Saturday, February 27, 2021

It’s Family Time~Peter Keppel, Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Grobb

Peter Keppel and his wife Anna Elizabeth Grobb are my 5th Great Grandparents. Ironically, three Land Deeds laid this family directly into my research path with very little research. What was bitter sweet is the the three land deeds are sequential within the land deed book and again required very little effort.

Let’s see what these land deeds tells us.

“Know all men by these presents that I george Erenhart in Right of my wife Margaret & I John grube in the wright of my wife Elisabeth & I Martin dry in wright of My Wife Catherine & I peter Koppel & John Coppell strikethru & Henry Copple all of us Lawfull Heirs & Legatees of Peter Koppler deceased...”

The beginning of these three deeds reads almost verbatim and says that

  • George Earnhart & his wife  Margaret Keppel
  • John Grube and his wife Elizabeth Keppel
  • Martin Dry and his wife Catherine Keppel
  • Peter Koppel
  • John Coppell 
  • Henry Copple
  • Killian Coppel

are all lawful heirs of Peter Koppler, deceased. So the entire family of 3 daughters and 3 sons have been named within each of these three land deeds.

Peter Keppel and Anna Elizabeth Grobb were married on 6 January 1756 in Goshenhoppen, Pennsylvania. Their marriage entry reads:

Item 32
Peter Kepple, single, Lutheran, born 1730 May, son of Paul Keppel. Came to America in 1750. Married Anna Elisabeth, single, Lutheran, 20 years of age, da(ughter) of Johan Grob, from Whitehall township. Banns published (1) on Dec. 28, 1755 in Old Goshenhoppen, (2) on Jan 1; (3) on Jan. 4 in Old Gosh. Married January 6." [Page 58 of a Marriage Book][My thanks to apertile for providing this info and allowing my use of it.]

Peter Keppel and Anna Elizabeth Grobb had the following known children:

  • Margaret Keppel md George Earnhart
  • Elizabeth Keppel md John Grube
  • Catherine Keppel md Martin Dry {My 4th Great Grandparents]
  • Peter Keppel, Jr.
  • John Keppel  md Sarah Crowell
  • Henry Keppel
  • Killian Keppel  

At some point after 1810, John Keppel and his wife Sarah  moved to Bedford County, Tennessee. George Earnhart and his wife Margaret Keppel are also there with John Killian and Sarah in an 1812 Tax Record. By 1824, Peter Keppel, Jr. has joined his brother, John Killian and sister, Margaret Earnhart in Bedford County. 

My 3th Great Grandparents Martin Dry and Catherine Keppel chose to remain in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

Peter Keppel died before 20 October 1806. No exact death date, obituary, death notice or tombstone has been found for either Peter or his wife Anna Elizabeth Keppel. The 1806 Minutes of the Cabarrus Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions contain comments about Letters of Administration and Inventory & Sales of the estate of Peter Kepley, Sr.

Peter Keppel and his wife Anna Elizabeth Grobb are my 5th Great Grandparents. 




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1. "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s," database, ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Arrived on the Phoenix in 1749. 3 February 2020), Joh. Peter Koppel; citing Arrival year: 1749; Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America.
     2. Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA, "Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801, 1780, Peter Keppel; , Pennsylvania Archives, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
     3. 1786 Pennsylvania, U.S., Septennial Census, 1779-1863, Pennsylvania, population, Upper Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA, Line 88, Peter Kepple, Peter Kepple; FHL microfilm .
     4. 1790 U S Census, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, population schedule, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Page: 366; Image:, Household of Peter Caple; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 February 2020); citing  National Archives Microfilm M637, Roll 7.
     5. Peter Caple, 20 December 1791, , ; North Carolina State Archives of North Carolina Land Grants, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
     6. Betty J. Camin, Cabarrus County, NC Court Minutes: Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1793-1797 (Raleigh, Wake Co., NC: Self-Published, 1998), page 4.
     7. 1800 U S Census, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, population schedule, Salisbury, Cabarrus, North Carolina, Page: 713; Image: 277, Peter Kepley; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2020); citing  National Archives Microfilm M32, Roll 29.
     8. Margaret B. Bost, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions: July 15, 1805-April 23 1817 (Cabarrus Genealogical Society: Self-Published, ©1995.), pages 19 & 24.
     9. Land Deed - Division of the Estate of Peter Kapple Sr.; 8 August 1807; Deed Book #6; Page(s) 166; Register of Deeds; Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; 12 December 2020.
     10. Land Deed - Division of the Estate of Peter Kapple Sr.; 8 August 1807; Deed Book # 6; page(s)167.
     11. Land Deed - Division of the Estate of Peter Kapple Sr.; 8 August 1807; Deed Book # 6; page(s)158.
     12. "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940," database, FamilySearch (http://www.FamilySearch.org : viewed 3 February 2021), Johann Peter K√∂ppel /Kepley, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V26D-GZC; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V26D-GZC.
     13. Land Deed - Division of the Estate of Peter Kapple Sr.; 8 August 1807; Deed Book # 6; page(s)168.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Does this Land Deed Hold a Clue to a Marriage Date

I’m a firm believer in using Land Deeds in my family genealogy endeavors. I have solved numerous mysteries with just a small snippet from Land Deeds. 

I’m contemplating one of those mysteries now – When did Holden Barrett and Margaret Cook marry? That mystery led me to this land deed and I believe the enclosed Land Deed provides such a clue. 

I’m certain that Holden and Margaret were married either in Anson County, NC or Chesterfield County, SC but no record of their marriage has been found as of today. Their known fist born (twins) occurred on 12 July 1817 suggesting the marriage occurred in 1816 or earlier. Now we have H. Barrett witnessing the execution of a land deed whereby James Baker is selling 149 Acres of land in Anson County, NC to Daniel Cook of Chesterfield County, SC for the sum of four hundred dollars. Holden Barrett is married to Margert Cook a sister to Daniel Cook, Jr.  I think the H. Barrett witnessing the execution of this deed is the Brother-in-Law of Daniel Cook, Jr.

Deed Transcription:

James Baker to Daniel Cook

This Indenture made this 9th of November 1816 Between James Baker of the County of Anson and State of No. Carolina of the one part and Daniel Cook of the other living in Chesterfield district of South Carolina. Witnesseth that the said James Baker for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Daniel Cook the receipt whereof is here by acknowledged, hath given granted bargained & sold by these (pg 224) presents doth give grant bargain & sell and confirm unto the said Daniel Cook all that track or parcel of land situate in the County aforesaid Beginning on a white oak near a drain in William Berries line thence with the said line So. 80 E. 38 poles to a stake said corner thence with said line No. 10 E. 66 poles to a stake in said line then So. 64 E. 102 poles to a red oak then So. 10 E. 91 poles to a black jack then So. 25 W. 64 poles to a pine thence So. 76 Wt. a dividing line 116 poles  to a pine in Berries path thence___the course of the path to the beginning containing one hundred & forty nine Acres more or less being a tract of land conveyed from the said James to the said Daniel Cook. To hold to him the said Daniel Cook his heirs Exrs. Admr. & assigns and the said James Baker for himself his heirs Execs. Admr. doth covenant premises & agree to warrant & forever defend the said 1349 acres of land above mentioned to him the said Daniel Cook his heirs etc. free and clear from him the said James baker his heirs Execs. Admrs. and assigns from all manner of person claiming by person or under him, them or any of theirs. In witness where of the said James Baker hath here unto set his hand & seal the day and date above written.
In the presence of us}                              James Baker {Seal}
H. Barrett}    Anson Oct. Term 1818
Peter Baker} Then the within Deed was duly proved in open Court by the oath of H. Barrett & Ordered to be registered.
                                                             Tod Robinson Clk.

As stated above, Holden and Margaret Cook Barrett were married locally in the Carolina’s and their first born twin daughters were born on 12 July 1871. If we back up 9 months, it suggest that these children were conceived about November 1816 and their parents were married sometime before this conception.

Daniel Cook and Maragret Cook Barrett are my 1st Couin 6X Removed. 

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[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book "S': pages 223-224, James Baker to Daniel Cook; 9 November 1816, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Elusive Holden Barrett (1796-1832)

Holden Barrett lived a very short life and not much is known about him. We estimate that he was born about 1796 based on his reported age in the ONLY Census in which he appears; the 1820 Census for Anson County, NC.

In this census he reports his age as 16-25 making his birth to be between the years 1795-1804. To further narrow down his age we have a Land Deed (S:223) executed by James Baker to Daniel Cook with Holden Barrett as witness dated 9 November 1816. (Blog Author Comments: I think with Holden Barrett witnessing the execution of Daniel Cook Land Deed that at this time he (Holden) is already married to Daniel's sister Margaret by this date – 9 Nov. 1816).

Shortly after the execution of this Land Deed Holden Barrett received a land Grant from the State of North Carolina dated May 1818. For some reason this Land Grant was never recorded. The dates are both around the time that we believe Holden Barrett reached the age of majority with the right as a young man to hold property. 

Based on the age of his first born children, twin daughters Ruth and Jane on 12 July 1817 we believe that he was married about 1816. He married Margaret Cook, daughter of the Daniel Cook, Jr. named above in which Holden Barrett was witness thereto. Unfortunately, no marriage license has been found documenting the marriage of Holden Barrett and Margaret Cook.

Holden and Margaret are enumerated in the 1820 Census for Anson County, NC.

1820 CENSUS: Huntley, Anson, North Carolina; NARA Roll: M33_80; Image: 26; Page: 18; Line 14; Household of Holden BARRETT, Male, age 16-25 [1795-1804], born in NC; 1 Female, age 16-25 [1795-1804], born in SC and 3 Females under age 16, born in NC. [BANET on Ancestry]

On 30 November 1821, Holden Barrett sold 380 acres of land to Philip I. Rushing for the the sum of eight hundred cash in hand paid. I believe by this point the Cooks’ and their sons-in-law had decided it was time to move and were in the early staging of selling their land preparing for the day of departure.  

HOLDEN BARROT TO PHILIP I. RUSHING DEED

This Indenture made this 30th Novr. 1821 between Holden Barret of the Co. of Anson and State of No. Carolina of the one part and Philip I. Rushing of the same County & State of the other part Witnessth that the sd Holden Barret for & in consideration of the sum of eight hundred cash in hand paid the receipt & full payment is hereby acknowledged at and before the signing of these presents hath bargained sold aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain sell alien and confirm unto the sd Philip I. Rushing all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in sd County of Anson on the waters of great brown Creek and on both sides of the black of the black Jack Beginning at a stake by a water oak sweet gum and white oak on the South bank of black Jack and runs North forty eight West crossing sd branch 14 chains and 94 links Chapmans line to a black Jack by post oak & and red --- his corner then So. 78 W. 2 chains & 85 links to a stake by two pines and black oak then West 23 chs. & 50 links to a post oak stump by four dogwoods post oak & red oak Chapmans other corner then on his other line So. 42 W.21 chs. & 35 links to a stake by a red oak post oak and two black Jacks his other corner then on his other line No. 10 Wt. 11 chs. and 40 links to a stake by three pines & post oak Moores corner then on his other line So. 80 Wt. 30 chs. to a stake by a Spanish oak red oak and pine then So. 34 W. 33 chs. to a stake by two pines then So. 73 E. 14 chs. & 50 links to a red oak by post oak and red oak Harrells line then on his line No. 58 E. 11 chains to a stake by three pines and post oak his corner then on his other line So. 67 E. 8 chs. & 25 links to a post oak then East 66 chs. to a stake by two hickories Crowders corner then on his lien No. 39 E. 15 chs. & 20 links to a small post oak by two 
page 524
pines & red oak then No.10 E. 15 chs. to a maple on the South bank of Black Jack then up sd Creek to the beginning containing three hundred & eighty acres more or less. Together with every part and parcel & every appurtenances thereunto belonging. To have and to hold to him the sd Philip I. Rushing his heirs Exers. Admrs. & assigns forever and the sd Holden Barrett for himself his heirs Exers. Admrs. & assigns doth agree to warrant and forever defend the ad land and premises end every appurtenance thereunto belonging unto the sd Philip I.Rushing his heirs &c  free from any lawfull claim of any person or persons whatever and that it is free from any incumbrance whatever. In witness whereof the sd Holden Barrett hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of
James Cook
Burwell B. Rushing                  H.Barrett {Seal}
Anson July ss.1824
Then this Deed was duly proved in open Court by the oath of Burwell B. Rushing and ordered to be registered.   
                                            W. Dismukes Clk.

However, before leaving, Holden Barrett would receive a second Land grant from the State of North Carolina. Grant #2682, containing one hundred and fifty acres and being in the County of Anson adjoining David Rushing & Thomas Barrett. Note that James Cook is witness to the execution of this deed.  

HOLDEN BARRETTS GRANT No. 2682

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA


Know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of ten dollars for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by Holden Barrett have give and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the sd Holden Barrett a tract of land containing one hundred and fifty acres and being in the County of  Anson adjoining David Rushing & Thomas Barretts lands Beginning at a stake by three black oaks & pine David Rushings corner and runs with his line reverse So.31 chains & 75 links to a red oak by three pines his beginning corner then So. Seventy three East fifteen chains to a red oak by pine & post oak in Harrels line then with said line North fifty eight Et. 11 chains to his corner stake by three pines then on his other line So. sixty seven east eight chains & 25 links to a post oak formerly Barretts now Rushings corner then with sd line No.thirty seven Et. thirty chains to a stake by a post oak and persimmon tree then No. ten West nine chs. & 50 links on Chapmans line to a stake by three pines Moores corner then on his line So.eighty west thirty chs. to a stake Moores corner then on his other line No. ten west twenty chs. to a stake then So. forty seven west twenty two chs. to the beginning, Entered the 12 May 1820 -- At Raleigh the 25 of Novr. in the 47 year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord 1822.
By command.
Wm. Hill  Secy.                      Gab Holmes

We next find Holden Barrett in a 1829 tax List for Trigg County, Kentucky.

So sometime between 30 November 1821 and 1829, Holden Barrett and the Daniel Cook, Sr. family migrated to Trigg County, Kentucky. We know for certain that Joseph Moultrie Cook was there as early as October 1816 when he married Martha “Patsey” Lindsay. Some say that Ruth Moultrie Cook, the mother of Joseph was present for his wedding but I think that's old fashion embellishment of a marriage ceremony.

Holden Barrett died a very young man. His reported death year is 1832 in Trigg County, Kentucky. I don’t know when Holden Barrett died and nor do I believe anyone else knows when he died. As of today, the last known time that he was alive and appeared within a document was the 1829 Tax List for Trigg County Kentucky.

Margaret Cook Barrett, wife of Holden Barrett, is my 1st Cousin 6X Removed.


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1. 1820 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Huntley, Anson, North Carolina, Page: 18; Line 14, Household of Holden BARRETT; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 November 2019); citing  National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll 80.
2. Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book "S': pages 223-224, James Baker to Daniel Cook; 9 November 1816, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
3. 1820 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Huntley, Anson, North Carolina, Page: 18; Line 14, , Household of Holden BARRETT.
4. Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book "U': page 523.
5. Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book "U': page 495.
6. Trigg County, Kentucky, "Taxable Property in the County of Trigg (1820-1849), 1829, Holden BARRETT; Image 321 of 1214, Line 9, Kentucky Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  2 December 2019); Memorial page for Margaret Cook Barrett; (1797–July 1867); Find a Grave memorial # 125945076, Citing Bendall Family Cemetery; Jonesboro, Franklin County, Alabama, USA.





Saturday, February 20, 2021

Cook Family Migration~Early 1800’s

After serving in the War of 1812, Daniel Cook, Jr. returned home to Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Some say his father Daniel Cook, Sr. died in 1812 but no known proof of his death has been found as of today. His mother, Ruth Moultrie Cook was still living as was 5 sisters and 6 brothers.

By October 1816, Joseph Moultrie Cook was in Trigg County, Kentucky where he married Martha “Patsy” Lindsey on 9 October 1816. It was about this time that the entire Cook Family decided to leave Chesterfield County and make their way to Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Alice “Allie” Cook, the older daughter and husband Samuel Sellers migrated to Wilcox County, Alabama. 

Joseph Moultrie Cook, the oldest son, settled in Hinds County, Mississippi

James Cook, Unknown

Margaret Cook and husband Holden Barrett migrated with Ruth Moultrie Cook (her Mother) to Kentucky. Ruth Cook died about 1830 and Holden Barrett about 1832. No confirmed death dates found. Margaret then moved to Franklin County, Alabama.

Mary Susan Cook and husband Blount Alsobrook migrated with Ruth Moultrie Cook (her Mother) to Kentucky. After the death of Ruth Cook, (the mother of Susan Alsobrook) Susan and her husband Blount moved to Colbert County, Alabama.

John Cook moved with his Mother to Kentucky. There he married Ann Witty on 29 November 1817 in Christian County, Kentucky. No other information found.

Levisa Cook, moved with her Mother to Kentucky. There she married Isaac Futrell on 21 April 1824 in Christian County, Kentucky.

Tabitha Cook, moved with her Mother to Kentucky. There she married James Lindsay on 18 October 1819 in Christian County, Kentucky.

William Ervin Cook, moved with his Mother to Kentucky. There in April 1840 he married Levisa Downs. They settled down in Calloway County, Kentucky.

Abraham Mastin Cook, their youngest, was born 26 April 1812. He married Eliza Pressly of Abbeville South Carolina on 20 May 1846. Abraham and Eliza settled in Wilcox County, Alabama. 

James Council Cook, borne 17 Apr 1792; died  18 October 1864. Married Elizabeth Condict abt 1816. They settled in Autauga County, AL and Itawamba, Mississippi.

While most of the children including the spouses of those married stayed with Ruth Moultrie Cook in her migration to the Cumberland Gap area; others decided to moved elsewhere. Among those was her 2nd oldest son, Daniel Cook, Jr.

Daniel Cook, Jr. married Martha Warren Norwood of Darlington County, South Carolina on 28 January 1818. After the birth of several children they made their migration southward and westward to Georgia and eventually settling in Wilcox County, Alabama. We know they were there in 1834 when their son, Daniel Justin Cook passed away at the age of thirteen months. Martha Warren Norwood Cook died 17 June 1840.

Daniel Jr., after loss of his wife Martha, married Caroline McMillan widow of Rev. Murdock Murphy  on 19 September 1843 in Clarke County, Alabama.

Daniel Sr and Daniel Cook, Jr. were land owners in both Chesterfield County, South Carolina and Anson County, North Carolina.No extant Land Deeds for Chesterfield County, South Carolina exists for either man. Nor have I found any in Anson County, North Carolina that exists for Daniel Sr. if you believe he died abt 1812.

However, there are two Land Deeds executed by Daniel Cook that exist in Anson County. One is a Land Deed from Daniel Cook to Thomas Barrett. Remember from above that Holden Barrett married Daniel Cook’s sister Margaret so there may be a connection here.

DANIEL COOK TO T. BARRETT

THIS INDENTURE made this 14th October 1817, Between Daniel Cook of  the District of Chesterfield and State of So. Carolina of the one part and T. Barrett of the other part, living in North Carolina & Anson County, Witnesseth that the said Daniel Cook for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars to him in hand  paid by the sd. T. Barrett the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given granted bargained and sold and by these presents do give  grant  bargain sell and confirm unto the said T. Barrett all that tract or parcel of land situated in the county aforesaid Beginning on a white ----- near a drain in Wm. Byrds line then with  sd. line South eighty east thirty eight  poles to a stake sd. corner then with said  line North ten East 66 poles to a stake in sd. line then South 64 E.102 poles to a red oak then South ten Et. 91 poles to a black Jack then so. 25 W. 64 poles to a pine then South 76 Wt. a dividing 1ine 116 poles to a pine on Birds path then with the course of  the path to the beginning containing one hundred  and forty nine acres be the same more or less a tract of land conveyed from the sd. Daniel Cook to the sd. T.  Bennett  to hold to him the sd. Varrett his heirs Exers. Admrs. and assigns and  the  sd. Daniel  Cook for himself his heirs Exers. Admrs.  doth covenant  promise and agree to warrant and forever defend the sd. 149 acres of land above mentioned  to him the sd. Barrett his heirs etc. free and  clear from him the sd. Daniel Cook his heirs Exers. Admrs. or assigns from all manner of persons claiming by from or under him them or any of them. In Witness whereof the said Daniel Cook hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date above written. In Presence of us
William X his mark Morgan                    Daniel Cook {Seal}
Wade Barrett        Anson July term 1821. Then the within Deed was duly proven in open Court by Wm. Morgan and ordered to be registered.
                                                           W. Dismukes , C.C.C.

Daniel Cook of Chesterfield County, South Carolina is selling a tract of land containing 149 Acres in Anson County.

Between Daniel Cook of  the District of Chesterfield and State of So. Carolina of the one part and T. Barrett of the other part, living in North Carolina & Anson County,


Daniel Cook, Sr. is my 5th Great Grand Uncle




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[1] Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book "T': page 268, DANIEL COOK TO THOMAS BARRETT; 14 October 1817, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The 1st Family of Vincent J. Parsons

Sometime before 1827 John Sellers and his wife Henrietta Norwood moved their family from Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Carroll County, Tennessee. Traveling with them were their fourteen children including daughter Henrietta borne about 1817.

Shortly after arrival and settlement into the local community they lost their oldest daughter, Nancy who passed away in 1831, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 18 Mar 1838, daughter Henrietta married Vincent J. Parsons. To this union were borne either 4 or 5 children. I will be listing five but the youngest may in fact be a son of the second marriage of Vincent Parson. That son, Samuel D. Parsons shows his birth to be 10 May 1854 on his Tombstone and Death certificate.

Vincent's, first wife Henrietta Sellers passed away in 1855. On 10 July 1855, Vincent remarries to a widow by the name of Mary A. Woods; Woods being her married surname. No death date has yet been found for Henrietta Sellers Parsons. 

Vincent J. Parsons and Henrietta Sellers had the following children:

i. Susan Jane Parsons, born Dec 1840; married David Bridges, 23 Nov 1879, Carroll County, Tennessee.

ii. Sarah F. Parsons, born 27 Jul 1842, Carroll County, Tennessee; married James S. Whitehorn, 28 Nov 1869, Carroll, Tennessee; died 10 Apr 1904, Carroll County, Tennessee.

iii. James E. Parsons was born about 1845.

iv. William R. Parsons, born abt 1849; married Elizabeth Walker, 1 Jan 1874, Carroll County, Tennessee.

v. Samuel D. Parsons, born 10 May 1854, Carroll County, Tennessee; married Winnie Evaline  Bridge, 1875; died 3 Oct 1929, Westport, Carroll, Tennessee.

Vincent J. Parsons died about 1878. An Administrative Bond for the probate of his estate was issued on 7 Feb 1878.




Henrietta Sellers Parsons is my 1st Cousin 5X Removed.



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[1] Marriage: Parson-Sellers: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-657S-PJ9?i=285&cc=1619127

[2] 1850 U. S. Census, Carroll County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 12, Carroll, Tennessee, Page: 106A(Stamped), Line 19, Dwelling 1403, Family 1403, Household of Vincen PARSONS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 889.

[3] 1860 U. S. Census, Carroll County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 12, Carroll, Tennessee, Page: 112 (Stamped); Line 5, Dwelling 1484, Family 1463, Household of Vincent PARSONS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1243.

[4] 1870 U. S. Census, Carroll County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 12, Carroll, Tennessee, Page: 416B(stamped); Line 1, Dwelling 7, Family 7, Household of Vincent PARSONS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm M593_1517.

[5] Administrator Bond. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/9176/images/004777103_00393?usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true&pId=3235141





Saturday, February 13, 2021

It’s Family Time~The Short Life of Mary Huneycutt Rigler

Mary A. C. Huneycutt was born in 1855, a daughter of Tobias A. Huneycutt and his wife Elizabeth Mariam “Mary Ann” Huneycutt. Mary was the third borne in a family of seven children. She had 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

All indication are that Mary grew up a normal child in loving home, attended school and lived a happy life. At age 17, Mary married  John Robinson Rigler, age 40, on 14 December 1872 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Their first child, Sarah Elizabeth, arrived on 14 October 1874. Thirteen months later, daughter No. 2, Minnie Louise, arrived on 7 November 1875.  Joining the two daughters of the family was their new borne baby brother on 24 July 1877.

Sadly, this growing young family was tragically ended on 25 April 1879. On that day, the children lost their Mother and John Rigler lost his wife. I have no idea what tragically ended this family. There are no notices or indications of sickness within the family. The two line notice of death makes no mentioned of sickness or any cause that ended this young lady's life. 

The death of his wife at age 23 1/2, left John Rigler with 3 very young children to raise while providing a living for the family. John Rigler married Mary Ella “Mollie” Bennett on 13 October 1880.

John and Mollie had a family of four daughters and a son that was added to this blended family making a total of eight children 6 daughters and 2 sons.

Mollie’s obituary reads: she is survived by “four daughters Miss Mae Rigler Miss Mary Belle Rigler Miss Connie Rigler and Mrs. J. K. Hall: a son George Rigler two stepdaughters Mrs. J. T. Christopher and Mrs. E. C. Osborne all of Charlotte a stepson Charles E. Rigler of Newport Wash...” 

John Robinson Rigler died 4 July 1907. His 2nd wife, Mollie Bennett, died 2 January 1941. John and Mollie are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

It is not known where Mary A. C. Huneycutt Rigler is buried.  

Mary A. C. Huneycutt Rigler is my 1st Cousin 3X removed.






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1. 1860 U. S. Census, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, population schedule, Western Division, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Page: 125 (stamped); Line 7, Dwelling 1321, Family 1992, Household of Tobias HONEYCUTT; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 June 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 906.
2. 1870 Census, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, population schedule, Charlotte City Ward 2, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Page: 73A (stamped); Line 32, Dwelling 112, Family 113, Household of Tobias Huneycutt; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed`15 Aug 2015 ); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 1148.
3. "Death of Mrs. Rigler," Death Notice, [The Charlotte Democrat, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2 May 1879, Page 3, Column 5; Digital On-Line Archives, Newspapers.com (Page 7, Column 4 : viewed 20 February 2021).
4. "Index to North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 January 2020), Marriage Mary Huneycutt - John R. Rigler; North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977; Marriage Date: 14 Dec 1872.
5. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  23 January 2020); Memorial page for John Robinson Rigler; (25 November 1839–4 July 1907); Find a Grave memorial # 40040628, Citing Elmwood Cemetery; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mrs. Eunice Huneycutt Passes Away

MRS EUNICE HUNEYCUTT DEAD

Mrs. Eunice Huneycutt, widow of the late Irenus Huneycutt, who prior to the death of her husband resided in Western Stanly, but who has been residing in Albemarle for some time, died Sunday, at the ripe old age of seventy eight years. The funeral was conducted at Canton Church Monday at 4 o'clock P. M. The deceased was the mother of our townsman, Mr. John Henry Simmons, of West Albemarle. She was well known and had a host of friends throughout the Western part of the county.

[The Stanly News-Herald, Albemarle, North Carolina, 21 Nov 1922, Tue., Page 5, Column 2].

Eunice Huneycutt, second wife of Martin Irenus Honeycutt died on 19 November 1922. She was previously married to Alexander Simmons and had one son named above in her obituary. Eunice and Martin Irenus were married in 1880; no specific marriage date or Licensee has been found for this union. There were no children from this union.

Eunice and Martin Irenus are my 2nd Great Aunt and Uncle.



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[1] MRS EUNICE HUNEYCUTT DEAD obituary, The Stanly News and Herald, Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, 21 November 1922, Page 5, Column 2.

[2] Marriage 1880: 1900 US Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Big Lick, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0123, Page 15A/205(Stamped), Line 33, Dwelling 275, Family 275, Household M. S. HUNEYCUTT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 24 March 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1218.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday Mystery~Who are the Parents of Mary J. and Ella Frances Purvis?

A real mystery lies within my family lineage and in the many genealogical records in filing cabinets and hard drives throughout my house. That mystery!

Who are the Parents of Mary Jane and Ella Frances Purvis?

The first time I ran across these two women were in the late 1970’s and I was a new and budding family Historian. I was stationed with the Air Force in Utah and the LDS Family History Library (at that time in the Joseph Smith Building) was my playground. I of course was researching my Purvis lineage and the man I was dwelling on was William A. Purvis (1823?-1899) my 2nd Great Grandfather; now I’m no closer to discovering who his parents are than I was in 1976.

The day that I looked at the 1880 Census for Anson County, NC searching for my great grandfather and 2nd Great Grandfather was the day that the first part of this mystery revealed itself. Here take a look for yourself:


1st Household:- 2nd Great Grandparents, William A. Purvis and wife Sarah Jane Graves Purvis

2nd Household:- Betsy Purvis, Single, and daughter Mary J. Purvis

3rd Household: – Great Grandparents, William James Purvis and wife Mary Hulda Previtte

Who is Betsy Purvis and what is her relationship to William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves Purvis?

    • Who is the father of Mary J. Purvis?
    • If previously married (she states that she is single) who was Betsy’s husband?

For many years I thought that William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves had married about 1859. They first show up as a married couple in the 1860 Anson County, NC Census. Then in December 2014 a young lady found a marriage notice for them in a Fayetteville, NC Newspaper.

ABSTRACTS FROM FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER   1851 - 1854 Transcribed and shared by Carolyn Gibbons, Posted July 05, 2007 by Myrtle Bridges
 
22 Jun 1852
                 M[arried] - On the 10th inst., by the Rev. Mr.DuPREE, Mr. Wm. A. PERVIS, of Cheraw, and Miss Sarah Jane GRAVES of Chesterfield District.

[http://www.ncgenweb.us/cumberland/1851-4abstracts.html] 
Found while searching on-line 17 December 2014.

William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane Graves were married 10 June 1852 but their first and only child was not born until 25 September 1863.

  • With the Purvs surname, could Betsy Purvis be related to William A. Purvis?

My next surprise came when I attempted to find William A. Purvis and Sarah Jane in the 1900 Census. I didn’t find William A. Purvis and I didn’t find Sarah Jane Purvis but I did find Betsy Purvis.

Line 20--337/337 Elizabeth Purvis, Female, age 39, born Oct 1860, Widow, 2 children, 1 living.  (remember 20 years ago in 1880 she was 30 years old)

Line 21 – 337/337 Ella Purvis, Daughter, age 13, born Dec 1886

Betsy/Elizabeth was single in 1880 and had daughter Mary J. now she is Widowed with daughter Ella Frances Purvis, born Dec. 1886.

Mary Jane absence from the 1900 Census was disturbing. Research showed that Mary Jane Purvis and Charles Franklin Lang were married about 1888. Mary Jane Purvis died about Mar 1895 with the birth of her 4th child, France Elizabeth “Effie” Lang. She was just 22 years old at her death. No tombstone or grave has been found for Mary Jane Purvis Lang.

In 1900, Betsy said she was a widow whereas in 1880 she reported that she was a single lady; so, who did Betsy/Elizabeth married between 1880 and 1900?  

The answer was found in a Land Deed. I just love Land Deed research. That land deed can be found in Book 33, page 370, Register of Deeds, Anson County, North Carolina.

W. A. PURVIS AND WIFE ELIZABETH PURVIS              
TO
J. D. RHYNE DEED

NORTH CAROLINA} 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 inconsideration of fifty four dollars to them paid by J. D. Rhyne.

Now the question becomes - When did Elizabeth/Betsy and William A. Purvis get married? The last record we had of William A. Purvis he was married and living with his wife, Sarah Jane Graves.

This small death notice appeared in the Messenger-Intelligencer, a local Anson County newspaper on 4 January 1894.

DEATH: Messenger-Intelligencer issue of January 4, 1894,  page 3, McFarlan News - The funeral of the wife of Mr. Wm. PERVIS was preached by this writer in the M. E. Church of this place last Sunday [31 Dec. 1893]. She was a good old woman. She had suffered intensely for fifteen months from cancer. She was a member of the M. E. church about 20 years. [SOURCE: Steve Bailey]

Sarah Jane Graves Purvis died of cancer on 31 December 1893.

If William A. Purvis married Elizabeth/Betsy Purvis he did so between 1 Jan 1894 and 23 September 1899. and Since William A. Purvis and Betsy were present when the above land deed (33:370) dated  23 Sep 1899 was executed William A. Purvis died between this date (23 Sept. 1899) and the date of the 1900 census (28 June 1900).

Ella Frances Purvis Tarleton died 27 November 1971. Her death certificate show her parents to be Billie Purvis and Elizabeth Previtte.


While living in Utah and before the fees were raised to an exorbitant levels I requested the  the SS-5 for Ella Frances Lang. It also shows her parents to be Billie Pervis and Betsy Prevett.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Purvis died 18 October 1926 without leaving any clues to her identity. She was living with her daughter Ella and Son-in-law Tom Tarleton in Richmond County, North Carolina.

Mrs. Betsy Purvis
Mrs. Betsy Purvis, aged 90, died Oct. 18th in Great Falls village. The interment was at Mizpah the same day.
[The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Richmond County, NC, Thursday, October 21, 1926, Page 6, Column 2 - Deaths]

If she was in fact 90 years old; her birth year would have been in 1836. She showed up in two censuses, 1880 age 30, born 1850 and 1900 census, age 39, born Oct 1860. The Mizpah cemetery is an old cemetery but no gravestone has been found for Betsy Purvis.   





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1. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) # 2, Page 350B, Line 36, Dwelling 233, Family 251, Household of William A. Purvis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 1976); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.

2. 1900 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, ED #7, page 145, line 20, dwelling 337, family 338, Household of Elizabeth Purvis.
3. Anson County, North Carolina, Deed Book 34: pages 491-492, Betsy Purvis to J. D. Rhyne; 30 September 1900, Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
4. 1910 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #6, Page 81A, Line 21, dwelling 170, family 172, Household of Tom TARLTON; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1096.
5. 1920  U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 6, Page: 1A/73 (stamped); Line 4, Dwelling 2, Family 2, Household of Tom TARLTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 10 June 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm Series: T625, Roll: 1283.
6. State of North Carolina, death certificate no. 351, (18 October 1926), Mrs. Betsy Purvis; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
7. Betsy Purvis, death certificate #351 (1926), Register of Deeds, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina.
8. Ella P. Tarlton, SS No. xxx-xx-xxxx, Form SS-5, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.
9. Mrs. Betsy Purvis obituary, The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Rockingham, Richmond County, NC, 21 October 1926, Page 6, Column 2. Deaths.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Hinds County MS Estates~Estate Folder #43 ~ Joseph M. Cook

Joseph M. Cook died in Hinds County Mississippi leaving his wife, Martha “Patsy” Lindsey Cook surviving him. No Will has been found and no children have been proven to the the satisfaction of this researcher. We know there were children borne to this marriage that have not been identified. From Probate folder#43 , Image 207, we find this statement:
“all the balance of the... is left in the hands of Martha Cook wife of and for the benefit of her children."

There are 3 daughters connected to the FindAGrave memorial for Martha H. (Lindsey) Cook but I have not verified the veracity of this information. On line trees also show other children.

The source citation for this Probate file is:

"Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89QC-DKC4?cc=2036959&wc=M7M1-MW5%3A344538201%2C345870701 : 21 May 2014), Hinds > Estates (series 1) 1829-1843 no 38-92 > image 201 of 1698; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.


In all of these source citations the hyperlink for accessing these files begins at the ‘https’ after FamilySearch and goes to the first semicolon; thus the hyperlink in the above source citation is:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89QC-DKC4?cc=2036959&wc=M7M1-MW5%3A344538201%2C345870701

If you click on the above link it will take you to Joseph M. Cook’s Estate Folder.

Folder #43
Joseph M. Cook

The probate folder consists of eleven (11) images – Image 201- Image 211

Joseph Moultrie Cook was the first born son of Daniel Cook, Sr. and his with Ruth Moultrie Cook. Joseph, the second borne child, was borne about 1790 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He migrated to Mississippi about 1818 as his Mother left Chesterfield for Tennessee. 

An exact death date has not been found for Joseph Moultrie Cook. But by this probate file we know that he died sometime before 22 March 1830.

Transcription:

The State of Mississippi
Hinds County}    Whereas my late and Illegible husband M. Joseph Cook hath recently departed this life and whereas he died intestate without will or Testament & whereas also I am the lawful person to administer upon the said deceased Estate and whereas I am unwilling to act therein--I do hereby relinquish my right & title thereto - do recommend and and wish my brother William Lindsey to His Honor the Orphan Court of Hinds) Court as a fit and proper person to act as administrator aforesaid.
Signed, Sealed Illegible}              Martha X her mark Cook {Seal}
before 22nd March 1830}
         Wm. Baird, Reg't.
 


We know that Joseph M. Cook and his wife Patsy Lindsey Cook had children from the above statement made within the Probate file for the estate of Joseph M. Cook. But, none of these children were named within the probate file and no Will as made as attested too by his wife, Martha.


Joseph M. Cook is my 1st Cousin 6X Removed.


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[1] "Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-30882-17568-37?cc=2036959 : 21 May 2014), Hinds > Estates (series 1) 1829-1843 no 38-92 > image 200 of 1698; county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi. William Lindsey administrator, Image 207 of 1698

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Three Deese Sisters Named Within Marcus Huneycutt Probate Folder

This document from the estate folder of Marcus Huneycutt, Great Grandfather of Lucy Pearl Deese, was a key document in proving her and her two sisters lineage. unfortunately, due to records loss, the parentage of Marcus Huneycutt is still undetermined.  


North Carolina}    In the Superior Court
Stanly County      Before the Clerk

M. I. Huneycutt et al.}
vs.                              Affidavit
A. J. Huneycutt et al.}
                     To R. A. Crowell Clerk Superior Court of Stanly County.

    The Plaintiff M. I. Huneycutt in the above entitled cause respectively showeth to the Court that Pearly Deese, Etta Deese and Earser Dees are minors without guardian & that they have an interest in the lands which are the subject of this action and the said M. I. Huneycutt asks the Court that he be appointed the next person for the said Pearly, Etta and Earser Deese & that he be authorized to represent them in this action. 
This May 24th 1902}
Sworn to & subscribed before}                      M. I. X his mark Huneycutt
me this May 24 - 1902}
R. A. Crowell, C.S.C.

M. I. Huneycutt et al.}

vs.                              Order
A. J. Huneycutt et al.}
             Your reading the foregoing petition & affidavit of M. I. Huneycutt and it appearing that Pearly, Etta & Earser Deese are minors without Guardians & that they have an interest in this action it is therefore ordered & adjudged that M. I. Huneycutt  be & he is hereby appointed the next person of the said Pearly, Etta, & Earser Deese with full power to represent them in this action.--
This May 24th 1902--                                      R. A. Crowell, C. S. C.

Lucy Pearl Deese, Etta M. Deese and Earser Deese were the three surviving daughters of Louvena Huneycutt Deese, deceased. Louvena Huneycutt, b. 1 Oct 1855, d. 16 Oct 1889 was the daughter of  James W. Huneycutt and Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Page and James W. Huneycutt was a son of Marcus Huneycutt and Charity Dry. 

Lucy Pearl Deese is my Grandmother.








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[1] [INFO] The "next friend" is not a party to the proceeding, nor are they a formally-appointed guardian. Instead, they are considered an agent of the court whose role is to protect the rights of the incompetent person.

[2] Marcus Huneycutt Estate; Stanly County, NC
Images 23 & 24 of 24
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89CF-K1FQ?i=22&cc=1911121

[3] Note: Earser Deese is Theresa Sara “Fleeter” Deese, b. 8 Feb 1887, d. 8 Feb 1925.

[4] Special Thanks to Julie Hampton for locating this probate file. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tombstone Tuesday~J. Martin Dry, My 4th Great Grandfather

Johan Martin Dry

b. 10 Jul 1759

bp. 29 Jul 1759

d. 11 Dec 1836

bu. St. Johns Lutheran Church 


Tombstone can be viewed here:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29480602/j-martin-dry#source

Johan Martin Dry was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to Charles Dry and his wife Christina Muss. (The German family name of Derr/Dorr was anglicized to the surname Dry).

Martin married Catherine Keppel abt 1785/86. They had nine children. He and Catherine are buried in St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery. 

Related Article:

https://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2016/01/its-family-timejohann-martin-dry-and.html



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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 December 2015); Memorial page for J. Martin Dry; (10 July 1759–11 December 1836); Find a Grave memorial #29480602, Citing Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery; Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA.