Affidavits of Martha Hodges, James Butler, and Mahalia Butler, January 25, 1868

State Tennessee.
County of Shelby.

On this 25 day of January A. D. 1868 before me a U S Commissioner for Dist of West Tenn personally appeared Martha Hodges who being duly sworn deposes and says that she is the widow of Harrison Hodges who was a Priv in Co A 11" U.S.C.I. and who died in the service of the U.S. as stated in her claim for Bounty.

She further states that she was married at Dr. Agnews1 plantation in Tippa Co. Miss. on or about the 27" day of February 1861, (as near as she can remember the date) by one Isaac Agnew a col preacher. That no record exists to her knowledge of said marriage as they were slaves at the time & married according to the customs of slavery. And the best proof she can produce of said marriage is the evidence of the witnesses hereto annexed who were fellow servants on same plantation & present at their marriage as the person who married them has gone to parts unknown to her. That she lived and cohabited with her said husband Harrison Hodges from the date of said marriage until he died. And has not remarried but remains his widow at the present time as will appear by the evidence of the witnesses hereto annexed.

Attest T L Dean
S. J. Quinby

Martha Hodges
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Sworn to subscribed before me this 25 day of Jany 1868, and also personally appeared, James Butler aged 35 yrs and Mahalia Butler aged 34 yrs residents of Memphis Tenn, who being duly worn deposes and says that they are personally acquainted with Martha Hodges who has made her mark to the forgoing affidavit in their presence and have known her and her deceased husband Harrison Hodges for over 20 years having been raised on same plantation with them from childhood, and was present & saw them married  at Tippa Co. Miss by Parson Agnew in the month of Feby 1861 (the first year of the war,) and know they lived together as man and wife from the date of said marriage until the said Harrison Hodges died, and were reputed & recognized as man & wife by all who knew them. That said Martha Hodges has not remarried since the death of her said husband Harrison Hodges but remains his widow at the present time, and they further state that no record exists to their knowledge of said marriage as they were slaves at the time & married according to the customs of slavery, and the person who married them has never been heard from since the first year of the war. And they know of no better evidence that can be produced of said marriage than their own.

That they have no interest in her claim and [illegible] as above stated.

Attest T. L. Dean
S. J. Quinby

James Butler
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Mahalia Butler
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Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25" day of Jany 1868. And I certify that the foregoing affidavits were read over & fully explained to affiants before signing & I have no interest in this claim.

Reuben Darleys
U S Commission
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Footnotes

1. Research indicates this is Dr. Enoch Agnew, of Tippah County, Mississippi.