Saturday, July 31, 2021

It’s Family Time~Ellen F. Previtte

Ellen F. Previtte was born abt 1848 a daughter of William Previtte and his wife Catherina [LNU]. Ellen can be found in her parents home in the 1850 and 1860 Census. In 1860, she is 12 years of age and her parents are believed to have died in the early 1860’s. She was also listed in the home of her brother John Washington Previtte and his wife Elizabeth “Bette”Davis.  

Ellen became elusive after the 1860 Census and was not found again until the 1900 unless the E. Previtte, Female, age 28 is her in this 1870 Census. This doesn’t match her said birth year of 1848. If she was born in 1848 she would be 22 years old not twenty-eight.

the 1900 Census was a SHOCKER. Not only did Ellen F. Previtte reappear but she was found living with a daughter Hattie E. Previtte born December 1873 and three grandchildren. No marriage record has been found for Ellen F. or her daughter Hattie E. before this 1900 Census; but that is about to change. Both women lists themselves as SINGLE in the 1900 Census.

On 21 October 1903, Hattie E. Previtte and Gilliam Philmore Carpenter, Sr. were married in Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina. Gilliam Philmore Carpenter was a married man; he had married Sarah Catherine Gaddy and had two sons. However, he and Sarah Catherine had recently divorced. He and wife Sallie Carpenter were divorced in 1898, per the Wadesboro Messenger Intelligencer issue of 3 Nov 1898.





MARRIED IN TEN MINUTES AFTER DIVORCED

Philmore Carpenter, of Gulledge township, procured license to marry Hattie Privette, also of Gulledge township, Tuesday. The license was issued by Register of Deeds Moore about ten minutes after a decree, divorcing Carpenter from a former wife, was signed by Judge Cook. Carpenter has been divorced from two wives. Wadesboro Messenger 
He and wife Sallie Carpenter were divorced in 1898, per the Wadesboro Messenger Intelligencer issue of 3 Nov 1898.
 
He and wife Mattie Carpenter were divorced in 1903 and 10 minutes later he married Hattie Privette, per the Wadesboro Messenger Intelligencer article dated 6 Nov 1903.

In 1910, the first census in which Hattie and Philmore appear they have 4 additional CARPENTER children plus her 4 PREVITTE children. All the children are using the Surname CARPENTER; the PREVITT children having dropped their PREVITT surname.

Hattie, we presumed has informed the Census taker that she has been married 7 years, has 8 children of which 7 are living. Those children in the 1910 household are:

Mary M. CARPENTER [PREVITT], Step-Daughter, age 17, born in NC; Eligah CARPENTER [PREVITT], Step-Son, age 14, born in NC; Bennie CARPENTER, Son, age 5, born in NC; David CARPENTER, Son, age 3, born in NC; Robert CARPENTER, Son, age 2, born in NC and Lester CARPENTER, Son, age 4/12, born in NC.

Not listed but named elsewhere are:

  1. James Douglas PREVITT, b. April 1888
  2. I. T. PREVITT, b. October 1898 [WWI Draft Reg. Card/].

In October 1903 while applying for a marriage License Hattie Previtt stated that both her father and Mother were deceased. The marriage licensee narrows down the time period for the death of Ellen F. Previtte, she was alive on 14 June 1900 (1900 Census) and died before 21 Oct 1903 (Marriage of Hattie to Philmore Carpenter).

Ellen F. Previtte died between 14 June 1900 (1900 Census) and 21 Oct 1903 (Marriage of Hattie to Philmore Carpenter). Her exact death date has not been found. No grave site has been found.

Ellen F. Previtte is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt.



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1. 1900 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0003, Page: 10B/53 (stamped); Line 54, Dwelling 162, Family 162, Household of Hattie E. PREVITT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 3 March 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No EF, Page 178B, Line 35, Dwelling/Family 1230/1230, Household of William Previtt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) No ED, Page 128B, Line 35, Dwelling/Family 494/493, Household of John Previtt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina, , Page: 168 (penciled)/304(stamped); Line 9, Dwelling 1286, Family 1235, Household of William PREVITT; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 12 June 2019); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
5. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, Page: 292A; Line 4, Dwelling 88, Family 88, E. [Ellen] PREVITT Female, age 28; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 November 2020); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
6. 1900 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledge, Anson, North Carolina, ED 0003, Page: 10B/53 (stamped); Line 54, Dwelling 162, Family 162, Household of Hattie E. PREVITT.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Vital Records Can Be Wrong...Especially Death Certificates

Family Historian and Genealogists put a lot of faith into Vital records. But, every Genealogists I know  ensure that an exhaustive search has been made and if possible the data they find is not limited to one single document. Multiple sources are searched to ensure the data, when presented, is accurate. 

Case in point is Georgia Death Certificate #28075 for Frederick Francis Rivers. This single document contains multiple errors. On line 16a the informant looks to be L. E. Rivers. I have no knowledge who L. E. Rivers is!   

The Georgia Death Certificate shows Frederick middle name to be Frederick Francis Rivers. A majority of documents show his middle name to be Franklin. The Rivers family community accepts the fact the Frederick was named Frederick Franklin a long standing name within the Rivers family. However, the Delayed Birth certificate for his daughter, Mary Louise, b. 8 July 1898, shows her Father name to be Fredrick Francis Rivers.

Mr. F. F. Rivers and Mary Eugenia “Jennie” Bennett were married on 18 December 1894 at the Brides Mother’s home in Ansonville, NC by a Baptist Minister named John P. Boyd.

The parents of Frederick Franklin Rivers ARE NOT C. Lemuel Rivers and Mary Elizabeth Davis.

The parents of Frederick Franklin Rivers ARE Calvin Rivers and Louise Gatewood. We can see Frederick AKA Freddy as a 13 year old teenager in the Calvin and Lou Rivers household in 1880 Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

The ONLY C. Lemuel or Lemuel C. Rivers is Lemuel Clyde Rivers who married Mary Eva Tucker plus he was born in 1908 about 43 years AFTER Frederick Franklin Rivers. 

It's important to ensure that a reasonably exhaustive search has been made and that each fact has a complete, accurate source citation.  

Frederick Franklin Rivers is my 2nd 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 March 2012); Memorial page for Frederick Franklin Rivers; (24 April 1866–October 1940); Find a Grave memorial # 73723442, Citing Louisville City Cemetery; Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, USA.

2. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 5, page 323, dwelling 230, family 230, Household of Calvin Rivers; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed July 2011); citing National Archive  Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.

3. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cole Hill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #19, Page: 64B; Line 93, Dwelling 125, Family 126, Household of Frederick F. RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.

4. 1920  U. S. Census, Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, population schedule, Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, enumeration district (ED) #47, Page: 138, Line 64, Dwelling 165, Family 165, Household of  F. F. RIVERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm Series: T625, Roll: 260.

5. State of Georgia, death no. 28075 (4 November 1940), F. F. Rivers; Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records,, Atlanta, Georgia.

6. "North Carolina, Marriages Record, 1741-2011," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 3 March 2020), Marriage: F. F. RIVERS and Mary Bennett, Marriage Date: 18 Dec 1894.

7. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lanesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #4, Page 388A; Line 39, Dwelling 83, Family 83, Household of  Mary BENNETT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 0951.

8. State of Georgia, death no. 6057, (8 March 1948), Mary E. Rivers.

9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 6 August 2011); Memorial page for Mary Eugenia Bennett Rivers; (1869–1948); Find a Grave memorial # 73723481, Citing Louisville City Cemetery; Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, USA.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Who are the Parents of Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock?

One of my greatest genealogical disappointments is that I have not been able to determine the parents of my maternal 2nd Great Grandfather, Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock.

We know that the Chesterfield County Brock's are all descendants of Valentine Brack and his two wives Anna Margaretha Lischer and  Susanna Blaester.

One of those children was a James Brock born 13 September 1749 and died 15 Dec 1847. His full name might have been James Valentine Brock. His wife is unknown,

In 1790, THERE WERE NO BROCK's in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The immigrant Valentine Brock was found in the Fayette District of Richmond County, North Carolina just across the state line with South Carolina and Chesterfield County.

1790 CENSUS: Fayette District, Richmond County, NC, Series: M637  Roll: 7,  Image: 442; Family History Library Film: 0568147. Page: 173, Line 2; 1 Male Over 16 [Valentine BROCK] and 2 Females,[ Wife and daughter].

In 1800 CENSUS, that had changed and we find

    • Valentine Brock
    • James Brock
    • Susanna Brock

The numbers changed again in 1810 CENSUS and at that time we find:

    • Valentine Brock
    • James Brock
    • William Brock [Moved to LA & MS]

The 1820 Census consisted of the following Brock families:

    • Valentine Brock
    • James Brock
    • Benjamin Brock
      • It's easy to see with a matrix that the Valentine and James Brock family has been consistent over the past years just aging  another 10 years with the taking of each Census. It also easy to see that Benjamin Brock, age 26-45 in 1820 came from the James Brock family.

And finally the 1830 Census:

    • Valentine Brock is no longer listed
    • James Brock is same James we have followed from 1800 till now
    • Benjamin is the same Benjamin Brock from 1820
    • Squire Brock
    • Samuel Brock
      • Squire and Samuel are new families and again from the matrix included below the only family with boys this age is the James Brock family.







Hezekiah Brock was born 28 February 1827 in Chesterfield County. Right away we can eliminate Valentine, James Brock  and William Brock as the father of Hezekiah. That leaves as potential father, Benjamin, Squire and Samuel.

Let's take a look at these 3 families and see if we can place Hezekiah with one of the families.

First: Squire H. Brock  
In the 1830 census Squire H. Brock family composition was:
1830‭ ‬Chesterfield,SC:
Squire BROCK
1‭ ‬male,‭ ‬0-5‭;
1‭ ‬male,‭ ‬20-30‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬0-5‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬15-20‭;
‭We can see that Squire and his wife Rachel Parker only had two children, a daughter the oldest, Mary A. Brock and a son younger, James Albert Brock.
‭Many on-line trees have Hezekiah with this family because they think the middle H in Squire's name is Hezekiah. There is no proof found that shows what the "H" represents.










Second: Samuel Brock
In the 1830 census Samuel Brock family composition was:
1830‭ ‬Chesterfield, SC:
Samuel BROCK
2‭ ‬male,‭ ‬0-5‭;
1‭ ‬male,‭ ‬30-40‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬5-10‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬20-30
Samuel W. Brock, b. 1796 and his wife Martha/Marcia had two young sons and a daughter in this Census. The sons are of the proper age that one may have been Hezekiah. but, when we research the family we find that those two young sons are William P. Brock, Joel Washington Brock and the daughter is  Sarah Ann Brock.












So that leaves Benjamin Brock and his wife Temperance. The 1830 Census shows the Benjamin Brock family as follows:

1830 Census
Benjamin BROCK
2‭ ‬male,‭ ‬0-5‭;
3‭ ‬male,‭ ‬5-10‭;
1‭ ‬male,‭ ‬40-50‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬0-5‭;
1‭ ‬female,‭ ‬40-50‭;
‭We see that Benjamin and his wife Temperance had 5 males borne before 1830 and two borne in the proper time slot for one of these boys to be Hezekiah and I say Hezekiah is the son of Benjamin and Temperance [LNU] Brock.











Many years ago, I was given some information suggesting the Hezekiah and an older brother had married sisters. I haven't totally proven or unproven this information; but,  Hezekiah Brock, my 2nd Great Grandfather married Sarah "Sallie" Morris; his oldest brother, Alsey Brock married Lucy Morris. Lucy Morris and Sarah Morris were sisters and daughters of Wiley Morris and Charity Short.

The mass destruction of pre Civil war public records and the deliberate acts of arson in the burning of the County Courthouse by the Union forces in early March 1865 is extremely distressing.

However, the remaining records and evidence including family folklore all points to one conclusion: Hezekiah Brock is the son of Benjamin Brock and Temperance, his wife. I just wish for one document supporting this conclusion.


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Saturday, July 24, 2021

It’s Family Time~Alsey Brock

Alsey Brock was a young boy, 9 years 8 months old, when the Union Army captured his father,  Hezekiah Brock, on his farm and made him a prisoner-of-war on 12 March 1865.  When his father died in prison on 12 June 1865, after the war had ended months earlier Alsey was still a lad of nine years. Alsey has 3 older brothers and 2 younger brothers.

Hezekiah’s death in prison left his wife Sarah “Sallie’ Morris Brock a widow with six young boys all under the age of 15 to raise alone. Sarah Morris Brock never remarried and she raised her six boys to be fine young men in their community.

All the boys, with the exception of Alsey, married and raised families of their own. Alsey Brock never married. Sarah can be found as Head of Household, after the war, in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses. Alsey is enumerated in the household with his mother along with others children.

In 1900, Sarah,  at the age of 71, can be found in the home of her son, Alsey Brock, age 44. Her son Pleasant Brock is living in the next household.  

Sarah “Sallie Morris Brock, mother of six boys, died 21 October 1902. At the time of her death, Sarah “Sallie” Morris Brock owned 39 1/2 acres of land conveyed to her by Jas. O. Edwards by Deed bearing date of December the 19th 1876. That land was conveyed by her sons to their brother Alsey Brock on 30 October 1902.

This entire deed may be downloaded from: archiveviewer.uslandrecords.com/sc/chesterfield/

I have only included Page 132 of 4 pages in the interest of maintaining brevity.

Deed Book 19: Page 132
Transcription:

B. F. Brock}
Mich. Brock}
W. T. Brock}
P. E. Brock}
C. E. Brock}
To    }
Aley Brock}

The State of South Carolina

Know All Men By These Presents That We B. F. Brock, Mich. Brock, W. T. Brock, C. E. Brock, and Pleasant Brock in the State aforesaid County of Chesterfield in consideration of the sum of Seventy five Dollars to me in hand paid at and before (pg 133) the sealing of these presents by Aley Brock in the State aforesaid, County of Chesterfield the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted. bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Aley Brock.
All that certain tract, piece, parcel of land situate in the County and State aforesaid lying on the east side of Swaney {??} Branch bounded as followers, Beginning on a Stake in S. J. Parker line and runs South 13, E. 16-050 C. to a Stake 3X near little Sawneys Branch thence North 63 E. 3025, C to a Stake, 3X over a branch thence North 23 E. 10.00 C. to a Pine stump X thence South 78 W. 35.50  Chains to beginning,
Containing Thirty Nine and one half acres (39 1/2) more or (less) said Tract of land being a tract of land Conveyed to Sarah Brock by Jas. O. Edwards by Deed beginning date of December the 19th 1876. 
Together with all and Singular the Rights, Members, Hereditaments and Appurtenances to the Said premises belonging in in anywise incident or appertaining.
To Have and to Hold all and Singular the Said Premises before mentioned unto the said Aley Brock his heirs and Assigns forever.
     And we do hereby bind ourselves and our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Aley Brock and his heirs and Assigns against us and our Heirs or any person or persons lawfully claiming, or to claim the same, or any part thereof.__ 
Witness our Hand and seal this 30th day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and two and in the one hundred and twenty sixth year of the Sovereignty  (pg 134) and Independence of the United States of America.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered}            B. F. Brock
in the presence of}                               Mich. X his mark Brock
C. R. Brock}                                        W. T. Brock
G. H. Atkinson}                                   Charles E. + his mark Brock
                                                             Pleasant E. + his  mark Brock

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Personally appeared before me C. R. Brock and made oath that he saw the within named B. F. Brock & Mich. Brock and W. T. Brock & C. E. Brock and Pleasant Brock, sign Seal and as their act and Deed, Deliver the within written Deed, that he with G. H. Atkinson witnessed the execution thereof.
Sworn by before me this 30th}                                  C. R. Brock
day of October 1902) 
{Seal} S.W. Brock}
     Magistrate}

The State of south Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
I, S. W. Brock do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mrs., & Fannie & E. & L. & Nancy Brock the wife of the within names B.F. & W. T. & Miach & C. E. & P. E. Brock did this day appear before me and upon being privately and separately examined by me, did declare that they done freely, voluntarily and without any compulsion, dread, or fear of any person or persons whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Aley Brock and his heirs and assigns all their interest and estate, and also their rights and claim of Dower of, in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released.
Given under my hand and seal this 30th day of October Anno Domini 1902.
{Seal} S. W. Brock}                                           L. E. Brock
               Magistrate}                                          Fannie Brock
                                                                            Lucy Brock 
    

Pg 135)
Recorded thus 8th day of December 1902 in Book C, Page 52
Fee $.25                    E. F. Mulloy
                     Auditor Chesterfield County, SC
Recorded 8 December 1902


Hezekiah Brock final resting place is a “Mass” grave at Pt. Lookout, Maryland. Sarah “Sallie” Morris Brock’s final resting place is unknown. No tombstone has been found marking her resting place. Her death date was recorded in a “Martin Family” Bible.

The last known record of Alsey Brock, a bachelor and lifelong farmer in Chesterfield County, is the 1910 Chesterfield County Census. Alsey Brock died after 27 April 1910, the date this census was taken.

If anyone reading this post has any information on the death of Alsey Brock I would like to hear from you.

Surely, someone in the extended Brock families living in Chesterfield County and elsewhere have some information or family folklore about Alsey’s death sometime between 1910 and 1920. 


Alsey Brock is my Great Grand Uncle.



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1. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 117, Line 18, Dwelling 328, Family 327, Household of  "Hugh" BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2000); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
2. 1870 U. S. Census, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 289A, Line 33, Dwelling 33, family 33, Household of S[arah] BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2012); citing National Archive  Microfilm M593, Roll 1491.
3. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 2, Page 287B; Line 10, Dwelling 529, Family 533, Household of Sarah BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.
4. Land Deed - B. F. Brock & Others to M. F. Horn; 19 January 1886; Deed Book #8; Page(s) 529-531; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, SC; 28 September 2017.
5. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 21, Page 99A, Line 40,, Dwelling 272, Family 278, Household of Alsey BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1523.
6. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, DEED BOOK 19,: Pages 132 to 135, B. F. Brock & Others to Alsey Brock; 30 October 1902, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
7. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0037, Page: 11B/137(stamped); Line 88, Dwelling 197, Family 197, Household of Alsey BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com

Monday, July 19, 2021

Suit to Partition Estate Lands of Squire H. Brock

On 10 February 1888, Squire H. Brock passed away. His wife Rachel had passed away some 8 1/2 months earlier on 25 May 1887. Squire left 8 grown children to mourn his passing and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a farmer and land owner.

On 5 April 1897, ten years after his passing, his son, Samuel W. Brock brought suit in the Court of Common Pleas in the County of Chesterfield and State of South Carolina against James A. Brock et al praying that the real estate of Squire H. Brock deceased be sold for Partition. James Albert Brock was the oldest surviving son. The land (85 acres) was sold to Samuel W. Brock for $51.50.   

But, what happened to the money? No probate record or any other equity record of any kind has been found detailing what happened to the proceeds of the Squire H. Brock partition. That includes all the personal and real property belonging to the estate. Chesterfield County Land Deed Book 15, pages 174-177 documents the selling of the land but it doesn't show what happened to the money.  The Land Deed is 4 pages but for the sake of brevity I have only included page 174 of Deed Book 15. The entire deed can be downloaded at: archiveviewer.uslandrecords.com/sc/chesterfield


Transcription: 

G. J. Redfearn}
               Clerk}    Deed
to         }
Samuel W. Brock}

The State of South Carolina
             To all to whom these Presents shall come or be made known, or whom the same may in anywise concern (pg 175) I, G. J. Redfearn Clerk of Court of the County of Chesterfield in the said state, Send Greeting:
Whereas Samuel W. Brock on or about the 5th day of April; in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven did exhibit his complaint in the Court of Common Please in the County of Chesterfield and State aforesaid against James A. Brock et al praying that the real estate of Squire H. Brock deceased be sold for Partition.
And the cause, being at issue before the Honorable the Court  aforesaid came on to be hears on the 30th day of June one thousand eight hundred and Ninety-seven when the said Court after a full hearing thereof, and mature deliberation in the premises, Did Order, adjudge and decree that the lands hereinafter mentioned and described should be sold at public auction by G. J. Redfearn Clerk  of Chesterfield County on the terms and for the purposes mentioned in said Decretal Order, as by reference thereto, on file in the Said Court, will appear: And the said G. J. Redfearn Clerk after having duly advertised the said lands for sale by public outcry, on the 1st day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Ninety seven Did then openly and publicly and according to the custom of action, sell and dispose of the said premises below described unto Samuel W. Brock for Fifty-One & 50/100 Dollars he being at that price the highest bidder for the same. Now know all men That I, the said G. J. Redfearn Clerk of Court in consideration of the premises and also on consideration of the sum of Two Dollars paid me by the said Samuel W. Brock the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Have granted, bargained, sold and released, and by these presents Do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Samuel W. Brock and his Heirs and (pg 176) assigns.
All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land in the County of Chesterfield, in the State of South Carolina lying on the South side of Westfield Creek  and West side of Wolf branch beginning at a stake on Samuel Parker's and W. M. Brock's lines running S. 29 E. 41.70 forty chains seventy links to stake in Meadow branch N. 13 1/4 E. 2 chains and 64 links to stake, thence N. 35 W. 10 chains to popular thence  N. 55 W. 12 chains to stake, thence N. 14 E. 11 chains 30 links to stake, thence up run of Westfield Creek to stake thence S. 32 E. 22 chains 82 links to beginning -- the same containing Eighty-five acres more or less, and for more full description see Deed from Squire H. Brock to John W. Brock and his bodily heirs bearing date the 29th day of August 1885._
Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises belonging or in anywise appertaining, and the reversions and remainders, rents, issues, and profits thereof: and also all the estate, right, title, interest, dower, possession, property, benefit, claim and demand whatsoever, both at law and in equity, of the said Jas. A. Brock et al and of all the parties to the said suit, and of all others persons rightfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof, by from or under them or either of them.
To Have and to Hold the said premises with its hereditaments, privileges and appurtenances unto the said Samuel W. Brock his heirs and Assigns forever.
In Witness Whereof, I, the said G. J. Redfearn Clerk of Court under and by virtue of the said Decree have hereunto set my Hand and seal at Chesterfield, S.C. this 24th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Ninety-eight (pg 177) and in the one hundred and Twenty-third year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.   
Sealed and delivered}                                                   G. J. Redfearn      {Seal}
in presence of}                                                              Clerk of Court
J. P. Mangum}
R. E. Rivers}

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
         Personally before me T. L. Huntley Judge of probate came J. P. Mangum and made oath that he saw the within named G. J. Redfearn Clerk sign, seal, and as his act and deed deliver the within Deed, and that he with R. E. Rivers witnessed the execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this 21st}
day of November 1898}                                               J. P. Mangum
{seal} T. L. Huntley}
     Judge of Probate}

Recorded this 21st day of November 1898 in Book C, page 291.
Fee $.25
                                                                      R. E. Rivers
                                                         Auditor Chesterfield County, S.C.
        

Squire H. Brock is either my 3rd Great Grand Uncle or 3rd Great Grandfather. 


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[1]. G. J. Redfearn to S. W. Brock Deed; Deed Book 15, Pages 174-177; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, SC; Recorded 21st November, 1898.

[2]. Squire James Rivers Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, DEATH DATE; S. H. BROCK died February 10, 1888, Obtained from Judy McNeill.

[3] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 1072. Tombstone of Rachel Parker Brock; 27 July 1810–25 May 1887, Brock Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

It’s Family Time~John Davis Perkins, Sr. Family

John Davis Perkins, Sr. was born on 6 Mar 1874 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

He was the son of James Franklin Perkins and Margaret Emeline “Aunt Mag” Davis. After leaving Chesterfield, John appears in the 1920 Census, Douglas, Coffee, Georgia and the 1930 Census, Lineville, Clay, Alabama. In 1940, I could not locate John Davis. His wife and two children were living in the household of her Mother. John’s tombstone shows he died on 8 May 1941 at the age of 67. Where he was in 1940 when the census was taken is unknown. There was no death certificate found in the Georgia Death Index.

John Davis Perkins Sr and Lillian C. Hilliard were married on 9 Oct 1921 in Glynn, Georgia. Lillian C. Hilliard, daughter of Hiram Hilliard and Maude Gertrude Arnold, was born on 21 Nov 1906. She died on 13 Oct 1987 at the age of 80 in Alachua, Florida.

John Davis Perkins and Lillian C. Hilliard had the following children:

i. John Davis Perkins Jr. was born on 22 Jul 1922 in Coffee County, Georgia. He died on 30 Sep 1923 at the age of 1 in Coffee County, Georgia.

ii. James F. Perkins was born on 18 Mar 1924. He died on 20 Jan 1968 at the age of 43 in Ware, Georgia. James served in the military, US Navy.

iii. Leon Alfred Perkins was born on 28 Nov 1925 in Georgia. He died on 5 Mar 1973 at the age of 47 in Duval County, Florida.

John Davis Perkins, Sr. is my 2nd Cousin 3X Removed.




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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 February 2021); Memorial page for John Davis Perkins Sr.; (6 March 1874–8 May 1941); Find a Grave memorial # 34959497, Citing Douglas City Cemetery; Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia, USA.

2. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page 323C, Line 22, Dwelling 222, Family 222, Household of James F. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 18 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.

3. 1920 U. S. Census, Coffee County, Mississippi, population schedule, Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia, enumeration district (ED) 70, Page 5A/185(Stamped), Line 14, Dwelling 82, Family 85, J. D. PERKINS Cousin; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 February 2021); citing NARA publication T625.

4. 1930 U. S. Census, Clay County, Alabama, population schedule, Lineville, Clay, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 15, Page: 6A/279 (Stamped); Line 6, Dwelling 111, Family 119, Household of John D. PERKINS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 2 February 1921); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_6.

5. The Georgia Archives Morrow, Georgia., "Georgia, Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1828-1978," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2021), Marriage: John Davis Perkins & Lillian C. Hilliard; The Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia.; Marriage Date: 9 Oct 1921.

6. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Lillian C Hilliard Bruton (21 November 1906–13 October 1987), Memorial # 94098496.

7. 1940 U. S. Census, Ware County, Georgia, population schedule, Waycross, Ware, Georgia, enumeration district (ED) 148-10, Page 24B/133 (Stamped), Line 74, Household #895, Household of and Maud G. JOHNSON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 February 2021); citing NARA publication Roll: T627.

8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, James F. Perkins (18 March 1924–20 January 1968), Memorial # 34959496.

9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Leon Alfred Perkins (28 November 1925–5 March 1973), Memorial # 34959498.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Marriage~William Lafayette Brown, Jr. and Sarah Ann Dollar

William Lafayette Brown, Jr. was born 30 October 1836 a son of William Lafayette Brown, Sr. and Martha J. Hamrick. He was the Grandson of John H. Brown and Sarah Rivers.  he was born in Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

Sarah Ann Dollar was born 11 March 1836 in Pickens County, Alabama, a daughter of Ambrose Dollar.

William Lafayette Brown, Jr. and Sarah Ann Dollar were married 1 October 1853 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi.


The State of Mississippi
Lauderdale County}
                     I, William L. Brown solemnly Swear that there is no objection, to my knowledge, to this intended marriage between myself & Mifs Sarah Ann Dollar, daughter of Ambrose Dollar of the above county & state, So help me God-
Oct 1st 1853                                            W. L. Brown

Citing this Record
"Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2ZT-3N5 : accessed 8 June 2016), Wm. L. Brown and Sarah Ann Dollar, 01 Oct 1853; citing Lauderdale, Mississippi; FHL microfilm 899,112.
Book A-1. Page 57

William Lafayette Brown, Jr. is my 2nd Cousin 4X Removed.


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[1] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9B2-P3F3-L?i=174&cat=244318

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Obituary Monday~William Calhoun Brock

Back in September 2018, I wrote about the Guardianship of William Calhoun Brock. William Calhoun was born in August 1863, a son of Stephen Brock and Nancy Smith. First, his Father died 11 September 1867 when William was a mere 4 years of age. Then at age 15, his Mother, Nancy Smith Brock passed away. His big brother, Irvin Samuel, applied to the Courts and was granted guardianship of William Calhoun Brock. You can read about it here: 

https://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2018/09/treasure-chest-thursdaypetition-for.html

By 1894, William Calhoun had left Chesterfield striking out on his own. On 13 November 1894, William  married Lula McGrath in Norfolk, Virginia. I think it safe to assume he arrived in Norfolk much earlier than November 1894 where he met and developed a courtship with Lula McGrath sometime before that marriage date.

William and Lula raised a family of five children; four daughters and a son. William Calhoun died at the age of 57 on 5 December 1920.

DIES IN NORFOLK
W. C. Brock Succumbs in Virginia City.
Mrs. W. W. Coker of this city received a telegram Sunday [5 Dec.] advising her of the death of her Uncle, W. C. Brock of Norfolk, who was 54 year of age at time of his death.
Mr. Brock was an official of the Norfolk and Western railroad.
The State (Columbia, SC); Monday, December 6, 1920, Page 5

William Calhoun Brock was laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia.

William Calhoun Brock is my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.



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1. 1870 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 260B(stamped); Line 21, Dwelling #186, Family #192, Household of N[ancy] BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 8 October 2013); citing  National Archives Microfilm M593_1491.
2. 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina, Page 560B(Stamped), Line 19, Dwelling 350, Family 350, Household of Samuel SMITH; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 March 2021); citing National Archive  Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
3. 1900 U. S. Census, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk Ward 1, Norfolk City, Virginia, enumeration district (ED) 86, Page 20A/87(stamped), Line 14, Dwelling 262, Family 396, Household of William C. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 8 October 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1735.
4. 1910 U. S. Census, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk Ward 1, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, enumeration district (ED) 0024, Page: 7B/85(stamped); Line 94, Dwelling 96, Family 147, Household of W. C. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 8 October 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_Roll: 1637.
5. 1920 U. S. Census, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk Madison Ward, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, enumeration district (ED) 98, Page: 103A; Line 6,, Household 509/25/46, Household of William C BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 2 March 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_Roll: 1902.
6. W. C. Brock Succumbs in Virginia City. obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 6 December 1920, page 5.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  2 March 2021); Memorial page for William C. Brock; (August 1863–5 December 1920); Find a Grave memorial # 9200308, Citing Forest Lawn Cemetery; Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA.
8. Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940--https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR99-PM7 : accessed 18 June 2020), Lula Mcgrath, 1894.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

It’s Family Time~Brock Lineage~Jasper S. Brock

This past week I found myself researching for additional information on the James Brock – Elizabeth Purvis lineage and their connection to my Brock line. There is no doubt, they are related, most likely as shown in the within lineage charts. But I must add a caveat here: The first two generations lack the detail proof needed to say beyond reasonable doubt that this is the correct lineage. The James Brock line is proven up to and including James Brock. My Line is proven and documented to my 2nd Great Grandfather Hezekiah “Hugh” Brock.    

Jasper Sargent Brock was borne 18 September 1881 in Brockdale, Washington Parish, Louisiana. His parents were Dr. James Monroe Brock and Armentha Martina Holmes. His great grand father James Brock and Great Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Purvis left Chesterfield County, SC about 1818-1819 and migrated to Alabama and Mississippi.

Jasper Sargent Brock, age 21, married Beulah Baylis, age 15, on 10 January 1903 in Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi. To this union were born the following children:

i.    Jane Brock, born 25 May 1904, Louisiana; married Lawrence John Dumestre, Jul 1923, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; died 20 Jan 1983, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.
ii.    James Monroe "Jimmie" Brock was born 21 Oct. 1905 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

iii.    Mildred Brock, born 22 Feb 1906, Washington Parish, Louisiana; married Robie Robicheaux, abt 1934, New Orleans, LA; died 19 Dec 1996, Hammond, Tangipahoa, Louisiana.
iv.    Jasper Sargent Brock Jr. was born in 1910 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. He died on 16 Jul 1935 at the age of 25 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.

v.    Margaret Brock, born 4 Apr 1912; married Alton P. George, New Orleans, LA; died 15 Dec 1997.

Beulah Baylis Brock died 8 Jul 1935. Jasper Sargent Brock remarried to a lady by the name of Ardys Nettles. Jasper Sargent Brock died 30 October 1958. Ardys Nettles Brock is named in his obituary as his widow which appeared in the “Enterprise-Journal, McComb, Mississippi, 31 Oct 1958, Fri., Page 12, column 5.

J. S. Dies Brock at 77; Rites Saturday
Funeral services will be held for Jasper S. Brock, 77, state banking commissioner of Louisiana for 31 years and brother to Dr. L. W. Brock of McComb, at 3 p. m. Saturday from Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Mr. Brock, a native of Mount Hermon, died at his Baton Rouge home at 5:30 p. m. Thursday after a lengthy illness... [Enterprise-Journal, McComb, Mississippi, 31 Oct 1958, Fri., Page 12, column 5.]

Also named within the obituary are 3 daughters and a step-mother, Fannie Brock, 2nd wife of Dr. James Monroe Brock.  The two sons above are not named validating why I haven’t found any information on James “Jimmie” M . Brock after 1920.


Jasper S. Brock is my 4th Cousin twice removed.  

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[1].  1910 U. S. Census, Police Jury Ward 1, Washington Parish, Louisiana, population schedule,  Police Jury Ward 3, enumeration district (ED) 0128, Page: 271; Line 33, Household 8208, Dwelling 155, Family 159, Household of Jasper D. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_534.
  [2]. 1920 U. S. Census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, New Orleans Ward 17, Orleans, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 270, Page 8A/272 (Stamped), Line 33, Household 8208, Dwelling 155, Family 159;, Household of  J. S. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm  T625_624.
  [3].  1930 U.S. Census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, enumeration district (ED) 52, Page 10A/67 (Stamped), Line 01, Household 5669/116/120, Household of Jasper S. BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm T627_802.
  [4]. "J. S. Dies Brock at 77; Rites Saturday," Obituary, Enterprise-Journal, McComb, Mississippi, 31 October 1958, Page 12, column 5; Digital On-Line Archives, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/ : viewed 8 July 2021); https://www.newspapers.com/.
  [5]. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  3 March 2021); Memorial page for Jasper Sargent Brock; (18 September 1881–30 October 1958); Find a Grave memorial # 57906148, Citing Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum; Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA.
[6].  Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Beulah Bailess Brock (1888–8 July 1935), Memorial # 161854900.
[7]. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Jasper Sargent Brock Jr. (1910–16 July 1935), Memorial # 161856127.
  [8]. Personal knowledge of Ralph L. Brock.

Friday, July 9, 2021

A 1801 Land Deed~Benj. Brock to Wm. Brooks & Richard Knight

I have added this Land deed to my collection of Brock deeds for various reasons. First after many years of research I have come to the conclusion that ALL Brocks in Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, NC are descendants of Valentine Brock and his 2nd wife, Susanna Blaester. Thus this Benjamin Brock is one of my early Brock ancestors.

But who is this Benjamin Brock?. All of my Brock ancestors with this one exception lived in Chesterfield County, SC just across the NC/SC state line between Anson and Chesterfield County. We know from an earlier Anson County Land Deed that this Benjamin Brock married Catherine “Caty” Wright sometime before 18 January 1894. See Anson County Land Deed Book "E", Page 229 Benjamin Brock to John Wright Jr. 

In the 1800 Census Benjamin Brock is age 26- 44 making his birth year to be between 1756-1774; Valentine Brock married Susanna Blaester on 11 November 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It almost certain that this Benjamin Brock is a son of Valentine and Susanna Brock.

I can find no record of any children from this union. Nor can I find Benjamin or Catherine after 12 December 1827.

In this particular Land Deed Benjamin is selling off 300 acres of land adjoining other Land that he owns to William Brook and Richard Knight.




339 BENJN. BROCK TO WILLIAM BROOK & RICH’D KNIGHT

THIS INDENTURE Made this twenty first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one between Benjamin Brock of the county of Anson & State of North Carolina of the one part and Richard Knight & William Brooks of the said County & State of the other part WITNESSETH that the said Benjamin Brock for and in consideration of one hundred & seventy pounds current money of the State aforesaid to him in hand paid said Richard Knight & William Brook before the ensealing & Delivery whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and himself to be there with fully satisfied contented and paid hath granted bargained sold aliened enfoffed conveyed and confirmed by these presents doth fully and absolutely grant bargain enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said Richard Knight & William Brooks all that tract of Land lying & being in the County & State aforesaid on the South West side of Pee [Dee] Rivers Beginning at a pine in the dividing Line Between South & North Carolina running No. 180 poles Crossing the Mecklinburgh road East 270 (N 1074) thence So. 180 West 270 to the Beginning Containing three hundred acres of land joining Frances Parsons land on the No. Wm. Brooks on the East and Benjamin Brock on the South Together with all and singular the right hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Richard Knight & William Brooks their heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors & administrators to warrant & forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Richard Knight & William Brooks their heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every person whatsoever claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof I WITNESS whereof I have set my hand & seal the day & year within written Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us

Test. Leuek McKinnon                                        Ben Brock {Seal}

John Wright, Jur.

State of North Carolina

Anson County January Sess. 1802 Then the within Deed was duly proved in open Court by John Wright, Jur. & ordered to be registered.

                                                                       Tod Robinson Clk.

Benjamin Brock is a 4th Great Grand Uncle.

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1. Land Deed - Benjamin Brock to William Pegues; 18 January 1794; Deed Book #C2; Page(s) 239; Register of Deeds; Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina; 3 January 2020.
2. Land Deed - BENJAMIN BROCK TO JOHN WRIGHT; ; Deed Book # E; page(s)229.
3. 1800 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Fayetteville District, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 224;, Household of Benjamin BROCK; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M32, Roll 29.
4. Land Deed - JOHN WRIGHT SEN. TO BENJAMIN BROCK; 13 July 1801; Deed Book # H2; page(s)212.
5. Land Deed - BENJN. BROCK TO WILLIAM BROOK & RICH’D KNIGHT; 21 November 1801; Deed Book # H2; page(s)269 & 270.
6. Land Deed - BENJAMIN BROCK TO SAMUEL PRATT; 15 December 1807; Deed Book # M; page(s)259.
7. Land Deed - BEN BROCK to JAMES BROCK; 12 December 1827; Deed Book # W; page(s)47 & 48.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Obituary Tuesday~James H. Privett, Infant

On Monday, December 27th the death angel visited the home of Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Privett and took from them their baby, James, 4 months old. He had been ill for [a while] with pneumonia. His physician worked faithfully and did all in his power but to no avail. James will be missed much by his father, mother, sisters and brothers, but our Heavenly Father needed him most can truthfully say our loss is his gain. The child was laid to rest at Zoar Church Tuesday afternoon o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. P. Way, Pastor of Zoar Church. A Friend.

James H. Privett was borne 28 August 1926, a son of William Alfred Privett and Mary Belle “Mae” Sellers. At the time of his death, 27 December 1926, he had 3 older siblings. 

James H. Privett was buried at Zoar UMC Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 



James H. Privett is my 2nd Cousin Once Removed.


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[1] Image courtesy of Julious Burr and Ancestry.com.

[2] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1927-1931; Self-Published, 2002. Obituary of James H. Previtt; The Chesterfield Advertiser,6 January 1927, page 1, col. 4, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day, 4 July 2021


Happy 4th of July
 

Wishing my subscribers and visitors a very Happy 4th of July. 










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Saturday, July 3, 2021

It’s Family Time~The John M. Sellers Family

John M.* Sellers was born about 1825 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. He was one of the middle sons of Roland Sellers and Margaret Eddins. John W. Sellers had 13 siblings; He had 8 brothers and 5 sisters.

About April 1850, John W. Sellers married a young lady, age 19, by the name of Mary. After years of research and having lived into the 1900's I still have not determined her maiden name.

Their first child, a son was born in 1854. There may have been a daughter Mary as shown in the 1880 Census  below and and Infant that arrived and did not survive in 1856.  




On 18 December 1856, John W. Sellers and his sister Sarah Sellers executed a deed (DB 15:182 & 183) to John Pratt giving him title to approximately 165 acres land on the  East & North side Jones Creek to secure a loan of five hundred and sixty dollars.

John W. Sellers enlisted with Co. "B", 31st Regiment, Anson County, NC on 8 September 1863. His Regiment was known as the "O-KAY BOYS".  He died on 14 May 1864 at the age of 39 in Drewery's Bluff, Virginia. He was also known as John M. Sellers.

Mary his wife, born 7 July 1830 in Anson County, remained single and begin drawing a Civil War pension about 1885, She raised her son and daughter alone.

Mary died on 26 Dec 1905 at the age of 75 in Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, United States. I have spent many hours searching for Mary's maiden name and death date.  I did find one minor clue that I feel certain is a report of her death. On page 206 of Emma Goodwin’s “TypeTalk of Lilesville Township Anson County, NC the following death notice appeared from the December 28, 1905 Newspaper.

“Mrs. Polly Sellers, 80, of Lilesville Township died at her home on Tuesday Night.” 

The 28th of December 1905 was a Thursday; so Polly Sellers died on 26 December 1905.

John W. Sellers and Mary  had the following children:

        i.    William R. "Todd" Sellers, born 13 Feb 1854, Anson County, North Carolina; married Rosa Elizabeth Ratliff, 1880; died 20 May 1924, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina.
         ii.    Mary Sellers, born 1854, Anson County, North Carolina; married Lewis Jones.
         iii.    Infant Sellers was born in 1856 in Anson County, North Carolina.

*Note: Name appeared as John M and John W. Sellers.


John M./W. Sellers is my 1st Cousin 4X Removed.

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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 41, Dwelling 691, Family 691, Household of John W. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 14 August 2014); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
     2. North Carolina, Deed Book:  DEED BOOK 15,, Pages 182 & 183, Sarah & J. W. Sellars to John Pratt; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
     3. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 279; Line 27, Dwelling 911, Family 876, Household of John SELLERS; online database, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 14 August 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
     4. "North Carolina DIGITAL ARCHIVES," NC Dept. of History & Archives,  (
http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/ : viewed 3 August 2019), Civil War Widow's Pension, "John M. Sellers," 2; MARS Id: 5.22.380.66.
     5. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (
https://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 3 March 2020), entry for John M. Sellers, Private; 31st_NC_Infantry; Confederate.
     6. 1900 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule; digital image, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.
     7. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 143A(stamped); Line 41, Dwelling 691, Family 691, Household of John W. SELLERS.
     8. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 279; Line 27, Dwelling 911, Family 876, Household of John SELLERS.
     9. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, Page: 378A(Stamped); Line 33, Dwelling 190, Family 190, Household of Mary SELLERS; digital image, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2019); citing National Archive  Microfilm M593, Roll 1122.
     10. 1880 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 008, Page: 484B (stamped); Line 25, Dwelling 391, Family 400, Household of Mary SELLERS; digital image, Ancestry.com (
http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
     11. State Archives of North Carolina .., NC Manuscript and Archives Reference System (
http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/ : viewed 2 August 2014), digital Image of Pension Application, "Pension Bureau: Act of 1885 Pension Applications - John Sellers," MARS Id: 5.21.49.61 (Folder); Call Number: Box 6:162.
     12. 1900 US Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, , , .
     13. Mrs. Polly Sellers obituary, The Messenger and Intelligencer, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, United States, 28 December 1905, Page 5, column 1.
     14. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page 279; Line 27, Dwelling 911, Family 876, Household of John SELLERS.