Saturday, November 30, 2019

It’s Family Time~Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson was born on 28 Apr 1840 a daughter of Isham Brackin Hinson and Rebecca Brock. Her mother Rebecca died when she was quite young and her father and siblings moved into the home of her Grandparents James and Elizabeth Brock.

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson was twice married. First to Jack Purvis and 2nd to Levi Harrison Bankston, a widow. Betsy’s first husband was a real mystery and still remains a mystery.

Very little is known about Jack Purvis. No record of his birth, marriage, death or parents has been found. Since Betsy married Levi Harrison Bankston before 1880, it is believed that Jack died before 1880. 
We do know that Jack and Betsy had two children:

⦁    Rebecca Millicent Purvis, b. 18 March 1864
⦁    Fannie Ophelia Purvis, b. 9 October 1870


Based on the birth of Rebecca Millicent we can say that Jack and Betsy were married about 1863. And since Betsy was married a second time by 1880 to Levi Harrison Bankston it's possible Jack died before 1880.

When Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson Purvis and Levi Harrison Bankston were married is not known. But we do know that in the 1880 Census they were living together as husband and wife. 

1880 U. S. Census, 2-WD, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, 2-WD, Washington Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) #194, Page: 165, Line 49-52, Household 270/270, Household of Levi H. BANKSTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed ); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_473.

Levi Harrison Bankston was first married to Sarah Jane Magee. Levi Harrison and Sarah Jane had a family of 10 children. Sarah Jane Bankston died 3 August 1871.

At the time of the Census enumeration Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Bankston was pregnant. Their daughter, Candacy Bankston was born 22 October 1880. This was to be the only child born to this union. 

Levi Harrison Bankston died 12 March 1900. His 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson Purvis died 19 October 1926. Both passed away and were buried in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Hinson Purvis Bankston is a distant 3rd Cousin.















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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  2 November 2019); Memorial page for David C. Walters; (1820–14 June 1912); Find a Grave memorial # 27100810, Citing Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery; Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Pike County, Mississippi, population schedule, Police District 1, Pike, Pike County, Mississippi, Page 21A(stamped), Line 14, Dwelling 265, Family 266, Household of James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 January 2014); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 380.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Pike County, Mississippi, population schedule, Pike, Mississippi, , Page 479 (penciled), Line 16, Dwelling 1101, Family 1101, Household of  James BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 January 2014); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 589.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, 2-WD, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, 2-WD, Washington Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) #194, Page: 165, Line 49-52, Dwelling 270, Family 270, Household of Levi H. BANKSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed ); citing National Archives Microfilm  T9_473.
5. 1900 U. S. Census, Police Jury Ward 1, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 1, Washington Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) #96, page 240B, line 52, Dwelling 231, Family 239, Household of John L. BANKSTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 11 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_585.
6. 1910 U. S. Census, Police Jury Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) #0125, page 23B, Line 75, Household 148, Household of Seaborn L. ALFORD; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 12 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_534.
7. 1920, Police Jury Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Police Jury Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) #133, Page 20B, Line 51, Dwelling 1, Family 1, Household of Candacy ALFORD; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_635.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, David C. Walters (1820–14 June 1912), Memorial # 27100810.
9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Mary Elizabeth Hinson Bankston (28 April 1840–19 October 1926), Memorial # 135177947.
10. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Levi Harrison Bankston (Dec. 16, 1816-12 Mar 1900 (), Memorial # 105379706.
11. 1870, Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana, Page: 221A, Line 1, Household 1/1, Household of Levy BANKSTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 July 2011); citing National Archives M593_535.
12. Hon. Levi H. Bankston obituary, Times Democrat, New Orleans, Louisiana, 14 March 1900. Death of Hon. Levi H. Bankston on 12 March 1900.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

To my readers and subscribers, wishing all the best this Thanksgiving Day and hoping all are blessed on this day and throughout the years. 





Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.







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[1] Photo Courtesy of https://thanksgiving-images.com/. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Searching for the Parents of Phebe Purvis Moore

On 28 December 1844, Phebe Purvis and Richard Moore were married in Rankin County, Mississippi. The Purvis families that settled in this area about 1820 were Purvis’ who migrated from Chesterfield, South Carolina.



For some time I have tried to identify the family from which Phebe was a part of; who are her parents. In the 1850 Census for Rankin County, Phebe and Richard are enumerated on Line 13 as Dwelling 645 and Family 645.


Phebe Moore is listed as age 25 with 3 children ages 6 to 1. If age 25 is correct she would have been 19 when she married in 1844 and was born in 1825.  

There were very few Purvis’ in this area in the 1820 and 1830’s. The most logical parents for Phebe Purvis are Joseph Purvis and his wife Elizabeth Cook.

Joseph and Elizabeth were married about 1822/23 either in Chesterfield, SC or Clarke County, Alabama. Their firstborn Carolina Purvis, who married Rev. Thomas Jefferson Franklin, was born in 1823 in Alabama based on 1850 Census Information.


I would love to hear from anyone related to Phebe and her husband Richard Moore.

Phebe Purvis Moore was born about 1823/25 and died after 1900 Census was taken. No dates appear on her tombstone in Concord Cemetery, Pelahatchie, Rankin County, Mississippi.




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Phebe also spelled Phoebia
[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Rankin County, Mississippi, population schedule, Cato, Rankin, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 0084, Page: 17A/252 (stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 305, Family 305, Household of Richard W. MOORE; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 23 July 2017); citing NARA publication T623_826.
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2017); Memorial page for Phebe Purvis Moore; (1823-unknown); Find a Grave memorial # 108457480, Citing Concord cemetery; Cross Roads, Rankin County, Mississippi, USA.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Amanuensis Monday~Heirs of James Brock Land Deed

Amanuensis Monday is a Web Blog theme started by blogger John Newmark. You can access his blog here.

His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

A full explanation of the Amanuensis Monday blog theme can be found here.

Today’s subject is a Heirs of James Brock Land Deed.



Heirs of Jas. Brock To Wm. Brock Deed
This deed of Conveyance made and entered into on this the seventeenth day of June AD one thousand eight hundred and seventy one by and between Elizabeth Brock wife of James Brock deceased., Valentine Brock, Eli Brock, Alex Brock, James Brock, Nancy Miller, Angeline Miller, Elizabeth Dillon, James T. Dillon, Jane Simmons, R. L. Miller, Elizabeth Purvis, T. J. Miller, Willis R. Simmons Thomas Hinston, J. B. Hinston and James Hinston, heirs at law of James Brock deceased of the first part and William Brock, of the second part. Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the Sum of One hundred and twenty-five dollars to them in hand paid by the party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have this day Granted bargained sold conveyed and delivered and by these presents doth grant Bargain Sell convey and deliver unto the said Wm. Brock his heirs and afsigns a certain tract of land situated in the County of Pike and State of Mississippi better known as that part of the ?? half of the South East Quarter of section twenty Township one Range Ten each lying west of Bogue Chitto line. To have and to hold the above named lands unto the said William Brock his heirs and afsigns forever, free from and against the title claim or interest of the parties of the first part their heirs or assigns as them of any and all persons or person whosoever claiming interest in them. In testimony, of which the Said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals as the day and year first written.
R. L. Miller {S}                                     Elizabeth X Brock {S}
T. J. F. Miller {S}                                   Elizabeth X Purvis {S}
Willis R. Simmons {S}                          Valentine Brock {S}
Jane X Simmons {S}                             James Brock {S}
Angeline X Miller {S}                           Eli Brock {S}
Alexander Brock {S}                             Elizabeth X Dillon {S}
James T. Dillon {S}                               Nancy X Miller {S}
J. B. Hinston {S}

[NOTE: HINSTON is a misspelling of HINSON]

[50 cents US Rev. Stamp attached]

State of Mississippi}
Pike County} Before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said County this day personally appeared the above named Elizabeth Brock, Valentine Brock, Elizabeth Purvis, Eli Brock, James Brock, Alex Brock, Eli brock, Elizabeth Dillon, Nancy Miller, Angeline Miller, R. L. Miller, T. J. Miller, Willis R. Simmons and Jane Simmons who all acknowledged that they signed sealed and delivers the foregoing deed voluntarily and freely as their own act and deed on the day of the date thereof.
Witness my hand and seal on this the 17 day of June AD 1871.
                                                            J. H. Crawford, J. P. {S}
The State of Mississippi}
Pike County} This day personally appeared before me J. A. Waisler, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County James T. Dillon + J. B. Hintson who acknowledged that they signed sealed and delivers the foregoing deed of conveyance voluntarily as their own act and deed.
Witness my hand and Seal this 5 day of July AD 1873
                                                         J. A. Waisler, JP {S}
The State of Mississippi}
Pike County} I, W. M . Conerby Clerk of the Chancery Court of Said County do hereby certify that the annexed and foregoing deed of Conveyance was filed for record in my office on the 7 day of July 1873, and the Same is now duly recorded in Book T of Conveyances on pages 545 + 546.
Witnefs my hand and Seal of office in Magnolia this 7 day of July AD 1873                                                    W. M. Conerby Clk. JP {S}
Filed for record Mar 10, 1883 at 11 a. m.
Recorded May 3, 1883. W. A. Naughn Clk.

This Land Deed dated 17 June 1871 was executed shortly after the death of James Brock. his widow, Mary Elizabeth Purvis Brock and her living children are named within the deed. Also named are grandchildren; children of a deceased daughter Rebecca, wife of Isham Brackin Hinson.

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[1] Land Deed - Heirs of Jas. Brock To Wm. Brock Deed; 17 June 1871; Deed Book #2; Page(s) 268 and 269; The Chancery Clerk's Office; Magnolia, Pike County, Mississippi; 15 November 2019.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3H6-S9V4-Z?i=649&cat=784555

































Sunday, November 24, 2019

Coroner’s Inquiry: James W. Hunnicutt, deceased.

 Preliminary Examination in the case of The State vs the dead body of J. W. Hunnicutt

South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} Elizabeth Hunnicutt being sworn says J. W. Hunnicutt and myself were fixing a fence around the turnip patch and Mr. Hunnicutt had a pole on his shoulders and throwed it down and fell and died in a short time. Deceased has been afflicted with asthma for some time. I don’t know what caused his immediate death. Lewis Lisenby came to him first after he died.
                                    Elizabeth X her mark Hunnicutt


South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} L. T.. Lisenby sworn says I heard Mrs. Hunnicutt holler and I went when I asked what was the matter and she said Mr. Hunnicutt was dead up in the turnip patch, I went to where he was. I found him lying on his back dead. I don’t  [know] what caused his death.
                                                           L. T. Lisenby


South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} H. L. Lisenby sworn says I helped dress deceased J. W. Hunnicutt. I saw no marks of violence on his person, or anything to indicate any foul play.
                                                          H. L. Lisenby

South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} Dr. D. Thompson Teal being sworn says My opinion is that deceased, J. W. Hunnicutt, came to his death from direct heart failure.

                                                  D. Thompson Teal M. D.

South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} This is to certify that I have examined Witnesses in the case of the State vs the dead body of J. W. Hunnicutt and finding no violence nor indication of any foul play. I hereby give this burial permit to his relatives. Given under my hand and seal this day of November 1896.
                                                          C. M. Hunt
                                                          Coroner Chesterfield Co.


This report shows that my 2nd Great Grandfather died from a heart attack on 8 December 1896. His tombstone shows his death date to be 19 November 1896.  

James W. Hunnicutt/Huneycutt is my 2nd Great Grandfather.
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[1] https://csidixie.org/inquests/4002

Saturday, November 23, 2019

It’s Family Time~Susannah Wood "Sue" Sellers Thurman



Susannah Wood "Sue" Sellers was born on 9 May 1855, a daughter of Pvt. Hardy Sellers and Mary E. Hancock. She was the sixth of seven children born to Hardy and Mary Sellers.

On 27 March 1879, Susannah Wood “Sue” Sellers and William James “Dock” Thurman were married in Chesterfield, South Carolina. They are first enumerated in the 1880 Census for Chesterfield County.

William James "Dock" Thurman, son of John Aaron Thurman and Elizabeth Copeland, was born on 24 Jun 1852 in Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Susannah Wood Sellers and William James Thurman had the following children:

i. James Perkins Thurman, born 1 Jul 1880, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mollie Sullivan; died 19 Jan 1964, Hartsville, Darlington, South Carolina.
ii. William Frank Thurman, born 27 May 1883, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Ella Gulledge; died 10 Mar 1962, Chesterfield County, North Carolina.
iii. Phillip Sellers Thurman, born Feb 1886, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Annie Pauline Sellers; died 19 Apr 1941, Gills Creek, Lancaster, South Carolina.
iv. May Susannah Thurman, born 13 Mar 1892, Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Thomas Clyde Webster; died 21 Feb 1972, Dillon, Dillon, South Carolina.
v. Carrie Elizabeth Thurman, born 20 Jan 1894, Ruby, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William Redmond Eddins; died 8 May 1984.
vi. John Thomas Thurman, born 6 Dec 1897, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Cora Geneva Gulledge; died 14 Apr 1961, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Susannah Wood "Sue" Sellers Thurman died on 29 Apr 1939 at the age of 83 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
William James "Dock" Thurman died on 9 Oct 1932 at the age of 80 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
Sue and Dock Thurman are buried in the Ruby Cemetery.


Susannah Wood "Sue" Sellers Thurman is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.















Friday, November 22, 2019

Death of Eli P. Brock

Eli P. Brock is a 2nd Cousin 4 times removed. He was born 2 December 1827 in Marion County, Mississippi, a son of James L. Brock and his wife Elizabeth Purvis. He was the 4th born of 11 children.

On 20 November 1850, Eli P. Brock married Winney E. Stallings, daughter of James Stallings and Sally Pearson. To this union were born 7 known children. Sadly, Eli P. Brock passed away sometime before 23 December 1878 leaving Winney a widow with 4 children under the age of twenty-one. The youngest being a son, age 6. 

Pike County, Mississippi was created in 1815. It’s parent county before creation was Marion County. Records for the County prior to 1882 are almost non-existence; but, I did find this land Deed dated 23 December 1878 in Deed Book  “A” page 85.

In this Deed,  Winney Brock, widow, and her two adult daughters (Nancy and Elizabeth) are selling their interest in the estate lands of Eli P. Brock to her oldest son, Alexander Brock.

The land deed provides indirect evidence that Eli P. Brock passed away sometime before 23 December 1878.



Winney + Nancy Brock DEED TO Alexander Brock

This Indenture, made the twenty-third day of December A. D. 1878, between Winney Brock + Nancy Brock + Elizabeth Brock of the first part, and Alexander Brock of the second part, WITNESSETH, that the said parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred + fifty Dollars, to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargain, sold and conveyed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns that certain tract or parcel of land, situated in the County of Pike and State of Mississippi, known and described as follows:

All of the ½ of the NE ¼ (quarter) in Section thirty (N0. 30) lying South of a certain large holler S W ¼ (quarter) of the NW ¼ (quarter) lying West of the Creek in Section number twenty (29) nine Township one (1) Range (10) Ten east containing eighty acres more or lefs. 

Together with the appurtenances to said premises belonging, and all the estate, title and interest, both at law and in equity, of the parties of the first part in the same; to have and to hold the said granted premises with the appurtenances, unto the party the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, in fee simple. And the said parties of the first part, for their heirs, , executors and administrator do hereby covenant and agree with the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, that the said parties of the first part, shall and will forever WARRANT AND DEFEND the title to the said premises unto the part of the second part, his heirs and assigns, against the claim of all persons lawfully claiming the same or any part thereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hand and seal the day and year above written.
                s/Elizabeth X Brock {S}                     s/Winney X Brock {Seal}
                                                                             s/Nancy X Brock {Seal}

The State of Mississippi}
County of Pike} PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME, B W Morris a Justice of the peace of the said County, the within named Winney Brock, Nancy Brock + Elizabeth Brock who acknowledged that they signed, sealed and delivered the foregoing Deed, on the day and year therein mentioned, as their act and deed.

Given under my hand and seal, this 23rd day of December A. D. 1878.
B. W. Morris, J. P. {Seal}
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The State of Mississippi}
County of Pike} PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME,_________
Of the said County, the within named______________________________
Wife of said ___________________________who, in a private examination, separate and apart from her husband, acknowledged that she signed, sealed and delivered the forgoing Deed, on the day and year therein mentioned, as her voluntary act and deed, freely, without any fear, threats or compulsion, of her husband.
Given under my hand and seal, this………….day of ……………A. D. 1888
………………………………{Seal}
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The State of Mississippi}
County of Pike} I, W. M. Cumby_______, Clerk of the Chancery Court of the said County, do certify that the foregoing Deed was received for record in my office on the 22nd day of January A. D. 1879 and has been duly recorded by me, in Deed Book 1….Page 259….
Given under my hand and official seal, at office in Magnolia, Miss., this 3 day of February A. D. 1879.
                                                                    W. M. Cumby Clk {S}
Film for Record Mch 10, 1883 1-15 am

No firm death date has been found for Eli P. Brock. The best we can document is that he died before 23 December 1878.

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1. United States "U.S. General Land Office Records," database,  Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ : viewed 4 January 2014), Eli P. Brock, Walthall, Mississippi, Homestead patent # Accession Number: MS0560__.292.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Pike County, Mississippi, population schedule, Pike County, Mississippi, Page 151B,(479 Penciled) Line 29, Dwelling 1105, Family 1105, Household of  Eli BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 January 2014); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 589.
3. 1870 U. S. Census, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 2, Washington Parish, Louisiana;, Page 222A (stamped), Line 17,, Dwelling 15, Family 16, Household of Elie BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 January 2014); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 748.
4. Mississippi, Deed Book "A": page 85, Winney & Nancy Brock DEED TO  Alexander Brock; Chancery Clerk, (Magnolia, Pike County, Mississippi; accessed 19 November 2019). www.familysearch.org.
5. 1880, Pike County, Mississippi, population schedule, District 37, Pike County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 037, Page 358A; Line 26, Dwelling 341, Family 343, Household of Winna BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 November 2018); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 662.
6. 1900 U. S. Census, Pike County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 1, Pike County, Mississippi, enumeration district (ED) 104, Page 25B (stamped), Line 56, Dwelling 440, Family 440, Household of Willis BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 18 October 2014); citing NARA publication T623_825.























Monday, November 18, 2019

The Death of Squire H. Brock

Squire H. Brock was born on 5 February 1805, a son of James Valentine Brock.

He married Rachel Parker, b.  27 May 1810. The parents of Rachel have not been proven but she is thought to be the sister of George A. Parker that married Easter Brock.

Squire and Rachel had a family of 8 sons and daughters equally divided. He was a very successful farmer.

Rachel Parker Brock died 25 May 1887. Squire H. Brock died on 10 February 1888. His death is recorded in the Squire James Rivers Family Bible. 1




Squire James Rivers was named after his grandfather Squire H. Brock. Squire James was the son of their firstborn daughter Mary A.Brock and William Alfred Rivers.  His mother did not survive the birth of her child and Squire H and Rachel took the baby in and cared for him. Then in August 1863, he lost his father, William Alfred Rivers, as a causality of the Civil War. In some censuses, Squire James is referred to as Squire James Brock.

Squire James Rivers married Emily Ellen White, daughter of Samuel P. White and Elizabeth Parsons on 18 April 1876. This date is recorded in the Family Bible: 2

Squire James Rivers, 24, Cheraw, SC and Emily Ellen White, 16, Chesterfield, SC were married at S. P. White on 13th day of April 1876 by Rev. A. B. Hursey.

Squire H. Brock is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.   


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[1] Squire James Rivers Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), DEATH DATE; S. H. BROCK died February 10, 1888. Family Bible owned and shared by Judy McNeill-Long, deceased.
[2] Ibid.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Coroner Inquest-Death of Samuel W. Brock, Sr.

I found a very interesting website today and learned when and how my 3rd Great Grand Uncle Samuel W. Brock, Sr. passed away. 

Samuel W. Brock, Sr. was born about 1796. I believe his father to be a James Valentine Brock that passed away at age 98 in another Chesterfield County house fire in 1847.  


Samuel married Martha [LNU] about 1825. To this union were born 9 children; 7 sons and 2 daughters.


When the fire occurred in 1884, Samuel was an aged man of 88 years and was partially blind.  


Several close neighbors went to his aid the Saturday morning that the house fire occurred but the flames were too intense to rescue Mr. Brock.




"... a lawful Jury of Inquest, who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where, and by what means the said Samuel Brock Sr. came to his death, upon their oaths, do say:


That the Said Samuel Brock Sr. came to his death by being burned to death in his own house Supposed accidentally on the 22 day March A. D. 1884.


AND so the said Jurors aforesaid, upon oaths aforesaid, do say, that the aforesaid Samuel Brock, Sr. came to his death in manner and form aforesaid.

Eli Brock Sworn Statement
Deceased is my father I don't think deceased could have moved bed cloth to back end of house without crawling.
I think deceased clothes caught fire and that was the way the house caught fire. He set the house on fire several times. Deceased had no money. I don't think that there was any foul play.
                                                                                Eli Brock


Samuel W. Brock died 22 March 1884, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 




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[1] [1] SC Coroner's Inquest., SC Dept. of Archives and History, Colombia, SC.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

It’s Family Time~Azaline Huneycutt Deese

Azaline or Azalee Huneycutt was the daughter of James Allen Huneycutt and his wife Elizabeth Watson.

She was born about 1909 and married Andrew Jackson Deese on 5 November 1936. They had one daughter, Ruby Blake Deese.  Andrew Jackson Deese was the son of Henry Harrison Deese, Sr. and Nellie Isabella Huneycutt.

After a short marriage of 6 years, 1 month and 30 days; Andrew Jackson Deese died on 4 January 1943 due to a coronary artery occlusion.

I have found no source document or information about Azaline Huneycutt Deese after her marriage to Andrew Jackson Deese in November 1936.

I have found information on their daughter Ruby Blake Deese to include her obituary. If you have any information on family members mentioned in this web post please contact me. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

George A Parker (1750-1837)

The destruction of the Chesterfield County Courthouse and the burning of its contents has made pre-civil war research in the County very problematic. Such is the case with George A. Parker, Sr. and his family.

George A. Parker, Sr was born between 1750 and 1760 based on Census data. His father is believed to be Stephen/Steven Parker.

George A. Parker was twice married. His first wife was Easter Brock, b. 1754–1765. [Note: There is a specific birth date for Easter recorded on family trees published online. This is not a PROVEN DATE and there is no source document to substantiate this date.]

His second marriage took place before 1830 to a lady by the given name Mary; her surname is unknown. In the 1830 census, Mary is listed as between the age of 40-49 making her birth year to be between 1781 and 1790.  

George Parker and his family were enumerated in 1800, 1810, 1820 and 1830 Census. He is believed to have passed away shortly before January 1837.

Three newspaper clipping provides indirect evidence that George Parker died about this time.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Chesterfield District
Mary Parker, Applicant,
     VS

Wm. Parker, Jonathan Davis and wife Elizabeth, Jesse Parker,  T. Parker, George Parker, Lewis Parker, Elizabeth Parker, Joseph Parker + Phoeba Parker, Defendants
It appearing to my satisfaction that Jesse Parker one of the Defendants, resides without the State, it is therefore ordered, that he appear and object to the division or sale of the Real Estate of George Parker, deceased, on or before the 28th day of March next, or his consent will be entered on record.
                                                    TURNER BRYAN, O.C.D.
Jan. 23, 1837
[Reference- CHERAW GAZETTE, 14 February 1837]


Sheriff’s Sales.
By permission of the Court of Ordinary of Chesterfield District, will be sold before the Court House, on the first Monday in May next, within the legal hours; two tracts of land belonging to the estate of George Parker, dec’d. Both tracts lying on Westfield’s Creek; one contains 130 acres more or less, bounded by the land of Rilah Smith, Geo. Gardner and others. The other tract contains 100 acres more or less, adjoining the lands of George Gardner, Samuel White and the estate of Erasmus Powe, dec’d.
Terms.-As much as will pay the expenses of the sale will be required in cash on the day of sale,the balance on a credit of one year, purchasers will give note and good security, with interest from the day of sale, and a mortgage on the premises if deemed necessary, to the Ordinary to secure the purchase money.
                                                                         ALFRED M. LOWRY, S. C. D.
Sheriff’s Office}
6th April 1837}
[Cheraw gazette. [volume] (Cheraw, S.C.), April 19, 1837, Page 230, Image 4, column 4.]


Sale of Land
300 Acres of land more or less whereon Geo. Parker lately lived, adjoining the lands of William Parker, Benjamin Brock and others at the suit of Donald L. McKay vs George Parker.
Terms-Cash, - Purchasers to pay for necessary papers.
                                                                 John Evans
                                                                 Shff. C. D.
Chesterfield Court House}
Shff’s Office, Dec. 12, 1840}

[Farmers’ Gazette, and Cheraw Advertiser, December 30, 1840, page 28, image 4]

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1. 1800 US Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 105; Line 2,, Household of George PARKER Sr.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 April 2018); citing NARA microfilm publication M32, Roll 47.
    2. 1810 US Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 548; Line 9, Household of George PARKER Sr.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 April 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M252_60.
    3. 1820 US Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 127; Line 40, Household of George PARKER Sr.; digital images, HeritageQuest Online (http://persi.heritagequestonline.com : viewed 3 April 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll 119.
    4. 1830 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 260; Line 4, Household of George PARKER Sr.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 April 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M19_172.
    5. "Division or Sale of Real Estate," Estate notice, The Cheraw Gazette, Cheraw, SC, 14 February 1837, Estate of George A. Parker, Sr..
    6. "Sheriff Sale," Sale of 130 acres,, The Cheraw Gazette, Cheraw, SC, April 19, 1837, Page 230, Image 4, col 4, Estate of George A. Parker, Sr..
    7. "Land Sale," Estate Lands of George A. Parker, Sr., Farmers' gazette, and Cheraw Advertiser, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, SC, 30 December 1840, 300 acres of land whereas Geo. Parker lately lived.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Death of Esther Melchor Dry

Esther Melchor was born about 1795, a daughter of Henry Melchor and Nancy Ann Abernathy.

She married Solomon Dry, son of Phillip Wiley Dry and Catherine Köppel on 11 December 1821 in Cabarrus County, NC.

To this union were born 9 children; 5 sons and 4 daughters.

Solomon Dry passed away sometime before 13 August 1857. On that date “A True Inventory of the Estate of Solomon Dry, dec'd. sold on the 13th August 1857 on a credit of nine months."  page 595-596 1

After the death of her husband, Solomon, Esther Melchor Dry lives an another 21 years passing away on 6 October 1878. At least that is how I read this document. 2







Esther Dry]  The last will and testament of Esther Dry
Oct .6, 1878] dec’d is this day Oct 6, 1878 admitted to
                      probate in open Court and ordered to be
                      recorded and filed.

Solomon Dry was my 1st Cousin 5 times removed.


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[1] Estate Inventory; October Session 1857; Cabarrus Settlements, 1846-1858, Vol. I; page 595-596

[2] "North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,"; Cabarrus County NC, Executor Records, 1868-1911, Vol. 01, Page 110; Cabarrus County Courthouses, Concord, North Carolina.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Amanuensis Monday~Land Transaction Between Catherine Fagan and her Nephew Jasper Dryman.

Amanuensis Monday is a Web Blog theme started by blogger John Newmark. You can access his blog here.

A full explanation of the Amanuensis Monday blog theme can be found here.

Today’s subject is a Land Transaction Between Catherine Fagan and her Nephew Jasper Dryman.

In an earlier post, we learned that Catherine Hancock was the wife of Mark Rivers. That Mark Rivers died between 22 March 1878 and 8 September 1879 in Choctaw County, Alabama. We further learned that on 9 September 1879, Catherine, the widow of Mark Rivers, married George S. Fagan in Choctaw County, Alabama.

We also saw that in March 1878, Mark Rivers deeded his wife Catherine all of his land a total of 198 acres. (DB “N” page 381 and 382). 

Jasper Newton Dryman was a nephew of Catherine Hancock Rivers. Jasper's parents were John Dryman and Elizabeth Rivers. Elizabeth was the sister of Catherine's husband, Mark Rivers. Something tragic happened to John and Elizabeth Dryman leaving their 5 children as orphans in the 1840’s. Mark and Catherine took Jasper into their home and cared for him until adulthood. 

Now Catherine has re-married and is selling her nephew 80 acres of the 198 acres she was given by her husband.


Catherine Fagan}
To}     Deed
J. N. Dryman }                  Filed For Record April 3rd 1880


The State of Alabama}
Choctaw County }  Know all men by these presents that in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to me in hand paid by J. N. Dryman the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged I do Grant bargain sell and convey to the J. N. Dryman the Following described real estate to wit: the West half of the Northwest quarter of fractional section twenty-two Township ten north of range five West containing Eighty acres more or less. To have and to hold to the said J. N. Dryman his heirs and assigns forever Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of March A. D. 1880.
                                              Catherine X (her mark)  Fagan {Seal}
 
The State of Alabama} 
Choctaw County } I,  J. W. Watkins a Justice of the Peace in and for our county hereby certify that Catherine Fagan whose name is signed to the foregoing conveyance and who is known to me acknowledged before me on this day that being informed of the contents of the conveyance, she executed the said voluntarily on the day the said record dated. Given under my hand this 24th day of March 1880.                 J. W. Watkins J.P.
Recorded April 5th 1880
B. H. Warren Probate Judge







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[1] Land Deed - Catherine Fagan to Jacob P. Hayne; 18 December 1888; Deed Book #"P"; Page(s) 3; Register of Deeds; Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama; 9 November 2019. [Source: J. Larsen.]

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Death of William H. Sellers



Application of Widows of Deceased Soldiers or Sailors of the Armies of the Confederate States or the State of Alabama.

THE STATE OF ALABAMA}
Coffee County. }
To the Honorable Board of Examiners of said County:
Your petitioner Rebecca L. Sellers , respectively represents to your Honorable board, that she is a citizen of Coffee County, in the State of Alabama, and was such on the 1st day of January 1899; That she is the widow of William H. Sellers, who served as a Private in company K of the 37 Regiment Alabama Volunteers; That her husband was killed or died, on the 27th day of December 1899; That he did not desert the service of the state of Alabama, nor of the Confederate States, that she has not since remarried, that she has no children upon whom she can depend for support, that all of her property do not exceed four hundred dollars in value, and that her annual income from all sources do not exceed four hundred dollars, She therefore respectively ask your honorable board to place her name upon the pension rolls of the state as a member of the fourth class, that she may participate in the division of the fund provided for the relief of needy Confederate soldiers and sailors, and their widows, by an act of the general Assembly of Alabama, approved February 10, 1899.
                                                    Respectfully, s/ Rebecca X L. Sellers
                                                                                        her mark
                                                                                              Applicant

Rebecca L. Sellers received a pension of $18.60 monthly.

As stated above William H. Sellers died on 27 December 1899. In July 1915, Rebecca married W. C. Smith. 

Rebecca Chambers Sellers Smith died on 21 November 1927.

William H. Sellers is my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.



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[1] https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1677/32719_237016-01583/2436932#?imageId=32719_237016-01585












Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Divorce That Never Took Place

Mark Rivers and Irena Catherine Hancock were married in Feb 1840 either in Chesterfield County, SC or Anson County, North Carolina. After their marriage, they migrated to Hinds County, Mississippi joining his two sisters, Elizabeth Rivers wife of John Dryman and Amelia “Milley” Rivers and her husband Moses S. Holifield, Sr.

Then in mid to late 1850 another brother, Luke Rivers, migrated from Chesterfield to Hinds County, Mississippi with his family.

In early 1859, Mark filed for divorced from Catherine claiming marital infidelity. The divorce was granted on 9 April 1859. 

Published in Mississippi Genealogical Exchange of 1979, Court case for a Divorce in Jones Co., Miss. of MARK RIVERS Versus CATHERINE RIVERS. 'Mr. RIVERS stated that he and CATHERINE HANCOCK married in the State of North Carolina in Feb. 1840 and lived together until 15 Nov 1858(?)
Witnesses:
LUKE RIVERS, J. M. MUSGROVE, J. C. BRYANT, and SEABORN McGEE
Divorce action filed on 1 Jan 1859 and granted on 9 April 1859
.

Snippet of Court Docket:


Mark Rivers
vs.     Divorce
Catherine Rivers
 
Be it remembered that the plaintiff in the above stated case did on the first day of January A.D. 1859 file his bill of complaint in the clerks' office of said court which is in the words and figures following to wit
 
The State of Mississippi
Jones County
 
Circuit Court Chancery  ? of the Docket  April Term AD 1858 (sic)



Even though Mark and Catherine were granted a divorce in April 1859 it's obvious from public records they continue to live together as husband and wife.

Here in 1860:

1860 CENSUS: Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi; Roll: M653_584; Image: 127;  Family History Library Film: 803584, 17 Oct 1860, Page 705, Line 11; Dwelling 304, Family 304; Mark RIVERS, age 52, Farmer, born in SC (1808); Arena C. RIVERS, age 46, born in SC (1814); J. H. DRIMAN, age 17, born in MS (1843)

Here in 1868:

The State of Alabama}                   Probate Court
Choctaw County }
Milley  Holifield }                              Minors for Apprenticeship of
Ranson Holifield }
Miles Holifield }
 
This day came Mr. Rivers who is a resident of  said County and brought with him Milly Holifield Ranson Holifield aged twelve years Ransom Holifield aged ten years and Miles Holifield aged eight years and makes known to the County, that they orphans and destitute of the necessary means of support and makes application to the Court to have the, apprenticed to him until they respectively attain full age of twenty one years and the said Rivers consenting to taker the said Milly, Ransom, & Miles Holifield and that they shall be so…

Page 4
January the 5th 1868
The State of Ala Chtaw County
To all hoom this may concern wee the Signed have bound ourselves to have bound to Mark Rivers and his wife Catherine Rivers two of our children Elie and Miley until thay ar 21 years of age the sade Rivers and his wife Dus agree to...


Here in 1870:

1870 CENSUS: Township 10, Choctaw, Alabama; Roll: M593_7;  Image: 363;  Family History Library Film: 545506; Page: 412B; Line 27, Dwelling 162, Family 163; Martin RIVERS, age 60, born in NC; Amanda RIVERS, age 47, born in NC; S. HOLIFIELD, Female, age 19, born in Mississippi; M. [Mary C.] HOLIFIELD, Female, age 13, born in Mississippi; Robt. HOLIFIELD, Male, age 10, born in Mississippi and Monroe HOLIFIELD, Male, age 08, born in Mississippi; three houses away Page: 413A; Line 1, Dwelling 165, Family 166; we find Jno. [Jasper] DRYMAN, age 25, born in Mississippi; Laura DRYMAN, age 22, born in Mississippi; John DRYMAN, age 4, born in Alabama; Eliza DRYMAN, age 4, born in Alabama and James DRYMAN, age 5/12 born in Alabama. 

Then on 22 March 1878, Mark Rivers signed a Deed of Gift-giving his wife Irena Catherine Hancock Rivers 198 acres of land he owned in Section 14, Township 10, Range 5 West of Choctaw County, Alabama.




Mark Rivers}
To}         Deed of Gift
Catherine Rivers}

                                                             Filed August 14th 1878
The State of Alabama )
Choctaw County}  Know all men by these Presents that I Mark Rivers of the county + State aforesaid do this day. Bequeath to my wife Katherine Rivers the following property, to wit; four cows + calves and one workhorse (her choice of my horses and the following Lot on parcel of land to wit: Known and described as the W 1/2 of NW 1/4 + East l/2 of SW 1/4 + SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 in Sec 14 T 10 R 5 West containing 198 acres more or less. To have and to hold unto her the said Katherine Rivers as long as she lives on 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. ln Testimony whereof I hereunto sign and fix My seal this the 22nd day of March 1878.
Witness J. J. Refshur}                        Mark X (his mark) Rivers {Seal}
J. B. Refshur}
J. C. Moody}
 
The State of Alabama}
Choctaw County}.   Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in + for the said County J. J. Refshur, J. B. Refshur and J. C. Moody who acknowledged that they Signed the foregoing Deed of Gift as subscribing witnesses in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Said Mark Rivers and that he signed the same for the purposes therein stated on the day and year therein stated. Witness my hand and seal this the 31 day of July A.D. 1878.                                   D. N. Hassan, J. P. {Seal}

                                                                                  B. H. Hammer, Probate Judge
Recorded, August 15th, 1878.     

Mark Rivers signed a Deed of Gift (DB "N", page 381-382) in Choctaw County, Alabama on 22 March 1878. Irena Catherine Hancock Rivers married George S. Fagan on 8 September 1879; Mark could not be found in the 1880 Census. 

Mark Rivers died sometime between 22 March 1878 and 8 September 1879 in Choctaw County, Alabama.


It’s quite possible that Mark Rivers died between 22 March 1878 and May 1879. The 1880 Mortality Schedule should have documented all deaths between June 1879 and June 1880 when the Census was enumerated. He is not listed on the 1880 Mortality Schedule. 







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[1] SOURCE CITATION:
Mark Rivers to Catherine Rivers; Deed of Gift
Choctaw County, Alabama Deed Records
Vo. N. pp. 381-382
Family History Library Microfilm # 1788067
Copied at the Library on 13 September 2015
Transcribed 25 September 2015
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLX-SSPV-9?i=56&cat=519515
provided by Jean Larson and Jimmie Vernon.
[2] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9Q6-DQMQ?i=21&cc=2036959
[3] Choctaw County, Alabama, Volume 1 page 31-35 Roll# S2005-0347, "Apprenticeship Records (1823-1924), Index - Adams, Judge - Young, Mattie", Minors for Apprenticeship-Milley, Ransom, Miles Holifield, 5 January 1868; Clerk of Probate, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama. [Thanks to Bennie + L. franklin of Alabama].
[4] 1860 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 705, Line 11, Dwelling 304, Family 304, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 584.
[5] 1870 U. S. Census, Choctaw County, Alabama, population schedule, Township 10, Choctaw, Alabama, Page: 412B; Line 27, Dwelling 162, Family 163, Household of Martin RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing NARA publication M593_7.

Monday, November 4, 2019

IN THE NEWS: SANDY PURVIS KILLED IN MARLBORO COUNTY



SANDY PURVIS KILLED IN MARLBORO COUNTY

Shot by George Robinson, Who Was Wounded in Fight—Latter Befriended Wife of Purvis.

Special to The State.
Bennettsville, June 14.—Ina shooting scrape in the upper part of the county yesterday morning Sandy Purvis Purvis was killed and George Robinson wounded in several places.
The homicide occurred Sunday morning about 9 o’clock, and Corner McCall held an inquest yesterday afternoon, but particulars were not known here until this morning, owing to the fact that the coroner did not get back to Bennettsville until last night. George Robinson is in jail with gun-shot wounds—small shot in his right eye, breast, arm and stomach. He has one wound on his left knee which seems to have been caused by a pistol.
It seems that Robinson and his wife had some trouble last week and she had gone to her people with whom Purvis boarded. Mrs. Robinson, with their child, went back home Sunday morning for some clothing but remained only a short time. She started to return to her people and her husband accompanied her part of the way. He tried to detain her, and Purvis came up. Robinson and Purvis got into a fight and separated, each going for his gun. The difficulty was resumed and Purvis was killed, the shot having entered his back.
Robinson says that Purvis shot first but Emma McLean, the sister of the wife of Robinson, says that she fired the first shot that hit Robinson. Sandy Purvis boarded at the home of Emma McLean.
[The State, Columbia, SC, June 15, 1909, page 1]

A SUNDAY TRAGEDY.
ANSONIAN KILLED IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Sandy Purvis, a native of This County Shot and Instantly Killed Just Across the Line in South Carolina by Henry Robinson—Roberson Shots in the face by Purvis’ Wife and One of His Eyes Out Out—Purvis Got Into the difficulty While Trying to Make Peace Between Robinson and His Wife.

The plantation of the late major Rufus Pegues, just across Pee Dee River in Marlboro county, S.C., was the scene of a terrible Tragedy Sunday morning. Sandy Purvis, who was a native of Gulledge township, this county, because he attempted to rescue a baby Henry Robinson and Robinson’s wife were fighting over, was shot and instantly killed by Robinson. Before Robinson shot Purvis he (Robison) shot Purvis’ wife, slightly wounding her. The woman returned the fire, filling Robinson’s face full of shot and putting out one of his eyes.
Purvis and Robinson both lived on the Pegues plantation and were close neighbors. Recently Robinson deserted his wife and took up with some woman of bad character on the place. Sunday morning, he went to the home of his wife and tried to take their 8-months-old baby away from Mrs. Robinson. The woman fought with desperation to keep possession of the baby and Mr. Purvis, hearing her screams, ran up and interfered in behalf of the child; as the man and woman were about to pull it in two <sic> in the struggle. Purvis finally managed to rescue the child before it was seriously injured.
About this time one of the women with whom Robinson had taken up with came running across the field with a gun. Mrs. Purvis saw the woman coming and ran in the house and got her husband’s gun and started for the scene of the trouble. By the time Mrs. Purvis got in a hundred yards of where the men were standing the gun had been given to Robinson, who raised the firearm and shot at Mrs. Purvis as she approached, hitting her in several places and slightly wounding her. The woman, undaunted, continued to run forward, firing straight at Robison as she did so. Robinson was hit in the face by a number of shot and one of his eyes put out. Mrs. Purvis then carried the gun to her husband but instead of trying to use it he apologized to Robinson for interfering in his domestic affairs. Robinson appeared to be satisfied with the apology and Purvis, thinking everything was all right, turned and started home. He had gone only a few steps, however, when Robinson deliberately emptied both barrels of his gun in the unfortunate man’s back, killing him instantly.
Purvis’ remain were brought to McFarlan, where he has a brother living, for burial Monday.
Robinson, who recently served a term of three years on the roads of Chesterfield County for stealing a cow, is now in jail at Bennettsville. He is said to be a desperate character.
[The Messenger and Intelligencer (Wadesboro, North Carolina) · Thu, Jun 17, 1909 · Page 1.][Source: Julie Hampton]


Alexander “Sandy” Purvis is a mystery to me. If you are reading this and have any information about Sandy Purvis or his family please contact me through this E-Mail Address.









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My thanks to everyone who contributed to this posting with special thanks to Julie Hampton.
[1] SANDY PURVIS KILLED IN MARLBORO COUNTY, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 15 June 1909, page 1, column 2].





















Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Marriage of Julie Martin Purvis

Julie Martin Purvis was the firstborn child of John William Purvis Jr. and Elma Davis. She was born in Anson County in 1929.
 
Julie married  Frank C. Ratliff on 15 June 1947 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Their marriage license can also be accessed on the FamilySearch.org website of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints.



Transcription:
                                                                   CERTIFICATE
THIS IS TO CERTIFY, That we  I W. E. Redfearn did this day perform the marriage ceremony for the within-named person at Chesterfield, South Carolina, this 25 day of June, A. C. 1947.
Signatures of Contracting Parties:
Frank C. Ratliff                                                    W. E. Redferan
Julie Martin Purvis                                               Probate Judge





Julie lost her battle with cancer and passed away on 24 May 1998.

Julie Martin Purvis Ratliff is my 2nd Cousin.





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[1] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91V-T2W9?i=428&cc=2790464

Saturday, November 2, 2019

It’s Family Time~Mary Jane Purvis and Charles Franklin Lang Family

Mary Jane Purvis was born between 1868-1873. Her age is reported as 21 on the delayed Birth certificate (12-373) for her first-born child, a daughter Ella Jane Purvis, born 4 August 1889 in Chesterfield, South Carolina. The 1880 Census shows her age as 7 making her birth year to be 1873. She was the daughter of Elizabeth “Betsy” Purvis; her Father is currently unknown.

Mary Jane Purvis and Charles Franklin Lang were married about 1888.

Charles Franklin Lang, son of John Henry Lang and Frances A. Teal, was born on 3 Apr 1868 in Anson County, North Carolina. He was a day laborer.

Mary Jane and Charlie had 4 known children. With the birth of their 4th child, Frances Elisabeth “Effie” Lang in March 1895; Mary Jane Purvis Lang passed away most likely due to complications after childbirth. An exact date of death has not been found for Mary Jane Purvis Lang but I have it recorded as about March 1895.

Charles Franklin Lang and Mary Jane Purvis had the following children:

i. Ella Jane Lang, born 4 Aug 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Jack E. Dillard; died 18 May 1960, Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
ii. John Henry Lang, born 14 Jan 1893, Anson County, North Carolina; married Edith Melvine Stowe; married Blonnie Irene Gunter; married Edna Eveline Ashley; died 29 Apr 1968, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
iii. Lang was buried in Jan 1893. He was born on 14 Jan 1893 in SC. He died on 14 Jan 1893 at the age of 0. SOURCE: Gordon E. Lutz, Lincolnton, NC.
iv. Frances Elizabeth "Effie" Lang, born Mar 1895, Marshville, Union, North Carolina; married Jacob Brown, 26 Nov 1910, Union County North Carolina; married Will L. Threate, 1916, Union County North Carolina; married Floyd Pinkney Reinhardt; died 13 Mar 1949.


After the Death of his first wife, Charles Franklin Lang remarried in 1898 Dora Watkins in Union County, North Carolina.

Charles Franklin Lang and Dora Watkins had the following children:

i. Annie Allie Lang, born 6 Nov 1901, Marshville, Union, North Carolina; married James Lucas Purvis, 16 Aug 1919, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 4 May 1923, Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.
ii. Lonnie Lawrence Lang, born 26 Jul 1901, Marshville, Union, North Carolina; married Zettie ; married Ruth; died 14 May 1978, Bessemer City, Gaston, North Carolina.
iii. Charlie Calvin Lang, born 4 Jun 1904, Marshville, Union, North Carolina; married Reba Rebecca Fore; died 4 Oct 1966, Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.
iv. Willie Morris Lang, born 10 Dec 1908, Marshville, Union, North Carolina; married Ida Lawson, abt 1928; married Nora Lois Lanier; died 24 Oct 1979, Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.
v. Alma Lang was born in May 1919 in Anson County, North Carolina.


Mary Jane Purvis Lang died about March 1895. Her place of burial is unknown.

Charles Franklin Lang died 28 August 1948.

Dora Watkins Lang died 18 October 1962.

Charles and Dora are buried in Gaston Memorial Park. 










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1. 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, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
2. State of North Carolina, death certificate (28 August 1948), Charlie Franklin Lang; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
3. 1880 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #2, page 340A, Line 46, dwelling 39, family 41, Household of John Lang; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
4. 1900 US Census, Union County, North Carolina, population schedule, Marshville Township, Union County, NC, enumeration district (ED) #136, page 117B, Line 76, dwelling 57, family 60, Charles F. Lang; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed July 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1220.
5. 1910 US Census, Union County, North Carolina, population schedule, Marshville, Union County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0126, Page 26A, Line 5, dwelling 58, family 58, Charlie F. LANG; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1134.
6. 1920 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #15, Page 216, Line 33, dwelling 101, family 101, Charlie Lang; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll 1283.
7. 1930 US Census, Gaston County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 23, Page 13B/87B (stamped); Line 76, Dwelling 241, Family 270, Lonnie LANG; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T626, Roll 1692.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 February 2014); Memorial page for Charlie Franklin Lang; (3 April 1868–28 August 1948); Find a Grave memorial # 92910671, Citing Gaston Memorial Park; Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA.
9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 February 2014); Memorial page for Dora Watkins Lang; (15 March 1873–18 October 1962); Find a Grave memorial # 136748571, Citing Gaston Memorial Park; Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA.
10. Death: C. F. Lang obituary, The Gastonia (NC) Gazette, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, 30 August 1948, page 9.