Affidavit of Harriet Manual, Samuel Love, and Nathaniel Bailey, December 26, 1866

State of Tennessee | SS
Shelby County

On this 26 day of Dec. 1866 before me a U S Comr Dist West Tenn personally appeared Harriet Manual who being duly sworn deposes that she has made application through her attorneys for Pension as the widow of Jacob Manual Corporal Co. A. 11 USCI, that she cannot procure in support of her said claim, the evidence of the surgeon who attended him during his last illness or that of any of the officers of his said Regt they having all gone to parts unknown, but she has obtained the testimony of parties knowing to the facts connected with her said husbands death, which evidence is herewith presented. She states further that she was married to said Jacob Manual at Gravel Hill Tenn on or about the 25 day of Dec 1858 by one Robert Sharp a colored parson, that she believes no record exists of said marriage as she was married during slavery and according to its forms & [illegible], that no record was kept of the marriage of slaves, that she cannot procure the evidence of said parson he having gone to parts unknown, She states further that she has one child by her said husband named James Robert Manuel born on the 24 day of Oct. 1859 aged 7 years, that since her said husbands death she has has at all times supported said child and has not suffered him to be adopted that said child resides with herself in Memphis Tenn. That she has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband

Harriet Manual
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Attest
C E Bent
Wm. R. Tullidge

Also personally appeared Samuel Love and Nathaniel Bailey who being duly sworn depose that they reside in Memphis Tenn, that they have been for many years personally acquainted with Harriet Manuel and her deceased husband Jacob Manuel late Corporal Co A. 11" USCI to which said regiment said deponents formerly belonged that they were present at the marriage of said parties, that the ceremony was performed at the House of Leroy Huggins at Gravel Hill Tenn by one Robert Sharp a colored Parson on or about the 25 day of Dec 1858. That they were present at the death of said Jacob Manual & visited him frequently during his illness, that his disease was contracted while standing on picket in the line of his duty as a soldier, the exposure incident thereto caused a cold which settled on his lungs, fever also set in & carried him of, that he died at Memphis Tenn. on the 18 day of May 1865, that since her said husbands death said Harriet Manuel has not re-married but still continues his widow, that said Jacob Manuel lef surviving him one child by said Harriet Manuel that said child is named James Robert Manuel and is 7 years of age, they have known said child since his birth and the above statements are with their personal knowledge that said Harriet Manuel has supported said child ever since the death of her said husband and has not suffered him to be adopted. Further that they are disinterested in Pension Claim of said Harriet Manuel

Samuel Love
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Nathaniel Baily
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Attest
C E Bent
Wm. R. Tullidge

Subscribed and sworn to before me day and year as above & I certify that I believe the affiants credible & the depont the person she represents herself to be that I have read over & explained [illegible] affidavits to said parties before signing & that I am disinterested in this claim.

H. E. Hudson
U. S. Commissioner
D.W.T.