Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Alternate Sources for Death Records/Dates

As genealogists a Death Certificate is our preferred original source for primary information about the death of an Ancestor.  While some states have documented deaths for a long period of time it was not mandated by the U. S. Government until about 1900. By the mid-1930’s all states were collecting mortality information.

This large gap, from the birth of our nation and until 1900, is sometime troublesome for genealogist when looking for an ancestor death record.
This list was prepared to list some alternative sources of death dates for ancestors.

State Records

Death certificate:  – Preferred document. Issued by the state at time of death.  

Cemetery Records:

·        Tombstone:  - If a death certificate is not found, the tombstone is probably the number 1 source for a death date. Do keep in mind that a tombstone is not a primary source record; it is a secondary source. It may have been placed shortly after a person death but it also may have been placed many years later. Regardless, if you are using a tombstone date as your death source it is a secondary source and should be confirmed by other documents.  

·        Sexton's Records:  – Sexton Records are records that are maintained by the cemetery. Most likely the Sexton and the Sexton records will be found in the business office often on or near the cemetery grounds. Sexton records are primary records for burial; all other data most likely derivative in nature. I have had wonderful experiences using sexton records at big cemeteries in town. However, out in the rural areas of the south, which I am familiar with, there are no sextons at many of the small rural cemeteries. Often you will find that no cemetery records have been maintained.

·        Funeral Home Records:  - Records maintain by the Mortuary that handle the funeral. Very detailed, concise and well maintained. I have found that access to these records is restricted. Your experience may differ. I think most of the problems with access to mortuary records are identify theft and privacy issues.  
·        FindAGrave: – An on-line resource with memorials created by volunteers documenting the final resting place of millions of families and individuals. A priceless aid for genealogist and family history enthusiasts.  

The Social Security Death Index:
Available on line at  Comprehensive computerized Database created by the Social Security Administration from the Death Master File. Excellent source for individuals who have passed away since 1962 till now. 

US Census Mortality Schedules:
Census mortality schedules can be found for all states for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. While limited in nature they do provide death dates for individuals who died in the year prior to the census being enumerated. Not all states are included and the death is listed if it occurred between 1 June of the previous year and 31 May of the Census years.

Church  Records:

Funeral Church Bulletins: These are the bulletins handed out during a funeral ceremony. Can most likely be found on file in the church office.

Meetings Minutes:  Minutes of meeting held by church officials.


Obituaries:  - Today’s newspapers have a designated page for obituaries. Obituaries in most case are written by a family member in concert with a Funeral Home official who distributes the obituary to the local newspaper.  Do keep in mind that prior to the 1960’s or maybe later there were no indexes on the front page and obituaries can be found throughout the newspaper.

Local News/Community News:  - Oftentimes in older newspapers the death of an individual was printed in the local news section. In many of these newspapers you have more than one section dedicated to local news. Two of my great grandparent’s deaths were reported in local news section of a newspaper.  

Family Bibles:
The Family Bible is always a good source for the birth and death of ancestors.  Copies of family Bibles can be found in State Archives, Local Historical Society and State Libraries. 

Court Records:

Estates: Estate folders are a great source for death date of an ancestor.

County Coroner’s  Office:
The County Coroner handles deaths of individuals involved in criminal or other violent means; by suicide, or suddenly when in apparent health a person dies in a suspicious or unusual manner.

Land Records:
Land deeds can be used to determine about when your ancestor died. The sale of and division of an ancestor estate lands is a clear indication of his demise.  This is also a good source of the identity of children and their spouses which are often named within a land division.

Tax Lists:
Tax list can be used to pinpoint when your ancestors drop off the tax rolls. If your ancestor drops off the tax rolls it may be because he died, or he may have moved to another county or the ancestor may have fell on hard times.

If you are aware of other sources where you have found death records for you ancestor; please post a short note with details or send me an e-mail.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - James Paul Brock

James Paul Brock
Birth: Feb. 29, 1845
Death: Feb. 2, 1919

Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

Son of Samuel W. & Martha Brock.

Married Catherine Josephine Smith on 2 Sept 1869. Catherine Josephine was the daughter of Elisha Brown Smith and Delilah M. Wallace.  She was born on 23 May 1853 and died 29 March 1928 and is buried at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. 

James Paul and Catherine Josephine had 9 children:
  •   Infant Brock (1870 - 1870)
  •   Jesse Franklin Brock (1871 - 1935)
  •  Charles W. Brock (1873 - 1937)
  •   Sara Ella Brock Sellers (1875 - 1949)
  •   James C. Brock (1878 - 1952)
  •  Willie T. Brock (1881 - 1883)
  •  Carrie Josephine Brock Rivers (1884 - 1945)
  •  Benjamin Asbury Brock (1888 - 1977)
  • Dewitt G. Brock (1890 - 1897) 

Burial: Brock Cemetery, Brock's Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Monday, October 29, 2012

Military Monday – Corp. Thomas Jefferson Purvis

Thomas Jefferson Purvis was born about 1826 in Mississippi to William James Purvis and Millie Cook. He was one of nine children born to William and Millie.

Thomas Jefferson married Emily Winstead about 1846. In the 1850 Census for Scott County[1] Mississippi they had two children – Mary Ann, age 3 and Dorson, male, age 1.

By the start of the Civil War in January 1861, Thomas and Emily family had grown to seven children - 4 daughters and 3 sons.

It looks as if Thomas Jefferson avoided the War until August of 1862 at which time he was DRAFTED.  
The Civil War Military file for T. J. Purvis consists of 7 images.

Image 1 – Index Card – Pvt. T. J. Purvis, age 37, Capt. D. J. Ward’s Co. 5th Regiment, Mississippi State Troops

Image 2 – Muster Card – Pvt. T. J. Purvis, DRAFTED 12 Aug 1862, Smith County Mississippi by W. T. Ward, Indefinite period - Number of miles traveled to place of rendezvous ­­ 80

Image 3 - Muster Card –  Pvt. T. J. Purvis, Co. G. 5th Reg’t Militia Minute Men, Army of the State of Mississippi - Dated Aug. 23 – Oct 1, 1862  Enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, Raleigh, Mississippi, by Capt. Ward until discharged – Last paid  never, Present

Image 4 - Muster Card – Pvt. T. J. Purvis, Co. G. 5th Reg’t Mississippi State Troops - Dated Jan.  26, 1863 for period of Oct. 1, - Oct. 31, 1862 -- Enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, Raleigh, Mississippi, by Capt. Ward until discharged – Last paid by Maj. Love Oct.1, 1862- absent with leave.

Image 5 - Muster Card – Corp.  T. J. Purvis, Co. G. 5th Reg’t  Mississippi State Troops  - Dated Nov. 1, 1861 – Feb. 28, 1863  -- Enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, Raleigh, Mississippi, by Capt. D. J. Ward until discharged – Last paid by Maj. Love Oct.1, 1862- Present

Image 6 - Muster Card – Corp. T. J. Purvis, Co. G. 5th Reg’t Mississippi State Troops - Dated May – Apr. 1863  -- Enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, Raleigh, Mississippi, by Capt. D. J. Ward until discharged – Last paid by Capt. Decker, Dec. 31, 1862 - Present

Image 7 - Muster Card –  Corp. T. J. Purvis, Co. G. 5th Reg’t  Mississippi State Troops  - Dated  Apr. 30, - July 17 1863  -- Enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, Raleigh, Mississippi, by Capt. D. J. Ward until discharged – Last paid by Capt. Decker, Feb. 28, 1863 -  Died June 21, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi[2]|69802220

Thomas Jefferson Purvis death on 21 June 1863 left a young widow with seven (7) children to rear, his Father and Mother who were still living and seven siblings to grieve him..

There is a CONFLICT between the Civil War Document  posted and the Tombstone. The Civil War document shows that Thomas Jefferson Purvis died on 21 June 1863; the tombstone shows his death date as 22 June 1863. 

[1] 1850, Scott County, Mississippi, population schedule, Scott County, Mississippi, Page 277B, Line 36, Dwelling 318, Family 318,  Household of Thomas J. Purvis; digital images, ( : viewed 5 January 2012); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_381.

[2] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( accessed 12 January 2012), entry for Thomas Jefferson (T J) Purvis, Corpl.; Co. G, 5th Reg't - Mississippi State Troops; Confederate. Image with death date  - Direct link -|69802220

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday’s Obituary – Mrs. P. P. Brock

Mrs. P.P. Brock, Sr., of the Zoar section of the county, died last Monday, and was buried on Tuesday at Zoar church, the Rev. J. L. Tyler conducting the funeral service. Mrs. Brock was a most excellent Christian woman. Besides her husband, she leaves twelve children and several brothers and sisters.[1]

Mrs. P. P. Brock, Sr., was Margaret Jane Sellers daughter of Joseph B. Sellers and  Edarkus Jane Mungo. Margaret Jane was born 17 April 1865 and died 12 February 1917. She was buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Margaret Jane married Peter Preston Brock, Sr., son of William P. Brock and Easter E. Copeland.  They had 12 children – 7 boys, 5 girls.

Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

[1] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001, page 20. Tombstone of Mrs. Margaret Jane Brock, Zoar Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The Chesterfield Advertiser, 15 February 1917, page 4, col. 4
[2] Find A Grave Memorial# 32096693

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Surname - Calvit - Six - Brock

John CALVIT was listed as age 40 – 49 in the 1830 Census for Claiborne, Mississippi[1] making his birth between 1781 and 1790.

John CALVIT  married Margaret SIX on 13 Nov 1823 in Claiborne County, Mississippi.[2]  Margaret Six, daughter of Phillip Six and Charlotte Selser, was born about 1810.

John CALVIT and Margaret SIX had the three (3) children:

i. Martha Ann CALVIT was born about 1831.

ii. Joseph Harrison CALVIT was born about 1834 in Hinds Co., Mississippi. He was also known as Joseph C. BROCK.

iii. Eliza Lucinda Calvit was born about 1827.

John CALVIT died in early 1835. Margaret was left all along with three (3) small children. It’s not unusual that on 15 February 1838, Margaret married Moses A. BROCK in Utica, Hinds County, Mississippi.[3]  Moses A. BROCK was a son of William BROCK and his wife. Although they were married a short time they had seven (7) children between 1839 and 1851.

Moses A. Brock and Margaret Six had the following children:

i. Charlotte M. Brock was born on 9 Jun 1839 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi. She died on 9 Oct 1841 at the age of 2 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi.

ii. Nancy Ann Brock was born on 23 Sep 1840 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi, United States. She died on 19 Aug 1853 at the age of 12 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi.

iii. Andrew VanBuren Brock, born 15 Jul 1842, Utica, Hinds, Mississippi; married Eliza J. Weeks, abt 1864; died 15 Apr 1877, Utica, Hinds, Mississippi.

iv. Moses A. Brock was born on 1 Apr 1844 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi. He died on 11 Jan 1885 at the age of 40 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi.

v. Margaret C. Brock was born about 1846 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

vi. Tharissa Brock was born about 1847 in Utica, Hinds, Mississippi.

vii. Aaron P. Brock was born about 1851 in Hinds County, Mississippi. He died on 27 Aug 1868 at the age of 17 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

Margaret SIX CALVIT BROCK died on 16 Mar 1860 at the age of 50 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

Moses A BROCK remarried on 13 Dec 1861 to Eliza E. BOREN. They had 2 children, Julianna and Marion BROCK.  It is not known when Moses A. BROCK, Sr. died.

If you have information on the families or individuals mentioned; I would love to share information.

[1] 1830, Claiborne County, Mississippi, population schedule, Claiborne, Mississippi, Page 79, Line, Household of John CALVIT; digital images, ( : viewed 26 October 2012); citing NARA micro-film Roll: M19-70.
[2] Mississippi, Claiborne County, Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935, , Margaret SIX and John CALVIT, 13 November 1823;, Port Gibson.
[3] Mississippi, Hines County, Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935, Marriage Book 2, p. 91, Moses Brock to Margaret Calvit, 15 February 1838;, Jackson, Mississippi.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Land Deed Reveals 2nd Wife



NORTH CAROLINA} This deed made this 23rd day of September, Anson County, 1899 by W. A. Purvis and wife Elizabeth Purvis of Anson County and State of North Carolina of the first part and J. D. Rhyne of said county and state of the second part witnesseth that said W. A. Purvis and wife in consideration of fifty four dollars to them paid by J. D. Rhyne. The receipt of which is hereby acknowledged has bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell and convey to said J. D. Rhyne and his heirs a certain tract or parcel of land in Morven Township, Anson County, State of North Carolina. Adjoining the lands of Jms. Davis, Jms. McGugan, Dr. W.J. McLendon and J.D. Rhyne. Bounded to follows. Beginning at McGugan's corner in McLendon line and running east six chains to Rhyne's corner. Then with Rhyne's line south to a corner in his line 392 yds. Thence west to Davis line 7 1/2 chains. Thence direct to the beginning corner containing twelve acres more or less. To have and to hold the aforesaid tract of land and all privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said J.D. Rhyne, his heirs and assigns to their only use and behalf forever and the said W.A. Purvis and wife covenants that they are seized of said premises in fee and has a right to convey to same in fee simple that the same are free and clear from all incumbrances and that they will warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony whereof the said W. A. Purvis and wife have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above mentioned.
In presence of
W. E. Pennington
                                                                                        W. A. Purvis {Seal}
                                                                                        Elizabeth X Purvis {Seal}

NORTH CAROLINA} I, W. E. Pennington, Justice of the Peace for Anson County hereby certify that W. A. Purvis and his wife Elizabeth Purvis personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the within deed of conveyance and the said Elizabeth Purvis being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband touching her voluntary execution of the same tract state that she signed the said freely and voluntarily without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person and that she doth still voluntarily agree here to witness my hand and private seal this 23rd day of September 1899.
                                                                                         W. E Pennington, J.P. {Seal}

State of North Carolina}
Anson County} The foregoing certificate of W. E. Pennington a Justice of the Peace of Anson County is adjudged to be in dire form and according to law. Let the deed of conveyance with the certificate be registered this October 2nd 1899.
                                                                                            John C. McLancklin
                                                                                            Clerk of Superior Court

September 2nd 1899. S PM. Then the foregoing deed of conveyance and certificate be
                                                                                            S.A. Benton
                                                                                            Register of Deeds

William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves are my second great grandparents.

This land deed [1]was a real shocker when it was first found. William A. Purvis married Sarah Jane Graves about 1859 and had one son William James Purvis in 1863. All the older generation claim no knowledge of a second wife for William. Mystery still surrounds this woman. Her social security Form SS_5 shows that she was Elizabeth Privett. She had two daughters, father unknown, Ella Frances Purvis (b. 25 Sept 1881) and Mary Jane Purvis. (b. abt 1873).

Elizabeth Purvis is in same household with William A. and wife Sarah Jane in 1880.

1880 CENSUS[2]: Morven, Anson County, North Carolina; Roll: 951; Family History Film: 1254951; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 0493; Page 350B, Line 36, Dwelling 233, Family 251; William A. PURVIS, age 53, Farmer, born in SC, father born in SC, mother born in NC; Sarah J. PURVIS, Wife, age 48, born in NC, parents born in NC. Dwelling 223, Family 252, Betsy PURVIS, age 30, born in NC, parents born in NC; Mary J. PURVIS, age 7, born in NC, parents born in NC. (Spelled PURVICE on Ancestry).

Sarah Jane Graves wife of William Purvis died 30 December 1893.

Messenger-Intelligencer issue of January 4, 1894, page 3, McFarlan News - The funeral of the wife of Mr. Wm. PERVIS was preached by this writer in the M. E. Church of this place last Sunday [31 Dec. 1893]. She was a good old woman. She had suffered intensely for fifteen months from cancer. She was a member of the M. E. church about 20 years. [SOURCE: Steve Bailey][3]

Now on 30 December 1899 William A. Purvis and his wife Elizabeth are selling land that William A. Purvis and his Wife Sarah Jane Graves purchased.

This is the last known document that shows William A. Purvis name/mark. In May 1900, Elizabeth is listed as a widower. No death certificate, obituary or tombstone has been found for William A. Purvis. But, it obvious that William A. Purvis died between 30 Dec 1899 and May 1900.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Previtt Purvis died 18 Oct 1928 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina.[4] She was buried in the Mizpah Cemetery but no tombstone has been found.

Mrs. Betsy Purvis[5]
Mrs. Betsy Purvis, aged 90, died Oct. 18th in Great Falls village. The interment was at Mizpah the same day.
[The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Richmond County, NC, Thursday, October 21, 1926, Page 6, Column 2 - Deaths]

William A. Purvis has been "My Brickwall" for 38 years. 

Your comments are welcomed.

[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book 33: page 370, W. A. Purvis and wife Elizabeth Purvis to J. D. Rhyne; 23 September 1899, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
[2] 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) # 2, Page 350B, Line 36, Dwelling 233, Family 251, Household of William A. Purvis; digital image, ( : viewed 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
[3] Sarah Jane Graves Purvis obituary, Messenger-Intelligencer, Wadesboro, North Carolina, 4 January 1894, page 3, McFarlan News.
[4] Betsy Purvis, death certificate #351 (1926), Register of Deeds, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina
[5] Mrs. Betsy Purvis obituary, The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Rockingham, Richmond County, NC, 21 October 1926, Page 6, Column 2. Deaths.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tombstone–Sarah C. Davis and Charlie Reese Pitts


Charlie Reese Pitts was born on 18 Nov 1860 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.1 He appeared in the census from 1900 to 1930 in Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina.2 3 4 5 Charlie died on 7 Oct 1939 at the age of 78 and was buried in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.6 7 8

Charlie Reese Pitts and Sarah Caroline "Sally" Davis were married in 1882 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.9 Sarah Caroline "Sally" Davis, daughter of Thomas P. Davis and Nancy Jane Massey, was born on 10 Nov 1862 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 10 11 12 13 14 15 She died on 27 Jun 1950 at the age of 87  and was buried in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Charlie Reese Pitts and Sarah Caroline Davis had 9 children with 7 surviving:

i. Florence Pitts was born in Feb 1886 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 16 17 18 19
ii. Roxie Mae Pitts was born on 11 Oct 1891 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 20
iii. Emma Pitts was born on 11 Sep 1894 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 21 22 23 24
iv. Cornelia Pitts was born on 10 Jan 1897 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 25 26 27
v. Pearl Pitts, born 16 Dec 1899, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Ernest Covington Sellers.
vi. Della Pitts was born about 1903 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 28 29 30
vii. Sarah Creola Pitts, born 15 Feb 1916, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States; married Leon Maxwell Davis; died 12 May 1954, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Cemetery Survey, Source: Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey.
Chesterfield County, South Carolina. South Carolina. Chesterfield County. 1880 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital image. : 2000.
Find A Grave,
United States.  South Carolina. Chesterfield County. 1910 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. : 2012.
United States. South Carolina. Chesterfield County. 1900 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. : 2012.
United States. South Carolina. Chesterfield County. 1920 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. : 2012.
United States. South Carolina. Chesterfield County. 1930 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. : .
United States. South Carolina. Chesterfield County. Chesterfield. 1870 U. S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. : 2004.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Military Monday – Pvt. Thomas P. Davis

Thomas P. Davis, born 5 Oct 1837 was a son of John Calvin Davis and Charlotte Hurst Davis.

When the Civil War started in January 1861, Thomas and his wife Nancy Jane were expecting their 2nd child. She (Charlotte) was born 7 April 1861. Thomas’ first cousin Capt. Benjamin Thomas Davis was in the process of signing up a group of men to fight in the War. Their unit was designated the 21st South Carolina Infantry, Capt. B. T. Davis Company.

On 20 December 1861 Thomas P. Davis enlisted as a Private into his cousin's unit – The 21st SCV Inf. Thomas was twenty-five (25) years old.

Thomas P. Davis Civil War Record on-line at contains 12 images. It’s obvious by the dates that many images are missing. These missing pieces may be available at the National Archives in Washington, DC.[1]

Image #1 - Muster Card – Index of other card numbers

Image #2 - Muster Card – dated Georgetown, January 10, 1862 –Enlisted at Chesterfield on 20 December 1861 as a Private by Capt. B. T. Davis for 12 months.

Image #3 - Muster Card – dated March – April 1862 - Present

Image #4 - Muster Card – dated November – December 1863 – Enlisted at Chesterfield on 19 November 1863 as a Private by Capt. B. T. Davis for 12 months - Present, Due Bounty $50.00

Image #5 - Muster Card – dated January – February 1864 – Present, Due Bounty $50.00 – Last paid December 31, 1861 by Capt. McDuffie

Image #6 - Muster Card – dated April 30 – August 31, 1864 – Enlisted at Chesterfield on 19 November 1863 as a Private by Capt. B. T. Davis for 12 months – Absent – Wounded Hospital – Due Bounty $50.00.

Image #7 - Muster Card – dated April 30 – August 31, 1864 – Absent – Wounded Hospital – Due Bounty

Image #8 - Muster Card – dated 1 May – 30 June 1864 – paid 25 Dec 1864 <sic> Most likely 1863 sum of $27.60

Image #9 – Hospital Card – dated May 16, 1864, Chimborazo Hospital No. 5, Richmond, Virginia – admitted 16 May 1864 – Transferred 20 May 1864 to Winder Hospital at Camp Winder

Image #10 – Hospital Card – dated May 20, 1864, Chimborazo Hospital No. 5, Richmond, Virginia –Transferred 20 May 1864 to Winder Hospital

Image #11 – Hospital Card – dated May, 1864, Chimborazo Hospital No. 5, Richmond , Virginia –Disease- V S left hand [gunshot wound in left hand]

Image #12 – Clothing Receipt – receipt for Clothing, 2d S. C. Hospital, Florence, SC – Date of Issue: 19 December 1864

This completes the Civil war record for Thomas P. Davis. Between his two enlistments and after the War, Thomas P. and Nancy Jane Davis family grew by 12 more children for a total of 14 children; 9 daughters and 5 sons.

Thomas P. Davis died on 13 November 1885[2]; his wife Nancy Jane Massey Davis died 20 Dec 1896[3]. They are buried in the Kite Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Thomas was my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.
Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr
Thomas P. Davis
b. 5 Oct 1837
d. 13 Nov 1885
Civil War Soldier - Rest in Peace

[1] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 27 August 2011), entry for Thomas P. DAVIS, Private; Co. E, 21st Regt. Infantry; Confederate.
[2] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image,; Headstone for Thomas P. Davis; (5 October 1837–18 November 1885); Memorial # 40199290; Record of the Kite Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 27 October 2011.
[3] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Nancy [Massey] DAVIS; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch ( viewed 10 October 2012); Estate Papers, folder 595, Image 891, Nancy DAVIS died 20 December 1896.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday’s Obituary–Little Lillian Huntley

Mary Lillian Huntley
b. Jul. 11, 1908
d. Dec 10, 1908
Daughter of John Cornelius Huntley and Mary Belle McGregor Huntley

Lillian Huntley obit

Death of Little Lillian Huntley[1]
Ruby, S.C., Dec. 14, 1908
Fell asleep in Jesus at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Huntley, Jr., Dec 11, 1908, Mary Lillian, aged five months. She was taken seriously ill on Tuesday evening and all that loving hearts and hands could do was done for her but on Friday morning at half past twelve God's angels came for her and carried her back home to God. Though given us but a few months she was a sunbeam of joy and brightness and loved and petted by all who knew her.

Her remains were taken to the family cemetery near here and were tenderly and gently laid to rest beneath a beautiful mound of flowers to sleep till the resurrection morn.
Weep not dear mother, father and loved ones, God only lent her to you for a while that she might draw you nearer to Him and beckoning hands "across the river wait your coming to part no more." God has called her to be forever
         Safe in the arm of Jesus,
             Safe on his gentle breast,
         There by His love o'er shadowed,
             Sweetly her soul is at rest.

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Tombstone Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr [2]

[1] Mary Lillian Huntley obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 17 December 1908, Page 1, col 3. Death of Little Lillian Huntley.
[2] Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital image,; Headstone for Mary Lillian Huntley; (11 July 1908–10 December 1908); Memorial # 43115758; Record of the Ruby Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Accessed on 20 October 2011.
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