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TO CAROLINA FAMILY ROOTS READERS.
Thanks for reading and commenting about my blog postings. My goal is to accurately document the genealogy of my family and allied families living in Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, NC. If you have a Chesterfield County surname you are interested in please send me an e-mail.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~James William Brock

James William Brock
b. Oct. 6, 1850
d. Sept. 7, 1923
bu. Palestine Cemetery, Simpson Co., MS

1850 BROCK J W 1923 Closeup
Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Betsy Brock

James William Brock was the first born child of William L. Brock and Mary A. Garrett. James William was born October 6, 1850 in Simpson County, Mississippi.

He was a great grandson of William Brock, b. abt 1770, who migrated from Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Louisiana and finally settling in Simpson County, Mississippi prior to the 1820’s.  

About 1872, James William Brock married Martha Ann Miller, daughter of Ransom Miller and his wife, Aquilla Courtney. 2

James William and Martha Ann reported to the Census Taker, in 1900 Simpson County, that they had twelve (12) children with 10 living. Those ten were seven sons and three (3) daughters. James was a lifetime farmer in Simpson County, Mississippi. Eight sons provided a lot of help on the farm. 3

James William Brock died on 7 September 1923 in Simpson County, Mississippi. He was buried in the Palestine Cemetery, Harrisville, Simpson County, Mississippi. 4

James William Brock is a distant cousin. 








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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 September 2014); Memorial page for James William Brock; (6 October 1850–7 September 1923); Find a Grave memorial # 65574955, Citing Palestine Cemetery; Harrisville, Simpson County, Mississippi, USA.
2. 1880, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Simpson County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 102, Page: 253C (stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 206, Family 213, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 10 June 2012); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 664.
3. 1900 U. S. Census, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, Simpson County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 0099, Page: 16B/125 (stamped); Line 76, Dwelling 274, Family 277, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 10 June 2012); citing NARA publication T623_828.
4. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, James William Brock (6 October 1850–7 September 1923), Memorial # 65574955.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Benjamin Graves

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 Benjamin Graves written in April 1871.1

Benj. Graves, BK 2, pg 20-21Benj. Graves, BK 2, pg 22

BENJAMIN GRAVES WILL

I Benjamin Graves of the County of Montgomery and State of North Carolina, Being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
First – That my executor hereinafter names shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all fines al expenses together with my just debts however and to whom severe owing out of the money that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate
Item. I give and devise to my youngest daughter Queen Graves now a single woman all of my lands the tract I now am living on containing three hundred acres be it the same more or lefs. And all the cows calves steers and Bulls that I may have at my death. And all the sheep And all the hogs together with all the household and Kitchen furniture bedding and bed clothing And all the wheat corn fodder straw hay &c together with all the poletry <sic> And all other property of every description that I may be in possession of at my death to have and to hold to her and her heirs in fee simple forever.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend Calvin Cagle my lawful executor to all intents and purposes according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witnefs I the said Benjamin Graves do hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of April A. D. 1871.
Signed sealed published and }
Declared by the said Benjamin Graves}
To be his last Will and testament in the}
Presence of us who at his request and in}             Benjamin X Graves
His presence do subscribe our names }
As Witnefses thereto }
M. J. Cox }
Calvin Cagle}


Montgomery County} In the Probate Court
A paper in writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Graves deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Judge of Probate in and for said County By Micajah Cox one of the subscribing witnefses thereto and the due Execution thereof by the said Benjamin Graves by the oath and examination of Micajah Cox and of Calvin Cagle the subscribing witnefses thereto; who being duly sworn doth depose and say and each for himself deposeth and saith that he is a subscribing witnefses to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Graves That the said Benjamin graves in the presents <sic> of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing which is now shown as aforesaid and which bears date on the 14th day of April A.D. 1870 And the deponent further saith that the said Benjamin Graves the testator aforesaid did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him and exhibited to be his last will and testament and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name and at the end of said will as an attesting witnefs thereto, and at the request and in the presence of the said testator And this deponent further saith, that at the said time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witnefs thereto as aforesaid the said Benjamin Graves was of sound mind and memory of full age to Execute a will and was not under any restraint to the knowledge in form action or belief of this deponent and further these deponents say not M. J. Cox
Severally sworn                                                Calvin Cagle
And subscribed 22nd day
Of August 1871 before me
C. C.Wade, Probate Judge
Deponent Calvin Cagle excepts to that portion of the above affidavit that states “Benjamin Graves was of sound mind & memory at the time of signing the Same                                                           Calvin Cagle
C. C. Wade
Probate Judge

Benjamin Graves was the son of Richard Graves and Hannah Fincher. He was born about 1794 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He was twice married; first to Elizabeth (LNU) and second to Nancy Woolever. Queen mentioned in his will is his daughter by his second wife – Nancy Woolever.
Benjamin Graves died  prior to 22 Aug 1871, the date of the above document signed by Calvin Cagle. You will find this date on-line as his death date. It is not his death date; he died sometime prior to this date. His actual death date would be between the date of the will 14 April 1871 and Calvin Cagle statement on 22 August 1871.  




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[1] "North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1941-20061-22388-98?cc=1867501&wc=MDRJ-T38:169766801,170505702 : accessed 28 Sep 2014), Montgomery > Wills, 1868-1905, Vol. 2 > images 36 & 37 of 278.






























Saturday, September 27, 2014

Surname Saturday~Davis-Massey

Thomas Franklin Davis was born on 16 Feb 1841 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1 2 3 He served in the military during the Civil War(1861–1865).45 6 He is enumerated in censuses from 1870 through 1910 for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.7 8 9 10

Thomas died on 14 Feb 1915 at the age of 73 and was buried in Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.11 1213 14 15

Thomas Franklin Davis married Rosa Caroline Massey about 1865 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.16

Rosa Caroline Massey, was a daughter of William Lawrence Massey and Huldah Meadows. She was born on 24 Mar 1845 and died 27 July 1911 at the age of 66 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.17 18 19 20 21 22 2324 25

Thomas Franklin Davis and Rosa Caroline Massey had the following children:
i. Mary Huldah Davis, born 16 Sep 1866, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married James Thomas Previtte, 25 Dec 1890; died 3 Oct 1928, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Amanda J. "Mandie" Davis, born 1867, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Joseph Thruman Hurst, abt 1885, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died between 1890-1900. Family tradition states that Mandie died while the family was migrating from Arkansas to Texas.
iii. William Michael Davis, born 11 Apr 1867, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Martha Missouri Hammond, abt 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 16 Dec 1933, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Emma Susanna Davis was born on 24 Mar 1871 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She died on 13 Apr 1871 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. James Thomas Davis, born 1 Sep 1872, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Ida Jane Teal, 1894, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 18 Mar 1919, Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. John Robert Davis Sr., born 14 Aug 1874, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Mary Jane Hunt, 1901; died 2 Feb 1936, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Rebecca Frances "Fanny" Davis, born 13 Apr 1874, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Atlas Free Beacham, Dec 1894, Peachland, Anson, North Carolina; died 29 Dec 1943, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
viii. Samuel Thomas Davis, born Feb 1878, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Bessie Mcalister; died 29 Jul 1937, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
ix. Rose Ella Davis was born on 25 Nov 1880 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She died on 25 Mar 1884 at the age of 3 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 1 Mar 1882 at the age of 1.
xi. Charlie Lester Davis, born 12 Dec 1882, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Fannie Mae Boatwright, 27 Jul 1902, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 28 Feb 1953, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
xii. Dora A. Davis, born 20 Jun 1884, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Gilbert Randolph Vaughn, 1906; died 17 Oct 1971, Rockwell, Rowan, North Carolina.
xiii. Nancy Elizabeth Davis, born 10 Oct 1886, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Frank Hunley Boatwright, 22 Oct 1905, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 29 Aug 1953, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
xiv. Reuben Nathan Davis, born 21 May 1890, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Effie Jane White, 1909, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 30 Mar 1948, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.








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1. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #21, Page 108A, Line 35, Dwelling 445, Family 453, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, Page 179B, Line 3, Dwelling/Family 1240/1240, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 94, Line 1, Dwelling/Family 1/1, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 26 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. Johnson Hagood, Memoirs of the War of Succession (Camden, SC 29020: Jim Fox Books, 1997 (Reprint)), page 408.
5. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 30 May 2012), entry for Thomas F. Davis, Private; Co. E, 21st SC Infantry; Confederate.
6. 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 133.
7. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 288B, Line 15, Dwelling 16, Family 16, Household of T. F. Davis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
8. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page: 328A; Line 5, Dwelling 312, Family 312, Household of Thos. F. DAVIS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
9. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #21, Page 108A, Line 35, Dwelling 445, Family 453, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS.
10. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0037, Page: 140A; Line 37, Dwelling 241, Family 241, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_1455.
11. Thomas F. Davis, death certificate (long) 002429 (14 February 1915), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
12. Ibid.
13. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 833. Tombstone of Thomas F. Davis; 16 February 1841–14 February 1915, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
14. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 August 2011); Memorial page for Pvt Thomas Franklin Davis; (16 February 1841–14 February 1915); Find a Grave memorial # 48051005, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
15. Thomas DAVIS obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 18 February 1915, page 3, column 3.
16. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #21, Page 108A, Line 35, Dwelling 445, Family 453, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS.
17. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rosa Caroline Davis (24 March 1842–27 July 1911), Memorial # 48051069.
18. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865, page 133.
19. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 288B, Line 15, Dwelling 16, Family 16, Household of T. F. Davis.
20. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #5, Page: 328A; Line 5, Dwelling 312, Family 312, Household of Thos. F. DAVIS.
21. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #21, Page 108A, Line 35, Dwelling 445, Family 453, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS.
22. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #0037, Page: 140A; Line 37, Dwelling 241, Family 241, Household of Thomas F. DAVIS.
23. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rosa Caroline Davis (24 March 1842–27 July 1911), Memorial # 48051069.
24. Ibid.
25. Ibid.










































Wednesday, September 24, 2014

52 Ancestors: #39, Mary Ann Sellers Ryan

 
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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: 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 focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”

The focus of my blog post today is Mary Ann Sellers Ryan.

Before this past week very little research had taken place on Mary Sellers. What was known about Mary was documents in a book entitled “Some Descendants of Hardy Sellers of Chesterfield County, SC” on page 8. 

Mary Ann Sellers2

Mary Ann Sellers was born on 3 Mar 1818 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1 2 3 She was a daughter of  Abraham Sellers and Ada Norwood. She died on 3 Nov 1869 at the age of 51 in Pittsboro, Calhoun, Mississippi.4 5

Mary Ann Sellers and Joseph Spencer Ryan were married on 15 Dec 1836 in Wilcox County, Alabama.6

Joseph Spencer Ryan was born on 1 Aug 1808 in South Carolina. He appeared in the 1850-1880 census for Mississippi.7 8 9 Joseph died on 8 Jun 1884 at the age of 75 in Pittsboro, Calhoun, Mississippi.

Joseph Spencer Ryan and Mary Ann Sellers had the following children:
i. Zachariah Jesse Ryan was born in 1838.
ii. Mary Ryan was born in 1839. She died before 1860 at the age of 21.
iii. Sarah Dorothy Ryan, born 1841; married Robert H. Crutherds.
iv. Hosea E. Ryan was born in 1847. He died in 1881 at the age of 34.
v. John Warren Spencer Ryan was born in 1850. He died in 1919 at the age of 69.
vi. Joseph Abraham Ryan was born in 1853. He died in 1919 at the age of 66.
vii. Samuel F. Ryan was born in 1856. He died in 1913 at the age of 57.
viii. Margaret Ryan was born in 1860.
ix. Bettie Ryan, born 16 Nov 1859, Mississippi, United States; married Theophelus Pulliam Gibbs; died 2 Aug 1952, Guadalupe County, Texas, United States.

There’s still a lot of research to be done with this couple and their children and I‘m looking forward to finding out more about my cousins.

Mary Ann Sellers Ryan is my 1st cousin 5 times removed.






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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 September 2014); Memorial page for Mart Ann Sellers Ryan; (3 March 1818–3 November 1869); Find a Grave memorial # 26649610, Citing Pittsboro Cemetery; Pittsboro, Calhoun County, Mississippi, USA.
2. 1850, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, population schedule, North of the Yalobusha River, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, Page: 449A(stamped); Line 9, Dwelling 1034, Family 1034, Household of J. S. RYAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2014); citing Roll M432_382.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Calhoun County, Mississippi, population schedule, Calhoun County, Mississippi, Page: 731/192 (penciled), Line 14, Dwelling 1332, Family 1348, Household of Joseph S. RYAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2014); citing NARA publication Roll: M653_578.
4. 1870 U. S. Census Mortality Schedule, Calhoun County, Mississippi, mortality schedule, Calhoun County, Mississippi, Mary A. Ryan; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 September 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm.
5. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Mart Ann Sellers Ryan (3 March 1818–3 November 1869), Memorial # 26649610.
6. Alabama "Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957," marriage database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2014), Mary Ann Sellers and Joseph S. Ryan, married 15 Dec. 1836.
7. 1850, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, population schedule, North of the Yallobusha River, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, Page: 449A(stamped); Line 9, Dwelling 1034, Family 1034, Household of J. S. RYAN.
8. 1860 U. S. Census, Calhoun County, Mississippi, population schedule, Calhoun County, Mississippi, Page: 731/192 (penciled), Line 14, Dwelling 1332, Family 1348, Household of Joseph S. RYAN.
9. 1880, Calhoun County, Mississippi, population schedule, Calhoun County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 013, Page: 529C(stamped); Line 41, Dwelling NL, Family NL (near bottom of page), Household of Robt. H. CRUTHERDS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 September 2014); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 642.






























Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Stephen Jackson-Roxanna Timmons


Stephen Jackson
b. 12 Feb. 1808
d. 16 Nov 1887
Roxanna Timmons
b. 28 June 1814
d. 15 June 1902

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Photo Courtesy of Sharon F. Corey

Stephen and Roxanna raised a family of seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters, in Chesterfield County South Carolina. Their first born a son was born about 1840; it is believed that they were married before 1840. 

Stephen proposed the question of Succession form the Union prior to the Civil War.

“the Hon. J. W. BLAKENEY, our Senator and by our Representatives Colonels MACFARLAN and PRINCE, and also by Col. S. JACKSON. At the close of Col. JACKSON’S speech he submitted the question of submission, or of resistance by immediate Secession, to a vote of the battalion; upon requesting all in favor of the latter to advance four paces, the whole battalion advanced four paces, leaving not a solitary man for submission. The course of our Senator and Representatives was unanimously and most enthusiastically endorsed.” 1

Stephen Jackson died in 1887 and was buried in the Mayesville Cemetery on the North and South Carolina State Line. This cemetery has been completely destroyed and erased over the past 127 years since Stephen was buried. Roxanna Jackson is buried in the Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery.2

Stephen Jackson is my 2nd Cousin 5 times removed.






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[1] “The State of Public Feeling in Chesterfield, etc.”, The Charleston Mercury, Charleston, South Carolina, November 23, 1860, Front Page, Column 3.
[2] Tombstone, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Ruby, Chesterfield County, SC. 23 June 2012,  Stephen Jackson & Roxanna Timmons.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst Sellers



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 Probate Folder #666 – The Will of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst Sellers.1

 Mary E. Husrt Sellers Will

The State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}

Ex parte
          W. A. Sellers
In Re
          Estate of M. E. Sellers, Decd.
To T. L. Huntley Judge Probate for Chesterfield County

The petition of W A Sellers shows this court
I. That M. E. Sellers a citizen of Chesterfield County and State of South Carolina died intestate on 23rd of Sept 1898 leaving a small personal estate amounting to about Fifty dollars which Administration will be necessary in order that the same may be settled.
II.That your petitioner is her son and prays that letters of Administration be granted him and he will ever pray &c

Sept 27th 1898                                             W. A. Sellers

Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Hurst was the wife of Samuel Joseph Sellers. They were married about 1857. To this marriage was born twelve children, 5 sons and 7 daughters. Samuel died in July 1887 and Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” died 23 Sept 1898. They are buried in the Hurst Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.



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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19383-20081-27?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-3TT:190567401,190561002,190567402,191220701 : accessed 22 Sep 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0638-0757 > image 439 of 1623


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Obituary Sunday~John Daniel Teal


J. D. Teal Obit
J. D. TEAL
Special to The State.
Chesterfield, April 9.—J. D. Teal died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday at Pine Grove church with Masonic honors. He was in his 59th years. 1




John Daniel Teal was born 5 Dec 1852, a son of Benjamin Franklin Teal and Eliza A. Davis. He was the sixth of ten (10) children; three sisters and 6 brothers. 

John married Sarah Ann “Susie” Wadsworth, daughter of Lewis H. Wadsworth and Mary Ann Freeman. They were married about 1871. The 1900 census shows that they had been married 28 years.2  

This same census shows that John and Susie had 9 children, all living. They had 4 sons, James Jacob, Jerome, Robert and 5 daughters, Ida, Ada, Mary, Ella and Alice.
John Daniel died on 5 April 1911 at the age of 58. This seems quite suddenly and unexpected. His wife Susie died on 9 January 1936 at the age of 81. They both are buried at Pine Grove Church Cemetery.3 

John Daniel Teal is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. 

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[1] J. D. TEAL obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 10 April 1911, Page 7, Column 2.
[2] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 21, Page 105A/21A; Line 5, Dwelling 379, Family 386, Household of John D. TEAL.
[3] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 476. Tombstone of John Daniel Teal; 5 December 1852–5 April 1911, Pine Grove Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Surname Saturday~Purvis-Freeman

 
Rosa Effie Freeman was born in 1848 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 2 3 4 5 She was a daughter of Jesse Freeman (1804-July 1881) and Sarah Jane Davis (1804-after 1870). She died about 1884 at the age of 36 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.6 7 The only source of her death is a tombstone in the Purvis Cemetery with the year 1884 recorded. It's also the birth and death year of her last born child and namesake.

Rosa Effie Freeman married Corp. Stephen David Purvis about 1865; probably after his return from the Civil War.

Corp. Stephen David Purvis, son of John "Jack" Purvis and Sarah Huggins, was born on 20 Mar 1841 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.8 He appeared in the household of John "Jack" Purvis in the census in 1860 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.9 He served in the military Company A 4th South Carolina Cavalry CSA in 1861–1865.10 In 1870 and 1880, Stephen and Effie can be found in the Court House Township. 11 12 13

A tombstone for Effie shows that she died in 1884. In the 1900 Census Stephen and Clarence, his son, are together and in 1910, Stephen is living with his daughter Janie and  his son-in-law, Caldwell Baxter Gardner. 14 15 16

Stephen David died on 13 Mar 1914 at the age of 72 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.17 18 19 20 He is buried in the Purvis Cemetery, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Stephen David Purvis and Rosa Effie Freeman had the following children:
i. William John Purvis, born 28 Aug 1866, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Lula Jane Bennett, 1888, Marlboro, South Carolina; died 9 May 1918, Cayce, Lexington, South Carolina.
ii. Josephine Purvis, born 24 Jan 1868, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Henry Turnage, 1883; died 7 Jan 1934, Rockingham, Richmond, North Carolina.
iii. Sidney James Purvis was born on 24 Apr 1870 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.21 22 He died in 1887 at the age of 17 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.23
iv. Alexander Milton "Sandy" Purvis, born 11 Feb 1873, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Hattie Louginia Gardner, about 1910, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 15 Jun 1930, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Sarah Jane "Janie" Purvis, born 13 Aug 1875, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Caldwell Baxter Gardner, about 1899, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 7 Feb 1946, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Lillie Ann Purvis, born 17 Mar 1878, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Jesse Ballard, about 1902, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 24 Oct 1932, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Archie K. Purvis was born on 6 Apr 1881 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He died on 16 Aug 1882  and was buried  in the Purvis Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.24
viii. Clarence D. Purvis, born 28 Sep 1881, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Margaret Elizabeth Purvis, about 1904, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 19 Mar 1955, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ix. Rose Effie Purvis was born in 1884 and died in 1884 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.25


Rosa Effie Freeman is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.



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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 July 2011); Memorial page for Rosa Effie F. Purvis; (1845–1884); Find a Grave memorial # 45731128, Citing Purvis Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 134B/135A; Line 33, Dwelling 560, Family 560, Household of Jesse FREEMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 June 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 173B; Line 27, Dwelling 1123, Family 1122, Household of Jesse FREEMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
5. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 31 August 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rosa Effie F. Purvis (1845–1884), Memorial # 45731128.
7. Ibid.
8. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 130A; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of John PERVIS.
9. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 128; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of Jno PERVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
10. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 2 July 2012), entry for Stephen D. Purvis, Corp.; 4th SC Cavalry; Confederate.
11. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS.
12. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
13. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 48-49, Dwelling 382, Family 382, Stephen D. PURVIS.
14. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 45-46, Dwelling 380, Family 380, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
15. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 20, Page 82A/10A; Line 22, Dwelling 181; Family 182, Household of Stephen D. Purvis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
16. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0036, Page 113A/10A; Line 43, Dwelling 171; Family 173, Household of Baxter C. GARDNER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
17. "Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org : viewed 2 July 2012), transcription, "Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, Stephen D Purvis," ; NARA Publication Number: M1916, Washington D.C..
18. Ibid.
19. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Corp Stephen D. Purvis (1841–13 March 1914), Memorial # 45726766.
20. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 302A; Line 7, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of D[avid] PURVIS.
21. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sidney Purvis (1870–1887), Memorial # 45748668.
22. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page 331A; Line 27, Dwelling 376, Family 376, Household of Stephen D. PURVIS.
23. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sidney Purvis (1870–1887), Memorial # 45748668.
24. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Archie K. Purvis (6 April 1881–16 August 1882), Memorial # 45731214.
25. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rose Effie Purvis (1884–1884), Memorial # 45731176.










































Friday, September 19, 2014

The National Youth Administration (NYA)


While doing research this past week I was looking for Margaret Sellers. I found her in the 1940 with a list of other young ladies as roommates in the NYA home. [1]

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NYA Home Listing

This home is listed on page 216B, Line 52, Household #241 with Doris LANEY as Head Mistress of the house.  Lines 53 through 80 are all young ladies housed in this home. The home is located in the Court House Township of Chesterfield County in May 1940. 

This peaked my curiosity because I had never heard of the NYA or the NYA Home. My next stop was Google to find exactly what the NYA was and when it was established or existed.

NYA – National Youth Administration (NYA)
The National Youth Administration was part of President Roosevelt NEW DEAL program. It’s focus “was on providing work and education for Americans between the ages of 16 and 25.”[2]
Two programs were operated by the NYA:
  • The Works Project Program to train unemployed, out-of-school youth
  • The Student Aid Program to provide work-study training for high school, college, and graduate students.” [3]
If you care to read more about the National Youth Administration you might try these links.
If you know where this house/building  was located in The Court House Township, in Chesterfield County in May 1940 I would love to here from you. 








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[1] 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-15, Page: 14B/216(stamped); Line 61, Household 241, Margaret SELLERS.
[2] http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/N/NA014.html
[3] Ibid.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thriller Thursday~Murder and Mayhem in Chesterfield


7 May 1889 – Chesterfield, South Carolina
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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
A. G. Douglass was shot down yesterday morning, over a land dispute, while engaged in chipping a turpentine tree near his home. Mr. Douglass and the shooter, W. D. Merriman, had been engaged in a land dispute resulting in a lawsuit. Merriman shot Douglass using a double barrel shotgun loaded with  buckshot.  
Sheriff J. S. White arriving on the site approximately three hours after the shooting found Douglass's body lying near the tree he was chipping.
An inquest jury was empaneled by Coroner Sellers. After deliberation the jury returned the following verdict: “That W. D. Merriman, A. B. Merriman, Burrell Merriman and Jim Pigg were present and saw the shooting and no one else saw it or knew anything about it.” 1
Sheriff J. S. White  took the three Merriman’s and Jim Pigg into custody and transported them to the Chesterfield Jail.
 
This incident took place in the Cole Hill township approximately 6 miles from Chesterfield. 

On 10 May 1889, The News and Courier ran a follow up article on page 1, column 1  with the following headlines.

The Chesterfield Homicide.
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Additional Light Thrown on the Killing of Douglass
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The Story of the Merrimans—Signs Points to an Ambush—Inconsistencies Between the Statement of the Merrimans and the Position of The Body—It Looks Very Much Like a Foul Murder

Then on September 1, 1889, The News and Courier ran another follow up article with the verdict.
CONVICTED OF MURDER
Phenomenal Success of the Solicitor of the Forth Circuit in Conducting a Murder Case Against A  White Man
The newspaper read "The case of W. D. Merriman, for the murder of A. G. Douglass, was concluded last night. The jury was out fifteen minutes and brought in a verdict of guilty.
W. D. Merriman, A. B. Merriman, B. M. Merriman and James Pigg were charged with the murder of A. G. Douglass on May 6, On Wednesday, September 4, the case was called, and Solicitor Johnson nol prossed the case against all of the defendants except W. D. Merriman."

Nol prossed--- nolle prosequi (no-lay pro-say-kwee) n. Latin for "we shall no longer prosecute,"
 
Charges were dropped for everyone but W. D. Merriman who was found guilty. No follow up sentencing was found for W. D. Merriman.






 
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[1] The News and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday Morning, May 8, 1889, page 1 column 8. Also May 10, 1889 and September 1, 1889 editions.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

52 Ancestors: #38, Fanny Belle Johns Jones


 
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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: 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 focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”
 
The focus of my blog post today is Fanny Belle Johns Jones, my Grand Aunt.
 
Fanny Belle Johns was born on 12 Apr 1892 in Marlboro County, South Carolina.1 2 3 4 5 6 Fanny Belle was the daughter of Joseph Henry Johns and his wife Laura Driggers.  
 
Fanny Belle Johns and Julius Jones were married on 12 Nov 1912 in Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina. No clues has been found to suggest a time period for the death of Fanny Belle. I know she is listed in the 1920 census for Marlboro county. In 1930, if I have the right Julius Jones, children matches, but the wife listed in the 1930 Census is Mary F. Jones. This indicates that Fanny Belle died sometime between 1920 and 1930. No obituary or death certificate has been found for her.  
 
Julius Jones7 was born on 9 Feb 1893 in Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1920 & 1930 for Marlboro County, South Carolina.8 9 It is not known when he died but it’s possible that the Julius Jones who died in Jul 1970 is this Julius Jones. Death certificate for this time period are restricted in South Carolina and newspapers are not readily accessible. 
 
More research is needed to determine both Julius and Fanny Belle’s death date. 
 
Julius Jones and Fanny Belle Johns had the following children:
i. Fronnie Jones, born abt 1913, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Raymond Roscoe; died 6 May 1951, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina.
ii. Arthur T. Jones was born about 1915 in Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina. 10 11 No further information found.
iii. Evans Jones was born on 27 Jan 1917 in Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina. He died  and was buried on 21 Mar 1917 at the age of 0 in Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina.
iv. Willie Jones was born on 5 Dec 1918 in Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina. He died on 5 Dec 1918 and was buried on 6 Dec 1918 in Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina.
v. Catherine Jones was born about 1921 in Blenheim, Marlboro, South Carolina.12 No further information found. 
 
Fanny Bell has a sister called  Annie Belle and these two women have been a real pain to find information about their lives. 









 
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1. Elizabeth C. Drake, Cemetery Records of Marlboro County, South Carolina; Marlboro County Historical Society, 1984, page 136. Tombstone of Fannie Belle [Johns] Jones; 12 April 1892–1 November 1968, Beauty Spot, Marlboro County, South Carolina.
2. 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.
3. Ibid.
4. 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.
5. 1920 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Adamsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 115, Page 9B/254B; Line 75, Dwelling 135, Family 139, Household of Julius JONES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 14 September 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll: 1703.
6. 1930 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Blenheim, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 27, Page: 12B; Line 67, Dwelling 184, Family 184, Household of Julius JONES; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 14 September 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2205.
7. Julius JONES and Fanny JOHN, (12 November 1912), Civil Records - Marlboro County, SC: Folder #446; Probate Office, Bennettsville, South Carolina.
8. 1920 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Adamsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, ED 115, Page 9B/254B; Line 75, Dwelling 135, Family 139, Household of Julius JONES.
9. 1930 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Blenheim, Marlboro County, South Carolina, ED 27, Page: 12B; Line 67, Dwelling 184, Family 184, Household of Julius JONES.
10. 1920 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Adamsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, ED 115, Page 9B/254B; Line 75, Dwelling 135, Family 139, Household of Julius JONES.
11. 1930 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Blenheim, Marlboro County, South Carolina, ED 27, Page: 12B; Line 67, Dwelling 184, Family 184, Household of Julius JONES.
12. Ibid.




























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