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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Caring for an Old Soldier~William P. Brantley


Today’s posting is in memory of my 1st Cousin – Juan Brantley. Juan was  the only son of my Mother’s only sister, Mary Ellen Brantley. He knew the people of Chesterfield and he knew the history of the county. His sudden death in 2005 was a great loss to his family and relatives.

During this past week FamilySearch posted a new on-line database entitled South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-19581

This database contains records of individuals who applied for admittance to the “Confederate Soldiers Infirmary”. In order to be accepted at the home you had to be at least 70 years old and almost destitute. The Home was located on Confederate Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina.

At age 37, William Pinkney Brantley enlisted with Company "A" 12th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry. [http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66892791/]. In June 1863, William was selected for detached duty as Battalion Headquarters ambulance driver (Special Order #197, date 25 June 1863). Then on 31 December 1963, General Walker issued Special Order #230 extended his detached duty as battalion Ambulance driver. [http://www.fold3.com/image/20/67673575/2 3

There are many that are unfamiliar with the injustices placed on Chesterfield County and it’s people during the first week of March 1865. The Civil War, once thought to be over with in months, had now entered into it’s 5th years with the end nowhere in sight.

General Kirkpatrick having no idea that the war was less then 6 weeks from it’s end, gave orders to round up all the young men, of fighting age, in the County and make them prisoners of war. Many were rounded up, forced marched to New Bern, NC where they were placed on troop trains to the Union POW Camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. Point Lookout was the Union’s equivalent to Andersonville. The Commandant of Andersonville was hung in Washington, DC while the Commandant at Point Lookout received no punishment for the same atrocities that existed at Point Lookout.

William P. Brantley’s application for admissions to the Confederate Soldiers Infirmary shows that he was captured as the union forces of General Sherman entered Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 4

WmPbrantley Captured. 
William P. Brantley submitted his request for entry into the “Confederate Soldiers Infirmary” on the 15th of May 1909. Within the application William stated that he was 85 years of age and that he was wounded in the knee in 1864. 5

Wm P. Brantley, Page 1
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Wm P. Brantley, Page 2
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Wm P. Brantley, Page 3
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William Pinkney Brantley was enumerated in the Confederate Soldiers Infirmary in the 1910 Census, page 68, line 18. 6

1910 Confederate Infirmary
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31353353_122948339862William Pinkney Brantley died on 8 April 1911, at the Confederate Soldiers Infirmary, and is buried in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.
The following inscription can be found on his tombstone though it is in bad shape.


Honor and fame from conditions rise, act well your part, there all the honor lies.

William Pinkney Brantley is the 2nd Great Grandfather of Juan Brantley.




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[1] "South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-1958," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-36736-5691-32?cc=2126716&wc=39Z8-7MQ:1558788802,1558789101 : accessed 31 March 2015), 1909-1939 > A-J, James S. Adams-W.H. Joyner > image 212 of 1259; South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
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http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66892791/
[3] http://www.fold3.com/image/20/67673575/
[4] "South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-1958," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-36736-5691-32?cc=2126716&wc=39Z8-7MQ:1558788802,1558789101 : accessed 31 March 2015), 1909-1939 > A-J, James S. Adams-W.H. Joyner > image 212 of 1259; South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
[5] Ibid.
[6] 1910 U. S. Census, Richland County, South Carolina, population schedule, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0075, Page: 18A/68 (stamped); Line 18;, Confederate Soldiers Infirmary, William P. Brantley; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 30 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1471.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday’s Obituary~Leonard E. Hurst

Hurst Headlines
Leonard E. Hurst, of Chesterfield, was killed instantly last Thursday on the road between Chesterfield and Cheraw when the highway truck which he was driving collided with a sedan driven by Elliott Montgomery, of Cheraw. Hurst, who was an employee of the State Highway Department, was going toward Cheraw, when he attempted to pass the sedan which was also headed for Cheraw. He apparently lost control of the truck and cut directly in front of the sedan which was going, it is reported, at about 35 miles an hour. Occupants of the sedan were badly bruised and the five month's old son of Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Donnelly, of Cheraw received severe cuts about the head but is reported not seriously injured. In the sedan were Miss Ruth Watson, Mrs. I.G. Donnelly, the driver, Elliott Montgomery, James Montgomery, Mrs. J.P. Thompson, all of Cheraw. Mr. Hurst was about thirty-five years of age, He is survived by his widow who, before marriage was Miss Belle Pate, of Chesterfield; by his father, P. T. Hurst; two brothers, Preston and Finley, and one sister, Mrs. Horace Douglass. Funeral services and burial were held at Shiloh Friday afternoon, when the Revs. J. J. Stevenson and F. M. Cannon. Among the out of town relatives and friends to attend the funeral were Mrs. J. T. Dixon and Mrs. Carrie King, of Florence, Mrs. Delmar Jernigan, of Florence, Mr. Monroe Livingston and family and Mrs. Alice Malcolm, Laurel Hill, NC.

This obituary also appeared in “The State”, 23 August 1929, page 2 column 3. Mrs. Donnelly in that edition is referred to as Mrs. T. C. Donnelly.

Leonard E. Hurst was born  Feb 1896 to Phillip Thomas and Ella Hurst.


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[1] Leonard E. Hurst obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 29 August 1929, page 1, col. 1.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Loose Ends with the Charlie and Annie Smith Family


There's a lot of advertising suggesting that genealogy research is easy and can be done by clicking on leaves.

After thirty-nine years of research, I can tell you that not all genealogy research is easy and it definitely cannot be done sitting at your home computer.

A good case to demonstrate this is the family of Charlie Smith and Annie Atkinson of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 

Charlie & Annie does not appear in any censuses as a couple. Annie Atkinson Smith was first found listed in the 1900 Census. She and her two children are enumerated in the household of her parents Wiley B. Atkinson and his wife Margaret. 1

Wiley B. Atkinson Household
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1900-Smith-Atkinson Census
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In the above census, Annie Smith is a Widower; thus it’s  logical that Charlie Smith, her husband, died before June 1900 (date of Census). No obituary or tombstone has been found for Charlie Smith. His date of birth and parents are unknown by this researcher. 
Only two know children were born to the union – Hezekiah (Sept 1889)  and Henrietta Smith (Aug 1896). Henrietta birth of Aug 1896 suggests that her Father (Charlie) was alive until about December 1895 and that he passed away between December 1895 and June 1900.

Annie Atkinson Smith can be found in the 1920 Census in the household of her brother  Gaston Augustus and in the 1930 Census as a Servant for the family of William Turnage Rivers. 2

One unsourced documents suggests that Annie Atkinson Smith died in 1948 in Virginia. This could not and has not been confirmed. A valid death date for Annie has not been found.

Hezekiah Smith
Hezekiah Smith was born in September 1889 according to the 1900 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Hezekiah married Fannie Jeannette Eddins, daughter of William W. Eddings and his wife Martha E. Previtte. The Eddings are my Great Uncle and Aunt. 3
Hezekiah and Fannie were married about 1909 and had 5 children; three daughters and two sons.

Fannie Eddings Smith died 23 Nov 1965 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina. She was buried in Pineview Cemetery, South Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, North Carolina. 4

No record of Hezekiah Smith’s death date has been found

Henrietta Elizabeth “Hennie” Smith
Henrietta Smith was born in August 1896 according to the 1900 Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Henrietta married Samuel Arnold Brock, son of Samuel Washington Brock and Sarah Jane Lee. The Brock’s are my Cousins. 5

Henrietta and Samuel Arnold were married about 1910. To this union were born 8 children; four sons and four daughters. 
Henrietta Elizabeth “Hennie” Smith Brock died 28 April 1978 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina. She was buried in the Brock’s Mill Baptist Church Cemetery. Her obituary was printed in the Chesterfield Advertiser, 3 May 1978.6 7

Many hours have been spent researching this family of four and yet here today we have many unanswered questions and still have much to discover.
  • When and where did Charlie Smith pass away?
  • Where is Charlie Smith buried?
  • Who are the parents of Charlie Smith?
  • When and where did Annie Atkinson Smith pass away?
  • Where is Annie Smith buried?
  • When and where did Hezekiah Smith pass away?
  • Where is Hezekiah Smith buried?





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[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[2] 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Old Store, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 46, Page: 4B/288 (stamped); Line 90, Dwelling 86, Family 88, Household of G. Augustus ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
[3] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[4] State of North Carolina, death no. 36842 (23 November 1965), Mrs. Fannie Eddins Smith; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[5] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0021, Page: 15A/99 (stamped); Line 20, Dwelling 266, Family 272, Household of Wiley B. ATKINSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[6] State of North Carolina, death (28 April 1978), Henrietta Elizabeth Brock; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
[7] MRS. SAMUEL A. BROCK obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 3 May 1978.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Children of Elizabeth “Betsy” Purvis


On June 1st, 2014, I wrote about Betsy Purvis.
Circumstantial evidence points to either a “martial affair” or a “marriage” between Elizabeth “Betsy” Previtte Purvis and my 2nd Great Grandfather William A. Purvis.
Betsy Previtte Purvis has two Children:
  • Mary Jane Purvis, b. abt 1873; married Charles Franklin “Charlie” Lang
  • Ella Frances Purvis, b. 25 September 1881; married Thomas “Tom” T. Tarlton
At the time of birth of these two children, William A. Purvis is married to Sarah Jane Graves. Yet, Ella Frances Purvis Tarlton, Social Security Form 5, show her parents as Billie Purvis and Elizabeth Previtte. Betsy Purvis died 18 October 1926 in Richmond County, NC. After the death of Sarah in 1893 and William A. Purvis around 1900; Betsy sold off land (DB 33:370) that belonged to William A. Purvis and in one land dead she is referred to as his wife Betsy.

DB33, page 370
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During the past week while probing around Ancestry.com I came across a database of Delayed Birth certificate for South Carolina

While searching this database for the surname PURVIS; I found the following delayed birth certificate for Ella Jane Lang.

DBC- Ella Jane Lang
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Ella Jane Lang was the first born child of Mary Jane Purvis and Charles Franklin Lang. Ella Jane was born 4 August 1889 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. her mother died during childbirth or shortly after the birth of Frances Elizabeth “Effie” Lang in March 1895.

Appearing on behalf of Ella Jane Lang was her Uncle, Tom T. Tarlton and his wife Ella Frances Purvis Tarlton.

Ella Jane married Jack Allison Dillard about 1917 and at the time of this application (20 Sept 1955) she was living in Laurens County, South Carolina.



If you have any information about individuals mentioned within this article I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

United in Holy Matrimony~Levina Purvis and Isham Ivey, Jr.


Isham Ivey & Levina Purvis
Marriage Licensee courtesy of plrolison
Page 151
The State of Mississippi}
Marion County} To any Judge Justice of the Peace or Minister of the Gospel lawfully authorized to Celebrate the rites of Matrimony in said County.Greetings—
                                You are hereby authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, and for so doing this shall be your warrant—
Given at office this 5th day of Decr. 1831.

                                  Robert Burtan, Clk.
                                                                                         
I do hereby certify that on the 9th of December 1831 I did celebrate the rights of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Viney Purvis.
                                                                 William Baines, A Minister
Duly Recorded January 24th 1832---
                                                Robert Burtan, Clk.
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In 1825, John Purvis, age unknown, died in Clarke County, Alabama. His estate consisted of 44 pages and was quite extensive. 2

John Purvis, 1825_1

A preview of his estate leaves no doubt that John Purvis was related to Gilbert and James F. Purvis  who had migrated from Chesterfield County, South Carolina in the year 1818.

Among a short listing of some of those names are  – Gilbert Johnston Purvis, James “Slanted E” Purvis William Purvis, Rebecca Howl [Howell], Joseph Purvis, Sarah Purvis and Levina Purvis.

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One name was unfamiliar with this researcher and led to additional research. That name was Levina Purvis.

Levina Purvis

Image 1394 of the estate states that
Levina Purvis was Borned the 16 Day of March
1807------Wm. L. Thornton

Image 1394 Snippet

But who is Levina Purvis and why is her birth date and her’s alone spelled out, documented within the estate record of John Purvis?

Is Levina Purvis the daughter of John Purvis?

I have looked for estate laws for this period of time in Alabama but have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions or links are welcomed.

In 1825, when John Purvis died, Levina was 18 years of age. Six years later in 1832, at the age of 24, Levina Purvis married Widower Isham Ivey, Jr.  The marriage licensee above show that this marriage took place in 9 December 1831 in Marion County, Mississippi.
Isham was a widow with small children. His first wife Temperance Gill, had passed away about 1830 at the young age of 25.

Isham and Levina Purvis Ivey would raise eight children of their own. Isham Ivey, Jr. died 10 January 1861 in Clarke County, Mississippi. No record of Levina Purvis Ivey death has been found. 

If you  are related or have any information on Levina Purvis Ivey I would love to hear from you.







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[1]  "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V28M-M4L : accessed 12 January 2015), Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, 09 Dec 1831; citing Marion,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 879,989.
[2] Clarke County, AL,Clarke County, Alabama, estate case files, 1810-1915; Probate Court, Grove Hill, Alabama, LDS Family History Library Film # 2229240, Frame 1365, John Purvis, 1825, Estate, Box 22, Folder 68, Frame 1365.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~My Great Grandparents.


William James Purvis
b. 25 Sept. 1863
d. 8 June 1941

Mary Hulda Previtte Purvis
b. 5 Jan 1861
d. 29 Jul 1938

bu. Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery
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Wm. J. & Mary Purvis Tombstone
A previous article about my great grandparents can be read here.


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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 October 2011); Memorial page for William James Purvis; (25 September 1863–8 June 1941); Find a Grave memorial # 78248220, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County. South Carolina, USA.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed, John Graham to William Morris



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 from John Graham to William Morris.1

Deed Book S, page 93Deed Book S-94

139. John Graham to William Morris.
This indenture made & confirmed this 24th day of March 1818.  Between John Graham & his wife Lydia Graham of the county of Blount and in the Alabama Territory, of the one part, and William Morris of the County of Anson & State of North Carolina of the other part.  Witnessth for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and Sixty two dollars in hand paid by the said William Morris to us, the above said John & Lydia we bargain, alien sell & confirm unto the said Morris a piece or parcel of land containing one hundred and sixty two acres it being part of a survey of land granted to Matthew Rushing bearing date October 1783 and being a piece of the land that was allotted to the said Lydia by the commissioners appointed to divide the lande of Matthew Rushing dec’d.  Which said one hundred & thirty one acres of land is contained with the above bounds, to wit.  Beginning at a Spanish oak on the north side of Brown Creek and in the County of Anson and State of No. Carolina the said Spanish oak being fourth corner of the above said survey Granted to the said Matthew Rushing as above stated and runs thence So. 60.E(?) to Thomas Watts corner thence No. 80.E to another corner of s’d Watts then along that other line to Wimberley’s line then along his line to where a line of marked trees intersects s’d line then along said line of marked trees crossing Pope’s(?) Branch to the third line of the original survey granted to Matthew Rushing then with it to the beginning, which said one hundred & sixty two acres of land bound in the above bounds we the said John Graham & Lydia his wife do warrant and forever defend to right and title there of  unto the said Morris his heirs Ex’ers. Adm. or assigne free and clear from us our heirs or assigne or from the lawful claim or any other person or persons whatsoever. In witness hereof we have here unto Set our hands & seals the day & date above written.
Test. David Moore                                         John Graham {seal}
John Martin                                                    Lydia (her mark X) Graham {seal}
James Doyle

Alabama Territory }   Huntsville
Madison County}       This is to certify that Lydia Graham wife of John
Graham being separate and apart from her husband did acknowledge
that she signed the foregoing Deed without any press or compulsion of her husband whatsoever.  In witness whereof She hath here unto set her
hand and seal this 24th day of March 1818.
David Moore J. P. {seal}
John Martin (seal)

Alabama Territory of the United States}                                
Madison County}            I, Henry Minor clerk of said Court certify that David Moore signature & seal are annexed to the foregoing certificate is and was at the time of giving the same a Justice of the Peace and of the ? of said County Court duly commissioned and sworn and that John Martin whose signature and seal are also to said certificate annexed is and was at the time of giving the same a Justice of the Peace of said County duly commissioned and sworn. In testimony whereof I have here unto affix the Seal of said Court_ and subscribe my name at Huntsville the 24th day of March 1818. Hye Minor, Clk. {seal}
State of No. Carolina} April Term 1818
Anson County} Then the within Deed was duly approved in open Court by the oath of James Boyle and ordered to be Registered.
Tod Robinson Clk
 
John and Lydia Graham selling off land they own in Anson County after their migration to Blount County, Alabama Territory.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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[1] Anson County Deed Book “S”. pages 93 & 94, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina
















Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday's Obituary~TRISTUM THOMAS BURCH


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TRISTUM THOMAS BURKE [BURCH]
Tristum Thomas Burke [Burch] died at his home near Chesterfield, S. C. on July 20, after some years of failing health. He was eighty-three years of age on July 4, 1927.
One of the first volunteers from Chesterfield County, he and his brother Jesse, in September 1861, joined the Kirkwood Rangers, 6th Cavalry Regiment, and were in the troop of Captain Shannon. The rangers reached Manassas just after that battle. Because of their splendid training and equipment, they were chosen by General Whiting as bodyguards, and later served as such for General Longstreet. The command took part in the Peninsular campaign, and some of the company helped to carry Johnston from the field when he was wounded at Seven Pines. During the seven days fighting about Richmond, Comrade Burke [Burch] was made courier for General Lee. When Longstreet was send West during the autumn of 1863, Burke’s [Burch] Company was annexed to the 7th Regiment, but shortly afterwards he was sent to the hospital with an infected foot, and later he was sent home to help gather up horses, and during the time General Lee surrendered.
During the days of construction Comrade Burke [Burch] took an active part in routing the carpetbaggers and otherwise in reestablishing law and order in the State.
Other obituaries may be found in:
  • [The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, SC, August 11, 1927, page 3, Col. 4 & 5 ].
  • [The State, Columbia, SC, Monday Morning, August 1, 1927, page 2, column 2.]
  • [Confederate Veteran, Methodist Publishing House Building, Nashville, Tenn. , Volume XXXV, October 1927, No. 10, page 388.]
The best of the three is the Obituary posted in The State, 1 August 1927.





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[1] Confederate Veteran, Methodist Publishing House Building, Nashville, Tenn. , Volume XXXV, October 1927, No. 10, page 388




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Surname Saturday~Brock-Lee


William Samuel Brock was born 31 August 1896, a son of Joel Washington and Mary Jane Brock Brock. 1

On June 5, 1917, William Samuel Brock registered for the draft. World War I  had been in full force since July of 1914. In April 1916 the United States declared war on Germany. The 5 June draft registration was required by a Selective Service Act to increase the military forces of the United States. 2

William Samurl Brock WWI Draft Card

William Samuel Brock was 20 years old and had a young teenage bride – Cora Mae Bell Lee. On 22 October 1918, this young couple had their first and only child, a boy they named Clarence William Brock.

This birth date suggests that William Samuel Brock was home with his bride during Christmas of 1917 probably leaving for the War Zone sometime late January or early February 1918.

Three weeks after the birth of Clarence William, his Father William Samuel died in France. William Samuel “saw service on the battlefields and served with distinction as a brave young soldier, but the very day that the armistice was signed he developed influenza, which was followed by pneumonia, and the noble young life soon passed to its heavenly reward.” 3

William Samuel Brock, before he died, realizing that he could not live, requested that his body be brought back to the old home church yard for burial. He was buried in the Brock Cemetery on 27 March 1921 in the Brock’s Mill section of Chesterfield County. 4

His young bride, Cora Mae, would marry a young man by the name of Lonnie Lee Parks. Her life was cut short in March 1943 when she passed away at the young age of 42.  









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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 June 2012); Memorial page for William Brock; (31 August 1896–10 November 1918); Find a Grave memorial # 32256092, Citing Brock Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[2] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 June 2012), William Brock, Draft card; citing Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls, Roll: 1852503.
[3] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001, 55. Tombstone of Private William Samuel Brock; 31 August 1896–10 November 1918, Brock's Mill Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[4] Ibid.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday’s Faces from the Past~Oscar Philmore “O P” Purvis

O. P. PURVIS
10 July 1888-20 Apr 1931

Oscar P. Purvis was the son of William James Purvis and Mary Hulda Previtte. He had six siblings; two brothers and four sisters. He married Roxie Carolyn Brock (3 Sep 1895-17 Jan 1967) on 2 February 1913.

Oscar “OP” Purvis is my Grand Uncle.








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[1] Photo Courtesy of Margaret D. Hanna.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cheraw Boy Dies in Jacksonville Auto Accident


George W. Carnes and his wife, Lessie J. Carnes, are dead as the result of an automobile accident on Atlantic boulevard early this morning.
Miss Uvita Barren of Atlanta and M. P. Booth, city fireman, are in St. Luke's hospital. The condition of Booth is considered critical.
T. C. Grubb, 2408 Silver street, who was following the car in which the Carnes, Booth, Miss Barren and three-year old son of the Carnes were  riding, witnessed the accident.
He said two cars, both without lights were parked in the roadway. One car was getting ready to push the other, it appeared, he said. Apparently Booth, who was driving, saw the machine in the road but not in time to swing clear of it. His right Wheel caught the left back wheel of the other car.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Carnes had their necks broken. The child who was riding in the front seat in Miss Barren’s lap was unhurt.
The party, including, Grubb and his passengers had been for a chicken dinner at the beach. Mrs. Booth remained at the beach and her husband was driving the party to Jacksonville when the accident occurred.
James Owen, negro driver of one of the cars was arrested and placed in the South Jacksonville jail. He was charged with manslaughter.
Both of the cars parked in the middle of the road were filled with negro passengers, Grubb said. All of the cars were badly damaged.
Mr. and Mrs. Carnes whose address was given as 21 LeMain Court, died shortly after the accident. Carnes died before he could be taken to a hospital.
Mrs. Barren received a broken nose and cuts and bruises.
The accident occurred on Atlantic boulevard near Hunt’s filing station about 2:00 A.M.
Booth and Mrs. Barren were taken to St. Luke’s hospital and the Carnes to St. Vincents, Moulton and Kyle are in charge of the bodies but funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Carnes was a barber, operating a shop at Sixteenth and Main Streets. It is understood that Miss Barren was a visitor in the Carnes home and a beach party was given in her honor.
O. K. Robinson, R. E. Broward and S. R. Gahoon, of the sheriff’s office investigated the accident. Tom Watts and R. E. Royal, of the road patrol were also among those investigating.
Mrs. Carnes’ survivors include her mother, Mrs. Bastine Barren, two sisters and one brother and her three year old son, George Carnes, Jr.
Surviving Mr. Carnes are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Carnes, Sr. of Cheraw, four sisters, Mrs. Elizer Bruner of Cheraw, Mrs. Chas. Kavnaugh of Sumter, Mrs. A. J. Volovar of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. R. B. Lawless of Atlanta and one brother, Croom Carnes of Cheraw.
Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Carnes were conducted Sunday afternoon and the bodies interred in Peachtree Baptist Church cemetery, Atlanta, Ga., under a mount of beautiful flowers.

George Washington Carnes, Jr. was the son of George Washington Carnes, Sr. and his wife Sarah Frances Rivers, daughter of William Alfred Rivers and Eliza Ann Turnage.




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[1] Cheraw Boy Meets Death in Wreck obituary, The Jacksonville Journal, Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, 4 September 1931. George W. & Lessie J. Carnes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~William C. Purvis


William C. “Billy” Purvis
b. 24 Sept 1839
d. 25 Nov 1918
bu. Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
William C. "Billie" Purvis was born 24 Sep 1839, a son of John “Jack” Purvis and his wife Sarah “Sallie” Huggins of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He had two siblings, a younger brother called, Stephen David and an older sister, Malsey A. Purvis who died before 1860.1

William and his brother Stephen David served during the Civil War. Upon returning home, William C. married Rosa Ann Rivers, a daughter of Malachi Rivers and Sarah Ann Boatwright. 2

William C. and Rose Ann were married about 1871. They had one child, a daughter, named Nell Ida Purvis, born on 19 November 1872. Nell remained unmarried until her death in June 1930. 3 4 5 6
William C. Purvis died 25 November 1918 and his wife Rosa Ann passed away on 16 May 1928. They both are buried in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 7 8





 

 
 
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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 September 2011); Memorial page for William C. "Billie" Purvis; (24 September 1839–25 November 1918); Find a Grave memorial # 34320674, Citing Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. National Park Service, "Soldiers" database, Civil War Soldiers & Sailor System (http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm : accessed 19 September 2011), entry for William C. Purvis, Private; 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's), Co. A; Confederate.
3. Billie Purvis, death certificate 029250 (25 November 1918), Vital Records, Department of Health, Austin, Travis County, Texas.
3. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Ida Purvis (19 November 1872–28 June 1930), Memorial # 33989226.
4. Ida Purvis, Chesterfield County, South Carolina death certificate # 009734 (28 June 1930).
5. Ida Purvis, Chesterfield County, South Carolina death certificate # 009734 (28 June 1930).
6. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 742. Tombstone of Ida Purvis; 19 November 1872–28 June 1930, Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
7. James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Self-Published, 2001. Obituary of Mr. W. C. Purvis;[News],[NDate], page 34, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rosa Rivers Purvis (Mar. 14, 1850- No date), Memorial # 34320625.
CENSUS CITED
[1]. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 130A; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of John PERVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
[2]. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 128; Line 10, Dwelling 482, Family 481, Household of Jno PERVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
[3]. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 120, Line 10, dwelling 377, family 376, Household of Mal RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 17 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[4]. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 301B; Line 34, Dwelling 284, Family 284, Household of W. PERVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
[5]. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 314B; Line 13, Dwelling 87, Family 87, Household of William PURVIS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
[6]. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #20, Page 82A, Line 32, Dwelling 183, Family 18, Household of William C. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
[7]. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0036, Page 113A, Line 30, Dwelling 168, Family 170, Household of William C. PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1455.
[8]. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 039, Page: 21B/146 (stamped); Line 55, Dwelling 266, Family 275, Household of Rosa PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
[9]. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0016, Page: 16A/39(stamped); Line 48, Dwelling 296, Family 298, Household of Ida PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 19 September 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2192.





















Sunday, March 15, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Guardianship Appointment, Ida Eddins, William Vaughan


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 Guardianship Appointment for Ida Eddins and William Vaughan.1

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The State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}

By H. G. Tiller, Probate Judge, To F. F. Rivers
Whereas, an application in due form of affairs, proceedings recorded in the office for the Probate Court of the County of Chesterfield, the said state has been made to me by F. F. Rivers, to appoint him as Guardian of the person and the estate of the said Ida Eddins and William Vaughan, minors now residing in Chesterfield County entitled to a distributive share in the Estate of J. C. Eddins, deceased, late of Chesterfield and whereas the said F. F. Rivers has filed his bond in this Office as such Guardian as required by law. Now Therefore for the better securing of the said estate for the benefit of the said minors and for their more careful maintenance and education I do hereby commit the tuition, guardianship and education of the said minors to you, the said F. F. Rivers charging you to maintain them in meat, drink, washing, lodging, clothing, and such good education as may be fitting according to the  circumstances of interest of said minors during there <sic> minority, take charge of there <sic> estate. Do such things as a Guardian should, and render a true and faithful account of the said estate, and of your management thereof, when thereunto duly required.
Given under my hand and seal, this First day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety Five and in the 119 year of the Independence of the United States of America.
                                                                 H. D. Tiller
                                                                Judge of Probate {seal}
 
 
 Appointment of Guardian for Ida Eddins minor daughter of Joseph C. Eddins.
 
 








 
 
 
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[1] H. D. Tiller, Probate Judge to F. F. Rivers; 1 January 1895; Deed Book #?; Page(s) 251; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, SC.
















Saturday, March 14, 2015

Surname Saturday~Hurst-Rivers-Sellers-Purvis


William “Billy” Hurst was born on 8 Aug 1813, a son Phillip Hurst and his wife Elizabeth [LNU] 1of Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

About 1830, when Billy was seventeen years of age he married Nancy Rivers, a daughter of Isaac Rivers and Nancy Parker. Billy and Nancy had two children:
  • Phillip Hurst, b. 8 August 1830
  • Isaac F. Hurst, b. 1833
The1850 census shows the family listed in household # 1155 and doing very well compared to other small  farmers in the county.

1850 Census
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Then in May 1860, tragedy strikes the family and Nancy dies from an attack of FLUX.2 3

Nancy Rivers Hurst was buried in the Hurst cemetery. No tombstone marks her grave.
On December 20, 1860, South Carolina succeed from the Union.

The Confederate States of America is formed in February 1861 with Jeff Davis as it’s President.

On April 12, 1861, a contingent of  Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter initiating the start of the Civil War. 

On 26 December 1861, age age 27, Isaac F. Rivers enlisted into Capt. James C. Craig’s Company, South Carolina Volunteers. (4th SCVI) Nine months and 8 days later Isaac F. Hurst would die of disease in Georgetown, South Carolina.

Sometime between May 1860, when Billy’s wife Nancy Rivers died and February 1861, Billy married Lavinia ”Lavicy”, “Vicy” Sellers, daughter of Elijah Sellers and Sarah Purvis. 

Lavinia was born on 14 February 1828 and most likely named after her grandmother Vicey Purvis.

Billy’s and Lavicy’s first child, a son, William B.  “Willie” Hurst was born on 30 October 1861.  

Billy and Lavicy Sellers Hurst had the following children:
  • i.    William B. "Willie" Hurst was born on 30 Oct 1861 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He died on 20 Sep 1862 at the age of 0 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
    ii.    John Thomas Hurst, born 17 Sep 1862, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Violet Welsh, bef 1885; married Theatus Irene Streater, 9 Sep 1885, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 28 Aug 1935, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
    Iii.    Sarah Ann Hurst, born 3 Dec 1863, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married John Dupree Lampley; died 14 Jan 1928, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
    iv.    Rochelle Calvin Hurst, born 20 Oct 1864, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Cora Jenny Hearn, 1902; married Clara B. , 1896; died 11 Mar 1950, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma.
    v.    Charlotte Jane "Lottie" Hurst, born 20 Nov 1865, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Frederick William Rivers, 12 Feb 1882, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 14 Mar 1928, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
    vi.    Susannah Hurst, born 12 Sep 1866, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married James Michael Watson; died 28 Oct 1931, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
    vii.    Lucy Hurst was born about 1868 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She died before 1883.
    viii.    Louisa Hurst, born 12 Aug 1869, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married John Nelson Jenkins; died 27 Apr 1957, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
Each of these children are mentioned in the Last Will and Testament5  6 of William “Billy” Hurst with two exceptions
  1. William B. “Willie “ Hurst died before his Dad and was not mentioned.
  2. Lucy Hurst also passed away before her Father; yet, no record of her death has been found. 
On 4 March 1884 William “Billy” Hurst passed away and was buried in the Hurst cemetery. His wife, Lavicy Sellers Hurst lived another 14 years passing away on 28 October 1898. She was laid to rest beside her husband. 7 8 9 10

Lavicy Sellers Hurst is my 1st cousin 4 times removed.














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[1] LNU = Last name unknown
[2] Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea
[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/olddiseases1.htm]
[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, mortality schedule, Chesterfield Dt., South Carolina, ID#: MRT573_1277, Nancy Hurst; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 September 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[4] http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66894523/ and 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 173.
[5] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Chesterfield, Will Book 2: page 262 William Hurst; Probate Office, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[6] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Chesterfield County Estate Records, Estate #519A - William Hurst (), , ; South Carolina State Archives, Columbia, South Carolina | www.familysearch.com.
[7] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 15 March 2012); Memorial page for William Hurst, Sr; (8 August 1813–4 March 1884); Find a Grave memorial # 29991656, Citing Hurst Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[8] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 1125. Tombstone of William Hurst; 8 August 1813–4 March 1884, Hurst Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[9] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Lavinia "Lavicy"" Vicy" Sellers Hurst (14 February 1828–28 October 1898), Memorial # 29991679.
[10] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of Lavicy Sellers Hurst.
Census Cited:
1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 173B, Line 28, Dwelling 1155, Family 1155, Household of William Hurst; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 March 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, mortality schedule, Chesterfield Dt., South Carolina, ID#: MRT573_1277, Nancy Hurst; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 September 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
3. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 308A; Line 6, Household 393, Household of W[illiam] HURST; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 March 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #005, Page 319C, Line 37, Dwelling 168, Family 168, Household of William HURST; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 March 2012); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
5. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 173B, Line 28, Dwelling 1155, Family 1155, Household of William Hurst.
 








Thursday, March 12, 2015

Family Bible: Christopher Wesley Teal

 
Christopher Wesley Teal Family Bible

BIRTHS:
C. W. Teal was born May 23rd the 1851
Clarinda G. Graves was born 23 Oct. 1859
Hattie C. Teal was born 10th Oct. 1879
William M. Teal was born Sept. 3rd 1881
Eugene T. Teal was born March 26th the 1885
Benjamin Thurman Teal was born Jan 19th 1887 (1886)
Martin Luther Teal was born Sept. 7th the 1889
Lewis P. Teal was born 30 Sept. 1891
John W. Teal was born 7th May 1894

DEATHS:
Eliza A. [Davis] Teal died Sept. 1st 1883
William M. Teal died Dec 1929
Christopher W. Teal died Dec. 27th, 1922
Clarinda G. [Graves] Teal died Aug. 1, 1933

MARRIAGE:
Christopher W. Teal and Clarinda G. Graves was married 25 Nov. 1878
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[1] Copies of Bible extracts provided by Clarajane Teal, Washington State.



















Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Election Day Violence


Disturbance in Chesterfield
DISTURBANCE IN CHESTERFIELD DISTRICT.--- The Cheraw Democrat, of the 30th ult., published the following account of a serious disturbance that occurred recently at Mount Croghan, in that District:
We regret to have to report a serious difficulty in our District at the recent township election, but are glad to learn that our people were not responsible for it. Several statements have reached us, but the following is the best authenticated and seems most reasonable.
During the progress of the election, a negro walked up to Arch’d Nicholson with demonstrations of fight, and told him he was going to whip him. Nicholson immediately went for his rifle, where he had deposited it, but it had been removed. He then advanced with his knife on the negro, who ran and was pursued. At last the negro turned with a rail in his hand, and the fight began. While struggling with each other another negro came up and struck Nicholson on the back of the head with a gun, which put an end to that affair. John Nicholson, the brother of Archibald, had followed on to prevent the fight if possible, and made every effort to do so. He was struck in the forehead with a rock, from some quarter not known, and while binding up his wound Archibald was there looking on. The young men at the polls became exasperated at the conduct of these negroes, and drove them away, but did not interfere with those who took no part in the fracas. Archibald Nicholson, on his way homes, complained of his hurt, which was not regarded as serious, and after he reached home died from the effects.
Application was made to a magistrate for a warrant to arrest the negro who had killed Nicholson, but he refused it. On what ground he knows best, and will probably be required to inform the Solicitor.
During the excitement one of the managers, Mr. R. J. Donaldson, ran off with some of the ballot boxes, but brought them back again after the excitement abated. This is another result of carpet-bag teaching.
 
 
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[1] DISTURBANCE IN CHESTERFIELD DISTRICT obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 2 August 1869. Archibald Nicholson Killed.







Monday, March 9, 2015

Amanuensis Monday~Nuncupative Will of Mary A. Copeland Nicholson



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 Nuncupative Will of Mary A. Copeland Nicholson.1

Mary A. Nicholson, pg 1
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Mary A. Nicholson, pg 2Mary A. Nicholson, pg 3



State of South Carolina} Court of
County of Chesterfield} Probate

In the matter of the Estate}
of } Petition
Mary A. Nicholson, Deceased }

The petition of James J. Nicholson Deceased Respectfully shows to the court
1. That Mary A. Nicholson a citizen of the county and State aforesaid and domiciled therein died on the ninetieth day of February A. D. 1890 leaving the following children as her heirs at law and distributes to wit: Your petitioner – James J. Nicholson, William Wesley Nicholson, Mary Ellen Gulledge, the wife of Guilford Gulledge and Eliza Allen the wife of William Dorsey Allen.
2. That the said Mary A. Nicholson, on the twelfth (12th) day of February A. D. 1890, in and during her last sickness, and at and in the house where she (insert then) reside and afterwards died upon the date before mentioned made a Nuncupative Will and at (insert that) time called upon Elizabeth E. Thurman, William D. Thurman Sellers and Nancy A. E. Sellers and bid them to witness the words that she then spoke was her last will and testament.
3. That the said testatrix Mary A. Nicholson did then on the 12th day of February A.D. 1890, in her last sickness, and at her house where she died just seven days afterwards and in the presence of the aforesaid witnesses declared her last will and testament to be as follows to wit:
First, That it was her will that all of her just debts and funeral expenses should be paid.
Second, That it was her will that all the rest, remainder and residue of her personal property after payment of her debts and funeral expenses should be equally divided between her two sons James J. Nicholson and William Wesley Nicholson
Third, That she declares that she did not attempt to make any disposition of her real estate as her children would be entitled to it under her Mothers Will.
Fourth, That she declares it to be her will that her two sons should receive her property to the exclusion of her two daughters on the grounds that they had already receive more that her two Sons would get by her will.
Wherefore your petitioner prays that Said witnesses be Sworn and the aforesaid Will admitted to probate as a nuncupative will and for such other and further relief as to this Honorable Court shall seem meet
February 26th 1890                                Hough & Kennedy
                                                        Attorney for Petitioner
 
Mary A. Copeland was the daughter of John Copeland, Jr. and his wife Nancy (LNU), Nancy died sometime after Nov 1870 and left a WILL (Probate Folder #1444). 

Mary A. Copeland married Archie Nicholson shortly after 1860. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 1862. Archie died on 30 July 1869 in Mt. Croghan, South Carolina.2 They had four children all named within the above Will. 

Probate Folder #85 (Mary A. Nicholson) can be accessed and reviewed at FamilySearch.org. Access to FamilySearch is FREE but you do have to create an account (E-Mail address plus password).









 
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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19383-29809-13?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-FMS:190567401,190561002,190567402,190625801 : accessed 8 March 2015), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0065-0087 > image 427 of 482; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 8 August 2015); Memorial page for Archibald "Archie" Nicholson; (Unk. - August 1869); Find a Grave memorial # 123932872, Citing Gibson Family Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
























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