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Welcome

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.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #158 – A. G. Douglass


Each week, on Sunday, I will select an Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County and discuss its contents. 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 resource if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folder:
Estate Folder #158
Images 114 thru 141

A. G. Douglass 1

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-NQ9C-CT?cc=1911928&wc=MPPR-VZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190708501

Arch G. Douglass moved from Harnett County to Chesterfield County sometime in the early 1870's. By early 1880 he had been here long enough to get acquainted with Anna Jane Odom, daughter of  John Dwight Odom and Sarah Jane Freeman, marry her and beget a son, Walter Archie Douglass, age 9.

1880-Arch Douglass

Sadly, this family would  be devastated with the death of Arch G. Douglass, age 38, on 6 May 1889.

At the wish of the family D. M. Barentine submitted the following request to the Courts. 
 
Image139-A. G. Douglass
Transcription:
State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}
To Hon. H. D. Tiller Judge of Probate for Chesterfield County.
The petition of the undersigned respectively represents to the Court.
1st. That A. G. Douglass late of Chesterfield County died intestate on the 6th day of May 1889 leaving a personal estate amounting to about Five hundred dollars.
2nd. That letters of Administration has not issued to any one, and that the heirs of Said Estate have mutually agreed for letters of Administration to be granted to the undersigned, wherefore your Petitioner prays that letters of Administration be granted unto him in order that the said Estate may be managed and Settled up according to law and your petitioner will ever pray &c.
                                                                           D. M. Barentine

Letters of Administration were issued to D. M. Barentine on 22 May 1889 (Image 135).

Inventory of the Estate was carried out by J. F. Hunley who certified on 22 May 1889 that a correct appraisement had been made. Contained within the probate folder is a list of all buyers present at the estate sale.

Final distribution of the proceeds from the Estate sale went to two individuals, the widow, Anna Jane Odom Douglass and their only child, Walter Archie Douglass.

AG Douglass Distribution

On  18 December 1894, Probate was closed on the Estate of Arch. G. Douglass. That same year, 1894, Anna Jane Odom Douglass remarried to a young man by the name of Sidney Douglass.

Anna Jane Odom Douglass died 17 February 1928 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.











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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-NQ9C-CT?cc=1911928&wc=MPPR-VZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190708501 : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0153-0227 > image 114 of 1550; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.



















Saturday, December 30, 2017

Its Family Time~Maria Margaretha (Derr) Detweilder

Its-Family-Time2Maria Margaretha Derr, b. 1734 was the daughter of Johan Martin Derr and his wife Maria Gertraut Eckard.
On 11 December 1753 Maria Margaretha Derr and Jacob Detweiler were United in matrimony at the home of her parents, Martin Derr. 1

JACOB DETTWEILER

Transcription:
Jacob Dettweiler, single, up to this time unprofessing, but intends to have himself baptized, age 36 years, son of Jacob Dettweiler and Frene, both Mennonites from New Goshenhoppen, m. in Martin Der’s house 11 Dec.1753, Maria Margaretha Der, Lutheran, single, daughter of Martin Der. Children:
1.      Anna Margaretha, b. 20 Jan. 1755, bp. 30 Mar.1755
Sp. Henrich Kepler (Keppel) and wife Greta Elisabetha.

Jacob Detweiler and Maria Margaretha Derr had the following children:
i. Anna Margaretha Detweiler, born 20 Jan 1755, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; married Benjamin Sell, 30 Jul 1774, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; died Jan 1788, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
ii. Johann Jacob Detweiler Jr. was born on 5 Sep 1756 in Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania,. He died 25 Feb., 1758, buried in the burial place of his grandfather Martin Deer.
iii. Jacob Detweiler, born 6 Apr 1759, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; married Catharine Brey; died Feb 1786, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
iv. Elisabeth Barbara Detweiler, born 5 Jan 1763, Upper Hanover, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; married Nicholas Steyer; died 5 Mar 1826, Red Hill, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
v. John Detweiler, born 24 Nov 1766, Upper Hanover, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; married Magdalena Gucker, 1789; died 5 May 1816, Red Hill, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.


Jacob Detweiler, husband, father and grandfather, died on 28 Jan 1789. Orphan Court records, at the time of his death, show that only two of his five children and his wife survived him and are listed as heirs a-at-law. 2
Jacob Detweiler Estate

Transcription:
“appurtenances situate the Township aforesaid leaving Margaret the widow and two children to wit John the Petitioner and Barbara now the wife of Nicholas Styer and praying the Court to award an Inquest to make Partition of Valuation of the tract or Parcel of “
Maria Margaretha Derr Detweiler, the widow of Jacob Detweiler, passed away on 5 May 1816 in Red Hill, Upper Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

Maria Margaretha Derr Detweiler is my 5th Great Grand Aunt.




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[1] Annette Kunsekman Burgert, Grossgartach, Wuerttemberg, to Pennsylvania:: Some Early Colonial German Immigrants (Myerstown, PA 17067: AKB Publications, 1999), page 17.
[2] "Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L99B-LTD1?cc=1999196&wc=9PMD-4W5%3A268497301%2C269283901 : 3 July 2014), Montgomery > Orphans' Court dockets 1784-1812 vol 1-2 > image 127 of 513; county courthouses, Pennsylvania.

















Thursday, December 28, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Marriage License, Caudle-Rivers

On  5 May 1907 James E. Caudle, age 29, son of Jacob and Nancy Caudle and Miss Mattie Rivers, age 19, daughter of I. B and Effie Rivers were united in matrimony in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Marriage-James Caudle & Mattie Rivers
I have no idea why this certificate shows that Mattie Rivers father was J. P. Rivers deceased. Her father was/is Isaac Berkley Rivers and mother is Effie Wadsworth. Isaac Berkley Rivers passed away on 27 March 1913 and Effie Wadsworth Rivers passed away in December 1935. Tragically, Mattie passed away on 14 April 1934 the year prior to her Mother’s death.

Marriage Licensee

Martha ‘Mattie’ Reily Rivers Caudle is my 3rd Cousin twice removed.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday-Mattie Reily Rivers Caudle

Mattie Reily Rivers Caudle
b. Jul. 10, 1885
d. Apr. 14, 1934
bu.  West Concord Cemetery


Mattie Reily Rivers, daughter of Isaac Berkley Rivers and Effie Wadsworth was born 10 July 1885 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She was the 2nd born of nine children with 4 sisters and 4 brothers as siblings.

On 5 May 1907, Mattie Rivers married James E. Caudle in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 
To this union was born three known children:
  • Otis James Caudle
  • Essie Marie Caudle
  • Thomas Caudle
On 3 December 1923, James E. Caudle, husband of Mattie Rivers, died suddenly leaving her a widow with three small children.

Then in April 1934, Mattie passed away and the rather young age of 48.  The cause of death was listed as myocarditis.

James and Mattie are both buried in West Concord Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.








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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 June 2012); Memorial page for Mattie Reily Rivers Caudle; (10 July 1885–14 April 1934); Find a Grave memorial # 80337332, Citing West Concord Cemetery; Concord. Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day, 2017


Wishing ALL a Joyful Christmas Day
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and a
Prosperous and Happy New Year

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas


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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

and

a Happy, Prosperous New Year

Friday, December 22, 2017

Placing the Many Lucy/Lucy Ann Purvis’ in the Proper Family

The James, Joseph and Gilbert Purvis families of Chesterfield South Carolina had an affinity for the name Lucy and Lucy Ann making placements in the proper families tedious.

I have five known Lucy/Lucy Ann Purvis in my data base born between 1831 and 1881. There may be others I am not aware of but after 40 years of research it’s possible I have them all listed. The five are:

1. Lucy Ann Purvis, b. 29 Mar 1831, Rankin Co., MS; daughter of John P. Purvis and Mary Parks. Lucy Ann married William H. Franklin, March 29, 1849 in Rankin County, Mississippi.
2. Lucy Ann Purvis, b. abt 1835, Rankin Co., MS; daughter of Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Cook. Lucy Ann had two children Martha Ann and Leonidas Odom so it is assumed she married an Unnamed ODUM. The two children, Twins, were born 2 Jan 1858. No marriage listing has been found for a marriage between a Lucy Ann Purvis and a Male Odum. These children may have been from a NPE liaison.
3. Lucy Purvis, b. abt 1859, Rankin Co., MS; daughter of George Washington Purvis and Mary Ann Patrick.
4. Lucy A. Purvis, b. March 1870, Smith Co., MS; daughter of James Henry Purvis and Nancy Miley.
5. Lucy Ann Purvis, b. 30 January 1881, Rankin Co., MS; daughter of James Monroe Purvis and Amanda Elizabeth Martin. Died in 1959.

The only marriage found on line is the Marriage of Lucy Ann Purvis and William Franklin.
Family Bible Pages printed in the Franklin Family Researchers United (FFRU) Newsletter, Charter Issue, 2nd Edition, {note on Page 51, FFRU shows W. N. Franklin & L. A. Purvis married Mar 28, 1849; On Page 53 FFRU shows W. N. Frankin and L. A. Purvis married March 28th, 1848; this entry taken from Pages remaining of an Old Bible}. Ancestry. com marriage database shows Lucy Pervis & Wm. Franklin married 19 March 1849 in Rankin County, Mississippi.
Name: Wm Franklin
Spouse: Lucy Pervis
Marriage Date: 19 Mar 1849
County: Rankin
Source Information:
Hunting For Bears, comp.. Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: Mississippi marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.
Marriage: Franklin Family Researchers United Newsletter, Charter Issue, October 1991, page 55 (2nd edition) William H. Franklin married Lucy Ann Purvis 28 March 1849; Record Book 2, Page 458; Surety: Thomas W. Franklin

For the past months much research has been concentrated on Lucy Ann Purvis, daughter of Joseph Purvis and his wife Elizabeth Cook. We know from census records that she moved from Simpson County, Mississippi to Trinity County, Texas between 1850 and 1860.

In 1850 and 1860 Lucy was enumerated in the household of John Oldham [Odum] who was married to her sister Nancy Purvis.

1850 CENSUS: Simpson County, Mississippi; Roll: M432_381; Page: 289A; Image: 78; Line 24, Dwelling 30, Family 30; John OLDHAM, male, age 23, born in MS; Nancy [PURVIS] OLDHAM, Female, age 25, born in MS; Isaac OLDHAM, Male, age 6, born in MS; Mary A. OLDHAM, Female, age 1, born in MS and Lucy PERVIS, female, age 18 [Sister, of Nancy Purvis Odom], born in MS.


1860 CENSUS: Western District, Trinity County, Texas; Roll: M653_1306; Image: 152; Family History Library Film: 805306; Page: 310B; Line 22, Dwelling 135, Family 135; John ODOM, male, age 35, born in MS; Nancy ODOM, female, age 30, born in MS; Isack ODOM, male, age 14, born in MS; Elizabeth ODOM, female, age 10, born in MS; Jerry ODOM, male, age 6, born in MS; Joseph ODOM, male, age 4, born in MS; Richard ODOM, male, age 2, born in MS and Lucy PURVIS, female, age 25, born in MS. [Odam]

We also see that even though Martha Ann and Leonidas Odom are listed as born in 1858 that these two children ARE NOT enumerated in the John Oldham [Odum] household.

The two families – John Odum and his wife Nancy along with Nancy sister Lucy PURVIS are now living in Trinity County Texas. Lucy is listed with the surname PURVIS suggesting that she is still single in 1860.

Then in 1870 Trinity County we find Lucy in her own household listed as a PURVIS with two PURVIS Children – Martha Ann PURVIS and Leonidas PURVIS. This census too reflects, no marriage, but a possible unwed mother situation.

1870 CENSUS: Trinity County, Texas; Roll: M593_1606; Family History Library Film: 553105; Page 354A, Line 3, Dwelling 62, Family 67; Mrs. Lucie PURVIS, Female, age 33, born in MS; Leonidas PURVIS, Male, age 12, born in TX and Martha PURVIS, Female, age 9, born in TX.

Lucy Purvis is not found after the 1870 Census but her son Leonidas started using the Odom surname. Martha Ann married Rob Andrews in 1876.

1880 CENSUS: Trinity County, Texas; Roll: 1329; Family History Film: 1255329 Enumeration District: 109; Page: 321A(stamped); Line 46, Dwelling 198, Family 220; Leonlas ODOM, male, age 21, born in TX; Emma ODOM, Wife, age 22, born in TX and Emma ODOM, Daughter, age 2, born in TX.

This is a real conundrum – Is Lucy an unwed mother with two Purvis children or are they a son and daughter of a Male Odum married to their mother Lucy Purvis.

Another possibility is – Are the children the children of Lucy Purvis or some other family member?
After much research I am still at a loss as to whether Lucy was an unwed Mother or an Odom Widow.

If you have any information about Lucy Purvis, daughter of Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Cook I would like to hear from you.













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1. 1850, Simpson County, Mississippi, population schedule, Simpson County, Mississippi, Page: 289A; Line 24, Dwelling 30, Family 30, Household of John OLDHAM; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com : viewed 3 July 2013); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_381.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Trinity County, population schedule, Western District, Trinity County, Texas, Page: 310B; Line 22, Dwelling 135, Family 135, Household of John ODOM; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 July 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1306.
3. 1870 U. S. Census, Trinity County, population schedule, Trinity County, Texas, Page 354A, Line 3, Dwelling 62, Family 67, Household of Mrs. Lucie PURVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 July 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1606.
4. NPE - Non-paternity event





































Thursday, December 21, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~College Certificate Received

On 18 December 2017 I received the following Certificate 34 years, 8 months and 3 days after retiring from the Air Force in 1983. 

CCAF DEGREE (2)

At the beginning of last week I did some genealogical research on myself looking for news articles about my Air Force career.

While browsing the Base Newspaper(Hilltop Times) of my last duty station (Hill AFB, Utah) I came across an article that I have written and completely forgotten.

To my surprise I also found this article entitled:

CCAF Degree

Pertinent snippet from lengthy article.

CCAF TEXT

This was a complete surprised. I had no idea, until last week, that this Certificate was issued to me. You can see the (Ret. = Retired) after my name and my last duty day before retirement was 14 April 1983. This articles was published in the May 27, 1983 edition of the Hilltop Times on page 19.

​After some discussion on The Retired Air Force Facebook page, I sent an e-mail on 13 December to the Registrar CCAF, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama.













Transcription:

Dec 13 (7 days ago)
to REGISTRAR.CCAF
Registrar,
I just learned that I was awarded a CAAF Certificate in Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology from a 27 May 1983 - Hilltop Times.  
Purvis Degree

​I retired 30 June 1983 and left HILL AFB on terminal Leave on 15 April 1983.

Name: Charles L. Purvis
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
DOB: removed
Last 4 SSAN: omitted

Mail to Address:
Charrles L. Purvis
Address: omitted

Reason: Left Hill AFB on terminal leave on 15 April 1983 was unaware certificate was issued until this week.

Thank You,
CMSgt. Charles L. Purvis, Retired

While this certificate will not benefit me in my retirement I felt a strong desire to secure a copy to pass on to my son.
















Monday, December 18, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed, John H. Wadsworth to John C. Martin

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 Chesterfield County (SC) Land Deed, John H. Wadsworth to John C. Martin.

DEED BOOK 4, Page 738-page-001DEED BOOK 4, Page 739-page-002

Transcription:

John H. Wadsworth to John C. Martin Deed
State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}
Whereas I John H. Wadsworth of the County of Chesterfield State aforesaid, are getting old and infirm and unable to Support myself and wife Susannah and Whereas my Grandson John C. Martin of the Said County and State aforesaid has agreed to comfortably support protect and take care of myself and wife Susannah for and During the Natural Life of both Jointly and for the Life of the Survivor of us. Now Know all men by these presents that I John H. Wadsworth of the County of Chesterfield State aforesaid for and in consideration of the premises and for the additional consideration that John C. Martin of the aforesaid County and State shall comfortably support protect and take care of myself and wife Susannah for and During our Joint Lives and the Life of the Survivor of us have Bargained Sold and released and by these presents do grant bargain Sell and release unto my Grandson John C. Martin of ?? certain Piece Parcel or Tract of Land Situate and Being in the County of Chesterfield State of South Carolina Containing One Hundred and Seventy Three acres be the same more or less and bounded on the North and East by lands owned by my son Lewis Wadsworth on the North and West buy Lands known as the Moss Land on the South and West by Land owned by John C. Martin and adjoining the Lands of Howell Hay on the South East by Lands owned by Jacob Davis with all of my Stock of Cattle, Hogs Household and Kitchen Furniture Farming implements carts, wagons &c. with crop of corn cotton Peas and Potatoes made present year. Together with all and Singular the rights members and Hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining. To have and to hold all and Singular the premises before mentioned with all of the personal property herein and hereby conveyed unto the said John C. Martin his Heirs and assigns forever. And I do hereby bind myself My heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and Singular the said premises and all the personal property herein and hereby conveyed unto the said John C. Martin his heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every person whomsoever Lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and Seal this 13th day of October one thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Five and in the one Hundredth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered}                                           John H. Wadsworth {L.S.}
in the presence of }
A. A. Pollack}
F. Turner}

State of South Carolina}
County of Chesterfield}
Personally appeared before me A. A. Pollock and made oath that he saw the within named John H. Wadsworth sign seal and as his Deed Deliver the within written Deed and that he with F. Turner witnessed the Execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this}                                                            A. A. Pollock
13th day of Oct. AD 1875
D. Matherson {LS} Notary Public}

Files in office of County Auditor of Chesterfield Co. this 25th of October AD 1875 and recorded in Vol 1 Page 78.
                                                                     W. A. Mulloy
                                                                     Dept. Auditor

Recorded 25 Oct 1875
Orin'l Delv. to J. C. Martin

My research of John H. Wadsworth revealed that he was born about 1793 and twice married. His first wife, Susannah Davis was born about 1794. To this union was born two known Children:
  • Lewis H. Wadsworth, b. 13 Sept 1832
  • Mary Elizabeth Wadsworth, b. abt 1835
We see by the above land deed that both John H. and Susannah were alive but feeble when this deed was executed on 13 October 1875. 

We also see by this deed that John and Susannah's grandson John C. Martin has agreed to take care of his Grandparents for the remainder of their lifetime in exchange for the farm and all its implements and premises.

By 1880, Susannah has passed away (date unknown); John H. is not being cared for by his Grandson, John C. Martin but he is being cared for by a ’young’ lady named Mary, age 28,  [LNU]. his new wife.
Wadsworth 1880 Census
1880 Wadsworth
1880 Census - John's age shown
Note: the middle snippet shows John H. Wadsworth age as 31. This age is wrong, his age is 81 as you can see in snippet #3. Click on image for larger view.  

John H. Wadsworth remarried after the death of Susannah between Oct 1875 (DB 4, page 738-739) and June 1880 (Census) and had a 9 month old daughter. So, if Sarah C. Wadsworth, daughter, age 9 month was in fact born in Sept 1879 as shown in the 1880 censuses we can calculate that John and Mary were married about Jany 1879 and that Susannah died between Oct 1875 and Dec 1878. 

Census and Land Deeds show that John H. Wadsworth and his 2nd wife, Mary, had two daughters:
  • Sarah Christian Wadsworth, b. Sept. 1879
  • Susannah Wadsworth, b. aft 1880
Another Land Deed found in Chesterfield County, SC (DB 8, page 536-537) shows that John C. Martin died before 24 January 1886 and his father Alexander Martin, Marion County, SC, inherited the land mentioned in the above deed. And on that date, Alexander Martin is conveying 97 acres of land to Sarah & Susannah for $5.00.

DB 8, page 536-537

Transcription:
“they now Reside being a part of a track of land containing (97) ninety Seven Acres more or less purchase by John H.Wadsworth from Harrison Parker about the year 1850 and thence conveyed by Jno. H. Wadsworth to Jno. C Martin the 13th day of October 1875 and and being land belonging to me by inheritance of this Est. of my son Jno. C Martin &c  containing (53) fifty three acres more or less bounded by lands of L. C. Parker…”

Also from this deed

image

Transcription:
“these Presents by Sarah Christian Wadsworth and Susannah Wadsworth (daughters of Jno. H. Wadsworth Deceased) of the county…”

Clearly, these two land deeds contain a tremendous amount of genealogical data relating to the Wadsworth and Martin families. But, there are also many unanswered questions, such as:
  1. What was the maiden name of John’s 2nd wife Mary?
  2. Who was the wife of John C. Martin? Was he the husband of Mary Elizabeth Wadsworth the only known daughter of John H. by his 1st wife Susannah Davis? 
  3. What happened to the two daughters,  Sarah Christian Wadsworth and Susannah Wadsworth, by the 2nd wife Mary?
  4. Who took possession of the land in 1886; the two girls were minors under the age of 12.
  5. When did John H. Wadsworth pass away?
If you have any pertinent information about John H. Wadsworth and his two families please contact me through this blog.

Susannah Davis Wadsworth is my 3rd Great Grand Aunt and John H. Wadsworth by marriage is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.








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        1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 130A, Line 16, Dwelling 488, Family 488, Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
        2. 1820 Census of the United States, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina;, page 129, Line 23, Household of John WADSWORTH; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 8 July 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M 33_119.
        3. 1830 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, page 268, line 4, Household of John WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 9 July 2101); citing  National Archives Microfilm M19_172.
        4. 1839 Election Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, election census, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, John H. WADSWORTH; printed booklet,  (: viewed 7 July 2012).
        5. 1840 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 372, Line 15, John WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M740_Roll 510.
        6. 1850 Agriculture Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, agriculture census, Chesterfield, Darlington, South Carolina, Page: 441; Line: 11, John H. Wadsworth; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm AD259 Roll 1.
        7. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 115;  Line 37, Dwelling 302, Family 302, .Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
        8. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 287A; Line 10, Dwelling 210, Family 210, Household of John H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
        9. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0004, Page 307A Line 25, Dwelling 107, Family 107, Household of Jno. H. WADSWORTH; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1 June 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
        10. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 8: pages 536 & 537, Alexander Martin to Sarah C. Wadsworth & Susannah Wadsworth; 4 January 1886, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
        11. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 4: pages 738 & 739, John H. Wadsworth to John C. Martin Deed; 13 October 1875, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
        14. 1810 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 554; Line 22, Household of Thomas DAVIS, Household of Thomas DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 January 2012); citing  National Archives Microfilm M252_60.

        19. Harry Alexander Davis, The Davis Family (Davies and David) in Wales and America: genealogy of Morgan David of Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1927), page 125.


























Saturday, December 16, 2017

Its Family Time~The Willie Benjamin Johns Family

Its-Family-Time2Willie Benjamin Johns was born on 7 Apr 1919 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. He was a son of Julius Johns and Mary Catherine ‘Mamie’ Brock Johns and the fourth born of eight children. Willie had 2 older brothers, 2 younger brothers and 2 sisters. Another brother died in infancy.

Willie married Ruby Margrette Lee on 4 March 1939 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Ruby was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Lee  and Sarah Ellen Gulledge Lee.

To this union were born the following children:

i. Willie David Johns, born 20 Jul 1941, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 30 Jun 2000, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Military Veteran.
ii. Vinson Lee Johns was born on 17 Jan 1944 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died on 8 Apr 1949 at the age of 5 in Florence, Florence, South Carolina. 
iii. Brenda Delores Johns, born 13 Aug 1946, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina,; died 27 Nov 1996, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iv. Living.
v.  Living.
vi. Randy Neil Johns born on 25 Dec 1956 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died on 17 Jun 1977 at the age of 20 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Willie Benjamin served in World War II and was a Carpenter by trade. 

Willie died on 19 Jul 1989 at the age of 70 in Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina. His loving wife Ruby, survived him another 14 years passing away at 89 on 29 August 2014. They are buried in the Westfield Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

Willie Benjamin Johns and Ruby Margrette Lee are my maternal Uncle and Aunt.




















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1. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 40, Page 16B/172B (stamped), Line 83, Dwelling 292, Family 300, Household of Julius JOHN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 20 January 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
2. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 17, Page 16B/57B (stamped), Line 93, Dwelling 274, Family 280, Household of Juliane [Julius] JOHNS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 20 January 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2192.
3. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," [database on-line], Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2441 : viewed 12 January 2012), Willie JOHNS.
4. Randy Neil Johns obituary, [Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, South Carolina, 22 June 1977, page 7, col. 3.









Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mary Kizzie or Kizzie M. Brock Found


For over 30 years the parents of two young Brock girls have alluded me and what happened to one of those girls was not known until yesterday.

Both Girls were born in 1876; their names were:
  • Mary Kizzie or Kizzie M. Brock, b. August 1876
  • Irvin Theatus Brock, b. 10 March 1876
At one time I thought that these girls were one individual using two different names but further research proved that the hypothesis was not possible.

Kizzie M. Brock born August 1876 is the daughter of Irvin Samuel Brock (18 Oct 1849-5 Oct 1931), son of Alexander Brock and Timmie White and his 1st Wife Mary K. Proboff. The Proboff surname has not been found in any surrounding county so this may be a misspelling.

Proboff

Up until yesterday all I knew about Mary Kizzie, or Kizzie M. Brock was found in an 1880 Chesterfield County, SC  Land Deed (DB 5, pg 782-785) that I wrote about here: 1

http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-cestui-que-trust.html

Ironically it was another Chesterfield County Land Deed that provided additional information (DB 17, pages 533-536). 2


DB 17, page 533DB 17, page 534DB 17, page 535DB 17, page 536

A. G. Bright as Trustee To Kizzie M. Bullard

A. G. Bright as Trustee}
To } Deed
Kizzie M. Bullard}
To all whom these Presents may come,
Greeting:
Whereas Lucy Brock late of the County of Chesterfield, State of South Carolina, by her Deed bearing Date the 18th Day of March 1880 conveyed the property herein after Described to Wm. T. Powell, in trust, for the uses and trusts fully set forth reference being thereto have, will more fully appear.
And whereas the said Wm. T. Powell having died many years ago the Court by order, duly appointed A. G. Bright as Trustee to carry out the terms of the said trust Deed, and he has been acting as said trustee.
And whereas Charles A. Brock and Sarah J. Brock, the immediate beneficiaries and Cestui Que Trusts, in said Deed named have both died, leaving no child, or children, nor did the said Charles A. Brock leave any child, or children of any other wife.
And whereas Kizzie M. Brock who has since inter-married with one George T. Bullard) was named in said Deed as the sole beneficiary of Cestui Que Trust, after the death of said Charles A. brock and Sarah J. Brock, should they leave no children, and should the said Charles A. Brock leave no child, or children by any other wife.
And whereas the said Kizzie M. Brock has married the said George G. Bullard and has children living and has not forfeited her interest in the said trust, estate under the terms of the said Trust Deed;
Page 534
And whereas under the terms of the said Deed, the Trustee is directed on the happening of the events above set forth to convey the premises therein described to the said Kizzie M. Brock, now Bullard; her heirs and assigns absolutely, freed and discharged from all trusts.
No know All men By These presents, That I, A. G. Bright, trustee as aforesaid, by virtue of the power contained in the above mentioned Deed all al other powers me thereunto ???? in consideration of the premises have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Kizzie M. Bullard, nee Brock, all those parts of three lots in the town of Cheraw in the County of Chesterfield, State of South Carolina, known and named on the plan of said town as number one hundred and fifty six (156), one hundred and fifty seven (157) and one hundred and fifty eight (158), Each being one hundred and fifty feet one way and two hundred feet the other way and all being within the following lines to wit: -Beginning at the corner of lot one hundred fifty nine and Hugar Street, thence along said street two hundred feet to the corner of Peter H. Brock lot, formally known as the Western Public Square, and now supposed to be owned by L. D. Harrall; thence by said Brock or Harrall line three hundred feet, more or less, to lot one hundred and thirty seven; thence by said last named lot two hundred feet to lot one hundred and fifty nine; thence by the lines of said last named lot to the beginning.
All of which was conveyed to the said Lucy Brock by Deed from Michael Hennesy dated 26th January A. D. 1876
Page 535
and which is contained in the said Trust Deed, herein referred to.
Also part of lot number eleven (11), in the said Town of Cheraw, on the Corner of Market and Front Street of said town (being all of said lot except that part at one time sold by N. D. Stricklin to L. Wicker), and also thirty nine feet on the West end of lot number twelve (12) whereon were the stables occupied by the late Charles A. Brock.
Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments, and appurtenances to the said premises belonging, or in anywise incident or appertaining.
To Have and to Hold all and singular the said premises unto the said Kizzie M. Bullard, her heirs and assigns forever.
And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators to warrant, and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Kizzie M. Bullard, her heirs and assigns, against me and my heirs Claiming or to Claim the same or any part thereof.
Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and one.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered}
In the presence of }                                    A. G. Bright {seal}
‘A. G. Myers}                                                   As Trustee
H. D. Duckworth}

U. S. Intr. Rev Stamp amtg to
One & 5/100 Dollars Cmr by H. M. B. 3/23/1901

The State of North Carolina}
Mecklenburg County}
Personally appeared before me (Page 536) A. G. Myers and made oath that he saw the the <sic> within named A. G. Bright, as Trustee, sign seal and as his act and Deed deliver the within written Deed; and that he with H. D. Duckworth witnessed the execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this} A. G. Meyers
23rd day of March 1901.}
{Official} J. A. H. Russell}
{Seal} Clerk of Superior Court}
Mecklenburg County}

Recorded this 30 day of Mch 1901 in Book D, Page 11
Fee .25
E. F. Mulloy
Auditor C. C.

Recorded 30th March 1901


Further research revealed that Kizzie M. Brock married George T. Bullard in 1893 (1900 census). They had the following children:
  • Wilma Mary Bullard, b. Oct 1894
  • Claude Brock Bullard, b. 15 Jan 1897; d. 18 Nov 1955 in California and buried in San Bruno, California. WWI Veteran
Kizzie M. Brock Bullard died sometime before 1907 in Georgia and George married Jennie M. Brown in 1907. Their children were:
  • Helen E. Bullard, b. 16 June 1908; d. 20 July 1979.
  • James T. Bullard; b. 13 Jul 1910, d. Nov 1970.

George T. Bullard died in 1917 and both he and his daughter Helen E. Bullard, Spinster, are buried in the West Hill Cemetery, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia




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[1] Land Deed - Lucy BROCK to W. T. POWELL; Deed Book #5; Page(s) 782-785; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 23 July 2012
[2] Land Deed -A. G. Bright as Trustee To Kizzie M. Bullard; Deed Book #17; Page(s) 533-536; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 10 December 2017














































Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday’s Obituary~Coit Wilson Gardner


Coit Wilson Gardner
Birth:     Jul. 20, 1912
Death:     Sep. 3, 1914
Family links: Parents:
Caldwell Baxter Gardner (1876 - 1967)
Sarah Jane Purvis Gardner (1875 - 1946)
Burial: Purvis Cemetery
Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Julious
Record added: Dec 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45748813

Coit Wilsom Gardner

Death of a Child
Special to The State.
   Chesterfield. Sept. 9.—The two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Gardner of the Shiloh section of the county died last Friday. The little fellow was only sick for a few days.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. L. Tyler.
Coit Wilson was the 7th child of C. B. and Sarah Jane Gardner. Their last child, also a son, was born 3 months after the passing of little Coit Wilson Gardner.

Coit Wilson Gardner is my 3rd Cousin twice removed.



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[1] Death of a Child obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 10 September 1914, Page 3, column 3.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Look Into the Past~1960-1983

Today  (9 December) is a special day in my life. On this day in 1960, I was inducted into the United States Air Force as an Airman Basic (E-1) and sent to Lackland AFB, San Antonia, Texas.

After weeks of indoctrination and Basic training I went sent to Chanute AFB, Rantoul, Illinois for 6 months of technical training in Ground Support Equipment Maintenance.

My class graduated from technical training on 1 August 1961 and all were promoted from Airmen 3rd Class (1 stripe) to Airmen 2nd Class (2 stripes); those you see on my uniform below. (Note: Air Force Insignia has changed since I entered the Air Force in 1960; see chart and link in footnotes.)

Air Force Ranks

Upon graduation I was given orders for an 18 month unaccompanied tour to Naha Air Force Base, Okinawa assigned to the 51st Field Maintenance Squadron.

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Before leaving Naha AFB in early 1963 I was again promoted on 1 February 1963 to the Grade of Airman 1st Class (E-4) now split into 2 grades Senior Airman and Sergeant.

E-4 Rank Insignia

I was ecstatic upon leaving Okinawa in March of 1963 for I was headed home to Chesterfield, SC and then onto Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Spangdahlem became my 4th base assignment but in retrospect it also became my best tour of duty.

It was while stationed at Spangdahlem that I reached the conclusion that I loved the Air Force enough to make it a career. I re-enlisted for  another 4 years in 1964.

Christmas of 1964 I spent at home with my parents in South Carolina; my first Christmas home since Christmas of 1959.  After Christmas I left for my next duty station – McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas arriving on-base on 5 January 1965.

In August 1965, my unit was deployed to Takhli AB, Thailand with a squadron of F-105D to support the escalating War effort in Vietnam. I spent 4 months at Takhli before returning to McConnell in December 1965. In June 1966 I was promoted to Staff Sergeant (SSgt –E-5) and in September 1966 given orders to return to Takhli, Thailand for a one year permanent change of station assignment in support of the War in Vietnam. 

With a 60 days curtailment, I left Takhli in May 1966 returning to the United States with assignment to the 3211th Field Maintenance Squadron, Fort Walton Beach, Florida where my son was born.

Assignment at Eglin was a real laid back experience compared to my other assignments. In November 1968, I was promoted to Technical Sergeant (TSgt. - E-6).

In early 1969, I was selected to receive Professional Military Education at the Air Force System Command NCO Academy located at Kirkland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Class started in March 1969.

After completion of the NCO Academy, I returned to Eglin AFB until June 1970 at which time I was given an assignment to Ramstein AFB, Germany.  This was to be a 3 year assignment with my wife and son accompanying me to Germany.

At Ramstein, I was assigned to the 26th Tactical Recon Wing (TRW) as a Quality Control Inspector and participated in USAFE Inspection of Ground Support Equipment throughout Europe and England. On 1 January 1972 I was promoted to Master Sergeant (MSgt. – E-7).

In 11 years and 23 days I had gone from an Airman Basic to Master Sergeant; my Mom and Dad were ecstatic.  

In 1973, we were informed that the “gas crisis” in the States would impact our assignment and that we were extended for an additional one year making the assignment a 4 year tours instead of the normal 3 year.

June of 1974 occurred too rapidly and again we were off to another assignment. leaving Germany, arriving home in South Carolina, driving to Kansas (wife home state)  and then on to our new base – Holloman AFB , New Mexico and the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. We arrived at Holloman AFB on 1 July 1974 and reported for duty. In mid-1976, I received a line number for promotion to E-8, Senior Master Sergeant. This triggered another assignment which initially was to be to the 57 Fighter Intercept Sq., Keflavik, Iceland. Unfortunately, this assignment which I wanted, was changed to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah.

We left Holloman in October 1976 and arrived at Hill AFB, Utah the same day. I was assigned as NCOIC of the Aerospace Ground Equipment Shop.

Promoted to E-8 on 1 May 1977, I was assigned as Field Maintenance Superintendent under Captain Fred Reske., Field Maintenance Officer and Colonel D. J. Haselhorst, Deputy Commander for Maintenance. At this time the 388th still had F4 aircraft. About May 1978 the Field Maintenance concept was scrapped in favor of a Consolidated Maintenance Concept and all the support shops were assigned to newly formed squadrons with new leaders based on seniority.

My new position became the NCOIC of F-4 Phase Inspection. In January 1979, the Wing started it’s conversion from the F-4 Phantom to the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

In 1979, I was selected as the 388 Equipment Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO of the year and was taken on a back seat flight over the Utah Test Range in a F-16 Falcon. 

On 1 July 1981, I was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt. – E-9). My best and most memorable assignment as a Chief was my time as the Maintenance Superintendent of the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. 

During my awesome career I had the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Human Resource Administration, travel the world and complete all Professional Military Education Courses provided by the Air Force both by correspondence and in-house schooling. 


AF Veteran
usaf_cmsgt_old_1
Proud To Be An Air Force Veteran






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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_enlisted_rank_insignia
[2] http://uniform-reference.net/insignia/usaf/usaf_enl_chron.html
[3] www.google.com/images/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Partition of the Estate Lands of Charles Gathings

Sale of Land-Gathings
Sale of Land for Partition [1]
In obedience to a decree of the Superior Court of the county of Anson made January 29th, 1895, and an order to re-sale made this day in a special proceeding now pending in said court, entitled Peter Gathings and others against Dock Gathings and others. I will again expose to sale, by public auction, for cash, at the door of the court house in Wadesboro on Monday, the 6th day of May, 1895, the tract of Land described in the pleadings in said cause to- wit: Eighty-four acres descended from Charles Gathings, deceased, situate in Anson county, on the north side of Jones creek, adjoining the lands of John J. Dunlap, Mrs. Lilly, James Ratliff, John Knotts and others. Said land is to be sold for the purpose of making partition thereof among the heirs–at-law of said Charles Gathings deceased. The bids heretofore made on said land having been raised to the sum of $128.25, the bidding will be started at that price. Wadesboro, N. C. April 3rd 1895.
                                                             JOHN C. McLAUCHLIN
                                                             Commissioner.




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[1] The Messenger and Intelligencer, Wadesboro, NC, 11 April 1895, page 2, column 3










Monday, November 20, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~William A. Purvis to William James Purvis, Land Deed.


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 Chesterfield County Land Deed, William A. Purvis to William James Purvis.
  


William A. Purvis purchased 30 acres of land from Joseph P. Smith on 6 December 1866 (DB 8, page 284-286). On that same day William James Purvis purchased these 30 acres from his father, William A. Purvis (DB 8, Page 421-423). William J. Purvis then sold the land on 7 January 1888 to T. F. Mulholland (DB 9, Page 284-286). (Chesterfield County, SC).

Further Explanation:
The two land deeds in question are valid and are between Father and Son. After reading the two deeds it's obvious that the original land deeds were lost, misplaced or destroyed and the two were being recorded in 1885 and 1887 at which time William James Purvis would have been (1885-1863 =22) 22 years of age.

In Land Deed (DB 8: 421-423) the Court Clerk is citing the original date (6 Dec 1866) that William A. Purvis purchased these 30 acres land from Joseph P. Smith.  This deed DB 8:421-423 was recorded 19th December 1885.

Then William James Purvis sells the 30 acre land parcel on the 7th day of January 1888 to T. F. Meisenheimer for ninety ($90.00) dollars. (DB 9:284-285)

William A. Purvis}
To
William J. Purvis}   Deed
 
The State of South Carolina
                                   Know all men by these presents that I William A. Purvis of the County of Anson in the State of South Carolina in consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars [$200.00] tome paid by William James Purvis of the said County of Anson in the State aforesaid          have granted bargained sold and released unto the said and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said William James Purvis all that piece parcel and tract of land situate lying and being in the District of Chesterfield and State of South Carolina on the North Side of Big Westfield Creek and bounded on the North by the North and South Carolina State line on the East by Isham Wallace and James Lewis lands on the West by lands belonging to the Estate of George Gardner and lands belonging to John Mulholland and on the South by Big Westfield Creek. Containing thirty [30] acres more or less which said track of land was purchased by me from Joseph P. Smith Reference being had to a plat hereunto attached will fully show the corners distance and &c. of said tract of land. Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Premise belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining To Have and to Hold all and singular the Premises before mentioned unto the said William James Purvis his Heirs and Assigns forever. And I do hereby bind myself his Heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said Premises unto the said William James Purvis his Heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and all other persons lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this Sixth day of December in year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and Sixty Six [1866] and in the Ninety first [91st] year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.
Signed Sealed and Delivered}
in the presence of}                       William A. X Purvis seal (his mark)
W. E. Craig}
H. Craig Jr.|
 
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
I W. J. Hannah Clark Court do hereby certify unto all who it may concern that Mrs. Sarah J. Purvis the wife of the within named W. A. Purvis did this day appear before me and upon being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does fully voluntarily and without any compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons whatsoever renounce release and forever rerouting relinquish unto the within named Wm. J. Purvis his Heirs and Assigns all her interests and estate and also all her rights and claim of dower of it or to all and singular the Premises within mentioned and released.
Given under my hand and seal this}
Sixteenth [16th]day of Dec. Anno Domini 1885}
(official seal) W. J. Hannah}                                S. J. Purvis {seal}
(seal) Clerk Court}
 
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Before the subscribing officer personally appeared T. P. Craig and Thomas Chapman both of the County and State aforesaid who on oath says that they are well acquainted with the handwriting of W. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. the subscribing witnesses to the annexed deed and that both of said witnesses are dead and they believe that the said W. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. signed the same as the signatures to said deed are as respondents believe in the hand writing of said Hugh Craig Jr. and W.E. Craig
Sworn to before me}
16 December 1885}                              T. P. Craig
W. J.  Hanna}                                          Thos. Chapman
Clerk Court}
South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Personally appeared Wm. A. Purvis who on oath says that he signed the annexed deed at the date thereof and that Wm. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. witnessed the same and that both of said witnesses are dead.
Sworn to before me}
16 Dec 1885}
W. J. Hanna                                     W. X A. Purvis (his mark)
 
                               Recorded 19th Dec 1885
 
Land Deed, dated 6 Dec 1866– William A. Purvis to William James Purvis, Chesterfield County Court House, Register of Deeds, Deed Book 8, Pages 421-423. Certified Copy of Deed on file


William A. Purvis and William James Purvis are my 2nd Great Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #244 – Alexander McMillan

Each week, on Sunday, I will select an Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County and discuss its contents. 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 resource if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folder:
#244
Alexander McMillan 1

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N73J-T?i=428&wc=MPPT-HZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190778401&cc=1911928

Alexander McMillan died in early 1869 leaving his wife and six children surviving. His oldest son, Thomas E. McMillan was the administrator on his estate indicating he died intestate.

On 15 July 1869, Thomas E. McMillian signed an affidavit indicating that he would make a true and just inventory of the estate of his father, Alexander McMillan.

Alex McMillan Estate
Transcription:

State of South Carolina}    By B. F. Miller
Chesterfield County}             Judge of Probate
             Personally appeared Thos. E. McMillan before me, who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God, made oath that he would produce to show to the appraisers appointed by the Judge of Probate and inform them of all and singular the goods and chattels of Alex McMillan dec’d which already have in May hereafter before the day of making the appraisement came to his hands, possession and knowledge and that the said deceased died without any Will so far as he knows an believe, and that he would well and truly administer all and singular the goods, chattel, rights + credit as far as the same will  extend and the law require him and that he make a just and true + perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods, chattels, rights + credits and return a just account, when thereunto required.
Sworn to before me this 15th day
of July 1869.                                                                            T. E. McMillan
B. F. Miller Judge of Probate

Image 448 of the estate names all the heirs–at-law of the estate; those named were the Widow, Mary F. “Malsey” Miller McMillan and six children:
  • Thomas E. McMillan
  • Louisa J. McMillan Pate
  • Harriett Ann McMillan Rorie
  • Frances Ellen McMillan Blakeney
  • Mary C. McMillan Welch
  • Henrietta C. McMillan Miller
Distributees-Alex McMilan Estate

The 1870 Mortality Schedule for Chesterfield County shows that Alexander McMillan died in March at the age of 69. The above inventory was taken in July 1869 so we know that Alexander died in March 1869. A FindAGrave Memorial shows his death as 19 March 1869 but I have found no proof of a specific date just the month and year (Mar 1869). 

His wife, Mary F. “Malsey” passed away in January 1886.
1st That Mrs. Molsey McMillian late of the County and state aforesaid departed this life intestate on or about the __ day of January 1886.

Probate of the estate was closed on 3 February 1892.










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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N73J-T?cc=1911928&wc=MPPT-HZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190778401 : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0228-0281 > image 429 of 1419; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
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