Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nancy (Sports) Paul Chart

I thought I had previously posted this chart to my blog, but I guess not.

This is a chart showing the roots of William Bogan Sports (1821-1862)as given by Nancy Sports Paul to Dorothy Graham Sports Averitt. This is NOT an original document. The owner, Nancy (Sports)Dever, has made a number of different versions over the years so that it is difficult to know the original information from Nancy Sports Paul. There are some proven errors in this document. Some alterations to the original document that were made on this version: Benjamin Sport's marriage was not original to the document. Tiny was added later after Suzianne Taylor. On Mary Sport--the last name is written over another name.

I have another version of the chart in PDF. If you would like a copy of that please contact me. I think both were created by Nancy Dever. I would LOVE to see the original document they were created from.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sarah Daniel Appointed Administrator of estate of John Daniel 1827 Marion County, SC

Marion County Probate, Vol. 1, p. 152

Roll #222 John Daniel.

Sarah Daniel, Admrx. Adm Bond dated 10 Jany 1827. $1000. Bondsmen: Sarah Daniel, William Daniel and Ezekiel Daniel.
Witness: John C. Bethea. Recorded in Bond Book A, page 124. Warrant of Appraisement 10 Jany 1827. Appraisers: Christopher Dew, John Bass and Nathaniel Whittington. Sworn 24 Jany 1827 before B. Moody, Q. U. Appraisement 24 Jany 1827. Negro 1 claimed by Wm. Daniel, heir. Sale (no date) Purchasers: Sarah Daniel, William Daniel, John Daniel, Jonathan R. Sanders, James Daniel, Ellis Daniel, Lewis Taylor and Thos. Brigman. Certified 7 Feby 1827. Witness: F. G. Smith. Recorded in Sales Book A, pages 187 and 188. ExParte Sarah Daniel Recorded in Book A, page 13.

Sarah Daniel, widow of John, moving West in 1827

Marion Co. Probate, Vol. 1, p. 152, Roll #222 John Daniel.
Possessed of certain real estate and whereas I, Sarah Daniel, widow of John Daniel, am entitled to 1/3, I am desirous to leave this District for the West as inducements are held out to me, that I will be better enabled to support myself and children. 29 Sept. 1827. About 250 acres on Bay Branch, dwelling house, kitchen, smoke house, mild house and corn crib.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Will of Ezekiel Daniel, 10 Aug 1839, Marion District, SC

Ezekiel Daniel -Will dated 10 Aug 1839, abstracted by Kathy Snyder:
William Taylor ADM. Son: Henry Daughters: Mary Meggs, Martha Pipins, Barbar Sumerford, Elizabeth Hayes, Minery Daniels, Susannah Taylor wife of William Taylor Jr.

South Carolina GENWEB archives Date: 10 Aug 1839 Notes: Actual text: Transcribed by Francine Jones, 2 Jun 2001 , Marion, SC GENWEB, written 1839, recorded 1842, vol. 2, pg 129, probate roll #239, Page 71

South Carolina
Marian District 
In the name of God Amen I Ezekel Daniel Being Ill Disposed in body thank Be to God of sond memory and in my Right Mind knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die I Do Make this my Last will and Testament
first of all I Recomend my sole to God that Gave it and my Body to be Desently bured By my Exectors here after mentioned first of all that my Debts Be paid out of my proprty secondly I Gave unto my well beloved son Hinerry Daniel sicondly I Gave to the /heirsares of Henry Daniel My Eldest son one Dollar then thirdly I Leave all the property that I am or May Be proefsed.- with at My dath to Be sold By My Exetor to be Eaquly Divided with Mary Meggs, Martha Pipins, Susanah Talor, Barba sumerford Elizabeth Hays Hinerry Daniel & My Grandsun Henry Denul that now Lives with Me to Recuve Eaquly of the Exctors after My Bureal & Furnal Expences is paid and Last of
all I nominate. my Trusty frend William Taylor, senor, to Be sole Executor to this My Last will and testament Revoking Disanuling and Making void all other wills heretofore By me maud in witings whereof I have unto set my hand and sale this 10th of Augst one thousand Eight hundred and thirty nine and in the sixty forth year of American independence

signed sealed and Acknowledged Ezekel X Daniel (SEAL) his Marke

in the presents of
Nathaniel Whittington
H. Hays
Recorded in Will Book 2, Page 129 Sworn to Sept. 13, 1842
Ed. B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District
Roll No. 235

Ezekiel Daniel (b. 1765 NC) Marion County, SC Probate Records 1839-1842

Ezekiel Daniel  Probate Records

Taken from Marion Probate Records, Vol 1, p 157: Roll #235
Exekiel Daniel. Wm Taylor, Exor. Will dated 10 August 1839. Witnesses: D. Berry, Nathaniel Whittington and H. Hays. Proved by D. Berry 13 Sept. 1842. To son Henry Daniel my eldest. Leave property to be sold and divided by exor to Mary Meggs, Martha Pipins, Susannah Taylor, Barba Summerford, Elizabeth Hays, Minery Daniel and my grandson Henry Daniel.

Recorded Book B, page 129. Warrant of appraisement 13 Sept. 1842. Appraisers: Jesse Peritt, D. Berry and Nathaniel Whittington sworn 16 Sept. 1842. Appraisement (no date) Certified 16 Sept. 1842. Sale (no date) Purchasers: W. Taylor, Levi Gibson, Mary Meggs, Joel Meggs, D. Berry, Minery Daniel, Chesley Daniel, H. Patterson, and Hector Patterson.

Account Current with W. Taylor 1842. Pd. Dr. Hale, paid Stephen Grice and William Dew. 7 heirs $17.52 each 14 Dec. 1843. Ex Parte. The petition of William Taylor guardian of Henry Daniel under will of Ezekiel Daniel sheweth that Ezekiel Daniel died Intestate leaving a certain real estate; situate and lying in Marion Dist. 280 acres land leaving as his heirs at law your petitioner, Mary Meigs wife of W. Meigs, Martha Pippins, Susan Taylor, wife of William Taylor, Jr. Minor Daniel, Barbara Summerford, Elizabeth Hays, wife of W. Hays that your petitioner desires a partition or sale of same so, that each heir may have that share to which by law they are entitles. 14 Nov. 1842. William Taylor. Sold land to John C. Hays for $250.00 5 Dec. 1842. Summon Heirs of Ezekiel Daniel decd. to Mary Meigs, wife of Wm. Meigs, Martha Pippins, Susan Taylor, wife of William Taylor, Jr., ----------Daniel, Barbara Summerford, Elizabeth Hays, wife of W. Hays, legal heirs of Ezekiel Daniel. 8 Nov. 1842, D. Berry and S.A. Hairgrove valued land at less than $1000. 3 Oct. 1842.

Ezekiel Daniel (b. 1765 NC) Revolutionary War Pension Application

Ezekiel Daniel Pension Application
Pension application of Ezekiel Daniel S21729, taken from the Southern Campaign website
Transcribed by Will Graves 1/26/10 [Methodology: Spelling, punctuation and/or grammar have been corrected in some instances for ease of reading and to facilitate searches of the database. Also, the handwriting of the original scribes often lends itself to varying interpretations. Users of this database are urged to view the original and to make their own decision as to how to decipher what the original scribe actually wrote. Blanks appearing in the transcripts reflect blanks in the original. Folks are free to make non-commercial use this transcript in any manner they may see fit, but please extend the courtesy of acknowledging the transcriber—besides, if it turns out the transcript contains mistakes, the resulting embarrassment will fall on the transcriber.]  
State of South Carolina Marion District
On this the 12th day of October in the year while Lord 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Common Pleas and Sessions now sitting, Ezekiel Daniel a resident of Marion District and State aforesaid aged about sixty-seven years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he was born in the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina, in August 1765. That at the age of two years his father John Daniel removed & brought him to Marlboro District (then Craven County) South Carolina. That he lived with his father in Marlboro aforesaid until he was in his 21st year. He then left his father and removed to Darlington District South Carolina where he resided 6 or 7 years & then removed to Marion District where he has lived & still does reside.
That he has now no papers to which he can refer for dates, & in consequence of the great lapse of time he is unable to mention particularly the dates at which he rendered services in the revolutionary war. Said deponent states that about 2 years previous to the close of the war, he volunteered his services and served on various excursions in Marlborough District aforesaid against the Tories under the one Captain Murphey. That he cannot state precisely the time he was actually out under Captain Murphey as he kept no account of the time, & was so frequently out in small detachments to baffle the Tories in their operations. This deponent further states that he was in no fight that he now recollects while under Captain Murphey, but he states that he is satisfied & does verily believe he was in actual service under the said Captain Murphey more than three months. Said deponent further states that afterwards & a short time after he arrived at the age of sixteen he was drafted for the term of one month with the militia of Marlboro District, then Craven County, and served the said term of one month at Watboo [sic Wadboo] near Moncks Corner in Captain Standard's Company under the command of Colonel Benton & the whole Regiment commanded by General Francis Marion. This deponent recollects no other officers then at Wadboo except Lieutenant Dubose & a Colonel Baxter. Said deponent further states that General Marion then discharged his Regiment when this deponent returned home.
Said deponent further states that afterwards in the last year of the war, he was again drafted in Marlboro District aforesaid for the term of six months to serve as he & others, then drafted, would be ordered by General Marion, & that he this deponent, with others, was ordered out (as this deponent believes by order of General Marion) and marched down to George Town under the command of Lieutenant Thomas Conner, and served there two months guarding the town in the company of Captain Mitchell under the command of a Colonel (as he believes) named Hugh Horry. That upon the arrival of the detachment in which this deponent was at Georgetown, they found the barracks head just been vacated by some of Colonel Lee's forces, who had recently been marched, as this deponent was informed, to Charleston, and that this deponent & the rest of the forces with him then went into the barracks and served as above. That this deponent at the end of two months was with the others discharged and another division filled their places, when this deponent & the division to which he belonged returned home subject to be called at any time to serve the full balance of the six months for which they had been drafted. That not long afterwards the war closed & this deponent was not called on afterwards. He thinks that those who remained at Georgetown when he left were afterwards removed to the mouth of Santee & in a short time discharged. That he is satisfied and has no doubt that he did in the whole actually served in the war more than 6 months inclusive of the service under the two drafts as above. That he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except Archibald Kerby 1 He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any State. who resides in this District of Marion & State of South Carolina. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
 S/ JB Earle, Presiding Judge S/ Ezekiel Daniel, X his mark
[Hugh Godbold, a clergyman, and Dennis Berry gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
 ... I Archibald Kirby residing in the district of Marion and State of South Carolina do hereby certify that during the revolutionary war I was acquainted with Ezekiel Daniel who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration, & that in the last year of the war, I served with the said Ezekiel Daniel in the Barracks at Georgetown when we were both serving under a draft order of General Marion, the said Ezekiel Daniel with the Militia of Marlboro District then a part of Craven County & I with the Militia of Marion District then a part of Craven County in the company of Captain Mitchell commanded by Colonel Hugh Horry -- & that I have been acquainted with the said Ezekiel Daniel ever since, & I believe him to be 67 years of age.
Sworn to & subscribed the day aforesaid S/ JB Earle, Presiding judge S/ Arch. Kerby
State of South Carolina Marlborough District On this the first day of July in the year of our Lord 1833, appeared before me James C. David one of the justices of the peace in and for the said District and State aforesaid -- Ezekiel Daniel of the District of Marion & State aforesaid, who made the following affidavit as an amendment to his Declaration for a pension under the act of Congress passed in June 1832. That he volunteered his services in the year 1780 and served 3 months as a private under Captain Murphey against the Tories in Marlborough District & State of South Carolina. That in 1781 -- (the latter part of the year) he was drafted & served one month as a private at Wadboo near Moncks Corner, under Captain Standard commanded by Colonel Benton & General Francis Marion, & also That he was drafted in the year 1782 & served 2 months at Georgetown South Carolina as a private commanded by Captain Mitchell & Colonel Hugh Horry. That since he made the within application for a pension he has ascertained that he can prove one month of the above service by Mr. Nathaniel Whittington2 1 who resides in the District of Marion & State aforesaid & that he this deponent still resides in the said Marion District, but that the reason why he makes this affidavit in this Marlboro District is that his attorney, John McQueen to whom he Archibald Kerby (Kirby) S21852 2 Nathaniel Whittington S9527 applied to transact his business in this matter resides at the Court House in this said District & that he this deponent is aged & infirm & having come to see his attorney he advised him to make it here, so as to prevent him from unnecessary traveling.
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year above written S/ James C. David, JP S/ Ezekiel Daniel, X his mark State of South Carolina Marlborough District
Personally appeared before me James E. David one of the Justices of the peace in & for the District & State aforesaid Daniel Whittington who being duly sworn saith on oath that he knew Mr. Ezekiel Daniel who has sworn to & subscribed the above affidavit in the year 1781 & that he served as a private with this deponent one month in said year at Wadboo near Moncks Corner in the State aforesaid, in the company of Captain Standard commanded by Colonel Burton & General Francis Marion & that he & this deponent were discharged from the said service at the same time, & that he has knowledge that said Ezekiel Daniel [indecipherable word or words], & that he has full confidence in the oath of the said Daniel. Sworn to & subscribed this the first July 1833 S/ Nathaniel Whittington, N his mark 

Monday, July 22, 2013

James Dix (Dicks) Guardianship Court Document 1855

Appointment of James F Smith [Sheriff of Washington County, Georgia] Guardian of the Orphan James Dix, son of ___ Dix, 3 Oct 1855, Washington County, Georgia. The orphan is James Frederick DIX (1844-1910).

Transcription of text in document:
Washington County
By Haywood Brookins Ordinary for said county.
James F Smith
James Dix, Orphan of ___ Dix, is possessed in his own right of a considera-[tion? est?]ate--by means whereof, the power of granting Guardianship of said Orphan to me, [mani]festly known to belong--and for the better securing the estate, and more ample main-[tain ?the estat?]e and education of said Orphan, and from the integrity and competence reposed in you I [her]eby commit the tuition, education, and guardianship of said Orphan to you. the said
[Ja]mes F. Smith
by the acceptance of these letters), herein charging you that you maintain him [?]r, drink, clothing, and lodging; that you cause him to be educated in such [manne?]r as shall be suitable to his interest and circumstances; and that you enquire [an]d take care of his said estate, both real and personal, and all [t]hings do, which by law you ought to do, for your said Ward. A true and perfect [?] of all which, you shall render into the Court of Ordinary on the first term of every year, [?] your continuance in office--and I do hereby constitute and appoint you the said
[Ja]mes F Smith --Guardian of the said Orphan during his minority
[?] Testimony Whereof, I have officially set my hand and seal, this Third day of October, 1855
Haywood Brookins, Ordinary

Transcribed 22 July 2013 by Teresa McVeigh from microfilm document in the possesion of Richard E Dix

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

John A and Martha (Pinholster) Smiley Bible: inserted sheet of Marriages

Sheet of Marriages inserted in John A and Martha (Pinholster) Family Bible (Copywirte 1877), Liberty County, Georgia

Transcription of text in document
John M Durrence and Mary L Smiley
were Married Aug 14th 1884
S. H. Martin and Jane C. Smiley
were Married Dec. 12th 1892
H.L. Tootle and Martha L. Smiley
were Married Oct. 25 --1893
J.E. Smiley and Mary O Martin were
married Jany 24--1895

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Monday, June 3, 2013

John Alexander and Martha Delila (Pinholster) Smiley Bible (page 7)

Deaths page from John Alexander and Martha (Pinholster) Smiley Family Bible (Copywrite 1877) of Liberty County, Georgia

Transcription of text in document
Margaret E. Martin Died July 5th 1881
Miriam J Dubberly Died April 28th 1882
Sarah Smiley Died Sept 2nd 1883
Margaret L Knight Died Oct 7th 1886
John A. Smiley Died Jany 23rd 1894
Text Job 14th x 10th
Martha Luvincy Tootle nee
Smiley Died July 14th 1895
Jane Cornelia Martin nee Smiley
Died June 19th 1897
Mary L Durrence Died Aug 6, 1910
John Enoch Matthew Smiley
died June , 1912

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

James A and Martha D (Pinholster) Smiley Family Bible (1877): Marriages (Page 6)

"Marriages" page of John A and Martha D (Pinholster) Smiley Bible (1877). They lived in Liberty County, Georgia.

Transcription of text in document

John A Smiley and Martha D Pinholster
was Married February 6th 1851

Chylar Kirkland and Sarah E Smiley
was Married November 23rd 1871

Edward M Dubberly and Maraum J Smiley
was Married December 19th 1872

James A Smiley and Isabel S Dubberly
was Married November 14th 1878

David A Smiley and Georgia Padgett
was Married Octr 9th 1879

Alexander L Knight and Margaret L Smiley
was Married May 31st 1880

Saturday, June 1, 2013

James A and Martha D (Pinholster) Smiley Bible (1877): Record of Births (page 5)

Record of Births page of James A and Martha D (Pinholster) Smiley Family Bible

Transcription of text in document
Record of Births
John A Smiley and Family

John A Smiley was born 19th Decr 1828
Martha D Pinholster was born 30th Jany 1834
Maraum J Smiley was born Jan'y 28th 1852
Sarah E Smiley was born Oct 7th 1853
David A Smiley was born Sept 15th 1855
James A Smiley was born Nov 15th 1857
Margaret L Smiley was born July 17th 1861
John E M Smiley was born April 4th 1867
Mary L Smiley was born Aug 14th 1869
Martha L Smiley was born May 23rd 1871
Cornelia J Smiley was born Oct 3rd 1873

Recorded by James D. Zorn

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John Alexander Smiley and Martha Delila Pinholster Family Bible (1877) page 4

This Bible page of the John A and Martha (Pinholster) Bible lists the birth dates of their children: Maraum Jennett, Sarah Elizabeth, David Archibald, James Alexander [Jr.], Margaret Levicy, John Enoch Matthew, Mary Lubedy, Martha Luvicy, and Cornelia Jane Smiley. The copywirte on the Bible is 1877, so the information was probably written around that time. They lived in Liberty County, Georgia.

Transcription of text in document
Maraum Jennett Smiley was Born
January 28th 1852
Sarah Elizabeth Smiley was Born
October the 7th 1853
David Archibald Smiley was Born
September 15th 1855
James Alexander Smiley was Born
November 15th 1857
Margaret Levicy Smiley was Born
July the 17th 1861
John Enoch Matthew Smiley was Born
April the 4th 1867
Mary Lubedy Smiley was Born
August 14th 1869
Martha Luvincy Smiley was Born
May 23rd 1870
Cornelia Jane Smiley was Born
October 3rd 1873

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John Alexander Smiley and Martha Delila Pinholster Family Bible (1877): page 3 Marriage and birth dates of John and Martha

Marriage and birth dates of John Alexander Smiley and Martha Delila Pinholster in their family Bible (copywrite 1877)

Transcription of text in document
Marriages and Births
John Alexander Smiley was Born
19th December 1828
Martha Delila Pinholster was Born
January 30th 1834

Mr. John A. Smiley
Miss Martha D. Pinholster
Was duely joined in Matrimony
February 6th 1850

NOTE: The Liberty County, State of Georgia, Court of Ordinary Marriages Book shows the marriage date as February 6th 1851. On the Marriage page it says: John A Smiley and Martha D. Pinholster was Married Feb 6th 1851 The bond/license was 4 Feb. 1851.

John Alexander Smiley and Martha Delila Pinholster Family Bible (1877) Page 2

Page 2 of the Family Bible of John A and Martha (Pinholster) Smiley. This page lists the birth dates of John Smiley's parents, Archibald and Sarah (Dreggors) Smiley, and their children: John A,. James M. Mary E., Martha A. and Margaret E. Smiley. The Bible was published in 1877 so this was probably written shortly thereafter. They lived in Liberty County, GA.

Transcription of text in document
Archibald Smiley was born Novr 1806
Sarah Dreggors wife of Archibald Smiley was born January 22nd 1796
Ages of the Children of A Smiley and wife
John A Smiley was born 19th Decr 1828
James M Smiley was born Octr 3rd 1830
Mary E Smiley was born Novr 10th 1832
Martha A S Smiley was born Feby 8th 1835
Margaret E Smiley was born July 10th 1838

Mary M Hodges Daughter of John
Dreggors and Esther Hodges was born
April 19th 1820

Eliza Crawford was born 13 October 1821


John Alexander Smiley and Martha Delila Pinholster Family Bible (1877) Frontpiece

Family Bible of James Alexander Smiley and his wife Martha Delila Pinholster
Frontpiece: The Holy Bible, Saint Louis, Missouri, J.H. Chambers & Co, 1877
Current owner Dylan E Mulligan

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Judge William Dubberly-The Squire of Glennville

Judge William Dubberly-The Squire of Glennville

By Dylan Edward Mulligan

One of the most well-known figures in the history of Glennville is William "Squire" Dubberly, my great-great-great grandfather. Born in Tattnall County November 22, 1827, he was the son of Joseph and Holland Anderson Dubberly. Joseph (1788 - 1855), a veteran of the War of 1812, was one of the original settlers of Philadelphia (now Glennville) in the 1820s. Joseph's father was Tattnall County pioneer and Revolutionary War veteran John Dubberly, who settled in Tattnall County after its creation in 1801.

The Dubberlys settled at the village of Philadelphia, which sprang up around the intersection of two important roads-the Reidsville - Johnston Station (Ludowici) Road and the Hencart Road, which wound its way from present-day Richmond Hill to present-day Hawkinsville, and was an important trade route into the Creek nation.

The earliest settlers were Reverend Seth Knight (1795 - 1853) and Elijah Padgett, who received land grants in the 1820s. They were immediately followed by Joseph Dubberly, John J. Baxter, Asa Barnard, Hardy DeLoach, Joshua Groover, Dempsey Griffin, and Gideon Poppell. Seth Knight was one of the most prominent citizens of the area, serving as Treasurer of Tattnall County and a justice of the inferior court. In 1845, he built a plantation house (now known as the Knight - Dubberly House) facing the intersection at Philadelphia. His large plantation comprised of some 700 acres, the chief crops being Sea Island cotton and rice.

Philadelphia continued to see growth throughout the 1800s. A milestone in the town's history was 1857, which saw the establishment of Philadelphia Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church) whose first pastor was Reverend Hopkin Padgett, who married William Dubberly's sister, Mary Ann. It was during this era of prosperity that William was raised. The happiness was not to last, however, as the clouds of war loomed on the horizon.

At the Secession Convention at Milledgeville in 1861, Tattnall County's delegates Benjamin Brewton and Henry Solomon Strickland voted against secession; however, the subsequent War for Southern Independence brought much hardship to Philadelphia as young men marched off to battle. As the war raged on, the Confederate lines gradually became exhausted, until there was nothing standing between General William Sherman's army and Savannah. The citizens of Philadelphia could do nothing but wait for the true horror of war to come home. They would not have to wait long.

On December 14, 1864, a band of Sherman's army under Colonel Smith Atkins forced their way across the Canoochee River at Taylor's Creek and invaded Liberty and Tattnall Counties. The Yankee invaders forded Beards Creek and marched into defenseless Philadelphia, where they camped in the front yard of the Knight - Dubberly House. On or about December 15, the troops awoke and awaited orders from Colonel Atkins. As they had already done much damage in other parts of the county, Philadelphia seemed fit for the torch. Before ordering the destruction of the plantation and the surrounding village, Colonel Atkins entered the deserted house, where he discovered a Masonic emblem displayed on the mantel. He had received orders from General Sherman not to lay a hand on any property belonging to Masons, as Sherman himself belonged to the brotherhood. Atkins begrudgingly ordered his troops to leave the village, claiming that there wasn't much worth burning there anyway. Despite his orders, some renegade troops had already ransacked part of the property, doing no significant damage. And thus, the Knight - Dubberly House was the savior of the village.

On December 15, 1868, on the fourth anniversary of the sparing of Philadelphia, the old Knight house came under new ownership-that of William Dubberly. With most of the founding fathers of Philadelphia dead, the burden of leadership passed to William, who had by this time been elected justice of the peace. A constable was selected, and law and order came to town. Judge Dubberly used his home as a courthouse and held court there regularly until his death. Because he was the central authority in the town, Dubberly earned the nickname "Squire," which denoted a lower-ranking nobleman or, in his case, a justice of the peace.
Knight-Duberly House c. 1905

With order restored after the war, Philadelphia again began experiencing growth-growth like it had not yet seen. Newer, more substantial buildings began to replace the older ones, and more settlers arrived and established farms and businesses. By 1889, there was a need for a closer post office than the one located several miles away at Matlock Plantation, so, with the help of local schoolteacher Glenn Thompson, a post office was established at Philadelphia. The name "Glennville" was selected in honor of Thompson's hard work in securing the post office. By 1894, the population and economy of Glennville made it impossible to refer to it as a village anymore. On October 6, 1894, Glennville was incorporated as a town, after a petition was signed by sixteen local citizens, including Squire Dubberly's son, Edward. The aging Squire had lived to see his village achieve the rank of town. He passed away peacefully at his home March 29, 1895. The Knight - Dubberly House, now the oldest structure in Glennville, still stands solemnly at Hilltop as a sort of memorial to its former occupants, the founding fathers of Glennville.

William Dubberly first married Mary Louise "Lanie" Kicklighter (November 1, 1828 - February 1, 1868), the daughter of Tattnall County pioneers Jesse and Luvisa Thomas Kicklighter. Jesse Kicklighter was the patriarch of one of Tattnall County's largest families, so it was only natural that his children should marry into other prominent families in the area. William and Lanie had ten children together: Edward Miles, Jesse Thomas, John Daniel, Henry Joseph, Nancy Luviney (Kennedy), our ancestor Isabelle Sophronia (Smiley), Manning Jasper, Charles Beauregard, James Jackson, and Melissa Dubberly (Easterling).

After Lanie's death, William married Mary Ellen Smiley Curry (November 10, 1832 - February 20, 1902), the daughter of Archibald and Sarah Dreggors Smiley of Liberty County. William and Mary had six children together: Sarah Jeanette (Godwin), William Archibald, Mary Temperance, Horace Columbus "Uncle Gundy," Russell Clayton, and Leila Augusta Dubberly.

                                                                                     William and Mary (Smiley) Dubberly

                                                                               Knight-Dubberly Hous 2011, photo by Dylan E Mulligan

Sources: Philadelphia to Glennville: A Backward Glance by D. Mark Baxter, Carroll L. Cowart, Joseph T. Grice, and Alec F. Thompson; Sketches of By-Gone Days by Joseph T. Grice; information from the Glennville-Tattnall Museum; local historical tradition and legends; written and oral family histories.

Previously published in The Heritage of Tattnall Co., GA - 2011 used with permission of the author

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Letter written by Ira Wilson Pinholster, Sr. to Lu Amanda Pinholster 21 Feb. 1922

In 1922 Ira Wilson Pinholster, Sr. wrote his niece Lu Amanda Pinholster a letter which is the only documentation found so far that John Pinholster (Spinholster, Shinholster, Spinnosa, Espineta, Espinosa) was originally from Saint Augustine, Florida, and possibly from Minorca. LuAmanda Pinholster wrote a short family history titled "Juan Espinosa Family," in which she stated that Juan (John) came from Minorca with (Alexander) Turnbull to work in the Indigo plantations. This has been used to document many family trees. One problem is that Turnbull's original fleet of immigrants arrived in Florida in 1768 to settle his colony of New Smyrna, south of St. Augustine. John Pinholster was probably not born yet (b.abt. 1773-1775). He was probably the son of immigrants, possibly Joseph Espineta and Maria Triay from Minorca, although this has not been proven. The immigrants were not given land grants and John Pinholster probably died in Liberty County, Georgia, shortly after he received a land grant while living there (between 1824 and 1827).

Brooker Florida, February 21, 1922, [To] Miss Luamanda Pinholster, Winchester, Virginia. To My Dear Niece:
I will try and reply to your request. First Alice and the two small girls are with me, the other two are married and gone one in Ky, the other in Fla.

All the information I can give you in regards to my Grandfather is, that St. Augustine was settled by a man named Turnbull and a colony of men and in that colony my Grandfather was one of them. He laid a Spanish Grant on 120 acres land there. His Home we call it. His name was John E. Spinnosa. This name is on record in St. Augustine. This town was settled in 1565 this you know.

The next time I knew of him he went to South Carolina. There he died and was buried there.

If you want any further information you write the clerk of court at St. Augustine and you may get more information.

All are well as far as I know. I am conplaining all the time from headache. Hope you keep well.

Your uncle as ever,
I. W. Pinholster, Sr.

John Spinholster Land Grant 1824 Georgia

John Spinholster was given a land grant of 250 acres by the Governor of Georgia 5 May 1824 in what was then Early County, Georgia (at that time all of Southwest, GA--see note below). At the time of the grant, it says that he was living in Liberty County, Georgia.

John Pinholster's name is variously spelled Pinholster, Shinholster, Spinholster. It is said to be an Anglicized version of his possibly Minorcan name, which may have been Espineta (Minorcan) or Espinosa (Spanish version).

179 State of Georgia

By His Excellency George M. Troup Governor and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of this State, and of the Militia thereof.

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Know Ye, That in Pursuance of the several acts of the General Assembly of this State, passed the 15th day of December 1818, and the 16th day of December 1819, for making distribution of the land lately acquired of the Creek and Cherokee Nation of Indians, and forming the counties of Early, Irwin, Applin, Walton, Gwinette, Hall, Habersham, and Rabun, in this State, I have Given and Granted,and by these presents in the name and behalf of this State, do give and grant unto

John Spinholster of Liberty County his heirs and assigns forever, all that tract or lot of land containing Two hundred and fifty acres, situate, lying and being in the Eighteenth District Early county in the said State, which said tract or lot of land is known and distinguished in the plan of said district by the Number Two Hundred and Thirty Two having such shape, form and marks as appear by a plat of the same hereunto annexed; to Have and To Hold the said tract or lot of land, together with all and singular the rights, members and appurtenances thereof, whatsoever, unto the said

John Spinholster his heirs and assigns, to his and Theirs own proper use, benefit and behoof forever in fee simple, Given, under my hand and the Great Seal of the said State, this Fifth day of May in the year eighteen hundred and Twenty four and of the Independence of the United States of America the Forty Eighth

Signed by his Excellency the Governor the

5th day of May 1824 G.M.Troup

E.H. Pierce S.E.D.

Registered 5th day of May 1824
Originally Early County encompassed all of southwest Georgia, about 3,770 square miles. Ten counties (Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Dougherty, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, and Thomas) were created in whole or in part from the original boundaries of Early County, reducing its size to its current 511.2 square miles. Today, Early County's boundaries are the Chattahoochee River and Alabama to the west, Clay and Calhoun counties to the north, Baker County to the east, and Miller and Seminole counties to the south.

James McVeigh property sale 1867

Georgia Newspaper Clippings: Tattnall County Extracts (1812-1891), by Tad Evans, self published, May 1998, Savannah, GA, p. 181

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1867

Georgia, Tattnall County: John O. Wilkes, Sheriff, files to sell property of James McVeigh to satisfy a fi fa in favor of A. H. Smith

Definition: fi·e·ri fa·ci·as [fahy-uh-rahy fey-shee-as] noun, law. a writ commanding a sheriff to levy and sell as much of a debtor's property as is necessary to satisfy a creditor's claim against the debtor. Abbreviation: FI. FA., fi. fa.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

James Pinholster Kite name change before 1828

James Kite (b. c. 1805 SC) was born James Pinholster (or Spinholster), son of John Pinholster (or Spinholster, possibly name changed from Juan Espinosa or Espineta) and Delilah Kite. The family story about James Pinholster Kite's name change is that about 1850 he got into trouble when he killed a man who was stealing a horse. His kin in Florida (he had Uncles there--William and Bob Green) sent him word to come to them. He moved to Florida and changed his last name to Kite, his mother's maiden name. The move would have been after his marriage to Caroline Padgett, 31 Jan 1850 in Tatnall County, Georgia (as James Kite) and before the 29 October 1850 Columbia County, Florida Census (listed as James Kite). The name change would have happened before his marriage to Caroline Boils (as James Kite, License 29 Mar 1828).

Teresa McVeigh 18 May 2013
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

James McVeigh (c. 1818-1897), Surveyor

James McVeigh (c.1818-1897), in addition to being a teacher and musician, was a surveyor in Liberty and Wayne Counties, Georgia. Here are two of his survey plats taken while he was County Surveyor for Wayne County, Georgia (C.S.W.C.):

Scale 10 chains to one inch
90 acres cut off 200 acres late granted to Charles Smith, Sr. A.D. 1832 for Jas. Hill
The above diagram is a correct plat of 90 acres bisected off the Northwest corner of a 200 acre Lot  of head right Land granted to Charles Smith, Sr. and surveyd. for him A.D. 1832. beginning at Aligator and thenSouth 85 West 19 chains, then a corner stake or post thence South 10 East 40 chains to old road thence down road 22 chains to breanch corner stake in the road. thence down Branch and Aligator Creek to place of beginning being 90 acres more or less, and I consider it worth no more than two Hundred dollars.

Jas. McVeigh C.S.W.C.

This plat is undated. Alligator Creek is a tributary of the Little Ocmulgee River which runs through the current Wheeler, Telfair, Dodge, and Laurens counties in Georgia.

Found by Randy Campbell Oct. 1999 at the Jesup, Wayne, Couthouse, transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 10 Feb 2010

Scale of 10 chains to the inch
50 acres Pine Land off Lot No. 30 Williams Survey
I have this day by instructions received measured and laid off fifty acres of pine Land as an exemption for Jno. S. Joiner as follows.
Beginning at Gardi thence South 10 West 32 chains stump thence N 10 East 10 chains to Gardi it being the natural boundary of the N Side bounded on all sides by Said Lot No. 30 Williams Survey and I consider the Said fifty acres with improvement to be worth one hundred and fifty $150 Dollars.

This Augt. 24, 1881
Jas. McVeigh C.S.W.C.

Found by Randy Campbell Oct. 1999 at the Jesup, Wayne, Couthouse, transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 10 Feb 2010

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Janie Sports Death Certificate

Death Certificate of Janie (Carribeau) Sports

South Carolina Death Records, 1821-1955
about Janie Sport
Name: Janie Sport
Death Date: 27 Feb 1916
Age (Years): 56
Estimated Birth Year: 1860
Gender: Female
Color: White
County of Death: Richland
Place of Death: 709 Blossom, Columbia
Volume Number: 51
Certificate Number: 27821
Cause of Death: Gastric Carcinoma
Informant: Mrs. Mollie Williams, Columbia, SC [daughter]
Burial: Mill Cemetery Olympia

Name of Father: Do Not Know

Name of Mother: [left blank]

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26 Jan 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Will of Benjamin Cleveland, 1830 Pickens District, SC

Will of Benjamin Cleveland (1785-1830) and abstract of various estate records, Pickens District (now Oconee County), South Carolina

The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol XIII, Number 3, Summer, 1985 - "Some Early Pickens District Wills"  

Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Cleveland 

In the Name of God, Amen:  

I, Benjamin Cleveland, in the District of Pickens and State of South Carolina, being weak in body but in perfect health in mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, do make and ordain this my last will in manner following,

First, I give, demise, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form - first I give and bequeath unto my wife Peggy Cleveland all my estate real and personal rites (sic) whatsoever during her life or widowhood and at her decease or marriage if seasing (sic) to be my widow then my estate real and personal to be sould (sic) by my Executors to the best advantage for a division amongst my lawful ayres (sic), giving one-third part of the money arising from said property to my beloved wife Peggy Cleveland and the rest after paying all just debts to be equally divided between children as they may arrive of age or days of marriage.

I do hereby authorize and appoint my deart wife Peggy Cleveland and Robert Holland and Jacob Holland my Executors to carry into effect the intent and meaning of this my last will and testament or testaments, wills legacy or legacies, bequeath or bequeaths Executor or Executors by me in any wise before named or appointed willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and (no?) other to be my last will and testament.

Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and delivered by the s'd Benjamin Cleveland as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other hath hereunto subscribed our names:

Kenneth McKenzie, William (X, his mark) Miles, and James (X, his mark) Jones

Signed: Benjamin Cleveland


Abstract of various estate records, Pickens County, SC, 1829-1850:

Cleveland, Benjamin - Box 3 No 30 - will dated 1830: heirs: wife, Peggy Cleveland, children (not named). Exrs: Robert & Jacob Holland. Wit. Kenneth McKenzie, William Miles, James Jones. 

Inventory made 13 Oct 1831 by Jonathan Reeder, Kenneth McKenzie, Wm Mills.

Est also admr 12 Oct 1857 by Jeremiah Cleveland, A.J. Looney, Martin L. Looney bound to W.J. Parsons, Ordy. for $15,000. Heirs out of this state are Thomas Cleveland, Gibson Hix & wife Nancy, Martin L Looney & wife Mariam. Heirs in this state are A.J. Looney & wife Margaret, Sarah C. Abbott, Wm. B Dickson & wife Elizabeth, and the heirs of B. Milton Cleveland, deceased, viz. Adaaline Keese, formerly Adaline Cleveland, and widow of deceased and her two children Lewis and Margaret Cleveland, both minors. Dated 15 Dec 1859.

25 Dec 1858, amt. of sale in GA, $20.51. Owned 8 slaves.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pendleton Isbell 1872 Barred U S Claim Abstract

U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880 [data base on-line on from original record microfilms in the National Archives]

Name:Pendleton Isbell
No. of Images in Packet:5
Abstracted by Teresa McVeigh 8 Jan 2013

12348 Mar 15/72
Petition of Pendleton Isbell
by William L Isbell
To the Commissioners of Claims
Resident of Claimant: Polk
Nature of Claim: Property taken by the U.S. Forces
Amount Claimed: $300.00
Filed by
Saml V Niles
Washington City
March 15, 1872

The Petiton of Pendleton Isbell represeted by his son William L Isbell
respectfully presents
that he is a rcitizen of the United States and reside at present at or near Cedartown Polk Co. Geo.
and that he resided when this claim acreued at or near Polk Co. Geo.
That he has a claim against the United States for property taken
for the use of the army of the United States during the late rbellion at or near Cedartown,
in the County of Polk, and the state of Georgia.

August 1864 2 head of mules ea $150.00 total value $300.00

The property in question was taken or furnished for the use of a portion of the army of
the United States, known as Gen Sherman's Army
and commanded by Gen William Vandiver
and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken
or furnished, were the following:
Gen William Vandiver Brig. Gen. Stationed at Rome, Floyd Co. Geo.

The property was removed to Rome and used for or by Gen. William Vandiver's command
all this on or about the ___ day of August, in the year 1864.
That no voucher, receipt, or other writing was given for the property.

Your petitioner remained loyally adherent to the cause of the Government of the United
States during the was and was so loyal before and at the time of the taking of the property
for which this claim is made, and he solemnly declare that. from the beginning of hostilities
against the United States to the end thereof, his sympathies were constantly with the cause of the
United States; that he never, of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or
attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that he were at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as his means and power, and the circumstances of the case, permitted.

That Samuel V Niles of Washington D.C. hereby authorized and empowered to act as Attorney
for the procecution of this claim.

[Signed by]
Pendleton Isbell by William L Isbell
Witnesses: Benjamin F Cleveland Milton G Isbell
State of Georgia
County of Floyd
12 Jan 1872

Names of witnesses who will be relied upon to prove loyalty:
William L Isbell John Garner
William M West William Hutchins
Newton Turn[?]
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