General Affidavit of Cato Baley
for the Widow's Pension of Jane Floyd
Wife of Adam Floyd 33rd USCT
Circa November 28, 1900
Pension Records
Transcript:
General Affidavit.
State of Florida. County of St. Johns

In the matter of Pension Claim of Jane Floyd Widow of Adam Floyd Co I 33 USCT.

Personally came before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County and State. Cato Baley, aged 68 years, citizen of the town of St. Augustine
County of St. Johns, State of Florida well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to
aforesaid case as follows:

Note -- Affiants should state how they gain a knowledge of the facts to which they testify.

Cato Baley upon oath states that he knew the late soldier Adam Floyd since he was a child. Knew his former woman when he lived with Her name was
Rhina - I knew her well, That late Adam Floyd and she were never married. They lived together as husband and wife in the time of slavery, but were
never legally married. This I knew of my own personal knowledge. Besides I know that the late Adam Floyd was never married until he married Jane
Floyd; his present ? I knew when his first woman died in Jany 1878. I attended the funeral. He further declares that he has no interest in said clam and
is not concerned in its prosecution.

Cato Baley

(no witnesses)
Note - In the execution of papers and evidence, whenever a person or witness signs by mark (+), two persons who can write must attest the signature
by signing their names opposite.

The official before whom papers are executed is not a competent witness to a mark.

Notes:
1. The purpose of this document is affirm that Jane Floyd was the only wife of Adam Floyd and that the first woman was dead and that Jane was
legally married to Adam Floyd.

2. His testimony actually affirms the marriage of Rhena as a slave marriage that was simply affirmed by the act of them living together after December,
1866. (
See marriage rules).

3. Note that Cato Baley signed his affidavit. He was also a soldier in the 33rd USCT and may have learned to read and write there.
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