General Davis Tillson Asst. Comm. B. R. F. & A. L.
I have the honor today to lay before you the following facts to wit:
Dega Samuel a colored woman resident of this place complains that her three children Nanna, Nancy and Moses Samuel all “minors” are kept by one Col. Harlans at Boling Brook’s, seven miles from Saint Marys Georgia. The mother has several times been at the place begging for her children but to no avail. I sent a letter stating her case to the subagent of the district but Col Harlans intercepted the ? ? ? it did not reach the ? ...... their parents have control over them. I would therefore respectfully ask in behalf of the parents, that you direct the Sub Asst commissioner of the County or district to return the children to them an in case that Hd Quar of said district are so far in the interior as to make it inconvenient for the sub asst. commiss to act in the case I should with your permission act in the matter it being but little ways from this place.
Hoping that you will investigate the case and favor me with a speedy reply.
I sign myself respectfully Your obedient servant “Signed” Thomas Laddy Captain 7th V R’e USA Sub Asst Comm B. R. F. & A. L.
Brig Genrl Tillam Adj Gen B R.F. & A.L.
Notes This is Captain Thomas Laddy, Sub Assistant Commissioner of Fernandina's February report. These reports give detailed information of special cases that take place through the month. Children taken as "apprentices" or servants was not uncommon in the early years of the bureau. - - -