Affidavits of Harriet Manual, Isham Strong, and Sandy Anderson, March 16, 1867

State of Tenn. | SS.
Shelby County

On this 16 day of March 1867 before me a U S Comr Dist West Tenn. personally appeared Harriet Manual who being duly sworn deposes that she is the widow of Jacob Manual formerly Corporal Co. A. 11" U.S.C.I. that he died at Memphis Tenn on or about the 18" day of May 1865 of typhoid fever contracted in the service and in the line of his duty as a soldier, that she attended him while in Regimental Hospital at said place and she was with him when he died and attended his funeral. That she does not now know the whereabouts of the Surgeon of his Regiment who attended him during his last illness, or of any of the Officers of his regiment [illegible] to his death and she cannot therefore obtain any evidence whatever from from any of said parties, that she presents herewith the testimony of his comrades which is the best evidence she can furnish. That she had by her said husband one child now living named James Robert Manual born Oct. 24" 1859 and aged 7 years, that since her said husbands death she has at all times supported said child and she has not suffered it to be adopted by any person whatever that she cannot present the physician or midwife who attended her at the birth of said child they having gone to parts unknown and no record was kept in the town register of the birth of colored children.

Harriet Manual
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Attest
C E Bent
T L Dean

Also personally appeared on the same day Isom Strong and Sandy Anderson who being duly sworn depose that they are personally acquainted with Harriet Manual who has made the foregoing affidavit in their presence and with her deceased husband formerly Corpl Co. A. 11" USCI having both served in same regiment and Sandy Anderson having served in same Co as deceased. That they knew him well in said service, that he was first taken sick with chills and fever which afterwards assumed the type of typhoid fever with which he died, that they saw him frequently in hospital during his illness and attended his funeral, that his disease was contracted in the service and in the line of his duty as a soldier, that he left at his death by said Harriet Manual one child named James Robert Manual aged about 7 years and born Oct. 24" 1859, that said child is now and has been living with her since her said husbands death and has always been supported by her, she having never suffered it to be adopted or abandoned its support since her said husbands death. That they have lived near neighbor to her and are well acquainted with said child and know that the foregoing statements are true and they are disinterested in her claim for Pension.

Isom Strong
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Sandy Anderson
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Attest
C E Bent
T L Dean

Sworn to and subscribed before me day and year as above and I certify that I have read over and explained foregoing affidavit to the several parties before signing the same that I believe the parties credible and that I am disinterested in the claim.

H. E. Hudson
U S Comr D W T