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

Friday, January 30, 2015

Isaac Jacob Davis, The Elder, son of Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers


Isaac Jacob Davis was the 4th born child of Thomas Davis and his wife, Nancy Rivers. Isaac was born on 18 Aug 1795 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.1

About 1820, Isaac Jacob Davis married a young lady by the given name of Sarah. No record has been found that reveals Sarah’s surname, thus it remains unknown.  Sarah was born on 17 Aug 1796 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina 2 3

A search of the internet and Ancestry Family Trees shows Sarah being listed as Sarah Simpson and Sarah Willis. There is no proof that either one of these surnames has any basis in being factual.

Isaac Jacob Davis and Sarah had the following children: 4 5

    i.    Simpson Davis, born 11 Feb 1821, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 28 Aug 1889, Union County, North Carolina.
    ii.    Josiah Davis, born Aug 1829, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 8 May 1904.
    iii.    William J. Davis was born about 1833 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 
   iv.    Mary C. Davis was born about 1837 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
    v.    M. L. Davis was born about 1840.
    vi.    William Cornelius Davis, born 3 Dec 1845, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 27 Aug 1916.


This family is enumerated in Censuses from 1830-1870 for Chesterfield County, SC and Union County, NC. Census data indicates that other children were born to Isaac and Sarah but they have yet to be identified.6 7 8 9 

On 24 May 1875, Sarah Davis died in Pageland, Chesterfield County, SC and was buried in the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery on Dudley Road near the NC state line. Two years later, on 13 June 1877, Isaac Jacob Davis died and was buried beside his wife in the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.10










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1. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 857. Tombstone of Isaac [Jacob] Davis; 18 August 1795–13 June 1877, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
2. 1830 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 239; Line 10, Household of Isaac DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); citing  National Archives Microfilm M19_Roll 172.
3. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of Sara  Davis.
4. 1850 Census, Union County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Union County, North Carolina, Page 20A; Line 8, Dwelling 281, Family 281, Household of Isaac DAVIS.
5. 1860 Census, Union County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Union County, North Carolina, Page: 349(stamped); Line 32, Dwelling 70, Family 70, Household of Isaac DAVIS.

6. 1830 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 239; Line 10, Household of Isaac DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); citing  National Archives Microfilm M19_Roll 172.
7. 1850 Census, Union County, North Carolina, population schedule, Union County, North Carolina, Page 20A; Line 8, Dwelling 281, Family 281, Household of Isaac DAVIS; online database, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 7 May 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 647.
8. 1860 Census, Union County, North Carolina, population schedule, Union County, North Carolina, Page: 349(stamped); Line 32, Dwelling 70, Family 70, Household of Isaac DAVIS; online database, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 January 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 915.
9. 1870 Census, Union County, North Carolina, population schedule, Buford, Union County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) Page: 499A; Line 29, Dwelling 23, Family 23, Household of Isaac DAVIS, viewed; online database, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : 12 Jan 2012 ); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 1161.
10. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 857. Tombstone of Sarah [LNU] Davis; 17 August 1796–24 May 1875, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Dudley Road, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday~Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg, MS
T. J. Purvis Tombstone bu CLP
Thomas Jefferson Purvis
1826 - 21 June 1863
Rest In Peace

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~Caroline Purvis Franklin


Caroline Purvis Franklin
b. 1823
d. 1874
bu. Antioch Cemetery, Rankin County, MS.

Caroline Purvis Franklin
This past Christmas the wife and I drove to Dallas to spend Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law. On the return trip I planned a 2-day stop in Jackson, Mississippi to do some research at the Mississippi Archives. If you have ancestors in Mississippi and haven’t visited the Archives, I highly recommend you pay them a visit. The staff there is  terrific in their assistance. Antioch Cemetery was on my agenda because of the number of Purvis’ buried within the county.1

Caroline Purvis was born about 1822 or 1823 according to the 3 census that she was enumerated within – 1850, 1860 and 1870. 2 3 4

No document has been found that names her parents; but, my research led me to to believe that her parents are Joseph Purvis and his wife Elizabeth Cook.

Joseph & Elizabeth had a very large family, mostly daughters.

1840 CENSUS: Rankin County, Mississippi; Roll: 183; Page: 217; Image: 820; Family History Library Film: 0014841; Household of Joseph PURVIS. 52 Males - Under 5:
1 Males - 10 thru 14:
1 Males - 20 thru 29:
1 Males - 40 thru 49:
2 Females - 5 thru 9:
3 Females - 10 thru 14:
2 Females - 15 thru 19: Could be Caroline Purvis
1 Females - 40 thru 49:
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Joseph Purvis died sometime before May 1842 and by 1844 his widow, Elizabeth, had married Richard Oldham/Odom and moved to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

On 24 February 1845 Carolina Purvis allegedly married Thomas J. Franklin.

The 1850-1860-1870 census shows Thomas J. Franklin and Caroline together as husband and wife  with a growing family that by the birth of their last child in Dec 1865 had grown to 8 children; 4 sons and 4 daughters.

I said allegedly married because according to a Genforum posting by Frank F. Thompson “the marriage license bears the name T. J. ALLEN as being the groom. Bond posted by Alexander Purvis. T. J. Franklins' name only appears once, at the bottom of the license, where it is signed by the minister”. This is also confirmed by the Ancestry entry. 6 7

Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935
about Thomas I Allen
Name:     Thomas I Allen
Spouse:     Caroline Purvis
Marriage Date:     24 Feb 1845
County:     Rankin
Source Information
Hunting For Bears, comp.. Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: Mississippi marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.


The Franklin Family Researchers United Newsletter, Charter Issue, October 1991, page 54 (2nd edition)  records a married between Thomas J Allen and Caroline Purvis, 27 Feb 1845, Rec Bk 2 pg 23. 8

Allen-Purvis Marriage

Marriage Book 2, page 23 reports that she married Thomas J. Allen. The Franklin Researchers United Newsletter reports that the marriage is recorded between Thomas J. Allen and Caroline Purvis. The 1850-1870 Census shows that Caroline was married to Thomas J. Franklin and together they has six children.

Was T. J. Allen a real person or an alias. I can find no one by the name of T. J. Allen in Rankin County between 1840 and 1855. There is a T. J. Allen in Copiah County, Mississippi in 1860 but he is a single man and much younger.

The parents of Caroline Purvis and these marriage discrepancies have been a real puzzle for many years. If you have any information about Caroline Purvis Franklin born about 1822, please contact me.   







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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 31 December 2014); Memorial page for Carolina Purvis Franklin; (1823–1874); Find a Grave memorial # 49777084, Citing Antioch Cemetery; Rufus, Rankin County, Mississippi, USA.
[2] 1850, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, Smith County, Mississippi, Page: 334A (stamped); Line 36, Dwelling 113, Family 113, Household of Thomas FRANKLIN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2010); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_381.
[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Smith County, Mississippi, population schedule, No Twp Listed, Smith County, Mississippi, Page: 326 (penciled); Line 15, Dwelling 598, Family 598, Household of T. J. FRANKLIN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed `10 June 2010); citing NARA publication Roll: M653_591.
[4] 1870 U. S. Census, Rankin County, Mississippi, population schedule, Brandon PO, Rankin County, Mississippi, Page: 65 (stamped), Line 37, Dwelling 476, Family 476, Household of Thomas J. FRANKLIN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 10 June 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 748.
[5] 1840 US Census, Rankin County, Mississippi, population schedule, Rankin County, Mississippi, page 183, Household of Joseph Purvis; digital images, www.ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing NARA micro-film Roll: M704_217.
[6] http://genforum.genealogy.com/ms/messages/7569.html
[7] http://goo.gl/DvpHkb
[8]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ffru/Docs/FFRU_back/charter.pdf






Monday, January 26, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~1844 Land Deed- William H. H. Purvis to Shadrick Sutton, Rankin Co., MS



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

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

Today’s subject is a 1844 Land Deed between William H. H. Purvis and Shadrick Sutton of Rankin County, Mississippi.1

Wm H. H. Purvis Land Deed, Bk 8, page 196
Wm H. H. Purvis to Shadrick Sutton
The State of Mississippi}
Rankin County} This Indenture made this twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four, Witnefseth , that we William H. H. Purvis and Jemima Purvis, for and in consideration of the Sum of Six hundred dollars to us in hand paid. The receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge have this day granted bargained Sold conveyed and delivered and by these presents do bargain Sell convey and deliver unto Shadrick Sutton a certain tract of land that is, the E. SE ¼ of Section No. 23 Township No. 3 of Range No. 3 containing 80 19/100 acres and the SW ¼ of SW ¼ & SE ¼ of NE ¼ of Section No. 23 Township No. 3 of Range No. 3 E. Containing 80 19/100 acres The whole containing one hundred and Sixty acres and 38/100 of an acre more or less to have and to hold the said tract of land and all and singular the tenements thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said Shadrick Sutton his heirs Executors administrators and afsigns forever, and we do hereby forever warrant and defend all and Singular the aforementioned premises against all and Singular the aforementioned premises against ourselves our heirs executors and administrators and against the claim or claims of all persons whomsoever unto the Said Shadrick Sutton, his heirs Executors Administrators and Afsigns.
In witnefs whereof we have hereunto Set out hands and Seals this twenty first day of December one thousand Eight hundred and forty four.
Test: Soloman Mangum}                            Wm. H. H. Purvis
Jefsee X (his mark) Crain}                         Jemima X (her mark) Purvis

The State of Mississippi}
Rankin County} Personally appeared before me Henry Franklin a member of the Board of the Police for said County the within names William H. H. Purvis and Jemima his wife who have acknowledged that they Signed Sealed and delivered the within Deed for the purpose therein mentioned.

Given under my hand and Seal this twenty first day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty four.
                                                               Henry Franklin
                                                               Member of the Board of Police
                                                               of Rankin County

The foregoing deed and certificate were filed in my office on the 9th and duly recorded on the 14th day of January A. D. 1845.
                                                            Jos. Bennett Clk Pro R. Cty

Comments:
Sometime between 1845 and 1847, William H. H. Purvis moved from Rankin County, Mississippi  to Polk County, Texas. This Land Deed along with the sale of some of his slaves suggests that William was selling off assets preparing for this move. 

William and his wife Jemima Magee Purvis had two additional children, both daughters, after moving from Rankin County, Mississippi to Polk County, Texas.


Approximately eight short years after leaving Mississippi and arriving in Texas, William H. H. Purvis died in 1855. No death certificate, obituary or tombstone has been found for him or his wife. His death is recorded in Polk County Probate Records.









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[1] Mississippi, Deed Book 8: pages 196 & 197, Wm H. H. Purvis to Shadrick Sutton; Chancery Clerk, (Rankin County, Mississippi; accessed 5 January 2015).
















Sunday, January 25, 2015

Obituary Sunday-Mack Davis


Mack Davis
MACK DAVIS KILLED IN EMPTY BUILDING1
Chesterfield Banker Found Dead in School House – Affairs in Good Condition.

Special to The State.
Chesterfield. July 21.- Mack Davis, assistant cashier of the Peoples bank, aged about 40 years, was found dead of gunshot wound, supposedly self-inflicted, in the graded school building this morning about 8 o’clock.


As was his custom, he rose every very early this morning, telling his wife that he was going to walk over to his farm, about two miles from town. As he did not return when expected, his wife began to get anxious about him but did not suspect anything had happened to him. A little girl playing near the school building ran in for a moment and saw the body but did not recognize it.


The weapon used was a double barrel shotgun. The report was heard by the neighbors, but no one was sure of its direction and no one suspected that anything was wrong. Mr. Davis leaves a wife and little daughter and several brothers and sisters.


Mr. Davis books at the bank were in perfect order and his affairs generally were in good condition.


William McNair “Mack” Davis was born 18 March 1872, a son of David Richard Davis and Mary Cornelia McNair. He was the 7th of ten children; two brothers and seven sisters.
Mack Davis married Mary E. Meehan on 14 August 1912. Their only child, a daughter, Margaret McNair Davis was born 1 July 1914. Mack died on 21 July 1916 just a few days after his daughter’s second birthday.

Mary E. Meehan Davis died in December 1963. Mack and Mary are buried in the Chesterfield Cemetery. 


William McNair Davis was my 2nd cousin 3 times removed.






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[1] The State, Columbia, South Carolina, 22 July 1916, page 1, Column 2.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Surname Saturday~Davis

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In 1880 Michael M. Davis was a young lad, age 13, living at home with his parents William Alfred Davis and Nancy J. Hurst. Also in the household was his three brothers and six sisters. 1

Sometime between the death of his Father in May 1888 and 1895 Michael Davis left home and headed westward. The next record of Michael Davis is the 1900 and he is living in Kaufman County, Texas. 2 

Michael is married and has two children. The 1900 Census shows that Michael was married in 1895. His wife is listed as Maggie and the two daughter are Lola and Shirley. 3
Michael M. Davis married Magnolia R. “Maggie” Morris in 1895. She was born in 1877 in Richland Parish, Louisiana. She was 18 and Michael was 28 years old. The 1900 through 1930 Census shows that Michael made a living for his family as a farmer and in 1930 they owned their home. 4 5 6 7

Michael and Maggie would have a total of four children; all daughters. After the birth of Shirley there was Bessie in 1903 and Fannie Irene in 1908. 

Michael M. Davis died on 45 May 1938. His death certificate showed that he had worked the day before he died, His death certificate shows cause of death as coronary inclusion – sudden death.8

TXDC-Michael Davis
His death certificate shows that he was buried in Kaufman County, Texas. The name of the cemetery is not listed on his death certificate and no tombstone has yet been found marking his grave.

Michael M. Davis is my 1st Cousin three times removed.














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1. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina;, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 327C; Line 7, Dwelling 293, Family 293, Household of W. A. DAVIS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
2. 1900 U. S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 74, Page 1A/118A;, Line 24, Dwelling 5, Family 5, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1650.
3. 1910 U. S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 0032, Page 12A/178A(stamped); Line 6, Dwelling 198, Family 104, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1570.
4. 1900 U. S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 74, Page 1A/118A;, Line 24, Dwelling 5, Family 5, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1650.
5. 1910 U. S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 0032, Page 12A/178A(stamped); Line 6, Dwelling 198, Family 104, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1570.
6. 1920 U. S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 35, Page 15A/118A; Line 24, Dwelling 5, Family 5, Household of Mike DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1825.
7. 1930 U. S. Census,  Kaufman County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 3, Kaufman County, Texas, enumeration district (ED) 12, Page 10B/214B(stamped), Line 96, Dwelling 209, Family 209, Household of Mikel DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 2366.
8. Michael Davis, death certificate (long) 24114 (5 May 1938), Vital Records, Department of Health, Austin, Travis County, Texas.






Friday, January 23, 2015

1814 Land Deed-Gilbert Purvis to Gilbert Johnston Purvis


The 3 pages of this Land Deed has been reduced to 66% in order to display within this blog. The deed is on-line, at the link provided in the footnotes, as a very large PDF file.1

Gilbert Purvis Land Deed, pg 1Gilbert Purvis Land Deed, pg 2Gilbert Purvis Land Deed, pg 3
Click for larger images


South Carolina}
Chesterfield District}
Know all men by these presents that I Gilbert Purvis of the State and District aforesaid in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by Gilbert Johnston Purvis of the state and district aforesaid, HAVE granted bargained sold and released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said Gilbert Johnston Purvis All that Tract or Tracts of Land situate lying and being in Chesterfield district and State aforesaid on the southwest side of Thompson Creek and in part on Indian Creek containing Two hundred Acres more or Lefs, as per Plats to the original Grant annexed reference thereunto being had will appear Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining. To have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Gilbert Johnston Purvis and afsigns forever, and I do hereby bind myself my Heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Gilbert Johnston Purvis his heirs and Afsigns against myself & my Heirs and against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.---------
Witnefs my hand and seal this sixth day of September In the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fourteen.---
Signed sealed and delivered}              
Gilbert Purvis signature
In the presence of}
John Lowry
Wm. McKerall



South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} Personally appeared before me the subscribing Justice William McKerall who being duly sworn, deposeth and sayeth that he was present and did see the above named Gilbert Purvis, signed, seal & deliver the above implement of writing a s his act & deed for the use & purpose therein contained and that he did also see the above named John Lowry sign the same as a subscribing witnefs with himself.---
Sworn & Subscribed}                                   Wm. McKerall
To before me the}
6th day of Sept. 1814}
Peter L. Roberson, J. P.



Chesterfield District} Received Dec., 16, 1814 &
B. M. C. Office} recorded Jany 27th, 1815 in
Book No C Pages 94 & 95
Certified & Examined by
John Craig, R. M. C


In this transaction Gilbert Purvis, Sr. is selling off 200 acres of land to his son Gilbert Johnston Purvis.

The deed was signed on 6 September 1814 and recorded on 27 January 1815. It’s somewhat puzzling in that we know that sometime around 1818 Gilbert and his brothers packed up their families and moved to Clarke County , Alabama  and finally settled in and around Hinds, Rankin, Smith and Simpson Counties, Mississippi.

Gilbert Sr. and Gilbert Johnston both appear on the 1828 Simpson County tax list. Gilbert Sr. is not with the family in the 1830 Simpson County. At his advance age, his absence from the family clearly suggests that between the 1828 tax List and the 1830 Census enumeration that Gilbert, Sr. had passed away.  Sadly, his wife, Effica Howell Purvis, would pass away in August 1834 followed by his son, Gilbert Johnston in November 1835.  2 3
1828 Simpson County Ms Tax List
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[1] http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/8799
[2] 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.
[3] 1830, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Simpson County, Mississippi, Page: 183;, Household of Gilbert [J.] PURVIS; digital images, www.ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 May 2011); citing NARA micro-film Roll: M19-71.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Summons For Final Settlement


Thompson B. Powell, born 1802 died in Chesterfield County South Carolina sometime before 26 April 1866. He was 64 years of age. Thompson was a very successful farmer and highly esteemed in the county.  

About 1834, Thompson married Mary “Polly” Boatwright daughter of Lewis Boatwright and Sarah Lundy. To this  union were born four children; three daughters and a son.

Thompson died intestate in 1866. The letter below, dated 27 June 1866 is the request of his son  Richard Thompson Powell, Jr. for letters of Administration.1 The earliest date I found mention in his estate folder was 26 April 1866. It is believed that Thompson died sometime before this April 1866 date. 

R. T. Powell
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield District}
To Hugh Craig Sen Esq. Ordinary
The Petition of Richard T. Powell Jr. Admrs of the goods, and chattels of Thompson B. Powell deceased, Sheweth, that the said deceased died intestate having whilst he lived and at the time of his death, divers goods, and chattels upon which your petitioner has taken out Letters of Administration. And in as much as the said goods, and chattels, are liable to waste and destruction – your petitioner prays for an order for the sale thereof on such terms as may be deemed best – June 27th 1866
                                                                     R. T. Powell Jr.


The heirs of Thompson B. Powell including his wife Mary Boatwright Powell were summoned by the court on the 20th March 1867  to audits the account and make final settlement of the estate.

T. B. Powell

The State of South Carolina
        To Mrs. Mary Powell, Wm. M. Hurst, and Wife Mary E. Richd T. Powell, Jr. Ann R. Powell and Ellen Powell, legal heirs and representatives of Thompson B. Powell who died intestate.
Greeting.
    You are hereby required to appear at the Court of Ordinary to be held at Chesterfield Court House for Chesterfield District on the first day of April next
for the purpose of having the accounts of the administrator of said Thompson B. Powell deceased audited and for final settlement of said estate.
    Given under my hand and seal this Twentieth day of March A. D. 1867
                                                           Hugh Craig, Sen.
                                                                A. C. D.


No tombstone or death date has been found for Thompson or his wife Mary Boatwright Powell. His estate file is evidence of his death in early 1866 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 










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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Chesterfield County Estate Papers, Thompson B. POWEL.; "Chesterfield County Estate Papers," digital images, LDS Church, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/: viewed March 2012); Estate # 201.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chesterfield District-Grand Jury Presentments, 1826


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                                                         1826-2-01
We the grand Jury for Chesterfield district for Spring term of 1826 Present the lamentable circumstances Of the rising generation growing up in idlenefs and dissipation Almost invariably. Free schools placed at convenient places For them to attend and their education neglected and that, Too by their mothers. Male between twelve and twenty if Bound to trade and properly educated would serve to make Good members of society of many who are now and ought to be vagranted.
Wm H. Fleming, foreman}         John Brown
Wm McBride}                           Duncan Campbell
John Aorman}                          George Parker
John Gullage}                          Richard Knight
John Martin}                            Wm Perdue
John Campbell, Sen.}               John McLean
Rilah Smith}                             Hardy Sellers, Sen.
John Crowley}                          Math.  Sellers
Edward Edwards}                      John Jones
Emphraim Lunsford}
Duncan McIntyre}
                                                 True copy of the minutes
                                                   of the Court
                                                            John Craig, Clerk   

       Hardy Sellers is my 5th Great Grandfather. 

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The ampersand is used in 3 placers in this document and I have substituted "and" in place of the ampersand because Blogger does not play well with the ampersand.  .
[1] State of South Carolina, "Grand Jury Presentments, 1826," Document, South Carolina Archives & History - Database Search (http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx : viewed & transcribed 20 January 2015), Chesterfield District-Grand Jury Presentments, 1826; Hardy Sellers, Sr one of the signers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~Sarah E. Deese Melton


Sarah E. Deese Melton
b. abt 1841
d. 16 Nov 1916
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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

The shown birth date of Feb. 15, 1829 for Sarah E. Deese Melton is wrong.

Sarah E. Deese was born about 1841 to Samuel Deese and his wife Sarah “Sallie” Hill. Samuel and Sarah were married about 1830 and are listed  in the 1830 Census for Anson County. Sarah E. was their 3rd child. She is listed as age 9 in the 1850 Census fro Anson County, North Carolina. 1
1850 Anson County-Mary Deas
Sarah married Frank Melton in 1873. To this union 6 children were born of which five survived; four sons and one daughter.2 
Sarah died  on 16 November 1916 at the age of 75 and was buried in the Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina. 3 4
Sarah Deese Melton is my Great Grand Aunt.






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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] 1900 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 5, Page 9B/101(stamped); Line 71, Dwelling 169, Family 169, Household of Frank F. MELTON; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 February 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.
[3] : Sara E. Melton, death certificate located in Death Certificate Book 3, Page 165, (1916), Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
[4] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 February 2011); Memorial page for Sarah E. Deese Melton; (about 1841–18 November 1916); Find a Grave memorial # 45036741, Citing Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery; Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed, William A. Purvis, wife to Marshall and Richardson



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

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

Today’s subject is a Land Deed for 30 acres of Land sold by William A. & Sarah Jane Purvis to Marshall and Richardson for $125.80. 1

DB21, pg 401
DB 21, pg 402

TEXT OF DEED BETWEEN W.A. PURVIS, WIFE AND MARSHALL  & RICHARDSON RECORDED IN BOOK 21, PAGE 401, ANSON COUNTY AND NC. GRANTOR INDEX TO DEEDS, PAGE 97, FILM #018131. TEXT OF DEED FOUND ON FILM #296737.

William A. Purvis, Wife to Marshall & Richardson
North Carolina}
Anson County } This indenture made and entered into 3rd day of March 1881 between William A. Purvis and wife Sarah J. Purvis parties of the first part and James C. Marshall and John S. Richardson partners trading under the name and style of Marshall & Richardson parties of the second part all of the county and state aforesaid. Witnesseth that the parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty-five and 80/100 dollars to them in hand paid by the parties  of the second part  at or before the signing and delivery of these presents receipt whereof  is hereby  acknowledged  by them  do by these presents  bargain,  sell,  alien,  assign  and convey to the parties of the second part the following tract of land situate and being in the county and state aforesaid adjoining the lands of said William A. Purvis and others lying on Westfield Creek and bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a rock in the state line, corner of said Purvis' North Carolina tract three pines pts runs with state line to a white oak corner of Gardner’s tract three pines pts then in a north west direction with said Gardner's line to a stake in the McGugan line thence with said line East to three pines in said line thence in a South course to the beginning containing thirty acres more or less. To have and to hold said tract of land to them the said parties of the second part, their heirs and assigns forever together with all the rights and appurtenances thereto belonging and the said William A. Purvis doth for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators, covenant and agrees to and with the said parties of the second part their heirs and assigns to forever warrant  and defend the title of said tract of land against the  lawful claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto put their hands and seals, day and date first above written.
                                                       William X A. Purvis  {Seal}
                                                                His Mark
                                                      S. J. Purvis    {seal}

Signed, Sealed & Sworn in presence of Tho. J. Hardison
State of North Carolina}
Anson County } I John C. McLancklin, Clerk of Superior Court for Anson County do hereby certify that the due execution of the foregoing deed of conveyance was proven before me this day by the oath and examination of Thomas J. Hardison the subscribing witness. Let the deed of conveyance with this certificate be registered this the 3rd day of March AD 1881.
                                                    John C. McLancklin
                                                    CSC and Judge of Probate

March 9th 1881 then the foregoing deed and certificate came unto my hands and were duly registered.


On 3 March 1881 William A. and Sarah Jane Purvis, my 2nd Great Grandparents sold 30 acres of land fro the sum of $120.80. It is not known why they sold this land  and it was a large portion of the total land owned. Two years later they sold off another big portion of the land.  Available Deeds of Trust shows that William & Sarah struggled throughout the 1870’s to plant a successful crop and saved a little money for the next years crops production.   

By the 1900’s, both Great Great Grandparents are deceased and their only son has become a sharecropper.







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[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book 21: page 401& 402, William. A. Purvis and wife [Sarah J. Purvis] to Marshall & Richardson; 3 March 1881, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sundays' Obituary~L. C. Rivers


DIES NEAR RUBY
L. C. Rivers, Chesterfield County, Ill Long Time.

L. C. Rivers, 67, only brother of J. Clifton Rivers, state warehouse commissioner, died Sunday at his home near Ruby, Chesterfield County, and was buried Monday in the family cemetery near his home, according to news received in Columbia.

Mr. Rivers was the son of the late Phillip Rivers, and was known in his home community and county as a progressive citizen and man of sterling worth. He had been in failing health for several years but his condition was not considered serious until several days ago.

Besides his widow, he is survived by seven children, three daughters and fours sons, and by several grandchildren; by a brother, Mr. Rivers of Columbia and by a sister, Mrs. Annie Gulledge of Ruby.

Many friends from over the community and elsewhere attended the funeral services held Monday.1

Lewis Charlie Rivers married  Mary Emily Sellers about 1877. To this union were born nine children; four daughters and five sons. One daughter (Rosa) and one son (Sidney) predeceased their father.

Lewis Charlie Rivers is buried in the Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery.












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[1] The State, Columbia, South Carolina, November 2, 1927, page 14, col. 2.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mary and William~Tragedy Before and During The War


In early 1851, Mary A. Brock, the 22 year old daughter of Squire H. Brock and his wife Rachel married William Alfred Rivers, age 23, son of William and Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivers. Approximately a year later, in March 1852 their first child Squire James Rivers was born on Saturday, 13 March.  Something went terribly wrong in the delivery of Squire James; he survived but his Mother did not survive.1 2

William Alfred Rivers after a marriage of just a year or a little more is a Widow with a baby son needing his care. Being a farmer, this was not a good situation.  It’s obvious from Census that Squire Brock grandparent’s spent many hours caring for the young lad. So much so that from time to time Squire James Rivers was known as Squire James Brock. But, the aged grandparents were not able to care for Squire James full time. William Alfred needed a new wife to care for his child. 3

In 1853, William Alfred Rivers married Eliza Ann Turnage, age 23, daughter of William Turnage and Lavina Thompson. From the time of their marriage till early 1861 they enjoyed a good life with William Alfred caring for the farm and Eliza taking care of the house and children. To this union were born 5 children, four daughters and one son. 4

The children of William Alfred and Eliza Ann  are: 5
i.    Emily Levinia Rivers, born 12 Apr 1854, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Caleb Coker, 1872; died 25 Nov 1936, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii.    Annie Elizabeth Rivers, born 21 May 1856, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Thomas James McDonald, abt 1876; died 26 Aug 1889, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
iii.        Nancy J. "Amanda" Rivers, born abt 1858, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married John P. Smith, abt 1875.
iv.    William Turnage "Billie" Rivers, born 15 Feb 1860, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Henrietta O. Hammond, 5 Oct 1898, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 23 Oct 1933, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v.    Sarah Frances Rivers, born 4 Nov 1862, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married George Washington Carnes Sr., abt 1886, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 26 Dec 1931, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.


On 12 April 1861, the life of this normal family was again interrupted.  Shots were fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina thus setting off the start of the War for Southern Independence, aka Civil War. William Alfred signed up with all the other young men in Chesterfield County, leaving their wives, children and farm and marching off to war. 6

William Alfred Rivers lost his life on 17 August 1863 at Petersburg, Virginia. No record of his service was found on Fold3.com; but, the South Carolina Roll of The Dead and Randolph Kirkland’s book “Broken Fortunes “ reports his death with this death date. Mr. Kirkland cites the ROH (Roll of Honor) as his source. 7

Thus on 17 August 1863, Eliza Ann Turnage Rivers became a war widow. She was left with her five children and the child of her husband and his first wife Mary A. Brock.  William Alfred death left six children ranging in age from 10 months to eleven years of age eleven without a Father.

Somehow Eliza Ann managed to raise these six children without  a husband through reconstruction and into the 1900. 8 9 10

She never remarried and all six children lived to adulthood to raise families of their own.
Eliza Ann Rivers died 5 July 1910 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She was living with her son, William Turnage Rivers and his wife Henrietta  “Hattie” O. Hammond. 11

Eliza Ann Turnage Rivers is buried in the Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery. It is not known where Mary A. Brock Rivers and William Alfred Rivers are buried.












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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Page 179B, Line 16, family 1242, dwelling 1242, Household of William Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 100, Line 9, dwelling 82, family 82, Household of William A. RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
3. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 311, Line 37, Dwelling 26, Family 26, Household of Eliza RIVERS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 August 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 100, Line 9, dwelling 82, family 82, Household of William A. RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
5. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 311, Line 37, Dwelling 26, Family 26, Household of Eliza RIVERS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 August 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
6. 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.
7. Kirkland, Broken Fortunes, Page 298.
8. "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/ : viewed 3 August 2011), Estate Folder #241,, "Wm. A. RIVERS, Probate Case #241," Images 342-353.
9. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #21, Page 01B, Line 94, Dwelling 138, Family 142;, Household of William T. Rivers.
10. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0037, Page: 149B (stamped), Line 65, Dwelling 405, Family 405, Household of William T. Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 4 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_1455.
11. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Self-Published, 1995, Page 695. Tombstone of Eliza Ann Rivers; 17 February 1830–5 July 1910, Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
 
 












Friday, January 16, 2015

Hugh Blakeney-Trip to Hospital Ends in Mayhem


Hugh Blakeney  Attacked
LEAVES FOR CAPITAL
Mrs. Hugh Blakeney at Bedside of Her Husband.
Special to The State.
Lancaster, Aug 11.—Upon receipt of word of the misfortune which had overtaken her husband, Hugh Blakeney, a well-known citizen of the country who lives a few miles east of Lancaster. Mrs. Blakeney left on the first train with one of her brothers for Washington, D. C. where Mr. Blakeney is a patient in a hospital with his throat cut.
Mr. Blakeney left here last Wednesday for treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The supposition here is that Mr. Blakeney had likely gone to the hospital where he had been told there was little hope for his recovery from his trouble and this worrying him to an unusual degree he attempted to take his life while on the way back home. Some here are of the opinion that Mr. Blakeney was attacked and his throat cut near Washington as was reported in the papers yesterday. His friends in Lancaster County are anxious to hear the particulars.
 
 
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[1] The State, Columbia, South Carolina, August 12, 1917, page 12, column 4







Thursday, January 15, 2015

Witness to Benjamin Marion Will~Frederick Rivers


I have researched Frederick Rivers and his family for the past 38 years. It has been years since I have found a new document with Frederick Rivers named within the document.
I was thrilled recently to find an 1846 newspaper article about the Marion family that mentioned the name Frederick Rivers.  In a discussion of the Benjamin Marion Will, Frederick Rivers is listed as one of the three witnesses to the Will.

Benjamin Marion is the brother of General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. 
 
I know that my 5th Great Grandfather Fredrick Rivers served with the Swamp Fox during the Revolutionary War. But, is this Frederick Rivers my 5th Great Grandfather. The newspaper is a secondary source so I need to run down Benjamin Marion Will and estate file to connect the dots properly.  

Benj. Marion Will, pg 1Benj. Marion Will, pg 2

The Will of Benjamin Marion, of St. Thomas’, is dated Dec. 7, 1775 and proved Dec. 9, 1776. The Witnesses were Thos. Ashby, Frederick Rivers and Susanna Gignilliat. He must have survived his wife, as she is not mentioned in his Will. Besides her son Peter and Anthony Bonneau, she also had two daughters by her first husband, Esther (who married Jos. Maybank) and Magdalen. Benjamin Marion left daughters only and no sons. The following was his leading testamentary dispositions. To each of his daughters, Ann, Martha, Catherine and Elizabeth, he left specific legacies of £7000 current money of South Carolina, a few negroes, and some furniture; and he directed the rest and residue of his estate to be kept together, until his daughters should be severally portioned, with survivorship between them, on death before marriage or maturity, -the personalty <sic> to be equally divided between them , - and they to be maintained out of his estate, and to have the free use of his lands and negroes until married. He appointed Benjamin Simons and Edward Thomas, and his daughters, when of age, his executors and executrixes. The appraisers of his estate were Robert Quash, Thomas Ashby, Hopson Pinckney, and James Smyth, who, Dec. 24, 1776, appraised his negroes, (98 in number,) and other goods and chattels, as £128,765.10s.; and his stock and choses in action, at £39,768.19s6d,.total £168,534 9s6d., f currency. In the inventory are the following entries, indicative of the prevalence of a duality, if not a plurality, of wives, among the African slaves of that day; ‘Brutus and his two wives, Clay and Peggy.”
The daughters of the testator all married. Ann became the wife of Thomas Roche, of St. Mark’s , on the 31st December, 1778; Martha, first the wife of Patrick Rochs of St, John’s Berkley, and then of Paul Warley; Catherine, the wife of Thompson Whitehouse, of Charleston, an Englishman, who deserted her and quit the country soon after the revolutionary war; and Elizabeth, the wife of Peter Porcher, St. Stephen’s. All of them died childless, except Elizabeth Porcher, who left three daughters, (Peter, a son, having died in childhood.) Elizabeth Catherine, Marianne and Martha, through whom she is the ancestress of a numerous progeny.
We find on record, in the office of the Registers of Means Conveyances, in Charleston, a deed, dates 20th January, 1786, in which the four daughters of Benjamin Marion, and their husbands unite n conveying to Hopson Pinckney, of St. Thomas’, 500 acres on Ashley swamp, Berkley county, bounded north-east on land of Samuel King, south-east on land formerly of Benjamin Simons; and 500 acres, bounded north-east on land of Samuel Burcham, south-east and south-west on land of Benjamin Simons, and north-west on land of Samuel King; and also 500 acres. Bounded west on Mr. Ashby’s land, south-east on land not laid out, north-east on land of Samuel Burcham and Mr. Ashby.
As to the part taken by Benjamin Marion in the revolutionary war, we are as uncertain as we were in the case of his brother Gabriel. He, also, died in too early a stage of the war (1777), to have become conspicuous in it. In the journals of the Council of safety, under date, 12th March 1776, is the following, among other memoranda; James Akeen, (commissioned to be) 1st Lieut. Capt. Benjamin Marion’s company, Berkley county regiment, --22d Dec., 1775.” This record doubtless relates to Benjamin Marion, of St. Thomas’, (which parish, as well as that of St. John’s , Berkley was included in Berkley county,) the General’s brother. We are confirmed in this opinion by the inspection of another antiquarian treasure, which has recently came within our reach. It is a record of births, deaths, and marriages, most carefully kept, by Col. Isaac Hayes, the martyr of the revolution, who fell a sacrifice to a cruel and vindictive policy, and was executed on Saturday, the 4th August, 1781. In dates range from 1701 to 1779, and it is not only a great curiosity, but invaluable to the compilers of genealogies or family trees. We learn from the ancient record. We learned from this ancient record, that major Benjamin Marion died on 20th September, 1778. Corresponding with the date of the death of Benjamin Marion, of St. Thomas’, as inferrible <sic> from the proof of his Will on the 9th Dec., 1778. It appears, that he was not only a captain in the service, but had actually been promoted to a majority, when death prematurely cut short his military career. But for this conclusive proof, there were two Marions, named Benjamin, who might have been held competitors for these military honors-Benjamin Marion, of St. John’s, Berkley, (son of Benjamin so St. John’s  and cousin of Benjamin, of St. Thomas’) whose Will was proved, June 7th 1783, and who probably died about that time; and old Benjamin, of St, John’s, himself, the General’s uncle, (who died in 1778) then an octogenarian, -- a first in itself conclusive against his captaincy.
 
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[1] The Charleston Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, 29 May 1846, Page 2, column 2 & 3.










Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Was there two Frederick Rivers in Colonial Cheraw?

Since mid-1976 I have researched the families of Chesterfield County South Carolina focusing on those families that are connected to my direct line. Surnames that I have extensively researched are Rivers, Davis, Brock and Graves others less documented surnames are Previtte, Teal, Eddins and others assorted families.

The document within this blog suggests that there were two Frederick Rivers in Chesterfield County at the end of the Revolutionary War. The document is very interesting and contains a nice story; but, after 38 years of research that is all it is – a nice story.

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Transcription of Document:

Mrs Laura Thurman of Cheraw says – my Grandfather told me – Frances Marion said to get together & have a 4th of July celebration in Chesterfield - Thomas Davis who married Nancy Rivers dau of Frederick – old Col Claudius Pegues called the roll – when he had finished he remarked that he had called two Fredk Rivers & asked them to step forward --- the Chesterfield Fredk called Big Fred was about 270 lbs (Uncle David Rivers (Grandson of Fredk)
The other one then said both came from across the water – he asked Big Fred where he came from & Fred answered directly from across the water from England to Charleston – The other Dry Fred (dark & thin) said he was French from near the Swiss border.
My Grandfather Fredk had a brother named Franklin who settled at Beaufort near Charleston. Lester Rivers of Beaufort – now an official…

Comments:
In my researched of Frederick Rivers I have not found a single document that names a wife or children. Frederick and his family is listed in censuses for 1790-1820.
From these 4 census we can reconstruct the family and it consisted of two sons and two daughters.

Snapshot of the reconstructed family is:
1 Male 46+ ----------Frederick Rivers, bef. 1754; d. 1820 -1830
1 Female 21-45+----His Wife (Unknown), b. 1755-1765, d. aft 1820
2 Males 10-15------- William Rivers, b. 25 Feb 1776, d. 7 June 1855
------------------------- Frederick F. Rivers, Jr., b. 3 Nov 1779, d. 31 May 1860
1 Female 16-20 ----- Sarah Rivers, b. 1 Jan 1782, d. July 1871, AR
1 Female 10-15 ----- Unknown at this time, b. 1785-1790


I have many documents on Frederick and nowhere does any show two Frederick Rivers of the same age in Chesterfield County.

Documents I have consists of:
  • The 1897 Charleston Yearbook – Fall of Charleston Documentation
  • The Patriot Index
  • 3 Land  Grants, 1000, 200, 227 acres of land
  • 1797 Land Deed (Have image of original land deed)
  • Witness to a 1814 Land Deed (image of Deed)
  • Witness to WILL of Jacob Waldburger
  • Accounts Audited – AA-6452
  • Census – 1790-1800-1810-1820
  • Greggs History of the Old Cheraws, page 421
No proof has been found for:
  • The birth of Frederick Rivers
  • The death of Frederick Rivers
  • The wife of Frederick Rivers
  • The name of his second daughter born between 1785-1790
Nor has any proof been found for two Frederick Rivers of the same age alive during the Civil War.

If Thomas Davis and Claudius Pegues got together for a 4th of July celebration it would have made the news. No reference to such an event has been found.

There is a Frederick Rivers referred to as Dry Freddie. He was born 13 May 1800 to Isaac Rivers, seventeen years after the Revolutionary War ended.

No evidence has been found that suggests that Frederick had a brother named Franklin.

The Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution by Bobby G. Moss
Frederick Rivers b.1740, d 20 Feb 1820, m Mary Boatwright
He served in the Militia in the Cheraw  District and was at the fall of Charleston (May 12 1780). A.A. 6425; P.I. ; yearbook 1787

Frederick Rivers b. 1739, d. 1810, m. Sarah Purvis
He served 36 days in the militia during 1782. Patriot Index Supplement ; AA. 6452 ; N650
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Audited Account AA-6452 is for Frederick Rivers; Audited Account #AA-6425 is not for a Rivers but for John Riggens.  

No proof has been found for two Frederick Rivers living simultaneously in Chesterfield County during the Revolutionary War.














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[Comments attributed to Mrs. Laura Thurman, undated , were compiled by L. M. Rivers and copied from his archived files, Box 3, Folders 74-75-76, reviewed and copied 18 May 2004.]









Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~Isaac Hurst


Isaac Hurst
b. 1804
d. 30 Sept 1884
bu. Hurst Cemetery

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

In the 1850 Census, Isaac Hurst reported that he was 46 years of age making his birth year to be 1804. The tombstone above shows that he died at, age 74, Thus a birth year of 1810. The tombstone also shows that he died on 31 September 1884 and we all know that September only has 30 days.1 2

Isaac Hurst was twice married. He married fist, Henrietta “Ritta” Rivers abt 1825 thus providing support for an 1804 birth year. This marriage year is based on the birth of their first child, Sarah Ann on 10 March 1826.  Isaac & Ritta had 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters. She died  15 Aug 1865 at age 60. 3 4

Isaac next married Sarah Ann “Sally” (LNU) about 1865/66. One daughter was born to this union. Isaac died on 30 September 1884 and Sally died  3 April 1892. 5 6 7









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[1] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 174A, Line 20, Dwelling #1162, Family 1162, Household of Isaac HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 August 2011); Memorial page for Isaac Hurst; (1804 - Sep. 31, 1884); Find a Grave memorial # 43479105, Citing Hurst Family Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[3]1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 174A, Line 20, Dwelling #1162, Family 1162, Household of Isaac HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[4] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 137A, Line 35, Dwelling #613, Family 613, Household of Isaac HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[5] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 321C; Line 11, Dwelling 186, Family 186, Household of Isaac HURST; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
[6] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 August 2011); Memorial page for Isaac Hurst; (1804 - Sep. 31, 1884); Find a Grave memorial # 43479105, Citing Hurst Family Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[7] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 1119. Tombstone of Henrietta Hurst; 1805–15 August 1865, OLD Hurst Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.





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