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Monday, May 15, 2017

Amanuensis Monday-Petition for Guardianship of Viola and Ernest Davis

Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.
His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s subject is the Petition for Guardianship of Viola and Ernest Davis.


South Carolina} 1
Florence County}
Ex Parte}
Henry P. Davis}
In re Est.}
of ______Davis}
        To M. J. Hough Probate Judge for Chesterfield County:--
The petition of Henry P. Davis for Appointment as Guardian for his two minor children shows to the the Court:-
I. That  [Eugenia] Davis died intestate on the [21] day [June 1898] leaving two children, viz: Viola and Ernest Davis.
II. That the said [Eugenia] Davis, dec's. was the wife of your petitioner. 
III. That the said Viola and Ernest Davis are infants under the age of fourteen and are entitled to a distributive share in the Estate of Mary C. Davis and Catherine Martin [McNair] amounting to probably $500.00 in both Estates. Wherefore your petitioner asks to be appointed Guardian for his said children.                                       H. P. Davis
Sept. 22, 1904}     
Henry Perkins Davis married Eugenia Cordelia Davis on 25 December  1879. They had two children; Viola and Ernest. Suddenly, at age 35, Eugenia passed away on 21 June 1898.

Her death triggered this petition for Guardianship of her minor children by the surviving husband, Henry Perkins Davis.

After the death of his first wife, Henry Perkins Davis married Martha Ellen Jones on 24 May 1899. This union resulted in five additional children.

Viola and Ernest Davis are my 2nd Cousins 3 times removed.

[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > image 1310 of 1670; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

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