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Freedmens Bureau Records

Freedmen's Bureau Indenture Bonds for Shelby County, Tennessee

Indentures of apprenticeship were preprinted or hand written forms giving pertinent data concerning the contractual parties, dates of apprenticeship, and including a statement of the obligations and responsibilities of each party.

 

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State of Tennessee
Shelby County Filed at Memphis

This Indenture of Apprenticeship, made and entered into this 16th day of November 1865 between Harriet Green, Mother of Virginia Ann Shirley whose benefit the same is executed, of the State of Tennessee and Shelby County, of the first part, and J. T. Shirley & Wife, a planter of the State of Tennessee in Shelby County, witnesseth that the said _________ Father and Harriet Green, Mother has agreed to bind the said Virginia Ann Shirley her child as an apprentice, until she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years.

The said parents and said apprentice covenant on their part that the said apprentice after the manner of an apprentice, will live with and serve the said J. T. Shirley & Wife and obey all their lawful commands, for the time aforesaid, will do them no damage in person, character or property, nor willfully suffer others to do them any, but will give them timely notice of any danger, or evil that may threaten them of which she may have knowledge, will play at no unlawful games, visit no tippling houses, places of gamery or ill fame nor absent herself, but in all things and at all times will act as a good and faithful apprentice ought to do, for the time aforesaid.

And the said J. T. Shirley & Wife on their part covenants that they will teach or cause to be taught the said Virginia Ann Shirley the trade of a seamstress and to read and write, and cypher to the "Rule of Three" as far as her capacity will admit. They will attend to and guard her morals as they would one of their own family. They will furnish her with such boarding, clothing and other necessaries, in sickness and health, as are suitable and proper for her situation, and treat her with humanity, and at the end of the time give her fifty dollars in current money and a good suit of clothes.

This Contract shall not be annulled except in case either party violate his or her contract, to be judged of by the officer commanding the Bureau of R. F. & A. L. for the district in which the parties may reside, or by such other tribunal as it may be proper, under the laws of the land, to submit such questions to, in case, at such times, the said Bureau is not in operation and both parties agree to abide by the decision of said Bureau or other tribunal as aforesaid.

[signed]

N.A.M. Dentz {seal}
Bat. Brig. Genl. Vols. {seal}
Superintendent R. F. A. L.
Witness Harriet (X) Green {seal}
Chas. W. Lyman J. W. T. Shirley & Wife {seal}


Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands
Miscellaneous records of various states
Freedmen's Marriage Certificates 1865 - 1869 Roll 2

Tennessee

Overton Fitzhugh of Co. "C" 59th U.S.C.T. m. Mary Ann Fitzhugh of Memphis, TN
Date: November 20, 1864 Place: Memphis, TN
Man's age: 50; color: brown; father: brown; mother: brown. Woman's age: 48; color: brown; father: brown; mother: brown. They, unitedly had 3 children; the man by previous connection had 0; the woman by previous connection had 0. Witnessed by Sarah Fitzhugh, Pink Harris and Henry Shirley.


Records of the Assistant Commissioner For the State of Mississippi
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M826, Roll 42
Registers of Marriages of Freedmen Volume I 1863 - 1865

Joseph Shirley m. Ann Butler, both of Desoto, Louisiana
Date: January 2, 1865
Man's age: 71 years old; color: griff; father: griff; mother: griff; lived with another woman 1 year, separated from her by death. Woman's age: 70 years old; color: griff; father: griff; mother: griff; lived with another man 2 years, separated from him by force. They, unitedly had 0 children; the man by previous connection had 1; the woman by previous connection had 0.


Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands 1865 - 1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M798 Roll 32
Reports Relating to Murders and Outrages 1865 - 1868
List of Freedmen Murdered or Assaulted 1867

Report of Freed People who have been murdered or assaulted with intent to kill in the sub district of Augusta during the year commencing January 1st and ending October 31st 1868

"The following are left for agent ANTHONY's correction"

Victim: LACEY WARD. Injury: assaulted. Cause: political. Attackers: WILLIAM SHERLEY (white). Remarks: no arrest. Near Johnson's church.


Mississippi Freedman's Bureau labor contracts (source: State of MS Archives)

Name Age County Planter Plantation Date Contract No. Roll No.
Aquilla 22 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Berry 27 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Dudley 25 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Duff 16 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Harriet 26 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Isabella 21 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Jack 52 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Jim 50 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
John 13 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Margaret 27 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Martha 14 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Mary 32 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Peter 26 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Sam 12 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Squire 19 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613
Wilson 50 Oktibbeha Shirley, Lewis 06/29/1865 333 1613

Elija Shirley 24 Rankin Bibb, W. D. Deerfield 07/31/1865 002 3448 
Shirley, Newton 0 Noxubee Harrison, Thomas Dog Kennel 11/20/1865 116 2157

 

   


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