Monday, December 28, 2020

My Dear Wife, Tomorrow at 12 o'clock I Have to Die

A Condemned Soldier's Letter to His Family.

The following letter, which explains itself is published by request:    

My Dear Wife:
I have to state to you the sad news that tomorrow at 12 o'clock that I have to die. I have to be shot to death for starting home to see my wife and dear children and was arrested and brought back and court-martialed and am to be shot at 12 o'clock. Me and D. M. Furr have to die but thanks be to God I am not afraid to die. I think when I leave this world I shall be where Mary and Martha are. Dear wife, don't grieve for me. Try and not. I drempt last night of seeing you but I shall never. You shall see your husband no more. 1 want you to raise my children in the way that they should go. My dear son Julius, this is my last order to you. I want you to be a good boy and try to serve God and be a good man. Farewell, Julius I must leave this world. And my son Ephriam try and be a good man and serve God. My dear daughter Rebecca Heseltine, I bid farewell to you. Be a good girl and go to preaching. Farewell my dear son Joel. You have no daddy now. Be a smart boy and mind your mother. My dear wife Nancy, I have to bid farewell to you. I, want you to Keep what things you have and pay my debts. And I want Julius and Ephraim to have my shop-tools and want them to take good care of them and remember me. I have a little looking-glass that I want to send Rebecca. I want her to remember me. I have a blanket I will get and send home. Will send many things with -----Lefler and try and get him to send them home if he will, and I have 25 or 30 dollars and will spend $5 of that in the morning before I suffer. Dear wife, that is four months service. I can't write like if I was not in trouble. I don't mind death like I do to leave my family for I suffer so much here that I don't fear. I don't want you to grieve for me for I feel like I am going home to die no more. I hope I shall be with shining angels and be out of trouble. I have a little book I want Joel to have and remember me. It has some pretty lines. I want you to send the children to school and son Julius, 1 can't hear from you any more. I sent a letter, but got no answer. I pity poor Julius for he has had no chance. I have got no chance to write for I must close my letter.

                                                                March the 4th, 1865.

A few lines to Daniel Lefler and Jane Lefler. I bid farewell to you and my dear mother: I bid farewell to you and father and brothers and sisters. I must leave this world. Farewell Julius, my dear son; farewell Joel, my dear son. I want you all to meet me in heaven.

                                                                  Joseph Huneycutt.

To Nancy Huneycutt, farewell, farewell. P. S. I want you to have my funeral preached at Pleasant Grove" I want Columbus Foreman to preach it and to sing "I am Goingg Home to Die No More." This is the 4th of March at 9 o'clock. I must soon be in eternity. I don't desire this but I am not afraid to die. I want you to get all the children's funerals preached that are dead. Nancy, I want to see you one more time if I could but we can't meet any more. I want you and all the children to meet me in heaven.                      Joseph Huneycutt.


Joseph Huneycutt is a 1st Cousin 4X Removed.



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[1] "Condemned Soldier's Letter to His Family", The Messenger and Intelligencer, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, 8 April 1915, Page 7, Column 4. Hampton B. Allen Library

[2] The Stanly News and Press, July 7, 1961.  

[3] The Monroe Enquirer; Monroe, North Carolina, 24 Dec 1942, Thu., Page 1, Column 2.


Saturday, December 26, 2020

One Sow and Six Pigs

I have seen a lots of uses throughout my years of research for land deeds.  I have seen them used to record Marriage Contracts, Loans and Liens against property, the Selling of Human Property, Power of Attorney and various other uses but, this Land Deed is the first I have found where one party paid for the purchase of and Land with a sow and six pigs.

Transcription:

Charles D. Boan
To            Deed
A. J. Crowley

State of South Carolina
Chesterfield County
             Know all men by these presents That I Chas. D. Boan of the State and County aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of One Sow and Six Pigs to me in hand paid by Andrew J. Crowley of the County and State aforesaid, have granted bargained sold (pg 729) and released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said A. J. Crowley all that piece parcel and lot of land situated lying and being in the County and State aforesaid and on the waters of the Rising Stick containing ten acres more or less and bounded as follows to wit North and West by lands of the said A. J. Crowley South by lands of the said C. D. Boan here with all and singular  the rights hereditaments and appurtenances to the premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining To Have and To Hold all and Singular the Rights and Appurtenance before mentioned unto the said A. J. Crowley his heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby bind myself each and every one of my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the Premises before mentioned unto the said A. J. Crowley his heirs and assigns against my heirs and assigns against my heirs and against all other persons lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my Hand and seal this -----------
The above mentioned piece of land lying in a  V  and the Ve Pointing North West and the other line runs from one point to the other of the Ve
Witness my hand and seal this one thousand eight hundred and eighty 

Signed Sealed and delivered                       Charles D. Boan {Seal}  

in the presence of                                        Flora Boan {Seal}
A. E. Boan
J. A. McLane


South Carolina
Chesterfield County
             Personally appeared John A. McLean and made oath that he with A. E. Boan sign seal and as their act and deed deliver the within Deed. Sworn to before me this 21st day of Dec AD 1904.
A. E. Boan {LS}                                               J. A. McLean
Trial Justice

Recorded April 21st 1904


There's another oddity with this particular land deed and that is it’s date.  Other than the recording date (21 April 1904) the only other date on the Deed is 1880:

Witness my hand and seal this one thousand eight hundred and eighty          






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[1] Land Deed - Charles D. Boan to A. J. Crowley; 1880; Deed Book #20; Page(s) 728-729; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; 21 December 2020.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020 and Happy New Year 2021



 Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

and

a Happy, Prosperous New Year










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[1] Christmas Graphic courtesy of Pixabay.com
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Saturday, December 19, 2020

It’s Family Time~The Joshua J. Osborne Family

Joshua J. Osborne and Emaline Malinda Huneycutt were married about 1843. No marriage document has yet been located for this couple. The 1843 marriage date is based on the birth of their first known child, a daughter Leah Malinda, borne about 1844. Leah is reported as age 6 in the 1850 census and age 16 in the 1860 census for Stanly County, North Carolina. After that her birth year is reported as 1842, 1846 and 1848 with the date October 1846 recorded on her death certificate. 

Emaline Malinda Huneycutt was borne about 1819, a daughter of Eli Branson Huneycutt and Leah Stough. The parents of Joshua J. Osborne have not been identified as of yet.  

The couple can be found in Stanly County in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses. There’s a lot of misinformation on the web so beware. With the lack of verification many on-line trees shows Leah Malinda as deceased (to much copying) in 1862; yet, Joshua named her in his Will dated October 1871. They also show Joshua deceased in 1906 (again to much copying) when his estate was probated in 1887.

I was unable to find Joshua and Malinda in the 1880 census. I know that Joshua was alive and should have been enumerated. I have no idea if Malinda was living in 1880 but I do know she was on 3 October 1871.  Joshua was a Framer and he and Leah raised a large family of eleven children.

The Children's of Joshua J. Osborne and Emaline Malinda Huneycutt were:

        i.    Leah Malinda Osborne, born abt 1844, Stanly County, North Carolina; married Thomas W Pinion, 28 Oct 1875; died 19 Dec 1919, Vance, Union, North Carolina.
        ii.    Adam M. Osborne was born about 1845. He died on 17 Aug 1917 at the age of 72.
       iii.    Eva Maria Osborne was born about 1848. 
       iv.    Eli J. Monroe Osborne was born about 1850. 
        v.    Hester C. Osborne, born May 1851; married Mathias M. Love, 1 Apr 1884, Stanly County, North Carolina; died 4 May 1928, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
        vi.    Rosa Corma Osborne was born about 1853.
       vii.    Lucinda "Lucindy" Osborne, born Aug 1855; married Fredrick E. Deese, 8 Nov 1877, Stanly County, North Carolina; died 26 Aug 1918, Stanly County, North Carolina.
      viii.    James Calvin Osborne was born in Oct 1854. He died on 27 Jan 1928 at the age of 73 in Landis, Rowan, North Carolina.
        ix.    Martha Elizabeth Osborne was born about 1861.
         x.    John P. Osborne, born 13 Jun 1862; married Margaret Jane Brooks; died 19 Jul 1932, Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina.
         xi.    Beedy L. Osborne was born about 1866.

No death date is known for Emeline Malinda Huneycutt Osborne. Joshua J. Osbourne left a Will that he wrote in October 1871 when Leah was in fact known to be living. He died in late 1887 or early 1888. When his will was probated both witnesses to his Will were deceased. His will was short and left everything he owned to his wife and two sons, Adam and Eli M. Osborne, whom he named as Executors. I see no indication in the probate folder that suggests whether Leah Malinda was alive or deceased. However, I do have in my possession a document she executed on 1 September 1898 proving her death to be after this specific date. 

Will of Joshua Osborne

Under the uncertainty of life.

State of N. C. Stanly County}

This Oct. 3rd in year of our Lord A.D. 1871.

I make this my last will and testament. I will and bequeath unto my wife Emiline all my Land and all my Stock horses cattle Sheep &c I will my wife Emiline have the privilege to Sell or convey the above Lands and Stock or to have the Sole right to manage it as she may see propper <sic> and further if any of the above mentioned propry remains at my wife Emiline’s Death it shall be appropriated to the use of raising the children I also Request that [my] two sons Adam and Eli M. Osborne See to carry out the above will and I leave her my wife an executor to my last will and Testament.

Here I set my hand and affixing my seal.

                                                                                s/Joshua Osborne {Seal}

This October 3rd 1871

Attest. strike Joseph E. Hartsell}

Wilson Hartsell}

 


Emaline Malinda Huneycutt wife of Joshua J. Osborne is my 2nd Cousin 3X Removed.



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1. 1850 Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Furrs, Stanly, North Carolina, Page: 41B(Stamped), Line 37, Dwelling 584, Family 587, Houasehold of Joshua OSBORNE; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 May 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 645.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Stanly, North Carolina, Page: 10 (Stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 126, Family 126, Household of Joshua OSBORNE; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 May 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 914.
3. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (https://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 3 May 2020), entry for Joshua Osborne, Pvt.; Sixth Senior Reserves; Confederate.
4. 1870 U S Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Furr, Stanly, North Carolina, Page: 68B(Stamped); Line 19, Dwelling 147, Family 148, Household of Josh OSBORNE; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 May 2020); citing National Archive  Microfilm M593, Roll 1160.
5. Joshua Osborne (1871), WILL BOOK: Last Will & Testament; 211 & 212; Probate Office, Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina.
6. Stanly County, North Carolina, Estate Files, 1665-1998, Joshua Osborne; digital images, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com: viewed 15 December 2020); 1887  Estate of Joshua Osborne.
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https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-LGCC-LW9?i=144&wc=32GQ-2NL%3A169988501%2C170067001&cc=1867501

Monday, December 14, 2020

The Divorce of Mark Rivers and Catherine Hancock

Mark Rivers and Irena Catherine Hancock was married February 1840 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, Mark & Catherine left Chesterfield and travelled to Mississippi to be with his sister Emilia “Milly” Rivers and husband Moses Holifield.

Mark and Catherine had no children but something happen to Mark’s sister Elizabeth Rivers and her husband John Dryman leaving 3 children as orphans. Mark and Catherine cared for their younger son Jasper Newton Dryman.


                                    Decree

The State of Mississippi}     Chancery Court
Jones County}            April Tern 1859

Mark Rivers}
vs        }    Bill for Divorce
Catherine Rivers}
         This cause having been submitted for final hearing as Bill and proof and being fully understood by the Court and it appearing that the allegations of adultery in Said bill contained are fully sustained by the testimony. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the Chancelor that the bonds of matrimony existing between the said complainant and defendant be and they are hereby dissolved and the said complainant is fully and entirely released from all obligation and liabilities contracted by said marriage. It is further decreed that the complainant pay all cost herein expended. Decree the 19th day of April AD 1859.
                                 W. M. Hancock
                                     Chancelor
Decree Recorded May 6th 1859.
                  D. M. Strong clerk

There is no doubt that a divorce decree was granted and recorded on 8 May 1859 but, research shows that Mark and Catherine continued to live together as husband and wife.


Mark Rivers died sometime in the late 1870’s probably early 1879. We know that on 22 March 1878 he deeded 198 acres of land that he owned to “HIS WIFE” Catherine Rivers.

Mark Rivers}
To}         Deed of Gift
Catherine Rivers} 
Filed August 14th 1878

Book "N", Page 381, image 57

                                                                     

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 work horse (her choice of my horses and the following Lot on parcel of land to wit: Known and described as the W 1/z of NW 1.4 & East l/z of SW 1.4 & SE 1.4 of NW 1.4 in Sec 14T10 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}
I. 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}
Recorded, August 15th, 1878.                       B. H. Hammer, Probate Judge


After his death, Catherine Rivers married George S. Fagan on 8 September 1879. Surely, Mark Rivers was deceased by this date. 

No death notice or tombstone has been found for Mark Rivers. Catherine Hancock Rivers Fagan died before 1903. She was living with Jasper Newton Dryman in Texas in 1900. Jasper was the young Dryman boy that was a child of Mark’s sister Elizabeth Rivers Dryman. No death notice or tombstone has been found for Catherine Fagan.

Mark Rivers is a distant Cousin on my paternal line. 


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        1. 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.

2. 1850 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, population schedule, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 129B, Line 13, Dwelling 3194, Family #194, Household of Mark RIVERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 374.

3. 1853, Jones County, Mississippi, mississippi state and territorial census collection, 1792-1866, Jones County, Mississippi, Mark Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.om : viewed 11 June 2011); Microfilm V229. 3 rolls. Heritage Quest .Roll : v229_2.

4. 1860 Census, Jones County, Mississippi, Population Schedule, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi, Page 705, Line 11, Dwelling 304, Family 304, Household of Mark RIVERS.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Land Deed - Mark Rivers to Catherine Rivers, Deed of Gift; 14 August 1878; Deed Book #Vol . N.; Page(s) 381-382; Register of Deeds; Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama; 13 September 2015.

8. Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1  page 31-35 , Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858; Circuit Court Chancery, Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi.

9. Jones County, Mississippi, Volume 1  page 31-35 , Mark Rivers vs. Catherine Rivers, Divorce Case, April Term, 1858.

10. 1880 U. S. Census, Choctaw County, Alabama, population schedule, Beat 7, Choctaw County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 014, Page 154A, Line 14, Dwelling 225, Family 125, Household of George S. FAGAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citiing NARA publication T9, Roll: 006.

11. Land Deed - Catherine Fagan to J. N. Dryman; 24 March 1880; Deed Book # Deed Book "N"; page(s)page 533.

12. Land Deed - Catherine Fagan to Jacob P. Hayne; 18 December 1888; Deed Book # "P"; page(s)3.

13. 1900  U. S. Census, Robertson County, Texas, Justice Precint #6, population schedule, Robertson County, Texas, Justice Precint #6, enumeration district (ED) 121, Page 247B/6B, Line 85, Dwelling 116, Family 116, Household of Jasper N. DRYMAN; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 166.


Friday, December 11, 2020

Four Tracts of Land and a $1650.00 Note Due 31 Sept. 1850

A land deed is a valuable document and can tell us many things about its participates. However, the motive behind the transaction is hidden in the thoughts of the parties involved. 

In 1850, Roland R. Sellers mortgaged 4 tracts of land for $1650.00. That's a lot of money for that specific time period. Sixteen hundred and fifty dollars in 1850 is worth $55,082.08 cents in today’s currency. 

Roland was a very successful man. He had married the Widow Brooks back on 25 December 1844. They had two children's. The widow Brooks was Sarah Pratt, daughter of Samuel Pratt and Clarinda Ann Teal. Samuel was a prosperous farmer and was nearing his end if time. He wrote his Will on 12 May 1843 referring to his daughter Sarah as Sarah Brooks.

Transcription:

Item: I give and devise to Alexander McAlpin and John Pratt and their heirs in Trust for the sole and separate use and benefit of my daughter Sarah Brooks and her heirs the lands situated North of Jones Creek of the first purchase I made of H. W. Harrington together with one half of the old tract I purchased of William Evans also the slaves Hal, Little Joe and Marlow.

Item: I give and devise to Alexander McAlpin and John Pratt and their heirs in Trust

At the death of her Father in 1845 she received Lot #5 in the Land Division of Samuel Pratt, deceased. (DB 13, Pg 92)


Transcription:

Valued at $1000 Lot No. 5 is allotted to Sarah Sellers beginning at a rock by 2 pines 2nd Corner of Lot No. 4 and runs No 8 Wt 4.38 to a rock pile by 2 pines then Wt 11.60 to a stake So 8 Est 4.38 to a stake then Est 11.60 to the beginning containing 5 acres valued at $20. Lot No 6...

In the 1850 census, Roland & Sarah had one child, a son, by the name of William A. D. Sellers, b. 1849. In the 1860 Census, the boy is missing (presumed to have died) and a sister is listed.

1860 CENSUS: Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina; Roll: M653_887; Image: 157; Family History Library Film: 803887, Page: 299A(stamped); Line 36, Dwelling 1217, Family 1167; Rowland SELLARS, male, age 37, farmer, born in SC; Sarah SELLARS, female [wife], age 53, born in NC; Sarah SELLARS, female, age 9, born in NC and [Mary] Elizabeth LAMPLEY, female, [granddaughter] age 8, born in NC.

Transcription

Roland R. Sellers to John Pratt

State of North Carolina}
Anson County} Know all men by these presents that I Roland R. Sellers of the County and State aforesaid have this day for and in  consideration of ten dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained Sold and by these presents do give sell and convey unto John Pratt Four tracts of land three tracts of which I this day purchased of D.D. Daniel for the for the boundary reference may be had to the deed of conveyance made by the said D.D. Daniel to me this day the other in the one on which I now live adjoining the lands of  Samuel Pratt deceas'd and Lemuel D. Bennett supposed to contain in all about five hundred and twenty five acres I also have bargained and sold unto the said Pratt for the said consideration Two negro slaves that is to say Becky and Zylph two Girls about 18 or 19 years of age the right and title to the above property I warrant and defend against all claims whatsoever the condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the said Roland R. Sellers hath this day executed to John Pratt one note of hand for Sixteen hundred and fifty dollars bearing date the 31st September 1850 payable one day after date now if the said R. R. Sellers shall well and truly pay to the said John Pratt the above named noted of Sixteen hundred and fifty dollars when thereunto required by the said John Pratt then this obligation to be void and of no effect but should the said R. R. Sellers neglect or refuse to pay the said Note when thereunto required of the said Pratt then and in that case the said Pratt shall have power and it shall be lawful for him the Sd. Pratt to expose to public sale at the Court House door in the town of Wadesboro after giving due notice thereof to proceed to sell all or so much of the above named property as will satisfy the above named Note with all incidental cost that may accrue on said debt. In witnefs whereof I have this day set my hand and seal this the 30th day of September 1850. 
Test. J. T. Streeter}                                R. R. Sellers {Seal}
D. D. Daniel} State of North Carolina Anson County January Term 1851 Then the execution of this deed of trust was duly acknowledged in open Court and ordered to be Registered.
                                     N. D. Boggan Clk
January Term 1851 Then the above came into my office and was registered.
                                     W. Hammond, Rgt.

Register of Deeds
Wadesboro, NC
Deed Book 13, page 345

Roland R. Sellers died on 13 December 1864 in Savannah, Georgia while serving his country. He is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery (North); Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.

Sarah Pratt Brooks Sellers died 23 November 1871 in Anson County, North Carolina. Her place of burial is unknown. There were two known children from this union. William A. D. Sellers died young before the 1860 census. The fate of his sister, Sarah Elizabeth Sellers, b. abt 1851 is unknown.

Roland R. Sellers is my 1st Cousin 4X Removed.






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1. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (https://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 9 June 2014), entry for Roland R. SELLERS, Private; Third Artillery, 40th State Troops; Confederate.
2. North Carolina, Deed Book:12, page 314, ALEXANDER S. W. ALPIN to ROLIN R. SELLERS; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
3. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 172B; Line 12, Dwelling 203, Family 203, Household of Rolen SELLERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 March 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 619.
4. North Carolina, Deed Book: 13: 345.
5. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 6: pages 112 & 113, Rolin R. Sellers and Phillip A. Sellers to William R. Sellers Deed; 7 October 1850, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
6. Land Deed - Roland R. Sellers & Wife to Phillip A. Sellers; 17 February 1851; Deed Book #13; Page(s) 410-411; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, SC; 6 January 2020.
7. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), "Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971," Microfilm Roll #: 92; Archive Publication #: M841, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2014), Appointments of U. S. Postmasters,Morven, Anson, North Carolina; National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Rolen R Sellers appointed 6 October 1854.
8. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 299A(stamped); Line 36, Dwelling 1217, Family 1167, Household of Rowland SELLARS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
9. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for  Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; Company "K", 26th NC Regiment; Confederate.
10. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for  Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; Co. "C", 3rd Artillery (40th State Troops); Confederate.
11. Louis H. Manarin, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster (Raleigh, North Carolina: Office of Archives and History, 2013), Volume 1, page 716, Column 2, ROLAND R. SELLERS.
12. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for  Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; 3rd Artillery, (40th State Troops); Confederate.
13. Manarin, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Volume 1,  page 716, Column 2, ROLAND R. SELLERS.
14. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  14 June 2014); Memorial page for Roland R. SELLERS; (1841–13 December 1864); Find a Grave memorial # 37497140, Citing Laurel Grove Cemetery (North); Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA.
15. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Roland R. SELLERS (1841–13 December 1864), Memorial # 37497140.
16. Anson County, North Carolina, North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979, Sarah PRATT SELLERS; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 14 June 2015); NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers. Marriage date source.
 17. Land Deed - Sarah Sellers To Elizabeth Lampley; 4 March 1868; Deed Book #16; Page(s) Pages 620-621; Register of Deeds; Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina; 19 May 2014.
18. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 395B (stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 83, Family 83, Household of  S. [Sarah] SELLARS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2012); citing National Archive  Microfilm M593, Roll 1122.
19. Anson County, North Carolina, Sarah PRATT SELLERS, NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers, Death date.
20. Anson County, North Carolina, Sarah PRATT SELLERS, NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers, nee Brooks.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Mathew Sellers, b. 1818, Re-Visited~Where Does He Connect?

Mathew Sellers is an enigma. He was borne about 1818 based on his reported age in the 1850 Chesterfield County Federal Census.

1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll:  M432_851; Image: 290, Page: 143A(stamped); Line 10, Dwelling 683, Family 683; Mathew SELLERS, Male, age 32, born in SC; Sally SELLERS, Female, age 26, born in SC; Zilpha A. SELLERS, Female, age 6, born in SC; Jerusha L. SELLERS, Female, age 3, born in SC; Sarah SELLERS, Female, age 1, born in SC and Zilpha SELLERS, Female, age 74, born in SC.

His Mother or Grandmother might be the Zilpha SELLERS, Female, age 74, born in SC listed among the Mathew Sellers 1850 household. Otherwise, his parents are unknown. The Sellers of Chesterfield County are descendants of Hardy Sellers and Mary Cook. Mathew Sellers is believed to be part of this Sellers lineage but proof of a connection has been very elusive for many Sellers researchers.

Mathew Sellers married Sarah [LNU] about 1843. This date is calculated based on the oldest child (Zilpha Ann, age 6) listed in the 1850 census above. His wife Sarah has not otherwise been identified.

Between 1860 and 1863, Mathew and Sarah left Chesterfield County and moved their family to Choctaw County, Alabama. There, Sarah his wife, also known as Sally, passed away sometime before August 1876; leaving her husband and eight children surviving. No document has been found that proves her exact death date.

To help him with the care of his children, Mathew married Elizabeth M. Christian on 9 August 1876. No  children have been identified from this union. 

On 1 March 1896, Mathew Sellers died in Choctaw County, Alabama. His 2nd wife, Elizabeth, survived and lived another 31 years passing away on 4 March 1927. Elizabeth Christian Sellers is buried in the Providence Cemetery, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama. No tombstone has been found for Mathew Sellers.

Mathew Sellers was borne about 1818 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. There very little doubt as to his connection to the extensive lineage of Hardy Sellers, Sr. (1757-1835) but, as of today this connection has eluded many researchers over the past years.


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1. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 143A(stamped); Line 10, Dwelling 683, Family 683, Household of Mathew SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 12 September 2015); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
2. 1860 U. S. Census, Choctaw County, Alabama, population schedule, Northern Division, Choctaw County, Alabama, Page: 534(stamped); Line 29, Dwelling 541, Family 515, Household of M. [Mathew] SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 12 September 2015); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_5.
3. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (https://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 12 September 2015), entry for MATHEW SELLERS, Private; Company "C", 3rd Reg't Alabama Reserves; Confederate.
4. 1880 U. S. Census, Choctaw County, Alabama, population schedule, Beat 4, Choctaw County, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 017, Page: 204D (stamped); Line 15, Dwelling NL, Family 218, Household of Mathew SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 12 Sept 2015); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 007.
5. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 December 2020); Memorial page for Elizabeth Christian Sellers; (19 May 1840–4 March 1927); Find a Grave memorial # 68176663, Citing Providence Cemetery; Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama, USA.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Its Family Time~The Rev. Noah Parker Family

Catherine Eddins was born on 23 Aug 1809 in Chesterfield, South Carolina, a daughter of Williams Eddins and his wife Elizabeth Ingram. She was their first borne child.

On 12 January 1825, Catherine Eddins married Noah Parker of Georgia. The marriage took place in Conecuh County, Alabama. Her parents had migrated from Chesterfield to Alabama some years before her marriage to Noah Parker.

Noah Parker was a Baptist Minister. Noah Parker and Catherine Eddins reared a large family of eleven or twelve children. I have identified eleven and other on-line trees have twelve children.

Noah Parker and Catherine Eddins had the following children:

       i.    John Travis Parker was born on 4 Sep 1828. He died on 17 Feb 1909 at the age of 80.
       ii.    Noah Parker Jr. was born on 9 Feb 1830. He died on 29 Jan 1893 at the age of 62.
      iii.    Elisha Parker was born on 23 Sep 1831. He died on 9 Dec 1909 at the age of 78.
     iv.    Mary Catherine Parker was born on 12 Apr 1832 in Conecuh County, Alabama. She died on 17 Nov 1881 at the age of 49 in Bellevue, Clay, Texas.
     v.    Elizabeth Parker was born about 1835.
    vi.    William Hawthorne Parker was born on 9 Jun 1837 in Conecuh County, Alabama. He died on 13 Nov 1917 at the age of 80.
   vii.    Martha Jane Parker was born on 24 Feb 1839 in Alabama. She died on 20 May 1922 at the age of 83 in Covington County, Alabama.
   viii.    Eliza Parker, born 23 Aug 1840, Conecuh County, Alabama; married Andrew Jackson Searcy, 15 Sep 1859; died 30 Nov 1899, Midway, Butler County, Alabama.
    ix.   Samuel Parker was born about 1842.
     x.    Benjamin Wilson Parker was born on 23 Jul 1843. He died on 28 Apr 1909 at the age of 65 in Cass County, Texas.
    xi.    Sarah Ann Matilda Parker was born about 1845.

Catherine Eddins Parker died at age 54 on 28 December 1863. Her husband, The Rev. Noah Parker died on 3 October 1867. Both are buried in the Fairmount Cemetery, Red Level, Covington County, Alabama.

Catherine Eddins Parker is my 1st Cousin 4X removed.

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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  3 May 2019); Memorial page for Rev.  Noah Parker, Sr.; (10 April 1804–3 October 1867); Find a Grave memorial # 26011661, Citing Fairmount Cemetery; Red Level, Covington County, Alabama, USA.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Conecuh County, Alabama, population schedule, Conecuh, Alabama, Page: 360B (Stamped); Line 33, Dwelling 446, Family 446, Household of  Noah PARKER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 May 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 3.
3. 1860 U. S. Census,  Butler County, Alabama, population schedule, Precinct 3, Butler, Alabama, Page: 143 (Stamped); Line 16,, Dwelling 1052, Family 1052, Household of N. PARKER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 3 May 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_3.
4. "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 May 2020), Marriage: Noah parker & Catherine Rddins, Married Alabama, 1825.
5. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Catherine C Eddins Parker (23 August 1809–28 December 1863), Memorial # 26011660.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

It’s Family Time~The Jeremiah Gulledge Land Division

The first-borne son of the Reverend Joel Gulledge and his wife Zilpha Huntley was Jeremiah Gulledge born about 1796. No exact birth date his been found for Jeremiah and his reported birth year is based on the given age in the 1850 Census for Anson County, North Carolina. In that Census, Jeremiah was reported to be age 54.

Jeremiah married Phoebe Sellers, daughter of Hardy Sellers and Nancy Cook about 1816. Jeremiah was age 20, Phoebe based on her estimated birth year was 29. However, there are no records to base Phoebe age on because she died so young; Phoebe may have been younger.  The best record for calculating a potential birth year is the fact that she is reported deceased before 14 July 1834 and she had 3 children, the oldest James Ratliff Gulledge born about 1 May 1817. This support a 1816 marriage and its possible she was the same age as Jeremiah Gulledge making her borne about 1796.    

Last Will and Testament _Hardy Sellers, Sr.
6.  To the three children of my deceased daughter Phoebe Gulledge viz: Elisha Gulledge, James Gulledge, Phoebe Gulledge, I give to each three hundred dollars to bare interest from my death until they arrive to twenty-one years of each which sum is to be a full share of my estate both real and personal to the three last children named.

Phoebe Sellers (17xx-bef 1834) died sometime after the birth of her daughter Phoebe Gulledge mentioned in Item 6 of the Last Will and Testament of Hardy Sellers, Sr. We know that Phoebe Gulledge was borne before July 1834. In the 1850 Census her reported age is 25, making her birth year to be 1825. Therefore, we know that Phoebe Sellers Gulledge, daughter of Hardy Sellers died between 1825 (birth of Phoebe) and 14 July 1834 (writing of Last Will of Hardy Sellers, Sr.).

We also know from Item 6 that Hardy Sellers named his grandchildren borne of this union between his daughter Phoebe Sellers and Jeremiah Gulledge. The children named are:

  1. Elisha Gulledge,
  2. James Gulledge,
  3. Phoebe Gulledge,

On 14 April 1853, Jeremiah Gulledge died in Anson County, North Carolina. His estate was probated; he was considered a wealthy landowner in the County and he left surviving heirs and legatees. 

The Jeremiah Gulledge Land Division took place on 9 December 1853 and was divided among 8 legatees. Since there were only 3 children borne of the union between Jeremiah and Phoebe Gulledge; who are the other 5 legatees? A quick look on-line and you will find almost every tree showing Phoebe birthing children after her death.

But, this is a real dilemma, who are these 5 children? Did Jeremiah remarried after the death of Phoebe Sellers Gulledge. The birth year of the children suggest that Jeremiah remarried about 1829 and had 5 children by a 2nd wife between the years 1830 and 1838; the reported birth year of Sarah Ann Gulledge. The 1830 Census has a female between the age of 20-29; this is obviously not Phoebe making her death before 1830 but could be a 2nd wife. By 1840, this female is no longer in the household and quite possibly died with the birth of Sarah Ann Gulledge about 1838. 

Division of the Lands of Jeremiah Gulledge

State of North Carolina
Anson County} Personal to an order of Court devised to the Sheriff of said County and appointing us the undersigned committee to divide the lands of Jeremiah Gulledge & to report to next Court & In pursuance of said order we the undersigned do report as follows giving to each heir or Legatee. 
Lot No. 1 allotted to Sarah Ann Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake 1 white Oak hickory & red oak pointer Thomas Gulledge Corner & runs S 51 W 34 chs to a stake in the field then So. 47 E 29 chains & 3 chs to a stake In Thomas Gulledge line 3 red oaks pointers the with Sd, Line 90 Est 18 chains to his corner stake 1 pine and red oak pointer. Then with his other line 8 degree 2 Wst 24 chs to his other corner Stake, Then 14 degree 79 Wst 4 chains to the beginning containing 71 1/2 acres valued at two hundred and fifty dollars.
Lot No. 2 allotted to James Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake Thos Gulledge corner, the first corner of No. 1 and runs So 57 1/2 W 37 chs & 50 links to a stake in the field, then No. 49 W
 11 chs. & 60 links to a maple in the Branch. Then up the various courses of the Spring Branch. & with with <sic> Phil [illegible] line 14 chains to his corner red oaks pine pointer thence with Gulledge line No 57 1/2 Est 24 chs to Gulledge corner & Chestnut oak, Then with his line So 59 Est 10 chs to a stake 2 White oaks & red oaks pointer, Then So. Est 10 chs & 70 links to the Beginning containing 71 1/2 acres valued at 215 [dollars].  
Lot No. 3 allotted to Jeremiah Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake, the 2nd corner of No. 2 and runs No 77 Wst 88 chs to a stake by 2 pines. Then No 28 Est 14 chains and 30 links to a stake, 2 pine pts. Then So 71 Est 29 chs and 50 lks tom a corner in the Creek, 2 maple ptrs. Then down & with Sd Creek 15 chs to a maple in said creek, then with the line of No. 2 So 49 Est 11 chains &n 50 links to the Beginning containing 71 1/2 acres valued at two hundred and fifty Dollars.
Lot No. 4 allotted Wm. C. Porter, & wife Harriet Porter, "Beginning at a Stake in the field the 1st corner of No. 3 and runs No 77 Wt 66 chs to a stake by 2 pines Then So 28 Wst 10
chains to a stake by the pine pts in Tillmans line then with said line So 46 Est 6 chs & 50 lks then so 48 Wt 2 chs & 50 lks then so 27 Est 17 chs & 70 links to a stake, 1 Post oak, Black jack & 2 black oak pts. Then No 84 Et 54 chains & 60 links, to a stake, in the line of No, 1 then with sd line So 47 Wst 9 chs & 50 links to the beginning containing 71 1/2 acres valued at 250 dollars.
Lot No. 5 allotted William Griggs & wife Pheby Griggs, Beginning at a Stake, in the line of No. 1the last corner of No. 4, and runs with the line of No. 1 So 47 Est 11 chs to a stake , 2 pines and  persimmon Tree pts Then So 84 Wst 61 chs to a stake in the back line 1 pine two red oaks & Spanish oak pointers. Then No 21 Wt 14 chs to the corner of No. 4 1 post oak Black Jack & black Oak pts then with the line of No. 4 No. 84 Est 54 chs & 50 links to the Beginning containing 71 1/2 acres, valued at 250 Dollars.
Lot No. 6 allotted to Zilphia Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake, in the line of  No. 1 the 2nd Corner of No. 5 and runs with Sd. line So 84 Wt. 61 chs to a stake in the back line 1 pine 2 red oaks & Spanish oak pts. Thence So 27 Est 11 chs & 25 links to the old corner & 2 red oaks & black gum pointer, Then So 18 Wt 3 chs & 80 lks to a stake, 2 red oak pine & post oak pts. Then No, 84 est 43 chs to a Stake in the Spring Branch, 3 maples & post oak pointers Then up the various courses of Sd. Branch to a Stake, Then So. 48 Est 3 chs & 40 lks to a stake, Them Gulledges corner, 2 red oak pine & post oak pointer Then So 43 Est 13 chs and 75 lks to a stake, the corner of No. 1, 3 red oak pts. then with said line No. 47 Wst. 2 chs & 80 links to the Beginning  containing 71 1/2 acres valued at Three hundred & Sixty Dollars, which said lot pay to No. 1 Thirty five dollars 62 1/2 cents, also to No. 1 the sum of Thirty Eight dollars 75 cents as difference in valuation.
Lot No. 7 allotted to Elisha Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake with Spring Branch, 3 maples & post oak pts. the corner of No. 6 and runs down the various sources of said branch and the creek 18 chs & 50 links to a stake in Said branch, 1 maple & dogwood pointer. Then So. 27 Wst 45 chs to a stake in the back line then with said line No. 18 Est 19 chs to the corner of No. 6, 2 red oak pine & post oak pointers. Then No. 84 Est 48 Chs to the Beginning containing 71 1/2 acres , Valued at 360 dollars which Said Lot pays to No. 2, 31 dollars & 87 1/2 cents. Also to No. 3,  35 dollars & 62 1/2 cents and also to No.4, 6 dollars & 87 1/2, as difference in Valuation.
Lot No. 8 allotted to Thomas Gulledge, Beginning at a Stake in the run of the Creek, Dogwood & maple pts. & runs down and with Said Creek 11 chs and 50 links to Ratliffs line, 1 white oak pointer, Then with Sd Line So 70 Wt 9 chs and 90 links to a dead red oak, 1 white oak, dogwood and post oak pointers. Then So. 5 Wt. 1 chain &b 10 links, to Nivans corner Stake, 1 pine & hickory pointer. Then with his line So. 72 Wt. 21 chains & 80 links to his other corner Stake, 1 post oak pine and red oak pointers. Then No 71 Wt 24 chs & 25 links to the old corner stake then No. 85 Est 10 chs to a stake the corner of Lot No. V. then with Said Line No 85 Est 45 chains to the Beginning, containing 71 1/2 acres, valued at 330 Dollars, which Sd Lot Pays to No. 4 the sum of twenty Eight Dollars & 75 cents and also pays to No. 5, the sum of thirty five Dollars 61 1/2 cents as difference in valuation, all of which we re3port to the Worshipful Court afsd. Given under our hands & Seals this the 9th day of  December 1853.

State of North Carolina} Court of Pleas & Quarters} Malcom  Nivans {Seal}
Anson County}        Sessions January Term 1854} John P. Ratliff {Seal}
Then this division was confirmed in open Court and  } David Tillman {Seal}
ordered to be  and registered. S. D. Boggan Clk.}     A. O. Moore {Seal}

Wadesboro, NC Anson County Deed Book 14; Pages 273-275

Phoebe Sellers Gulledge is my 4th Great Grand Aunt. 



Supplementary Information. 

The death certificate for Harriet Elizabeth Gulledge Porter, daughter of Jeremiah and his second wife shows her Mother to be Boskie Sellers.

I have found no additional information for Boskie Sellers. She is not mention in a 2001  published book entitled "Some Descendants of Hardy Sellers of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 




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[1] The Land Deed on this page can be accessed free at http://www.ansonncrod.org/

[2] James C. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865 &: Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869 (Tega Cay, South Carolina: self-Published, 1995), pages 107 & 108.

[3] Some Descendants of Hardy Sellers of Chesterfield County, SC; 428 pages, by James C. Pigg, Copyright 2001; Book can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/oddc101/publications-for-sale

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020



To all my readers and subscribers I wish you the very best this Thanksgiving day and do hope you are blessed on this day and throughout the years.

Wishing each and everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.









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Image used courtesy of CWC.




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Monday, November 23, 2020

Its Family Time~The Two Marriages of Richard Caswell Sellers

From the first paragraph of the obituary of Richard Caswell Sellers.

“R. C. Sellars was born in South Carolina June 13, 1821 departed this life Aug. 29, 1909. Age 88 years 2 months and 15 days. He came to Carroll County, when he was only 6 years of age [1827] where he lived until he was 26 [1847] years old, when he moved to Gibson county where he resided until his death. He professed faith in Christ in the year of 1857 and joined the Missionary Baptist church of which he lived a consistent member until death. He was a dutiful Christian, always being regular at his church as long as health would permit.” 1

Richard Caswell Sellers was the son of John Sellers and Henrietta Norwood. He was their eleventh child of fourteen. The family moved from Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Carroll County, Tennessee. They settled in Carroll County, Tennessee when Richard Caswell was 6 years old in 1827. Eight years later his grandfather, Hardy Sellers, would pass away at age 77 on 12 January 1835 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

At age 24, Richard Caswell Sellers married a young lady by the name of Mariah Hampton on 18 May 1846 in Gibson County, Tennessee.

After the birth of 8 children, Mariah Hampton Sellers passed away in September 1866. The children of Richard C. & Mariah H. Sellers are:

  1. Francis Marion, b. Jun 1850.
  2. Joseph William, b. 3 Jan 1853.
  3. Sarah E., b. Jan 1854.
  4. John W., b. Jan 1854.
  5. Robert Hatton, b. 15 Jan 1858.
  6. James A., b. 1860.
  7. Mary E.,  b. 1862.
  8. Thomas W., b. 1865.

After the unexpected death of his wife Mariah, Richard Caswell married Anna Eliza Crawford on  29 Jan 1867 in Carroll County, Tennessee.


To this union were born three additional children. The children of Richard Caswell and Anna Eliza Crawford Sellers are: 

  1. Caswell C., b. 1876 in Gibson County, Tn.
  2. Mattie Victoria, b. 1 Nov 1878 in Gibson County, Tn. 
  3. Malissa Artenie, b. 17 Aug 1880 in Gibson County, Tn.

Richard Caswell Sellers died 29 Aug 1909 in Carroll County, Tennessee and is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery, Bradford, Gibson County, Tennessee.  His second wife, Anna Eliza Crawford Sellers died 4 March 1924 is is buried with her husband in the Shiloh Cemetery.


Richard Caswell Sellers is my 1st Cousin 5X Removed.



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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  3 July 2014); Memorial page for Richard Caswell Sellers; (13 June 1821–29 August 1909); Find a Grave memorial # 19032149, Citing Shiloh Cemetery; Bradford, Gibson County, Tennessee, USA.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Gibson County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 17, Gibson, Tennessee, Page: 190A(Stamped), Line 36, Dwelling 934, Family NL, Household of Richard C. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 November 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 878.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Gibson County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 17, Gibson, Tennessee, Page: 367(Stamped); Line 38, Dwelling 2393, Family 2418, Household of R. C. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 November 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm M653.
4. 1870 U. S. Census, Gibson County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 17, Gibson, Tennessee, Page: 471A(Stamped); Line 38, Dwelling 2393, Family 2418, Household of Richard SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 November 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1528.
5. 1880 U. S. Census, Gibson County, Tennessee, population schedule, North Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee, enumeration district (ED) 046, Page 475D (Stamped) Line 43, Dwelling 322, Family 323, Household of Richard C. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 November 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm T9_1255.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Richard Caswell Sellers (13 June 1821–29 August 1909), Memorial # 19032149.
7. "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 7 jo;y 2020), Marriage: Richard C. Sellers & Mariah Hampton, Marriage Date: 18 May 1846.
8. "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database, Ancestry>, MARRIAGE: R. C. Sellers & A. E. Crawford.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Marriage of Iverson L. Briley, Grandson of Hardy Sellers

 Iverson L. Brily/Briley first appeared in Item 7 of the Last Will and Testament of Hardy Sellers. Iverson was the grandson of Hardy Sellers being the son of Hardy’s daughter Jane Sellers and Iverson H or T. Briley.

Hardy Sellers, b.  2 March 1757 died on 12 January 1835. We know from an equity record and the Last Will and Testament of Hardy Sellers that his daughter Jane Sellers Briley was deceased.

Iverson L. Briley was born about 1825 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. It is believed that Iverson, Sr. and Jane migrated to Mississippi. On 9 June 1851, Iverson L. Briley, age 26, married Sarah L. Higdon in Franklin County, Mississippi. 1

Ivenson L. Briley died sometime before 1870. To this union was borne three children, all daughters.

The three daughters are:  

  • Mary E Briley aged 15 years
  • Emily L Briley aged 13 years
  • Clarissa Briley aged 11 years

After the death of Iverson L Briley, bef. 1870, Sarah L. Higdon Briley married George Washington Tier, age 22, on 6 April 1870, in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. These records are tightly controlled by the state of Louisiana and I am unable to access them from home. Therefore, all I have to offer is an extract of data found on ancestry.com

S. L. Briley in the Louisiana, Compiled Marriage Records, 1851-1900
Name: George W. Tier
Spouse: S. L. Briley
Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1870
County: Cald[well]
State: LA
Source Information
Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Louisiana, Compiled Marriage Records, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

Sarah L. Higdon Briley Tier died in August 1871 leaving 3 minor children.

Sarah Faulkner Briley Tier has died and left 3 minor children from her marriage with Iverson Briley.2

Sadly, seven months after the death of Sarah L. Tier, her 2nd husband, George Washington Tier, also passed away on 22 March 1872.


Iverson L Briley is my 1st Cousin 6X Removed; his Mother Jane Sellers Briley is my 4th GreatGrand Aunt.

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[1] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BJ-F7L6-T?i=688&cc=3477669&cat=239414

[2] 1850, Western District, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Western District, Concordia, Louisiana, Page 161B (Stamped) Line 1, Dwelling 180, Family 181, Household of I. BRILEY; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2020); citing National Archives and Records Administration, Roll: M432_230.
[3]1860, Ward 9, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 6, Concordia, Louisiana, Page: 796; Line 25, Dwelling 37, Family 43, Household of J. L. BRILEY; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 May 2017); citing National Archives M653-410.
[4] "Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 May 2017), Marriage: Iverson L. Briley and Sarah L. Higdon, Marriage Date: 9 Jun 1851.
[5] 1870, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 7, Caldwell, Louisiana, Page 138A(stamped); Line 33, Dwelling 67, Family 69, Household of G. W. TIER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 May 2017); citing National Archives M593_509.
  

 







Friday, November 13, 2020

The Second Marriage of Mary Ann Davis

Mary Ann Davis was borne about 1762 in Marion County, South Carolina. She was a daughter of Benjamin Davis, Sr. and Rachel Port.

At the age of 22 she married Robert Commander Dunnam, Sr. in 1784. To this union were borne nine children. Sometime after their marriage, Robert and Mary migrated to Wilcox County, Alabama Territory. Later, they moved to Baldwin County, Alabama Territory. It was here that Robert Commander Dunnam, Sr. died before 9 February 1813; the date his will was proven in open court.    

Robert Commander Dunnam, Sr. left a will in which he lists all his children and names his "Trusty Friend", Samuel Ervin, as one of his Executors, along with his wife Ann; son, Robert Commander Dunnam, Jr. and William Godfrey...

On 18 November 1817, Mary Ann Davis Dunnam united in marriage, a second time, to a  man named Thomas Watson.

Transcription:

Baldwin County
Mifs Alabama Territory To any ordained Minister of the Gospel Judge of the Territory or Justice of the peace – you are hereby commanded to join in the Holy State of matrimony Thomas Watson with Mrs. Anne Dunnam and in so doing this shall be your Sufficient Authorization given under my hand this 18th November 1817.
                                                                    James Johnston
                                                                                Mag’t
   


Mary Ann Davis Dunnam Watson passed away sometime after 1830. Her 2nd husband Thomas Watson, died on 9 June 1834 in Monroe County, Alabama.  Thomas Watson is buried in the Watson-Green Cemetery, Drewry, Monroe County, Alabama. No tombstone has been found for Mary Ann Davis Dunnam Watson.

NOTE: Mary Ann Davis Whiddom ( Find A Grave Memorial#27202037) is not the daughter of Benjamin and Rachel Port Davis and I have no knowledge of a family connection between Mary Ann Davis Whiddom and the Davis families of Marion and Chesterfield Counties, South Carolina.


Mary Ann Davis is my 1st Cousin 6X removed.



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[1] Short hyperlink to Marriage Licensee>>> https://ancstry.me/2kiMrjC

[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 6 May 2020); Memorial page for Thomas Watson; (18 October 1764–9 June 1834); Find a Grave memorial # 36145619, Citing Watson-Green Cemetery; Drewry, Monroe County, Alabama, USA.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Veterans Day 2020


In Memory of Maj. Charles “Jerry” Huneycutt


Maj. Charles Jerome “Jerry” Huneycutt

1943–1967

BIRTH 20 JUN 1943 

Morehead City, Carteret, North Carolina

DEATH 11 NOV 1967

Quang Tri, North Vietnam

FindAGrave Memorial with Photos


Major Jerry Huneycutt was the only son of the Rev Charles Jerome Huneycutt, Sr. and his wife Alice Alberta Piner.  1st. Lt. Huneycutt was assigned to the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang Airbase. He was the navigator of an RF-4C out of Da Nang Airbase that launched on the 10th and shot down on November 11, 1967. This was a two-ship formation that departed Da Nang on 10 November and diverted to an alternate target; both planes were destroyed. The remains of 1st Lt. Charles J. Huneycutt Jr. were returned by the Vietnamese in 1988; 21 years after being shot down.

He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal; The Purple Heart Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters. 

Maj. Jerry Huneycutt was not married.

He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.


VETERANS DAY 2020





Maj. Charles Jerome “Jerry” Huneycutt is my 3rd Cousin Once Removed.



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[1] Veterans Day image courtesy of https://investorplace.com/2018/11/veterans-day-images-to-share-online/

[2] http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/cjhuneycutt.htm

[3] http://ncgenweb.us/mecklenburg/huneycutt-charles-jerome/

[4] https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/24746/CHARLES-J-HUNEYCUTT-JR/

Monday, November 9, 2020

Power of Attorney~Charles Andrew Dry Estate Lands

On 9 September 1858, Charles Andrew Dry died intestate leaving his 2nd wife and 12 children surviving; six children from each marriage. Elizabeth (Dry) Huneycutt and Sarah (Dry) Sasser was both daughters of Esther Misenheimer, the first wife of Charles Andrew Dry.

I‘m not aware why Elizabeth & Sarah thought they needed an attorney to secure their share of the Charles Dry estate.   

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State of North Carolina}
Union County} Know all men by these presents that we Thomas F. Honeycutt and Elizabeth Honeycutt his wife Cullen Sasser and Sarah Sasser his wife have made nominated and appointed and by these presents do make nominate and appoint Michael Dry our true and lawful agent and attorney in fact for us and in our names to ask, demand, sue for and recover and receive of and from Thomas D. Winchester the Clerk and master in equity for the County of Union aforesaid or other person or persons having and [illegible] the same all such sum or sums of money as may be now due to use or which may hereafter become due to us on account of and arising from the sale of the lands of the heirs at law of Charles Dry deceased heretofore had by the said clerk and master pursuant to a decree of the Court of Equity for said County upon the petition of the heirs at law of the said deceased. Also all such sum or sums of money as are or may become due to us from said Winchester in any other manner whatever. To have use and take all necessary means in our names or otherwise for the recovery thereof either by sueing out and prosecuting all manner of legal processes and discharges in our names or otherwise to make seal and deliver therefor and all other acts and things to do and perform as fully and effectually in all respects so we might or could do under any circumstances.-- In testimony, we the said Thomas F. Honeycutt and Elizabeth Huneycutt, Cullen Sasser and Sarah Sasser have hereunto set or hands and seals this the 5th day of November AD 1861. 
Witness                              Thomas F. Honeycutt {seal}
J. E. Irby                            Elizabeth X her mark Honeycutt {seal}
                                          C. J. Sasser {seal}
                                          Sarah X her mark Sasser {seal}

North Carolina
     Before me Romulus M. Sanders one of the judges of the Superior Courts of law and equity for the State aforesaid on this day personally came Thomas F. Honeycutt and Elizabeth Honeycutt his wife Cullen J. Sasser and Sarah Sasser his wife the bargainers in the foregoing power of Attorney from them to Michael Dry and acknowledged that they  executed the said power of Attorney for the purposes therein expressed and the said feme covert bargainers Elizabeth Honeycutt and Sarah Sasser being by me privily examined separate and apart from their respective husbands the said Thomas F. Honeycutt and Cullen J. Sasser touching their free and voluntarily execution of said power of attorney declared when so examined that they executed the same freely and voluntarily of their own account without any force compulsion coercion or constraint on the party of their said husband or any other person and that they do now freely and voluntarily assent thereto - Let the same together with this certificate be registered Nov. 5, 1861.
                                                                   R. M. Sanders
                                                                           J. S.

Charles Andrew Dry is my 1st Cousin 5 times removed. His children are my 2nd Cousins 4 times removed.


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NOTE: This Land deed a very poor reproduction and hard to read and transcribe. For the surname “Sasser”  I deliberately veered away from the standard “fs” for the double SS in a surname for readability purposes.

[1] Land Deed - Power of Attorney; 5 November 1861; Deed Book #6; Page(s) 81; Register of Deeds; Monroe, Union County, North Carolina; 11 January 2020.