About Me

Charles L. Purvis,  aka Charlie

I would like to welcome you to my blog. I grew up in North Carolina and  enlisted into the Air Force at age 18. I have travel the world with the Air Force and with my wife after retirement. In October 1976 the Air Force transferred me from New Mexico To Ogden, Utah. About that same time Alex Haley published "Roots". The combination of these two events  propels me into a lifetime of genealogical research and documenting my family connections. I love it and I welcome your questions and suggestions.

Now the wife and I are retired. We are back in North Carolina and life is good.

Graduate Lilesville High School
Graduate Park College, now Park University, 1965, Bachelors in Business Administration.
Graduate Utah State University, 1986, Masters in Human Resource Administration

Entered Air Force December 1960 as an E-1 Airman Basic - Retired June 30, 1983 as Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt.) (E-9). Top of enlisted ranks - Only 1% of the Air Force can hold this Rank.
Senior NCO of the Year 1979 - 388th Equipment Squadron - Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Member National Genealogical Society
Member Chesterfield District Chapter - South Carolina Genealogical Society
Member Sons of American Revolution

Traveling, Photography, Genealogy, Reading, Writing, Computers (I build my own)

Published Books/Articles:
  • Charles L. Purvis, "In The Field: Treasures From a Crash Site", article, Double Eagle Publishing, (Yucaipa, Ca 92399 : created November 1992), pages 33-35; citing prior publication in Treasure Vol. 23, No. 12 (Dec 1992). 
  •  Charles L. Purvis, "Trails West Artifact Society and National Token Society: TH'ing Clubs Hunt Utah Ghost Town", article, Lost Treasures, Inc, (Grove, OK 74345: created February/March 1994), pages 20-22; citing prior publication in Treasure Facts, Vol. 4, No. 2 (February/March 1994).

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“A person becomes old when his mind is more occupied by memories than aspirations” (Navin Kulkarni, Web Designer)


  1. Charlie, I am awarding you the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Please read my blog on Monday for details. Thanks for reading my posts & inspiring me to improve.

    It is you that have inspired me. I read your blog everyday. By the way - did you ever get to the Index we talked about. The program started a new list for 2013. Here's a partial index to show start of New Year:

    January 2013

    [15] Tombstone Tuesday – Robert Alexander Hanna
    [14] Amanuensis Monday - Will of Hardy Sellers, Sr.
    [13] Sunday's Obituary–Col. Stephen Jackson
    [12] Software Review – Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12
    [11] Bummers in the County – Private James M. Miller Executed
    [10] William M. Burkley – Estate #384, Letters of Adminstrations
    [09] Wordless Wednesday - John Craig House
    [08] Tombstone Tuesday - Pleasant Elmore Brock
    [07] Military Monday – W. J. F. Purvis, CSA
    [06] Sunday’s Obituary – Calvin Rivers
    [05] Surname Saturday - Davis - Eddins
    [01] Civil War Pension Application–Sarah Boatwright Rivers

    December 2012

    [29] Surname Saturday–Crowley or Crawley
    [24] Merry Christmas To All
    [20] Estate of Joel W. Brock, 1865
    [19] The Mysterious Death of William H. H. Purvis

  3. I am looking for info on My grandfather Earl S. Sellers of N.C
    I have a 1940 census that has him in Maryland. Any help?
    he may me linked to Hardy Sellers.


  4. Charlie, What can you tell me about the parents of Rilah Smith and his wife Timney SPENCER Smith. and thanks for the updates on Findagrave. donbedwell@gmail.com

  5. Hi Charlie, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award - thanks, Pam

  6. Dear Mr. Purvis,
    My name is Andy Rogers. My gggrandmother was Florence Threatt, married Nathaniel Adams from Lancaster Co., I believe son of a Wilson Threatt and Sarah Deese. I'm unable to find any info on her. Any help you may be able to give me would be greatly appreciated. andyrogers1979@yahoo.com

  7. Looking for the parents of Eli Allen ( b. 1806) and wife Mahaley who lived in Chesterfield and eventually their daughter Ellen married James S Hudson of Cabarrus County, NC. Also- what was Mahaley's maiden name?

  8. While Eli can be found in the 1840-1870 census I have no further information on him and his wife. A son, Alfred, is buried in Chesterfield but no names are listed for his parents on his SC death certificate. Find A Grave Memorial# 39778654

  9. Hi Charlie, have been attempting locate any information on my ancestor, John B. Pitts b: 1812 Chesterfield. We think his father was Isaac d:1830(?)and was Elizabeth(lnu), both from NC. Can you help?

    Thanks Mike

  10. Mike,
    Scroll up this page to my e-mail links and send me an e-mail. I have very little primarily the will of Mary Nicholson wife of John B. Pitts and one note. E-mail at top of this comments listing


  11. Hello Charlie. What a wonderful website!! I have just found my bio dad after 55 years and am meeting him next week. I can finally search for MY family - and they are the 'Jordans' and have lived in South & North Carolina for ever. I am on Ancestry and have my dna on there - and am busy researching and building my paternal side family tree. You are inspiring and I hope one day to be able to have a website/blog for my fathers side. I have one sticking point in that my Great Grandfather was supposedly in Pageland County Jail around 1920... and I can't find a death cert anywhere. I'm thinking the Jail might have held records but can't find where they might be either! I just love all the 'new' family I am finding. Even though it's driving me slightly mad with all the hours starting at my computer :). Tracey.

  12. Hi Charlie, it was a surprise to me that you showed up on my family tree in Ancestry.com. We share great-great grandparents, Samuel and Sarah Deese. My grandfather George Melton's mother was Sarah Deese, sister to John Calvin Deese. My mother was a Melton. My mother's last sibling past away recently: Major Melton. I've written you before but didn't realize the family connection. I hope to attend the Melton-Deese reunion next time in Lilesville. Blessing, Darrell Clark

    1. Darrell,

      Nice to have a new cousin you don't know about. Keep me posted on the reunion date as it gets closer.


  13. Hi Charlie, we meet along several lines. I'm from Wadesboro, Anson County and my lines go into Huntley/Sellers/Gulledge and on and on. What awesome work you've been doing. It's much appreciated.

  14. Hi Charlie,

    I am also a descendent of Phillip Sellers & Mary. They are my 5g-grandparents. I'm searching for data on their daughter Edy/Eady b. 1797 d. 1879. I've seen it suggested her name was Edith, but no firm data. Edy was a name given in subsequent generations. Edy married David Weaver of Lexington County, SC (Ninety-Six District). Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated!
    Your cousin,

  15. Amy, Thanks for your post. I don't have a daughter Edy or Edith for Phillip & Mary but I have no doubt that there may be an Edy or Edith. Can you share what you already know? Ther's an E-mail link on the right sight Column of this page near top. Look for Yellow Envelope.

  16. My great grandfather was also named Benjamin Franklin Brock. He is buried in Bullard Texas. Seems like the same person? I just found this 2014 blog in 2021.