St. Lukes Parish Beaufort District 1 ½ acre lot at Gillisonville, 11 acres at Gillisonville, 11 acre lot in Grahamville, 2 acres & building in Town of Blufton, 17 ¾ acres land in Coosawhatchie, 325 acres, 150 acres pine land, 105 acres pine land, "____lon" 582 acres, 18 ¾ acres at Gillisonville Mrs. Mary M. Farr Joseph M. FArr died June 17, 1863 July 1st. 1867 Mrs. Mary M. Farr an applicant for the restoration of 325 acres of Land in ST. Lukes Parish, Beaufort Dist. bounded North by lot of Jos. M. Farr & N.E. & E. by Cosawhatchie River, also tract of 150 acres pine land same Parish bounded by lands of Robt. Willinghast & others on the North, __ and also tract of pine land of 105 acres in same parish. Mrs. Mary M. FArr admin. Joseph M. Farr deceased an applicant for the restoration of following property in St. Lukes Pairsh "____lon" plantation 582 acres near villages Cosawhatchie & Gillisonville, 68 ¾ acres at Gillisonville, 11 acres at Gillisonville, 15(?) at Cosawhatchie eleven acre lot in Grahamville _____acres ____ ___ building in town of Blufton 1 acre, 17 ¾ acres land in near Cosawhatichie.
Personally appeared before me this seventh day of January AD 1867, Mrs. Mary M. Farr widow of Joseph M. Farr deceased and produced for my inspection the deed of _______ acres of which an abstract given on the other side of this sheet as evidence on proof of her title to the lands & hereditaments mentioned in her accompanying application. That I have inspected them and they have all been property executed according to the laws of this State & that as Adminsitratrix of her husband the late Jos. M. Farr, she is entitled to the possession of same and the possession of the lands. She further swears that her husband the said Joseph M. Farr was in his life time and the time of his death seized in fee of ninety six (96) acres of pine land near Grahamville, the title decd. of which was destroyed in the Register Office for Beaufort District when the said office was burnt in 1865. That her husband died 17th June, 1863 aged 59 (69?) years & never participated directly or indirectly in the late war and that none of said land has ever been in the actual possession or control of the U. S. Authorities Abstract of Title Deeds exhibited to me this day by Mrs. Mary M. Farr Administratrix of Joseph M. Farr deceased to wit. Title deed dated 18th Feb, 1852 from G. Henry Guerard & Alice his wife for plantation called "Ticton" in St. Lukes Parish contianing 1044 acres to Jos. M. Farr & Thos. S. Belin(?) Deed of division & partition between Farr & Belin of June 17, 1852.
Title deeds from Aaron P. Smith 3 May 1832 and from Charles Wilcox 15 March 1853 for 582 acres more or less near or in the Village of Cosawhatchie and Gillisonville St. Lukes Parish
Title deed from Commissioners in Equity for Beaufort District 4th March 1823 for 68 ¼ acres of land at Gillisonville St. Lukes Parish
Title Deed for Sheriff of Beaufort District 3 July 1837 for 40 acres of land at Gillisonville
Title Deed for Jno. Dawson 1st. Feby. 1838 for lot in Cosawhatiche
Title Deed from H. Goethe Sheriff of Beaufort District 4 Janry 1841 for house & lot in Grahamville 2 acres more or less
Title Deed from Chas. E. Davant Sheriff of Beaufort District for lot & building in Town of Blufton 6 June 1859 one acre more or less
Title deed from Mrs. Mary Buckner for 17 ¾ acres land in or near Coosawhatchie 1853 March 18th
Charles Willcox conveys
Tract of land in Saint Lukes Parish Beaufort District State of South Carolina containing three hundred and twenty three acres (323) more or less Bounded North by a lot belonging to Joseph M. Farr, North East and East by the Coosawhatchie River, South by land now or formerly of John Dawson and West, North West and South West by the public road leading from Charleston to Savannah Tract of Pineland in same Parish contianing one hundred and fifty (150) acres more or less and bounded North by lands of Robert L. Tillinghast Mrs. Margaret Buckner and Joseph M. FArr, East by lands formerly of REv. H. A. Duncan, South by other land of the said Charles Willcox and West by land now or formerly of William E. Martin Tract of Pine land in the same Parish containing one hundred and five (105) acres more or less bounded North by the PUblix Road leading from Coosawhatiche to Robertville, East by lands of Dr. Thomas H. Gregories, South and South West by land of Mrs. Margaret Buckner and West by lands now or formerly of the estate of Derry Gillison to Joseph M. Farr in fee The state of South Carolina Beaufort District. Charles S. Rell(?) no. publ. & Magis. May 1867(69)
Prince Williams Parish "Cotton Hall" 750 acres Rev. Wm. T. Potter Greenville, SC Nov. 21, 1867 My Plnatation known as Cotton Hall situated in Prince Wm. Parish, Beaufort District five miles from Port Royal Ferry is bounded on the North by lands of Walter Blake and Paul Hamilton the former plantation known as True Blue the latter as Winterdale bounds the west Bounded on the East by Cottone Hope property of R. Barnwell & on the South by the plantation known as the Briars property of Robert Barnwell containing seven hundred & fifty acres more or less all situated in the Parish and District above named & in the State of South carolina. Wm. T. Potter sworn to in Greenville Dist.
Greenville District Personally before me a Notary Public in and for the State and District aforesaid comes _. Larry (?) Heyward, and A. R. Armstrong and being duly sworn say that they are personally acquainted with the land and plantations within described and that the said places have for many years past belonged to the Rev. Wm. T. Potter now residing in the village of Greenville, South Carolina. They further say that they are entirely disinterested witnesses in this transaction A. R. Armstrong T. Saraged or Haraged (?) Heyward Wm. T. Potter has dark complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes if five feet six inches high aged 60 years by profession a clergyman. Greenville So. Ca. 21st. day November 1867
Prince Williams Parish 300 acres James S. Perryclear
Beaufort District The petiton of James S. Perryclear respectfully sheweth
that your petitioner is the rightful owner of a certain tract of land containing three hundred acre more or less lying and situate in the Parish of Prince Williams in the District of Beaufort Westward of the public road leading from Port Royal Ferry between said public road and Hoospa Creek and lying next to the causeway(?) of said ferry. That _____ petitioner is informed and believes that the said tract of land ______ _______ __ July 1865. (rest unreadable)
James S. Perryclear made sworn statement in Charleston 21st. December 1867
Prince Williams Parish Beaufort "Barnwells Island" St. Bartholemews Parish "Andulasia" Wm. Henry Trescot owned island since 1848 under provisions of a marraige settlement between he and Elize N. Trescott Wm. Henry Trescott an applicant for restoration of a plnatation known as "Barnwells Island" situated in Prince Williams Parish Beaufort District The undersigned Wm. Henry Trescott a _______ of South Carolina respectfully makes application to Major Gen. R. K. Scott, asst. commis of Bureau ofR. F. & A. L for the restoration of his plantation ofBarnwell Island situate in Prince Williams Parish in the State aforesaid.
The said Wm. Henry Trescott has been in possession of said island from Feby 1848 under the provisons of a marriage settlement there made between him and his wife Elizw N. Trescot and of record in the proper office that he has never abandoned said property and that it is at present occuped by Freedmen who were formerly slaves on said plnatation and who are occupants by his permission as will appear by the papers herewith enclosed. The said Wm. Henry Trescot does not come under any of the exception named in the Amnesty Proclamamtion of the President of the U. S. and has takne the oath prescribed by said proclamation a copy of which is hereunto attached. Sworn to by Tho. M. Hanckel and William Whaley 18th Oct. 1866 Harlewood Near Pendleton, SC. June 5, 1866 When you have read this letter you can determine whether to consider it addressed to you officially or privately for it may be that it should be formally addressed to Gen. Scott.
During my stay in Washington charged as I was with the representation of certain general ______ of the state I did not fail in _______ to urge any indiviual claim ________ on there contents.
I preferred that any right I might have should be decided on the principle which applied to all others and at any rate was unwilling to use my position as an opportunity for the request of any specail favors. I think however that I can now fairly sugmit to your consideration my claim for the restoration of "Barnwell Island" and estate held I am of opinion improperly by the Freedmens Bureau. I submit to your consideration the following facts - This estate is situated in Prince Williams Parish geographically connected with this Parish which is on the main land by the surrounding marshes and seperated from it ony by a creek which is not navigable except for plantation boats. Politically its taxes are and always have been paid in this parish and it is represented in the Legislature by the member from Prince Williams. It ought therefore to be considered as it is a part of this mainland Parish and not as one of the Sea Island from which it is seperated by Road River and Port Royal River and therfore not subject to the provisions of Gen. Sermans order. In the fall of 1861 at the time of the Port Royal ___edetion it was occuped and planted by me and I continued there going and coming as my business required until a party of soldier took possession during my absence raised the U. S. flag upon the house and posted a detachment of troops at the landing to arrest me on my return. I learned this fact upon my arrival on the opposite branch of the river and not recognising any obligation to submit to such arrest I did not corss as I had intended. At the _____ of the Port Royal ___edition, there were on the plantation about one hundred and fifty negroes, a large crop of about one hundred and twenty bales of cotton between two and three thousan bushels of corn, peas potatoes and fodder in propertion. The plantation buildings were in perfect order including a new corn house, cotton house and steam engine, a very large stock of cows, sheep and goats, the regular complement of work animals, carriages, carrriage horses and a residence _________ furnished and containing a large and valuable library. I removed between 90 and 100 of the negroes from this place to another which I owned about 12 to 15 miles distant and left the plantation in charge of a negro whom I ______ with instructions to use the supplies of food to take charge of the buildings and to preserve what he could until I returned should any circumstance prevent my comming back as usual. Of all that was on the place I removed only a few bags of cotton say about twenty/ As soon as the U. S. forces occuped the place they ttok away the supplies, slaughtered the cattle , sent off the furniture and library and in the course of the occupation very ______ destroyed residence , plnatation buildings and steam engine. After some time finding that the place was exposed to incursions from the Confederate troops on the mainland they removed their own pickets and compelled the negroes left there to remove also, to the nearby island of Port Royal, thus turning the island entirely outside of their line of occupation.
In the spring of 1865 just before the final close of the war several of the negroes whom I had left there returned and some who had followed Gen. Shermans army from Georgia. In August 1865 I visited the place and found there occupants not one of whom at that time pretended to hold any shred of a grant or to have taken the preliminary steps for running out locations as required were by Gen. Shermans order.
In October of the same year I sent back to Barnwell Island at their own request all the negroes whom I had removed with the understanding that as soon as I could I would join them and offer therm such a contract as I though right and fair and that in the man time they could live upon and cultivate the plantation until I came to make my permanent arrangements. I made an application in writing to Gen. Scott just before I left for Washington in NOvember last I think. I had no opportunity of seeing him but while in Washington I either received by mail or was shewn by Gen. Howard a report upon that application by Captain Ketchum, saying that there were between one and two hundred negroes upon the island who ought not in his opinion to be distrubed.
This was a second application, the first being made to Gen. Saxton at the time of my visit in August.
I submit That Barnwell Island is not within the limits of Gen. Shermans order and cannot be affected by its provisions.
That if it is there are no permits to the negroes upon it which conformed to its requistions. That of the negroes upon it between forty and fifty were left by my authority and nearly one hundred sent there afterwards by me who went their by my permission and consent, the very few others coming or going as it suited them without the formal authorization of the Bureau. That even if they all had grants under Gen. Shermans order, the instructions of the President that the lands should be delivered to the owners upon their tending fair and just contracts which restorations(?) were carried out on Edisto and at other places entitled me to restoration upon such an ______ of contracts: That when I applied for restoration I delcared my readiness to make such a contract: and that Gen. Howards refusal through Captain Ketchum to restore because he expected certain legislature to pass Congress was in direct contradiction to the presidents instruction. That as the law stands at present the grants under Gen. Shermans order have not been confirmed by Congress and the Proclamation declaring the war at an end repeals what was and was intended to be a _____ order, temporary in its previsions.
I have not the slightest intention of disturbing the negroes in their present occupation. I have been so much employed with other matters that I could not have reorganized the plantation this last winter and am very willing that the negroes who hae lived on the place for generations should have found food and homes there. I would not have disturbed them had it been restored. But both for their sakes and mine it is desirable that the place should now be put in order. I must make the necessary arrangements this summer to commence the necessary work early this fall and restoration is necesary for me to make the necessary financial arangements. I shall offer to them a fair contract for the next year but I need not tell you that before I can take a step, they must know that possession has been restored and my right and title recognized by the proper authority. I shall not interfere with their crops and am ready to settle all questions that may ______ justly but as I hope to go northward next month to complete my arrangements I would respectfully ask that you would restore me the formal possession of the estate, so that I can finish these arrangements and notify the present occupants that if they are unwilling to contract with me for the next year, they must prepare after they shall have gathered their present crops to make way for those who will. I anticapate no difficulty with the.
Wm. Henry Trescot
May 2, 1867
General: Allow me to call to your attention that Andalusia, a plantation owned by me situate in St. Bartholomews Parish Colleton District upon the headwaters of Cheehaw between Ashepoo and Combahee Rivers has never been formally restored to me. I was not aware that it was considered in the possession of the Bureau until your recent communication and I have since the close of the war exercised the rights of ownership altho it has not been planted and has been yielding no income. I had leased the planting lands to Mr. Elliott and now desire to cut lumbar upon the pine barrens. As under you consideration(?) it stands upon the same _______ as Barnwell Island which you restored to me and as there are and never have been upon it any occupying freedmen I would respectfully ask its restoration. Wm. Henry Trescot Personally appeared before me Wm. Henty Trescot who swears that the facts set forth in his within _________ for the restoration of Andalusia are true to the best of his knowledge and beliefs. Wm. Henry Trescott Sworn May 2, 1867 W. D. Clancy Not. Pub.
Very faint almost unreadable letter that was in the Trescott file but the signature does not look like that of Wm. Henry Trescott Oct. 6th 1865 General I am ______ by the act of Congress _______ _____ ____ July(?) AD 1864 in _______ ____ ________ ______ _____ _____ you respecting my ________. I situated on Ahsepoo River in St. Bartholomews Parish ______ ______ the 76th year of my age and -------------------------- late war. (all I can make out) ____ the favor to give the requested order putting me in possession so that I may return to my agricultural pursuits at an early date. The have the honor to be your obed. servand E. _____ H_________
St. Bartholomews Parish "Marys Island" Chehaw River DR. John A. Warren died 1864 intestate Benj. Stokes Commissioner in Equity The petition of Benjamin Stokes of Colleton District in the State of South Carolina respectfully sheweth that he is the commissioner in Equity for the District and State aforesaid and by virture of his said office he administered upon the Estate of the late Dr. John A. Warren of ST. Bartholomews Parish which wasderelict. That Mary's Island situate on Chehaw River is a portion of the said estate and that hearing but _____lately , that the daid place was and had been in the hands of the Freedmen's Bureau he is anxious to comply with the law in relation to and hereby prays that the place aforesaid be formally restored. Walterboro M___ 29th 1867 Benj.
Personally appeared before me C. Baring Farmer, & Robert Campbell citizens of the Town of Walterboro in the district & State aforedaid who being duly sworn say that they were personally and intimately acquainted with the late Dr. John A. Warren of St. Bartholomews Parish and are well aware of the fact he owned Mary's Island on the Chehaw River that they are also aware of the fact that Dr. Warren died in the year 1864 intestate and that Benjamin Stokes Esquire as Commissioner in Equity for the district and State aforesaid took charge of his estate by virtue of his said office. 29th Nov. 1867 W. J. Harley(?) Magis. C. Baring Farmer & Robert Campbell
DaFuskie Island New River Neck Beaufort "Hagues Point", "Cooper River" 540 acres, "Melrose" 770 acres, "Bloody Point" 430 acres, "Mary Field" 530 acres, "Good Hope" 1107 acres, "Oakridge" 590 acres, "Eigelberger" 200 acres, saltmarsh 300 acres, "Fickling" 2194 acres, "Point Place" 500 acres John Stoddard trustee of Mary L. Stoddard & children Hague Point no. fam. 10, no. persons 48, adults 30 children 22 not from came in the spring except 2 Cooper River (Mr. Stoddard) no. fam. 8, no. persons 27, adults 13 children 14 nearly if not all Early part of the season all plantations occupied Melrose 300 acres (Ed. Graves) no. fam. 13, no persons 35, no. adults 20 children 15 not known families came lat in _____ Bloody Point (Ed. Graves) no fam. 6, no persons 16, no adults - , no children - not known all unoccupied in the season Mary Field (Ed. Graves)
Oak Ridge 1 man & son
Aikthugur(?) 1 man ____ with him
Savannah, September 20th 1865 I have the honor respectfully to state to you that I am the Trustee of Mrs. Mary S. Stoddard and chldren under and in accordance with the provisions of the will of JOhn David Mangin(?) deceased; that as said Turstee I have for many years had possession of and controlled certain real estate belonging to the said Estate of John David Mougin(?)situated in the district of Beaufort and State of South Carolina towit: On the island of Dawfuskie, in said district the following tracts known as the"Bloddy Point" tract containing four hundred and thrity (430) acres, the "Oak Ridge" tract containing five hundred and ninety six (596) acres; the "Elgleberger" tract containing two hundred (200) acres; and the "Melrose" tract containing seven hundred and seventy (770) acres; on the back of said island a tract known as the "Mary Field" tract, containing five hundre and thirty (530) acres; and a tract known as the"Cooper River" tract containing five hundred and forty (540) acres; and a salt marsh containing three hundred (300) acres. An in the same district of Beaufort on the main land on what is known as the "New River Neck" the following tracts of land towit, a tract known as the "Good Hope" tract containing eleven hundred and seven (1107) acres; a tract known as the "Fickling" tract containing two thousand one hundred and ninety four (2194) acres and a tract known as the "Point Place" containing five hundred (500) acres. I respectfully represent further that the said lands are now the property of the said estate of John DAvid Mougin(?); that as trustee and manager of said estate I have never abandoned or relinquished the possession of said lands or any part or portion of them, but have always had and agent or overseer to occupy and control them subject to my control and supervision except during the time when a portion of them were in the actual occupation of the Federal army; that my residance has always been in the city of Savannah from which place it has been my habit to make visits to the land aforesaid; that said lands have never been confiscated to the U. S. Government; and that I have talke the oath of allegiance to the United States of America I have made this application under the provisions of "Circular # 15 . . . If the certificates appended are not sufficient I can furnish to you certified copies of the title deeds to ______ that the property above mentioned is a portion of the Estate of JOhn DAvid Mougin decease; but it has so long been in my possession as Trustee and is so well known as belonging to that estate that I can hardly think more evidence will be required. Under these circumstance General I have the nonor respectfully to ask that the lands above described may be turned over to me.
A. H. Stoddard Atty for John Stoddard Trustee Georgia Chatham County Written on the side The Agent Mr. W. L. Harding who was left on Dafuskie Island in charge of the place remained until he was taken off and sent North by the FEderal Army which can be proved by the Colnel in command at the time and who is now in New Haven Conn. As soon as posssible after Savannah was taken and communication open with the sea another agent was sent to the island who is now there.
The Taxes on these lands were paid last spring by the Trustee Before Me M. P Holbrook Judge to Ct. Dist personally came and appeared Albert H. Stoddard, attorney in fact for John Stoddard Trustee under the will of JOhn David Mougin deceased who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that the facts set forth in the above and foregoing application are true and that he knows them to be true of his own knowledge. Sept. 28, 1865
Georgia Chatham County Before me ______ Hartridge personally came and appeared citizens of Savannah, Georgia who being duly sworn deposed and say that they know that John Stoddard has for many years acted as Trustee for Mrs. Mary L. Stoddard and children and as such has exercised control over the lands mentioned in the above and foregoing petition; and that said lands belong to the Estate of JOhn DAivd Mougins deceased the grandfather of the said Mrs. Mary L. Stoddard of which estae JOhn Stoddard is Trustee. one readable name Wm. Neyle Haleenham
State of Georgia
Chatham County I William H. Bullock, clerk of the Superior Court of the County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that JOhn Stoddared Esq/ of the county and state aforesaid has been and acting Trustee of the Estate of JOhn David Mougin deceased for many years and that to the best of his knowledge and belief J. W. SToddard was appointed Trustee on January 25th, 1847 January 3, 1866 Sir, I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your favor of 28 ult and am glad to learn that you will at once have constituted a Supervising Board for Daufuskie as time is valuable. I take the liberty to say that my plantations are differently inhabited from most others. I have under my control on that Island six different plantations and three of these have not a negro upon them. These are strictly "unoccupied lands". The four that are ______ from the others have all been to me this winter and obtained my permission to stay there on the condition that whether I sell or lease in plant they have expressed their willingness to do as I shall advise. They have every confidence in me, I believe. I doubt not that Mr. Hammond will coroberate what I have written. Giving to the difficulty of communicating with that portion of So. Ca. may I suggest that your Assistant here be empowered to arrange the matter to the mutual satisfaction of both parties. One of my head negroes is still in town waiting your action; and he might act for the others now on Daufuskie as he is cognisant of all the facts. Be it remembered that none of the negroes now on my places were residing there on the Island at the beginning of the war; neither were they placed there by Genl. Saxton under the order of Genl. Sherman. The few negroes I left on the Island in 1859 have since died or removed.
Consequently there are no resident freedmen
State of Georgia Ct. of Chatam Edmmond Graves(?) of said state and county being duly sworn that in the 5th of Dec. 1865 he visited the plantation on Daufuskie Island, SC comprising the two tracts called Oak Ridge and Acklebuger and found there on five freed persons one of them being a man with family and the other a man his wife and two(ten) children. They had cultivated his four or five acres of land and are the only people residing on said plantation. 8th Jany, 1866
District of Beaufort Savannah BAck River 6 miles above City of Savannah. "Fife" Wm. Henry Heyward James Barnwell Heyward. James Barnwell Heyward "Rotterdam" 200 acres of rice junction of Cuckhold Creek & Combahee River, "Myrtle Grove" 300 acres rice high ground & woodes 280 acres wooded immediately joining "Myrtle Grove" situated east side of juntion of Cuckhold Creek & Combahee River House at Broad St. #90 (lot not house) The petition of Wm. Henry Heyward & of James B. Heyward of So. Carolina sheweth that they are the owners of a certain Rice plantation on Savannah Back River in the District of Beaufort in the state aforesaid called "Fife" about (6) six miles above the City of Savannah. That they have cultivated this place in the usual manner during the war, by an overseer that they had never resided upon this plantation, but necessarily elsewhere, that hte overseer was upon the plantation when Savannah City was attacked by the Union Forces in December last, that the plantation itself became a battlefield and that much property was destroyed upon said plnatation. The overseer was therefore compelled to abandon it and it remains still in the occupation of the Freedmen. Your Petitioners are satified that the property was never "abandoned" in the sense defined by the Bureau. Your petitoners have taken the Amnesty Oath and have received the Pardon of the President. They therefore request that the said peoperty be restored to them and that they may be allowed as soon as possible to enter into contracts with the Freedmen for the ensuing year; it being highly expedient for all parties that agricultural operations should commence at the earliest practicable moment. Wm. Henry Heyward. 27th Nov. 1865 Sir, The case of plantation of James B. Heyward Esq. on Combahee River having been left to me for a___D___tion I have deemed that it cannot be held as abandoned property & odered its restoration also that one half the crop be assigned to the freed people thereon.
Summerville, SC Oct. 15th 1866 Capt. Herewith find papers relating to plantation of James B. Heyward Combahee River. The case having been referred to me for final adjustment by Maj. Genl. Saxton. It is hereby ordered that said plantation is not held as "abandoned"and that the freed people on said plantation are entitled(?) to and shall receive one half the crop of every kind on the place including fodder. You are hereby authorized to carry the foregoing into effect. James C. Bucher State of S.C. Personally appeared before me William H. Heyward who being duly sworn do each of them depose and say that they know that the said several pieces of property specified in _____ Petition as owned by the said James B. Heyward and has been owned by him for the last ten years and over and that the matter and things stated in said petition are ture and further that the deponents have no interest right or cliam whatsoever in said property or any part thereof.
Wm. Henry Heyward E. Barnwell Heyward
The Petition of James B. Heyward respectfully showeth That he is the owner of the Rice Plantation "Rotterdam" situated at the junction of Cuckhold Creek and Combahee River containing two hundred acres of Rice land and other land of comparatively little value. Also of the Rice plantation "Myrtle Grove" containing about three hundred acres of Rice land with high ground and wooded land, situated in the east side at the junction of Cuckhold Creek and Combahee River, also a tract of wooded land contining 280 acres immediately adjoining the above Myrtle Grove tract. Also a lot in Broad Street City of Charleston known as number 90 Broad Street.
Your petitioner further showeth that he is a loyal person and has received a Warrant of Pardon from his excellency the President of The United State under date of August 28, 1865 and has signified his acceptance thereof fully complied with . . .
We do hereby certify that the plantation on Savannah River in Beaufort District known as Fife is the property of Wm. Heyward James B. Heyward and has been owned by them for upwards of ten years. Charleston, 23 Nov. 1865. Wm. C. Bee Theo D. Jervey
Prince Williams Parish "Indian Field" S. Proleu Chisholm Beaufort Dist. Petition of S. P. Chisholm for restoration of lands . . .
Respectfully forwarded to Br. Maj. GEnl. Saxton Diss. Comm with the recommendation that the property sought to be recovered be given up to Petitioner. It is numbered 14 in report of Abandoned lands for October. __ __ Judd Agt. Bureau
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Personally appeared before me this thirteenth day of November 1865 Richard Roper who on being duly sworn deposeth that the statement made in the within Documents are true. Richard Roper
Personally appeare before me this thirteenth day of November 1865 Theodore Stoney who on being duly sowrn deposeth that the statements made in the with documment are true. Theo. Stoney
Savannah River plantation "Ferry Plantation" John Screven . . . for the restoration of the plantation know as Briars(?) Plnatation situated on SAvannah River in St. Peters Parish Beaufort District State of South Carolina said plantation being _____ and occupied & no assignment found having been made there on persuant to Genl. Shermans . . . . . .the plantation known as "Ferry" plantation situated on the Savannah River in St. Peters Parish Beaufort District & State of So. Carolina (informed restoration having already been granted and nearly all of the resident freedmen having espressed a willingness to enter into contract _______ with said applicant) . . .
Beaufort Proctor "Ferry Plantation" Dr. Scrrven 30th Oct. 1865 Possession and control of the plantation known as "Ferry" plantation situated on the Savannah River in St. Peter's Parish Beafort District and State of South carolina are hereby granted to Dr. Thomas F. Screven subject to the orders conditions and such further obligations as are imposed and required by the Commissioner fo the Bureau. Dr. Screven having shown evidence of his title to the said property and a certified copy of his pardon from the President of the United States and subject also to the rights of freedmen who hae plnated crops on the said plantation who will be permitted to gather and dispose of the same and allowed such time to finish this years work as may be reasonable and just. State of Ga. Chatham County I JOhn Screven of the state and county aforesaid do hereby constitute and appoint my Brother Thomas F. Screven Esquire also fo the State and County aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name to do and perform all and singular such acts as he may deem best relating to my property in the State and County aforesaid and in Beaufort Distirct State of South Carolina and to hold and control the same fully and entirely as my representative and attorney as aforesaid. . . . 18th Oct. 1865 JOhn Screven In presence of Henry Woodbridge(?) & Levi S. Russell
Extracts from the Division of the Estate of James P. Screven by Commissioners appointed by executors. Ga. Chatham County. "The undersigned Thomas M. Forman, Wylis(?) Woodridge and Richard T. Gibson of State and County having been appointed and requested by the executors of the last will and testament of James P. Screven deceased to divide the property of the said testator among the persons intitled thereto according to the provisions of the said will hae made distribution thereof in the manner following
3. Third Of the residence of the estate devised and bequeathed in equal portions to John Screven, Thomas F. Screven and George P. Screven, we mkae the following division and allotments viz. To John Screven the following property to wit - that plantation known as the Proctor Plantation situated in South Carolina on the River Savanah & c
4 fourth to Dr. Thomas F. Screven the following property viz. that plantation known as the Ferry Plantation situated in South CArolina on the River Savannah & c
In witness wereof we the said ThomasM. Forman Wyllis Woodbridge and Richard T. Gibson have hereunto let our hand this fifteenth day of April eighteen hundred and sixty. Thos. M. Forman, R. T. Gibson Wylly Woodbridge signed in presence of W. L. Basinger Not. Pub. Recorded in County Book M. M. M. folios 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, and 497 this March 10th A. D.
1862 Chatham County Georgia, Clerks Office Superior Court M. G. Sheftall, Dept. Clerk $15.00
The State of South Carolina
Before me this 29th September AD 1862 personally appeared George P. Elliott of said District and makes oath that on the night of the twenty sixth day of September AD 1862, the negroes (below named) the property of said Deponent ran away & escaped from the possession of this Deponent to wit from his Plantation is Prince Williams Parish, commonly culled Yemassee and went over into the possession of the public enemy as he has good reason to believe and does believe. That the said negroes are accurately described as to age and that they are well worth the market price of negroes of that age.-
Names of negroes & ages
Diana 55 - Hannibal 40 - Tenah(?) 38 - Emily 17 - Sally 15 - Billy 12 - Mima 8 - Affey(?) 3 - Kate 35 - Cato 25 - Eliza 20 - Lizzy 1 - Renty 22 - Sylvy(?) 19 - Juba 35 - Major 14 - Jim 36 - Mima 33 - Stephen 16 - Jacob 14 - March 6 - Stefney(?) 50 - Betty - 35 - Jack 18 - Stefney(?) 16 - Richard 10 - Sam 35 - Nelly 33 - DAniel 16 - Jacob - 36 - Rhena(?) 33 - Sneart(?) 17 - Juno 15 - Sue 12 - Primus 4 - Sylvia 33 - Peter - 10 - TElla 8 - Amy 6 - Chloe 4 - Limerick 2 - Jim 20 0 TEnah 18 - SAmmy 40 - Lizzy 35 - Harrington 15 - Ishmael 8 - Sary 6 - Abram 2 - Sue 65 - Hannah 35 - Adam 4 - Eve 4 - Infant - Miley 28 - Diana 45 - Pompey 41 - Cinda 25 - Frank 13 - Hagar 1 - Jacob 65 - Sary 60 - Ellen 25 - Sally(?) 4 - Clarissa 2 - Beck 60 - Jacob 27 - RAchael 32 - Jane 30 in all sixty nine (69)
Sworn before me the 29th Sept 1862 Geo. P. Elliott
Chas. E. Bell Magst.
The STAte of South Carolina
Personally appeared Wm.H. Cuthbert Junr. who on oath says he is well acquainted with said Geo. P. Elliott & his circumstances That said Geo. P. Elliott to his certain knowledge did own the aobe megroes (of which he thinks the above ages as set down is accurate) - That said megroes escaped from the possession of said Geo. P. Elliott and as he believes escapted into the possession of the public enemy on the night set forth in the affidavit of said Geo. P. Elliott and further that the said negroes were fully worth the market prices of negroes of said ages Sworn before me this 29th Sep 1862
Chas. E. Bell W. H. Cuthbert Jr. Magst E 34
Schedule of property of William W. Elliott of Prince Williams Parish State of South CArolina, lost on accout of the invasiion of the State by the enemy or since deserted to them; also of property taken and consumed by the Soldiers of the confederate STates.
viz - DEserted to the enemy and now in their possession
The State of South Carolina, Beaufort District
Before me personally appeared William W. Elliott and being sworn says that the within schedule contains a full and true account & description of certain negroes the property of him Deponent, now in the possession of the Enemy - That the remarks opposite their name, are true - That to the best of his knowledge, information & belief the hogs & sheep therein mentioned were consumed by the soldiers of the Confederate States, & that the same were worth the sums set opposite entries(?)
Sworn before me this 11th Sept 1862 W. W. Elliott
Chas. E. Bell Magistrate
The State of South Carolina
Before me personally appeared William H. Cuthbert Junior and George P. Elliott & being sworn say that they are well acquainted with the negroes mentioned in the above shcedule - That the remarks opposite their names are true and that the said negroes were worth the full market price of negroes of that description. That the hogs were worth ten $10 per head and the sheep worth three ($3.00) dollars per head
Sworn before me the 11th Sept. 1862 Geo. P. Elliott
Chas. E. Bell W. H. Cuthbert, Jr Magst. E - 32 - 114
To Wm. Whaley Esq. Chairman of the Commissioners to ascertain losses on the Seaboard sustained in consequence of the invasion of the Enemy. I hereby submit the following return of my own losses to be submitted to the Board.
All my real estate in the Parish of St. Helena Consisting of my dwelling house in Town of Beaufort my Grove, shell point, and Ellis plantations is in possission of the enemy. ninety five negroes - part of whom were removed but escaped back, through our pickets - are now in possession of the enemy or protected by them - Where they cannot be reached by their owner.
Twelve hundred bushels of corn three hundred bushels of peas, twelve hundred bushels of potatoes, - with corresponding supply of blades & were abandoned with the plantations.
One hundred and fifteen head of beef cattle were abandoned in like manner to the enemy - To my repeated applications for a military force rescue this proopertyd(?) I received civil but determined refusals Genl. Ripley answered "that he had no adequate force." I next requested that a force might be provided sufficient to destroy the cotton in my cotton houses - which Genl. Lee ordered and it was effectually done under command of Capt. Stephen Elliott of Beaufort V. Artillery. The houses were burnt with their contents - ninety seven thousand pounds of sea island cotton in the seed. The crop exceeded but may be set down at one hundred bales. In justice to Genl. Lee it should be stated that a concurrent movement of Cavalry to rescue negroes and military supplies from the reach of the Enemy on Port Royal Island failed from the refusal of the Cavalry to volunteer under the officer appointed by the General.
E - 14 -32 - 70 - 114 - 130 - 158
Charleston 5 Jany 1863
James Tupper ESQ.
At the request of the Honorable William Elliott we enclose his statement duly sworn to of losses sustained to this date by the enemy.
M. C. Bell
Inventory of property lost by Wm. Elliott of Beaufort by and consequence on the invasion of the Enemy in Nov. 1861 and subsequent thereto
The State of South Carolina
Personally appeared before me William Elliott Jnr. who being duly sworn says that the foregoing is a true and correct account of losses sustained by him from the enemy according to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Sworn to before me this
1st day of January AD 1862 Wm. Elliott
Schedule of losses sustained by Thomas R. S. Elliott of the Town Beaufort in the State of South Carolina by the invasion of the Enemy in the years 1861 & 1862
The State of South Carolins
Personally appeared Thomas R. S. Elliott of the Town of Beaufort in the State aforedaid to me personally known & worth of full credit & belief and on oath says the within schedule & estimate of losses, sustained by him through the invaison of the enemy is accurate & true in all respects.
Sworn before me this 13 Jany 1863 Ths. R. S. Elliott
Chas. E. Bell Magst.
I certify that I am well acquainted with the said Thos. R. W. Elliott and do regard the within estimate of losses by hims sustained through the invasion of the enemy as moderate and within bounds. W. W. Elliott I certify that the said W. W. Elliott is a person reputable and worth of full credit & belief
Given under my had this 13 Jany 1863 Chas. E. Bell
Magst. E - 16 -34 -50 -118 -134 -
14th Mch 1862
My attention has been called to your advertisement in the Mercury - About the middle of last No. (I think) - One of my fellows (Seaborne) about 25 yrs of age - an extra prime field hand - escaped to the enemy - from my plantation on Broad River - to Beaufort - Therewent with him - Elbert - about 35 years of age - a very prime field had - carpenter & wheel right - Elbert returned early in DEc. & carried off to Beaufort - his family - ie - his wife Binah - prime cook & house servant about 34 yers of age - Her child about - 14 months old - Joseph - house servant about 16 or 17 yrs. of age - making 5 negroes in all of whom the 4 last named escaped from my plantation 20 miles above Broad River yrs. respectfully
Wm. H. Robert
Names of parties in ST. Peter's Parish whose lands have been abandoned, remain unplanted, or whose planting has been serioulsy diminished or disturbed by the neighborhood of the enemy said lands being liable to an attack.
The above are Rice lands on the Savannah River. I certify that the above is correct as nearly as I can ascertain Wm. Henry Heyward
Names of Parties whose Lands in Prince Williams are either in the possession or more or less under the control of the enemy.
The greater portion of these lands have been abandoned and lie South of the Rail Road
I certiry the above list to be correct as nearly as I can ascertain
Wm. Henry Heyward
It would be my guess that the numbers beside each name are the amount of the claim as to that date. I do not know that for a fact just a guess. no date given.
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Source of these Civil War loss documents (from N. Peeples):
The Freedmen papers and Losses Due to the enemy would be considered public records and are held by the South Carolina Archives and The U.S. National Archives. There is a great deal of interest in the Freedmen papers from a slave perspective and they were not being searched from the plantation owners perspective. In the Freedmen papers there is a section that covers the petitions for the return of lost land. This is not all for SC but most that I could find for the islands from James Island on down to Beaufort. Would like to get the GA. Freedmens records as it is quite possible to find some SC land/families listed in those. There were cross overs in the SC ones to GA. They are available I believe in Atlanta. The Loses Due to the Enemy are in the SC Archives and were filed by families hoping to get repaid for property lost of taken by either Yankee or Confederate. I got the Archives to copy them and then I just transcribed for what seems like forever. There is also a ledger listing many more names held by the SC Historical Society which will not let you copy other than your immediate family. Think they may have recently micro-filmed them but they are not good at sharing. Anyway I hope from all of that you can figure out how to copyright them. I believe that Harland Greene the Librarian of the South Carolina Room at the Charleston Library took some of those same papers to the Beaufort Library.