State of North Carolina | SS
County of Martin
Personally came before me, J J Smith J P in and for aforesaid County and State, Katy Wilson & Charity Powers citizens of the County of Martin, State of North Carolina, reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid claim, that the date of the birth of the children of said soldier is as follows:
That we with Claimant & children all belonged to the same master & lived on the same Plantation & were present when each of the above named children were born. On which occasions we rendered the assistance usual at such times. We know that the ages above given are correct from the fact that we not only remember the day of birth in each case, but also from the fact that the ages of said children have often been made a subject of conversation with us, which has enabled us to remember the same. And that we have frequently heard the said children give their ages which they can do with correctness, having been taught when quite young to do so, & they readily give the day, month & year they were born; which ages are recorded in a family Testament as given above which we have often seen & heard read
That we were present at the birth of the same in the capacity of assistants and have personal knowledge of the date as aforesaid from the facts above named.
We further declare that we have no interest in said claim, and are not concerned in its prosecution.
Signature of Affiants.
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Attest—when any affiant signs by mark, (2 persons.)
William T. West
SWORN TO SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME this day by the above named affiants; and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiants, and acquainted them with its contents before they executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution
J. J. Smith J P
Witness my hand and official seal this [left blank] day of [left blank], 186_
Sign here, [left blank] [L. S.]
ADD SEAL HERE.
NOTE.—This should be sworn to before a CLERK OF COURT or JUSTICE OF THE PEACE. If before a JUSTICE, then CLERK OF COUNTY COURT must add his certificate of character on the back hereof, and not on a separate slip of paper.
I, Joseph M. Siterson, Clerk of the County Court in and for aforesaid County and State, do certify that Jesse J Smith Esq., who hath signed his name to the foregoing affidavit, was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State, duly commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts are entitled to full faith and credit, and that his signature thereunto is genuine.
Witness my hand and seal of office, 10th day of July, 1869
Jos. M. Siterson
Clerk of the Superior Court for Martin County