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Thanks for reading and commenting about my blog postings. My goal is to accurately document the genealogy of my family and allied families living in Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, NC. If you have a Chesterfield County surname you are interested in please send me an e-mail.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

John Pratt and his Children


The 1873 marriage licensee of John W. Deese to Harriett Sellers shows his father to be John Pratt. The death certificate of John W. Deese also shows his Father as John Pratt and his mother a Deese.

John W. Deese Marriage

John Pratt was born about 1812 and his son John W. Deese was born 15 July 1839. John Pratt’s parents are believed to be Samuel Pratt and Clarinda Teal. John W. Deese mother was a Mary ‘Polly’ Deese born 1808 died about April 1888.

John Pratt married Mary Ann Adams on 26 March 1844 in Anson County. Mary Ann was the daughter of John Adams and his wife Sarah. 

John Pratt and Mary Ann Adams had 6 known children before his death on 2 December 1859 in Morven, North Carolina.

December 15, 1859 issue of North Carolina Argus
  224. Died at his residence, near Morven, in this county, on the 2d inst., John PRATT, aged about forty-seven.
http://www.genealogybuff.com/nc/nc-anson-mar2.htm


John Pratt and Mary Ann Adams can be found in the 1850 Census for Anson County.

1850 CENSUS: Sandy Point District, Anson, North Carolina, National Archives Film M432, Page 188A, John PRATT, age 38, born NC; Mary A. PRATT, Wife, age 25, born NC; Martha A. PRATT, Dau., age 5, born NC; William A. Pratt, Son, age 3, born in NC; Emeline PRATT, Dau, age 2, born NC; Unnamed PRATT, Son, age 2/12, born NC.

John Pratt and Mary Ann Adams had the following children:

i. Martha Ann Pratt was born about 1845.
December 6, 1860 issue, The ARGUS
333. Near Morven, in this county, on the 13th of November, by W.T. WILLIAMS, Esq., Mr. Elijah N. LILES, to Miss Martha Ann PRATT, all of this county.

ii. William Andrews Pratt, born 22 Jan 1847, Cairo, Anson, North Carolina; married Mary Eliza Parsons, 29 Jan 1868, Anson County, North Carolina; died 10 Apr 1921, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.

iii. Emeline Sarah Pratt, born 12 Jul 1848; married Charles Henry Ratliff; died May 1880.
iv. John Washington Pratt, born 16 Jul 1853, Anson County, North Carolina; married May Atkinson Faulkner, 9 Nov 1875, Morven, Anson, North Carolina; died 17 Jun 1930, Morven, Anson, North Carolina.

v. Eliza Jane Pratt was born in 1854.

vi. James Leonidas Pratt, born Apr 1859; married Lena Valetta Little, 1884; died 5 May 1924, Raeford, Hoke, North Carolina.

In the 1880 Census, a Mary Dees, age 72, is listed in the Household of John Deese and Harriett Sellers. She is also listed as his Mother.

1880 CENSUS: Morven, Anson County, North Carolina; Roll: 951; Family History Film 1254951; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 0483; Page 345D; Line 29, Dwelling 137, Family 151; John DEESE, Male, age 41, born in NC; Harriett A. DEESE, Wife, age 26, born in NC; Derette DEESE, Daughter, age 5, born in NC; Mary E. DEESE, Daughter, age 4, born in NC; Nizza L. DEESE, Daughter, age 2, born in NC; Minne E. DEESE, Daughter, age 2, born in NC and Mary DEESE, Mother, age 72, born in NC.  This census and the recording below suggest that  Mary Dees, the Mother of John W. Deese, died about March 1888.

Anson County Commissioner Proceedings Volume A page 327 - April 2, 1888 - Ordered by the Board of Commissioners that the treasurer pay John Dees two dollars 25 cents without interest for coffin for his mother Mary Dees (Source: Steve Bailey).


















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1. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 188A(stamped); Line 2, Dwelling 427, Family 427, Household of and John PRATT; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 5 June 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 619.
2. Emma Goodwin, Type Talk I of Lilesville Township: Anson County, North Carolina (Charlotte, North Carolina: Herb Eaton Historical Publication, 1990), page 16.
3. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 188A(stamped); Line 2, Dwelling 427, Family 427, Household of and John PRATT.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, Page: 294B(stamped); Line 7, Dwelling 1149, Family 1099, Household of Mary A. PRATT; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed` 5 June 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
5. North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 16, page 155, Mary Ann Pratt Dower; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
6. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 2, Page 345D; Line 29, Dwelling 137, Family 151, Household of John DEESE; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 February 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 951.
7. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Sandy Point, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 188A(stamped); Line 2, Dwelling 427, Family 427, Household of and John PRATT.
8. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, Page: 294B(stamped); Line 7, Dwelling 1149, Family 1099, Household of Mary A. PRATT.
9. LDS Family History Library, SLC, UT FILM #018125,
Pages 110-124













Monday, June 19, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Affidavit of William Rivers for Thomas Davis Revolutionary War Pension Application


Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s subject is the Affidavit of William Rivers for Thomas Davis Revolutionary War Pension Application


William Rivers Affidavit
Transcription:

State of South Carolina }
Chesterfield District }
Before me personally appeared William Rivers Sr. a resident of Chesterfield District aged 76 years the 25th last month, who being first duly sworn according to law says that he was intimately and personally acquainted with Thomas and Nancy Davis. Since his first recollection, that he was raised within one fourth of a mile from the said Nancy Davis, then Nancy Rivers, deponents aunt and well recollects the time they were married but was not present at the marriage and to the best of his knowledge and belief would say they were married about the year seventeen hundred and seventy seven or eight (1787 or 1788) that the said Thomas Davis lived the year before he was married with his deponents’ father and has known them as husband and wife ever since in which relation they were respectable members of the Methodist Church up to the time of his said Thomas Davis death and lived within two miles of deponent where his widow is still living and raises nine children and had ten issue of their said marriage the youngest of whom was born in the month of December 1812 which fact he knows from the birth of his own son Malachi who was born the 22nd day of August 1812 which record is now before him.
Sworn to and subscribed this 16th day of February 1852 in Open Court.
                                                                                William Rivers
J.C. Craig
Judge of the Court of Ordinary

Thomas Davis is my 4th Great Grandfather.




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[1] Affidavit of William Rivers for Thomas Davis Pension Application, compiled military record (5th Co. Capt. Thomas Hall, Marion's Regt. 1779), Rev. War Pension and Land-Bounty Application Files, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), NARA microfilm publication M804, Roll 766.
[AFFIDAVIT from Thomas Davis Revolutionary War Pension File, W-8655.]  https://www.fold3.com/image/246/15484620

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday’s Obituary~Sarah Johnson McRae


Sarah J. McRae

Mrs. Sarah J. McRae.
Special to The State.
Chesterfield, Feb. 17 –Mrs. Sarah J. McRae of the Zoar section of the county died last Wednesday morning and was buried the next day at the Methodist church at McFarlane, N.C. , the funeral services being conducted by her pastor, The Rev. J. H. West of Morven, N.C., assisted by the Rev. J. L. Tyler.
Mrs. McRae was born in Chester county in 1835. Soon after her birth her parents moved to Anson county, North Carolina, where in 1865 she was married to Duncan McRae. Soon after their marriage they moved near McFarlane, N. C. Of this union eight children were born Mrs. Eliza Ratliff, Mrs. W. A. Stegall, Duncan McRae, W. G. McRae of McFarlane, N.C, J. H. McRae of Clio, the Rev. W. V. McRae of the North Carolina Conference, Methodist Episcopal church, South, stationed at Wilmington, N.C., Mrs. R. E. Rivers and Mrs. W. J. Tiller of Chesterfield. Mrs. McRae was a most estimable Christian woman.

Sarah Johnson, wife of Duncan McRae, was the daughter of Archibald & Sarah MacPHERSON Johnson.



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[1] The State, Columbia, SC, February 18, 1916, Page 3, Column 2.
[2] The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, SC, 17 February, 1916. page 1, column 6.










Saturday, June 17, 2017

It’s Family Time~The Allen McDaniel Page Family

It's Family Time
Sometimes the unanswered questions leaves a big gap in our family histories. Such is the case of Allen McDaniel Page. I feel certain that Allen sudden death in 1854 caught all his family and friends off guard.

Allen McDaniel Page was born 14 August 1829, the first born child of  Sion Page and his wife Nancy.  Nancy‘s surname is unknown; some have her listed as Nancy Dove, others says she was Nancy Almond.

Allen grew up like many young men of that era as a farmer. On 8 December 1853, Allen married a young lady by the name of Sarah Huneycutt, daughter of Marcus I. ‘Mark’ Huneycutt and his wife Charity Dry.

Less than a year later Mark McDaniel Huneycutt has passed away. Allen Page's Probate folder, Stanly County, shows that he died prior to 13 October 1854 the date that Sarah Page petitioned the court to set aside a years provision and appoint 3 freeholders to inventory the estate.

Before his passing, Allen witnessed the birth of his daughter, Tabitha Irene ‘Bitha’ Huneycutt on 21 June 1854.

No tombstone has been found for Allen or his wife Sarah ‘Sallie’ Huneycutt Page. Sarah is found in the 1900 with her daughter and son-in-law Calvin Almond. No other record beyond this has been found.

This short marriage and duration as a family leaves a lot of unanswered questions. If you have any information about Allen and Sarah I would love to hear from you. 


Allen McDaniel Page is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle.






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1. 1850 Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Furr, Stanly County, North Carolina, Page: 38A(stamped); Line 16, Dwelling 533, Family 535, Household of Sion PAGE; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 July 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 645.
2. State of North Carolina, marriage no. Stanly, North Carolina, USA (8 December 1853), Allen Page and Sarah Huneycutt; https://www.ancestry.com, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina.
3. 1850 Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Furrs, Stanly County, North Carolina, Page: 38B; Line 28, Dwelling 542, Family 545, Household of Mark HONEYCUTT.
4. 1860 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Stanly County, North Carolina, Page: 9 (stamped); Line 30, Dwelling 113, Family 113, Household of Mark HUNEYCUTT; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 31 July 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 914.
5. 1870 U S Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Furr, Stanly County, North Carolina, Page: 58A(stamped); Line 25, Dwelling 4, Family 4, Household of Cath [Charity Dry] HUNEYCUTT; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 11 November 2015); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1160.
6. 1880 U. S. Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Furrs, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 205, Line 17, Dwelling 265, Family 268, Household of Sarah PAGE; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 13 November 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T9, Roll 0982.
7. 1900 US Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, population schedule, Ridenhour, Stanly County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0127, Page: 8B/277 (stamped); Line 66, Dwelling 131, Family 133, Household of Calvin ALMOND; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 13 November 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1218.





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Proof of Aaron Copeland Marriage to Mary Melton

Aaron Copeland and Mary ‘Polly’ Melton, daughter of Isham Melton, were married about 1784.

Aaron Copeland applied for a Revolutionary War Pension (R-2308) which was rejected. The file contains genealogical information pertaining to Aaron, Polly and his service.
Below is a portion of an affidavit submitted by (he says (Archibald)) the only surviving child, his son Archibald Copeland.

Partial Affidavit of Archibald Copeland: 1

Affidavit of Archibald Copeland

Transcription:
“this deponent further says that he has been informed and believes that his said Father intermarried with one Polly Melton deponents Mother and the daughter of one Isham Melton of the District and State aforesaid about the year 1784, that Aaron Copeland died about the years 1839 having survives his wife about six or seven years, leaving ten children of whom deponent is the Sole survivor, all which facts as to as to the Service of said Aaron will…”

Aaron Copeland marriage Mary Melton

Transcription:
South Carolina} 2
Chesterfield District} Personally appeared before me W. A. Mulloy a magistrate in and for said district John Evans & Edward Mulloy who being duly sworn saith that they were acquainted with Aaron Copeland in his life time that he inter married with Mary Melton daughter of Isham Melton and that said Aaron Copeland died in the year 1839. They further sate that they have no reason to doubt but that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
Sworn before me}                                                Jno. Evans
20th May 1853}                                               Edward Mulloy
Wm. A. Mulloy, Mag.}

South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} I, J. C. Craig Clerk of the Court for said district do hereby certify that Wm. A. Mulloy before whom the foregoing affidavit was made was at the date thereof an acting Magistrate in & for said district duly qualified as such and that his signature thereto is genuine
                                    Given under my hand & seal of
                                    Office this 20th day of May 1853
                                                     J. C. Craig, Clk


NOTICE 3
MOSES COPELAND, Thomas Copeland, Elisha Copeland, James Copeland, Mary Swor, and Dolly Cook, children of Aaron Copeland late of Chesterfield District, South Carolina, are hereby notified that the said Aaron Copeland died leaving a Will by which a small legacy is given to each of the above named persons, which may be has upon application to
                                                                                RILAH SMITH
                                                                                                Executor

Chesterfield C. H., S.C.}
May 25th, 1840}
  








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[1] https://www.fold3.com/image/246/13001430
[2] Ancestry, "Revolutionary War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 3 June 2014), entry for Aaron Copeland, Revolutionary War Pension file of Aaron Copland; Image 9,; https://www.fold3.com/image/246/13001443.
[3] Farmers' gazette, and Cheraw Advertiser., May 29, 1840, Page 114, Image 2, column 6.
































Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Records of the SC Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

After the Civil War times were rough and the period between 1865 and 1877 was known as the reconstruction era.  Many women and children were left to fend for themselves having lost their husbands, fathers and sons during the war.
The Federal Government stepped in and provided rations for those who met the qualification.

Records of the field offices for the state of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

Reg. of Rations









https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZG-8CL7?i=848&cc=2127881

Monthly reports of the number of persons issued rations, medicines and clothing, Apr.-Nov. 1867; Registers of rations issued, v. 1-2, Apr.-Sept., no year listed. The year looked to be 1867.

Start with the hyperlink above and move forward. The Ration list is in alphabetical order.

This is page 1 of the ration list with 3 families listed; 1 white and 2 African American.

Freemen Rations















The the family of Calvin Allen.


Calvin Allen










Calvin states that he lived in Oro, Chesterfield County. Oro, was a Post Office established in 1867. Oro was near the NC line between Pageland and Chesterfield.
 
Oro, Chesterfield, SC



The upper Corner shows his age as 38 which would indicate he was born about 1828 if these are indeed 1867 records. Census records confirmed he was borne 1828-1829.

He lives on the Lancaster highway and had 7 children; 3 males and 4 female. Their age is not shown but on many of the recordings age is shown.

The family was issued rations of Pork and Corn in both May and June 1867.

This file is well worth spending some time browsing through the individual listings.





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[1] https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZG-8CL7?i=848&cc=2127881

Monday, June 12, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Last Will and Testament of Johan Martin Dry, 1836.


Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Today’s subject is the Last Will and Testament of Johan Martin Dry, 1836.


Martin_Dry_Will_page1-1Martin_Dry_Will_page2-1

Page 305 & 306
Transcription:

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit: at a court of Pleas and quarters sefsions begun and held at the Court House in Concord on the Third Monday of January 1837 and in the Sixty first year of American Independence ---
Present the Worshipful
William Gilliaw}
John S. Beard}  Esq.
Levi Stope}
That at the Court aforesaid the following Wills Deeds and other instruments were recorded and ordered to be registered.
The last will and testament of Martin Dry was produced in open Court & duly proven by the Oath of P. Barringer a subscribing witnefs and the Executor there in named were qualified and received letters testamentary.
In the name of God Amen. I Martin Dry of the County of Cabarrus and State of North Carolina, being of sound mine and memory, but being weak in bodily strength and knowing as I do. That it is the lot of all men to die, do make & establish  this as my last will and testament viz: 1st I will and bequeath to my son John Dry the plantation whereon I now live lying on the east side of Dutch Buffalo Creek adjoining  Moses  Barrier, the lands of Andrew Dry Dec’d Owen Dry & George Dry containing one hundred and thirty nine and ¼ acres to him and his heirs forever, but the said John Dry is to pay to my Estate five hundred dollars at the end of twelve month after the death of me, and my wife Catherine Dry.
2nd I will and bequeath to my Son Peter Dry the plantation whereon he now lives adjoining George Dry, Esq, David Blackwelder and others containing containing one hundred and fifty acres, for which he has my deed by his paying twenty five dollars to his Brother John dry and twenty five dollars to his brother George Dry, after his mother’s death to him and his heirs forever-
3rd I will to Son John Dry the plantation whereon he now lives joining Daniel Peninger, Mike Stough and others containing ninety five acres to him and his heirs forever.
4th I will and bequeath to my Son George Dry the tract of land whereon he now lives for which he has my deed, containing two hundred and Fifty acres, joining Martin Hone, Henry Shod and others to him and his heirs forever.
5th I will and bequeath to my Son Martin Dry two hundred and fifty dollars it being money I have already advanced to him, two dollars I have neither note or receipt for and the other fifty dollars to be deducted our of a Hundred note I hold on him, these two hundred and fifty dollars I intend him in place of the lands I willed to my other Sons. the tract of land whereon he now lives for which he has my deed, containing two hundred and Fifty acres, joining Martin Hone, Henry Shod/Shoe and others to him and his heirs forever.
6th I will and bequeath to my son-in-law Mark Honeycutt the tract of land whereon he now lives lying on Meadow Creek joining Peter Teeter and others containing One hundred and fourteen acres but the said Mark Honeycutt must pay to my estate three hundred dollars. Then the Executor herein after names shall make him & his heirs a good and lawful deed, for the same, the money to be paid twelve months after the death of me and my wife Catherine Dry.
7th I will and bequeath to my son-in-law Jacob Kanoy the tract of land whereon he now lives containing two hundred and thirty three acres, adjoining George Eagle, Mathias Barringer and others on Bear Creek, but the said Jacob Canoy is to pay to my estate for said lands two years after the death of my wife the sum of three hundred dollars, to him and his heirs fore ever.
8th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Seater wife of Peter Teeter one hundred dollars.
9th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Catherine Layton one hundred dollars wife of John Layton.
10th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Sally Kanoy wife of Jacob Canoy one hundred dollars.
11th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Catroul Huneycutt wife of Mark Honeycutt one hundred dollars.
12th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Esther Sides wife of David Sides one hundred dollars.
13th It is my will and desire that after my death that all the property I die seized of & possessed of both real & personal be sold by my executor hereafter named (Exception / such household furniture as my wife Catherine Dry may a lot for her use during her natural life} to the highest bidder, at a reasonable credit and the money arising from the same & my notes # first to pay cash of my Daughters before named each one hundred dollars willed them, the balance to be equally divided among all my children Viz Peter, Martin, John, George, Elizabeth, Catherine, Sally, Catroul, & Esther or their lawful heirs.
14th I now nominate, constitute and appoint to this my last will and testament as executor my son Peter Dry & my son in law David Sides hereby revoking all former wills by me made, in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 26th day of September in the year of our Lord as 1836 Signed Sealed & Subscribed in presence of us.
L. P. Barringer, Jr.                                                                    Martin Dry {seal}
Moses Barrier                   NB Dry signature in German in Will.

Johan Martin Dry is my paternal 4th Great Grandfather.




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[1] Cabarrus County Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1836, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, PQS 2/405- WILL of Martin Dry, NC State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina, C.016.30003.
Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Pleas & Quarter Sessions Minutes; C.016.30003,; Vol. 2, p. 405; Will of Martin Dry (PQS 2/405).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Chesterfield County SC Estates~Estate Folder #318– Pleasant A. Brock

Chesterfield County SC Estate Series:  This is a series of postings of selected Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County. No known estates exist for the period before the Civil War. They were destroyed with the burning of the Courthouse. There are a few “Equity Records” in the State Archives. Do not overlook this valuable resource if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
Today’s subject is the Estate of  Pleasant A. Brock.

Pleasant A. Brock
Estate Folder #318

Image 1141 of 1448

URL: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N39H-KY?cc=1911928&wc=MPP5-JWL%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190840701


Pleasant A. Brock’s Estate Folder (#318) consists of 25 pages beginning at Image 1141 of 1448  and ending with image 1165 of 1448. The estate was well inventoried and precise with the Widow, Martha Horne Brock, serving as the estate administratrix.  

The court appointment of an administratrix shows that Pleasant A. Brock died intestate (without a Will).

I was amazed at the precise inventory by room of this estate and the penmanship of the person recording the estate contents. This is most certain the penmanship of Martha Horne Brock.
Inventory

Martha petitioned the Court on 1 May 1873 to be granted Letters of Administration.


Martha Brock - Letters of Admin
Transcription:

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} Court off Probate
To W. J. Hanna Esq. Judge of Probate for Said County
The petition of the undersigned sheweth that she is the Widow of Pleasant A. Brock late of this County deceased and is desirous of obtaining Letters of administration on his personal estate which is considerable.
She therefore prays that letters of administration may be granted to her.
May 1st. 1873.
Mattie E. Brocjk signature                                      



Mattie was granted letters to administer the estate and did so with the help of Attorney L. W. T. Prince. No mention of Pleasant's death date is made within the probate file but we know from his tombstone in the St. David's Episcopal Church cemetery that he died of 28 February 1873. His family Bible shows that Pleasant died from typhoid fever. Pleasant was a Merchant in the town of Cheraw.

Pleasant A. Brock was the son of Alsey Brock and Lucy Morris. He had one brother Charles A. Brock. 

After his death, Mattie Horne Brock married Thomas Alexander Gandy on  20 July 1875. When last reviewed the Family Bible was in possession of the Gandy family.

Pleasant and Martha had no children. Martha and Thomas A. Gandy did have four children; 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

Pleasant A. Brock is my 1st Cousin 3 times removed.





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1. P. A. Brock Family Bible Family Bible Holy Bible, (Oxford: University Press, 1865), BIRTH- 10 March 1839; P. A. Brock, Obtained from Gandy family by L. Cleveland, 2004.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 102A, Line 21, Dwelling #46, Family 46, Household of Alsey BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 183A, Line 25, Dwelling #1238, Family #1239, Household of Lucy BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 July 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
4. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 2 September 2012), entry for Pleasant A. Brock, Private; Co A, 4th SC Cavalry; Confederate.
5. 1870 U. S. Census, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 252A; Line 7, Dwelling 48, Family 52, Household of P. A. BROCK; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 23 July 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1491.
6. P. A. Brock Family Bible Family Bible, DEATH - 28 Feb 1873 of typhoid fever, P. A. Brock.
7. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 87. Tombstone of Pleasant A. Brock; 10 March 1839–28 February 1873, St. David's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
8. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 January 2012); Memorial page for Pleasant A. Brock; (10 March 1839–28 February 1873); Find a Grave memorial # 52861355, Citing Old Saint David's Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
9. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Pleasant A. Brock; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 12 January 2012); Estate Folder #318, Pleasant A. Brock.














Saturday, June 10, 2017

It’s Family Time~Roland R. Sellers

It's Family Time
Roland R. Sellers, a son of Roland Sellers and  Margaret Eddins was born in 1821 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

On 25 December 1844, at the age if 23, Roland married the widow of Thomas Brooks, a young lady by the name of Sarah Pratt Brooks, daughter of Samuel Pratt and Clarinda Ann Teal of Anson County, North Carolina.

Roland and Sarah had two known children:

i. William A. D. Sellers was born about 1849 in Morven, Anson, North Carolina.  William A. D. Sellers apparently died before reaching the age of 10; he was listed in the 1850 census, but not in the 1860 census records.

1850 CENSUS, Morven, Anson County, Page 172B; Rolen SELLERS, age 30, farmer, his wife Sarah SELLERS, age 42 and their son, William A. D. SELLERS, age 8/12.

ii. Sarah Elizabeth Sellers was born about 1851 in Anson County, North Carolina. No further record of Sarah Elizabeth has been found.

When the Civil War broke out in January 1861, Roland left his farm and joined other Anson County boys serving with Company "K", 26th NC Regiment. Unfortunately, Roland did not return from the War. He was wounded in the intestines near Savannah, Georgia, on December 10, 1864. and passed away on 13 December 1864. He is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery (North); Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37497140

Roland’s wife, Sarah Pratt Brooks Sellers, passed away on 23 Nov 1871 in Anson County. No tombstone has been found marking her resting place.

Roland R. Sellers is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.




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1. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 9 June 2014), entry for Roland R. SELLERS, Private; Third Artillery, 40th State Troops; Comfederate.
2. North Carolina, Deed Book: DB 12, page 314, ALEXANDER S. W. ALPIN to ROLIN R. SELLERS; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.
3. 1850 Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 172B; Line 12, Dwelling 203, Family 203, Household of Rolen SELLERS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 March 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 619.
4. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 6: pages 112 & 113, Rolin R. Sellers and Phillip A. Sellers to William R. Sellers Deed; 7 October 1850, Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
5. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), "Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971," Microfilm Roll #: 92; Archive Publication #: M841, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2014), Appointments of U. S. Postmasters,Morven, Anson, North Carolina; National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Rolen R Sellers appointed 6 October 1854.
6. 1860 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 299A(stamped); Line 36, Dwelling 1217, Family 1167, Household of Rowland SELLARS; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2014); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 887.
7. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; Company "K", 26th NC Regiment; Confederate.
8. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; Co. "C", 3rd Artillery (40th State Troops); Confederate.
9. Louis H. Manarin, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster (Raleigh, North Carolina: Office of Archives and History, 2013), Volume 1, page 716, Column 2, ROLAND R. SELLERS.
10. Ancestry,Military Service Records, database entry for Rolen R. SELLERS, Private; 3rd Artillery, (40th State Troops); Confederate.
11. Manarin, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Volume 1, page 716, Column 2, ROLAND R. SELLERS.
12. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 14 June 2014); Memorial page for Roland R. SELLERS; (1841–13 December 1864); Find a Grave memorial # 37497140, Citing Laurel Grove Cemetery (North); Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA.
13. Anson County, North Carolina, North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979, Sarah PRATT SELLERS; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 14 June 2015); NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers. Marriage date source.
14. North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 16: page 62.
15. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 395B (stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 83, Family 83, Household of S. [Sarah] SELLARS; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 19 May 2012); citing National Archive Microfilm M593, Roll 1122.
16. Anson County, North Carolina, Sarah PRATT SELLERS, NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers, Death date.
17. Anson County, North Carolina, Sarah PRATT SELLERS, NC Estate File -Sarah Sellers, nee Brooks.
18. 1870 U S Census, Anson County, North Carolina, Population Schedule, Morven, Anson County, North Carolina, Page: 395B (stamped); Line 15, Dwelling 83, Family 83, Household of S. [Sarah] SELLARS.


























Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mary Ann (Adams) Pratt Dower, 1860

Mary Ann Adams and John Pratt were married 26 March 1844 in Anson County. John was the son of Samuel Pratt and Clarinda Teal while Mary Ann Adams was the daughter of John Adams and his wife Sarah (LNU).

The below land deed was directed by the court to lay off a 1/3 portion of lands to Mary Ann Pratt from her deceased husband estate. Her husband, John Pratt,  had suddenly passed away on 2 December 1859 at 47 years of age leaving her and six children.

December 15, 1859 issue of North Carolina Argus
  224. Died at his residence, near Morven, in this county, on the 2d inst., John PRATT, aged about forty-seven.
http://www.genealogybuff.com/nc/nc-anson-mar2.htm

John Pratt, 47, died on December 2, 1859 - December 15, 1859 Newspaper - Recorded in Emma Goodwin Book "Type Talk of Lilesville Township, Anson County, N. C. page 16.

December 15, 1860 - Those indebted to J. J. Cox, as Administrator of JOHN PRATT, deceased, must make satisfactory arrangements soon-sooner-soonest. Lilesville, NC. Recorded in Emma Goodwin Book "Type Talk of Lilesville Township, Anson County, N. C. page 20.

Mary Ann Adams Pratt Dower
Transcription:
Page 155
 
Mary Ann Pratt Dower
In obedience to an order of the Worshipful the County Court directing the Sheriff of said County to Summons twelve freeholders and lay off to Mrs. Mary Ann Pratt,widow of John Pratt dec’d one third of all the lands belonging to her said Husband dec’s and report to July Term 1860, pursuant to said order we the undersigned after being duly sworn by the Said have proceeded to lay off to her the said widow by such bounds as below named, first tract known as the Wm. H. Harrington tract, on Pee Dee River Beginning at Sherwood Liles corner sassafras one hickory & Mulberry pointers and ruins with his line, No 46 ¼ Wt. 85chs & 80 links to a red oak stump then with Said Liles other line, So. 44Wt. 19 chains to Little Creek, then up the various courses of Said Creek to the to the <sic> mouth of Stamping Branch,   thence up the various courses of said Branch 48 chs & 80 links to Riley Diggs line  No. 85 ¾ Et. 19 chs & 50 links to a Stone Diggs other corner. Then So. 7 1/8 Wt. 24 chs & 20 links to a stake 30 or 40 yards Et. To a long popular marked as a corner. Then So. 89 1/4 Et. 5 chs & 85 lks to a stake. Then So. 1 ½ Wt. 6 chs & 20 lks then So. 81 ½ Et.35 chs & 7 links to a stake, by 3 pines, red oak & white oak pts. Then So. 59 ½ Et. 41 chs to Pee Dee Rivers, thence down said Rivers 63 chains & 50 links to the beginning Containing five hundred and seventeen acres. Also one other tract known as the Diggs tract. Beginning at an Ashe on the East bank of Little Creek Diggs corner, and runs So. 49 Wt. 18 chs to a stake 2 pines pointers then So. 56 Et. 39 chains to a stake, on the East bank of said Creek in Pratts line. Then No. 40 Et. 2 chs & 50 lks to the old corner. Then No. 5 Wt 11 chs & 10 links to a popular Stump on the Bank of said Little Creek, one sweet gum pointer. Thence up the various courses of Said Creek to the Beginning Containing thirty four acres. Also another small tract adjoining the above tract, Beginning at a stake by 3 pines pointers on the Side of the Camden Road & runs No. 8 Wt. 4 chs & 60 links to a Stake by 3 pines Then Wt. 10 chs to a corner in Diggs line Then So. 40 Wt. 2 chs & 60 links to said Diggs corner Thence So. 8 Et. 2 chs & 70 links to a stake, then East 11 chains & 60 links to the Beginning Containing five acres and She the said Widow has this day relinquished all her claim right title or interest in all the Lands of her said Husband Dec’d except the portions herein described, all of which is respectfully submitted given under our hands and seals.    
This the 16th day of June 1860                            W. K. Streater {seal}
Attest. William Carpenter                                     Brooks Hinson{seal}
Or all except Eli M., H. M. Diggs                        George W. Mastin {seal}
Witnefs                                                                 J .B. Clark {seal}
As to Eli & H. M Diggs                                       Rich. Buchanan {seal}
        S. B. Threadgill                                            John W. Jarman {seal}
                                                                              Thomas Flowers {seal}
 



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[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 16, page 155, Mary Ann Pratt Dower; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~1881 Land Deed ~ Hannah Philips & Others to Wm. B. Little

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


Today’s subject is a 1881 Land Deed ~ Hannah Philips & Others to Wm. B. Little.



Hannah Philips & Others to Wm. B. Little
DB 21, pgs. 625-626
This Indenture made this the 21st day of Dec. in the years one thousand eight hundred and eighty one between Hannah Philips, Elizabeth Philips, M. A. Philips, Lively Philips, C. M. Tarlton & wife S. J. Tarlton, Joel Sellers & Rachel Sellers, of the county of Anson and State of North Carolina, of the one part, and W. B. Little of the county of Anson and State of North Carolina of the other part. Witnesseth, That the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Eighty dollars, to the said party of the first part in hand paid – the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged  - hath sold and conveyed  and doth hereby sell and convey to the said party of the second part, all that tract or parcel pf land, lying in the County of Anson and State of North Carolina and bounded as follows; to wit: beginning at a stake in the center of the Wadesboro & Camden road and runs N. 87 Wt. 20.75 links to a stake formerly to a stake by a dogwood, thence S. 1 Wt. 11 chains to a stake by a large post oak stump, thence So. 87 Et.12.60 links to the center of the Wadesboro & Camden road, thence with said road to the beginning containing about fifteen acres be the same more or less.To have and to hold the same, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, to the said party of the second part, and his heirs and assigns forever. And the said  party of the first part, for the consideration aforesaid, doth hereby covenant and agree to warrant and defend the premises aforesaid, to the said party of the second part his heirs,Executors, administrators, and assigns against the claim and entry of all persons whatsoever, and they doth further warrant that they are seized of the premises sin fee simple, and hath forever to make and convey such an estate by this Indenture, and hath  done the same by these presents to the said Wm. B. Little. In witness whereof, the said party of the first part hath hereunto set…hand and seal, the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed and delivered       Hannah X her mark Philips {seal}
In the presence of –                    Elizabeth X her mark Philips {seal}
Witness- W. J. Redfearn              M. A. X her mark Philips {seal}
                                                    Lively  X her mark Philips {seal}
                                                    C. M.  X his mark Tarlton {seal}
                                                    Sarah Jane  X her mark Tarlton {seal}
                                                    Joel X his mark Sellers {seal}
                                                     Rachel X her mark Sellers {seal}
 
 
State of North Carolina}
Anson County} I,  W. D. Webb, a Justice of the Peace, do hereby certify that Hannah Philips, M. A. Philips, Elizabeth Philips, Lively Philips, C. M. Tarlton & wife Sarah J. Tarlton, Joel Sellers &  wife Rachel Sellers personally appeared before me this day, and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing deed of conveyance and  the said Sarah J. Tralton and Rachel Sellers, being by me personally examined, separate and apart from their said husbands, touching them voluntary execution of the same doth state that they signed the same freely and voluntarily, without fear or compulsion of their said husbands or any other person and that they do still voluntarily assent thereto. Witness my hand and seal this December 27th, 1881.
                                                                           W. D. Webb, J. P. {seal}
 
State of North Carolina}
Anson County} The foregoing certificate of W. D. Webb, a Justice of the Peace of Anson county, is adjudged to be in due form and according to law. Let the deed of conveyance with these certificates be registered. This the 14th day of January A. D. 1882.
                                                                 John C. McLauchlin
                                                                 Clerk of Superior Court
                                                                  and Judge of Probate
 
January 14th 1882, Then the foregoing Deed and Certificates came into my hands and were duly registered.
                                                                 P. J. Coppedge
                                                                 Register of Deeds
My interest in this land deed (DB 21:625-626) and another Anson County Land Deed (DB 21:615-616) is they contain proof that Joel Sellers married Rachel Phillips daughter of Reuben J. Phillips and his wife Hannah.
I,  W. D. Webb, a Justice of the Peace, do hereby certify that Hannah Philips, M. A. Philips, Elizabeth Philips, Lively Philips, C. M. Tarlton & wife Sarah J. Tarlton, Joel Sellers &  wife Rachel Sellers  (DB21:626)

to said land as heirs at law of Reuben Phillips deceased, and as heirs at law of R. J. Phillips deceased by virtue of a deed of conveyance from Reuben Phillips to R. James Phillips, dated December 1st., 1855, and registered on the registers Office of Anson County, in Deed Book No. 14, on pages 539 and 540. (DB 21:614 & 615)

Joel Sellers, son of Philip Sellers, Jr. and Mary E. Gulledge is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.

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[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 21, Pages 625 and 626, Hannah Philips & Others to Wm. B. Little; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mayhem in the County~Sporting Scuffle Ends in Death


John Copeland Knifes and Kills

Transcription:
Homicide. – On Friday night of last week an unhappy affray occurred at the house of Mr. John Mulloy, near Black creek, in the upper part of this district.  Mr. John Blakeney a respectable inhabitant of that neighborhood and Michael Dalton, an Irishman of good character living we believe, in the same settlement, commenced a scuffle in mere sport; which in a short time became an angry one; and a regular fight ensued. Dalton it seems became too much for his adversary, who drew a knife and gave Dalton several fatal stabs, of which he died in about five minutes. Blakeney immediately fled and secreted himself in a swamp; but was pursued and very shortly taken. He is safely lodged in the Chesterfield gaol, and will have his trial during the present week, in the Court of Common Pleas and general Sessions, now sitting for this district.                                                                  Ibid.

This event occurred in November 1827. There are many John Blakeney. I am not a Blakeney researcher and I have no idea  which John Blakeney this article is referencing. 


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[1] [The Southern Patriot.) - Monday, November 12, 1827, page 2, 1st Column.]

Saturday, June 3, 2017

It’s Family Time~Iverson L. Briley

It's Family Time
On 12 January 1835, Hardy Sellers, Sr. of Chesterfield County, South Carolina passed away. The estate papers generated after his death show that he left behind numerous children and grandchildren. One of those grand children named was Iverson L. Briley, son of Jane, a  deceased daughter of  Hardy Sellers

[#25] Evans, John Exer. vs. H.H. Sellers & others - Bill for partition & c 1851
See Will of Hardy Sellers. Hardy Sellers died testate on or about 17th January 1835, leaving widow, Levinia Sellers and children: Hardy Huntley Sellers and Zylpha Ann Sellers and the children & grandchildren from a former marriage, John Sellers; Abraham Sellers; Philip Sellers; Richard Sellers; Mary who intermarried with Thomas Gaddy; Elijah Gulledge, James Gulledge, & Pheobe Gulledge the children of Pheobe, a deceased daughter of Hardy Sellers who predeceased her father; and, Iverson L. Briley, the son of Jane, a deceased daughter of Hardy Sellers who predeceased her father.


Jane, the daughter of Hardy and Mary, had married Iverson H. Briley  abut 1824. This date is base on the age of their only child, Iverson L. Briley, whose birth year calculates to be 1825 based on census data.

It is suspected, since only one child is named, that Jane succumb to complications related to childbirth. Since no mention of the grandson is made to suggest he lived outside of the state I believed that in 1835 Iverson H. Briley and his son Iverson L. Briley were still residing in Chesterfield County, SC.

Sometime after that day the senior Iverson H. Briley left Chesterfield with his son and migrated to Franklin County, Mississippi where Iverson L. Briley, the son, married Sarah L. Higdon on 9 June 1851.

Iverson L. and Sarah L. would grow their family with the birth of three children over the next few years; all the children would be daughters.

The children were:
i. Mary E. Briley was born in 1856.
ii. Emily L Briley was born in 1859.
iii. Clarissa Briley was born in 1860.

Then sometime before Apr. 1870, Iverson L. Briley must have passed away. On 6 April 1870, in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, Sarah L Briley married George W. Tier.

Sadly this marriage would be a short one with the passing of Sarah L. Higdon Briley Tier on 21 August 1871.

Court documents show that Sarah’s Mother Louisiana Faulkner, wife of AW Faulkner, and George W. Tier, the step-father, both applied to the Courts for Custody of the three girls, Mary, Emily and Clarissa.

Then on 22 March 1872, George W. Tier passed away and in September 1879, Louisiana Faulkner, the Grandmother, passed away.

If you have information on the 3 daughters of Iverson L. Briley and his wife Sarah L. Higdon please contact me through this web blog.

Iverson L. Briley is my 1st Cousin 5 times removed.

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1. 1860, Ward 9, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 6, Concordia, Louisiana, Page: 796; Line 25, Dwelling 37, Family 43, Household of J. L. BRILEY; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 May 2017); citing National Archives M653-410.
2. "Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 21 May 2017), Marriage: Iverson L. Briley and Sarah L. Higdon, Marriage Date: 9 Jun 1851.
3. 1860, Ward 9, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 6, Concordia, Louisiana, Page: 796; Line 25, Dwelling 37, Family 43, Household of J. L. BRILEY.
4. 1870, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 7, Caldwell, Louisiana, Page 138A(stamped); Line 33, Dwelling 67, Family 69, Household of G. W. TIER; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 May 2017); citing National Archives M593_509.
5. 1860, Ward 9, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 6, Concordia, Louisiana, Page: 796; Line 25, Dwelling 37, Family 43, Household of J. L. BRILEY.
6. "Louisiana Marriages, 1851-1900," digital index of Louisiana marriages, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 2 May 2017), Marriage: George W. Tier and S. L. Briley, Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1870.
7. James C. Pigg, Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865: Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869 (Tega Cay, South Carolina: Self-published, 1995), page 118.

















Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday's Faces From The Past~ Gathings, Deese, Streater


Scan 457 - Copy
L>R) Sarah Streater, Cora Deese,
F) Sarah Frances Gathings Deese






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[1] Family photo courtesy of P. Hall





Thursday, June 1, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~The Death of John Sellers


Most of the “Sellers” of Chesterfield County, South Carolina are descendants of Hardy Sellers and Mary Cook.

Among the list is a John M. Sellers son of Phillip Sellers and Mary, his wife. This makes John M. Sellers the grandson of Hardy Sellers. John’s father Phillip Sellers, Sr. is my 4th great Grandfather thus John M. Sellers is my 3rd Great grand uncle.

Many say that the “M” in John’s name is Matthew but I have found no proof that this is so. It is known that John M. Sellers married Jerusha Ann Smith, daughter of Rilah Smith and Timmey Spencer. Based on the age of their first born Riley Sellers in 1831 it is believed that John and Jerusha were married shortly before the 1830 Chesterfield County census was taken because they are enumerated in that census.

1830 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Series: M19; Roll: 172; Family History Library Film: 0022506, Page: 262; Line 14, Household of Jno. Sellers, male, age 20-29 and his wife [Jerusha], age 15-19.

John and Jerusha had 8 children the last born in 1843-44. In 1850 he is missing from the home and Jerusha is listed as a widow.  I have heard many stories about the demise of John over the past 40 years with the most prevalent one being that he was stabbed to death sometime shortly before 1850.
Recently I found an newspaper article that I think is the reality of what killed John Sellers husband of Jerusha Ann Smith and it wasn’t a knife.

The below document shows that John Sellers died on 23 August 1845 after blacking out and falling backwards into the family well. 

John Sellers Death
JOHN SELLERS
Melancholy Accident. –It has been our unpleasant duty to record more painful occurrences within the last few weeks, than usually falls to the lot of a country newspaper, and still we have another to lay before our readers. On Saturday Inst, Mr. John Sellers, a worthy and respectable citizen of this District residing within about four miles of Chesterfield C. H. , was called suddenly from this world to appear before his Maker. The particulars of this melancholy event which terminated his existence, have been related to us, and are, in substance, as follows: the well on Mr. Sellers’ premises had for some time required cleaning out, but it having been ascertained that there was much foul air in it, none were willing to risk the descent. Yet aware of this fact, on Saturday evening last, Mr. S. very imprudently made the attempt, and has paid for his temerity with his life. Calling to his aid only his little son, about ten or twelve years of age, and a negro girl, he went down with a basket, which he filled either once or twice with rotten wood, &c., which being hauled up, he attempted to ascend by climbing up the sides of the well. This he had nearly effected, having reached within a few feet of the upper curb, when he called for the rope. At this moment his little son looked down the well, and saw his father in the act of falling backwards, having let go his hold with his hands, his feet being still braced against the sides of the well. There is little doubt that he was over-come by the foul air, and fainted immediately after calling for the rope. His death was almost instantaneous, he never have spoken after the fall. A Coroner’s inquest was held on the body, but no surgical examination took place. Mr. S. was about 40 years of age, in very moderate circumstances, and has left behind him a wife and seven or eight children. He was an economical, industrious man, a consistent member of the Baptist Church, and possessed the confidence and respect of his neighbors. His loss will be felt in the community, but to his family it is irreparable. To his wife, the shock of his death came with peculiar severity in her present delicate situation. But a few hours before, he left her to attend to his farming operations, full of health and vigor, she was not aware of his return until he brought to her a corpse! Let the eye of pity shed one sympathizing tear for the lone one in her distress.------Ibid.
Charleston Courier, 28 August 1845, Page 2, Column 7

Mr. S. was about 40 years of age, in very moderate circumstances, and has left behind him a wife and seven or eight children.

The age of John Sellers in the article matched the approximate age of the husband of Jerusha Ann Smith Sellers.

The number of children in the family, seven or eight, matched the number of children belonging to John and Jerusha Sellers.

The little son in the family matches either his first born Riley (age 14) or his 2nd son, Samuel Joseph (age 10).  I think Samuel Joseph witnessed the death of his father.

John Sellers died 23 August 1845 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

John Sellers is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle.







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"Melancholy Accident.–," Accidental Death, The Charleston Courier, Charleston, SC, 28 August 1845, Page 2, Column 7, Accidental Death of John SellersJohn Sellers died on 23 August 1845 in a Well.











Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday's Obituary~Henry Jackson


Henry Jackson Obituary

HENRY JACKSON

Special to The State.
Cheraw. Dec . 18.--Henry Jackson one of Cheraw’s best known citizens, died Wednesday night at the home of Dr. J. E. Funderburk. He was 66 years old. He had been in ill health for a number of years, frequently confined to his bed, and then out again and attending to his business. He was in business in Cheraw over 40 years, and by his genial spirit and good fellowship made many friends. The funeral services were held at the house conducted by the Rev. W. E. Hurt, of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Jackson was never married. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Hettie Barrett of Monroe, N. C. and Mrs. Julius Sellers of Hickory, N. C.

Henry Jackson was born on 11 April 1855, a son of Benjamin A. Jackson and Catherine Mary Blakeney. He died 14 December 1921 in Cheraw, South Carolina.




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[1] Henry Jackson obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 19 December 1921, page 2, Column 6.








Saturday, May 27, 2017

Its Family Time~Hardy J. Sellers

It's Family Time_thumb
Hardy J. Sellers, son of Elijah Sellers and Sarah Purvis, was born on  17 September 1831.

Hardy along with his brothers, John E., Elijah and Phillip Albert all served in the War between the States.  Two of the brothers John E and Elijah gave their lives on the same day at Hawes Shop, Virginia in service to their country.

After the war, Hardy J. came home twice wounded and married Elizabeth Smith on 16 March 1871. 


Hardy J. Sellers and Elizabeth Smith had the following children:

i. Maggie May Sellers was born on 23 May 1880 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. She died on 27 May 1885 at the age of 5 and is buried at Bethel Methodist Church, Marlboro Co., SC.

ii. William Arthur "Bub" Sellers, born 10 Mar 1882, Marlboro County, South Carolina; married Letty Alliene Merriman; died 1 Jul 1959, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Hardy J. Sellers is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.

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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 August 2013); Memorial page for Hardy J. SELLERS; (17 September 1831–19 September 1910); Find a Grave memorial # 34308662, Citing Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.
2. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records (http://www.fold3.com/ : accessed 18 August 2013), entry for Hardy J. SELLERS, Private; Company A, 4th South Carolina Cavalry; Confederate.
3. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0036, Page: 8B/111(stamped); Line 52, Dwelling 140, Family 142, Household of Hardy J. SELLERS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed 6 June 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1455.
4. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 736. Tombstone of Hardie J. Sellers; 17 September 1831–19 September 1910, Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
5. Hardy J. SELLERS obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 21 September 1910, page 3, Column 2. Deaths in South Carolina.
6. Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Probate Files & Loose papers, Hardy J. SELLERS; digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: viewed 18 August 2013); Estate Folder#1114.
7. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Elizabeth Smith Sellers (4 June 1849–12 February 1922), Memorial # 33953547.
8. James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001. Obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth [Smith] Sellers;The Chesterfield Advertiser,2 March 1922, page 1, col. 2, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.













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