April 1874–18 February 1911, McCall Cemetery, Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina.
6. Mark Rivers & Caroline Dean Rivers Family Bible Holy Bible, (New York, New York: n.p., n.d.); Obtained from Betty Lee Hefty, 8 Xeroxed page from Original Bible. MARRIAGE, Atlanta Nell Smith & Columbia Lafayette Rivers.
7. 1900 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Smithville Township, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #99, Page 277, Line 1, Dwelling 1, Family 1, Household of William SMITH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 22 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1536.
8. Ibid.
9. 1920 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Red Hill, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #130, Page 257B; Line 71, Dwelling 313, Family 315, Household of Alton J. WEATHERLY; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll: 1703.
10. 1930 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #16, Page 52B; Line 63, Dwelling 103, Family 109, Household of Alton WEATHERLY; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2205.
11. Atlanta S Weatherly, death certificate #006485 (25 April 1930), Vital Records, Department of Health, Austin, Travis County, Texas.
12. Ibid.
13. Elizabeth C. Drake, Marlboro County Cemetery Survey, Marlboro County Historical Society, 1984. Tombstone of Addie Smith Weatherly.
14. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image, (http://www.findagrave.com : Accessed on 23 September 2011); Headstone for Atlanta "Addie" Smith Weatherly; (1 September 1887–25 April 1930); Records of the McCall Cemetery; Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, USA.


















Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~John Washington Previtte


John Washington Previtte*
b. 3 Nov. 1824
d. 19 May 1913
bu. Zoar UMC Cemetery



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John Washington Previtte was a son of William and Catherine Previtte married Elizabeth “Bette’ Davis, daughter of Michael Davis and Hulda Rivers about 1856. They had  11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters. One of those daughters, Mary Hulda, their second born id my great grandmother having married William James Purvis about 1879.

John Washington Previtte spent his entire life as a farmer in Chesterfield, South Carolina. The 1900 Census for Chesterfield County showed that he owned his own farm.

John Washington Previtte is my 2nd Great Grandfather.





 
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* = Previtte is spelled many ways. Privett, Previtt, Previtte, Privette, etc
[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Self-Published, 1995, page 846. Tombstone of J. W. PREVITT; 1 November 1824–19 May 1913, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Margaret P. Brock

 

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 subject is the WILL of Margaret P. Brock, written in 1887.

Margaret P. Brock was b. 2 April 1838 to Valentine Brock and Nancy W. Vandigriff. Margaret was never married. She wrote her Will on 23 March 1887.  She died 13 August 1892 and was buried in the Brock Family Cemetery, Locust Grove, Henry County, Georgia. She, her parents, Valentine and Nancy and her grandmother, Elizabeth Lundy Brock, are the only four graves recorded in this cemetery. There are most likely more graves. Margaret has a sister, Mary Ann, born in 1846 and listed in the 1850 Census for Henry County. Her grave has not been found.

Margaret P. Brock Will

Transcription of Will:

Georgia}
Henry County} In the name of God Amen,”
I Margaret Brock of the County of Henry and State of Georgia been of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all Wills hereto made by me. First, I commit my soul to God who gave it_  My worldly estate I depose of as follows:
Item first - I request Nancy W. Brock, My Mother to first pay off all my Burial expenses, and just debts.
Item Second - I then request My Mother to have a Tomb Stone erected over my Grave.
Item Third – I then will all my real estate, cash and all effects belonging to me, to my Mother N. W. Brock.
In witness whereof, I, the said Margaret Brock, to this my will consisting of one Sheet paper, have set my hand and Seal, this March 23rd 1887.
Witness                                                            Margaret P. Brock {L.S.}
Arch Brown, N. P. ex J. P.
James W. Vandergriff
T. J. Smith

Henry Court of Ordinary. Sept. Term 1892
The foregoing Will of Margaret P Brock, ordered and admitted to record, upon the oath of James W. Vandigriff one of the subscribing witnesses to said Will, as satisfactorily proven in common form of law. Sept. 5th, 1892                                                                                                               William N. Nelson
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"Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-30354-9071-25?cc=1999178&wc=M946-1Z9:n1773628724 : accessed 26 Jan 2014), Henry > Wills 1834-1917 vol A-C > image 343 of 609.















Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday’s Obituary~Death of an Infant


Death of an Infant
Angels
Special to The State.
Chesterfield, May 29. – The 9-months-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Davis, who lives about  ten miles south of Chesterfield died today and will be buried at Bethel church on Saturday morning. The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. T. B. Owen of east Chesterfield district.

Ollie Marguerite Davis was the daughter of James Alexander “Sandy” Davis and his wife Arnie Violet Douglas.

Ollie was born on 29 August 1913 and died on 29 May 1914. She was buried at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Her parents and three sisters survives. 

Ollie Marguerite Davis was my 3rd cousin twice removed.





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[1] “The State”, Columbia, South Carolina, 30 May 1914, page 3, column 3.
[2] Angel Image courtesy of Google images.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Surname Saturday~Edgeworth

 
The Edgeworth surname has been on record in both Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, North Carolina since the late 1700’s. The first Edgewoth was shipwreck off North Carolina and rescued by Moses Knight.

Richard Lovell Edgewoth was born 29 May 1764 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He was the son of Richard Lovell Edgeworth and Anna Maria Elers. He married Elizabeth Knight in North Carolina. He died on 19 August 1796 at age 32 in Anson County, North Carolina. His WILL is on file in Anson County Will Book “A”, page 49.

Abstract of will:
Page 49: RICHARD EDGEWORTH – Cheraw , S. C. Nov. 3, 1792. Jan. 1797. Wife: Elizabeth Sons: Sneed and Lovell. My father Richard Lovell Edgeworth of Lansford, Ireland, and Claudius Pegues. John Boone and John Hardwick of Georgetown. Witnesses: Smith Thompson , Thomas Edgeworth and James Pearson.

Upon the death of Richard Edgeworth above; the following notice appeared in several early editions of local newspapers in the area. This particular one is from The Charleston Courier, 14 November 1806, page 4.

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Transcription of Notice:
Notice
If any of the family of the late RICHARD EDGEWORT, of Ashton, on the Great Pedee river, S. Carolina, are alive, and will apply to Richard Lovel Edgeworth, Esq. of Edgeworthtown, Ireland, or to Marcus Heyland, No. 135, Market-street, Baltimore, they will here something to their advantage.
Sept. 27

Mary Medley in her “History of Anson County” devoted an entire chapter to Richard Lovell and his involvement and establishment of the town of Sneedborough, North Carolina.

From the North Carolina Historical Highway Marker Program:1
“In 1795 a town called Sneedsborough was founded in Anson County on the land of Richard Edgeworth. Sneedsborough was developed as an inland port town, to be connected to the Pee Dee River by a series of canals. The town expanded after its conception and became a small merchant center close to the North Carolina -South Carolina border. Archibald D. Murphey championed the development of Sneedsborough as a port for interior North Carolina, based in part on his personal business investments. The canals proved impossible to build though, stalling the development and growth of industry and the town itself. By the Civil War the town had been abandoned and its remnants were destroyed by Union troops.
     Anson County was formed in 1749 from Bladen County in order to address population growth and reduce distances for the payment of taxes. It was named for Lord George Anson, an English navigator who had worked along the Carolina coast between 1724 and 1735. Anson County was named to honor his bravery, service, and commitment to the Carolina colony.
     Richard Edgeworth, brother of acclaimed British novelist Maria Edgeworth. Edgeworth, arrived in Anson County after escaping England following the death of his opponent in a duel and then getting shipwrecked off the North Carolina coast near Cape Fear. Edgeworth’s rescuer, Moses Knight, brought him back to Anson County, where Edgeworth became involved in land speculation and soon helped to found Sneedsborough, which was named for his stepmother Honora Sneyd.
     Sneedsborough, incorporated in 1795, thrived initially, with an academy founded in 1800. The costs of canal construction proved impossibly high, however, and the canals leading to Sneedsborough never developed. The failure eventually led to the collapse of the town. Eventually the town essentially disappeared, and the troops engaged in
Sherman’s March destroyed it completely in the latter stages of the Civil War. The cemetery is all that remains today of the once thriving town”.

The Edgeworth surname is still a viable surname within Chesterfield County South Carolina.

On 17 March 1954, “The State”, a Columbia, South Carolina newspaper contained a picture of Lieut. Commander Richard Lovell Edgeworth of Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The photo caption read:
Lieut. Commander Richard Lovell Edgeworth, left is shown here being congratulated as he takes over his new assignment as commanding officer of the Columbia Naval Reserve Training Center at 513 Pickens Street. He succeeds Lieut. Commander L. Dial Corder, right, who has returned to inactive duty and is associated in business in Columbia. Lieut. Commander Edgeworth, who is a native of Pageland, came here from duty aboard the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Navy Photo by Chief Yeoman W. L. Cole).
 
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[1] http://ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?MarkerId=K-7


















Friday, January 24, 2014

52 Ancestors #4~William Eddins Sellers


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Amy Johnson Crow of No Story to Small has started a challenge of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

From her blog, “The challenge is: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific Ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focus on one ancestor. Not only should this get me should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”  

William Eddins Sellers is my 2nd Great Grandfather on the maternal side of my family.
 
Family tradition states that William Eddins Sellers died about 1854 in Madison County, Tennessee.1
I know from the 1850 population Census that William E. and Noah Sellers were in Madison County. William Eddins and Noah were brothers.2  

Wm. E. Sellers, 1850

We can see from the 1850 Census above that Andrew W. Sellers was born about 1844 in South Carolina and his baby brother James A. Sellers was born about 1846 in Tennessee. This would indicate that William Eddins and his wife Elizabeth Parsons moved their family from Chesterfield, SC between 1844 and 1846. William Eddins is listed as age 30 in the 1850 Census thus making his birth years about 1820 in Chesterfield, SC.

 William Eddins Sellers was born about 1820 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.3 He died about 1854 at the age of 34 in Madison County, Tennessee. 4
 
William Eddins Sellers and Elizabeth Parsons were married about 1840. Elizabeth Parsons, daughter of Abington Parsons and Mary, was born on 9 Mar 1822 in North Carolina.5 6 7 8 9
 
In 1860, we find Elizabeth Parson Sellers back in Chesterfield without her husband providing credence to the fact that William Eddins Sellers either died, was killed or some calamity occurred between 1850 and 1860.10 11 Another indicator is that their youngest son was born in 1854, thus William Eddins died between 1853 and 1860.


1860 Elizabeth Sellers

Her youngest son Alonzo W. Sellers died from measles in April 1860. 

William Eddins Sellers and Elizabeth Parsons had the following children:
 
i. William Riley Sellers was born about 1842 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 12 
ii. Andrew Washington Sellers, born 24 Nov 1844, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 13 14 
4 iii. James Arnold "Buck" Sellers, born 16 Sep 1846, Madison County, Tennessee.15
iv. Mary Abigail Sellers, born 24 Mar 1848, Madison County, Tennessee.16
v. Louise Ellen Sellers, born Jun 1850, Madison County, Tennessee. My Great Grandmother. 17
vi. Alonzo W. Sellers was born about 1854 in Madison County, Tennessee.18

 
If you have any information on William Eddins Sellers, I would loved to hear from you.



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[1] Family folklore says that William Eddins Sellers died from a fall while building a church in Madison County, Tennessee. No Tombstone found as of yet.
[2] 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 889.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Family folklore says that William Eddins Sellers died from a fall while building a church in Madison County, Tennessee. 
2. Interview with a Confederate Veteran obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 7 April 1932. Interview with Andrew Washington Sellers, Confederate Veteran (conducted by Nellie Bristow, Florence Morning News, reprinted Chesterfield Advertiser, April 7, 1932).
[5] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image, (http://www.findagrave.com : Accessed on 11 June 2010); Headstone for Elizabeth Sellers; (9 March 1822–10 May 1899); Records of the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County. South Carolina, USA.
[6] 1830 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 260; Line 3, Household of Mary Parsons; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 January 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M19_Roll 172.
[7]. 1830 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 362; Line 20, , Household of Mary Parsons.
[8] James C. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865 &: Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869 (Washington, D.C.: self-Published, 1995), page 115.
[9] 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, Population Schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS.
[10] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130B; Line 28, Dwelling 0522, Family 0521, Household of Elizabeth SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[11] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page 325C, Line 29, Dwelling 252, Family # 252, Household of Benj. F. BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
[[12] 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, Population Schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS.
[13] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image, (http://www.findagrave.com : Accessed on 26 May 2013); Headstone for Andrew Washington Sellers; (24 November 1844–12 January 1935); Records of the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[14] Interview with a Confederate Veteran obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 7 April 1932. Interview with Andrew Washington Sellers, Confederate Veteran (conducted by Nellie Bristow, Florence Morning News, reprinted Chesterfield Advertiser, April 7, 1932).
[15] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image, (http://www.findagrave.com : Accessed on 3 March 2007); Headstone for James Arnold Sellers; (16 September 1846–14 March 1904); Records of the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[16] Brock Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), borne March the 24th, 1848; MARY A. BROCK, Obtained from Owned by Ruby L. Johns Purvis.
[17] 1850 U. S. Census, Madison County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 10, Madison County, Tennessee, Page 305B; Line 1, Dwelling 244, Family 244, Household of Wm. E. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 889.
[18] Died from Measles, 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, mortality schedule, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Household of Elizabeth Sellers, A. W. SELLERS, age 6; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 June 2001); citing National Archives Microfilm MRT573_2304.








































Thursday, January 23, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday~The Shadrach Johns Family


The male side of my maternal line has been a genealogist nightmare. Initially, I was unable to find either a death certificate or an obituary for Grandfather and Grandmother. Eventually I did locate both a death certificate and a n obituary.

Then there my great great grandfather, either Henry Joseph or Joseph Henry Johns. Who did he married. Marlboro County census and death certificates for two of the children suggests that he married Laura Driggers, granddaughter of Jeremiah Polston.

Then there is great great grandfather Shadrach John and his wife Mary Boan/Bone. At every step there are stumbling blocks. In 1850, Shadrach is in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1  

1850 Chesterfield

By 1860 Shadrach & Mary had added another child to the family – Anna W. Johns and are living in Russell County, Alabama. Notice also the surname was “JOHN” in 1850 and “JOHNS” in 1860.2

1860 Russell Co., AL

Shadrach at age 60, served with Co. K, 24th Alabama Infantry and with Capt. Parson's Company (A-W), Florida Militia. While serving in Florida, Shadrach was captured on 27 September 1864 at Hard Labor Creek during The Battle of Vernon. 3.
 
Shadrach and his family has not been found in the 1870 Census. We know that Alice C (Alice Catherine) married Joel  S. Toler, 30 September 1869 in Bullock County, Alabama. I have their marriage licensee and we know that Joel and Alice had two children – William Shadrac Toler and Mary Toler. 4

MARRIAGE, JOEL S. TOLER-CATHERINE JOHNS

We know this because Shadrach Johns and Henry Joseph Johns and the two grand kids are found on the 1880 Census for Marlboro County,, South Carolina. 5

 1880 Census-JOHNS

The deed below and the 1869 Marriage licensee are important in that they show all family members named within the 1850-1860 to be alive in December 1866 with the exception of THOMAS H. JOHN.
Named in the land deed are:
Shadrach JOHN/JOHNS
Mary BOAN/BONE JOHN/JOHNS
Anna W. JOHN/JOHNS
A.[lice] C.[atherine] TOLER Bullock Co. AL Marriage Licensee dated 30 Sept 1869. Land Deed dated 3 Dec. 1866.
H. [enry] J. [oseph] JOHN/JOHNS

As stated above, all member of the family with the exception of Thomas H. Johns are named in land deeds in December 1866. 

Then in 1880 Shadrach and Henry J. Johns are alone with two grandchildren in Marlboro County, South Carolina.

The big question is: What happen to Mary Boan Johns, Alice Catherine Toler, Joel S. Toler and Anna W. Johns between 3 December 1866 and 3 June 1880? 

Why is Alice Catherine referred to as A. C. Toler in the land deed when her marriage licensee is dated 30 September 1869. 

What happen ti Thomas H. Johns? Did he die in the Civil War? No record can be found of any service during the war. 

Transcription of Land Deed between Jas Eddings & Others to W. T. Goodwin recorded in DEED BOOK 5, pages 598-599, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield County Courthouse, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 6

Jas Eddings Deed pg 1
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Jas. Eddings & Others to W. T. Goodwin Deed
State of South Carolina
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 together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments, and appurtenances, to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining; to have and to hold, all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said WILLIAM T. GOODWIN, his heirs and assigns forever; and we do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, to warrant and forever defend, all and singular the said premises unto the said WILLIAM T. GOODWIN, his heirs and assigns, against ourselves and heirs, and all persons whatsoever lawfully claiming, or to claim the same or any part thereof Witness our hands and seals this the third day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, and in the ninety-first year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.
Signed, Sealed and delivered                            Ann X Johns
in the presence of E. Rushing                            A. C. Toler
in the presence of R.C. Goodwin                      James X Eddings
W. N. Eddings                                                   Rebecca X Boan
F. T. Eddings                                                     Ann Eddings
                                                                          Alice Goodwin
                                                                         H. J. X Johns
                                                                    U. S. stamps amounting to
                                                                    Fifty Cents properly canceled
State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}
Personally appeared R. C. GOODWIN who made oath that he was present and saw JAMES EDDINGS, REBECCA BOAN, ANN EDDINGS and ALICE GOODWIN sign seal and as their act and Deed delivered the within instrument of writing and that defendant with E. RUSHING attested the execution thereof.
                                                                               R. C. GOODWIN
Sworn to before me this 11th}
day of Sept. A D 1879 }
A. A. Pollock }
Notary Public }
 
State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}
Personally appeared before me F. T. EDDINGS and being duly sworn says on oath that he saw the within named ANN JOHNS, A.C. JOHNS and JOSEPH JOHNS sign seal and as their act and Deed delivered the within written Deed and that he with WILLIAM M. EDDINGS witnessed the execution thereof.
F. T. EDDINGS   
Sworn to before me this 11th}
day of Sept. AD 1879 }
A. A. Pollock }
Notary Public }
Recorded 12th Sept. 1879
Orig'l deliv'd to W. T. Goodwin
 
This line is full of unanswered questions. If you can provide any answers or comments please contact me by e-mail or through this blog.
 
 
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[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 20 August 2011), entry for Shadrack JOHNS, Private; Captain W. B. Jones Florida Home Guard; Confederate
[4] "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-9834-45374-94?cc=1743384&wc=M9WB-HV4:n1570558734 : accessed 20 Jan 2014), 1954390 (004539872) > image 321 of 1140.
[5] 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.
[6] 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.





































Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Joseph R. Copeland


Joseph R. Copeland
b. 31 May 1849
d. 16 July 1923
bu. McCutchanville Cemetery
McCutchanville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

64947063_138963952274-Bill Potter
Photo Courtesy of Bill Potter

Joseph R. Copeland was the son of Thomas F. Copeland and Sarah Ellen White.  He was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina on 31 May 1849. He died 16 July 1923 in McCutchanville, Indiana.1 2

Thomas F. Copeland packed up his family sometime after 1860 and migrated into Tennessee. Their youngest son Silas Thomas Copeland was born in Tennessee on 25 October 1862. 3
Family tradition reports that Thomas and Sarah Ellen perished from some pestilence about February 1864. Joseph R. was the oldest son.

Shortly after their parents demise, young Ellen Copeland, b. 13 June 1853 died in February 1868. Next to perish was young Lafayette “Lafate” Copeland, b.  9 August 1855; died May 1868. The 4 remaining children all survived to adulthood. 4

The youngest, Silas Thomas Copeland was a ward of “The Orphanage of The Good Shepard”, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky when the 1880 census were enumerated. 5

Joseph R. Copeland married Christiana “Christine” Moll about 1871.  She died in 1936.

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[1] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw PO, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 182, Line 38, Dwelling 1228, Family 1227, Household of Thos. F. COPLAND; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 25 September 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
[2] JOSEPH R. COPELAND obituary, Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, 18 July 1923, Page 18, column 3. Died 16 July 1923.
[3] Family Bible
[4] Ibid.
[5] 1880, Jefferson County, Kentucky, population schedule, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, enumeration district (ED) 103, Page 357 (stamped), Line 5,, Orphanage, S. T. Copeland; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 December 2013); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 422.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed Between Brothers

 

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 subject is a Land Deed between 3 Brothers executed after the death of their Father Rolin Sellers, Sr. This particular deed is recorded in large 11X17 Ledger books thus only a portion of the deed is contained within but a complete transcription of the said Deed. 

Capture Sellers

Rolin R. Sellers and Phillip A. Sellers to William R. Sellers Deed
 
The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield District}
Know all men by these presents that we Phillip A. Sellers & Rolin R. Sellers of the State of North Carolina, Anson County for & In consideration of the sum Two Hundred & Thirty Dollars to us paid by William R. Sellers of the District of Chesterfield in the state aforesaid, we have granted , bargained Sold and released & by these presents do grant bargain Sell & release unto the said William R. Sellers all our Titles, Claims & Interest of these pieces of land being in the State aforesaid & of Chesterfield District, Situated on the east Side of Cruses Branch conveyed to Rolin Sellers By Phillip Sellers by Deed bearing date of Eighth day of March in the year of Our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and & twenty one which was willed to us by the last will and testimony of our deceased Father Rolin Sellers the said tract of land with all and singular the Rights Members Hereditaments & appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident of appertaining to have and to hold all and Singular the premises before mentioned unto the Said William R. Sellers his heirs & afsigns forever & we do hereby bind our Selves our Heirs, Executors & Administrators’ to warrant and forever defend all and Singular the same premises unto the Said William R. Sellers his Heirs and afsigns against our Selves and our Heirs & against every Person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the Same or any part thereof Witnefs our hands and Seals this the Seventh of October One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty.
Signed, Sealed and delivered}
In the presence of }                                              Rolin R. Sellers {LS}
R. C. Sellers}                                                       Phillip A. Sellers {LS}
Jas. D. Sellers}

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Personally appeared before me R. C. Sellers and made oath that he saw Rolin R. Sellers and Phillip A. Sellers sign Seal and as their act and deed deliver the within written deed and that he with Jas. D. Sellers witnefsed the execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this}                                    R. C. Sellers
10th August 1880}
W, A. Mulloy {Seal}}
Notary Public}
Auditors Office}
Chesterfield County}

Recorded 10th August 1880. In Sales Book “A”, Page 162.
C. L. Evans
Auditor

Chesterfield County, SC Deed Book 6, pages 112-113
 
This Land Deed is significant for the genealogy information contained within; all of the named Sellers men are brothers and sons of Roland Sellers, Sr. including the witnesses to said deed.

If anyone knows the location of the said WILL of Roland Sellers mentioned in this Land Deed please contact me – e-mail. 

These Sellers men are my 1st cousin 4 times removed. 
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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 6: pages 112 & 113., Rolin R. Sellers and Phillip A. Sellers to William R. Sellers Deed; 7 October 1850, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.



























Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday’s Obituary~Lewis Melton, Assassinated


A South Carolina Equity Court record states that Lewis Melton, Sr. died intestate on or about 25th day of June, 1851, leaving widow, Rebecca Melton; and children:
Miriam, who intermarried John W. Gregory
Massey, who intermarried Farr Crawford
Daniel Melton
Catherine, who intermarried Ferguson Smith
Jaminia, who intermarried Philip G. Hinson
Lewis Melton, [Jr.]



[#28] Smith, Rilah & Rebecca Melton vs. Philip G. Hinson & wife - Bill for partition of land & Negroes & c 1852

Lewis Melton, Sr. died intestate on or about 25th day of June, 1851, leaving widow, Rebecca Melton; and children: Miriam, who intermarried John W. Gregory; Massey, who intermarried Farr Crawford; Daniel Melton; Catherine, who intermarried Ferguson Smith; Jaminia, who intermarried Philip G. Hinson, and Lewis Melton.1

This one record not only gives us his death date, it also lists his children and their spouses and names his wife Rebecca.  Rebecca was Rebecca Lewis, daughter of Thomas Lewis and Susannah Clothier Thomas.

Without any additional research we would take from this that Lewis died; his estate was probated and the story of his life ended with his burial.

But, it’s not that way at all. Yes, all the facts in this document are true. What the document does not tell you is how Lewis Melton died. Further research revealed that:

Lewis Melton was assassinated by an unknown assailant.
Daring Assassination. –On Wednesday night last, [25 June 1851] about eleven o’clock, Mr. Lewis Melton, of this district, was most brutally assassinated near his residence, which is in the neighborhood of the Court House. The particulars as far as we have been able to learn, are these:
Early in the morning of that day he left home and went into another neighborhood, where he spent the day with company, driving. Late in the evening he killed a deer, soon after which he parted from company, with his gun empty and started for home, and was found within about one hundred yards of his house, shot dead. He was shot through his heart, the load entering at his back and coming out at his breast leaving a large tow wad in the breast, which was pulled out by the Coroner. So close was the gun to his back, that the shot all entered at one hole, and all but two came out at his breast together. One of his negro women heard the gun, and soon after the tramping of a horse feet, which caused her to go out, when she found her master’s horse without a rider. She then awaked her young master, who upon search found his father shot, as above described. From the tracks of the horse, and other circumstances, it is evident that whoever committed the deed, first stopped him and had a conversation with him. Suspicion has not, as yet, fastened upon any one. 2

I looked for a followup article but was unable to find one in the newspapers I had access to.  
 
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[1] James C. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865: Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869 (Tega Cay, South Carolina: Self-published, 1995), page 118.
[2] Daring Assassination - Lewis Melton obituary, The Charleston Courier, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 3 July 1851, Page 2, Column 3.




Saturday, January 18, 2014

Surname Saturday~Graves - Lassiter


William Thomas Graves was born about 1836 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 He appeared by name, in two censuses, the 1850 & 1860 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.2 3 He enlisted for service in the Civil War with Co. C, 8th SC Infantry in 1861.4 William died on 15 Oct 1862 at the age of 26 at Charlestown Hospital, Virginia in Charlestown, Virginia5 6 7
 
William Thomas Graves and Mary Gilley Lassiter were married on 26 Jul 1857 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States.8
 
Mary Gilley Lassiter, a daughter of Eli Lassiter and Mary Gainey, was born in 1839 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.9 She was listed in the Poor House on 3 Aug 1866.


Rations issued to poor and infirmed persons, etc. - 3 August 1866 - Entry 211. Mary Graves, white widow, is 27 years old. Has two children under 7. Has a mother named Mary Laster [?] 52 years old. Lives in Cheraw on Abner Struther's lot. Has a small garden, sews & washes for a living. Has a free ticket on R. R.  from MacFarland Pres. Is directed to bring references. Issued for three days to all. (Shows reference from D. McIver, W. L. T. Prince & others of Cheraw.)  [Freedmen's Bureau Ration Book, May - September 1866 Darlington, South Carolina Transcribed by Scott Wilds of Philadelphia, PA, an Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS member. [The Carolina Herald, Summer Issue 2003, Page 27.]
 
William Thomas Graves and Mary Gilley Lassiter had the following children:
 
i. Clarinda G. Graves, born 23 Oct 1859,10 Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Christopher Wesley Teal, 25 Nov 1878, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 1 Aug 1933, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States.

Baptism: "St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry 1768-1832, Parish Register 1819-1924" by Brent H. Holcomb, 1991. Page 67-68.
(1) 1874-Jany 1st Fest. Circumcision. At St. David's Church, after the Last lesson at Morning Prayer, Clara Edna Green[Clarinda], aged 14, daughter of Mary and Wm. Thos. Graves. Sponsors Jacob Gainey, Miss R. A. Reddy & Revd. Jno W. Motte, page 67.


ii. Nancy Jane Graves was born in 1862. Only one record of Nancy Jane's existence has been found and it is assumed she died at a young age.

Baptism: "St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry 1768-1832, Parish Register 1819-1924" by Brent H. Holcomb, 1991. Page 67-68.
(2)1874-Jany 1st Fest. Circumcision. At St. David's Church, after the Last lesson at Morning Prayer, Nancy Jane, aged 12, daughter of Mary and Wm. Thos. Graves. Sponsors Jacob Gainey, Miss R. A. Reddy & Revd. Jno W. Motte (Page 68).




William Thomas Graves is the brother of my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Graves Purvis; thus, William is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle. 





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1. 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.
2. Ibid.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 171; Line 3, Dwelling 1082, Family 1080, Household of [William] Thomas GRAVES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 20 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 13 October 2013), entry for Thomas GRAVES, Private; Co. C, 8th SC Infantry; Confederate.
5. Ibid.
6. Brent H. Holcomb C.A.L.S., St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry 1768-1832,: Parish Register 1819-1924 (Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1991), pages 87-68.
7. The South Carolina Genealogical Society, "Freedmen's Bureau Ration Book: May - September 1866 Darlington, South Carolina," The Carolina Herald (Summer Issue 2003): Page 27.
8. C.A.L.S., St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry 1768-1832,, page 105.
9. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 171; Line 3, Dwelling 1082, Family 1080, Household of [William] Thomas GRAVES.
10. Ibid.
















Friday, January 17, 2014

52 Ancestors #3: Hezekiah Brock


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Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock, a civilian, was taken prisoner by the Yankee's on 12 March 1865, during Sherman's March through the Carolina's.  After a force march to Fayetteville, NC, and then on to Wilmington, NC, he was transported to a Union Prison located at Point Lookout, Maryland.  Hugh, along with over 3,300 other prisoner's, died while interred at Point Lookout.  Originally, the Confederate prisoners were buried in two cemeteries and their grave marked with a wooden cross.  Fire and weather during the past 130 years have resulted in all Confederate prisoner's being relocated and interred in a common grave.  Over this grave is a granite monument approximately 85 feet high.  On the monument is twelve bronze tablets containing the names and units of 3,383 Confederate soldiers known to have died in this prison camp.1
Pt. Lookout2
I wrote about Point Lookout here.

Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock, my g-g-grandfather, is not listed on these tablets.  The Baltimore National Cemetery, who has administrative oversight, has agreed to add those names which were left off the monument.  I have the proof necessary to add Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock's name to this monument.  I intend to see that Hugh is recognized for the sacrifice that he and his family endured during the war.

After further research, I have learned that several of my great uncle's were either taken captive and or killed by Sherman's troops that March of 1865.  Drew Rivers (b. 1844) was carried away by the Union Army in March 1865 and put in a POW camp at Pt. Lookout, Maryland, where he died.  John Rivers (b. 1842) was killed near his home by the Union Army.  He was a member of Co. D, 6th SC Reg't., Capt. Bob Evans Company.  Record of the two Rivers' death were taken from Minnie Sanders Rivers, 1929 book.  Badgegood Parker, father of Martha Parker, wife of William T. Brock,  was imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland.  Southern prisoners in this POW compound were not treated any better than the Northern prisoner held in Andersonville, Georgia.

After Hezekiah’s capture, his wife Sallie was left to raise 6 young boys ranging in age from 1 year to 14 years old. There is no evidence that Sallie ever knew what happen to her husband after he was taken prisoner nor is there any evidence that she remarried. 

1. Hezekiah BROCK was born 28 Feb. 1827 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Hezekiah died 12 June 1865 in Pt. Lookout Union Prison, St. Mary's County, Maryland, and was buried in Confederate Cemetery, Pt. Lookout, St. Mary's County, Maryland.  He married Sarah MORRIS.  She was born Jan 1829 in South Carolina.
Hezekiah Brock and Sarah Sally Morris had the following children:
i. Benjamin Franklin Brock, born 17 Jan 1851, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Louise Ellen Sellers, 1871; died 13 Jul 1924, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Michael Hezekiah "Mike" Brock, born 20 Jan 1853, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Timmie Smith, 1879, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 2 Jan 1927, Pageland, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. William T. "Bill" Brock, born 17 May 1854, McFarlan, Anson, North Carolina; married Martha J. Parker, abt 1882; died 22 Jul 1913, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Alsey Brock was born on 25 Jun 1855 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Alsey died after 27 Apr 1910 at the age of 54. Alsey never married.
v. Charles Ellerbe Brock, born 5 Oct 1860, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Lucy Grace Davis, abt 1892, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 22 Nov 1915, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Pleasant Elmore "Pleas" Brock, born 16 Apr 1864, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Nancy Jane Davis, 1888; died 25 Oct 1926, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.





Hezekiah Brock is my 2nd Great Grandfather. His son, Benjamin Franklin Brock is my great grandfather.
 
 
 
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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Lookout,_Maryland




Thursday, January 16, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday~Joseph Henry Johns

 
It's Treasure Chest Thursday and today’s treasure is the death certificate for my Great Grandfather Joe Johns who died 8 April 1929 in Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina. 

NCDC-Joseph Henry John

My Great Grand Father Joseph Henry Johns1 was born in Apr 1849 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.2 3 4 5 6 7 8 He died  from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 8 Apr 1929 at the age of 80 in McFarlan, Anson, North Carolina.9 He was buried on 10 Apr 1929 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.10 11

Circumstantial evidence indicates that Joseph Henry Johns married Laura Driggers, about 1882. She died about 1898 at the age of 29 due to complication related to childbirth.

Joseph Henry Johns and Laura Driggers had the following children:

i. Walter Joseph Johns Sr., born 2 Aug 1883, died 31 Jan 1964, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Julius Johns, born 4 Mar 1887, died 16 May 1937, Monroe, Union, North Carolina.
iii. Annie Bell Johns, born May 1888, died 22 Jul 1923, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Samuel Johns was born about 1890.12
v. Nellie Johns, born Jul 1891, died 18 Jan 1928, Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States.
vi. Fanny Belle Johns, born Jul 1892.
vii. Ida B John was born about 1893. 13
viii. Mamie John was born in Jul 1898;14 she died before 1910. 

It is not known why; but, the information on this death was given by a non-family informant. R. E. Lee Northcutt was the informant and it’s obvious he didn’t have any knowledge of my great grandfather’s vital statistics.

The death certificate shows cause of death as gunshot wound of thorax, and external and internal hemorrhages. 

CONFEDERATE VETERAN COMMITS SUICIDE
Mr. Johns, of McFarland Community, Shoots Himself -- Buried Yesterday
--Other McFarlan News.
McFarlan, April 10 - A horrible tragedy occurred this (Wednesday) morning
when an old Confederate veteran, Mr Johns, committed suicide. He was 87 years of age and had been in ill health for some time. Mr. Johns was making his home with his son, Walter Johns of McFarlan. It seems that early in the morning after his sons had gone to work and the children were outside Mr.
Johns took a shotgun and fired through his heart, death being instant. The deceased is survived by several children in Anson and Chesterfield counties.
The Johns family had been living in the McFarland section only since the first of the year. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, and interment was in Pleasant Grove cemetery, Chesterfield County, between Cheraw and Chesterfield.

Article on JOSEPH HENRY JOHNS death on 8 April 1929 states that he was a CIVIL WAR VETERAN. [Note: No proof found to substantiate this claim of Civil War Service, his father -Shadrach- did serve in the Civil War with the Co. H, 24th Alabama Infantry. Joe was only 16 years old when the War ended, so I doubt that he served.] The Messenger-Intelligence, Wadesboro, NC, 11 April 1929.





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1. , The Messenger and Intellengence, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, .
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. Ibid.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 1900 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 87, page 55A, dwelling 365, family 383, Household of Joseph John; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1536.
7. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Courthouse, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0037, page 149, dwelling 400, family 400, Household of Joe John; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
8. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #36, page 95B, Line 99, dwelling 735, Household 736, Household of Joseph Johns; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
9. Joseph Johns, death certificate #1929 (1929), Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
10. Ibid.
11. The Messenger and Intellengence, 11 April 1929.
12. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #36, page 95B, Line 99, dwelling 735, Household 736, Household of Joseph Johns.
13. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Courthouse, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #0037, page 149, dwelling 400, family 400, Household of Joe John.
14. 1900 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, ED 87, page 55A, dwelling 365, family 383, Household of Joseph John.



























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