The Civil War in South Carolina
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State of South Carolina; Georgetown District
We the undersigned W. W. Oliver and W. A. G. Nesmith do hereby certify and declare that on the 22nd day of May 1862 we were on the Waccamaw Plantation of John Izard Middleton in this district and that his rice pounding mill and all of its contents together with the adjacent building were consumed by a fire set to them by Lieutenant H. F. McDonald then an officer of the Confederate States of America and in actual command of a Troop of Cavalry called the Marions Men of Winyah and that the said H. F. McDonald in answer to our remonstrances aginst said destruction of said buildings declared that he acted under the authority of his superior officers Witness Our hands this 27th Day of Oct.
John J. Woodard 1862; J. Mcdonald Tindal Wm. W. Oliver; White Hall (?)
Daniel Richardson__r W. A. G. NeSmith James Rolle(?)
I estimate the amount of the above loss at thirty-six thousand dollars and coroborate the facts above stated sworn to before me 15 Jan 1863. James Tupper, Auditor J. Izard Middleton
List of property belonging to Mrs. Elizh Gostenhofa late a resident of Edisto Island & abandoned by her when forced to leave the island with the other inhabitants in Nov. 1861
Yorkville Feb. 27, 1862; Seal in by Mrs. E. Gostenhofa to Mr. Wm. Whaley Charleston; entered 315 page 20 - 138
Return of property on Edisto Island, belonging to Henry Seabrook destroyed or in the possesionof the enemy.
Personally appeared before me Henry Seabrook who being duly sworn says that the above is a correct statement of the property belonging to him on Edisto Island & destroyed or in possession of the enemy - & that the valuation annexed to the same is reasonable & moderate. Sworn to before me Henry Seabrook this 22d Nov. 1862. M. J. Kuk(?) Not Pub. & Ex of Mag Book No. 2 70 - 94 - 114 - 142 - 146
State of South Carolina; Richland District
Personally appeared before me James Tupper, Auditor of the said state, John Townsend, who upon oath says, that the within schedule contains a true statement of the property lost by him by reason of the existing war, and that the estimated value of the property so lost as given in the said schedule is jut and reasonable according to the best of his knowledge and belief.
I hereby certfy that the foregoing deposition was taken and sworn to before me by the Hon. John Townsend whose proper signature appears thereto. And that the said deponent is well known to me and that his deposition is entitled to full faith and credit.
Given under my Hand at Columbia this 9th day of May 1863, James Tupper, Auditor
Estimate of Losses of Hon. John Townsend on Edisto Island & Wadmalaw Island, St. Johns Colleton Nov. 1861 Book no 2 pg 92- 86- 96- 114- 116- 144- 146
Estimate of Losses sustained by John Townsend of the Parish of ST. Johns - Colleton by reason of the invasion of the sea coast of South Carolina by the enemy, in November 1861
First - Loss at Bleak Hall and Sea Cloud Edisto Island
Second Loss at Bugby Wadmalaw Island
Book No. 2 page 86- 92- 96- 114- 116- 146- 144
Schedule of Property destroyed by order of our Government in Nov. 1861 On Edisto Island
Sworn to before me this 24th day of September 1862 F. M. Mitchell N. P, Schedule of Property taken possession of & destroyed by the Yankees during their possession of the islands
Sworn to before me this 24th day of September 1862 F. M. Mitchell N.P. E-22-40-58-76-80
Wm. Whaley Esgr
Edgefield Dist. Feby 26th
P. O. Graniteville, SC /62
To you as Chariman of the Commissioners appointed by the governor I take the liberty of sending the following statement. It will be of course, for that body to determine, whether it comes within the sphere of the duty required of them, in behalf of their fellow citizens.
When I was obliged to leave Edisto Island, I was under the necessity of leaving the following articles. Some of them, I have been told, are destroy'd by our own troops, under orders, and others have been injured since, and are at present lost to me: possibly may never be recover'd. They are as follows, viz.
Very respectfully, Wm. States Lee
Return of losses sustained by the Rev. W. Johnson on Edisto Island, on the occasion of its occupation by the enemy in November 1861
$3100.00 The State of South Carolina Richland District Personally appeared before me William Johnson who on oath says that the foregoing is an accurate description of the property of deponent which fell into the hands of the enemy on or about the day of November 1861 on the occasion of then occupation of Edisto Island, and which has since remained in their possession; that the same is worth at least three thousan one hundred dollars as above stated.
Sworn to & subscribed before me this 31st Wm. Johnson day of October AD 1863
D. :. McDonald, Magistrate
The State of South Carolina
Richland District Personally appeared before me Henry McKee and John A. Johnson who on oath say that they know the above named William Johnson & that the facts stated by him in the foregoing affidavit are entitled to full faith and credit. Deponents further say that the facts stated in the foregoing affidavit of the ownership, loss and value of the property therein referred to are true.
Sworn to & subscribed before me H. McKee
this 31 day of October AD 1863 John a. Johnson
Robert Duvall(?) Magistrate
State of South Carolina
Richland District I D. P. McDonald one of the magistrates duly appointed by the Legislature of the said State and qualified to act as such, do hereby certify that the above named applicants in the foregoing affidavit are known to me to be persons of credit.
October 31, 1863 D. P. McDonald, Magistrate
The State of South Carolina Richland District I Andrew B. Baskin clerk of the Court of Common Pleas
and General Session in and for the District of Richland, do hereby certify that D. P. McDonald whose name is affixed to the foregoing affidavits and certificate was at the time of making the same a magistrate for the said District duly appointed by the General Assembly of the said State and qualified to act as such and that his signatures thereto affixed are in his proper handwriting
Winess my hand and the seal of the said Court at Columbia this 31st day of October A.D. 1863
A. G. Baskin, CCP & GS
Per Lane Beard, Deputy
State of South Carolina June 23d 1863
Personally appeared before me, I Jenkins Mikell, Planter of Edisto Island in state of S. Carolina who being duly sowrn make oath, That on 14th day of Nov. 1861, the military protection of Edisto Islands, being withdrawn and the enemy within a few miles distant from his plantation, he did with his own hands, to prevent its falling into the enemy's possession, burn & destroy his crop of Super Fine Sea Island cotton amounting in his judgement to one hundred & seventy Bales. 300 lbs. to the bale and worth at the time in the Charleston market, at least thrity thousand dollars.
Sworn to before me this I. Jenkins Mikell
27th day of June 1863
B. T. Rogers Notary Public
State of S. Carolina June 23, 1863
Personally appeared before me Benjamin F. Rice who being duly sworn, made oath that he was Mr. I.J. Mikell's overseer at the time he destroyed his crop of cotton, and that he was present and witnessed the conflagrations, and that he believed the quanity & quality of cotton destroyed to be such as stated in Mr. Mikell's affidavit Sworn to before me this B. F. Rice
23 day of June 1863
J. C. Felder
A. J. Clark E 10- 28- 68- 92- 128- 152
Wm. M. Murray's return of property left in the hands of the enemy lost or destroyed
Capt John Murray
Camp near Winchester Va Oct 7th 1862
As I have not the opportunity of making a statement to you in person of the losses I have sustained by the enemy, I take this opportunity of doing so. They are as follows:
I trust that this will be received in time to be placed upon your report.
Your obt. srvt
J. J. Murray Book no 2 page 10 - 23- 42- 56
Wilson my cotton is very fine cousin William and brought sixty cts year before last sold by little Ben Bailey. I got for it myself 58 cts.
I see by the papers that you are chairman of the Commissioners appointed to appraise property lost or destroyed on the seacost. I returned my cotton already to Capt. Leo(?) Walker aid to Gen. Ripley but did not return the two houses which I burnt with the cotton they were twenty five feet by sixteen and one story and a half well finished with sashes and lights one of the buildings also had shead rooms of very good size. I have also lost every potatoe I had about five or six hundred bushels every piece of furniture was destroyed the reason that I lost so much was because the enemy came within a mile and a half and commenced shelling and I had to burn my cotton in their face and had no time to move anything. I would have come down myself but am sick. I also left some ten head of cattle which our soldiers used that if I don't get receipts for I think I ought to be returned.
Chas. H. Wilson Book no. 2 pg 12-44-58- 82- 102
Baynard William G. Baynard
At the Prospect Hill Plantation on Edisto Island
Lose on Little Edisto Plantation
Statement of loss as certified to by Mr. Edward M. Baynard who managed the planting interest of the late William G. Baynard
B. J. Whaley
Exor. of William G. Baynard E 24- 64- 84- 104- 124- 144
Edward W. Baynard 10th Feb 1862
Estimate amount of loss $15763.00
E 4- 64- 83- 104- 124- 144
State of South Carolina
Personally appeared William S.(?) Henry who upon oath says that on or about the day of 1861 a steam boiler and fixtures lent by him to J. J. Edings of Edisto Island fell into the hands of the enemy upon their occupation of the said island and has not been recovered by this deponent. The value of the said boiler and fixtures was five hundred follars.
Sworn to before me William S.(?) Henry
this 15 Jan'y 1863
Auditor entered in page 44
Losses sustained by J. Evans Edings on Edisto Island property destroyed to prevent it falling in the hands of the enemy etc.
The above is a true and correct estimate to the best of my knowledge and belief
J. Evans Edings
Aiken, Aug 8, 1862 E 16- 30- 70- 98- 116- 132- 160
List of property on Edisto Island in hands of enemy, Belonging To George R. Clark Viz.
E 10- 110- 152
Summerville Feby 20th 62 William Whaley Esq.
Please receive through this medium my returns of the amt of property belonging to the Est of J. J. Calrk burnt & other wise lost on the Plantation on Edisto Island - burnt by the Confederate States Yours truly
$8055 E - 10- 68- 92- 110- 152
Statement and Estimate of Losses sustained by reason of the abandonment of the Island of Edisto in November 1861 by Rev. Thomas Dawson
State of South Carlina
Personally appeared Thos. Dawson who upon oath says, that the above statement and estimate of his losses sustained from the abandonment of Edisto Island by command of the Military authorities are true to the best of his belief and knowledge Sworn to before me this 14 Jan'y 1863 Thomas Dawson
James Tupper Auditor E 96- 114- 132
Memorandum of Losses in removing from Edisto Island November 1861 No @
allowing 4lbs seed to to in in lint 4962 53 $2629.86
C. Q. Baileys seed in loss of
This cotton is said to have brought a higher price but is seldom as above Cotton of all kinds left in the several field from 8 to 10,000 lbs say 8000 lbs equal to 2000 in lint 2000 50 $1000.00 8962
Stain cotton in McA Gin House Bales3 per bal $40 120.00
N. B. The cattle were driven across the Ferry - 1 returned - 2 were killed in the state pen in Charleston and paid for by Mr. Walker, 1 killed by Wm. BAynard in St. Pauls & paid for and 2 recoverd by me at Revd. J. B. Seabrooks Plantation St. Pauls when they were found by him and kept for me.
Brought Forward & continues
Memorandum Nov. 1st 1861 of stock cotton provisions on J. J. R. Wescoats plantation Edisto Island to
E. Mikell Whaley Edisto Island
Book no. 2 14- 36- 44- 60- 130
Statement of loss of Estate of Edward Whaley by B. J. Whaley exor as he is informed Cotton burned by order of Confederate Government for bags weighing 300 lbs ea = 12000lbs at 50 cts a pound $6000 in field ten bags same weight and same price 1500
Cotton house burned 400
Lost 40 head of cattle at $15 600
carts wagons and plantation utensils and house furniture 500
B. J. Whaley
Edward Whaley Book no 2 pg 16- 44- 80- 104
List of Property lost - 1862
Jos. S. Whaley Book no. 2 pg 44-58-78-104-130
James E. Whaley M. D. of Edisto Island
B. S. Whaley presents the following claim for losses sustained from the invasion of the enemy
Sworn to before me this 1 April 1863 B. S. Whaley
Book no. 2 pg 12-32-44-58-80-128
Major Jas. W. Whaley of Edisto Island
Book no. 2 pg 14-46-60-80-104
W. S. Whaley
Advertisment out of the Newspaper
By JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE General Assembly of South Carolina, the Governor was authorized to appoint a COMMISSION, consisting of Five, to ascertain the value of property on the Seaboard, which has fallen into the hads of the enemy, lost or destroyed, either by the enemy, our own soldiers from a military necessaity, or by the parties themselves to prevent capture.
Under the above, the Governor saw fit to appoint the following commissioners:
William Whaley, Esq.
Hon. Edmund Rhett
Hon. Nathaniel Heyward
Paul Hamilton Waring, Esq.
Col. E. M. Seabrook
The above Commission will assemble at the Office of the chairman, 48 Broad-street, Charleston, S.C., at ___ o'clock, M., on the first day of March, next.
William Whaley, Chairman
N. B. - Statement of Losses may be presented at Broad-street, or either of the Commissioners, as by most convenient to parties.
List of Property belongling to Jos. Whaley of Edisto Island in the hands of the enemy, also that which was burnt -
Joseph Whaley $25,850
William Whaley Book no. 2 pg 46-60-80-104-130
B. J. Whaley Edisto Island
B. J. Whaley
Statement of his property destroyed by military authority of the Confederate States and otherwise lost by the enemy's occupation of Edisto Island Cotton in house burned by military orders of Confederate States as estimated by appraisers 34 bags 300 lbs each = 10200 lbs at 50 cts per pound that being the average price of the crop of 1860 $5100. True estimate of said cotton as made by E. Mikell Whaley who superintended the plantation 40 bags being 6 bags more at like weight and price 900 $6000
Cotton houses destroyed by said act 2 at 300 ea = 600
Blades burned in burning the cotton 15000lbs at 1 25/100 per 100 lbs 187.50
Blade house burned by like act 30 817.50
Cotton lost in the filed 10 bags 300 lbs ea 3000 at 50 cts per lb 1500.00
The State of South Carolina
Charleston District Personally appeared B. J. Whaley who on oath says that he believes the above statement to be a true account of his loss upon Edisto Island as has been authorized to be made and presented to the commissioners appointed by the General Assembly of the said State at its late setting of December 1861
Sworn to before me this day B. J. Whaley of February A.D. 1862
William Whaley Esq. and other commissioners.
B. J. Whaley
B. J. Whaley's Statement of property "destroyed" and "lost" on Edisto Island, Book no. 2 page 10-44-60
24 Feby 1862
The Return of B. J. Whaley Esq. property lost or destroyed
REPORT Wm. Whaley Esq.
Dear Sir, - As chairman of the commission "appointed by the governor under a joint Resolution of the General Assembly of South Carolina, to ascertain the value of property on the seaboard which has fallen into the hands of the enemy lost or destroyed, either by the enemy or our own soldiers:" - every thing being now quiescent upon the coast, and no change, either for the better or worse, being likely soon to take place, I now proceed to make my report to you, as far as my individual property is concerned, agreeably to the Resolution.
I know of no better way of approximating - if not of getting at the real value of the property on Wadmalaw Island, S.C. of which I have become dispossessed by the War, than by reffering to the estimate put upon it in the summer or sutumn preceeding the War, by the Officer appointed to take the United States Census. My negroes were then valued at $800 round. My plantation was by him estimated to be then worth at least $70,000, which was afterwards much improved and enhanced in value by the labor of field hands, in collecting and in the preparation of manures & in the improvement of fences, roads, bridges, & & By the almost continuous employment of from 8 to 10 first rate Mechanics in building, repairing and improving the dwelling house, the numerous out buildings, negro houses & including whitewashing, color washing and paintting - to the number of about Sixty. The building and repairing of carts, - various kinds of machinery and of plantation tools, including blacksmith's and painter's work. And this process was actively going on, not only before but from and after the time of taking the Census, up to the memorable 18th of December 1861, when I was suddenly and unexpectedly warned off - virtually driven off by a message from Col. Branch, at 4 o'clock in the morning, - who was represented by the officer first, as being then on the retreat from Rockville, with his REgiment, and that he with his command were on their way to the Episcopal Church on John's Island, 12 miles from Rockville, - and then a mile in advance of my gate, leaving me, save one perhaps, the only white man on the Island. At 2 o'clock the previous afternoon I visited Col Branch at his encampment at Rockville. He told me that no enemy was near - none was expected - and that nothing was to be apprehended. That I was going on very well with my packing and sending off my goods and chattles; - to continue to do so, - and that I had a plenty of time for all necessary purposes. Judge of my surprise - to be awaked from a sound sleep at 4 o'clock in the morning by an officer sent by Col. Branch, informing me that "two great four masted steamers were coming directly up the Bohicket River to my landing; - and that one or more gun-boats were ascending the Wadmalaw - sound upon the other side of the Island; - and that I must get up and be off - and remove my negroes as best I could.
I did get up, - sent for my three Frivers - my Coachman, my Butler, some of my most faithful and trustworthy house servants, my Cockswain and several of my most trust mechanics. All of whom were informed of the purport of Col. Branch's message, and directed to prepare to get off according to previous arrangements in case of such an emergency. All indicated a cheerful compliance, - leaving, however, I am constrained to say, from previous symptoms, some doubt of thier loyalty - and of their faithfulness in the execution of orders.
My horses and carriage were ordered to be got ready. My gig and horse - also my plantation horses mules and carts, - and my boats were all ordered to be got ready for the exodus which was to follow.
Having made all the specific arrangements which the occasion required; about three hours after the notice was given, I stepped into my carriage, taking with me one servant only - and as many small articles (including gems, swords, pistols &) as I could conveninetly carry and drove off. My long tired and devtoed servant James, (the Doctor so called,) was directed to follow me in a few hours, or as soon as conveninet in a gig, and to take with him a lame female house servant (seamstress) if practicable. Other servants in the carts were directed to follow him, - whilst a certain number of oarsmen were directed to proceed up the Bohicket river, in the boats, with as many women and children as they could carry. The rest, except a few old and infirm people, together with two pregnant women and their families, nurses & - were to proceed on foot to the Church bridge, by a short rute, where I would endeavor to procure some assistance from the Military in getting them on to Stono- Ferry. There my own boats were expected to ferry them across the river to Mr. Barker's place in St. Andrew's Parish, where arrangements had been previously made for their reception, - and where my son-in-law Mrs. Osma Bailey had temporarily removed his people.
At the Church, where the Military had halted, I had an interview with Col. Branch, the commanding officer, to whom I made application for assistance in getting off my negros. He replied, "tht he would furnish none" - for said he, "It is as much as we can do to take care of ourselves." He had alrady destroyed Bugby bridge, and threatened to destroy the Church bridge, and I feared he would do so before I could get those of my people across, who were on foot. I requested him to secure and to protect my boats in the neighboring marsh, whence my people would walk to the ferry, *- as they were essential to me, not only in getting the negroes off - but in the removal of my goods and chattles. He said "he could not think of (attend to) such things," and declined any assistance whatever. As the government wagons, loaded with tents, camp equipage, stores & were pushing on for the ferry, I was advised to hasten on, lest I should not be able to get across without much delay, if at all, they having precedence.
(*provided that it shoud be deemed unsafe for them to continue on by water down the Church Creek)
I certify that the following are my losses by fire by orders of the military authorities, & by the occupation of the Abolition forces on Edisto Island, in St. Johns Colleton, State of So. Ca.Burnt by order of the militry authorities my entire crop of cotton which was in 4 different houses from fifty to 60 bags valued at $12,000
I certify that the above return is true and just to the best of my knowledge
Sworn to 19th Nov. 1862 Book no. 2 10-42-56-102-124
ST. Andrews Parish
J. M. Mikell
Return of losses on the seaboard
Jos M. Mikell
Book 2 pg 10-30-42
Aiken Oct. 11th 1862 Wm. Whaley Esq.
I have visited the city twice, intending submitting to you a statement of my crop of cotton destroyed by myself on 14th Nov. last, to prevent its falling into the hands of the Enemy, but on both occasions you were absent from the city. I do so now by letter, hoping it may be in time for your report. I also enlose _____ copy of a letter from Col. Black certifying to the fact of the co__________ation. Yours very truly I. Jenkins Mikell
_____ _______ me the setting(?) of Col. Black
HeadQuarters 1st. Bat: S.C.C
Captain Camp Ripley Jan: 30th 1862
In my reports of Nov. 27 stating the amount of produce burnt on Edisto Island. The crops of Mr. I. Jenkins Mikell and Dr. P. P. Mikell which was burnt by the owners in person and reported to me is omitted. I was apprised of the burning at the time (Nov. 14, 1861) and the amt as reported to me was as follows.
These gentlemen after the order to ecacuate the island was published were the first who nobly set the example to burn what could not be removed when beyond all doubt it was within the invaders power.
Respectfully your ob. sert.
Jm S. Black, St. Col. Comdg 1st Bat: S.C.V
To His Excellency Gove. F. W. Pickens
Enclosed is a supplementary Report of the Cotton burnt on Edisto Island. Mr. Mikell first set the example in this section of the country for which de deserves credit.
Respectfully yr ob sert
Jm. S. Black St. Col. Commdg 1st. Bat. S. C. V.
Mr. I Jenkins Mikell Dr Sir Above is a copy of my report your letter made to Gen. Ripley's office & a copy sent to the Governor.
J. S. Black Book no 2 page 42-80
Daufuskie Island John Stoddard Trustee "Bloody Point", "Melrose Plantation", "Cooper River", "Mary Field" . . .for the restoration of Bloody Point Plantation, Daufuskie Island, SC having entered into an agreement by lease with the freedmen residing thereon and lease having approved by the Board of Supervisors and said plantation being held by the Bureau . . . Jan 13, 1866 . . . for the restoration of "Melrose" Plantation, Daufuskie Island, SC having entered into an agreement by lease with the freedmen residing thereon and lease having been approved by the Board of Supervisors and said plantation being now held by the Bureau . . . Jan 13, 1866
. . .for the restoration of "Cooper River" plantation Daufuskie Island, SC having entered into an agreement by lease with the freedmen resident thereon and lease having been approved by the Board of Supervisors and said plantation being now held by the Bureau . . . Jan 13, 1866
. . .for the restoration of a plantation on Daufuskie Island, So. Ca. known as "Maryfield" said plantation being unoccupied by Refugees or Freedmen, and no assignment of land having been made thereon pursuant to GEn. Sherman's S.F.O. No. 15 and being now held by the Bureau . . . Jan 8, 1866
Prince Williams Parish St. Bartholomews Parish "Cypress" stepfather John C. Whaley next friend of the infant children of Henry F. Ferguson children FAnnie B. Ferguson, John Ferguson, Frasier Ferguson, _______ Ferguson The petiton of John C. Whaley a loyal citizen of the State and United States aforesaid shows that by his marriage with the widow of the late Henry F. Ferguson he became the stepfather of his infant children by him said Fannie B. Ferguson, John Ferguson, Frasier Ferguson and Henry(?) Ferguson. That they have no _______ constitution(?) __ _______ _______ petitoner must act for them that they are entitled to the plantations the one lying in Prince Williams Parish in Beaufort District and the other in St. Bartholomews Parish in Colleton District in the State aforesaid. That the first names plantation has nver been planted by those entrusted with the same of the said children. That the second plnatation was on behalf of them cultivated by their mother and step-father your petitioner until military operations rendered the same impracticable. The said ________ the country was such that those entrusted(?) in behalf of the children could no longer control the possession of these lands. Your petitioner on behalf of said children prays that ___ __ _____ ______ restoring(?) the possession of these lands to the petitioner or some one exhibiting (rest missing) sworn by John C. Whaley in Orangeburg Dist Sept. 1865 Henry Ellis No. Pub. John C. Whaley has dark complexion, dark hair, blue eyes, 5'9" high, 47(41?) years by profession a planter 4 pages unreadable one page partially able to read: 1. Cypress Plantation of Late John Ferguson in Prince Williams Parish Beaufort District. 2. Dr. Bullard (?) and for Gibbes Place in St. Bartholomews Colleton Disrict
Skidaway Island, Ga. "Modena" W. R. Nelson
. . .for the restoration of his plantation on SKidaway Isalnd, Ga. known as "Modena" the same being occupied by freedmen who hae entered into a contract for labor with the said Nelson said contract having been approved by the supervisory board and said plantation being held by the bureau . . .
James Island Thomas Grimball "Grimball Plantation" 1465 acres Isaac Grimball executor T. H. Grimball and applicant for the restoration of "Grimball Plantation" James Island, S. C. It appearing that the same is unoccupied either by freedmen or others.
Sarah Grimball has fair complexion, dark hair, dark eyes is 5' __"(?) high aged 26 years by profession a lady. 20th day of Jan. 1866 Isaac P. Grimball has fair complexion, dark hair, grey eyes, 5'8" high aged 42 years by profession a planter. Jan. 20th, 1866 The Petition of Isaac P. Grimball a loyal citizen of the United States who has taken the amnesty oath . . . sheweth that he is the duly qualified Executor of the last will and testament of his brother the late Thomas H. Grimball who departed this life on or about the 5th day of October 1864 leaving a widow Mrs. Sarah Grimball and one child now about six years of age surviving him the only parties interested in his Estate. That the said Mrs. Sarah Grimball has also taken the amenesty oath aforesaid a certified copy of which is hereunto annexed that among other prooperty owned by the estate of your petitioner's testator is a tract of land on James Island containing fourteen hundred and sixty five acres more or less bounded North by lands of the Estate of John Rivers and lands lately belonging to the estate of Dr. Thomas Legare, East by lands letely owned by the Estate of Dr. Thomas Legare by the public road known as the Savannah Road and by lands of the Estate of Wm. Horace Rivers - South by lands of the Estate of Wm. HOrace Rivers and Solomon Legare and creeks and marshes and west by Stono River also a lot at the village of Secessionville. The the petitioner's testator was in the actual occupation and possession of the said property until some time in the early part of the month of June 1862 when he was compelled to vacate the same in consequence of an order from the military authorities of the so called Confederate States requiring all the inhabitants of James Island to remove with their negroes from the Island as speedily as possible from which time the entire island including the said tract and lot of land was held by the Confederate authorities as a military post until its occupation by the forces of the United States on or about the 18th day of February 1865 who still continue to hold the same. And your petitioner further sheweth that neither he nor any of the parties interested in the said property come within the excepted classes contained in the proclamation aforesaid under the circumstances above set forth your petitioner claims that the said lands were never abandoned within the meaning of the act of Congress approved on 2nd July 1864 and he therefore in behalf of himself and the parties interested prays that he may be restored to the possession of the said property eith all his just and legal rights therein and that he may have a just award for the use and occupation thereof by the United States during the term of their possession as for such rents and profits as have been received by their agents and your petitoner will ever pray ans so forth. John E. Rivers Esq. is hereby authorized to act as the attorney of your petitoner in presenting this petition and to do all acts necessary to be done to effect a restoration of the property. 20th Jan. 1866 I. P. Grimball E. Rivers Magis.
Personally appeared before me Robert Lebby, Jr., JOhn C. MInott and Elias L. Rivers and made oath that they are all well acquainted with Mr. Isaac P. Grimball that they were also well acquainted with the late Thomas H. Grimball and his family. that they have carefully read the petition of the said Isaac P. Grimball as executor of the said Thomas H. Grimball herewith filed praying for the restoration of a tract and a lot of land on James Island owned by the Estate of Said Thomas H. Grimball . . . Robt. Lebby, Jun., John C. MInott, Elias L. Rivers 20th Jan. 1866
James Island lot at Secessionville ½ acre Thomas H. Grimball ext. Isaac P. Grimball . . .The petiton of Isaac P. Grimball executor of the last will and testament of Thomas H. Grimball deceased respectfully sheweth that some months ago he filed a petiton to this Bureau for the restoration of the property owned by his testators Estate on James Island consisting of a plantaton which has since been restored to your petitioner and a lot of land at the village of Secessionville measuring about one half acre more or less which has not yet been restored to your petitoner. That he as been informed that Capt. Ketchum late asst. Com. of the Bureau at this place and by whose order the said plantation was restored took with him the original petition as a voucher for his action on the premises which render this application necessary and your petitioner further sheweth that all the forms required by the Bureau has been complied with in his original petiiton. He therefore prays that he may be restored to the possession of the said lot of land at the village of Secessinville with all his just and legal rights therein . .
Mr. E. Rivers Atty for Isaac P. Grimball 18th May, 1866
Personally appeared before me Robert Bee and W. W. Lawton and made oath that they are well acquainted with Isaac P. Grimball that they have read his petition herewith filed that they know the lot of land therein referred to to be the property of The Estate of Thomas H. Grimball of which the said Isaac P. Grimball is executor. Robert Bee W. W. Lawton 11th May 1866
Johns Island "Days" "Deas" Plantation 457 acres highland 99 acres of marsh Isaac Grimball Isaac P. Grimball of Johns Island . . . is the owner of a certain plantation on Johns Island State and District aforesaid known as "Days" Plantation containing four hundred and fifty seven (457) acres of high land and ninety nine (99) of marsh situate and bounded as follows N. by lands of John H. Fripp and E. F. McElheney E. by Stono River W. by lands of McElhenny and by the Estate of Burden S. by the Stono River . . . William Whaley of Charleston, SC is attorney. I. P. Grimball William Whaley Magis. 22 Jan. 1866
We the undersigned do solomenly swear the we are personally acquainted with Isaac P. Grimball and that we know from our personal knowledge that the facts within this application are true . . . William M. Rivers Daniel A.
Stevens 27th January 1866
Johns Island "Days" (Deas) Plantation 457 acres high land 99 acres of marsh Isaac P. Grimball has fair complexion, dark hair, grey eyes is 5'8" high age 42 years by profession a planter. Johns Island, SC Feb. 21(?) 1866 I have the honor to report tht there at this date on the plantation known as "Days" plantation former owner, Mr. Isaac P. Grimball, JOhns Island, 10 families, consisting of 7 men, 9 women and 11 children. These people came upon the place in De. 1865 and January 1866. There were 5 families who came upon the place in April 1865 and planted 65 acres but they have since left it and have gone to another plantation where they lived before the war. No certificates are held by the present occupants for the land occupied.
Johns Island "Waterloo" 895 acres high land 127 acres of marsh land Paul C. Grimball est. Isaac Grimball . . .he is the owner as executor of Paul C. Grimball (deceased) of a certain plantation on Johns Island State and District aforedaid known as "Waterloo" containing eight hundred and ninety five (895) acres of highland andd one hundred and twenty seven of Marsh (127) bounded as follows N. by lands of Wm. Whaley & N. Stevesn. E. by Stono River S. by lands of P. T. (?) Gervais and Whaley W. by Whaley and Est. of Roper . . . Wm. Whaley of Charleston, S. is hereby authorized to act as the attorney . . . 22nd of Jan. 1866 I. P. Grimball Sworn to by Willim F. STevens and Danile A. Stevens Wm. Whaley magis.
Johns Island Feb. 21, 1866 . . .I have the honor to report that there are at this date on the plantation known as "Waterloo" Johns Island Mr. Isaac Grimball former owner, 25 families consisting of 23 men, 32 women and 37 children: these people came upon the place this present year and one holds a certificate for land he occupies. 10 families came upon this plantation on April 1865 and planted 30 acres but have since removed to land upon which they lived before the war.
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 thge 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
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