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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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday~Marriage of Joseph Thurman Hurst and Keturah Bounds, 1903


In the early 1890, several families migrated from Chesterfield County to Arkansas. Among these families were the Hurst, Lisenby, Gainey’s and others. Also in the group was Joseph Thurman Hurst, son of Phillip James Hurst and Mary Ann Gainey. 

A few years prior to this migration Joseph Thurman Hurst had married Amanda J. “Mandy” Davis. Mandy was a daughter of Thomas Franklin Davis and Rosa Caroline Massey. It is not known when Joseph and Mandy left Arkansas but by mid-1900’s they had migrated to Collins County, Texas. Mandy did not survive the trip and presumed to be buried somewhere between Cleveland County, Arkansas and Collins County, Texas.
 
The 1900 census shows Joseph Thurman all alone without his children; three known children born between 1886 and 1890; two sons and a daughter, of which one son died at birth. Further research finds son Thomas Oscar in the household of James M. Hurst in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory and Mary Eleanor with William J. A. Hurst, Collins County, Texas.

On 8 February 1903, Joseph Oscar Hurst married Keturah Melvina Bounds in Collins County, Texas. 1

Marriage-Bounds-Hurst

Keturah Bounds
The union between Joseph and Keturah produced four additional children; three sons and a daughter. 

i. Phillip Carroll Hurst, born 5 Apr 1904, Collin,Texas; married Mary Belle Gibbs; died 21 Feb 1978, Refugio, Texas.
ii. John E. Hurst, born 20 Aug 1905, Collin County, Texas; married Ruby [LNU], abt 1921; died 13 Apr 1954.
iii. Mary Etta Hurst, born 28 Aug 1909, ,Collin,Texas; married John Samford, 29 Nov 1928, Brown Co.,Texas; died 18 Aug 1997, Hondo, Medina, Texas.
iv. Joseph Lee Hurst was born on 15 Mar 1914 in Brown, Texas. He served in the military during World War II.  He died 6 July 1965 and is buried in Lovington, New Mexico.
 





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[1] “Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-20818-3578-89?cc=1803987 : accessed 30 March 2016), > image 1 of 1; county courthouses, Texas.






Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday~Pvt. Aaron Sellers


Aaron Sellers
b. 2 May 1830
d. 14 July 1906
bu. Dred Cemetery

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Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

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Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr


The parents of Aaron Sellers are not known. When James Pigg did his book “Some Descendants of Hardy Sellers, Sr.” no mention was made of an Aaron Sellers born in 1830 and married to Hannah Crawford. 1

Aaron and Hannah was married about 1855 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. They had the following children:

i. Elizabeth C. "Betty" Sellers, born 22 Nov 1856, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Benjamin E. Gainey; died 12 Oct 1925, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 2 3
ii. William D. Sellers was born about 1860 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 4 5
iii. Pamelia J. Sellers was born on 29 Jun 1862 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She died on 10 Nov 1941 at the age of 79. 6 7 8
iv. Joseph Mitchell Sellers, born 14 Aug 1865, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Permelia Stroud, abt 1893, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 27 Jul 1924, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. John W. Sellers was born in Jul 1872 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 9 10
vi. Michael Sellers was born in Sep 1876 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 11 12
There is one clue to the parents of Aaron Sellers. The 1850 census for Chesterfield County shows that his Mother was Abigail, born 1789 and that he had a brother names Josiah Sellers born about 1829. 13
 
1850-Chesterfield -Abigail Sellers
1850 Chestefield.
1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; Roll: M432_851; Image: 357, Page: 176A & B (stamped); Line 42, Dwelling 1192, Family 1192; Abigail SELLARS, female, age 61, born in SC; Josiah SELLARS, male, age 21, born in SC and Aaron SELLARS, male, age 19, born in SC.


If this is your lineage or if you have any information about Abigail, her maiden name or her husband I would like to hear from you.









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[1] Pigg James C., Some Descendants of Hardy Sellers of Chesterfield County, South Carolina (Tega Cay, SC 29708: James C. Pigg, 2001).
[2] 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 307B (stamped); Line 26, Dwelling 388, Family 388, Household of A.[Aaron] SELLERS.
[3] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 317D (stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 144, Family 144, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[4] 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 307B (stamped); Line 26, Dwelling 388, Family 388, Household of A.[Aaron] SELLERS.
[5] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 317D (stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 144, Family 144, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[6] 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 307B (stamped); Line 26, Dwelling 388, Family 388, Household of A.[Aaron] SELLERS.
[7] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 317D (stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 144, Family 144, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[8] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0021, Page: 22B/106 (stamped); Line 82, Dwelling 414, Family 421, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[9] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 317D (stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 144, Family 144, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[10] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0021, Page: 22B/106 (stamped); Line 82, Dwelling 414, Family 421, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[11] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 005, Page: 317D (stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 144, Family 144, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[12] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED 0021, Page: 22B/106 (stamped); Line 82, Dwelling 414, Family 421, Household of Aaron SELLERS.
[13] 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, Page: 176A & B (stamped); Line 42, Dwelling 1192, Family 1192, Household of Abigail SELLARS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 June 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.


















Sunday, March 27, 2016

Chesterfield County SC Estates~Estate Folder #208–Christopher Boan


This is a new series of posting, appearing every Sunday, on selected Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County. No known estates exist for the period before the Civil War. They were destroyed with the burning of the Courthouse. There are a few “Equity Records” in the State Archives. Do not overlook this valuable resources if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folders:
Folder #208
Christopher Boan1
This estate folder begins at image #1218 and ends with image #1246.(images 1218-1246) 

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19384-38763-64?cc=1911928

On 25 May 1866 Charles David (C. D.) Boan submitted a request to Mr. Hugh Craig  of the Chesterfield County probate office for Letters of Administration on the estate of his Father Christopher Boan.

CD Boan Request for Letters
Chester field S C May 26th 1866
Mr. scratch through hue Craig a few lines to you if you
I ask you for leters <sic> of Administration if you
Will grant it father and mother is both ded [dead]
And the rest of the family is in scratch Carbondale,  Ill
 [Illinois] Williamson co C D Boan the son of Christopher Boan
To Mr. xxxx x xxxx Mr. heu craig

Christopher Boan’s actual death date is not known; but, from this request by C. D. Boan we know that Christopher Boan died before 25 May 1866. 

Christopher Boan died intestate; without a Will. 

Approximately three months after this request was made, John L. P. Boan brother of Christopher Boan submitted a request for Letters.
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State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield District}
To Hugh Craig, Sen Esq. Ordinary
I do hereby make application for Letters of Administration of the goods and effects of Christopher Boan deceased, late of said district
Augt. 17th 1866                                                John L P Boan






On 3 September 1866, Charles David Boan, son of Christopher Boan, was granted Letters of Administration of his father’s estate.  

No obit, Tombstone or any other document has been found that shows the date that Christopher died. Most researchers say his wife was Mary Therrell; this also still remains to be proven. 







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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Christopher Boan; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 3 May 2015); Probate Folder #208.
[2] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19384-38763-64?cc=1911928 : accessed 3 May 2015), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0153-0227 > image 1218 of 1550; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.









Saturday, March 26, 2016

It’s Family Time~Alice Catherine Johns and Joel S. Toler


It's Family TimeSometime between 1850 and 1860 my 2nd Great Grandfather Shadrach Johns moved his family from Chesterfield County, South Carolina  to Russell County, Alabama.1  

While there in September 1869 their oldest daughter Alice Catherine ‘Katie’ Johns met and married a young man by the name of Joel S. Toler. The marriage license below indicates that they were married on 30 September 1869 in Bullock County, Alabama. 2

 Marriage Joel S. Toler

Joel S. Toler and Alice Catherine ‘Katie’ Johns had the following children:
 
i. Mary Toler, born 2 Jun 1871, Silver Run, Russell, Alabama; married Jack Jones, abt 1891; married Malcolm Barfield, aft 1900, Marlboro County, South Carolina; died 12 May 1955, McColl, Marlboro County, South Carolina.
ii. William Shadrac Toler, born 5 Apr 1874, Seal Station, Russell, Alabama; married Margaret Alice Linton, 27 Dec 1896, SC; died 19 Jun 1955, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
 
Nothing more is known about Katie and Joel until their two children are found with their Grandfather and Uncle Henry Joseph Johns in the 1880 census for Marlboro County. 3

Toler-1880-Marlboro Census



No additional records have been found for either Joel or Katie after their marriage and the birth of their two children. Nor have I found any record of Katie's Mother Mary Boan Johns, her sister Anna or brother Thomas Johns.
 
Katie Johns and her husband Joel S. Toler are my Great Grand Aunt and Uncle.

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[1]\1860 U. S. Census, Russell County, Alabama, population schedule, Seals Station, Russell County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) No ED, page 893, Line 7, dwelling 238, family 227, Household of Shadrick Johns; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_22.
[2] Bullock County, Alabama, Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950, , Marriage of Joel S. Toler & Alice Catherine Johns, 30 September 1869; image, Latter Day Saints, Family Search (http://www.FamilySearch.com : viewed, download 23 May 2014).
[3] 1880 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Marlboro County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #108, page 460A, Line 22, Dwelling # 43, Family #43, Household of Shade JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_1235.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Chesterfield County Military Veterans~Hezekiah ‘Hugh’ Brock


Hezekiah ‘Hugh’ Brock
b. 28 February 1827
d. 12 June 1865
bu. Pt. Lookout, Md.
 
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ERECTED BY
THE
UNITED STATES
TO MARK THE BURIAL PLACE
OF
CONFEDERATE
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
WHO DIED AT POINT LOOKOUT MD.
WHILE PRISONERS OF WAR AND WERE THERE
BURIED TO THE NUMBER OF 3384. BUT WHOSE
REMAINS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY REMOVED,
EITHER TO THEIR RESPECTIVE HOMES OR TO
THIS CEMETERY WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL GRAVES
CANNOT NOW BE IDENTIFIED.
 
Hezekiah ‘Hugh’ Brock was taken prisoner while his wife and children watched him being taken away from their farm home in Chesterfield, SC. Hugh & Sallie's oldest (Benjamin Franklin), my g-grandfather had just turned 14 and the youngest (Pleasant Elmore wasn't quite 12 months old. Hugh never saw his family again. After being taken prisoner he was transferred to the Confederate Prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. On 12 June 1865, exactly 3 months to the day of his imprisonment Hugh passed away at Point Lookout. Cause of death was listed as inflammation of the lungs which probably translates to pneumonia.

There is a Descendants of Point Lookout, POW Organization, for anyone who may be interested. Many soldiers from Chesterfield were incarcerated at this prison including many of my Sellers relatives. In the late 1990’s before moving back to North Carolina I belonged to this organization and submitted paperwork and documents to have Hezekiah Brock named added to the Confederate Memorial. The Park Director, Pearl Buck, failed to make good on her commitment to me and the PLPOW organization and never added Hezekiah name to a plague on this memorial. I checked when I was there in May 2004. 1
However, as posted on Hezekiah’s FindAGrave Memorial (# 25572002) they did create a list and add his name (“Name is not listed on monument but appears on a list from Baltimore National Cemetery updated May 25, 2006 located at the monument. - FAG#25572002) 2

Hezekiah Brock died at Point Lookout on 12 June 1865. The War that resulted in the loss of his life ended 63 days earlier on 9 April 1865. 3 4

H. Brock Death Date      
Date of Death    

HBrock Death log
(Click to enlarge images)

Hezekiah “Hugh” Brock is my 2nd Great Grandfather.







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[1] Descendants of Point Lookout, POW Organization - http://www.plpow.com/
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 4 November 2008); Memorial page for Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock; (1827–12 June 1865); Find a Grave memorial # 25572002, Citing Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery; Scotland, St. Mary's County, Maryland, USA.
[3] 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 38.
[4] United States, Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North,1861-1865," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-36735-23991-33?cc=2250054 : accessed 5 April 2015), 007499076 > image 549 of 679; citing NARA microfilm publication M918 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).













Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thankful Thursday~State Archives of North Carolina


Recently I have requested several documents by mail from the State Archives of North Carolina. It has been a pleasure to interface with this department. They are prompt in filling your request and very responsive to any following-up correspondence. 

Both resident and non-residents of the state can order documents through this website:

http://archives.ncdcr.gov/Public/Services/Mail

Terms and condition for both residents and non-residents can be found on the above NC State Archives portal.

If you are unable to visit the NC State Archives or live out of state I highly recommend you try this service.

To Ms. Colleen Griffiths I want leave a Special Thank You for your response to my follow-up inquiries and the promptness and quality of documents I have received. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday~Pvt. Elijah Sellers


Elijah Sellers
b. 1834
d. 28 May 1864
bu. McNair Family Cemetery

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Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
Elijah Sellers, son of Elijah Sellers and Sarah Purvis, married Harriett E. McNair sometime before June 1860. Harriett was the daughter of Neil McNair and Mary A. Crawford.

Elijah enlisted on 26 December 1861 to serve in the Civil War with Company A, 4th SC Calvary. He was killed in action (KIA) on 28 May 1864 at the Battle of Haw's Shop, Virginia.1 2 3
Elijah left behind his wife, Harriett and a daughter Sarah E. Sellers, b. 24 February 1861. This was their only child. She died 8 October 1862. Harriett, never remarried and died at age 89 on 6 January 1823.4 5

They both are buried in the McNair Family Cemetery, Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.6 7


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1. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 11 August 2013), entry for Elijah Sellers, Private; 4th SC Cavalry; Confederate [http://www.fold3.com/image/20/66896068/].
2. National Park Service, "Soldiers" database, Civil War Soldiers & Sailor System (http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm : accessed 13 August 2013), entry for Elijah Sellers, Private; 4 South Carolina Cavalry; Confederate.
3. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for Elijah Sellers, Private; 4th SCV Cavalry; Confederate.
4. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 August 2013); Memorial page for Sarah E. Sellers; (24 February 1861–8 October 1862); Find a Grave memorial # 44702697, Citing McNair Family Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
5. Harriett E Sellers, death certificate 000576 (6 January 1923), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 August 2013); Memorial page for Elijah Sellers; (1834- May 28, 1864); Find a Grave memorial # 44702755, Citing McNair Family Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Harriett E. McNair Sellers (8 August 1833–6 January 1928), Memorial # 44702715.






Monday, March 21, 2016

Amanuensis Monday~Will of Elizabeth Mariam ‘Mary Ann’ Huneycutt, 1885


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 Mecklenburg County Will of Elizabeth Mariam ‘Mary Ann’ Huneycutt, 1885 1

Elizabeth M. Huneycutt Will, pg 137Elizabeth M. Huneycutt Will, pg 138Elizabeth M. Huneycutt Will, pg 139Elizabeth M. Huneycutt Will, pg 140[3]
Transcription:

Mecklenburg County |-- In the Probate Court
In the Matter of the Will}
of Elizabeth M. Honeycutt} Before J. R. Ervin, C.S.C.

James F. Moody being sworn doth say: That Elizabeth M. Honeycutt late of said County is dead having first made and published his<sic> last Will and Testament and that James F. Moody is the Executor named therein. Further, that the property of said Elizabeth M. Honeycutt consisting of  Real and Personal property is worth about $1000- so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application and that Sarah Elizabeth Rigler Minnie Louiza Rigler Charles Edward Rigler Susan Frances Sarah Aldi Tobetha Leonora Honeycutt are the parties Entitled under said will to the said property.
Sworn to and Subscribed}                         Jas. F. Moody
before me this 16th day}
of Dec. 1885}
                J. R.Ervin
                      C.S.C
Page 138
WILL
North Carolina}
Mecklenburg County}
I, Elizabeth M. Hunneycutt of the aforesaid County and state being of sound mind and considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament.
First. My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all funeral expenses together with all my just debts out of the first moneys which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
Second. I give and devise to my beloved grandchildren (the children of my deceased daughter Mary A. C. Rigler) viz Sarah Elizabeth Rigler, Minnie Louiza Rigler and Charles Edward Rigler the house and lot jrouting (?) 45 feet an “C” Street adjoining the lot of John Schenck and running back to the line of James F. Moody and should either of my aforesaid grand-children die without bodily heirs or before the age of twenty one years then its or their intent shall revert to the surviving ones or their bodily heirs but should the aforesaid grandchildren all die without bodily heirs then this property shall revert and belong equally to my children and their lawful heirs.
Third. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughters Sarah Frances Giribaldi and Tobitha Lenora Hunneycutt the house and lot on which I reside the corner of First and “C” Street and running with “C” Street to the lot bequeathed to the Rigler grandchildren aforesaid thence with their line to Jas. F. Moody line thence to First Street and with it to the beginning but should either of my aforesaid daughters marry then she shall only inherit one sixth part of this lot and should Tobitha Lenora die without bodies heirs her interest shall revert to my remaining now living five children and their lawful heirs and should my daughters Susan
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Frances Garibaldi die before marriage her living children shall only inherit one sixth part of this lot.
Fourth. I will and bequeath  to my beloved daughter Tobitha Lenora Honeycutt all of my household and kitchen furniture and personal property left after paying my just and honest debts.
Fifth. I hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend James F. Moody my lawful Executor to all intent and purposes to Execute this my Last Will and testament and  every part and clause thereof herby <sic>revoking and declaring utterly void all other Wills and testaments by me heretofore made, In witnefs I the said Elizabeth M. Hunneycutt do hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of May 1885.
Witness                          Elizabeth M. X her mark Hunneycutt {seal}
D. G. Maxwell
J. S. Robinson

State of North Carolina}
Mecklenburg County}  In the probate Court
A paper purporting to be the Last Will and testament of Elizabeth M. Honeycuut deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned C.S.C. for said county by James F. Moody the Executor therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said Elizabeth M. Honeycutt by the oath and examination of D. G. Maxwell and J. S. Robinson the subscribing witnefs thereto who being duly sworn doth depose and say and each for himself deposeth and saith that he is subscribing witnefs to the paper writing now shown him and purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth M. Honeycutt  that the said Elizabeth M. Honeycutt in the presence of the this deponent subscribed her name with a mark at the end of said paper – writing   which is now shown as aforesaid and which beards date of the 7 day of May 1885. And the deponent further saith That the said Elizabeth M. Honeycutt the testatrix aforesaid did at the time of subscribing her name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by her and Exhibited to be her Last Will and
Page 140
Testament and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said Will as an attesting witnefs thereto and at the request and in the presence of the said Testatrix. And this deponent further saith that at the said time when the said Testatrix subscribed her name to the said Last Will as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting Witnefs thereto as aforesaid the said Elizabeth M. Hunneycutt was sound of mine and memory of full age to execute a Will and was not under any restraint to the knowledge information or belief of this deponent. And Further these deponents say not.
Severely Sworn and Subscribed}                         D. G. Maxwell {seal}
this the 1st day of Dec 1885}                             J. S. Robinson {seal}
before me. J. R. Ervin}
                C.S.C.}
 

State of North Carolina}
Mecklenburg County} 
                                It is considered and adjudged by the Court that said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and Testament of Elizabeth M. Honeycutt deceased. Therefore let said last will together with the proofs and this order be recorded.                                J. R. Ervin
Decb 16th, 1885                                 Clk Supr Court


Elizabeth Mariam Huneycutt was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Huneycutt and his wife Mary Ann Crayton. Elizabeth Miriam married Tobias A. Huneycutt on 7 November 1852 in Stanly County, North Carolina. Tobias A. was a son of  Marcus ‘Mark’ I. Huneycutt and Charity Dry.
Note: Do not mix this Tobias Huneycutt up with the Tobias Huneycutt that married Esther Clementine Weant on 15 march 1848.in Rowan County. That Tobias Huneycutt died in the Civil War.
 
Tobias A. Huneycutt is my second Great Grand Uncle thus his wife is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt. She is also my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.






 
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[1] "North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-20061-45138-38?cc=1867501 : accessed 29 February 2016), Mecklenburg > Wills, 1884-1891, Vol. L > image 86 of 322; county courthouses, North Carolina. Located in Mecklenburg County, NC Will Book 'L', pages 137-140 (Note: Will on-line at FamilySearch is so illegible that I had to order a copy from NC State Archives which I used to make this transcription.)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Chesterfield County SC Estates~Estate Folder #1396–William Freeman

This is a new series of posting, appearing every Sunday, on selected Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County. No known estates exist for the period before the Civil War. They were destroyed with the burning of the Courthouse. There are a few “Equity Records” in the State Archives. Do not overlook this valuable resources if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folders:
Folder #1396
William Freeman 1


This estate folder begins at image #1435 and ends with image #1473.(images 1435-1473) 
 https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19383-21025-13?cc=1911928

William Freeman estate folder contains his Last Will and Testament and many other documents mostly related to medical care in his waning days. His son, Thomas B. Freeman was granted Letters of Testimony on 20 January 1923.  

William was born 9 Aug 1836 a son of Jesse Freeman and Sarah Jane Davis. He married Sarah Ann Davis, daughter of Michael and Hulda Davis about 1860.2 Their first born, a daughter named Barzilla was born 18 July 1864. All their children with one exception are named in the above Will; 2 daughters, Barzilla and Hulda Jane and five sons. Not named is a son, Mical J. Freeman born  30 Sept 1866, died 14 July 1889, age 22. 

William Freeman died 27 July 1922. He is buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.3
Image #1449- Last Will and Testament of William Freeman4

William Freeman Will
Will Transcription:

I William Freeman of Chesterfield County State of South Carolina being of Sound mind memory and understanding do make my last will and testament in manner and form following
I give devise bequeath to Barzell Davis William John Freeman James Henry Freeman Thomas B. Freeman E. Randolph Freeman Edgar Clarence Freeman all my property personal, real or otherwise the Same shall at my death be sold and divided equal between the above mentioned Children all except the Sum of five $5.00 dollars which I give and bequeath to Hulda Jane Bittle out of the proceeds of the sales of my property.
In witness whereof <sic> I William Freeman the testator to this my last will and testament Set my hand my Seal this 21st day of August A,D, 1916. William X his mark Freeman
Signed Sealed and declared by the above named William Freeman as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses at his request as witness <sic> there to in presence of the Said testator and of each other. 
 Witnesses
D. F. Brock
                                                                         Chesterfield, SC
A. P. Rivers
Chesterfield, SC
Fred Miller
Chesterfield, SC







 
 
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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, William Freeman; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 2 June 2014); Estate Folder #1396.
[2] 1900 Census, married 40 years; 9 children, 7 living; 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #21, Page: 102B, Line 51, Dwelling 329, Family 335, Household of William M. FREEMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
[3] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 July 2012); Memorial page for William Freeman; (9 August 1836–27 July 1922); Find a Grave memorial # 10852213, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[4] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, William Freeman; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 2 June 2014); Estate Folder #1396, Image 1449.















Saturday, March 19, 2016

It’s Family Time~My 5th Great Grandfather, Hardy Sellers, Sr.


It's Family Time
Hardy Sellers, Sr. was born 2 March 1757 in Johnston County, North Carolina. His parents are unknown even though many have searched for them.1
 
Hardy served in the Revolutionary War but never received a pension due to a lack of documentation.  It is from his Revolutionary War records that we know his exact birthday.


SELLERS, HARDY………….R9377b. 2 March 1757,Johnson County, NC. He enlisted while residing in Chesterfield District, during 1776 or 1777 under Capt. McMainer. In 1782, he was under Capt. Griffy and Col.McIntosh. Thereafter, he was under Capt. Griffy and Gen. Marion. He was also under Lt. Charles Jackson and Gen. Marion. A. A. 6865; V82.2
 
Hardy Sellers Birth Date 




Q1: Where and in what year were you born? 3Ans: In Johnson County, NC, March 2, 1757
Q2: Have you any record of your age and if so, where is it?
Ans: No written record by my parents has told me I was born March 2, 1757
Q3: Where were you living when called into service and where have you lived ever since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
Ans: I lived in South Carolina, Chesterfield District near the North Carolina line and has continued to live there ever since.


Hardy Sellers, Sr. was twice married. With his first wife he would have 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters; by his second wife he would become the father of two additional children, a son and a daughter. 

His first wife, unknown for many years, was Mary Cook, daughter of Abram Cook and his wife Phoebe (Feebe)  Mastin/Maston. Hardy and Mary were married about 1771 most likely in Chesterfield District, South Carolina. This date is based on the birth of John Sellers on 19 June 1772 believed to be their first born child.
 
Hardy Sellers and Mary Cook had the following children:
i. John Sellers, born 19 Jun 1772, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Henrietta Norwood, abt 1803; died 22 Jan 1844, Carroll County, Tennessee.
ii. Philip Sellers Sr., born 1774, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary , bef 1790; died abt 1834, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. Abraham Sellers, born abt 1782, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Sarah Norwood; died aft 1870.
iv. Phoebe Sellers, born abt 1787, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Jeremiah Gulledge, aft 1820; died bef 1838, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Mary R. Sellers, born abt 1789, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Thomas Gaddy, abt 1813; married William M. Berkley, abt 1859; died 12 Oct 1879.
vi. Richard Sellers, born 1792, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Rebecca , 1814; died Sep 1860, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
vii. Jane Sellers, born abt 1795, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Iverson H. Briley; died bef Aug 1834.
Hardy Sellers and Levinia Gulledge were married about 1827. Marriage date is based on the birth of their first born, Hardy Huntly Sellers, on 11 June 1829. See Item 8, Hardy Sellers Will
 
Hardy Sellers and Levinia Gulledge had the following children:
 
i. Hardy Huntley Sellers, born 11 Jun 1829, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Eliza Sinclair, 20 Jan 1849, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 12 Jan 1857, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Zilpha Ann Sellers, born 9 Dec 1830, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Dixon P. Gordan, 25 Jun 1845, Anson County, North Carolina; married William Jeptha Gaddy, abt 1855; died 2 Mar 1913, Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Item 8, Hardy Sellers Will 4
8. It is my will that my executors sell my two tracts of land one on Cruises ? Branch and one on Black Creek and such other of my property as are not disposed of such as stock, crops, household and kitchen furniture and c to the amount of the legacies given and to be sold at their discretion in all legacies debts and expenses being provided for by my executors then the balance of my estate not disposed of I give and dispose of in the following manner. It is my will that the tract of land on which I live be divided in the following manner, that is to say, be equally divided between my beloved wife Lavina my son Hardy Huntley Sellers and my daughter Zilpha Ann Sellers, my wife to have that part whereon the dwelling house and other out-houses now stands and one-third of the balance of my estate not given away I loan to my wife Lavina during her natural lifetime or widowhood except the land before mentioned to be for her use and benefit until my son Hardy H. do arrive to the age of twenty years (should she remain my widow so long) at which time my son is to take possession of the said land and at the marriage or death of my said wife the whole of my estate not before given to my first set of children and grandchildren to be equally divided between my son Hardy H. and daughter Zilpha A. Sellers, my son as before stated to have that part whereon the dwellings now stands. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my father-in-law Elder Joel Gulledge and my friends John Evans and Turner Bryan executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four and
in the 59th year of American Independence.
Signed Sealed Published }
and declared in the presence }
of the testator and in the presence } Hardy Sellers Sr.(LS) of us who have subscribed }
our names as witnesses hereto }
Neill Smith
William (his mark) Hancock
Andrew J. Hancock
(Recorded in Book #8 pages 28, 29, 30; January 26th 1835)
(then qualified John Evans Executor to this Will, T. Bryan, Ordy).

Hardy died on 12 Jan 1835 at the age of 77 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.5-6

DEATHS: At his residence, near Chesterfield Court House (S.C.) on or about the 12th inst. HARDY SELLERS, Sen. a native of Chesterfield District.___
[Charleston Courier, Friday, January 30, 1835, Charleston, South Carolina Paper]

DIED: At his residence, near Chesterfield Court House (S.C.) on or about the 12th inst. HARDY SELLERS, Sen. a Native of Chesterfield district.
[Southern Patriot, Wednesday, January 28, 1835, Charleston, South Carolina]
Hardy Sellers Death 


















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[1] Southern Campaigns of the America Revolution (http://www.southerncampaign.org/ : viewed and downloaded 22 April 2012), Pension application R9377, Hardy Sellers.https://www.fold3.com/image/1/16197011
[2] Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution. Volume II, K-Z; By Bobby Gilmer Moss, page 854
[3] Ancestry, "Revolutionary War Pension" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 3 June 2014), entry for HARDY SELLERS, Private; http://www.fold3.com/image/1/16197032/; America.
[4] James C. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865 &: Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869 (Tega Cay, South Carolina: self-Published, 1995), pages 107 & 108.
[5] HARDY SELLERS obituary, The Southern Patriot, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 28 January 1835, page 2, Column 5.
[6] HARDY SELLERS obituary, The Charleston Courier, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 30 January 1835, Page 2, Column 3.













Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chesterfield County SC Estates~Estate Folder #201-Thompson B. Powell

This is a new series of posting, appearing every Sunday, on selected Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County. No known estates exist for the period before the Civil War. They were destroyed with the burning of the Courthouse. There are a few “Equity Records” in the State Archives. Do not overlook this valuable resources if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folders:

Folder #201
Thompson B. Powell 1
This estate folder begins at image #1085 and ends with image #1110.(images 1085-1110) 


https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19384-39383-52?cc=1911928

Thompson B. Powell was an early and successful planter in Chesterfield County. He was born in 1802 and his parents are unknown. 

He married about 1834 Mary ‘Polly’ Boatwright daughter of Lewis Boatwright and Sarah Lundy also a well known family within the country.   

Thompson and Sarah had 4 children; 3 daughters and a son.
  • Mary E. Powell, married William Monroe Hurst
  • Richard Thompson Powell, married M. W. T.
  • Ann Rebecca Powell,  married Ferguson Hale Smith
  • Ellen E. Powell, never married
Thompson died about 1866. I have not found an exact date for his death but there are clues within his probate folder (Folder #201) and Chesterfield County Land Deeds.

Probate Folder #201.
Richard Thompson Powell submitted an application for Letters of administration on his Dad’s estate on 11 June 1866. (Image #1090). Letters were granted and the Administration Bond was signed on 25 June 1866. (Image 1108 & 1109)

TBPowell-Letters
Image 1109














TBPowell Admin Bond
Image 1108


Appointed appraiser’s for the estate were S. D. Timmons, Michael Davis (my 3rd Great Grandfather) and G. R. Boatwright.

Documents within the estate folder though they don't contain a death date clearly shows that Thompson B. Powell died sometime time in early 1866.  Image 1109 above dated 11 June 1866 is the earliest dated document within the estate folder thus supporting the fact that Thompson B. Powell passed away sometime before 11 June 1866. 



Chesterfield County, SC, Deed Book 4, Page 321; Contain a land deed between W. M. Hurst & Wife to Samuel Powell, William M. Hurst and wife Ellen are selling off 57 acres of land allocated to them [William M. Hurst and his wife Mary E. [Powell] Hurst] in the division of the estate of the late Thompson B. Powell, 7 April 1873. Thompson B. Powell was granted 257 acres on Abrams Creek, 12 Oct 1857, Book 89, page 299.2









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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-1-19384-39383-52?cc=1911928 : accessed 12 March 2016), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0153-0227 > image 1085 of 1550; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
[2] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 4: page 321, W. M. Hurst & Wife to Samuel Powell,; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

It’s Family Time~ The Benjamin Franklin Brock Jr. Family


It's Family Time
Benjamin Franklin Brock Jr. was born on 29 Jan 1894 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 1 He is enumerated with his parents in both the 1900 and 1910 census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 2

Benjamin Franklin, Jr. and Cora Jemima Brock were married on 31 October 1915, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina by M. J. Hough. Cora was born 11 September 1895, a daughter of William Thomas Brock and Margaret Ellen Newby. 4

Benjamin Franklin Brock, Jr. and Cora Jemima Brock had the following children:

i. Daniel William Brock Sr., born 4 Aug 1918; died 2 Aug 1989, Fort Mill, York, South Carolina.
ii. Roy Lee Brock, born 17 Sep 1920, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 27 Sep 1991, Rock Hill, York, South Carolina.
 
Benjamin Franklin Brock, Jr. died 30 November 1964 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. His wife, Cora, died 15 October 1976 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They are both buried in Grandview Memorial Park. 5 6

 
Benjamin Franklin Brock, Jr. is my Grand Uncle.
 
 
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[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 21, Page 95B; Line 89, Dwelling 204, Family 209, Household of Benjamin F. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 16 June 2013 ); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
[2] 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0037, Page 143B; Line 71, Dwelling 305, Family 305, Household of Benn F. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 16 June 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1455.
[3] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 February 2013), Ben F. Brock, Chesterfield County, South Carolina ; 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.
[4] MARRIAGE: Married 31 October 1915 by M. J. Hough, J. P., as recorded in Marriage Records at Chesterfield County Courthouse. Benjamin Franklin Brock, age 21, Chesterfield Co., SC to Cora Brock, age 19, Chesterfield Co., SC.
[5] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 January 2011); Memorial page for Benjamin Franklin "Bennie" Brock; (29 January 1894–30 March 1964); Find a Grave memorial # 58529487, Citing Grandview Memorial Park; Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, USA.
[6] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 January 2011); Memorial page for Cora B. Brock; (1895–1976); Find a Grave memorial # 58529493, Citing Grandview Memorial Park; Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, USA.
 














Friday, March 11, 2016

Anson County Military Veteran~James Deese


Purpleheart2

James Deese, born 5 March 1920, was the oldest and first born son of John Lucian Deese and Lela Aileen Purvis. 1

The attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 resulted in the United States declaring War on Japan and entering the war on both fronts – the Pacific and European theaters.
On 1 October 1943, James Deese, age 23 1/2 joined the US Army and trained at Camp Wheeler, before shipping out in March 1944 to the European Theater. During the Normandy Campaign he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. 2 3

James Deese












James Deese is one of 39 men from Anson County who sacrificed everything  to support and defend the United States. James was Killed in Action (KIA), in France, on 27 August 1944. His body was returned home and he was buried in the Morven cemetery. 4

Anson County Honor Roll Entry 5

ANSON COUNTY HONOR ROLL - Copy


James Deese is my 1st cousin once removed. 


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[1] Complied by A. Haynes Dunlap & Steve Bailey, Cemeteries of Anson County, Volume II; Anson County Historical Society, 2000, page 87. Tombstone of James DEESE; 5 March 1920–27 August 1944, Morven Cemetery, Anson County, North Carolina.
[2] http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ww2/army-casualties/north-carolina.html
[3] Obituary for Pvt. James Deese
[4] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 June 2012); Memorial page for Pvt James Deese; (Mar. 5, 1920-Aug. 27, 1944, France); Find a Grave memorial # 77406796, Citing Morven Cemetery; Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, USA.
[5] https://nara-media-001.s3.amazonaws.com/arcmedia/media/images/29/15/29-1429a.gif
[6] Purple Heart courtesy of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Purpleheart.jpg

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday~Real Estate Sale


The year 1885 was not a good year for my 2nd Great Grandparents. At the end of the year in December 1884, William and Sarah entered into a Trust Deed with Thompson and Moore for one hundred fifty one dollars and 78 cents. ($151.78) 

The trust deed reads ”William A. Purvis and wife Sarah J. Purvis, have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell, assigned and conveyed to the said Thompson and Moore partners, their heirs and assigns the following property, to wit: one tract or parcel of land situate in the county of Anson, state of North Carolina adjoining the lands of W. J. McLendon on the North and bounded as follows, that is to say: beginning at J. D. Rhine on the east, and W. J. Purvis on the south and west, containing fifty (50) acres more or less…” 

The Note was payable on the 1st day of November 185 and failure to pay would result in sell of the land at public action. William and Sarah were unable to re-pay the mortgage thus the land was sold at public auction. 

Land Sale-Wm. & Sarah for Taxes, Nov 1885

SALE of REAL ESTATE
By virtue of power contained in a Deed of Trust executed by W. A. Purvis and Sarah J. Purvis on the 23rd day of December 1884 to N. J. Thompson and C. C. Moore, partners under the style of Thompson & Moore, and registered in trust book no. 18, page 202 of the registers office of Anson County, Dec. 27th, 1884, and by consent and request of said W. A. Purvis and Sarah J. Purvis, we will sell for cash to the highest bidder at the Court House door in the town of Wadesboro, on Monday the 7th day of December 1885, the land described in said Deed of Trust, containing 50 acres more or less, adjoining the lands of W. J. McLendon and others. Sale of above lands made to satisfy a note secured by mortgage on said reality.             N. J. THOMPSON
                                                                      C. C. MOORE.
                                                                      Partners and Mortgagees
 
Nov 25 1885, lt.
 
At one time William A. and his only child, William James had over 120 acres of land adjoining each other just southwest of McFarland, NC on the west side of Zoar Road. (S-13-23)
 
As stated previously William and Sarah Jane are my 2nd Great Grandparents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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[The Anson Times, 3 Dec 1885, Thu, Page 3]
RAOGK Contributor Debra Cooper, 17 December 2014
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