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Monday, August 4, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Deed, William Stringer to Gilbert Purvis

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 Conveyance from William Stringer to Gilbert Purvis.1

Gilbert  Purvis was a resident of Chesterfield County, South Carolina in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. There's a tombstone  for Gilbert in the Rivers Cemetery in Chesterfield County.2
Photo courtesy of Julious Burr

But, Gilbert is not buried in South Carolina; Gilbert Purvis migrated about 1818 with his family and brother James F. Purvis to Clarke County, Alabama and then onto Simpson, Hinds and Rankin County, Mississippi.  Not only did the Senior Gilbert Purvis buy land from William Stringer in Clarke County, Alabama as depicted in the land deed within this article; he is also listed along with his son, Gilbert Johnson Purvis in Simpson County Tax List  of 1828.3

We know this land deed is between Gilbert, Sr. and William Stringer because Gilbert’s son Gilbert Johnson witnessed the land deed. Gilbert most likely died between 1828 and 1829 in Simpson County, Mississippi. Gilbert Purvis, Sr. is not listed in the 1830 Census but his son (Gilbert Johnson) and his wife (Effica Howell) are listed in the same household. 

1828 Simpson Co., MS Tax List
1828 Simpson Co., MS Tax List

A182-83, Clarke, Purvis (3)
Clarke Co. AL Land Deed, A:182-183

Page 182
This Indenture made the 15th Day of December 1821 and in the year of our Lord 1821 between William stringer of the County of Clarke and State of Alabama a of the one part and Gilbert Purvice of the Same County and State of the other part Witnefeth that the said William Stringer for and in consideration of five hundred dollars of good and lawfull Money to him in hand paid by the said Gilbert Purvice at or before the in seating and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Bargained for and sold and by these presents do bargain sell unto the said Gilbert Purvice his heirs and assigns a certain lot of land or part of ground lying and being in the County of Clarke and state of Alabama (viz) fifty acres more or lefs of the South end of Federal Section No. 36 in Township No. 11 Range No. 2 B. M0 0r West of the Butte and bounded as follows (viz on the North by Creek Cotton Providence and thence up said Creek to the Lik Bluff and thence due East to the said Township and thence due West to the Tombigbee River and thence up said Rivers to the aforementioned Creek ----Together with all and singular the tenements hereditaments and appertainences [appurtenances] thereunto belonging and the revertion an revertions Remainder and remainder yearly and other Rents uses and profits and of every part and parcel thereof To have and to hold the said lot or parcel of land with the Tenements and hereditaments and all and singular other premises herein before mentioned or intended to be bargained for and Sold and every part and parcel thereof with every of these rights members and appertainnences <sic> unto the said Gilbert Purvice his heirs and assigns forever to and for the only proper use and behoof of him the said Gilbert Purvice his hairs <sic> and afsigns forever to and for and the said William Stringer for himself and his hairs the said parcel or lot of ground with all and singular the premises and appertainences <sic>before mentioned unto the said Gilbert Purvis
Page 183 To Purvis
His hairs <sic> and afsigns free from the claim or claims of him the said William Stringer his hairs and afsigns and of all and every person or persons whatsoever shall and will and do warrant and forever defend by these presents.----------
In Witnefs whereof the said William Stringer has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. (signed)
William Thornton}                                                           William Stringer (Seal}
Gilbert J. Purvice}                                                            Ann Stringer {seal}
State of Alabama}

Clarke County} Personaly ,<sic>appeared before William Murrell & Thomas Figurs(?), Justice of the peace for said County William L. Thornton & Gilbert J. Purvice subscribing witnefes and being duly Sworn saith they See the oblidigers <sic> Signe and acknowledge the within deed given under our hands and Seals this 2d Feb ?? (Signed
                                                                                    William Murrell {seal}
                                                                                     Thomas Figurs J P. {seal}
I hereby certify that the above Deed was brought to office and Recorded the 13th of February 1822.
[1] Land Deed - William Stringer to Gilbert PURVIS; 25 December 1821; Deed Book #A; Page(s) 182-183; Register of Deeds; Clarke County, Alabama; 10 January 2012. LDS Family History Library Film #1823018 (2).
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 7 July 2011); Memorial page for Gilbert Purvis; (unknown-unknown); Find a Grave memorial # 47258315, Citing Rivers Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
[3] Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, *FamilySearch*, ( accessed 14 January 2012), Simpson,County Tax Rolls; 1828, Box 3764, Image of 36 of 276, Gilbert PERVIS.


  1. Has anyone determined if there is an actual burial of someone at the Purvis stone in the Rivers cemetery, or is the stone just an isolated memorial stone?

    1. Jim,
      I can't answer that question, Most of the Gilbert, James & Joseph Purvis families migrated to Mississippi. They are in Clarke Co.,Al in 1821 and Simpson Co., in 1828 and 1830 and they remained there with descendants living there today.
      See comments I made in previous comments.

  2. Charlie, are you saying the tombstone in SC is just a memorial stone & he is buried elsewhere?

  3. Colleen,
    Yes, that is what I am saying. If you look at the censuses, Gilbert Purvis and his brothers left Chesterfield before the 1820 Census and migrated to Mississippi. I believe that this tombstone was erected in the 1920's when one of the prominent ladies of the community established a DAR Chapter.
    There were only two Gilbert Purvis', Gilbert, Sr. and Gilbert Johnson Purvis, his son. Both are listed in Clarke Co., AL in 1821 and in Simpson County, MS in 1828. Gilbert Johnson is listed in 1830 Census, Simpson, MS.