|Minors of William Morris
33rd USCT, Co. G.
Alice H. Moragne
January 3, 1877
Case of Minors of William Morris, No. 171.336
On this third 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 Alice H.
Morague, who, being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that her age is about 40 years, that she resides at Palatka County of Putnam, State of Florida, and that she is the
daughter of the late Wm D. Mosely former Governor of the State of Florida, who was the owner of Minerva Masson, Some three or four years before the War (1861) said Minerva
Masson was married to a coloured man who was called Sonny Morris. She had two children by said Morris before the Commencement of the War, don't remember the sex of both
Children knows that one of these was a girl, Affiant left Florida in June and thinks it was in 1861 remained away eight months and on her return found the Negroes had all been taken
away by U.S. Gunboats, Affiant never saw Sonny Morris afterwards, Minerva the wife of said Morris returned to Florida sometime after war, as the wife of James Bythewood, she
(Minerva) bought back with her to Florida, two children, John and Sarah, who she represented to be the children of said Morris. Affiant cannot give any facts concerning the birth of
said John and Sarah. Sarah who is living with her Aunt Mary Wilson, is generally regarded and believed to be the child of said Morris, born after marriage, John the other child of
Minerva was born before her Marriage with Morris, Affiant never heard any particular person named as the Father of John. Affiant thinks that Sonny Morris and Minerva were married
in the Episcopal Church, but does not remember positively. Affiant has no record, of slave births and deaths, her father kept a record of slave births but not marriages. Affiant don't
know what became of said record, Affiant has a Sister (Mrs. Hoston) in Palatka don't know whether she can give information in this Case or not. Affiant don't know what became of said
Morris (the husband of Minerva) except that she heard from Minerva and others that he enlisted in the Army and died at Beaufort S. C. and she 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
Alice H Moragne
Sworn to and subscribed before me this third day of January 1877, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to affiant before signing.
James H. Clements
|Like us on
|Governor William Dunn Mosely
1st Governor State of Florida