Chesterfield District Chapter
of the
South Carolina Genealogical Society



Chesterfield District Chapter, S.C.G.S.
P.O. Box 167 
Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709
The following Brock genealogy was contributed by Charles Purvis.
My Great-Great-Grandfather Hezekiah Brock


Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock, a civilian, was taken prisoner by the Yankee's on 12 March 1865, during Sherman's March through the Carolina's.  After a force march to Fayetteville, NC, and then on to Wilmington, NC, he was transported to a Union Prison located at Point Lookout, Maryland.  Hugh, along with over 3,300 other prisoner's, died while interred at Point Lookout.  Originally, the Confederate prisoners were buried in two cemeteries and their grave marked with a wooden cross.  Fire and weather during the past 130 years have resulted in all Confederate prisoner's being relocated and interred in a common grave.  Over this grave is a granite monument approximately 85 feet high.  On the monument is twelve bronze tablets containing the names and units of 3,383 Confederate soldiers known to have died in this prison camp.

Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock, my g-g-grandfather, is not listed on these tablets.  The Baltimore National Cemetery, who has administrative oversight, has agreed to add those names which were left off the monument.  I have the proof necessary to add Hezekiah "Hugh" Brock's name to this monument.  I intend to see that Hugh is recognized for the sacrifice that he and his family endured during the war.

After further research, I have learned that several of my great uncle's were either taken captive and or killed by Sherman's troops that March of 1865.  Drew Rivers (b. 1844) was carried away by the Union Army in March 1865 and put in a POW camp at Pt. Lookout, Maryland, where he died.  John Rivers (b. 1842) was killed near his home by the Union Army.  He was a member of Co. D, 6th SC Reg't., Capt. Bob Evans Company.  Record of the two Rivers' death were taken from Minnie Sanders Rivers, 1929 book.  Badgegood Parker, father of Martha Parker, wife of William T. Brock,  was imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland.  Southern prisoners in this POW compound were not treated any better than the Northern prisoner held in Andersonville, Georgia.  

I want the story to go along with the proof of Hezekiah's imprisonment.  I would also like information on the parents of Hezekiah Brock and any other records of death or imprisonment during Sherman's March through Chesterfield.  If anyone in Chesterfield County is familiar with the story behind the capture of my g-g-grandfather, please e-mail me, Charlie Purvis.

Generation No. 1

1. Hezekiah BROCK was born 28 Feb. 1827 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Hezekiah died 12 June 1865 in Pt. Lookout Union Prison, St. Mary's County, Maryland, and was buried in Confederate Cemetery, Pt. Lookout, St. Mary's County, Maryland.  He married Sarah MORRIS.  She was born Jan 1829 in South Carolina.
They had six (6) children:

+2.  Benjamin Franklin BROCK, b. 17 Jan 1851, d. 13 Jul 1924
+3.  Michael BROCK, b. 20 Jan 1853, d. 2 Jan 1927
+4.  Alsey BROCK, b. 25 Jun 1855
+5.  William T. BROCK, b. 17 May 1858
+6.  Charles Ellerbe BROCK    , b. 5 Oct 1860, d. 22 Nov 1915
+7.   Pleasant Elmore BROCK, b. 16 May 1864, d. 25 O t. 1926

Generation No. 2

2.  Benjamin Franklin BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 17 Jan 1851 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Benjamin died 13 Jul 1924 in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 15 Jul 1924 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He married Louise Ellen SELLERS.  She was born Jun 1850 in South Carolina.  She was the daughter of Elizabeth SELLARS.  Louise died 15 Dec 1928 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 16 Dec 1928 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had five (5) children:
+8.    Charles R. BROCK, b. Apr 1879
+9.    Annie BROCK, b. Jul 1881
+10.  Hezekiah BROCK, b. May 1884
+11.  Mamie Catherine BROCK, b. 21 Sep 1889, d. 17 Jun 1938  
+12.  Benjamin F. BROCK Jr., b. 29 Jan 1894, d. 13 Jul 1924

3.  Michael BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 20 Jan 1853 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Michael died 2 Jan 1927 in Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 3 Jan 1927 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

4.  Alsey BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 25 Jun 1855.

5.  William T. BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 17 May 1858 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.  He married Martha PARKER.  She was born 20 Nov. 1858 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of Badgergood PARKER and Mary LEE. Martha died 22 Apr 1936 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 23 Apr 1936 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had two (2) children:
+13.  John H. BROCK, b. 26 Nov 1883, d. 15 May 1920
+14.  Nancy BROCK, b. 10 Jul 1891, d. 10 Jul 1915

6.  Charles Ellerbe BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 5 Oct 1860 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Charles died 22 Nov 1915 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 23 Nov 1915 in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He married Lucy H. DAVIS.  She was born 19 Dec 1865.  Lucy died 17 Nov 1964, and was buried in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had one (1) child:
+15.  Lester W. BROCK, b. 10 Jun 1906, d. 16 Aug 1986

7.  Pleasant Elmore BROCK (1. Hezekiah 1) was born 16 May 1864.  Pleasant died 25 Oct 1926.  He married Nancy Jane DAVIS.
No children have yet been identified.

Generation No. 3

8.  Charles R. BROCK (2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born Apr 1879 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

9.  Annie BROCK (2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born Jul 1881 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She married Charley Washington BROCK.  He was born 27 Aug 1873.
No children have yet been identified.

10.  Hezekiah BROCK (2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born May 1884 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

11.  Mamie Catherine BROCK (2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 21 Sep 1889 in South Carolina.  Mamie died 17 Jun 1938 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 18 Jun 1938 in Zoar Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She married Julius JOHN  16 Jun 1912 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He was born 4 Mar 1887 in Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina.  He was the son of Joseph Henry JOHN  and          ???.  Julius died 16 May 1937 in Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, and was buried 18 May 1937 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had eight (8) children:
+16.  Carl Marion JOHNS, b. 5 Jul 1913, d. 31 Dec 1992
+17.  Mary Ellen JOHNS, b. 5 May 1915, d. 5 Dec 1986
+18.  Luther Williams JOHNS, b. 11 Apr 1917, d. 9 Aug 1985
+19.  Willie Benjamin JOHNS, b. 7 Apr 1919, d. 19 Jul 1989
+20.  Ruby Lee JOHNS, b. still living
+21.  Baby JOHNS, b. 27 Jan 1924 deceased
+22.  Benjamin Franklin JOHNS, b., still living
+23.  Everett Julius JOHNS, b., still living

Note:  After a 20 year search, I still have not found an official document showing Mamie Brock Johns full name or official date of death.  If anyone has any obituary or a Bible entry for Mamie, please contact me, Charlie Purvis.

12.  Benjamin F. BROCK Jr. (2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 29 Jan 1894 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Benjamin Jr. died 13 Jul 1924.  He married Cora BROCK 31 Oct 1915 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She was born 1896.  Children not known.
13.  John H. BROCK (5. William 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 26 Nov 1883 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina.  John died 13 May 1920 in McFarland, Anson County, North Carolina, and was buried 17 May 1920 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
14.  Nancy BROCK (5. William 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 10 Jul 1891 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Nancy died 10 Jul 1915 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
15.  Lester W. BROCK    (6. Charles 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 10 Jun 1906 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Lester died 16 Aug 1986 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 17 Aug 1986 in Zoar Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He married Alice HINSON.  She was born 25 Dec 1909.
They had two (2) children:
+24.  Charles W. BROCK
+25.  Barbara BROCK

Generation No. 4

16.  Carl Marion JOHNS (11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 5 Jul 1913.  Carl died 31 Dec 1992 in Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and was buried 3 Jan 1993 in Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.  He married Idell HURST.
They had four (4) children:
+26.  Bobby JOHNS, b., still living
+27.  Edgar Thomas JOHNS, b. 19 Nov 1940, d. 4 Feb 1941
+28.  Carl Marion JOHNS Jr., b., still living
+29.  Shirley JOHNS, b., still living

17.  Mary Ellen JOHNS (11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 5 May 1915 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Mary died (car accident) 5 Dec 1986 in Cary, Wake County, North Carolina, and was buried 8 Dec 1986 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She married Burris Douglass BRANTLEY.  He was born 18 Oct 1911 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He was the son of James Preston BRANTLEY and Ellen DOUGLASS.  Burris died 31 May 1981 in Columbia, South Carolina, and was buried 1 Jun 1981 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had two (2) children:
+30. m i.  Juan Brantley, b., still living
+31.  f ii.   Wanda G. Brantley, b., still living

18.  Luther William JOHNS (11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 11 Apr 1917 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Luther died 9 Aug 1985 in Westmont, Cook County, Illinois, and was buried 12 Aug 1985 in Westmont, Cook County, Illinois.  He  married (1) Jeanne Katherynne SOVEREIGN 6 Aug 1943 in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska; they divorced.  She was born in Royal, Antelope County, Nebraska.  She is the daughter of Alva W. SOVEREIGN and Irma E. BURTON.
Note:  I recently found Jeanne and her children, my cousins, after a 10 year search.  I have never met Jeanne or my cousins, but we have become friends over the phone.
They had three (3) children:
+32.  Jolene Kay JOHNS, b., still living
+33.  Judith Jolene JOHNS, b., still living
+34.  Luther William JOHNS Jr., b., still living
Jeanne also married (2) Lawrence E. DAVIS.  He was born about 1912 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  Lawrence died about 1944.
Luther married (2) Viola WOOLDRIDGE
They had no children.

19.  Willie Benjamin JOHNS (11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born 7 Apr 1919.  Willie died 19 Jul 1989 in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 21 Jul 1989 in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He married Ruby Margrette LEE 4 Mar 1939 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin LEE and Sarah Ellen GULLEDGE.
They had six (6) children:
+35.  Willis David JOHNS, b., still living
+36.  Vinson Lee JOHNS, b. 17 Jan 1944, d. 8 Apr 1949
+37.  Brenda Delores JOHNS, b. 13 Aug 1946, d. 27 Nov 1996
+38.  Larry Dean JOHNS, b., still living
+39.  Jack Franklin JOHNS, b., still living
+40.  Randy Neil JOHNS, b. 25 Dec 1956, d. 17 Jun 1977

20.  Ruby Lee JOHNS (11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  She married Charles William PURVIS 13 May 1939 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He was born 17 Apr 1914 in Morven, Anson County, North Carolina.  He was the son of James Francis PURVIS and Lucy Pearl DEES.  Charles died 9 Sep 1993 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried 12 Sep 1993 in Ebenezer Methodist, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
They had five (5) children:
+41.  Frances Elizabeth PURVIS, b., still living
+42.  Charles Lee PURVIS, b., still living
+43.  William Bernard PURVIS, b., still living
+44.  Nancy Betty PURVIS, b., still living
+45.  John Edwin PURVIS, b., still living

42.  Charles Lee PURVIS (20. Ruby 4, 11. Mamie 3, 2. Benjamin 2, 1. Hezekiah 1) was born in Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.  He married (1) Mary Ethel KLUVER 1 Jul 1966 in Wichita, Sedgewick County, Kansas; they divorced.  She was born in Hinton, Caddo County, Oklahoma.
They had one (1) child:
+54.  Charles Lee PURVIS Jr., b., still living
Charles married (2) Sheila Mae PRIDGEN 15 Apr 1980 in Elko, Elko County, Nevada.  She was born in Orlando County, Florida.  She was born in Orlando County, Florida.  She is the daughter of Wiley Hutzler PRIDGEN and Edith May BARNES.  They had no children.