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Jane McNele (fw) complains that you have her children and will not give them up. You will deliver them to her when she applies or sends for them and have nothing further to do with them….” Columbia, TX, July 7, 1868
James E. Davis complains that Isaac Williams holds his two sons J.H. and C.W. Davis against his consent. Letter sent as above. Children released. Edward Petherbridge Agent Edward Hunt complains that Isaac Lewis of Somerset Co MD, holds his sons David and John against...read more
This remarkable register of African Americans in Caroline County, VA was recorded on the last few pages of a register of letters sent by the Bowling Green, VA Assistant Subassistant Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau. The first two pages of the register are shown...read more
Georgetown D.C. April 11th '67 Col Rutherford Dear Sir You will recollect that in Dec last I was at your office, you gave me a letter to take to Mrs. Mulligan with whom my daughter Celia is living. I wished to get her from that place as they dont pay me any wages for...read more
This affidavit of identity, made to document a military bounty claim for Robert Lambert, deceased, reveals that Robert Lambert and his wife Rhoda Lambert were both enslaved by Nathan Adams of Haywood County, Tennessee. The document states that Robert Lambert served as...read more
This register of freedmen lists 17 freed men, women and children with the last name of Singleton, all formerly enslaved on the Manning estate in Ascension Parish, LA. Those listed may very well be extended family. If you are researching the name Singleton in Ascension...read more
One of the duties of the Freedmen's Bureau was to assist displaced or refugee Freedmen with transportation to another location. The bureau provided transportation for a variety of reasons - to help reunite families, to help Freedmen find employment, to help minor...read more
The Home Colony at Davis Bend, Mississippi was established by the Freedmen's Bureau in 1863-64 on land formerly owned by Jefferson Davis and his brother. Residents of the colony farmed some 5,000 acres on the site of the former Davis Bend Plantation, and in 1864...read more
Although this affidavit of identity was made in Memphis, Tennessee, it reveals that the former slaveholders for Peggy Wells and her son David Wells were Morgan and Mary An Wells of Tippah County, Mississippi. The document also reveals that the former slaveholder of...read more
Brookhaven, Miss,. November 12th, 1865 I have this day joined in lawful matrimony, James Shields, colored, of 58th USC Inftry, and Elvira Shields, colored, of Brookhaven Miss. James G. Witted Chaplain 58th USC Inf Witness: S.M. Preston Col 58th US Colr'd Inftry This...read more
This register of schoolchildren in Camden, Ouchita County, AR records the names of freed children enrolled in school in February, March, April, May and June of 1867. Within the journal, the record format is quite variable. The first few pages of the register list the...read more
Within Roll 84 of South Carolina Freedmen's Bureau records is a register of patients at the hospital at Hilton Head, SC. The register records the date of treatment, name of patient and ailment. Although there are column headings for race, age and gender, the...read more
"Mithel Roberson and Tabaitha Roberson freedman and freedwoman haveing lived together as husband and wife the Rits of Marriage were legally Solemnized by me between them in the Town of Bowling Green Warren County Kentucky Jan 10th 1866 N R Davis Min" Source Citation...read more
This undated register of labor contracts made in Livingston, AL records the names of many former slaveholders in Livingston, AL.read more
Sub Office Duncans Plantation Office Sub Asst Com Columbia July 7 1868 Jim Wadkins (fmc) on Jordans Plant. Sir Jane McNele (fw) complains that you have her children and will not give them up. You will deliver them to her when she applies or sends for them and have...read more
Mr. A Miller Aug 18 Sir, You will let the bearer Mark(?) have his wife Charlot and her two children Poley and William (colored) to take to the plantation of Mr. Stokes. You will furnish them with provisions enough to last until January 1866. I shall expect you to do...read more
The register of marriages for Cape Girardeau, Missouri records the name, residence and age for each bride and groom. You can view the entire register on FamilySearch. Source Citation "Missouri, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872," images, FamilySearch...read more
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