Minors of William Morris
33rd USCT, Co. G.
Dennis Cooper
January 2, 1877

Pension Records
Exhibit H
Case of Minors of William Morris, 171.336

On this second day of January, 1877 at
Palatka, County of Putnam State of Florida, before me James H. Clements a Special Agent of the Pension Office, personally appeared Dennis
Cooper, who, being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that his age is about 45 years, that he resides at
Palatka County of Putnam, State of Florida, and that he was fourth
Sergeant in Co "G" 33rd U. S. Col Troops was well acquainted with William Morris who was a Private in same Co and Regt, knew said Morris before the war, he was a free born Man,
sometime before the War (about two years) said William Morris was married to Minerva Masson a slave of Gov Mosely, Affiant was at Beaufort South Carolina when William Morris
came there before his enlistment, at which time he (Morris) and Minerva his wife had two children, a girl and boy, the boy five or six years old and the girl three or four, Said William
Morris died at Beaufort about the last year of the War (can't give date) thinks Morris died in the house where his wife, the Said Minerva lived, he was taken there by consent of his
Officers. Affiant is Certain the Said William Morrisand Minerva lived together as husband and wife up to the death of Said Morris. Affiant can't tell when said Minerva Morris was
married to James Bythewood, several years after the War. Affiant met said Minerva in
Jacksonville, Florida, at which time she was married to Bythewood and had with her the two
Children, John and Sarah who afficant believed to be the identical children of William Morris aforesaid, the Children remained with Minerva and Bythewood until her death over two
years ago, John has remained in
Jacksonville. Sarah is living with her Aunt, Mary Wilson, where she has lived since the death of her mother the said Minerva. Sonny Morris and
William Morris was the same person. Said William Morris was always called Sonny from his boyhood and he further declares that he has no interest, direct or indirect, in the claim of
the Minors of William Morris for a Pension; and further saith not.

Dennis Cooper

Sworn to and subscribed before me this second day of January 1876, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to affiant before signing

James H. Clements
Special Agent
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