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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph Purvis, Selling the Farm


Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Cook were married about 1823. I have not found a marriage record for them and this marriage year is based on the belief that their first born was Caroline or Nancy Jane Purvis born about 1823.

In the 1830 census for Rankin County the Family composition consisted of Joseph (30-39) and his wife Elizabeth (30-39)
  • 1 Male under 5
  • 1 Female under 5
  • 2 Females 5-9
  • 2 Females 10-14 (1816-1820)
By 1840 and a new census the family has increased with the addition of another daughter and three sons.

Joseph was a farmer and had a total of 160 acres with 80 acres in Section 23, Township 4, Range 5 and another 80 acres in Section 26, Township 4, Range 5.  

On 15 November 1841, Joseph and Elizabeth sold all their land to John Dunagan of Newton County, Mississippi.  A total of 160 acres more or less.

I’m convinced they took this action because they knew that Joseph was ill and his life expectancy was very short. Failure to sale the land would leave Elizabeth burden with 160 acres of farmland and six or seven children under 15 years of age.

Between 15 November 1841 and May 1842, Joseph Purvis passed away.  This timing is devised based on a statement from the estate of Gilbert Johnston Purvis.

Joseph Purvis Dec'sd
Transcription:
By a note of G. J. Purvis paid by Jos. Purvis dec’d. which said admins are bound to pay to Sd. Jos. Purvis or his heirs.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9Q8-895S?i=688&wc=M7M1-WWL%3A344538201%2C345915201&cc=2036959






With a household full of very young children Elizabeth Cook Purvis had no choice but to re-marry. We know that she married Richard Odom, son of Isaac Odom and his wife Millie Breland. The date of marriage and location is documented all over the Web as  22 January 1844, Smith County, Mississippi; However, this cannot be confirmed or verified as a correct date and place. [Data said to be sourced from War of 1812 Pension File]

After Richard’s death about 1854; Elizabeth move her family to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
1860 CENSUS: Rapides Parish, Louisiana; Roll: M653_423; Image: 31; Family History Library Film: 803423; Page 31, Line 36, Dwelling 226, Family 227; Elizabeth ODUM, female, age 60, born in SC and Alexander PURVIS, Son, age 20, born in MS.

She died there sometime before the 1870 census were enumerated. I haven’t identified the under 5 male in the 1830 census but her last three sons, James, Joseph and William Alexander ALL died in the Civil War. I don’t know her death date so I don’t know if she was alive long enough to receive word that her 3 babies were gone.

Elizabeth suffered much grief in her lifetime.

The Land Patent and Deed below shows the sale of the Joseph Purvis land. 

STA_Patent_MS2060__.399-page-001STA_Patent_MS2060__.348-page-001
Rankin Deed Book 6, page 326Rankin Deed Book 6, page 327

Transcription:
DEED BOOK 6, page 326 & 327
Rankin County, MS
This indenture made and entered into this the 15th day of November in the year of our Lords one thousand eight hundred and Forty One by and between Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Purvis his wife of the County of Smith and State of Mississippi of the first part and John Dunagan of Newton County and State aforesaid of the second part Witnesseth that the Said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred Dollars to them in hand will and truly paid by the party of the second part receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath this day granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain sell and convey and make over unto the said party of the Second part all that certain tract or parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Rankin and State of Mississippi and described as follows to wit: the E ½ of NE ¼ of Section No. 26 and Township No 4 of range No 5 East and the W ½ of SE ¼ of section No 23 and Township No 4 of range No 5 East containing in all one hundred and sixty acres more or less to have and to hold with all and singular the above described tract of Land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to the same and we the party of the first part do by these presents bind ourselves to warrant and forever defend the title to the Said Land clear of all Claims whatsoever from us our heirs executors and administrators unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever . Witness our hand and Seals the day and year above first written.
                                                 Joseph X his mark Purvis {seal}
                                                 Elizabeth X her mark Purvis {seal}

State of Mississippi}
Rankin County} Personally appeared before me Lewis P. Rhode an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the said County Joseph Purvis whose name is subscribed to this Indenture and acknowledged that he signed Sealed and delivered the same as his act and deed and at the same time was present Elizabeth Purvis wife of thee said Joseph Purvis whose names is also subscribed to this Indenture and after being questioned separate and apart from her Said husband and the nature of the deed fully explained to her She acknowledged that She Signed Sealed and delivered the same freely and voluntarily without any fear from threats of from compulsion of her Said husband as her own lawful act and deed.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this the 15th day of November 1841. Lewis P. Rhode, J. P. {Seal}








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[1] Land Deed - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4Y-4Y5Q?i=500&cat=253106
[2] https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9Q8-895S?i=688&wc=M7M1-WWL%3A344538201%2C345915201&cc=2036959

















Saturday, July 22, 2017

It’s Family Time~The Johnston James Purvis Family


In 1915, Mary Virginia Hagerman Watson was inducted into the DAR as a descendant of Gilbert Purvis. She was assigned DAR #115797. She is the only descendant of Gilbert to be successfully inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution based on his participation in the Revolutionary War.  Her lineage is shown in the below snippet from the DAR Lineage Books.

Gilbert Purvis, DAR, REV WAR

In her application she states “Effica Purvis (Wife of Gilbert) grandmother to James P. J. Purvis afterwards lived with her Grandson James & from her Elizabeth R. Purvis learned the particulars of their experiences during the war & her husband being wounded at the battle of Eutaw Springs.”
To summarize the above lineage we have:
  • Mary Virginia Hagerman Watson daughter of Mary Anna Purvis,
  • Mary Anna Purvis daughter of Elizabeth Rose Campbell & James P. J. Purvis
  • James P. J. Purvis son of Johnson Purvis and his wife Sarah
  • Johnson Purvis oldest son of Gilbert Purvis and Effica Howell
  • Gilbert Purvis, Revolutionary Soldier
Elizabeth Rose Campbell Miller was born 16 July 1814 in St. Tammany Parrish, Louisiana, Her 1st husband James Purdee J. Purvis was born about 1811 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. They met and were married on 19 January 1832. Their daughter Mary Anna was born in 24 October 1834.
Gilbert Purvis, Sr. died sometime late 1829 or early 1830 in Rankin County, Mississippi. It was at this time that Efficia Howell Purvis went to live with her Grandson James P. J. Purvis.

When Effica Howell died in July 1834, James P. J. Purvis petitioned the County for Letters of administration stating “That your petitioner is the grandson of the said deceased being the oldest son of her oldest son James.”

So, why did James P. J. Purvis, the grandson, petition the Court and not her son Johnson Purvis? I believe the answer to this question is because Johnson Purvis had passed away sometime before the death of his Mother, Effica Howell Purvis.

There’s a James Purvis that died in 1818 back in South Carolina and the Administrative Bond is on file in Horry County, South Carolina. For years I thought this James Purvis was the Father of James P. J. Purvis. Further research however shows that J. J. Purvis (Johnston James or James Johnston) made the trip to Mississippi and appears in three Tax List for Simpson County, Mississippi (1831, 1832 and 1833).

In this 1832 Simpson County Tax list we find both Father and son listed.

Purvis, Johnson







Gilbert Johnston Purvis, a uncle of James P. J. Purvis, states in his WILL ”I hereby direct my Executors to file a bill in chancery or commence such other suit as may be necessary & proper to procure from the aforesaid James P. J. Purvis, administrator as aforesaid, the full distribution & share of the estate of my deceased parents to which I am entitled insisting upon the advance made by my deceased father the said Gilbert Purvis to James Purvis the father of the said James P. J Purvis in the lifetime of them both, …”

Gilbert Johnson Purvis makes three  important statement in the above comments:
  1. That James Purvis is the Father of James P. J. Purvis
  2. That James Purvis is his brother
  3. That Gilbert Purvis is the father of James and Gilbert Johnston
The thorough analysis of all of these documents show that Johnston James Purvis is a son of Gilbert Purvis and father of  James P. J. Purvis.

NOTE: Johnson/Johnston
For years the name has been shown to be Johnson because Gilbert Purvis parents are John Purvis and Sarah Johnson. But we can see from the tax list above that Johnston is correct and I have a land deed from SC that shows the Gilbert Johnson correct middle name is Johnston
. 
Gilbert Johnston Purvis Signature

The DAR application along with the probate and Wills of Effica Howell Purvis, James P.J. Purvis and Gilbert Johnston Purvis all  states that the Father of James P. J. Purvis is either James or Johnson Purvis. The two tax list shows that Johnston Purvis is Johnston J. Purvis hence Johnston James Purvis.

Piecing together the clues within the above documents and we have a clear case that:

Johnston James Purvis is the father of James P. J. Purvis

So who is his Mother of James P. J. Purvis?
This one was a little tougher to answer; but, I believe with about 99% certainty that we have also found his Mother.

In  August 1834, Effica Howell Purvis, grandmother of James P. J. Purvis died Hinds County, Mississippi leaving a sizable estate of slaves and personal property.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30941-1653-18?cc=2036959.

Image 152 from Effica Purvis estate is partially transcribed below:
"Milly & her children, John, Frances and her child to J.P.J. Purvis & William Purvis, Jr. which said negroes we valued to the sum of $3100, upon the said William Purvis, John Purvis paying to the said JPJ Purvis & William Purvis, Jr. each the sum of $150, it being equal half of the difference in the valuations of the afs'd negroes when divided between said heirs. All of which is respectfully submitted to the Hon. Henry…"

Gilbert Johnson Purvis made the following 2 statements in his WILL:
"all of my property is now in dispute between myself & James P. I. [or J.] Purvis and William Purvis and in consequence thereof upon the advance made by my deceased father the said Gilbert Purvis to James Purvis the father of the said James P. I. [or J.] Purvis in the lifetime of them both, and after my Executors"
and
“I do hereby nominate my friends and relatives John Purvis & William Purvis of Hinds County my executors to this my last will and testament”

Close examination of the estate documents and Wills shows that the estate was left two groups of men:

J. P. J. Purvis and William Purvis
and
John Purvis and William Purvis (relatives)

I believe that  William Jr. and James P. J. Purvis are in fact sibling and children of James Purvis. I also believe that William Jr. is  William H. H. Purvis  and was referred to as Jr because he had an older Uncle William mentioned in the 2nd group of men with John Purvis. I have no document proving this but I have researched this line for 41 years and I base my conclusions on all the data and research I have done in those 41 years.

William and John Purvis are referred to in the WILL as"my friends and relatives John Purvis & William Purvis of Hinds County my executors to this my"
(note: William & John are two sons of James F.  Purvis, Sr. a brother of Gilbert Purvis)

William H. H. Purvis married Jemima Magee about 1830. After the death of  Effica Howell Purvis (Grandmother) in August 1834 and brother James P. J. Purvis in 1836;  William H. H. Purvis gather up his Mother, Wife Jemima and their 3 children and moved to Polk County, Texas. There William H. H. and Jemima would add two additional children to their family.

There also, came the first clue to the Mother of William H. H. Purvis and his brother James Purdee J. Purvis.

1850 Polk County, Texas

Line 10, Sarah Purvis, widow, age 60, born in SC. The Purvis left Chesterfield County, SC about 1818, migrated to Clarke County, Alabama and them on to Hinds , Simpson and Rankin County, Mississippi.

I think there is enough direct and circumstantial evidence to show the reconstructed composition of this family to be:
  • Johnston James Purvis, male, b. 1784-1790, d. aft 1833, Simpson Co., MS
  • Sarah [LNU], born 1790, d. aft 1850, Polk Co., TX.
  • James Purdee J. Purvis, son, b. abt 1811, d. bef 22 Feb. 1836, Hinds Co., MS.
  • William H. H. Purvis, b. abt 1813, d. June 1855, Polk Co., TX.
Johnston James Purvis

Related Readings:
http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-elusive-parents-of-james-p-j-purvis.html
http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2012/04/clues-to-parents-of-william-h-h-purvis.html


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[1] "Mississippi, Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31017-15069-8?cc=2036959&wc=M79W-ZNP:344538201,346634901 : accessed 7 December 2014), Hinds > Wills 1832-1917 vol 1-2 > image 53 of 624; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
[2] Hinds County Chancery Court, MS, Mississippi, Probate Court Estates, Old Series,, MDAH Microfilm #10391, Family History Library Film # 1738590: Estate # 264, Gilbert Johnson Purvis; died Nov 1835.
[3] "Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30941-1632-13?cc=2036959&wc=M7M1-WWL:344538201,345915201 : accessed 31 August 2015), Hinds > Estates (series 1) 1838-1843 no 234-283 > image 683 of 1719; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
[3] "Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30941-1653-18?cc=2036959 : 21 May 2014), Hinds > Estates (series 1) 1838-1843 no 234-283 > image 132 of 1719; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
[4] "Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21381-30365-21?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 57 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson.
[5] "Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21381-30272-71?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 70 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson.
[6] "Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21381-31596-87?cc=1919687&wc=M6J9-YWL:211953101,211963301 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Simpson > County tax rolls 1824-1845, Box 3764 > image 86 of 276; citing Government Records, Jackson.
[7] "Mississippi, Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31017-15011-30?cc=2036959&wc=M79W-ZNP:344538201,346634901 : accessed 7 December 2014), Hinds > Wills 1832-1917 vol 1-2 > image 62 of 624; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
[8] "Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-30999-25361-1?cc=2036959&wc=M797-F3D:344538201,346502101 : accessed 1 September 2015), Hinds > Estates (series 1) 1835-1845 no 283-322 > image 1473 of 1703; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
[9] DAR APP#115797 shows Johnson Purvis as a son of Gilbert and Effica Howell Purvis, born before 1792 and died 183x in Mississippi. Wife named Sarah.




















Wednesday, July 19, 2017

James F. Purvis, Sr. b. 1760, SC DID NOT MARRY Sarah Garrard (Rankin Co., MS)

The Wife of James F. Purvis, Sr. (1760-Nov 1836) is NOT KNOWN.

James F. Purvis, Sr., b. 1760, Chesterfield, SC son of John Purvis and Sarah Johnson DID NOT MARRY Sarah Garrard.

James Purvis, b. 1785, Culpepper, VA, son of William Purvis and Jane Burk DID MARRY Sarah Garrard on 31 March 1808 in Fleming Co., Kentucky.

While James Purvis and Sarah Garrard were getting married in Kentucky in 1808; James F. Purvis, Sr. and his family (wife and 6 Children) were at home in Chesterfield, SC.

I do not understand people who automatically click and link every suggestion provided by a shaky leaf on Ancestry. This action has resulted in a profusion of mis-information on the web and an overabundance of fraudulent genealogy just as profuse as fake news is today.

There is a Kentucky marriage licensee for a James Purvis to a Sarah Garrard that these click-it operator attaches to any James Purvis that get the shaky leaf without any rational examination of the facts. 
James Purvis
The KY Marriage Licensee shows a SARAH GARRARD marrying a JAMES PURVIS; but he was not the James F. Purvis, Sr. that migrated from Chesterfield County, SC to Clarke County, Alabama and then on to Rankin County, MS where he died in November 1836.

[Probate File; Probate Court, Rankin County, MS and RANKIN COUNTY, MS BOND AND WILL BOOK I, Page 52: Estate of James Purvis, dec'd. John Purvis, W. Purvis, W. B. Word, Charles A. Fulsom, bond $1,400.00, 28 Nov. 1836. Condition: John Purvis and George W. Purvis, Admr's. make an inventory of estate].

James F. Purvis, born about 1760 in SC and Died in November 1836 was the son of John Purvis and Sarah Johnston/Johnson. THE NAME OF HIS WIFE IS NOT KNOWN. His brother was Gilbert Purvis who married Efficia Howell. James, Gilbert and several other Purvis families migrated from Chesterfield, SC about 1818. They are not listed in the 1820 Census for Chesterfield County, SC.
James and his family are listed in 1800 and 1810 and I can assure you he was married long before the 1808 Kentucky Marriage.

Based on these two censuses we can see that James was married and had 6 children prior to 1800 and statistics points to a likely marriage date of about 1788-89. This is based on the assumption that the oldest female in the household is James Purvis wife.

Again we know that James is in SC and that he is married much earlier that 1808 and has a growing family in both 1800 and 1810. There is no record of James Purvis leaving South Carolina until he migrated with his brother about 1818-1820.

Just a short look on the internet shows that Sarah Garrard married James Purvis on March 31, 1808 in Fleming county, Kentucky, son of William Purvis and Jane Burk. These Purvis were from Culpepper County, Virginia.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/a/c/r/Charles-A-Acree/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0165.html
Another website showing basically same information.
http://www.vangundy.net/familytree/GP/fam/fam01003.html
And I have no idea how SARAH GARRARD became SARAH GARRARD JAMES. I would suggest contacting one of the individuals posting this information. There are many to choose from on the web.

Don’t be surprised if they tell you that Ancestry says they were married.

James F. Purvis, Sr., (b. 1760-Nov 1836) DID NOT MARRY Sarah Garrard; his wife is currently unknown.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday~Lt. Robert H. Miller

In Memory of
1stLt. Robert Henry Miller
b. 1841
d. 29 August 1862 
Second Battle of Manassas

1Lt. Robert H. Miller
Robert H. Miller was the first born son of Elizabeth Rose Campbell Purvis and Joseph Edward Miller. He had a younger brother, Joseph D. Miller.
Elizabeth Rose Purvis was the widow of James Purdee J. Purvis. James had died in 1836 leaving Elizabeth pregnant and with two small children. Before her re-marriage in March 1839, her oldest son would pass away and a new son born. These two children were Mary Ann Purvis and William R. Purvis.  
Robert Henry studied at Bethany College in West Virginia  and graduated there in 1859. When War broke out he returned to his ancestral homestead known as the “Flowery Mound" plantation. His parents remained in West Virginia.
In Concordia Pariah, he aided Captain Zebulon York in organizing the 14th Louisiana Infantry also know as the Concordia Rifles. On 19 June 1861, Robert Henry enlisted into the 14th Louisiana Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant. 
Forrest P. Conner in an article published in “The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 70, No. 1, Part One (Jan.,1962), pp. 62-91”; Published by: Virginia Historical Society made these comments in his introduction to the publication of thirteen letters sent home to family and friends.
Robet H. Miller's Death
... He was killed on August 29 at Second Manassas when his regiment, part of General Harry T. Hays's First Louisiana Brigade, advanced support General Ambrose P. Hill whose center was being threatened by Union assault. It was noted in an obituary found among the letters Miller's father had arrived for a visit before the battle and was still there perform the last rites after his son's body was recovered.
There is no indication that Robert Henry Miller was returned home for burial. The small snippet above seem to suggest he was buried in place. There is a possibility his body may be entombed, in an unmarked grave, at the Groveton Confederate Cemetery, Groveton, Virginia.









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[1] Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4246813

Monday, July 17, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed from the Burned Book- Michael Davis to Kinchen Previtt 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 from the Burned Book- Michael Davis to Kinchen Previtt Deed


Note: for those who don’t know, the Burnt/Burned Book is a Pre Civil War Deed Book that was recovered from the Bonfire when Union Troops burned the Courthouse and it’s contents in March 1865.


116117 (2)


Michael Davis to Kinchen Previtt Deed

Davis 2 Previtt Land Plat
Burnt Book; Page 116-117
The State of South Carolina
Know all men by these presents that I, Michael Davis, of the District of Chesterfield and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and sixteen dollars to me paid by Kinchen Previtt of the State and District aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and conveyed and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Kinchen Previtt, a certain tract or parcel of land situate in the district of Chesterfield on the waters of Abrams Creek – Beginning on a Maple 3Xo in Pond Branch and runs N. E. 14 degrees 17 ½ chs to a stake 3X0 Thence E. 11 chs to a Stake 3Xo thence N. 17 ½ chs to a Pine 3Xn in Meadow Branch Thence up and with Meadow Branch to a Black Jack 3Xn at the head of said branch. Thence S. E. 12 degrees 8 ½ chs to a stake 3Xn at the head of Pond Branch. Thence down said Pond Branch the various courses of the same to the beginning containing Twenty nine acres, reference to the above plat will more fully shew- Together with all and singular the members, hereditaments and appurtenances belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining. To have and to hold forever. And I do hereby bind myself my heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend the above described premises unto the said Kinchen Previtt his heirs and assigns against myself my heirs and against every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim any part thereof.
Page 117
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty seventh day of ???[December] in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty. –
Signed, Sealed and delivered}
In the presence of us}                      Michael Davis {Seal}
William A. Davis
John W. Previtt
South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} Personally appeared Wm. A. Davis and says on oath that he was present and saw Michael Davis sign seal and deliver the within instrument of writing to Kinchen Previtt for the uses and purposes therein contained & that John W. Previtt witnessed the Execution thereof.
Sworn & Subscribed before}                     W. A. Davis
me this 4th Feby 1861}
A. Austin, Magt.
South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} I, Dan^l Douglass, Magt do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Huldah Davis the wife of the within named Michael Davis did this day appear before me and upon being privately, and separate examined before me did declare that she does freely, voluntarily and without any compulsion, dread or fear of any person or persons whomsoever renounce release and relinquish unto the within named Kinchen Previtt his heirs & assigns all her [illegible] & estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in and all and singular the premises within mentioned & released. Given under my hand and seal March ??, 1861. {LS} Dan’l Douglass, Magt.
                                                Huldah X her mark Davis
(Recorded Sept 1st, 1863)




Michael Davis is my 3rd Great Grandfather.








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[1] Land Deed - Michael Davis to Kinchen Previtt Deed; 27th December? 1860; Deed Book #BURNT BOOK; Page(s) pages 116 & 117; Probate Office; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; May 2012.
































Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #987 – Lewis H. Wadsworth


This on-going series of posting, appears 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 overlooked this valuable resources if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folder:

Folder #987


L. H. Wadsworth

The estate folder begins at image 271 of 1643. There are 32 images within the estate folder. (images 271-302) 1

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N397-WX?i=270&cc=191192813

I have written two articles previously about Lewis and his two marriages and families. There articles may be accessed here:
Therefore, this post will focus on the contents of this estate folder #987.
Lewis H. Wadsworth was born 13 September 1832, a son of John H. Wadsworth and Susannah Davis. He spent his life as a farmer in the Cole Hill Section off Chesterfield County.

Township Map-Chesterfield County

On 7 March 1910, at the age of 77, Lewis H. Wadsworth passed away leaving his wife Elizabeth A. Crawford and two small children. Also surviving were 7 children from his first wife.

One of the first items within the estate folder is the Will of Lewis H. Wadsworth. Since an executor was not named within the Will; William J. Odom petitioned the Court and was named administrator of the estate. 

Image 293 - Lewis H. Wadsworth

Transcription:
South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}      In Probate Court
Ex Parte}
W. J. Odom}
In re Est.}
L. H. Wadsworth}
Dec’d. }
To The Probate Court
The petition of W. J. Odom shows that
I. L. H. Wadsworth died testate in above State & County on 7 March 1910, but there is no Executor named in his Last Will & Testament.
II. That he left personal property of the value of Seven hundred and fifty Dollars and there are some Debts due to the Estate-.
III. That an administrator with the Will annexed is necessary in order to properly wind up said estate-
IV. The petitioner married a daughter of deceased and he has been requested to act as the administrator –
                Therefore he asks that he be appointed such administrator with the Will annexed.
                                                        W. J. Odom

The Last Will and Testament of Lewis H. Wadsworth can be viewed here:
A list of surviving heirs to the estate is here:
An order for the sale of Person Property can be found here:
The first and Final return is here;
Personal Estate Appraisement is here

Lewis H. Wadsworth is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.








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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-N397-WX?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-N38%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C191815201 : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0980-1052 > image 271 of 1643; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.















Saturday, July 15, 2017

It’s Family Time~James Franklin and Lessie Ida Teal

It's Family TimeJames Franklin Teal, son of John Daniel Teal and Sarah Ann ‘Susie’ Wadsworth was born 29 April 1872 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He would grow up to be a farmer just as his father and grand fathers before him.

James Franklin met and married a young lady by the name of Lessie Ida Davis. Lessie Ida was the daughter of  William Alfred Davis and Nancy J. Hurst. Their first enumeration in any census is the 1900 census for Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina. That Census shows that they were married in 1891.  At the time of the Census in July 1900; James and Lessie had three children of which two were living.

1900 Census James F. Teal
1900 Census, Chesterfield Co., Courthouse Twsp. 



They would add another son, John Gary Teal, to the family in 1902.

The children of James Franklin and Lessie Ida were:

i. James Ernest Teal, born 14 Apr 1897, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Margaret Pauline Campbell; died 26 Jan 1973, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Ila J. Teal, born 5 May 1900, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Rev. Grover Cleveland Caulder; died 30 Sep 1985, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
iii. John Gary Teal, born 10 Sep 1902, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Isabell Davis, 13 Aug 1922; died 6 Jan 1978.

On 27 February 1940, James Franklin lost his beloved wife, Lessie Ida Davis Teal. Seventeen months later, James Franklin Teal passed away on 10 July 1841. They are buried in Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.

James Franklin Teal is my 3rd Cousin twice removed.

Lessie Ida Davis Teal is my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.








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1. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, 826. Tombstone of JAMES FRANKLIN TEAL; 29 April 1872–10 July 1941, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
2. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 21, Page 23B/107B, Line 57, Dwelling 428, Family 435, Household of James F. TEAL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_1523.
3. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 40, Page 10A/166A; Line 21, Dwelling 166, Family 174, Household of James F. TEAL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.
4. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 15, Page 6A/17A(stamped); Line 38, Dwelling 92, Family 97, Household of James F. TEAL; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 29 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_2192.
5. 1940 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 13-16, Page: 6A/225A(stamped); Line 19,, Household #81, Household of James TEAL; digital images, 1940 CENSUS (http://1940census.archives.gov : viewed 29 August 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3799.
6. South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1961, Images. Ancestry, (https://www.ancestry.com: 11 January 2014), South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1961, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, James F Teal; Certificate number 012329, 10 July 1941.
7. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of JAMES FRANKLIN TEAL.
8. James F. Teal obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 13 July 1941, page 8-B, Column 2.
9. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey, Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995. Tombstone of Lessie Ida TEAL.
10. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina;, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 327C; Line 7, Dwelling 293, Family 293, Household of W. A. DAVIS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
11. Mrs. James F Teal, death certificate (long) 004030 (27 February 1940), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
12. "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/ : viewed 30 May 2011), Images, "Probate File #439, James A. Davis, et al," Images 444-476; FHL Film#2166626.
13. Mrs. Ida Davis Teal obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 29 February 1940, Page 1.


























Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Guardianship of the Children of Ida Caroline Mulloy Perkins

On 20 June 1887, Ida Caroline Mulloy Perkins, wife of William James Perkins and daughter of William A. Mulloy and Mary F., passed away leaving 5 small children.

Her children were:
i. Robert J. Perkins was born about 1876 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Lillian Hortense Perkins was born on 14 Jan 1876 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. She died on 27 Jun 1936 at the age of 60.
iii. Clarence Perkins was born in 8 Mar 1878 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 
iv. William James "Willie" Perkins, Jr., was born in Mar 1883 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
v. Floris Jeanette  Perkins, born 6 Oct 1885, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; she married William Simeon Mann Sr.; died 24 Oct 1967, Telfair County, Georgia.
William James Perkins petitioned the Courts for the guardianship of 3 of these 5 children, Robert J., William James “Willie” and Floris.

Guardianship of Ida C. Perkins Children
Transcription:

The State of South Carolina, In Probate Court.
County of Chesterfield.
Ex parte W. J. Perkins
In re R. J. Perkins, W. J. Perkins Jr.,
And Floris Perkins, infants Petition for Appointment as Guardian
The Petition of W. J. Perkins respectfully submits to the Court:
That he is the father of the above-names infants, R. J. Perkins, W. J. Perkins Jr., and Floris Perkins, and that there is in the hands of G. J. Redfearn Esq., Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for Chesterfield County, State of South Carolina. The sum of $73.66 belonging to each of said infants. That the said infants have no Guardian to represent them and to collect the sais sums of money for them, and he is desirous of collecting the said sums of money for them and using same for their support and education.
Wherefore he prays that he may be by this Honorable Court appoint as Guardian for the said infants whose ages are as follows:
                                                           R. J. Perkins is 19 years of age:
                                                           W. J. Perkins is 17 years of age:
                                                           And Floris Perkins is 14 years of age.
                                                                                                     W. J. Perkins

State of Georgia,
County of
Personally appears before the subscribing officer W. J. Perkins who on oath says that the foregoing Petition is true of his own knowledge, except as to the amount of money which is alleged to be in the hands of G. J. Redfearn, Clerk of Court, and as to that matter he is informed and believes that same is true.
Sworn to before me                                               W. J. Perkins
the 7th day of March 1900.

To: Thos L. Huntley, Esq., Probate Judge:
We, the undersigned, being over the age of fourteen years, hereby request you appoint W. J. Perkins as Guardian for us.
                                                                          R. J. Perkins
                                                                          Floris J. Perkins
                                                                          W. J. Perkins, Jr.

The father, William James Perkins, Sr., was granted guardianship, by the Court, for the 3 minor children named within.

In 1888, William James Perkins remarried to a young lady with the given name of Ardelia; last name unknown and shortly thereafter moved to Coffee County, Georgia where he died on 12 May 1905.

The husband of Ida Caroline Mulloy was my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.

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1. Probate folder #674 - "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N32G-D?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-3TT%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C191220701 : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0638-0757 > image 556 of 1623; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
2. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 August 2012); Memorial page for William James Perkins; (9 April 1853–12 May 1905); Find a Grave memorial # 46115494, Citing Broxton City Cemetery; Broxton, Coffee County, Georgia, USA.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 145, Line 7, Dwelling 726, Family 724, Household of John H. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 13 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 308B; Line 25, Dwelling 407, Family 407, Household of John H. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 13 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
5. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page: 328B; Line 17, Dwelling 324, Family 324, Household of W. J. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 17 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
6. 1900 U. S. Census, Coffee County, Georgia, population schedule, Wooten, Coffee County, Georgia, enumeration district (ED) 22, Page: 13B/89B (stamped); Line 51, Dwelling 233, Family 233, Household of William J. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 17 August 2012); citing NARA publication Roll: T623_0189.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, William Jordon Perkins (9 April 1853–12 May 1905), Memorial # 46115494.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Ida G. Mulloy Perkins (1855-Jun. 20, 1887), Memorial # 66484183.














































Monday, July 10, 2017

Mystery Monday~Who Was The Husband Of Elizabeth Hinson of Anson County

I have written many articles extolling the value of Land Deed research. I have solved many problems with information gathered during a short visit to the local Register of Deeds office.

Conversely, land deeds can provide clues that rather than solving a problem they create a problem.
Case in point is Anson County, NC Land Deed X:398 – Thomas Brooks to Vincent Parsons

 Snippet DB X-398
Transcription:
…it being a lot of land that was on a division of lands belonging to the estate of the late John Hinson, Sr. decd. Among his heirs allotted to Elizabeth Brooks the mother of the sd. Thomas Brooks which lot in the plan of division is marked No. 1 Beginning at a stake in the field the 6th corner of a hundred acre tract granted to Crawford & runs…

Parties named within this snippet:
  • the late John Hinson, Sr. decd.
  • Elizabeth [Hinson] Brooks mother of Thos. Brooks
  • Thomas Brooks,   
John Hinson, Sr. died in Anson County, North Carolina sometime before July 1828.
In Anson County Deed Book S, page 215, dated 25 September 1818;  John Hinson, Sr. of Anson County, North Carolina gave his 11 year old Grandson Thomas Hinson Brooks a Negro Boy Peter about 16 years of age.

Ironically, this Deed (S:215) has another daughter of John Hinson signing the deed as Susannah T. Brooks. Many researchers have Susannah listed as the Mother of Thomas Brooks but we know that DB X, page 398 says that daughter Elizabeth is the mother of Thomas Hinson Brooks.

Susannah T. Hinson Brooks

These two land deeds have created three unanswered questions.
  1. Is Thomas Brooks and Thomas Hinson Brooks the same individual?
  2. Who is the husband of Elizabeth Hinson, daughter of John Hinson, Sr. and father of Thomas Hinson Brooks?
  3. Who is the husband of Susannah T. Hinson, daughter of John Hinson, Sr.




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[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: DB X, page 398, THOMAS BROOKS TO VINCENT PARSONS; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
[2] North Carolina, Deed Book: DB "S", page 215, John Hinson to Thomas H. Hinson; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

It’s Family Time~Catherine ‘Katy’ Dry Miller

It's Family Time
Catherine ‘Katy’ Dry, b. 28 Feb. 1783 in Cabarrus County, NC was the daughter of Owen Ulrich Dry and his wife Eve.

On 25 March 1807 at the age of 25, Catherine married Jacob Miller, son of George Jacob Miller, a Revolutionary War soldier. 
Katy Dry-Jacob Miller

To date I have identified 3 children for Jacob and Katy Miller; 2 sons and one daughter.  Their identified children are:
i. Moses Miller was born on 25 May 1815 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. He died on 11 Feb 1881 at the age of 65 in Moro, Lee, Arkansas.
ii. Sophia Miller, born 1822, Cabarrus, North Carolina; married Dr. Solomon Furr, 20 Apr 1841, Cabarrus County, North Carolina ; died 1844, Cabarrus, North Carolina.
iii. David Miller, born 26 Nov 1824, Cabarrus County, North Carolina ; married Julia Dietta Hahn; died 21 Sep 1882.

Jacob Miller husband of Katy Dry Miller passed away on 9 September 1852 at the age of 66.
Katy passed away on 6 April 1858 at the age of 75. Jacob and Katy are buried in Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.


Catherine ‘Katy’ Dry is my 1st Cousin 5 times removed. 





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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 7 July 2017); Memorial page for Jacob Miller; (3 October 1786–9 October 1852); Find a Grave memorial # 20805009, Citing Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery; Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA.
2. "Index to North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 7 July 2017), Marriage - 25 March 1807; North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977.; Jacob Miller - Caty Dry.
3. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Catherine "Katy" Dry Miller (28 February 1783–6 April 1858), Memorial # 111264711.
4. 1810 Census: United States. North Carolina. Cabarrus County. 1810 U S Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry. www.ancestry.com : 2015.
5. 1820 Census; United States. North Carolina. Cabarrus County. 1820 U S Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry. www.ancestry.com : 2015.
6. 1830 Census: United States. North Carolina. Cabarrus County. 1830 U S Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry. www.ancestry.com : 2015.
7. 1840 Census: United States. North Carolina. Cabarrus County. 1840 U S Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry. www.ancestry.com : 2015.
8. 1850 U. S. Census, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Cabarrus, North Carolina, Page: 464A (Stamped); Line 9, Dwelling 949, Family 949, Household of Jacob MILLER.















Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday's Faces From The Past~Jenkins Siblings


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Mary Jenkins Schuler, Walker Jenkins, Carrie Jenkins Stillwell


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~H. F. Adams and Carrie Lee Sellers Marriage

Henry Frank (H. F.) Adams son of  Thomas C. Adams and Sarah Frances Deese Adams married Carrie Lee Sellers, daughter of Thomas Brooks Sellers and Mary M. Hinson on 26 December 1909 in Anson County, North Carolina.  
 

Carrie Lee Sellers Marriage


Adams-Sellers Marriage








State of North Carolina]
Anson County]

I, 1 A. J. Brooks a 2 Justice of the peace
United in matrimony 3 H. F. Adams
And 4 Carrie Lee Sellers the parties licensed above on the 26 Day of December  1909 5 at McFarland, NC
In 6 Morven #2, in said county according to law.
WITNESS PRESENT AT MARRIAGE:
J. T. Philips of McFarland
W. A. Teal of Center Field RFD #2
Robert Moore of McFarland
                                       

Key:
1. Names of person officiating
2. If Minister, of what domination, If Justice of peace so sate
3. Name of man married
4. Name of Woman married
5. Place of marriage
6. Township
At least three persons present at marriage must signs as witness


  
Carrie Lee Sellers is my 3rd cousin twice removed.






Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017

US_Flag

In Memory of those who gave us our Independence and those who continue to give of theirself  to ensure our freedom.

Today We Remember
Sgt. George W. Rivers, Jr.
Who Gave His All in WWII
Killed in Action – 5 January 1944

Sgt. George W. Rivers, Jr.
Silver Star
Silver Star
Burial in Italy
Sgt George W. Rivers
Lineage

Have a Safe Independence Day 2017




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[1] My thanks to Don R. Haynes who granted me permission to use his photos of George W. Rivers, Jr. and his tombstone in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.
[2] https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56313742
[3] https://www.abmc.gov/node/426840#.WVqMBojyuUk
[4] American flag courtesy of Getty’s Images. http://www.gettyimages.com/

















Monday, July 3, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Deed of Gift: Mark Rivers to Katharine Rivers, 1878.

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 Deed of Gift: Mark Rivers to Katharine Rivers, 1878.

DEED BOOK N, page 381
DEED BOOK N, page 382
Mark Rivers}
To} Deed of Gift
Catharine Rivers} Files August 14th 1878
The State of Alabama}
Choctaw County} Know all men by these present that I Mark Rivers of the county & State aforesaid do this day, Bequeath to my wife Katharine Rivers the following Property to wit: four cows, calves and one work horse (her choice of my horses) and the following Lot or parcel of land to wit: Known and described as the W ½ of NW ¼ & east ½ of SW ¼ & SE ¼ of NW ¼ in Sec 14 T. 10 R. 5 West containing 198 acres more or lefs. To have and to hold unto her the said Katharine Rivers as long as she lives or during her natural life for her own special use & benefit. I hereby give and bequeath said property to my wife Katherine Rivers free from all my Debts as I have other Property to settle said debts&c. In Testimony whereof I hereunto Sign and fix my Seal this the 22nd day of March 1878.
Witness: J. J. Repshur                   Mark X his mark Rivers {Seal}
J. B. Repshur
J. C. Moody

The above land given to Catharine Rivers by her husband Mark is shown as allotted to Charles J. Ivey on the BLM Government  Land Record site - https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/.

Charles J. Ivey


Mark Rivers, b. 1808 is the son of Mark Rivers and Annie Parker. Mark along with his sisters, Milly Rivers Holifield and Elizabeth Rivers Dryman  migrated to Simpson-Hinds County, Mississippi. After 1850, their brother Luke and his family joined them in Mississippi.

Mark Rivers married Irena Katherine Hancock in February 1840 before leaving Chesterfield County, South Carolina.



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[1] Source: Special THANKS to Jean Larson for the Land Deed and transcription. (Mark Rivers to Katharine Rivers, Choctaw County, Alabama, Deed Records Volume “N”, pages 381-382; LDS FHL Film #1788067).















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