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.
(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.