Monday, May 18, 2020

Carolina_Family_Roots Posting

With this posting, there will be no other posting during this week. I hope to return to posting by the weekend but it may be a little longer.

My wife is being admitted for a very serious operation on 19 May. My return to posting will depend upon her recovery.

Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

It’s Family Time~The Colon H. Huckabee Family

Colon H. Huckabee was born on 7 January 1882, a son of Eli Huckabee and Martha Seals.

Nancy Jane Davis was born 13 November 1883, a daughter of Elisha Blakely Davis and Mary Jane “Molly” Eddings.

Colon H. Huckabee and Nancy Jane Davis were married in 1903. This is before Chesterfield County started recording marriage in 1911. In the 1910 Census Colon and Nancy are enumerated as a married couple. In this census, they state that they have been married for 7 years and have one child – Lela Huckabee, age 2.

Colon H. and Nancy Jane (Davis) Huckabee had five known children.

        i.    Macy Huckabee, born 23 Jan 1908, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married William L. Shaw; died 27 Aug 1953, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
         ii.    Lelia Mae Huckabee, born 17 Nov 1908, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Julius Browder, Jun 1952; married Charles R. Shaw; died 30 Jun 1965.
        iii.    Arline Huckabee was born about 1913 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married W. Melvin Sinclair, 17 Sep 1934; died 4 Aug 2000.
        iv.    Edward Allen Huckabee, born 23 Jul 1915, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 24 Dec 1970.
         v.    Vernon B. Huckabee, born 23 Nov 1917, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Julia Fay Pigg; died 27 Apr 1997.

Even though I have identified five children I am still confused about the first two. The 1910 Census shows the only child to be born before 1910 to be a daughter called Lela, age 2.

SC Death certificate for Macy Shaw and Lelia Browder show both to be daughters of Colon Huckabee and Nancy Jane Davis with Macy born 23 Jan 1908 and Lelia born 17 Nov 1908.

Macy Huckabee Shaw, b. 23 Jan. 1908; d. 27 Aug 1953.

Lelia Huckabee Browder, b. 17 Nov. 1908; d. 30 June 1965.

If you have any information about this family I would love to hear from you.

Nancy Jane (Davis) Huckabee is my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.

1. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," on-line digital images, ( : viewed 2 January 2019), Colon Huckabee Draft Registration Cards; citing Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls, Roll: 1852503.
2. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed  2 January 2019); Memorial page for Colon H. Huckabee; (7 January 1882–13 January 1950); Find a Grave memorial # 41562819, Citing White Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
3. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #21, Page 107A/107B, Line 50, Dwelling 427, Family 434, Household of Elisha B. DAVIS; digital images, ( : viewed 26 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
4. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Nancie Janie Davis Huckabee (13 November 1883–16 February 1972), Memorial # 41562895.
5. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Nancie Janie Davis Huckabee (13 November 1883–16 February 1972), Memorial # 41562895.
6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Nancie Janie Davis Huckabee (13 November 1883–16 February 1972), Memorial # 41562895.
7. Mrs. Janie D. Huckabee obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 17 February 1972, page 14-A, Column 2.

Friday, May 15, 2020

John Hampton Sellers Dies at Home

John Hampton Sellers was born 19 November 1866, a son of Phillip Albert Sellers and Annie Jane Douglass.

John married Mary Jane Parker, daughter of Peter Parker, in 1890 per the 1900 Census for Chesterfield County.

John Hampton and Mary Jane had a total of seven children. The five named below in the obituary; a son who died as an infant and a daughter that passed away at age 10.

Mr. Jackson H. Sellers died at his home near Ruby Saturday afternoon of neuralgia of the heart.  He had been in his usual health until a few days before when he began to complain. He was up, however, until a few minutes before his death. The funeral was conducted by Revs. Tyler, Wood and Purvis and the body was buried with Masonic honors at the Sellers burying ground Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock. He was a Mason, a Woodman, and a splendid fellow. He leaves a widow, four sons, and one daughter, Mrs. W. T. Rivers. The sons are Lonnie, John, Leonard and Hardy Sellers. 

John Hampton Sellers is my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed.

[1] "John Hampton Sellers died at home," Obituary, [The Pageland Journal (Pageland, South Carolina), 28 February 1917, Page 3; Digital On-Line Archives, ( : viewed, transcribed. 1 May 2020).

Note: The obituary refers to John Hampton Sellers as Jackson H. Sellers. I have found no other document, other than this obituary, that refers to him as Jackson. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Treasure Chest Thursday~An October 1848 Lavicy Purvis Letter


State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
                 On the fourth day of October Anno Domino, 1848 personally appeared before me the subscriber a magistrate in and for the Said district Mrs. Lavicy Purvis who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that she is the Mother of the identical Stephen Purvis who enlisted on or about the 27th day of November 1846 at Charleston, So. Ca. Capt. Blanding's Company "F" Palmetto Regiment commanded by the late Col. P. M. Butler and that she has been informed that her son died at Castle Perro [Perote], Mexico on or about the tenth day of June A. D. 1847 in consequence of sickness and while in the service of the United States; and that her husband died on or about the ____ day of _______ in the year A. D. 1824 and that her said son was never married, and that she makes this declaration to obtain his Bounty Land.  
Sworn to before me this}
fourth day of October}                            Lavicy X her mark Purvis {LS}
1848.-----            }   
Wm. A. Mulloy

Lavicy Purvis in the above letters made 4 distinct statements:
  1. She is the Mother of Stephen Purvis
  2. Her son died at Castle Perro, Mexico 10 June 1847 of sickness
  3. Her son was never married
  4. Her Husband [Not Named] died in 1824.
Lavicy Purvis maiden name is unknown at present; however, there are some researchers who believed her to be a “Turnage.”

Lavicy was granted 160 acres of Land 9 May 1849; Warrant #57,179.

I have not found the husband of Lavicy Purvis named in any document but many believed him to be a John Purvis, Sr.  We do know he died, according to the letter above, in 1824.
The letter above was created on 4 October 1848. Could her husband have died earlier or later than 1824. Where did he die? Could it have been outside of the State of South Carolina. No date of birth has been found for their son Stephen Purvis. Stephen Purvis, according to the letter above, enlisted 0n 27 November 1846. How old was Stephen? If he was 18, then his birth year would be 1828; if he was 21, then his birth year would have been 1825. Either way, Stephen was a very young lad when his father passed away.

There is a John Purvis born in SC that died in Clarke County, Alabama late 1824 or early 1825. Could this have been Vicey’s husband. There is no doubt that this John Purvis is related to Gilbert & James Purvis, brothers who left Chesterfield County around 1818 and moved first to Clarke County, Alabama, and later on to Mississippi. Did he make a trip to Alabama to see relatives?  Additional research may provide the answers; until then there are many unanswered questions.

Vicey Purvis died in the late 1850’s. She is not listed in the 1860 Census nor the 1860 Mortality scheduled. If she was not missed by the Census enumerator it’s possible her death occurred before 1 January 1859.

A property Deed in the Burnt Book, page 48 shows that she was deceased before 26 February 1861. 

[1] My THANKS goes out to a “Purvis” researcher [Name Withheld] who shared this letter with me. 
[2] Frame 1322
[3] Land Deed - Sarah Sellers and James Oliver to John Purvis; 26 February 1861; Deed Book #Burnt Book; Page(s) 48; Probate Office; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; 27 August 2014.   

Monday, May 11, 2020

Some Heirs-at-Law of Richard Graves

Back on 12 September 2012, I wrote an article entitled: “Wednesday Mystery–Children of Richard Graves, Anson County, NC and Chesterfield County, SC”. You can read the posting here: 

The lineage of Richard Graves is very important to me. I believe his granddaughter or great-granddaughter is my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Graves Purvis. In the 1850 Census for Chesterfield County  Sarah is living in a household with an older woman, an older man, and a young man believed to be her sibling. 

It is my belief that this family is a Mother (Mary) with her Son, (David W.) and two grandchildren)Sarah Jane and Thomas).
Sarah Jane Graves and my 2nd Great Grandfather William A. Purvis were married on 10 June 1852 in Chesterfield County, SC by the Rev. Mr. DuPREE.  They had one child.
This family unit has been one of my major “BRICKWALLS”. The destruction of records during the Civil War makes research in Chesterfield County SC to be a major problematic struggle.

In my first posting, I listed 8 children that I had researched and acquired research material on them. Last week while newspaper browsing I came across this newspaper article concerning the partitions of the Lands of Richard Graves, deceased.


State of North Carolina,
IN Equity -- Fall Term, 1841
James Ratcliff} Petition for sale of Land
vs.              } of Richard Graves, Senior,
Wm. Rickels and others} deceased.
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, that Elizabeth Graves, Miles Graves, Jno. T. Graves, William Graves, Naomi Graves, Lewis M. Graves, Richard Graves, Rebecca Adams, E.i Rickels, Richard Graves, William Graves, James Chapman and wife Mary, Neill McNeill and wife Martha and Thomas Graves, heirs at law of Richard Graves are not inhabitants of this Sate: Ordered, that publication be made in the North Carolinian for six successive weeks, for said absent defendants to be and appear before the Honorable the Judge of our next Court of equity, to be held for the County of Anson, at the Court House in Wadesborough, on the 2d Monday in March next, then and there to show cause, if any they have, why the prayer of the petitioners should not be granted, otherwise judgment pro confesso will be entered up against them, and a decree made for the sale of said lands.
Witness, Wm. E. Troy, Clerk and Master of said Court, at office in Wadesborough, the 2d Monday in September, A.D. 1841, and in the 66th year of American Independence.
140-6t                    WM. E. TROY, C.M.E. 

[The North-Carolinian (Fayetteville, North Carolina); 30 Oct 1841, Sat.; Page 3]

First, a correction - the Surname RICKELS above should read RICKETTS.

This document contains several heirs-at-law that were unknown and not mentioned in the first post.
  1. Elizabeth Graves,
  2. Miles Graves,
  3. Jno. T. Graves,
  4. William Graves,
  5. Naomi Graves,
  6. Lewis M. Graves,
  7. Richard Graves,
  8. Rebecca Adams, Mentioned in 1st post.
  9. E.i Rickels,
  10. Richard Graves, {Jr.} Mentioned in 1st post.
  11. William Graves,
  12. James Chapman and wife Mary, [James Chapman named but not his wife Mary]
  13. Neill McNeill and wife Martha [Graves] Mentioned in 1st post.
  14. Thomas Graves, Mentioned in 1st post.
  15. James Ratcliff [Defendant, maybe administrator]
  16. Wm. Ricketts and others [Plaintiff]; William Ricketts marries Nancy Graves
It's very apparent that many additional heirs-at-law are named in the newspaper clipping compared to those named within the first posting i. e.
ORDER TO APPEAR: Quote: James Chapman vs Rebecca Adams, Lewis Graves, Wm. Rickkits and Nancy his wife, Richard Graves, Mm. Graves, Neill McNeill and Martha his wife, and Thomas Graves defendants.

In this current newspaper clipping, William and Richard Graves are mentioned twice for each name. It's hard to differentiate whether this is two men mentioned twice or 4 distinct individuals. 

While this is quite an abundance of data, it’s confusing. If the family above – Mary, David W., Sarah Jane, and Thomas - are in fact related to Richard Graves why they not named in any of the documents thus found.
No probate file, tombstone, obituary or death notice has been found for Richard Graves.  But we know from newspaper clippings related to the Partition of the Lands of Richard Graves, deceased that he died sometime shortly before December 1838. 

Now, its time to research some of these new names and see where the journey takes me.

[1] "Division of the Real Estate of Richard Graves, Deceased," Legal Notice, Cheraw Gazette and Pee Dee Farmer (Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina), 26 December 1838, Page 23, Image 3, column 4.; Digital On-Line Archives, ChroniclingAmerica ( : viewed & transcribed 3 May 2019), Historic America Newspapers. ChroniclingAmerica.
[2] "Real Estate of Richard Graves, deceased," Sheriff's Sales., Cheraw gazette and Pee Dee farmer. Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, 27 March 1839, Page 76, Image 4, col 5.; Digital On-Line Archives, ChroniclingAmerica ( : viewed 3 May 2019), Historic America Newspapers; ChroniclingAmerica.
[3] "Petition for sale of Land of Richard Graves, Senior, deceased," Legal Notice, The North-Carolinian (Fayetteville, North Carolina);, 30 October 1841, Page 3; Digital On-Line Archives, ( : viewed 9 May 2020);

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Marriage of James F. Purvis

Today’s posting will be a short note concerning the marriage of my grandparents. For many years I have searched for a marriage certificate or Bible entry that would reveal exactly when my grandparents were married without success. Even going to the point of paying someone to search for the document.

There was one clue in this search. John Calvin Deese was the father of my grandmother. On 14 Mar 1908, John Calvin wrote his Will. Item 5 of that WILL reads:

Item V. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lucy Pearly Purvis, the sum of One Dollar ($1.00).

I knew that my grandparents, James Francis Purvis and Lucy Pearl Deese were married sometime before 14 March 1908. But finding proof of the marriage continues to elude all search attempts until this past week.

This week I found a notice of their marriage in a County newspaper for Anson County, North Carolina. The newspaper was “The Messenger and Intelligencer” (Wadesboro, North Carolina), 12 Mar 1908, Thu, Page 1, col 6.]. James Francis Purvis and Lucy Pearl Deese were married on 8 March 1908 in Chesterfield County, SC over the objections of her Father. Lucy’s mother had passed away during childbirth when Lucy was about 4 years old. Her father had re-married. It is not known if the step-mother also objected to the marriage. Lucy and Jim had 7 children of which 6 lived to adulthood. They raised their children together until Jim’s untimely death in 1936. Lucy lived another 34 years without ever remarrying.  

Morven News
Miss Pearly Dees and Mr. James Purvis were married Sunday [8 Mar 1908]. Owing to the objections to the match by the parents of the bride, they used the South Carolina Ceremony.

[1] "Miss Pearly Dees & Mr. James Purvis," Marriage, The Messenger and Intelligencer (Wadesboro, North Carolina), 12 March 1908, Page 1, col 6.; Digital On-Line Archives, ( : viewed & copied 6 May 2020);

Saturday, May 9, 2020

It’s Family Time~The Short Life of Allie Mae (Seago) Brock Family

Julian Joseph Brock was born on 2 February 1891, a son of Peter Preston Brock and his wife, Margaret Jane Sellers.

Allie Mae Seago was born 14 April 1886, a daughter of Dorsey Alexander Seago and his wife, Cornelia Meachum.

Julian Joseph Brock and Allie Mae Seago were married on 28 February 1913 in Morven, Anson County, North Carolina.

To this union were borne 3 children; two sons and a daughter. Only the daughter survived to adulthood.

Allie must have become very ill shortly after the birth of her third child, a son called Leroy. Their son was born on 13 March 1923. 

By December 1923, Julian had placed an ad in the local newspaper- 

WANTED—A white lady or girl to keep house for me. Three in Family, work light. Apply J. J. Brock, McFarlan, N.C,. R.1. 

On 27 Dec 1923, the following post was found in the Anson County newspaper “The Messenger and Intelligencer” 

“Mrs. Brock, daughter of Mr. D. A. Seago, who has been under treatment at the Charlotte Sanatorium does not improve. Her many friends are deeply concerned about her condition.”

Allie Mae (Seago) Brock died on 30 January 1924. She passed away due to a gastric cancer.

Allie Mae (Seago) Brock is buried in the  Cedar Creek Meeting House Cemetery, Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina.

Julian Joseph Brock is my 3rd Cousin twice removed.

[1] "Index to North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868," database, Ancestry ( : viewed 3 April 2019), Marriage: Julian J. BROCK, age 22 and Allie SEAGO, age 27, of Anson County, NC; North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977.
[2] "Mrs. Brock treated at Charlotte Sanatorium," The Messenger and Intelligencer (Wadesboro, North Carolina), 27 December 1923, Page 8; Digital On-Line Archives, ( : viewed & transcribed. May 2020);
[3]  North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, Images. Ancestry, ( 27 April 2020),  North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, Allie Seago Brock; Certificate number 43, 30 January 1924.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Treasure Chest Thursday~Callie Hunter Brock Death Date Found

For many years I had a note in my genealogy database that Callie Hunter, the first wife of Pleasant Archie Brock, Sr. had died about 1923. This was not a correct date.

I knew that Pleasant Archie had married Callie on 23 February 1913 and to this union, one child, a son was born. Pleasant Archie then married second, Hannah Mae Deese, on 1 April 1923. So Callie Hunter Brock passed away sometime between the birth of her son on 20 April 1914 and the second marriage of Pleasant Archie on 1 April 1923. 

This week while browsing through newspapers on I came across a DEATH NOTICE for a Mrs. Pleas Brock. I knew she was related;  but, I had to sort out which Mrs. Pleas Brock she was? Research of my Brock lineage had found five Pleas. Brock born between 1839 and 1923.

Mrs. Pleas. Brock
Mrs. Pleas. Brock who recently moved to Lancaster, died there last Wednesday, and the body was brought back and buried at White Plains Thursday afternoon. She was about 24 years old and is survived by her husband and one child.

I next searched the South Carolina Death Certificates for a female BROCK that had passed away in January 1923 plus or minus 5 years and found – Milly Catherine Brock, died 28 January 1928.

While the death notice is dated 6 Feb 1918 and says she died the previous Wednesday [30 Jan 1918]; we know from her death certificate that she died on 28 January 1918.  

The SC Death Certificate contained a plethora of information.
Full Name: Milley Catherine [Hunter] Brock
Died: 28 Jan 1918
Father: William Hunter
Mother: Cattie Melton
Bu. 30 Jan 1918 @ White Plains
Died Heart Trouble
Informant: H. W. Gulledge

Pleasant Archie Brock, Sr, husband of Milley Catherine Hunter, is my 1st Cousin 2 times removed.

[1] "Mrs. Pleas. Brock," Death Notice, The Pageland Journal, (Pageland, South Carolina), 6 February 1918, Page 7; column 1; Digital On-Line Archives, ( & transcribed 4 May 2020);
[2] South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1961, Images. Ancestry, ( 4 May 2020), South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1961, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, Milley C Brock [Milley C. Hunter]; Certificate number 1053, 28 January 1918.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tombstone Tuesday~In Memory~Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivers

Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivers
b.  btw. 1780-1790
d. 3 Dec 1847
bu. Unknown

Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivers is my 4th Great Grandmother. Based on census data and an Affidavit by William Rivers, husband of Elizabeth Rivers I calculated her birth as occurring between 1780 and 1790. I do have an exact death date for Elizabeth documented in the Family Bible of Mark Rivers. Since both Elizabeth and her husband's death date are recorded in this Family Bible it is my opinion (I have no other proof) that Elizabeth might be the daughter of Mark Rivers and Sarah Brown.

Death of Elizabeth [Betsy] Rivers on 3 of December date 1847
Death of William Rivers Cenery on the 7 of June 1855
[Cenery is a misspelling of Senior.]

William Rivers in his affidavit stated that Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers's youngest son was born in Dec 1812.

“...the youngest of whom was born in the month of December 1812 which fact he knows from the birth of his own son Malachi who was born the 22nd day of August 1812 which record is now before him.”                                                                             s/William Rivers

William Rivers in his affidavit stated that Thomas Davis and Nancy Rivers youngest son was born in Dec 1812.
“...the youngest of whom was born in the month of December 1812 which fact he knows from the birth of his own son Malachi who was born the 22nd day of August 1812 which record is now before him.”
                                                                             s/William Rivers
The loss of records in Chesterfield County makes it very difficult to research early families in the County. There is much misinformation and false information published about Chesterfield County families. If you don’t have proof in the form of a historical document it most likely didn't happen the way you have been told. 

There is very little information about Elizabeth Rivers. In every document I have concerning Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivers only these three names – Elizabeth, Betsy & Rivers- have been tied to her. The marriage was a “Rivers” marrying a “Rivers”. For over 40 years most researchers have William and Betsy marrying about 1810. This is based on the birth of what is believed to have been their firstborn son Malachi b.22 August 1812. William Rivers stated that Malachi was born 22 August 1812 and was his son but, he never said that Malachi was his firstborn as many believed.    

[1] Mark Rivers Family Bible, 9 pages.
[2] Affidavit of William Rivers for Thomas Davis Pension Application, compiled military record (5th Co. Capt. Thomas Hall, Marion's Regt. 1779), Rev. War Pension and Land-Bounty Application Files, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), NARA microfilm publication M804, Roll 766.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Amanuensis Monday~Bill for the Partition of Estate Lands.

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

Today’s subject is a Bill for the Partition of Estate Lands.1

James L. Brock, the husband of Elizabeth Purvis, passed away sometime before 17 June 1871. He was alive and well when the 1870 Census for Pike County, Mississippi was enumerated on 6 August 1870.

In a previous post related to the heirs of James Brock, we saw by means of a land deed that James Brock was deceased.

Today’s post is a Citation Notice related to the partitions of James Brock lands after his demise.


Citation Notice
Chancery Court, 20th Chancery District.
State of Mississippi}
Pike County}   No. 2220.
Valentine Brock}
vs.                }
Eli Brock, et als.} Bill for partition of lands.
In vacation, before the Clerk at Rules,
May 19th A. D. 1873
UPON reading the affidavit of complaint, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Clerk that Eli Brock, Nancy Miller and T. G. Miller, her husband, Angeline Miller and R. L. Miller, her husband, Isham Hinson and Thomas Hinson, defendants in the above entitled cause, are non-resident of the State of Mississippi, and reside beyond the limits thereof, respectively as follows: said Eli Brock, Nancy Miller, T. G. Miller, Angeline Miller  and R. L. Miller, in Washington parish, State of Louisiana, and whom post office is at Palestine, in said parish and State; and said Isham Hinson in the parish of Livingston, in the State of Louisiana, and whom post office is at Amite City, in the parish of Tangipahoa, in the said State of Louisiana; and said Thomas Hinson in the county of Lafayette, in the State of Arkansas and who post office is at Bright Star, in the county of Hopkins, in the State of Texas; it is therefore ordered that said defendants enter their appearance herein on or before
The Third Monday, in July A. D. 1873.
at a term of said Chancery Court of Pike county, State of Mississippi, to be held at the Court House of said county of Pike, to answer, plead or demur to the complainant's bill, or the several allegations thereof will be taken for confessed as to them. 
It is further ordered that a copy of this order be published in the Magnolia Gazette a weekly newspaper published in said county of Pike, once a week for one month, and that said Clerk mail a copy of said order to each of the within named parties, at their respective post offices.
     A true copy from the minutes of the court.
     Attest:                                            W. M. CONNERLY, Clerk.
     S. E. Packwood, Solicitor for Compl't.
     May 23, 1873.--5w

James Brock is a 1st Cousin 5 times removed; Valentine and Moses are 2nd Cousins 4 times removed.

[1] "Bill for partition of lands.," Legal Notice, The Magnolia Gazette (Magnolia, Pike, Mississippi), 20 June 1873, Page 3; Digital On-Line Archives, ( : viewed & transcribed 26 April 2020);

Saturday, May 2, 2020

It’s Family Time~The Mary Jane Purvis Lang Family

Mary Jane Purvis was born abt 1873, a daughter of Elizabeth/Betsy Purvis. Her mother and sister Ella Frances state that her father was Billie Purvis.

About 1888, Mary Jane Purvis married Charlie Franklin Lang, a son of John Henry Lang and Frances A. Teal. Charlie was born on 3 April 1868.

Charlie and Mary Jane had 4 children. Their 3rd born, an unnamed son died upon birth and their 4th born, a daughter, Frances Elizabeth “Effie” Purvis survived childbirth in March 1895; but, her Mother Mary Jane did not survive. 

The Children of Charlie and Mary Jane Purvis are: 
     i.    Ella Jane Lang, born 4 Aug 1889, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Jack Allison Dillard; died 18 May 1960, Woodruff, 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.    Unnamed Son Lang, born/died 14 Jan 1893 in Chesterfield County, SC.
   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.

With a baby and two young children, Charlie, a farmer, had no choice but to find himself a bride. Charlie next married Dora Watkins, age 25, about 1898.

No record of Mary J. Purvis had been found after the 1880 Census. Her 1888 marriage date is estimated based on the birth of her first child, Ella Jane Lang, on 4 August 1889. No marriage or death certificate, notice, or date has been found. Only that Charlie remarried and brought his children into his new marriage.
1900 CENSUS: Marshville Township, Union County, North Carolina, GS Film # 1241220, Roll: T623_1220; Page: 117B; Enumeration District: 136; Line 76; Dwelling 57, Family 60; Charles F. LANG, male, age 32, Day laborer, born Apr 1868 in NC; married 2 years, 1 child, 1 living; his wife, Dora LANG, Wife, age 20, born Jan 1880 in NC; Johnnie H. LANG, Son, age 7, born Jan 1893 in NC; Effie LANG, Daughter, age 5, born Mar 1895 in NC and Annie A. LANG, Daughter, age 5/12, born Dec 1899 in NC.
Annie A. Lang in the above census is the firstborn child of Charlie and his new bride, Dora.

Mary Jane Purvis Lang is my Great Grand Aunt.

1. State of North Carolina, death certificate (28 August 1948), Charlie Franklin Lang;, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
2. 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, ( : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
3. 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, ( : viewed July 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1220.
4. 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, ( : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1134.
5. 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, ( : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll 1283.
6. 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, ( : viewed 3 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T626, Roll 1692.
7. 1940 U. S. Census, Gaston County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 36-19, Page: 23A/353(stamped); Line 16,, Household #454, Household of Charlie F. LANG; digital images, 1940 CENSUS ( : viewed 3 March 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, Roll 2914.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : 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. Death: C. F. Lang obituary, The Gastonia (NC) Gazette, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, 30 August 1948, page 9.
10. Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index database,,  ( : <viewed|accessed> 3 March 2013), Charlie Franklin Lang, XXX-XX-4295, derived from U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File,database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, 24 July 2011).

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Runaway Bride and Groom

On 14 August 1904 Thomas T. Tarlton and Ella Frances Purvis were married in Chesterfield, South Carolina.1

Thomas T. Tarlton was a son of James Alexander Tarlton and Sarah Jane Sanders.
The parentage of Ella Francis Purvis is murky. Her NC death certificates state that she is the daughter of Billy Purvis and Betsy Previtte.  

Her Social Security Form 5 also shows her parents to be Billy Purvis and Betsy Prevett.

Ella Frances Purvis was born 25 September 1881. In 1880 before Ella was born her Mother Elizabeth/Betsy and older sister Mary J. Purvis (b. ca,.873) can be found living in the household of William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves Purvis.   

On 25 September 1881, Ella Frances Purvis was born. There is a conflict between the 1900 census and her death certificate as to when she was born. The 1900 census says December 1886.

Abt 1888, Mary Jane Purvis married Charlie B. Lang.

On 31 December 1893, Sarah Jane Graves Purvis, wife of William A. Purvis lost her battle with cancer and passed away.

Abut March 1895 Mary Jane Purvis Lang passes away from childbirth complications.
On 23 September 1899, William A. Purvis and his wife Elizabeth Purvis sub-divided a 30 acres tract of land into two parcels selling a 12-acre section to J. D. Rhyne (DB 33, Page 370). William retained a house with 18 acres for his wife Elizabeth/Betsy. After the death of William Purvis between Sept. 1899 and May 1900, Betsy took possession of the land. She later sold the 18 acres parcel to J. D. Rhyne on 30 September 1900 (DB 34, page 491 & 492).

This deed made this 23rd day of September, Anson County, 1899 by W. A. Purvis and wife Elizabeth Purvis of Anson County and State of North Carolina of the first part and J. D. Rhyne of said county and state of the second part witnesseth that said W. A. Purvis and wife in consideration of fifty-four dollars to them paid by J. D. Rhyne. (DB 33, pg 370)

In 1900, Betsy and Ella F. Purvis can be found in Morven Township, Anson County, North Carolina. Betsy is a widow indicating Billy Purvis has died since the signing of the 30 September 1899 land deed to J. D. Rhyne.

After selling her remaining share of the Purvis land to J. D. Rhyne, Betsy went to live with Tom and Ella Tarlton in Rockingham until her death on 18 October 1926.

Tom & Ella Tarlton would raise a family of 7 children; two daughters and five sons. One son, Sylvester, died young. 

Ella Frances Purvis Tarlton died 27 November 1971.  

I share DNA with descendants of Betsy and her daughters. A total of 107.3 cM on Chr. 8,  12 and two segments on Chr. 13.

If William A. Purvis is the father of these two girls then they are my Great Grand Aunts.

[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Short Locals, Tom Tarlton & Ella Purvis, 14 August 1904; Messenger-Intelligencer Issue of August 18,1904 page 3, Wadesboro.