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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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday’s Obituary~William L. “Willie” Boatwright


William L. “Willie” Boatwright
b. 1909
d. 16 April 1916

Willie Boatwright, the seven year old son of Mr. L. L. Boatwright of near Jefferson, died at the home  of his parents on Sunday, April 16th. Throughout his short life Willie had been an invalid but in spite of his suffering, he possessed a sunny disposition. The memory of his cheerful face will be a blessing to all who know him. 1
May Angels Watch Over You Always





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[1] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001, page 8. Tombstone of Willie Boatwright; 1909–16 April 1916, , Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Surname Saturday~James Frances “Jack” McCall

 

Mccall Name Meaning
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil ‘son of Cathmhaol’, a personal name composed of the elements cath ‘battle’ + maol ‘chief’.Anglicized form of Mac Cathail ‘son of Cathal’
[http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=mccall]

James Francis "Jack" McCall was born on 5 Aug 1867 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 2 3 He  was a son of William A. McCall and Anna Elizabeth Purvis. Jack and his family after marriage can be found in the 1900-1940 Censuses for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.4 5 6 7 8

James Francis "Jack" McCall and Sarah Jane Previtte were married about 1889 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Sarah Jane Previtte, daughter of John Washington Previtte and Elizabeth "Bette" Davis, was born on 20 May 1871 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina1. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Sarah Jane died on 22 Feb 1945 at the age of 73 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1617 She was buried on 23 Feb 1945 in Che1raw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.18 19

Jack died on 27 Nov 1943 at the age of 76 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.20 He was buried on 28 Nov 1943 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.21 22 23

James Francis McCall and Sarah Jane Previtte had the following children:

i. Willie May McCall, born 18 Dec 1892, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Joseph B. Harding, 16 Feb 1913, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 13 Sep 1982, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
ii. Mary Elizabeth McCall, born 12 Oct 1894, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Evander Summerford, 1921; died 12 Dec 1979, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
iii. John Alexander McCall, born 28 Jul 1896, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Elizabeth McLeod, abt 1918; died 7 Mar 1972, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
iv. Nancy Ross McCall, born 18 Oct 1900, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Walter Jackson Williamson; died 24 Mar 1993, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. James Howard McCall was born on 22 Jul 1906 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 24 25 26 27 He died on 24 Nov 1943 at the age of 37 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He was buried on 25 Nov 1943 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.













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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 June 2012); Memorial page for James F. McCall; (5 August 1867–27 November 1943); Find a Grave memorial # 66227832, Citing Old Saint David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 250A; Line 1, Dwelling 15, Family 18, Household of W. McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
3. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #3, Page: 290B; Line 28, Dwelling 16, Family 21, Household of E. A. McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
4. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #18, Page 57A, Line 25, Dwelling 194, Family 205, Household of James McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
5. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0033, Page 49, Line 25, Dwelling 25, Family 25, Household of James McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
6. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #36, Page 75A, Line 15, Dwelling 276, Family 281, Household of James McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
7. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #7, Page 200A, Line 30, Dwelling 75, Family 82, Household of James F. McCALL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 5 November 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2192.
8. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 13-7, Page 94B/1B; Line 42, Household #308;, Household of James F. McCALL; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : viewed 1 July 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3799.

9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sara Jane Previtt McCall (20 May 1871–22 February 1945), Memorial # 66228149.
10. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page: 326B, Line 43,, Dwelling 291, Family 291, Household of John PRIVOTT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
11. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #18, Page 57A, Line 25, Dwelling 194, Family 205, Household of James McCALL.
12. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #0033, Page 49, Line 25, Dwelling 25, Family 25, Household of James McCALL.
13. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #36, Page 75A, Line 15, Dwelling 276, Family 281, Household of James McCALL.
14. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #7, Page 200A, Line 30, Dwelling 75, Family 82, Household of James F. McCALL.
15. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-7, Page 94B/1B; Line 42, Household #308;, Household of James F. McCALL.
16. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sara Jane Previtt McCall (20 May 1871–22 February 1945), Memorial # 66228149.
17. Sarah J. Mccall, Chesterfield Coutny, South Carolina death certificate 006962 (22 February 1945).
18. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Sara Jane Previtt McCall (20 May 1871–22 February 1945), Memorial # 66228149.
19. Ibid.
20. James F McCall, death certificate 012931 (27 November 1943), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
21. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, James F. McCall (5 August 1867–27 November 1943), Memorial # 66227832.
22. Ibid.
23. Obituary of James F. McCall obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 28 November 1943.
24. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #0033, Page 49, Line 25, Dwelling 25, Family 25, Household of James McCALL.
25. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #36, Page 75A, Line 15, Dwelling 276, Family 281, Household of James McCALL.
26. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #7, Page 200A, Line 30, Dwelling 75, Family 82, Household of James F. McCALL.
27. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 13-7, Page 94B/1B; Line 42, Household #308;, Household of James F. McCALL.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Dower Relinquishment~Milly Cook Purvis


Millie Cook Dower Release
July 1837
Page 195
State of Mississippi}
Hinds County} Know all men by these presents that I Milly Purvis wife of William Purvis of the county and State aforesaid for a valuable consideration well and fully paid I do hereby relinquish my rights of Dower in and to the following described lands lying and being in Hinds County, unto B. E. Philips of the same county 7 state to Wit: The North West quarter of section No. 25 Township 5 of Range No.1 West Containing one hundred and sixty acres more or less . In witness whereof have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 10th day of July 1837 and I will further more warrant and defend the title of the aforesaid lands unto the said Philips his heirs & assigns against the claim or claims of all persons whatever.
                                                                             Milly X (her mark) Purvis {seal}
State of Mississippi}
Hinds County} personally appeared before me S. S. Scott Clerk of the Probate Office aforesaid County the above named Milly Purvis wife of William Purvis who being Examined Separate and apart from her said husband acknowledged that she signed Sealed and delivered the above relinquishment as her act & Seal without any fear threats or compulsion of her husband. Witness my hand and Seal of Office at Raymond this 10 July 1837.
                                                                              J. J. Scott, Clk
Filed & Recorded 14th July 1837
                                   J. J. Scott, Clk.
 
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[1] Land Deed  Copied and provided by J. Miley. Copy obtained from Chancery Court Office,  Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi, Deed Book Volume 8, Page 195











Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday~Thanksgiving 2014

 

Happy
Thanksgiving!
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Today is a day of Thanksgiving.
  • I’m Thankful for my Wife and my Family.
  • I’m Thankful for you “my Readers and Subscribers to my blog”  for your comments and suggestions. 
  • And on this Thanksgiving Day I send a special thanks to my blogging friends.
  • I’m Thankful for the help and progress I have made in my research this past year.
  • Thank you all for you support and may God Bless you in all your endeavors.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Charlie


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

52 Ancestors: #48, William A. Purvis

 
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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 William A. Purvis, my 2nd Great Grandfather.

In January 2012, I started his blog with the intent to network with other researchers in our genealogical search. At that time William A. Purvis, my paternal 2nd Great Grandfather was a genealogical brick wall and had been for the past 36 years.

In my very first posting I provided a detailed timeline of William’s life from the his first appearance in 1860, Anson County, North Carolina until his death between 23 September 1899 and May 1900. That posting can be read here:

http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-brickwall-william-purvis.html

On 19 November 2012, I followed up with an article entitled Parents of William A. Purvis which can be accessed here:

http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/11/mystery-monday-parents-of-william-purvis.html

Today the name of William’s parents still eludes my search; but DNA has proven that there is a connection to the James F. Purvis, Sr. family. James F. Purvis, Sr. is the brother of Gilbert Purvis and the two are sons of John Purvis and Sarah Johnson.  

If you are a direct descendant of either Gilbert, James F. or Joseph Purvis I encourage you to participate in the autosomal DNA testing at Ancestry, FTDNA Family Finder or 23andMe. I’m specifically looking for male Purvis’ from one of these lines to participate in the Y-DNA and Family Finder testing. If interested please contact me at my Gmail address which can be found on the right side of this blog posting. 




















Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Gilbert Purvis


Gilbert Purvis
b. bef. 1754, , SC
d. betw. June 1828-1829, MS. 

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
Gilbert Purvis
S.C. Mil.
Rev. War

The above monument is a cenotaph; not the grave of Gilbert Purvis.
Gilbert Purvis was born about 1754, a son of John Purvis and Sarah Johnson. He married Effica Howell before 1776.

For his service in the Revolutionary War he received several land grants; two of these were received on 15 August 1793 consisting of two tracts, one for 3,215 acres and the other consisting of 1000 acres. In total, Gilbert owned 4 tracts totaling 4815 acres.1 

In March 1818, James Purvis died. Gilbert Purvis and two other men provided assets to back the Administrative Bond for Ten thousand dollar. The sum of the bond indicates that James Purvis had substantial holdings.2 

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound John Johnston and Gilbert Purvis administrators of the goods, chattels and credits of James Purvis deceased do make a true and perfect inventory...

I believe this death was a catalyst that’s set Gilbert and his brothers on a journey westward.

Shortly after the death of James, Gilbert and his family along with brothers Joseph and James F. Purvis and their family sold all their property in South Carolina and migrated down through Georgia to Clarke County, Alabama.

The families spent some time here purchasing land with several of the children getting married in the early 1820’s.  John Purvis died here in 1825. He is believed to be a son of Gilbert and Effica Purvis.

A Land Deed in Clark County exist between William Stringer (Grantor) to Gilbert PURVIS (Grantee), dated 25 December 1821 (Deed Book "A', Page 182-183).3

The families finally settled in Hinds, Simpson, Rankin and Smith counties of Mississippi.

A 1828 Tax list for Simpson County, Mississippi clearly shows that Gilbert and his son, Gilbert Johnson Purvis were both alive in June 1828. 4


1828 Simpson, MS
1828 Tax List Headings 
1828 Simpson Tax List
Listing for Gilbert Sr and his son
(Click images to enlarge)

Gilbert was not found in the 1829 Tax list nor the 1830 census. It’s almost certain that he died between June 1828 and 1829. 5

Gilbert Purvis in 1828 was an old man at least 74 years of age. Do you really believe he made his way back to South Carolina where he had no property and no families to die and be buried in the Rivers graveyard.

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cenotaph = a monument to someone buried elsewhere, especially someone who died in a war.
[1] Gilbert Purvis & James Purvis, Plat for 3, 215 Acres, 15 August 1793; S213190, Volume: 0032; Page: 00255, Item 0001; Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.
[2] Horry County South Carolina, Horry District Administration Bonds 1803-1818 (Conway, Horry County, South Carolina: Probate Office, n.d.), Administration Bond - Gilbert Purvis, page 71.
[3] Land Deed - William Stringer to Gilbert PURVIS; 25 December 1821; Deed Book #A; Page(s) 182-183; Register of Deeds; Clarke County, Alabama; 10 January 2012.
[4] Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, *FamilySearch*, (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 14 January 2012), Simpson, County Tax Rolls; 1828, Box 3764, Image of 36 of 276, Gilbert PERVIS.
[5] Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, *FamilySearch*, (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 14 January 2011), Simpson, County Tax Rolls; 1829, Box 3764, Image 46 of 276, Gilbert J. PERVIS. Gilbert Johnson Purvis was found in the 1829 Tax rolls but Gilbert Purvis, Sr. was not found.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~David Davis, Sr.

 
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 David Davis written 29 April 1775.1

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Will of David Davis Senr.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I David Davis Senr. of South Carolina Craven County: being Weak in Body but of sound Mind and Memory Blefsed be God: do this Twenty Ninth day of April In the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy five: Make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament In Manner following: That is to say: Principally and first of all I allow that all my Lawful debts be paid out of my personal Estate. Also I will and allow to my son William Davis the plantation or tract of Land I now live on adjoining Crowders Creek Also I will and allow to my son Thomas Davis Twenty pounds proclamation money of North Carolina. To be paid to him by son Wm, at the Expiration of Two years after my death. Also I will and allow that my personal Estate be Equally divided between my son Thomas and William Davis and make and constitute and ordain Col. Thomas Neel Esq. and John Howe to be my executors of this my Last Will and Testament in Trust: In witnefs thereof I said David Davis have to this my Last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written.
                                                                        DAVID DAVIS {seal}
Signed Sealed and delivered
by the Testator and for his Last
Will and Testament In presence
of us who were present at the signing
and sealing thereof.
John Howe )
Davis Neel )
Jean Neel )
 
David Davis was born in Nov 1717 in Merion Township. He signed his Will on 29 Apr 1775  in the Cheraw District, South Carolina.2 He died in 1793 at the age of 76 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

David Davis and Jane Miles were married in Dec 1738. Jane Miles was born in 1720 in Pencader Hundred, Delaware. She died before 1772 at the age of 52.

David Davis and Jane Miles had the following children:
i. John Davis was born in 1741 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina. He died in May 1778 at the age of 37.
ii. James Francis Davis was born in 1743 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina. He died in 1808 or 1809 at the age of 65.
iii. William Davis was born about 1751 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina. He died before 1810 at the age of 59.
iv. Jane Davis was born in 1753 in Marion,Cheraw Dist.,South Carolina.
v. Samuel Davis was born in Apr 1757 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina.
vi. David Davis was born in 1758 in Marion,Craven Dist.,South Carolina.
vii. Thomas Davis, born 22 Mar 1760, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Nancy Rivers, 1787 or 1788, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 20 Mar 1845, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.


David Davis is my 5th Great Grandfather. 




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[1] Charleston County, South Carolina, SC Court of Ordinary Will Books, WILL of DAVID DAVIS; digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: copied November 1997); Book TT, page 583, Family History Film: #0023477.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Census Sunday~ 38 Years, 2 Documents

 
Crowdsourcing, Wikipedia define crowdsourcing as:
the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community,…” 1

Today I’m asking you, my fellow genealogist and family historian, to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule, read the story I am about to present and then see if you can add to this story.

I have been researching my family for 38 years. The first 24 years I lived in Utah and had access to the LDS Family History Library which I visited frequently. Yet I haven’t made any progress on this story.

Family tradition and folklore says that my maternal 2nd Great Grandmother is Laura Driggers. My mother also said she died very young from complication due to childbirth. My second Great Grandfather was Joseph Henry John/Johns. In 1880 Joseph Henry Johns also known as Joe Johns was single, age 31.

Joseph and his elderly father can be found in the 1880 Census for Marlboro County, South Carolina. 2

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This same census is one of two documents that I have found that contains the name Laura Driggers. You can see that Laura is listed next door in the Household of her Grandfather Jeremiah Polston. She is a mere 10 years of age according to this census.

But, who are Laura Driggers parents? Her presence in the household of Jeremiah suggests that her Mother was a Polston, daughter of Jerimiah, and that her Father was a Driggers.
Joseph John/Johns married Laura Driggers, about 1882. Their first born a son, Walter Joseph Johns, Sr. was born 2 August 1883.

Joseph Henry Johns and Laura Driggers had the following children:
i. Walter Joseph Johns Sr., born 2 Aug 1883, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Arletha Quick, 2 Feb 1914, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Blanche Scott, 10 Aug 1927, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Ellen Grooms, 22 Aug 1933, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 31 Jan 1964, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Julius Johns, born 4 Mar 1887, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Mary Catherine Brock, 16 Jun 1912, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 16 May 1937, Monroe, Union, North Carolina.
iii. Annie Bell Johns, born May 1888, Marlboro, South Carolina; married Robert Roller, abt 1914; married William Ellis Boan, abt 1919; died 22 Jul 1923, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Samuel Johns was born about 1890 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1920.
v. Nellie Johns, born Jul 1891, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married George Washington Heustess, Oct 1909; died 18 Jan 1928, Columbia, Richland, South Carolina.
vi. Fanny Belle Johns, born Jul 1892, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married Julius Jones, 12 Nov 1912, Bennettsville, Marlboro, South Carolina.
vii. Ida B Johns was born about 1893 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. She appeared in the census in 1900.
viii. Mamie Johns was born in Jul 1898 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. She died before 1910.

Laura (Driggers) Johns is not listed in the 1900 Census. This corresponds with family folklore that she died during or shortly after the birth of her daughter, Mamie Johns. A snapshot of the Census shows that Joseph married in 1882 and in 1900 he is listed as a widow with 6 children in the household. 3

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Joseph Henry Johns never remarried and was partially paralyzed shortly before his death on 10 April 1929 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.

Up until this point no document has been found named Laura Driggers as the wife of Joseph Henry Johns. The only knowledge of the event is family folklore and only one document has been found that mentions Laura Driggers – the 1880 Marlboro County, South Carolina Census.

Child Name Death date Father Name Mother Name
Walter Joseph 31 Jan 1964 Certificate Restricted (not released by state)
Julius 16 May 1937 Joe John Not Known
Annie Bell 22 July 1923 Joseph John Blank
Samuel**
Nellie 18 January 1928 Joe Johns Laura Driggers
Fannie
Mamie Bef 1910
· ** Samuel only found in one Census the 1920 census for Marlboro County, SC

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Laura (Driggers) Johns, age 28/29, is believed to have died at or shortly after the birth of her daughter, Mamie in 1898. Her absence from the 1900 Marlboro County census and family folklore substantiate this thought process. Only two documents (1880 Census, SC death certificate of daughter Nellie (Johns) Heustes) have been found that substantiate her existence. 4

If you have any data about Laura Driggers (1869/70-1898), granddaughter of Jeremiah Polston, please contact me through this blog.

If you have some spare time, take a look for Laura, maybe the “Genealogy Genie” will look favorable of your adventure and we can add some additional facts to timeline of Laura (Driggers) Johns.
 
 










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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] Nellie Huestes, death certificate 000520 (18 January 1928), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.




































Saturday, November 22, 2014

Surname Saturday~Teal-Graves



Christopher Wesley Teal was born on 23 May 1851 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 He is enumerated in all censuses (1860-1920) for Chesterfield County, South Carolina.2 He appeared in the census in 1920. Christopher died on 27 Dec 1922 at the age of 71 and was buried at Zoar UMC cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.3 4 5
Christopher Wesley Teal and Clarinda G. Graves were married on 25 Nov 1878 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.6

Clarinda G. Graves, daughter of William Thomas Graves and Mary Gilley Lassiter, was born on 23 Oct 1859 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 7 8 She was baptized on 1 Jan 1874 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.9 10 Clarinda died on 1 Aug 1933 at the age of 73 and was buried at Zoar UMC cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.11 1213

Christopher Wesley Teal and Clarinda G. Graves had the following children:

i. Hattie Eugeneia Teal, born 10 Oct 1879, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Washington Davis, 1897; died 22 Nov 1935, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. William Mallory Teal, born 3 Sep 1881, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Annie Elizabeth Robeson; died Dec 1929, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. Mary Etta Teal, born 14 Sep 1883, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Sidney Douglass Hursey, abt 1903, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 20 Mar 1948, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Eugene Thompson Teal, born 26 Mar 1885, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Hattie Campbell, 1910; died 6 Apr 1947, Florence, Florence, South Carolina.
v. Benjamin Thurmond Teal, born 19 Jan 1886, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Ophelia Lorene Davis, 6 Dec 1914, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 29 Mar 1973, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vi. Martin Luther Teal Sr., born 7 Sep 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Pauline Campbell; died 16 Jun 1968, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
vii. Louis Perkins Teal, born 30 Sep 1891, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Lola Irene ; died 15 Nov 1967, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL.
viii. John Wesley Teal, born 7 May 1894, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Marjorie Newkirk Robertson; died 22 Apr 1978, Bremerton,WA.

Christopher Wesley Teal is my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.

Clarinda (Graves) Teal was the niece of my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane (Graves) Purvis. Clarinda is also my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.
 
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1. C. W. TEAL, death certificate 018744 (27 December 1922), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
2. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page: 328A(stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 311, Family 311, Household of C. W. TEAL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 17 January 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
3. C. W. TEAL, Chesterfield death certificate 018744 (27 December 1922).
4. Ibid.
5. James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001. Obituary of Brother. C. W. TEAL; The Chesterfield Advertiser,25 January 1923, page 1, col. 4, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
6. Ibid.
7. 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.
8. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 259A(stamped); Line 39, Dwelling 164, Family 170, Household of M. LASITER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 January 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
9. 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), page 67.
10. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 328A(stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 311, Family 311, Household of C. W. TEAL.
11. C. W. TEAL Family Bible, Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Clarinda G. Teal died 1 August 1933; Clarinda Graves Teal, Obtained from M. Henderson.
12. Mrs. Clara W. TEAL Obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 3 August 1933]..
13. Mrs. Clara W. TEAL obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 4 August 1933, page 2, column 4.




























Wednesday, November 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: #47, Samuel Deese


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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 Samuel Deese. 

Samuel Deese was born about 1805 in Anson County, North Carolina.1 He and his family were found in the 1830-1880 Censuses for Anson County, North Carolina. 2 3 4 5 While it has not been confirmed he is thought to be the son of Stephen Deese and his wife Sarah (LNU).

Samuel Deese married and Sarah "Sallie" Hill about 1830 in Anson County, North Carolina. This date is based on the birth of their first child, Martha in 1831.

Sarah "Sallie" Hill was born about 1811 in Stanly County, North Carolina.6 7 8 Her parents are unknown, Sallie (Hill) Deese died on 6 Sep 1881 at the age of 70 in Anson County, North Carolina.

Samuel Deese and Sarah Hill had the following children:

i. Martha Deese, born abt 1831, Anson County, North Carolina; married Alex Melton; died 9 Apr 1915, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.
ii. William Bogan Deese was born about 1837 in Anson County, North Carolina.9 He served in the military Company B, North Carolina 31st Infantry Regiment in 1861–1865. He died on 3 Sep 1863 at the age of 26 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
iii. Sarah A. Deese, born abt 1841, Stanly County, North Carolina; married Frank F. Melton, 1873; died 18 Nov 1916, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina.
iv. Nancy Deese, born abt 1843,  Anson County, North Carolina; married Sam Short; died 16 May 1921, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
v. James Hamilton Deese was born about 1845 in Anson County, North Carolina.10
vi. Henry Harrison Deese Sr., born 4 Aug 1845, Anson County, North Carolina; married Nellie Isabella Huneycutt, 1 Feb 1875, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 21 Jun 1913, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
vii. John Calvin Deese, born 10 Nov 1852, Anson County, North Carolina; married Louvena Huneycutt, 9 Apr 1884, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina; Louvena died from complication at childbirth on 16 October 1889. John Calvin then married Sarah Frances Gathings, 4 Feb 1892, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 1 Apr 1930, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.
viii. Zachariah T. Deese, born Oct 1854, Anson County, North Carolina; married Clara W. Gathings, 22 Dec 1890, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 22 Jun 1923, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina.
ix. Elizabeth Deese was born about 1861 in Anson County, North Carolina.11

No tombstone has been found for Samuel and Sallie and their death occurred many years before death certificates were mandatory in North Caroline. There was a death notice posted for Sallie in the local newspaper.

Thursday, September 15, 1881 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC) -Died: Near Jones’ Creek, September 6th, 1881, Mrs. Sallie DEES, aged 70 years. [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jganis/unionco/newspapers1881-1889.html]

No death notice or obituary had been found for Samuel Deese but we know he died about 4 June 1888 at the age of 88 because of this clipping.
Found in Anson County Commissioner Proceedings Volume A, page 338 - June 4, 1888 - Ordered by the Board of Commissioners that the treasurer pay William McGregor two dollars 25 cents for coffin for Sam Dees. Facebook posting by Steve Bailey.

Samuel Deese is my paternal 2nd Great Grandfather.







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1. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 May 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 619.
2. Ibid.
3. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, , , .
4. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 March 2013); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1122.
5. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #2, Page 345C; Line 11, Dwelling 127, Family 140, Household of Samuel DEESE; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 14 October 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 0951.
6. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS.
7. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES.
8. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, ED #2, Page 345C; Line 11, Dwelling 127, Family 140, Household of Samuel DEESE.
9. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 188A(stamped); Line 8, Dwelling 428, Family 428, Household of Mary DEAS.
10. Ibid.
11. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 337B; Line 15, Dwelling 97, Family 97, Household of Sam DEES.

































Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~Corp. Lewis J. Rivers


Corp. Lewis J. Rivers
b. 1845
d. Mar. 2, 1865
bu. Rivers Cemetery1

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Lewis J. Rivers was born about 1845, a son of Frederick C. Rivers and Sarah Jane Hurst. He was the ninth born of fifteen children with 6 brothers and 8 sisters.

Lewis enlisted with Company “B”, 26th Infantry on 2 July 1863. On 30 July 1864 he was captured near Petersburg, Virginia and became a Prisoner of War (POW). He was sent to the POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. On 8 August 1864 he was given a break and shipped to Elmira Prison in New York. On 11 October 1864 he was transferred for exchange. Then on October 29, 1864 he was exchanged and released into the hands of the Confederate representative. His military record on-line at Fold3 clearly shows he was released back to Confederate forces. There is no death date listed.2


Lewis J. Rivers death is recorded in Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr. book "Broken Fortunes" as L. I. Rivers, Pvt. Company B, 26th SCVI died 03/02/1865, Charleston, South Carolina, DOD, buried Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.3

DOD – indicates he Died of Disease, at Charleston on 2 March 1865.   He was buried in the Confederate section of Magnolia Cemetery. His grave can be viewed by clicking here.









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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2012); Memorial page for Corp. Louis J. Rivers; (Unknown-Unknown); Find a Grave memorial # 47258802, Citing Rivers Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[2] Randolph W. Kirkland Jr., Broken Fortunes: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in the Service of Their Country and State in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1997), page 298.
[3] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2012); Memorial page for Pvt. Lewis J. Rivers; (1845–2 March 1865); Find a Grave memorial # 20752288, Citing Magnolia Cemetery; Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Burridge Purvis, Jr.


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 Burridge Purvis, Jr.1

Burridge Purvis, Sr. and his brother William Purvis were merchants in Columbia, South Carolina. They had one of the largest grocery stores on the corner of Richardson Street and Gervais. Richardson Street is know known as Main Street.

In July 1816 , Burridge Purvis, Sr., died on a return trip back to his home in Glassmount, Fifeshire, Scotland. Surviving him were his widow and eight children; 4 sons and 4 daughters. His widower, Mary (Brown) Purvis erected a monument on his grave in Scotland. It can be viewed by clicking here.

Although Burridge maintained a business in the United States his wife and children remained in Scotland. Shortly after Burridge Sr. death on 17 July 1816, his widow Mary also lost her youngest son, Alexander, reported to have perished in a fire on 21 June 1819.

It’s not known, by myself, exactly when his 3 three sons, William, John and Burridge, Jr. came to America; but, after their Father’s death they can be found in Mobile, Alabama, Warren County, Mississippi and Louisiana.

John had land holdings in Mississippi in Warren and Sunflower counties and Burridge, his brother, was very successful in Mobile, Alabama. Sometime around September 1837 Burridge Purvis, Jr. died in Alabama. His closest relative was his brother, John Purvis, in Warren County, Mississippi.

The following document is on file in Warren County, Mississippi.

WILL OF BURRIDGE PURVIS, Jr.

Probate Court April Term 1841
Copy of Record of B. Purvis Will &c
The State of Alabama    at an Orphan Court  begun and held for Mobile County  I Said State at the Court House in the city of Mobile on the 18th day of October 1837 present the Honorable John J. Everett Judge of the said Court the following preceding in the matter of the Will of Burridge Purvis were  held.  In the matter of the Will of it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the late Burridge Purvis whom Will is now hereby submitted by his brother John for probate has no widower or kindred in this state except the said John and That a portions of his goods and chattel, are in this County It is therefore ordered that the said Will having  been Satisfactorily proven as the last will and Testament of the Said Burridge Purvis be admitted to record as such and it is further ordered that the said John Purvis be appointed  administrator with the Will annexed of the said Burridge Purvis he having qualified according to law and Executed bond in the sun of two hundred dollars with Thomas Rogers and John D. Haynes which bond is now hereby the court approved of and accepted , which will of Burridge  is in the words and figures following to wit:Know all men by these presents that I, Burridge Purvis son of the late Burridge Purvis of Glassmount, Fifeshire, Scotland do
make this my last Will and Testament Viz I do hereby give & bequeath to the children of my sister Eliza Blackie One hundred pounds Sterling Sister Ann Blackie One hundred pounds Sterling  I give & bequeath to each of the children of my Sister Mary Spears One hundred pounds Sterling each I give & bequeath to my Brother John Purvis, all my interest in the Estate of Glassmount, Fifeshire, Scotland  I give & bequeath to my said Brother John all my interest in the plantation and Slaves thereon situate in Yazoo County.
Burridge Purvis, Jr. is reported to have died on 1 September 1837. I DO NOT have any documents other than the one above that states that Burridge Purvis died on 1 September 1837.

However, I did find this obituary in the Charleston Courier for 13 September 1843; but, it only confuses the issue. This is 6 years after Burridge was reported deceased in Mobile, Alabama. 2

The Relatives, Friends and Acquaintances of M. William Purvis, and Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon, are [[illegible] respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of BURRIDGE PURVIS, at St. Paul’s Church, This afternoon,[illegible] o’clock.
Burridge Purvis, Jr.







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[1] "Mississippi, Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-30978-28817-5?cc=2036959&wc=M79Z-QM9:344538501,348191201 : accessed 14 Nov 2014), Warren > Wills 1829-1910 vol A-B > image 73 of 894; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi. [Warren County, Mississippi, Will Book "A", page 112]
[2] The Charleston Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, 13 September 1843, page 2, column Far Right.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NC Genealogical Society Fall Workshop


I spent an enjoyable day yesterday with my cousin and friend Jim Poole at the North Carolina Genealogical Conference Fall Workshop in Durham, North Carolina.

The conference workshop ran from 9AM to 4 PM at the Comfort Suites, Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP.

The welcome and introduction was kicked off right on time with NCGS 1st Vice President and Publication Committee Chair – Victoria P. Scott.

The Guest Speaker for this year’s conference was non other than The Legal Genealogist – Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy G. Russell

It was a “sold out” event with a room full of eager genealogist and family historian waiting to hear The Legal Genealogist. The theme of this years event was – The Law, Your Ancestor and You.

Four lectures were scheduled and presented by The Legal Genealogist.1
  • “From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large—How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists.”
  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies—A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law.”
  • “The Ties that Bond.”
  • “Staying Out of Trouble—The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists.”
We had a wonderful lunch of pasta, salad and beverage. The Legal Genealogist lectures were interesting, informative and in some cases humorous. The audience was very responsive. After lunch the NCGS had a short presentation of awards in the following categories:
  • The Award For Excellence in Periodical Publishing
  • The Award For Excellence in Web Presence, 2 awards
  • The Award For Excellence in Publishing, 3 awards
  • The Award For Outstanding Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy
  • Award of Special Recognition
It was a great day with a full house, an enjoyable lunch and terrific lectures with The Legal Genealogist.

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