Rowan County, NC Marriage Bond (03-070);
Benjamin Sport to Isbol Hendrix, Jan 1, 1815;
Elijah Lyons, Bondsman, R Powell Witness , Jan. 1, 1815
Original in the North Carolina State Archives Bond#OOO131991, Image 003585, Record 03 070
State of North Carolina Rowan County}
KNOW all Men by these presents, That we Benjamin Sport & Elijah Lyons of the state aforesaid, are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of the State of North Carolina for the time being, in the just and full sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current money of this State, to be paid to the said Governor, or his preceptors or assigns: To the which payment well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators.
Sealed with our Seals, and dated this first day of January--Anno Domini 1815
The Condition of the above obligation is such, That whereas the above bounden Benjamin Sport hath made application for a License for a Marriage to be celebrated between him and Isbol Hendrix of the county aforesaid: Now in case it shall not appear hereafter, that there is any lawful cause or obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of us}
R. Powell [Witness]
Benjamin [Mark] Sport
Elijah Lyons [ Bondsman]
Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 07 Mar 2007 All Rights Reserved
The State (newspaper), Columbia, SC, 6 Feb. 1899
Special to The State
Orangeburg, Feb. 4--
Mr. George Sports of the Limestone section of the county died very suddenly here today on the streets, being stricken while attending to business. He was about 60 years of age, but was in fairly good health, leaving his home this morning without any feeling to indicate the fearful and fatal attack which overcame him.
An inquest was at once held, and a verdict of death from natural causes rendered, after which his remains were taken in charge by friends.
Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 6 Nov 2010 All Rights Reserved
Army of the Confederate States
Certificate of Disability for Discharge
Pvt. George Sports of Captain Buist's Company (C) of the [Adkin's?] Batt. SC, Ripley's Brigade, a resident of Marlborough S. C. was enlisted by Capt. Sparks at James Island S. C. on the 12th day of April 1862, to serve 3 years or war. He was born in Marlborough Dist. In the State of South Carolina, is Twenty five years of age, five feet nine inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, and by occupation, when enlisted, a Carpenter.
WE certify that we have carefully examined the said George Sports of Captain Buist Company , and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier in any department of the service, because Organic Disease of the heart, the result of rheumatism.
St. Julien R[aversel?]
Senior Surgeon of Board
Station General Hospital, Columbia, S. C.
June 11th 1863
Discharged this 25 day of June 1863, at Columbia.
C. D. Melton
Major Commanding Post.
Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 16 Jun 2014 All Rights Reserved
On this 21st day of January A.D. 1856 before Mr. J. W. Stuckey, a Magistrate within and for the District and State aforesaid, personally appeared Mary A. McCollum, aged 33 years and a resident of the District and State above mentioned who being duly sworn according to law saith on oath, that she resided in Marion District S.C. in the year 1851. That Elizabeth Sports Widow of Benjamin Sports and the Mother of George Sports was a near neighbor; that the said Elizabeth Sports died she thinks in the month of February of that year; that the deponent was at the residence of said Elizabeth Sports while she was a [Cofin?] in the House. She further testifies that she knew George Sports the son of said Elizabeth Sports and that he was then a small boy she thinks about 13 years of age at the time his Mothers death. And she further states that she has heard it said that Benjamin Sports the father of George Sports was a soldier in the War of 1812. And further this deponent saith not.
Mary A. McCollum
Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 25 Mar 2007 All Rights Reserved
George W Sport(s) was a 13 year old minor when his mother died and a Guardian, Abner N. Bristow, was appointed in in June, 1856. Lucretia (Henagan) McCollum testified concerning George's age and the death of his parents.
State of South Carolina
Sumter District }
On this fourth day of March A.D. 1856 before Mr. J. W. Stuckey, a Magistrate within and for the District and State aforesaid personally appears Mrs. Lucretia McCollum a resident of the District and State aforesaid who being duly sworn saith on oath that she resided in Marlb[orough] District and knew Benjamin Sports about the year 1842 [at that?] time he was attending to business for the late Hon. B. K. Henagan, a Brother of deponent. The said Benjamin Sports was said to have been a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in Marlborough District about eight years ago. Deponent knew Elizabeth Sports the wife of said Benjamin Sports, and testifies that she survived her husband the Sd. Benjamin Sports, about three years. And died in Marion District S.C. (where deponent then resided) in February 1851. Deponent was at the house of said Elizabeth Sports when she died, and made her burial clothes. She further declares that she knew George Sports, the son of the above named Benjamin & Elizabeth Sports from the time that he was a child and believes he is about Eighteen years of age, by the age of a nephew of hers, a son of Hon. B. K. Henagan, they being about the same age. She further declares that the said George Sports is the only minor child of Benjamin and Elizabeth Sports deceased and She testifies positively that having known the said George from his early childhood, he is a minor as aforesaid without any doubt. Deponent further testified, that the aforesaid
Benjamin Sports and Elizabeth Sports lived together as man and wife from the time she first became acquainted with them about the year 1842 until the death of said Benjamin Sports and that they were recognized as such by all their acquaintances, none doubting that they had been legally married and their children legitimate. And further this deponent saith not.
Sworn to and [discharged?] before me on this the year and day within written and I certify that the above deponent is a disinterested and credible witness, and that I have no interest in this matter.
State of South Carolina
District of Sumter }
I Geo. S.C. Deschamps Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the district and State aforesaid do hereby certify that J. W. Stuckey whose [E?] Signature appears above and is, and was at the time of signing the same a magistrate for the District and State aforesaid duly Commissioned & Sworn, that all his official acts as such are [En?] to [?] faith and [?] that the aforesaid District Court is a Court of record having General Jurisdiction and that I have no interest in this matter.
Given under my hand and [oath?]
of office at Sumter C.H. this
12th day of March A. D. 1856
State of South Carolina
Judge of the Court of Ordinary for the District of Marlborough State aforesaid, which [being?] a Court of Record, do hereby certify that Abner N. Bristow of same District and State was by this court on the 30th day of April 1856 appointed Guardian of George Sports a minor son of Benjamin Sports deceased in [witness?] whereof.
I do here unto set my hand and seal of office at Marlborough C.H. this day of June 1856.
E.P. Ervin O.M.D.
Later Abner Bristow applied for Bounty Land for his ward due to his father's service in the War of 1812:
Washington, 23 Feby 1857
Geo. C. Whiting, Esq.
The application No. 246.549 for bounty Land for George Sports minor child of Benjamin Sports made by A. N. Bristow it appears by a letter [inform?] your department failed to give the name of the Capt. Under whom said Benjm. Sports served. Having [received?] the facts for said A. N. Bristow (Guardian) my recollection is that Capt. Bigham of South Carolina militia was the officer.
The land grant was approved and Bristow sold the 160 acres to William Rogers of Bishopville.