The State of South Carolina; Charleston District

Personally appeard J. Izard Middleton who upon oath say's, that in addition to the loss of his mill a statement and estimate of which is hereto annexed, he has lost 60 bushels(?)barrel(?) of rice valued at$20 per Bushel(?)Barrell(?) = $12_0 - which were consumed by fire with the said mill, also he claims for the Loss of the following salves, viz.

  1. 1. Toney aged 23 value $1600.00 taken 22 May/62
  2. 2. Tom " 22 " 1600.00 "
  3. 3. Philip " 25 " 1500.00 "
  4. 4. Scipio " 18 " 1800.00 "
  5. 5. Ben " 19 " 500.00 " Aug/62
  6. 6. Davy " 25 " 1400.00 ran away July/62
  7. 7. John " 30 " 1000.00 escaped Sept/62
  8. 8. Judy " 20 " 1200.00 "

The first four slaves were taken by the enemy on the 22d May 1862 from his plantation known as Crowfield situate on the east side of the place a_____  in All Saints Parish about 9 miles above Georgetown. -  The fifth salve was taken by enemy from the sea side of said plantation in August 1862. The sixth ran off and went to enemy in July 1862, and as represented to Deponent was afterwards seen ascending the side of their gun boat.  The seventh and eight escaped together in a boat stolen by the former in September 1862.  All the above slaves to the best of the Deponents knowledge and belief have been kept and harbored by the enemy.

In addition to the above losses, the salt works of this Deponent on the sea side of his said plantation were destroyed by the enemy these works he values at $500 - The aggregate of losses sustained by the deponent as herein before stated he estimates to the best of his knowledge and belief at Dollars

Sworn to before me this 15 Jany 1863 John Izard Middleton; James Tupper; Auditor Book no. 2 page 30 - 58 - 126

Charleston Houses and lots 4 in number on the east of the court Dr. G. W. Wescott

. . . he is the owner of certain houses & lots situated in the city of Charleston and known as Lots. No. on Wescott Court. That these lots are not abandoned property as he was never voluntarily absent thereform for the purpose of aiding and abetting the Rebellion. The houses are four in number on the east of the Court . . . . Oct. 6th 1865 G. W. Wescott has dark complexion, grey hair, blue eyes, 5'9" high 51 (57) years by profession a physician.

Two Oaths of alligence sworn in Edgefield S. Ca. Oct. 21 1865 by Martha Ann Toomer and Henerietta Toomer. E. Biggerstaff witness.

Charleston 225 East Bay St. Caroline Belitzer . . . that she is the exstrictrix trust or owner of the lot of land and buildings No. 225 on the East side of East Bay Street in the City of Charleston in the State of So. CAro. recently released from the Bureau of abandoned lands. That this real estate was never out of your petitoners possession at any time since the city has been occupied with Federal Troops. That the taxes were paid and _______ the Federal Tax Commission . . . Sept. 1866 John Phillips Magis.  She had dark complexion, dark hair, dark eyes is 5'6" high aged 45 years by profession a lady

Charleston House and lot 39 Bull ST. REv. J. L. Girardeau house rented he a prisoner of U. S. ARmy at Johnson's Island Chaplin 23 Regt. S. C. Vol. . . . respectfully sheweth that he is the legal owner of a certain House and lot situated in Bull Street and known as No. 39 that your petitioner's property is within the shelled district of the city. Your Petitoner would respectfully state tht he rented out the said house for the support of his family and that the said house was occupied by a tenant of his own appointment who continued in occupationas far as your petitoner's information extends until after the occupation of the City by the United States Forces; at what precise time your petitioner is unable to state as for several months and at about this time he was confined on JOhnson's Island as a Prisoner of War and on his release and return to the city he found the said property in the possession of the United States Authorities.

Your Petitioner was Chaplain of the 23rd. REgiment S. C. Vol. in which he acted only in his professional capacity. Your petitioner has taken the amnesty oath . . . . J. L. Girardeau has light complexion, dark hair, blue eyes is 5'10" high 39 year by profession a clergyman. Oct. 6, 1865

Charleston House and Lot on Anson St. Ann Martha Tennent dec. ext. Wm. Tennent

The petition of William Tennent Executor of the Estate of Mrs. Ann Martha Tennent of the City of Charleston, State aforesaid (deceased). . . respectfully sheweth that in his capacity of executor as aforesaid he is the legal representative of said Estate a part of which is the house and lot situated in Anson Street opposite George Street in the city and state aforesaid and know as no. ____ That he was in possession by proxy that is to say through an agent who was living on the said premises at the time of the occupation of the city by the Federal Forces. That the said house and lot was turned over to the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands by parties to you petitioner unknown. That your petitoner rented the said house from said Bureau in order to obtain personal possession of the same pending this application; has paid the tax required by the Government upon the aforesaid property and has also paid the month tax to said Bureau. . . . Wm. Tennent W. D. Porter (?) Magis. attested to by EDwin White, W. H.(?) Ramsey(?) and Wm. Hinson(?) 28 Nov. 1865.  Wm. Tennent has dark complexion, dark hair, dark eyes, 5'9" high 28 years by profession a lawyer August 7, 1865

Charleston 39 Broad Street James W. Wilkinson lawyer Tenant Madame Favier. He had fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, 5'8" high age 49 years by profession a lawyer. Sept. 26, 1865 . . .Personally appeared before me authorized to administer oaths for civil purposes James W. Wilkinson of the City of Charleston State and District aforesaid who being duly sworn on his oath says that he is the owner of a house and lot in said City and known and designated on the plan of the city as No. 39 Broad Street. That he was in possession of the said premises by the occupation therof by his tenant. Madmae Favier before and at the time of the breaking out of the rebellion & who continues to occupy it until driven by the shelling from MOrris Island to seek safety in the upper part of the city beyond the range of said batteries where she remained until the occupation of the City by the U. S. Froces. That she locked up the house took the keys with her and from time to time gave such supervision to the premises as the circumstances admitted. That the ruinous condition of the premises the affect of the shells prevented her immediate return whereupon a Freedman's Family was placed in charge of the property to protect it from further injury and hold it for the use of the owner until the necessary repairs could be made. This applicant furthe states that about the same time that his tenant was driven from the premises in qustion he and his family were also by the same cause driven from his residence in an adjacent quarter of the city, the necessity for which was soon made apparent by the striking of shell which passed through it soon after he evacuated it. He further states that being above the conscript age he was never required and never was in fact in the military service of the so called Confederate States nor was he otherwise engaged in aiding or encouraging the REbellion. . . This applicant further states that the premises in question wree never seized as abandoned by any act of the Government Agents but was brought under control of the Treasury Dept. by an act of his own intended for a very different purpose. Participating in the general belief that prevailed in the City viz. that all owners of property who had from any cause failed to pay their taxes on or before the sixth day of May 1865 were required to take leases from the Agents of the Treasury at __________ rent until the tax office should be reopened this deponent went forward in good faith in July last and applied for a lease and finding the the premises in question were no where entered upon the books of the Department as Abandoned or otherwise gave in a desceiption of the same with no ther view than that the lease might be made out correctly. The record of this lease as theis deponent is informed is the only evidence . . . (page missing)

Personally appeared before me William Whaley magistrate Jacob Williman Clerk and book keeper in the Treasury Department Eighth Special Agency who being duly sworn said: That on or about the 5th day of July last J. W. Wilkinson entered the office and expressed a desire to take out a lease of his property in Broad Street. That this deponent inspected the books of the office and cold find the property no where entered as written in the book containing the entries of abandoned property nor in any of the books of his office. That the said J. W. Wilkinson then described the premises as Broad Street No. 39 as the property he wished to lease and took a lease filled up the description accordingly. That up to the time of the transfer of the ______ of the treasury deaprtment the Freedmens Bureau the record of this lease is the only notice taken of the proeprty in question. I never understood Mr. Wilkinson as intending to report his property as abandoned but as intending to take out a lease in obedience to what was then generally thought to be a regulation applying to all property upon which taxes had not been paid. Jacob Willinman clerk Treasury Dept. 27th Sept. 1865


State of South Carolina

Charleston District

Personally appeared before me Whitmarsh Henry Seabrook who upon oath says that the return he made to the Commission appointed by the State Legislature to receive returns of property lost by reason of the invastion of the enemywas to the best of deponents knowledge and believe just and true and that the estimate of values affixed to the said return was based upon the price of property at the time of the loss

Sworn to before me W. H. Seabrook this 2 April 1863

James Tupper State Auditor

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