The Civil War in South Carolina


St. Johns Island Property Losses of Record

REPORT Wm. Whaley Esq.

Dear Sir, - As chairman of the commission "appointed by the governor under a joint Resolutin 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 already 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)

Schedule of Property lost by Isaac P. Grimball, Planter of John's Island St. Johns Colleton by reason of the invasion of the Enemy. Viz:

  1. Seventy-nine (79) Negroes, who fled to the Enemy on the 20th May 1862
  2. Household furniture of winter and summer residences, including bedding &c valued @ $2,500
  3. One twelve oared Boat valued at 400
  4. One six oared boat " " 250
  5. One four oared boat " " 150
  6. Four flats valued each at $50 200
  7. Forty head of Stock Cattle, and twenty-four head of sheep driven off the island by Confederate Troops and never accounted for Three mules impressed for use of Confederate Troops by Col Black, (by order) and appraised at $560, and never paid for -

I do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct return of Property lost by me

Isaac P. Grimball

Sworn to before me

on the 20th May 1862


The return of Losses of Mrs. Mary S. Townsend of St. Johns Colleton Parish

1. Furniture value $300

2. prime fellows $2400 Book no pg 114-116

Townsend Estimate of Losses sustained by Daniel I. 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 Rockland, Wadmalaw Island

  1. 44 negroes, Ranaway to the enemy 39,600
  2. Cotton burned 3,000
  3. Crop of potatoes abandoned 100
  4. Crop of fodder abandoned 200
  5. 800 bushels of Pease abandoned 800
  6. Steam engine, gins, carts & c 2,000
  7. Plantation Utencils, carts &c 200
  8. Household furniture 300


Second Loss at Rockville, Wadmalaw Island injury to Dwelling and furniture 500


Third Loss at Head Quarters Johns Island

  1. 42 negroes, ranaway to the enemy 37,800
  2. cotton burned and abandoned in the field 3,000
  3. Steam engine, gins, machinery 2,000
  4. Plantation utencils, carts &c 200
  5. Household furniture 500


Fourth Loss at Oakland Johns Island

  1. 10 negroes, ranaway to the enemy 9,000
  2. cotton and buildings burned 2,200
  3. Household furniture &c 500


Total Loss 101,900

South Carolina) Personally appears Daniel J. Townsend & makes oath that the forgoing estimate Orangeburg District) & statement of losses sustained by him by reason of the invasion of the sea coast of South Carolina by the Enemy in November 1861 is just and true

Sworn to & sustained before me this 7 April 1863 W. M. Hutson D. J. Townsend

Notrary Public Book no. 2 pg 18-38-92-96-110-144


Dr. Thomas Curtis

  1. 2 n____en 2000
  2. 1 girl(?) 800
  3. 1 " 1000
  4. 1 boy 1000
  5. 1 " 600
  6. 1 " 800
  7. 1 " 1200
  8. Frasier 5 500
  9. William 1200
  10. Celia 3yrs 250
  11. 1 man 1200
  12. Maria 1000


  1. 1,349 furniture



Francis S. Curtis

Statement of Losses sustained by Francis S. Curtis on John's Island So Ca,

  1. 4 negroes 1 man 27 yrs of age,
  2. 1 woman 25 yrs of age,
  3. 1 woman 23 yrs of age
  4. 1 child 2 yrs old valued $4000

Francis S. Curtis, Charleston January 13th 1863

The above negroes escaped to the enemy in April 1862

Francis S. Curthis

I concur in the above appraisement

Mr. M Petit(?)

Broker E 30


The subjoined is a correct Statement of the losses sustained by Dr. Thomas Curtis of Johns Island not including the damage done his plantation which has been in the occupation of the militar since November 1861

  1. Rose 32 years ) Enciente 245 Acres Corn 16 Bu
  2. Edey 34 " 8 acres potatoes
  3. Mary 14 23 acres peas 7 bu
  4. Affey 15
  5. Sam 16
  6. Thomas 11
  7. Fondy(?) 14
  8. Brister 17
  9. Francis 5
  10. William 24
  11. Celia 3
  12. Jacob 24
  13. Mariah 36 13
  14. Furniture, library & office furniture I place at the lowest estimate at $1349.00

Sworn to 22d Oct 1862

Thos. Curtis

The above repeated and followed by:

I regret to State the subjoined had been done by the troops of the Confederacy. My Plantation the whole fencing destroyed. Dwelling house damag'd, two corn houses entirely destroyed, dairy, kitchen, & poultry houses likewise. Cotton house, & stables, with carriage house, much damaged. Eight new Negroe houses, weather & flooring boards destro'd ornamental fence to flower garden destroy, the Rem___ yard fencing.

  1. Furniture
  2. 1 piano, 1 settee, 1 Marble top slab
  3. 4 _ Marble ___ drawer 1 set bead steps
  4. 2 tables, 1 hang lamp, office furniture
  5. 1 Holmes Chair, 7000 shingles
  6. 259 acres of corn 6 acres potatoes 32 acres peas

On the side of the page: The estimate of value appears on statement of Col. Orr

The following items not embraced in statement furnished to Hon. James L. Orr

  1. 1 gray ______ 7 yrs O__e, cost $275
  2. 1 eight oared boat 130

Thos. Curtis, Factors Ohear(?) Roper & Stoney, Charleston

SC E 10-30-94-130-154


F de Lasteyrie

Taken by the Yankees from Wadmalaw

13000 seed cotton Nett 3000 50 1500 at present valuation 30 per ct added 450 Negroes taken from Wadmalaw & Edisto 49 head valued 750 Round $36750 $38700 OHarry, Davy, Murray, Charles, Alfred, Adam, Cupid, Margaret, Henry, Sarah, Sampson, Phillis, Rocks, Hannah, Bella, Ellen, Annie, Tenah, Lyddy, Rachel, Philemon, Nan, Peggy, Peter, Thomas, Prince, Jeffery, Mary, Ben, Bob, Mily, Phoeby, Lyloy, Charity, Nan, Minah, Mily, Mary, Bella, Rose, Sarah, Mirah, Nelly, Daphny, Hannah, Nero, Luch, Richard, Rose, John

James Hopkinson, for F de Lastegne

Sworn to before me this 24th day of September 1862 F. W. Mitchell N.P.

F de Lasteyrie

Schedule of Property destroyed by order of our Government in Nov. 1861

  1. 1 Cotton House 250
  2. 52000 Seed Cotton (12000 lbs) 50 6000
  3. If valued at present quotation of cotton 30 per ct. will have to be added 1800


James Hopkinson, fo F de Lasteyre

Sworn to before me this 24th day of September 1862 F. M. Mitchell N.P.

E 14-32-70


Return of losses sustained by me, in consequence of the Island being abandoned by our Government and their forceble attempt to remove the negroes, _ngl__ded cattle &c taken by the government

  1. Seven prime negroes $7,000
  2. 6 head of sheep @ 5 130
  3. 6 head of cattle @ $20 120
  4. 110 bush corn used @ $1.30 165
  5. Furniture 200

Johns Island $7,615, Nov. 4th 1862

E. T. Melhenny Book no 2 pge 28-56-78-102


Names of the Negroes that deserted to the Federal forces

  1. Phillis
  2. William
  3. Peter
  4. George
  5. Thomas
  6. Jolly & child
  7. Phillip
  8. Dick
  9. Value of Property in from of furniture and buidlings destroyed by Confederate troops stationed on the Plantation $300(?)

Jas. L. Walpole

Book no. 2 pg 36-108


Charleston April 15, 62

I have lost six negroes & Seven bags of cotton James Brown


Fairfield District SoCa January 25 1863

I certify that this is a correct statement of losses I have sustained by my property falling into the hands of the enemy or being abandoned to them.

  1. Seven bales of fine Sea Island Cotton. Eight prime negroes, ten head of
  2. cattle, a fine ten oared boat, a four oared skiff boat, a carriage, sixty
  3. acres of corn four of potatoes
  4. Statement of losses sustained by James Brown of John's Island SoCa
  5. 7 bales of cotton average weight per bale 300
  6. 2000 c 43c $ 903.00
  7. 8 negroes 4 men & 4 women 1400.00
  8. 10 head of cattle @ 12.50 125.00
  9. 2 boats 300.00
  10. 600 bushels of corn @ 125 750.00
  11. 1 carriage 100.00


Sworn to before me this 27th Jan y 1863 James Brown

James Tupper


December 1st loss was when Col Branch retired from Rockville in Nov. 1861 which caused 5 of his negroes to go to the enemy.

The 2d loss, embracing all the rest, occured about May 62 when Gen. Evans ordered all the inhabitants to leave John's Island, in doing which the property of deponent mentioned in the annexed list (exclusive of the 5 slaves) was lost

James Brown


Fairfield District

S. Ca 24-64-84-104-144


Losses(?) No. 2

Report of negroes lost of abandoned on Johns Island in May 1862 belonging to the Est. Kinsey Burden Senr(?)

  1. 1. one negro fellow named George 55 $ 800.00
  2. 2. one " do " S____n 34 1200.00
  3. 3. one " do " Morris 29 1000.00
  4. 4. one " woman " Joan 23 1300.00
  5. 5. her infant one year old 100.00
  6. 6. one negro fellow named George 37 800.00
  7. 7. one " do " Edward 32 1200.00
  8. 8. one " woman " Affey 63 200.00
  9. 9. one " fellow " S____n 38 500.00


  1. No 1 & 2 absent at wives houses when cavalry took away others
  2. No. 3, 4 & 5 left by Cavalry on Road to St. Pauls
  3. No. 6 & 7 escaped from public work (Military) in St. Pauls Parish
  4. No. 8 & 9 left on Plantation
  5. Return of negro lost or abandoned at Johns Island, belonging to the Estate of Kinsey E. Burden in May 1862 one negro fellow named Bostow(?) 33 $1200.00
  6. also one horse 30.00


State of South Carolina

York District

Personally appeared before me Kinsey Burden Executor Est K Burden Senr, late of Johns Island in St. John's Colleton but now a residing York District, who maketh oath that the above return of negroes lost, abandoned on Johns Island and belonging to the Estate of Kinsey Burden Sen and KInsey E. Burden is just and true and the valuation is set down at what said negroes, would have brought in Market at the time disappeared(?) viz in May 1862 and this deponent further saith that most of the said Negroes were lost because it was attempted to remove them from the plantation in the absence of the deponent that he was on the island, the day previous, and had removed some of the Gang to Charleston and had made arrangements to remove the others that had he known of the intentions of the military authorities, he would have assisted in the measure, and they probably been able to remove all of these. That three of said negroes were lost on the road in consequence of the insufficient guard of the Cavalry that two others escaped from the charge of the Engineer in St. Pauls Parish, after they were removed, and while at work there, and other two were left on the plantation by the Cavalry, because one was lame, and the other left to take charge of him, and that Deponent was unable to reclaim these two last afterwardly because he was forbidden to go on the island. That he has reason to believe that these two are still at the Plantation, and if ever reclaimed, this value will be deducted from the above. For these reasons this deponent maintains(?) that the claim upon the Confederate States Authorities is es_________ ______ ________ with losses occuring(?) from the carlessness or mismanagement of the said authorities, and the assumption of a resbonsibility.

Kinsey Burden

Sworn to before me

this 27th of October 1862

A. T. Black Magt

Personally appeared before me Wm. B. Burden executor Est Kinsey E. Burden deceased who maketh oath, that the list and value now of negroes belonging to the estate of Kinsey Burden Sen & Kinsey E. Burden, decd the facts and statements in the annexed affidavit of Kinsey Burden Executor are just and true to the best of his knowledge and belief.

Sworm to before me Wm. B. Burden

this of October 1863

A. T. Black, Magt

South Carolina

York District J. S. E. Moore Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas & General Session for said District do hereby certify that A. T. Black, before whom the within affidavit was made, was at the date thereof a magistrate for said District who has been duly appointed and qualified, and has signed the book(?) according to law in my office.

Given under my hand and seal(?) of office at

York Court House this 28th day of October 1863

J. E. Moore


List of property abandoned to destroyed on Johns Island, by order of the Confederate Authority in May 1862 and belonging to Est. Kinsey Burden, Senr.

Losses(?) No. 1

  1. One cotton house, burned at Hut Plantation by order Brig. Gen. Evans, in mistake(?) for the cotton house valued at $500.00
  2. Sundries contained therein not embraced in list below 200.00
  3. 2 cypress canoes abandoned 250.00
  4. 2 " flats " 100.00
  5. 2 Plan Horses 100.00
  6. 1 carriage & double harness 90.00
  7. 5 per cart wheels @ $40 200.00
  8. 2 whippers $80 2 cotton frame(?) 100.00
  9. 1 Grain Screen 30.00
  10. 56 ____ing seive, $112 36 Foot Seive $108 220.00
  11. Plough, chain & harness 90.00
  12. 10 Collinsare(?) $15 3 daz hoe $24 39.00
  13. 2 Corn sheller $20 3 whip saws $18 32.00
  14. 2 xcut saws 8.00
  15. Carpenter tools, anvils(?), _____ _____ steelyard, Grain stored,
  16. fodder cutters P_____, Picking S____s, wheel barrows, tool chest
  17. pick axe, grubbing hoe, ____le, weights, block & tackle 200.00
  18. Negro Clothing & Blankets 400.00
  19. $2719.00
  20. Belonging to Kinsey Burden furniture, bedding, crockery &c 300.00

State of South Carolina

York District

Personally appeared before me Kinsey Burden Executor Est. Kinsey Burden, Senr. formerly of Johns Island in St. Johns Colleton who being duly sworn, maketh oath that the above statement and valuztion of Property abandoned on Johns Island, belonging to said estate and to himself is just and true and the value set down is what said property in which said property & believed to have been worth at the period named that the cotton house was burnedhave been informedby the neighbors o duty on the Island, by the order of Brig. Gen. Evans and by the personal agency of a detachment of Col. Blacks 3rd SoCa Cavalry, at the same time with the cotton houses on the neighboring plantations that this and the forcible expulsion of the Planters from the island and the oder forbidding them to return to look after or remove their property are matters of notoriety and render the claim against the Confederate States Government for indeminity as equitable and just & true.

Sworn to before me Kinsey Burden

this 27th of October 1863

A. T. Black Magt

Personally appeared before me Wm. D. Burden, who maketh oath that the facts and statements in the above affidavit of Kinsey Burden Executor and the list and valuation of Property abandoned or destroyed by order of Confederate Authority are just and true to the lest of his knowledge and belief.

Sworn to before me Wm. D. Burden

this of October 1863

A. T. Black Magt.

South Carolina

York District S. I. E. Moore Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas & Genreal Sessions for said district do hereby certify that A. T. Black before whom the attached affidavit was made, was at the date thereof a magistrate for said District, who had been duly appointed & qualified and had signed the oath kept according to law in my office.

Given under my Hand and seal of office at

York Court House this 28th day of October

AD 1863 S. E. Moore



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

  1. Cotton House, Blade House, Gin House & ___ting do at 2,000
  2. Blades or Fodder at 1,000
  3. Gins & mating(?) tables at 250
  4. carts & wheels at 250
  5. cotton seed at 500
  6. Abandoned when leaving the Island 1200 or 1000 bushels of corn &
  7. 300 or 400 bushels of peas valued at 1,500
  8. two carriages & 1 set of harness at 350
  9. four or five months provision of potatoes at 1,000
  10. flat valued at 250
  11. Household matters and furniture at 3,500


I certify that the above return is true and just to the best of my knowledge

O.H. Middleton

Sworn to 19th Nov. 1862 Book no. 2 10-42-56-102-124

State of South Carolina

Chesterfield District

James LaRoche now resident in the District and state aforesaid come in person before me and swears tht as agent for Dr. James C. Seabrook of St. Johns Colleton he delivered at the call of the agent of the State for that prupose Francis S. Holmes a negro man slave named Jack about twenty five years of age to work on the fortification at or near Charleston; that the said negroe was inpressed on the sixteenth day of September AD 1862 for the said service for the period of one month; that he was an able bodied and valuable field hand and at the time of impressment was in good health and sound in body; that deponent is informed and believes that the said negro was under the charge of Capt. Ramsay and was employed on James Island near Wappoo Cut; that he was in service under said impressment two and a half months was taken sick while in service with Typhoid Neumonia of which he died after being sent home about the first of November(?) in the year aforesaid having been attended while at home by Dr. Cornelius Koolock a physician of experience and reputation, but this deponent does not know whether any and if any what physician attended him while in service. He died on above stated about the first of December 1862

Sworn to before me, August 17th 1863 James La Roche

W. L. T. Prince, Notary CD

The State of South Carolina

Chesterfield District Personally comes Gideon W. Duvall Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Roads for the District and State aforesaid who says on oath that the negroe Jack named in the above affidavit was impressed at the time for the purpose and by the authority aforesaid

Sworn to before me, 17rh Aug 1863 G. W. Duvall

W. L. T. Prince Chairman B.C.orCR, Notary CD

Also comes before me Alexander W. Ellerbe who swears that he went down to Charleston and James Island as Superintendent the part of the owners at the time stated and the said negroe was received as the property of the said Seabrook that at the time the said negroe was laced in his charge he was in good health was taken sick when in service but does not think any physician attended him while in service as he was sent home very soon after being taken sick. Deponent has not interest in the claims now made.

Sworn to before me Alex W. Ellerbe, 17th Aug 1863

W. L. T. Prince, Notary CD

We. R. H. Jenkins, James McIntosh disinterested citizens of Chesterfield District do certify that after being sworn fairly and impartially to appraise the value of Jack the negroe slave named in the above affidavits at the time of his impressment we knew the daid slave and do agree in fixing his value at the sum of fourteen hundred dollars

Before me R. H. Jenkins

W. L. T. Prince James McIntosh


The State ofSouth Carlina

Chesterfield District Personally come Cornelius Kollcok a practicing physician of said district who swears that he attended the said negro Jack who came home from service on the coast about the latter part of November last with Typhoid Neumonis very ill. I was immediately satisfied the case would be fatal and it did so terminate on or about the first day of December the year aforesaid. Deponent thinks the disease was contracted while on the coast

Sworn to before me, 17th Aug 1863 C Kollock MD

W. L. T. Prince, Notary

State of South Carolina

Chesterfield District I William L. T. Prince Notary Public in and for the District and state aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing affidavits of James La Roche, G. W. Duvall, A. W. Ellerbe and Cornelius Kollock and appraisement by R. H. Jenkins and James McIntosh were sworn to before me by the said parties whose genuine signatures are subscribed thereto and that the said affidavts and appraisers are well known to me to the persons of veracity and crediblity In testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal at Cheraw this 17th day of August AD 1863

W. L. T. Prince

Notary filed in Book no 3 pg 75


Blackville, SC Dec. 5, 1862

Mr. Whaley

Dear Sir

I handed a short statement of losses to Hon. Wm. M. Murray & requested him to present them to you & have there included in your report I was not aware that negroes were to be included. I give you therefore a corrected statement

  1. House burnt $3000
  2. Furniture 1000
  3. Out buildings 1000
  4. I prime negro man gone to the abolishenist I do not know how your value the Negro but he would bring now the highest market price for a single negro I have leave it for you to fill out.

Respectfully yours.

J. E. Enderson Bentz

of Wadmalaw Island E -6-26-126


Greenville Oct. 7th 1863 James Tupper Esq.

Dear Sir, I have revised the report, and return it with some slight amendations(?) & an appendix, with the affidavits attached, certified to by the officiating Magistrate and the Clerk of the Court. The document is not now, I presume, all that you could wish and certainly not al that I would desire. But it is difficult for one living so much apart from society as I did at Rose Bank, to ad_____ direct and positive proof of the multiplied facts in my case,by disinterested witnesses, and now especially, so long after the transaction - and when those who might have shed some light on the subject are so scattered. Please take the report and do the best you can for me - relying as much as you can upon truth and justice - giving to them the weight of your own convictions.

Please acknowledge the receipt of the Report, and inform me whether you required a duplicate of it, - and if you do, whether it will be sufficient for me to transcribe the affidavits and certificates attached, or must we again go before the officers, pro forma, for a renewal of the affidavits and certificates?

Very Respectfully,

Your Obedt. Servt.

J. B. Whitridge


List of Property Lost by James G. Megett

Two Negroes named Adam and Major, Adam about thirty years of age, Major twelve years.

James G. Meggett, Charleston

Novbr 19th/62

List of Property Lost by Wm. G. Meggett five Negroes, one fellow names Boston, about 50 years of age, two women, two children their ages not known.

William G. Meggett

Charleston per James C. Meggett

NOvbr 19th/62

Return of the Est. of J. F. Meggett of Losses by the Enemy

10 Bales of Cotton; 3000 lbs at 30 ct $900.00

  1. Billy age 45 years
  2. Sancho " 40 "
  3. Walley " 35 "
  4. Roger " 20 "
  5. Nancy " 18 "
  6. Furniture 200.00
  7. one flat 150.00

Book no. 2 28-42-100-122

REturn of P. F. Meggett of Losses by the Enemy

  1. 6 bales of cotton; 1800 lbs at 30 ct $ 540.00
  2. one boat 100.00
  3. Furniture 125.00

Book no 2 42-100-122

The State of South Carolina

Beaufort District

Personally before me made oath P. F. Meggett tht the within as a just and true return of his property lost by the enemy and of that belonging to the estate of J. F. Meggett of which he is administrator

Sworn this 17th day, of April 1862 P. F. Meggett

A. E. Young (?) Not Publix off



Losses of E. C. Whaley of ST. Johns Colleton

  1. 25 bags cotton $5000
  2. 10 bags unpicked 2000
  3. 2 houses burnt 1200
  4. Plantation utensils 500
  5. Corn & fodder 800
  6. 35 cattle 500
  7. Furniture and books 2000
  8. Carriage & harness 350
  9. Damage to residence 800


  1. 2 negroes 1000


Edw. C. Whaley Book no 1 pg 8-30-48-70-82-130-156


Return of losses sustained by me in consequence of the invasion of the enemy on the coast of SoCa on Johns Island Stono River

  1. 6 negroes gone to enemy in May '62 $5,500
  2. 18 head of cattle @ $20 driven off by order of Gen. Evans 360
  3. 30 sheep @$5,00 same as above 150
  4. 2 horses taken by the enemy 100
  5. 250 bus. corn burnt by order of Gen. Evans 375
  6. Corn house burnt " " " " " 150
  7. Boat taken by negroes to the enemy 80
  8. Furniture destroyed by our own troops 200

Address John B. Whaley $6,915, Stono Scouts, Rantowles, So Ca


Return of Losses sustained by John B. Whaley on John's Isladn Stono River in consequence of the invasion of the enemy in May 1862 same as above except

Sworn to before me

this 4th day of Apr 1862 John B. Whaley

Daniel J. La Roche

Notary Public Book no 2 pg 16-36-60-80-108-134

Third of the same

The State ofSouth Carlina

Chesterfield District Personally come Cornelius Kollcok a practicing physician of said district who swears that he attended the said negro Jack who came home from service on the coast about the latter part of November last with Typhoid Neumonis very ill. I was immediately satisfied the case  would be fatal and it did so terminate on or about the first day of December the year aforesaid. Deponent thinks the disease was contracted while on the  coast

Sworn to before me

17th Aug 1863 C Kollock MD

W. L. T. Prince



Losses sustained by Mrs. M. Angel from State troops stationed on Johns Island

  1. Damage to Buildings on Plantation 4,000
  2. Stock, cattle, boat and furniture 500

Losses sustained by Dr. J. W. Angel from escape of 6 negroes to enemy from Johns Island valued at 1,800

Loss sustained by Miss J. H. Angel from escape of 3 negroes from Johns Island to enemy valued at 1,800

Loss sustained by Mrs. M. C. Pelot from escape of 3 negroes from Johns Island to enemy valued at 3,000

Loss sustained by Dr. J. W. Angel from property destroyed by State Troops on Johns Island

  1. Buggy and harness, machinery & machine house valued at 700

State of South Carolina

Charleston District

Personally appeared Miss J. H. Angel who upon oath says, that eleven of the above negroes went off to the enemy in December 1861 - and one about two months since, The damage was done during the year 1862. The troops stationed upon the Island were Orr's Regt, Means(?) Regt, Moores Bat and the 1st Rifle Reft. To the best of the deponents knowledge & belief the above statement and estimates are correct.

Sworn to before me J. H. Angel, this 14 Jany 1863

James Tupper

Auditor Book no 2 pg 4-144-24-4-24-36

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.


Return of William Whaley of St. Johns Colleton Parish of Charleston

  1. 1 negro $1000
  2. 50 bags picked 12000
  3. 20 " unpicked 4000
  4. furniture 1000
  5. corn(?) & fodder house burnt 1000
  6. 15 negro houses 1500
  7. 4 cottone houses 1500
  8. plantation utensils 250


William Whaley Book no. 1 pg 8-30-70-82-130-156

King & Jenkins

I hereby certify that since the war happen(?) I have lost one very prime young woman carried off by the enemy and my plantation has been injured to the amt of one thousand dollars

Saml I. King

Church Flats Rantoles

Woman name Judy - 18 years went off Dec '61 - She went off with her husband from Church Flats - He belonged to Capt Jos D Jenkins of John's Island - $1500 - The damage to his plantation was done by our own troops - Grs(?) Regt & Col Means Regt $1000 2500

Saml. I King book no 2 pg 4 & 24

LaRoche & Jenkins

The return of Richard J LaRoche Esq of St. Johns Colleton Parish


  1. 16 bales of cotton
  2. 1 cotton house
  3. 2 negroes Book no 2 4-24-40

Est. E. W. LaRoche

  1. 10 bales of cotton
  2. 13 negroes furniture $200

J. E. LaRoche Esq.

  1. 14 bales of cotton Book no 2 40

R. J. Jenkins Esq.

  1. 10 bales of cotton
  2. 1 house 62-76

J. L. Jenkins Esq

  1. 17(?) bales of cotton 62-76

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