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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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~William A. Purvis to William James Purvis, Land Deed.


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 Chesterfield County Land Deed, William A. Purvis to William James Purvis.
  


William A. Purvis purchased 30 acres of land from Joseph P. Smith on 6 December 1866 (DB 8, page 284-286). On that same day William James Purvis purchased these 30 acres from his father, William A. Purvis (DB 8, Page 421-423). William J. Purvis then sold the land on 7 January 1888 to T. F. Mulholland (DB 9, Page 284-286). (Chesterfield County, SC).

Further Explanation:
The two land deeds in question are valid and are between Father and Son. After reading the two deeds it's obvious that the original land deeds were lost, misplaced or destroyed and the two were being recorded in 1885 and 1887 at which time William James Purvis would have been (1885-1863 =22) 22 years of age.

In Land Deed (DB 8: 421-423) the Court Clerk is citing the original date (6 Dec 1866) that William A. Purvis purchased these 30 acres land from Joseph P. Smith.  This deed DB 8:421-423 was recorded 19th December 1885.

Then William James Purvis sells the 30 acre land parcel on the 7th day of January 1888 to T. F. Meisenheimer for ninety ($90.00) dollars. (DB 9:284-285)

William A. Purvis}
To
William J. Purvis}   Deed
 
The State of South Carolina
                                   Know all men by these presents that I William A. Purvis of the County of Anson in the State of South Carolina in consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars [$200.00] tome paid by William James Purvis of the said County of Anson in the State aforesaid          have granted bargained sold and released unto the said and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said William James Purvis all that piece parcel and tract of land situate lying and being in the District of Chesterfield and State of South Carolina on the North Side of Big Westfield Creek and bounded on the North by the North and South Carolina State line on the East by Isham Wallace and James Lewis lands on the West by lands belonging to the Estate of George Gardner and lands belonging to John Mulholland and on the South by Big Westfield Creek. Containing thirty [30] acres more or less which said track of land was purchased by me from Joseph P. Smith Reference being had to a plat hereunto attached will fully show the corners distance and &c. of said tract of land. Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Premise belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining To Have and to Hold all and singular the Premises before mentioned unto the said William James Purvis his Heirs and Assigns forever. And I do hereby bind myself his Heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said Premises unto the said William James Purvis his Heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and all other persons lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this Sixth day of December in year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and Sixty Six [1866] and in the Ninety first [91st] year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.
Signed Sealed and Delivered}
in the presence of}                       William A. X Purvis seal (his mark)
W. E. Craig}
H. Craig Jr.|
 
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
I W. J. Hannah Clark Court do hereby certify unto all who it may concern that Mrs. Sarah J. Purvis the wife of the within named W. A. Purvis did this day appear before me and upon being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does fully voluntarily and without any compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons whatsoever renounce release and forever rerouting relinquish unto the within named Wm. J. Purvis his Heirs and Assigns all her interests and estate and also all her rights and claim of dower of it or to all and singular the Premises within mentioned and released.
Given under my hand and seal this}
Sixteenth [16th]day of Dec. Anno Domini 1885}
(official seal) W. J. Hannah}                                S. J. Purvis {seal}
(seal) Clerk Court}
 
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Before the subscribing officer personally appeared T. P. Craig and Thomas Chapman both of the County and State aforesaid who on oath says that they are well acquainted with the handwriting of W. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. the subscribing witnesses to the annexed deed and that both of said witnesses are dead and they believe that the said W. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. signed the same as the signatures to said deed are as respondents believe in the hand writing of said Hugh Craig Jr. and W.E. Craig
Sworn to before me}
16 December 1885}                              T. P. Craig
W. J.  Hanna}                                          Thos. Chapman
Clerk Court}
South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
Personally appeared Wm. A. Purvis who on oath says that he signed the annexed deed at the date thereof and that Wm. E. Craig and Hugh Craig Jr. witnessed the same and that both of said witnesses are dead.
Sworn to before me}
16 Dec 1885}
W. J. Hanna                                     W. X A. Purvis (his mark)
 
                               Recorded 19th Dec 1885
 
Land Deed, dated 6 Dec 1866– William A. Purvis to William James Purvis, Chesterfield County Court House, Register of Deeds, Deed Book 8, Pages 421-423. Certified Copy of Deed on file


William A. Purvis and William James Purvis are my 2nd Great Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #244 – Alexander McMillan

Each week, on Sunday, I will select an Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County and discuss its contents. 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 we will be looking at the following Estate folder:
#244
Alexander McMillan 1

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N73J-T?i=428&wc=MPPT-HZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190778401&cc=1911928

Alexander McMillan died in early 1869 leaving his wife and six children surviving. His oldest son, Thomas E. McMillan was the administrator on his estate indicating he died intestate.

On 15 July 1869, Thomas E. McMillian signed an affidavit indicating that he would make a true and just inventory of the estate of his father, Alexander McMillan.

Alex McMillan Estate
Transcription:

State of South Carolina}    By B. F. Miller
Chesterfield County}             Judge of Probate
             Personally appeared Thos. E. McMillan before me, who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God, made oath that he would produce to show to the appraisers appointed by the Judge of Probate and inform them of all and singular the goods and chattels of Alex McMillan dec’d which already have in May hereafter before the day of making the appraisement came to his hands, possession and knowledge and that the said deceased died without any Will so far as he knows an believe, and that he would well and truly administer all and singular the goods, chattel, rights + credit as far as the same will  extend and the law require him and that he make a just and true + perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods, chattels, rights + credits and return a just account, when thereunto required.
Sworn to before me this 15th day
of July 1869.                                                                            T. E. McMillan
B. F. Miller Judge of Probate

Image 448 of the estate names all the heirs–at-law of the estate; those named were the Widow, Mary F. “Malsey” Miller McMillan and six children:
  • Thomas E. McMillan
  • Louisa J. McMillan Pate
  • Harriett Ann McMillan Rorie
  • Frances Ellen McMillan Blakeney
  • Mary C. McMillan Welch
  • Henrietta C. McMillan Miller
Distributees-Alex McMilan Estate

The 1870 Mortality Schedule for Chesterfield County shows that Alexander McMillan died in March at the age of 69. The above inventory was taken in July 1869 so we know that Alexander died in March 1869. A FindAGrave Memorial shows his death as 19 March 1869 but I have found no proof of a specific date just the month and year (Mar 1869). 

His wife, Mary F. “Malsey” passed away in January 1886.
1st That Mrs. Molsey McMillian late of the County and state aforesaid departed this life intestate on or about the __ day of January 1886.

Probate of the estate was closed on 3 February 1892.










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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-N73J-T?cc=1911928&wc=MPPT-HZ9%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190778401 : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0228-0281 > image 429 of 1419; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

It’s Family Time~The James Knotts Family

It's Family Time
James Knotts, b. 1792 married Mary Jane “Jenny” Eddins daughter of William B. Eddins and his wife Nancy [LNU] in Chesterfield County in 1825.

Brent H.. Holcomb, South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Volume 5, Number 2. <http://www.scmar.com/backissu.html>

James married into the family during a time of conflict with the division and disposition of the estate of Jenny Father’s, William B. Eddins..

http://carolinafamilyroots.blogspot.com/2016/08/treasure-chest-thursdaybill-of.html

By 1835, a Lawrence County, Arkansas Tax List shows that James and Jenny had packed up their family and moved from Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Lawrence County Arkansas. Since the family is enumerated in the 1830 Census for Chesterfield County this migration took place between 1830 and 1835.

James Knotts, 1835 Tax List

In 1850, The family can be found in Randolph County, Arkansas.

1850 CENSUS: Randolph, Arkansas; Roll: M432_30; Image: 78, Page: 36B; Line 21, Dwelling 532, Family 532; James KNOTTS, male, age 58, born in SC; Jane KNOTTS, female, age 50, born in SC; James KNOTTS, male, age 23, born in SC; Joseph KNOTTS, male, age 22, born in SC; Rose A. KNOTTS, female, age 19, born in SC; Burton KNOTTS, male, age 13, born in AR; Laurence KNOTTS, male, age 13, born in AR; Robert KNOTTS, male, age 11, born in AR; Susan KNOTTS, female, age 10, born in AR; Mariah KNOTTS, female, age 8, born in AR and James W. STEWART, male, Farmer, age 19, born in TN.

I have not found a death date for Jenny Knotts but on-line trees shows she died in 1855. Since there is no tombstone for either her or her husband  this date is suspect and will be furthered researched.

I did find a death date for James Knotts showing that he died on 19 January 1858. While the on-line trees has this date none had the source of this date.

Death of James Knotts

Transcription:
Letters to Jas. R. Knotts Adm.
State of Arkansas}
County of Randolph}     The State of Arkansas
To all persons to whom these presents shall  Come        Greetings:
Know ye that whereas James Knotts of the County of Randolph died intestate as it is said on or about the 19th day of January A. D. 1858 having at the time of his death personal property in this State which may be lost destroyed or diminished in value if speed care be not taken of the same:

James Knotts and Mary Jane Eddins had the following children:
    i.    Nancy Knotts was born about 1826 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She died before 1860 at the age of 34 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
    ii.    James Ransom Knotts, born 31 Aug 1827, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; died 25 Jan 1889.
    iii.    Joseph Knotts was born in 1828 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
    iv.    Rose A. Knotts was born about 1831 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
    v.    Burton Knotts was born about 1837 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
    vi.    Lawrence Knotts was born about 1837 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
    vii.    Robert Knotts was born about 1839 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
    viii.    Susan Knotts was born about 1840 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
    ix.    Mariah Knotts was born about 1842 in Randolph County, Arkansas.

The 1840 Census shows there are 12 members in this family; so two  female children are missing from this list.

Mary Jane “Jenny” Eddins Knott is my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.






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1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  6 June 2016); Memorial page for James Knotts; (1792–19 January 1858); Find a Grave memorial # 8119865, Citing Brockett Cemetery; Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas, USA.
     2. 1850 U. S. Census, Randolph County, Arkansas, population schedule, Randolph, Arkansas, Page: 36B(stamped); Line 21, Dwelling 532, Family 532, Household of  James KNOTTS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2016); citing NARA publication Roll: M432_30.
     3. Brent H.. Holcomb, "," South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (Volume 5, Number 2),
     4. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Mary Jane Edding Knotts (1800–1855), Memorial # 88120251.
     5. "Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89W3-2X6P?cc=2061549&wc=M7Q8-V2S%3A353227501%2C353302101 : 22 May 2014), Randolph > Administration bonds and letters 1852-1886 vol 1-3 > image 145 of 638; county courthouses, Arkansas.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Levied Upon the Property of Moses Brock and Margaret Calvit

Moses Brock and Margaret Calvet

SHERRIFF’S SALE
William Townsend to Margaret Calvert, William Brock, Moses Brock, et al; fi fa on bond.
     By virtue of the above stated writ of fieri facias to me directed, from the honorable the circuit court of Hinds county, I will sell at public auction, to the highest bidder, for gold or silver.
     On the 1st Monday, 6t day of April next, within the hours prescribed by law, before the door of the court house of said county, in the town of Raymond, one negro girl slave, named Rebecca; which was levied upon us as the property of Margaret Calvet and Moses Brock.
                                                          DANIEL THOMAS, Sh’ff
March 20th                                                              11---3t fee 12

Moses Brock, was born 8 Sept 1808, a son of William Brock and his wife Charlotte. Between 1817 and 1820, William and Charlotte moved their family from Chesterfield County, SC and migrated to Mississippi settling in what is now Hinds County, Mississippi.

On 15 February 1838, Moses A. Brock married Margaret Calvit. Margaret was the widow of John Calvit who passed away in January 1835. She was born Margaret Six, daughter of Phillip Six and Charlotte Selser.  This marriage was the second marriage for both Moses and Margaret with Moses previously married to Celia Goodwin, deceased.

Marriage - Moses Brock and Margaret Six Calvit

Moses and Margaret had 7 children before her death in March 1860.

A fieri facias or fi fa  is a writ directed by the Court to a Sheriff to take action. In this case William Townsend has won a judgement forcing Moses Brock and his wife Margaret Calvit along with Moses’ father William Brock to sale a negro girl slave named Rebecca. I really don’t see any reason why William Brock, Moses’ father was named.

After the death of Margaret in 1860, Moses married Eliza E. Boren. Moses died sometime before 1880 and Eliza died in August 1880.









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1. "Sherriff's Sale - Female Negro Slave," Legal Notice, South Western Farmer, Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi, 20 March 1840, Page 2, Column 2.
2. 1850 U. S. Census, Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Hinds County, Mississippi, Page 114/178B (stamped), Line 24, Dwelling 881, Family 881, Household of Moses BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 February 2011); citing  National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 372.
3. 1860 U. S. Census, Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Utica PO, Hinds County, Mississippi, Page: 680; Line 23, Dwelling 370, Family 390, Household of M.[Moses] BROCK; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 March 2013); citing  National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 582.
4. 1870 U. S. Census, Hinds County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 3, Hinds County, Mississippi, Page 441B, Line 21, Dwelling 169, Family 181, Household of Moses BROCK Sr; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 3 March 2013); citing National Archives M593_730.
5. Hinds County Chancery Court, MS, Mississippi, Probate Court Estates, Old Series,, Probate Folder#744: , William Brock; FHL Film #1749977.
6. Shirley Sowell, [E-MAIL FOR PRIVATE USE], to Charles Purvis, e-mail, 6 June 2007, "Interesting Note," Shirley Sowell, Moses Brock Family; privately held by Charles Purvis, [E-MAIL &  ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Thomasville, NC 27360.
7. Mississippi, Hines County, Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935, Marriage Book 2, p. 91, Moses Brock to Margaret Calvit, 15 February 1838; www.ancestry.com, Jackson, Mississippi.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Marriage Bond, Peter Kauble and Christina Dry

Peter Kauble and Christina Dry
Married: 17 October 1797
Cabarrus County, NC

Marriage Bond, Peter Cauble   Christina Dry2

Peter Kauble  and Christina Dry were married on 17 Oct 1797 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

There are many Peter Kauble/Cauble/Coble in Cabarrus County and so far I have not learned much about the Peter Kauble that married my cousin Christina Dry.

Christina Dry was  born about 1777, a daughter of Owen Ulrich Dry and his wife Eve (maiden name unknown). Christina was twenty years of age when she married Peter Kauble.

Family Lineage/Trees on-line shows that Peter and Christina had 11 children; 4 sons and 7 daughters. All the children are named within the Last Testament and Will of Peter Cauble, Jr. (Will Book H, page 478-481; Rowan County, NC). However, this Peter Cauble wrote his will in August 1839 and reported that his name wife’s name was Catherine.

Peter Cauble Will Snippet

This Peter Cauble is also reported to have been born in 1738. I believe that this Peter Cauble married Catherine Bruner.

I have not found any proof of birth or death dates for either Peter Kauble or his wife Christina Dry. I see no evidence supporting any of the dates published on-line thus making them all very skeptical.

If you have information about Peter Kauble and Christina Dry I would loved to hear from you.

Christina Dry Kauble is my 1st Cousin 5 Times Removed.










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[1] "North Carolina, Index to Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 September 2017), Peter Kauble and Christina Dry.
[2] "North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8TC-NZ2 : 29 December 2014), Peter Kauble and Christina Dry, 17 Oct 1797; citing Cabarrus,North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,330,306.
[3] "North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1941-20082-1095-82?cc=1867501 : accessed 17 January 2016), Rowan > Wills, 1819-1836, Vol. H > image 615 of 736; county courthouses, North Carolina.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday~Eve Dry, 1st Wife of Owen Dry


Eve Dry
b. Feb. 1, 1757
d. Nov. 17, 1828
bu. Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery

The Tombstone of Eve Dry can be viewed here:


The past 189 years have been very harsh on this tombstone and today it is unreadable and would be totally indistinguishable among other rocks of the same color and size.

Eve Dry was the first wife of Owen Ulrich Dry, son of Charles Dry and Christina Muss. Based on the birth of their known first born, Owen and Eve were married about 1776/77.

Eve and Owen had 4 known children before her death in 1828. On 9 December 1834, Owen remarried uniting with Catherine Polk, age 70.

The "Standard" published the marriage of Mr. Owen Dry, aged 80, to Miss Catherine Polk, aged 70, and adds with evident satisfaction ---"all for the Administration "----.
What else could be expected of individuals in their dotage?
[The Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina)  30 Dec 1834. Page 2, column 6.]


In Cabarrus county, 9th inst., by John Fuggart, Esq., Mr. Owen Dry, age 80, to Miss Catherine Polk, age 70 --"all for the Administration "---Communicated.
[The Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina)  26 Dec 1834. Page 3, column 5.]


Eve Dry is buried in the Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery where most of the early pioneer Dry families are buried.

Eve Dry is my 4th Great Grand Aunt by marriage to Owen Dry. 


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[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 June 2016); Memorial page for Eve Dry; (1 February 1757–17 November 1828); Find a Grave memorial # 21322395, Citing Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery; Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
[2] Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 November 2017), memorial page for Eve Dry (1 Feb 1757–17 Nov 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21322395, citing Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Linda Flanagan (contributor 46926736) .

Monday, November 13, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Sale of The Estate Lands of Elijah Sellers

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 Sale of The Estate Lands of Elijah Sellers.1  


DEED BOOK 4, Page 401

Transcription:

Harriett Sellers + Others to John D. Douglass Deed
This Indenture made the 14th day of January one thousand Eight hundred and Seventy between Harriet Sellers, Sarah Sellers Hardy Sellers Phillip Sellers and wife Ann and Duncan Douglass and wife Lucy of the State of South Carolina and in the County of Chesterfield of first apt and John D, Douglas of the State and County aforesaid of the second part. Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred and fifty Dollars to be paid by the said John Douglas of the second part hath bargained and Sold and by these presents doth grant and convey to the said John Douglass of the second part his heirs and assigns forever all that certain piece or parcel of land lying in the State of South Carolina, and in the County of Chesterfield which is known and described as follows to wit: Known as the Estate lands of Elijah Sellers lying on Bear Creek  bounded on the North by the Estate lands of John Smith East by lands of Archibald Smith South West by lands of Isaac Swinney and William Massey containing  Seventy Six acres more or less, together with all and Singular the tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances and all the Estate Title interest of the said parties aforesaid of the first part doth hereby covenant and agree to and with the said John Douglass of the second part that the said parties aforesaid of the first part is the lawful owners of the premises above granted and seized thereof in fee simple absolute and that they will warrant and defend the above granted premises in free and peaceful possession of the said John Douglass of the second part his heirs and assigns forever.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and Seals this 14th day of January one thousand Eight hundred and Seventy.
Sealed and delivered}                      H. E. Sellers {Seal}
In the presents <sic> of }                 Phillip Sellers {Seal}
N. C. McNair}                                  A. J. Sellers {Seal}
J. B. Douglass}                                Duncan D. Douglas {Seal}
                                                        L. A. Douglas {Seal}
                                                        Sarah X her mark Sellers {Seal}

State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
             Personally appeared before me J. B. Douglass and made oath that he saw the within named H. E. Sellers Philip Sellers A. J. Sellers Duncan D. Douglass L. A. Douglass and Sarah Sellers sign Seal and as their act and deed deliver the within written deed and that he and N. C. McNair witnessed the Execution thereof.
Sworn to before me}                James B. Douglass
15th Jany 1874}
T. F. Mulloy
Clk
Recorded 16th Jany 1874
Orign’l Del’v to J. D. Douglass

Named within the above deed are the following individuals:
  • H. E. Sellers – Harriett E. McNair Sellers widow of Elijah Sellers, Jr.
  • Phillip Sellers – son of Elijah Sellers, Sr., dec’d and wife Sarah Purvis
  • A. J. Sellers – Anna J. Douglass wife of Phillip Sellers
  • Duncan D. Douglass husband of Lucy Anne Sellers (daughter)
  • L. A. Douglass – Lucy Anne Sellers, daughter of Elijah + Sarah
  • Sarah Sellers – Sarah Purvis, Wife if Elijah Sellers Sr., deceased; daughter of John Purvis + Lavicy Purvis

Elijah Sellers, Sr. and Sarah Purvis are my 3rd Great Grand Uncle and Aunt.




















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[1] Land Deed - HARRIETT SELLERS + Others to JOHN D. DOUGLASS DEED; 14 January 1870; Deed Book #4; Page(s) 401; Register of Deeds; Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, SC; 7 June 2017.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #439 – Mary E. Davis, et al

Each week, on Sunday, I will select an Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County and discuss its contents. 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 we will be looking at the following Estate folder:
#439
Mary E. Davis, et al 1

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-JZS6-5S?i=1124&wc=MPP1-PTL%3A190567401%2C190561002%2C190567402%2C190970801&cc=1911928

On 6 February 1863, Carroll Washington Davis passed away in Chesterfield, SC. Three weeks later, his 2nd wife, Mary B. Boatwright Davis, sister to his deceased wife, passed away leaving 7 orphan children under the age of twenty one.

The obituary2 for the oldest son claims that he (William Benjamin “Uncle Doc” Davis) was returning home from the War and

“After reaching home on stick and crutch he helped look after and care for his six orphan brothers and sisters, his father and mother having died February 6 and 28, 1863, respectively.”

In December 1870, Michael Davis (my 3rd Great Grandfather) was named Guardian of  the youngest of these 7 children – Mary Eliza Davis, b. 22 February 1863.

Image 1167_Estate #439_Davis

Transcription:

State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
To Hugh Craig, Judge of Probate
The petition of D. R. Davis Adm. Of C. W. Davis – Sheweth that Mary E. Davis is an infant about the age of 8 years and is entitled to a distributive share of the estate of C. W. Davis dec’d. and has now no guardian.
     Your petitioner therefore prays that some suitable person be appointed guardian of this person and estate of said infant – Dec. 25, 1870.


Court of Probate
Chesterfield County Dec 23rd 1870
     Upon hearing the above Petition and after examining and having testimony it is ordered and decreed that Michael Davis be appointed guardian for the person and estate of Mary E. Davis-

                                                                               Hugh Craig
                                                                               Judge of Probate


I accept the guardianship of the above named Mary E. Davis – Dec 23rd 1870.
Witness D. R. Davis                       Michl X his mark Davis


Mary B. Boatwright 2nd wife) and  Elizabeth Boatwright (1st wife ) of Carroll Washington Davis were daughters of Lewis Boatwright, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Rebecca Davis. Thus, the 7 children were all grandchildren of Lewis and Elizabeth Rebecca Boatwright.

We know that Lewis Boatwright., Jr. died on 7 March 1863. Up until this point all that was known about Elizabeth Rebecca (Davis) Boatwright was that she died after 1870. 

1870 CENSUS: Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll:  M593_1491; Image: 139; Family History Library Film: 552990, Page: 307A(stamped); Line 18, Dwelling 376, Family 376; E. R. BOATWRIGHT, female, age 72 <1798>, born in NC.

I believe this estate folder sheds some light on when Elizabeth Rebecca (Davis) Boatwright passed away.

In Image 1171 of this estate we find the following document:

Image 1171_Estate #439_Davis

Transcription:

South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
     To W. J. Hanna Probate Judge

The Petition of
1st Sheweth that they are minors under the age of twenty-one years and over the age of fourteen years.
2nd  That they are entitled to a small personal Estate from the Estate of Lewis Boatwright – They therefore prays that James F. Perkins may be appointed their Guardian to take charge of said Estate and your petitioners will ever pray +c.        

                                                               Mary E. X her mark Davis
                                                               Margaret E. X her mark Davis
                                                               Lewis B. X his mark Davis
Witness W. B. Davis, Jr.                          Catherine J. Davis


There is no date on this petition but the next Image 1172, The Guardian Bond, is dated and the date on the Guardian Bond for James F. Perkins is 2 November 1874.

Image 1172_Estate #439_Davis 
As stated above, Lewis Boatwright, Jr. died in March 1863 at which time his surviving spouse and children inherited his estate. I believe the death of Elizabeth Rebecca (Davis) Boatwright occurred sometime about November 1874 triggering the court action requiring new guardianship of the surviving grandchildren who were the heirs-at-law in this estate.


The children in this Estate are my 2nd Cousins 3 times removed.

Michael Davis is my 3rd Great Grandfather.

His sister, Elizabeth Rebecca Boatwright is my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.









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[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Family Search (https://www.familysearch.org/ : Viewed January 2012), images, "Mary E. Davis, et al; Probate File #439," images 1125-1175; South Carolina Archives and History.
[2] William B. DAVIS obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 3 October 1929, page 4, col. 5.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran’s Day 2017

Veteran’s Day 2017

veterans-day-flag


A Salute to all Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel.
Honoring All Who Served
Thank you for your service. 

and

To all Military spouses, thank you for your support. 





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Monday, November 6, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Crop Lien Between Rachael Burr and John N. Gardner, 1872.

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 Crop Lien Between Rachael Burr and John N. Gardner, 1872. 1 


DEED BOOK 3, Page 719-page-001DEED BOOK 3, Page 720-page-001

Transcription:

Jno. N. Gardner to Rachael Burr Lien

State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
                 Know all men by these presents That I Rachael Burr advanced to John N. Gardner for the present year in money the sum of One Hundred and three dollars & Fifty cents to carry on his farm in Chesterfield County and Sate aforesaid. The party of the second part
Binds himself to give and hereby gives unto the said Rachael Burr a lien on the whole of his cotton, corn, Peas, Potatoes & other crops to be raised the present year, as will satisfy the payment of the sum of One Hundred and three dollars a& Fifty cents in preference to all other liens existing or otherwise, in conformity to the Act of Assembly of said sate in such cases made and provided in order to secure the payment of the sum or sums of money so advanced by the said Rachael Burr, and acknowledges the advances so made as a debt without further proof and further agrees that all sums shall be paid by the 15th November next. This obligation to be void as soon as the terms of this agreement are complied with. In testimony whereof The parties hereto have hereunder set their hands in duplicate this 29th day of March 1872.
Signed and delivered}                                  Rachael X her mark Burr
In the presence of}                                       s/John N. Gardner
Erasure & interlincations made}
Before signing}
T. F. Mulloy
                                    stamp                                                                                                                                                        
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
             Personally appeared before me Thos. F. Mulloy and made oath that he saw Rachael Burr and Jno. N. Gardner sign the within written Lien as their Act and deed, and he witnesses the execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this}                                   T. F. Mulloy
30th day of Match 1872}
E. W. Redfearn
Trial Justice
Recorded 30th March 1872
Orign’l Del’v to Rachael Burr

Racheal Burr is John N. Gardner’s mother-in-law.




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[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Register of Deeds, DEED BOOK 3, Page 719-720

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Marriages and Death of Eve Caroline Dry


Eve Caroline Dry was born 22 May 1844, a daughter of George M. Dry and Mary ‘Polly’ Sides, Her birth and baptism is recorded in the minutes of the Dutch Buffalo Creek Meeting House: 1745-1806. 1 

At age 19, Eve Caroline married James Hall on 7 February 1864 in Stanly County, North Carolina.
In 1880, Eve Caroline and James can be found in the Census living in  Eldorado, Montgomery County, North Carolina.  There are 5 children in the household; 2 sons and 3 daughters.

On 20 December 1898 Eve Caroline, a widow, married Archie A.  Adcock in Gaston County, North Carolina. Her husband Archie Adcock dies in Sept 1907.

Then all trace of Eve was lost until I started researching her children. In 1910, Eve Caroline is listed as  E. Coroline Adcock and living in Gaston County with daughters Beulah and Dora, both married, in the household.  I haven’t found her in 1920 but in 1930 she is with daughter Emma Meacham, living in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Eve Caroline died on 7 December 1932 at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 17 days. Her NC death certificate shows her death was the result of  “Shock from the fracture of both hips through accidental fall on floor.”

DC - Eve C. Dry Adcock

She is buried in Edgewood Cemetery, Lowell, Gaston County, North Carolina with her second husband, Archie A. Adcock.

Eve Caroline Dry Hall Adcock is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed. 



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[1] Eve Caroline Dry, daughter of George Dry (Polly Sides), b. 22 May 1844, baptized 3 Aug 1844; Sponsor Parents
Bostian Frank K. and Cruse B. W. (Bernard W.), Dutch Buffalo Creek Meeting House, 1745-1806 (Mount Pleasant, N.C.: Bethel Bear Creek United Church of Christ, 1974), page 69.
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 November 2017); Memorial page for Eve Caroline Adcock; (1843–7 December 1932); Find a Grave memorial # 139516819, Citing Edgewood Cemetery; Lowell, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA.
[3] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, Images. Ancestry, (https://www.ancestry.com: 11 November 2017),  North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, Eva Caroline Adcock; Certificate number 326, 7 December 1932.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

It’s Family Time~George M. Dry and Mary ‘Polly’ Sides

It's Family Time
On 11 November 1822, George M. Dry, age 23 and Mary ‘Polly’ Sides, age 14 were married in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. 

George M. Dry was  the son of Johan Martin Dry and his wife Catherine Keppel. Mary ‘Polly’ Sides was the daughter of  Christopher Sides and Mary Esther Lipe.

Over the next 22 years George M. and Mary ‘Polly” would grow their family adding first, 6 sons one after another and then 3 daughters one after another until there was 9 siblings.

George M. Dry and Mary Sides had the following children:
        i.    Moses M. Dry, born on 10 Mar 1824.
         ii.    Adam Dry, born 20 Sep 1826, Stanly County, North Carolina; married Elizabeth Layton, abt 1850; married Mrs. Sarah Eudy, 11 Sep 1906, Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina; died 19 Jan 1914.
         iii.    Daniel Dry, born on 23 Nov 1828; died 12 Nov. 1862..
             DRY, DANIEL, Private
Born in Cabarrus County and resided in Stanly County where he was by occupation a day laborer  prior to enlisting at age 34, April 28, 1862, for the war. Killed in camp on the Blackwater Rivers, near Franklin, Virginia, November 12, 1862, “by the accidental discharge of a gun.”  [Volume 8. Page 440]
         iv.    Christopher Dry, born 27 Mar 1831; married Martha , abt 1852; died 3 Jul 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
         v.    Martin Dry, born on 6 Nov 1833 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina; died  Jan. 5, 1851 in Cabarrus County.
         vi.    George Alexander Dry was born on 9 Jul 1836 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.  He died on 22 Dec 1863 at the age of 27 in Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Delaware.
DRY, GEORGE A., Private
Born in Stanly County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Stanly County at age 25, March 25, 1862. Captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,July 3, 1863. Confined at Fort Delaware, on or about July 10, 1863. Died at Fort Delaware on December 22, 1863 of “bronchitis chronic.”   [Volume 8. Page 440]
         vii.    Easter Catherine Dry, born on 2 May 1839 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
         viii.    Sara Ann Elizabeth Dry, born on 16 Jun 1841 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. 
         ix.    Eve Caroline Dry, born on 22 May 1844 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

George M. Dry died on 6 January 1857 in Stanly County, North Carolina. He is buried in Palestine Cemetery but his tombstone is weathered to the point of almost illegibility.

His wife Marry ‘Polly Sides Dry is enumerated in the 1870 Census With daughter Elizabeth Ingram but, I have been unable to find any additional information after 1870 for her. No tombstone has been found for her. If you have information on Mary ‘Polly’ Sides Dry please contact me by posting comments to this blog post.

George and Mary Dry are my 3rd Great Grand Uncle and Aunt.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Marriage of Catherine Dry and John Laton

A few weeks ago I went looking for a marriage record of the marriage of Catherine Dry and John Laton. My fist attempt was a search of the wonderful Cabarrus County  marriage Bonds but I was unsuccessful in my search.

Most on-line trees shows that John Laton married Catherine Franklin Dry in  1811.
  • Where did this date come from?
  • Where did the middle name Franklin come from for Catherine Dry.
I don't consider Ancestry Family Tree to be a source and the marriage on these trees are not sourced. 

Next I searched two North Carolina Marriage Databases found on FamilySearch. Again there was no record of a marriage between Catherine Dry and John Laton.

After many hours of search I had absolutely no results in finding a marriage record for this couple and for my time on the computer. 

My last resort was the War of 1812 pension file for John Laton and it was in his pension file that I found a record of their marriage, the date it took place and the place of marriage.

John Laton and Catherine Dry were married on  10 June 1824 in Montgomery County, North Carolina.


Catherine Dry Marriage to John Laton


She [Catherine Dry Laton] further states that she was married to the said John Laton, in Montgomery County now Stanly County, on or about 10th June 1824, by  and John  Kendall who was, a Justice of the Peace, and that her name before the marriage was Catherine Dry. 1

The above snippet is a source and it was found within the pension file of John Laton.
Catherine Dry had no middle name on any document that I have found and there was no middle name mentioned in the document sourced above. 

Catherine Dry is the daughter of Johan Martin Dry and Catherine Keppel.

Catherine Dry is my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.




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[1]. War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815, Record Group Number 15, NARA Microfilm Publication M313, 102 rolls (Washington D.C.: National Archives. NARA, ), Roll number: 56, John LATON, 1 March 1814-16 July 1814. https://fold3.com/image/1/315053476

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Andrew Jackson Huneycutt

ANDREW HUNEYCUTT COL 5
Mr. Andrew Huneycutt of western Stanly, is in his 84th year, and is still able to attend court. He is a man of extraordinary physique, and tips the beam at 270 pounds. He was never sick two days at a time in his whole life until last winter when the grip held him down some 20 days or more. If we are right he was one of the first commissioners of Stanly county and has always figured as a prominent citizen. He is remarkably stout for one of his age and looks as if he might yet attend several other courts. 1

ANDREW HUNEYCUUR COL 6
Mr. Andrew Huneycutt of Stanly county, says the Stanly News, is in his 84th years, and is still able to attend court. He is a man of extraordinary physique, and tips the beam at 270 pounds. He was never sick two days at a time in his whole life until last winter when the grip held him down some 20 days or more. 2



Andrew Huneycutt was a prominent farmer in Stanly County between about 1830 and his death in May 1903.

He married Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Crayton about 1830. Their first born, Sarah Ann Caroline, was born about 1831 according to census data. To this union were born 10 children; 5 sons and 5 daughters.

Polly Crayton Huneycutt died on 16 July 1887.

On 12 January 1888, at age 79, Andrew married Sarah Catherine Morton, age 29, daughter of John and Emaline Morton.

Andrew Jackson Huneycutt, son of Elias Branson ‘Eli’ Huneycutt and Leah Stough died on 29 May 1903. His widow, Sarah Catherine then married George M. Teeter on 15 July 1904. Sarah Catherine Morton Huneycutt died 1 November 1911.


The obituary for Andrew Jackson Huneycutt can be found in the “Monroe Journal,” Monroe, NC, 2 June 1903. To quote from that obit - “He was a link between the present and the past, and was full of interesting reminiscences of the past. He had shot buffalo and deer at the famous Big Lick, years and years ago.”






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[1] [The Concord Times (Concord, North Carolina) 27 October 1892, page 2, col 5].
[2] [The Southern Home (Charlotte, North Carolina) 19 July 1875, page 3, col 7].
[3] "Mr. Andrew HONEYCUTT, the oldest man in Stanly county, died," Obituary, THE MONROE JOURNAL, Union County, N.C., 2 June 1903, . Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncstanly/NewsAbs19041909.htm.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~1790 Land Deed~Andrew Dry to Martin Dry


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 1790 Mecklenburg County Land Deed between Andrew Dry and Martin Dry. 1

Deed Book 13, page 831
Transcription:

This indenture made the 22nd day of October in the year of Our Lord 1790 between Andrew Dry of the County of Mecklenburg  Rowan and state of North Carolina of the one part and Martin Dry of the County of Mecklenburg and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of ten pounds of good and lawful money of said State to me in hand paid by the said Martin Dry to the said Andrew Dry in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged to him, the said Andrew Dry hath given granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell unto the said Martin Dry his heirs and assigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County and State aforesaid containing one hundred fifty acres lying on the east side of Dutch Buffalo Creek on both sides of the Long Run Beginning at a post oak near Charles Drys old line running thence So 26 degrees West 6 poles to a small Gum in said Run, thence with or near said line South 70 degrees West 17 poles to a Red Oak thence S 14 poles crossing the Woolfs___Branch to a stake, thence N 17 poles Crossing said branch to a B. O. grub, thence the same course N 60 poles to a stake, thence W 6 poles crossing said Long Run to a stake, thence to the Beginning. By a State Grant dated December 2nd and in the IX Year of the Independence and in the year of our Lord 1787 together with all woods mines minerals Hereditaments and appurtenances the said land belonging to have and to hold the aforesaid 150 acres of land with all rights privileges and improvements to the same in any wise belonging to him the said Martin Dry his heirs and assigns forever and the said Andrew Dry for himself and his heirs and assigns doth hereby covenant and agree to and with the said Martin Dry that he the said Martin Dry his heirs and assigns shall and may forever hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold occupy possess and enjoy the aforesaid granted lands and premises without the debt of notification of any wise whatsoever and free and clear from all manner of incumbrancers whatsoever and the said Andrew Dry doth oblige himself and his heirs to warrant and defend the aforesaid granted lands and premises to him the said Martin Dry his heirs and assigns forever against the claims of all persons whatsoever. In Witness whereof the party has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first written.
                                                                              Andrew Dry {Seal}
Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of
Daniel Jarret
{another witness illegible}

Mecklenburg County, Oct. Sep. 1790
Then was the execution of the within deed proven in open Court by Daniel Jarret a witnefs thereto and order to be registered.
Sept. ?? Alexander, Clerk

Andrew Dry is my 4th Great Grand Uncle.

Martin Dry is my 4th Great Grandfather.


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Deed Book 13, page 831, Mecklenburg County, NC
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89DX-Q9X3?cat=168633

Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's Family Time: The Two Marriages of Dorinda Adair


Dorinda Adair was the daughter of Zadock Adair and Sarah Kelly. I am not an “Adair” surname researcher but my limited research shows she had 8 siblings; 3 sisters and 5 brothers.

The purpose of this articles is to document the  two marriages of Dorinda Adair. Her marriage to Epps Rivers Brown (2nd marriage ) is well documented both in Census and in Land Deeds.

In Lauderdale County, Mississippi Deed Book “D” pages 17 & 18, we have a “Deed of Gift” – Zadock Adair to his Daughter Dorinda Brown, LDS FHL Film # 899134.

Partial Transcription of text

Zadock ADAIR, Kemp Co, MS "natural love and affection...unto my daughter Dorinda BROWN, wife of ER BROWN, for $1: negro woman, Jane a slave age 23, also her 2 children, Mariah age 3 and Dempsey age 16 months... Signed Zadock ADAIR. Witness: James Ray, Clerk.
[ Deed Book "D" Page 17 and 18, Dated 2 Mar 1844]

By this Land Deed we know that Dorinda Adair was married to Epps Rivers Brown before 2 March 1844. Dorinda and Epps Rivers’ first born child was a daughter, Sarah O. Brown born  19 April 1843. This birth suggest a possible 1842 Marriage year for Dorinda and Epps Rivers Brown. 

Epps and Dorinda eventually moved from Lauderdale County, Mississippi to Union County, Arkansas. When his dad, John H. Brown died in 1855 his Mother Sarah Rivers Brown moved in with Epps and Dorinda in Union County, Arkansas.

All of this is well documented and easy to find. What is not well documented and easy to find is the first (1st) marriage that occurred on 17 December 1836 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

MARRIED--
----------In Lauderdale County (MS) on 17th ult [December 17 1836]
Mr. John R LEATH, Merchant of Daleville to Miss Dorinda ADAIR.
MARRIED--John R. Leath to Miss Dorinda Adair
Voice of Sumter, January 3, 1837, Third page: First column: 7th paragraph.


It is not known if Dorinda and Mr. John Leath were divorced or if something suddenly happened to Mr. Leath and he passed away. Regardless sometime in 1842, Dorinda married Epps Rivers Brown and became the mother of a child in April 1843 through this union.

Dorinda Adair Brown died in Union County, Arkansas sometime after the 1880 Census was enumerated. The burial place of Epps Rivers Brown, His Mother Sarah Rivers Brown and wife Dorinda Adair Brown is not known but they all passed away in Union County, Arkansas.

Dorinda Adair was the wife of my 1st Cousin 5 times removed, Epps Rivers Brown. .


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My thanks to Paula Carter Davis for obtaining a copy of this marriage notice from the old bound version of this newspaper from the Sumter Co, AL courthouse back in July 2013. 
[1] Lauderdale County, Mississippi Deed Book D Page 17 & 18, Dated 2 Mar 1844
[2] Voice of Sumter, January 3, 1837, Third page: First column: 7th paragraph.













Thursday, October 26, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Marriage of D. G. Goodwin and James M. Buckner


D. G. Goodwin & James Buckner Marriage , page 249

D. G. Goodwin is Dora G. Brown, daughter of Epps Rivers Brown and Dorinda Adair.


Related Readings:




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[1] "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV14-DSZV : accessed 26 October 2017), J M Buckner and D G Goodwin, 27 Jan 1895, Marriage; citing Coryell, Texas, United States, various county clerk offices, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Dept. of State Health Services and Golightly-Payne-Coon Co.; FHL microfilm 984,713.
[2] My thanks to Christie I. in Utah for taking the time to get me a copy of this Marriage event.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday-Eliza ‘Mollie’ Rivers Graves


Eliza ‘Mollie’ Rivers Graves
b. Jun. 13, 1823
d. Oct. 29, 1898
bu. Ferguson H. Smith Cemetery
146202521_1431086259
Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

Eliza ‘Mollie’ Rivers was born on 13 Jun 1823 in SC. Her parents are unknown.

About 1837, Eliza Rivers and Thomas J. Graves were married; most likely in Chesterfield, SC. The parents of Thomas J. Graves are unknown. Mary Graves enumerated in the Chesterfield County, SC 1850 census is most likely related.  

Thomas J. Graves passed away 15 October 1862 from pneumonia while serving in the Confederate Army at Winchester, Virginia.

Mollie Rivers Graves died on 29 Oct 1898 at the age of 75 and was buried in the Ferguson H. Smith Cemetery in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 








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Note:  The cemetery is inside that circle of trees. Cemetery is in bad condition. Only Ferguson Smith's CSA marker and Ann Powell Smith his wife's stone are not broken. All the rest are broken from years of being in a cow pasture.
Note: This cemetery is on private land. Please get permission before entering the pasture. [Quoted from Info Tab; FAG Memorial 146202521] https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=146202521&CRid=2559691&
[1] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 May 2015); Memorial page for Eliza "Mollie" Rivers Graves; (13 June 1823–29 October 1898); Find a Grave memorial # 146202521, Citing Ferguson H. Smith Cemetery; Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Deed of Gift-George Dry, Sr. to Eve Dry, his daughter


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 Deed of Gift from George Dry, Sr. of Kentucky to his Daughter Eve Dry of North Carolina.


DEED BOOK 5, page 197

George Dry, Sr. of Lincoln County, Kentucky Makes a Gift of Property Located in Cabarrus County to his daughter Eve Dry.
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Know all men by these presents that I, George Dry, Senior of Lincoln County, State of Kentucky, in consideration of the natural love + affection which I have + bare unto my beloved daughter Eve Dry in the County of Cabarrus + State of North Carolina + also for divers causes + consideration Me the said George Dry, Sen. have unto moving have given Granted Bargained + Confirmed + by these presents do give grant Bargain + Confirm unto the said Eve Dry all + singular My land, goods, Chattel, personal Estate whatsoever in whose hands or possession it May be in within the State of North Carolina to have + to enjoy all + singular the Said Lands goods + chattel + personal Estate aforesaid unto Eve Dry her heirs and assigns forever to her own proper use +behalf  and I the Sd. George Dry from Me + My heirs forever all + singular the  Lands goods + Chattels which Catherine Dry my wife had in Pofsefsion in the State of N. Carolina at her death in Witness whereof the Sd. George Dry hath hereunto set his hand + Seal this thirteenth day of November 1804. Signed, Seal and delivered in the presence of
Robert Burton}                                                            George Dry {seal}
Mathias Phifer}
Thomas Williams}     Sefsion illegible in German Language
The Common Wealth of Kentucky  Lincoln County on the 13 day of December 1804 the within deed of Gift was proved to be the act + deed of the above george Dry Senior by the oath of Robt. Burton Mathias Phifer + Thos. Williams Subscribing witnefses  thereto + admitted to record.
                 Witnefs Thomas Montgomery Col. C. Clk.

State of No. Carolina}        January Sefssion 1805
Cabarrus County}
It is hereby Certified that the within deed was duly Proved in open Court by the oath of Mathias Phifer
Recorded + ordered to be registered Test, John Simianer C. Clk.


The Deed above states that Eve Dry is the Daughter of George Dry, Sr and his wife Catherine.
I, George Dry, Senior of Lincoln County, State of Kentucky, in consideration of the natural love + affection which I have + bare unto my beloved daughter Eve Dry in the County of Cabarrus + State of North Carolina
and
that the Lands goods + Chattels which Catherine Dry my wife had in Pofsefsion in the State of N. Carolina at her death

The Deed shows that George Dry, Sr. lived in Lincoln County, Kentucky and  was alive and well on the 13th day of November 1804 when he signed this deed giving his land in Cabarrus County, NC to his Daughter Eve Dry a Deed of Gift.

Yet, there is much conflicting information about these two in on-line trees.

For instance in this tree we can see that George died 9 years before he signed the above deed.

Eve Dry

A Kentucky Tax list shows that George Dry, Sr. was alive and well in 1800.

Geo. Dry, Sr 1800 KY Tax List

The above tree also shows that Eve was born in 1774 when her mother was 54 years old.

Another tree show that Eve was born in 1757, seventeen years earlier than the above tree.

Eve2

And lastly, there are trees that has no daughters born to Catherine Bechtel and George Dry, Sr..

Eve3

These inconsistencies show that research on this family has been very lax and fragmented. It’s very obvious that George Dry, Sr. passed away sometime after 13 November 1804. His exact date of death is still unknown. Research on Eve Dry is also problematic; there are no known reliable source citations for her birth, marriage or death.  

My research is incomplete and at the present time I am not exactly sure how George Dry, Sr. is related.








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NOTE:  + sign = and
[The ampersand (&) is used throughout this deed in place of the word “and”. Blogger does not handle the ampersand well; so rather than replace it with the word “and” I have use the plus (+) sign].
[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: 5, page 197, George Dry, Sr. to Eve Dry, Deed of Gift; Register of Deeds, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
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