Affidavit of George M. Burras, January 7, 1875

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CASE OF [left blank], No. [left blank]

On this 7th day of January, 1875, at Jamesville, County of Martin State of NC, before me, M E Jenks a Special Agent of the Pension Office, personally appeared Geo M Burras, who being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that his age is 41 years, that he resides at Jamesville County of Martin, State of NC, and that

Dolly Crandall widow of Ephriham Crandall was officiants slave from her childhood until she became free in 1865 Dolly Crandall whose maiden name was Dolly Powers was married to Ephriham Crandall a slave belonging to a Mr Moore here in Jamesville by my permission and according to the custom of marriage among slaves in the year 1855 Ephriham Crandall & Dolly his wife cohabited as husband & wife and were recognized as husband & wife by myself & family from the time of their marriage in 1855 until Ephriham left here and went in the U S Army in or about the year 1862 or Dolly Crandall had three children by her husband Ephriham, Mosella the oldest was born about the year 1856 and died Jany 1871 Lewis was born about 1858 and Isabella was born about the year 1860. I had a record of their births and will hand it to you if I can find it there is no doubt but that Dolly Crandall was the wife & widow of Ephriham Crandall who died or was killed in the U S Army War of 1861 and there is no doubt but that they were legally married as slaves and that their children are legitimate about the year 1864, I cant give the exact date Dolly Crandall was by my permission again married to a man by the name of Wiley Clark with whom she is now living as his wife near Tarboro. Dolly did not go away from me during the war but remained with me until 1865. There is no doubt but the Dolly Clark wife of Wiley Clark is the identical person who was the wife of Ephriham Crandall who died or was killed in the U S Army War of 1861

and [left blank] further declares that he has no interest, direct or indirect, in the claim of [left blank] for a Pension; and further saith not.

Geo. M. Burras.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of Jany 1875, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to affiant before signing.

M E Jenks
Special Agent.