Affidavit of Andrew Powers, January 7, 1875

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On this 7th day of Jany, 1875, at Jamesville, County of Martin State of NC, before me, M E Jenks a Special Agent of the Pension Office, personally appeared Andrew Powers, who being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that his age is 27 years, that he resides at Jamesville County of Martin, State of NC, and that

Dolly Crandall widow of Epriham Crandall is my sister, her maiden name was Dolly Powers and she was married to Ephriham Crandall according to the custom of marriage among slaves about the year 1855 or 1856. Dolly had three children by her marriage with Ephriham, Mozella the oldest is dead she was born about 1856 and died Jany 1st 1871. Lewis was born about 1858 and Isabella was born about 1860 These children were born in Lawful wedlock as Ephriham & Dolly Crandall were recognized by all this community as married people and they lived and cohabited as married people from the time of their marriage in 1855 to the time Ephriham went away which was in June 20th 1862 Ephriham enlisted in the Army June 13the 1863 I know this to be so for the reason I enlisted in the same company & Regt at the same time. (Co B. 35 USCT). About the year 1864 or 5 my sister Dolly Crandall married Wiley Clark with whom she is now living near Tarboro in this state. I wish to explain Dolly Crandall I think lived with her present husband Wiley Clark before she was legally married she first lived with him as his wife their marriage being according to the custom of slaves but in the spring of 1867 they were married by a minister or justice of the peace. Dolly did not marry Clark until after Ephriham died he died in 1863, and Dolly did not marry Clark until a year after at least I cant give the exact age of the birth of the children as I have no record.

Andrew Powers

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

M E Jenks
Special Agent.