Affidavit of Charles Hollon, January 15, 1894

State of North Carolina
County of Beaufort

In the matter of original pension claim of Rosetta Crandall the widow of Ephriam Crandall decd Late of Co B 35 Regt U.S.C. Troops on this 15th day of January A.D. 1894

Personally appeared before me a U.S. Commissioner for the Eastern district of North Carolina Rev. Charles Hollon Age 65 yeares a Resident within 4 1/2 miles of Town of Washington N.C. Well known to be reputable and entitle to credit who being duly sworn according to Law declares as follows

I was Born & Raised at near Washington N.C. on Mr. Wm Gorden plantation and I becom acquainted with Ephriam Crandall when he was a Boy he belong to Christipher Crandall who lived within 2 miles of my owners plantation I and Ephriam Crandall was play Boys together. I was well & personally acquainted with Rosetta Crandall the claimant. I know her before she was married. she married Ephriam Crandall by consent of theire owners She belong to Mr. Brad Perry whos plantation was within 3/4 of a mile of my owners plantation and on or about 1844 Ephriam Crandall com to Brad Perrys plantation & married Rosetta by the consent of owners under slavary custom by Rev. Abram Allen decd on Brad Perrys plantation I was present when they married & heard the ceremony Read to them by Rev. Abram Allen decd and they Ephriam Crandall & Rosetta live & cohabited together as man & wife and was so consitered as man & wife by theire owners & all who knew them neither of them had not been married before. I knew them when they was children and by said marriage and cohabitation four children was Born to wit, Cicero Crandall who was born on or about August 23/45 And Bettie was Born on or about Sept. 1847 & Simon who was born on or about Aug 52 & King Crandall who was born Sept 1855 I know tis is true by Reason of my wife was present when thes children was born and we all lived near neighbor and claimants owners had dais children ages Recorded in thire family Record And on or about 1858 or 1859 Mr. Christopher Crandall sold Ephriam Crandall to a man in Jamesvill N.C. whos name was Edmon Moore & Mr. Edmon Moore carried Ephriam Crandall to Jamesville N.C. And he worked with Edmon Moore at Jamesville N.C. & Ephriam Crandall com hom to Brad Perrys plantation to see his wife Rosetta Crandall about evry two weeks and he continued his Relationship with his wife Rosetta Crandall. while he was Jamesville he taken up with a woman by nam of Dolly Powers of whom he had children by her but he continued his Relations with Rosetta Crandall his first wife. he never was married before he married rosetta Crandall. And on or about 1862 or 1963 Ephriam Crandall Ran away & went to Newbern N.C. and enlisted as soldire in the 35th Regiment I do not know what company he belong to I was not a soldire but he was taken sick and Died while in the U.S. Army. he was taken with the small pox and Died on or about Jan. 1864 I know this by Reason of I went to Newbern N.C. or about said time & I ask about this man Ephriam Crandall & som of the people who knew him told me that he Died with small pox & I have not seen him since his wife the claimant has not Remarried she is very old & needy She is a credible woman but is total unable to Do any Labor by Reason of Rheumatism & she is lost sight of one Eye & is affected with Rheumatism she is a subject of charity she is the legal & lawfull wife of Ephriam Crandall she has not Remarried I am no Relation & have no intrest in the claim my PO address is Washington N.C. And I further certify that the above statement was written by W. H. Pender in my presents only from an oral statement made to him on this 15 Day of Jan 1894 & in making the above I was not aided or promped by any written or printed statement And not attached as an exhibit to this testimony

Charles Hollon
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C E Harding
E J Proctor

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 1st day of Feby 1894.

E. S. Simmons
U S Commr