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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Chesterfield County SC Estates~Estate Folder #318– Pleasant A. Brock

Chesterfield County SC Estate Series:  This is a series of postings of 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 overlook this valuable resource if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
Today’s subject is the Estate of  Pleasant A. Brock.

Pleasant A. Brock
Estate Folder #318

Image 1141 of 1448


Pleasant A. Brock’s Estate Folder (#318) consists of 25 pages beginning at Image 1141 of 1448  and ending with image 1165 of 1448. The estate was well inventoried and precise with the Widow, Martha Horne Brock, serving as the estate administratrix.  

The court appointment of an administratrix shows that Pleasant A. Brock died intestate (without a Will).

I was amazed at the precise inventory by room of this estate and the penmanship of the person recording the estate contents. This is most certain the penmanship of Martha Horne Brock.

Martha petitioned the Court on 1 May 1873 to be granted Letters of Administration.

Martha Brock - Letters of Admin

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} Court off Probate
To W. J. Hanna Esq. Judge of Probate for Said County
The petition of the undersigned sheweth that she is the Widow of Pleasant A. Brock late of this County deceased and is desirous of obtaining Letters of administration on his personal estate which is considerable.
She therefore prays that letters of administration may be granted to her.
May 1st. 1873.
Mattie E. Brocjk signature                                      

Mattie was granted letters to administer the estate and did so with the help of Attorney L. W. T. Prince. No mention of Pleasant's death date is made within the probate file but we know from his tombstone in the St. David's Episcopal Church cemetery that he died of 28 February 1873. His family Bible shows that Pleasant died from typhoid fever. Pleasant was a Merchant in the town of Cheraw.

Pleasant A. Brock was the son of Alsey Brock and Lucy Morris. He had one brother Charles A. Brock. 

After his death, Mattie Horne Brock married Thomas Alexander Gandy on  20 July 1875. When last reviewed the Family Bible was in possession of the Gandy family.

Pleasant and Martha had no children. Martha and Thomas A. Gandy did have four children; 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

Pleasant A. Brock is my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.

1. P. A. Brock Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, (Oxford: University Press, 1865), BIRTH- 10 March 1839; P. A. Brock, Obtained from Gandy family by L. Cleveland, 2004.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 102A, Line 21, Dwelling #46, Family 46, Household of Alsey BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed 23 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 183A, Line 25, Dwelling #1238, Family #1239, Household of Lucy BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed 23 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 2 September 2012), entry for Pleasant A. Brock, Private; Co A, 4th SC Cavalry; Confederate.
5. 1870 U. S. Census, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 252A; Line 7, Dwelling 48, Family 52, Household of P. A. BROCK; digital image, ( : viewed 23 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1491.
6. P. A. Brock Family Bible Family Bible, DEATH - 28 Feb 1873 of typhoid fever, P. A. Brock.
7. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 87. Tombstone of Pleasant A. Brock; 10 March 1839–28 February 1873, St. David's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 22 January 2012); Memorial page for Pleasant A. Brock; (10 March 1839–28 February 1873); Find a Grave memorial # 52861355, Citing Old Saint David's Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
9. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Pleasant A. Brock; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch ( viewed 12 January 2012); Estate Folder #318, Pleasant A. Brock.

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