Minors of William Morris
33rd USCT, Co. G.
Mary Wilson
January 2, 1877

Pension Records
Exhibit G
Case of Minors of Wm. Morris, No. 171.336

On this second day of January, 1877, at
Pilatka, County of Putnam State of Florida, before me, James H. Clements a Special Agent of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mary
Wilson, who, being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that her age is about 54 years, that she resides at
Pilatka County of Putnam, State of Florida, and that she was a
free born woman, her maiden name was Mary Morris, she is the sister of William Morris, who was a soldier in the U. S. Army, in the early part of the War (1861) Affiant and her
Brother the said William Morris with his wife Minerva went from
Palitka to Jacksonville and thence on Steamer Cosmopolitan to Beaufort South Carolina, said William Morris enlisted in
Beaufort in Co. "G" 33 Regt. U. S. Col Troops said Wm Morris required with his regiment at Beaufort South Carolina until he died. Affiant had returned to Jacksonville before Morris
died. When William Morris enlisted he had two children a Boy and Girl, the boy was named John and the girl Sarah, John was about five or six years old and Sarah three or four when
Wm. Morris enlisted, both of the Children are living now. John was born before William Morris was married to Minerva. Minerva Masson was the slave of Gov. Mosely who resided at
Palatka and was married to William Morris by a Minister named Johnson (who is now dead) with Consent of said Gov. Mosely, can't fix the date of the Marriage, thinks it was about
two years before the War commenced. John the oldest child of said Minerva, was born before said marriage, don't know whether John was the child of William Morris or not. Afficant
is Satisfied from her intercourse with Minerva that John was not the child of William Morris, never heard William Morris express an opinion whether John was his child or not. Sarah
the youngest child of Minerva was born after her marriage with said William Morris, and was recognised and regarded as his (Morris) child, about the year after the death of William
Morris, at Beaufort SC, his widow (Minerva) was married to James Bythewood, with whom she lived as his wife until last September two years ago, when she died. James Bythewood
and Minerva his wife had charge of the two children John and Sarah until the death of Minerva. Affiant has had charge and control of Sarah since the death of Minerva, Affiant has
had charge and control of Sarah since the death of her Mother (Minerva) and John the other Minor has been taking care of himself. Affiant is certaint that Sarah is the child of her
Brother, does not hold said John to be any relation whatever, considers Sarah just about sixteen years old now, Gov Mosely is dead he has two daughters living Mrs. Maragere and
Mrs Norton. Mrs Maragare lives in
Palatka. Affiant is positive that Sarah who is now living with her is the same Girl child that was taken with William and Minerva Morris from
Jacksonville to Beaufort during the War and that She is the lawful child of William Morris who died a soldier in Co "G" 33rd Regiment U. S. Col Troops. Affiant is not educated and
cannot give dates, and she further declares that she has no interest direct or indirect in the Claim of the Minors of William Morris for a Pension and further saith not.

by
Witness Mary Jones

Mary (her mark) Wilson Affiant

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

James H. Clements
Special Agent
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