Any of your Hamiltons or Beards come from Lincoln or Copiah counties in Mississippi? Did your Crews come from Amite County, Mississippi?
Read the following:
Deposition of Henry Wethersby, former slave
11 Day of November 1901
near Waterproof, County of Tensas, State of La, before me, J W Montgomery a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared the claimant, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, depose and says: I am 60 odd years of age; my post-office address is Waterproof, a live on Carolina Plantation. I am the identical Henry Wethersby who served during the war of the rebellion as a private soldier Co D- 5 US Col. H.A. I enlisted at Vicksburg Miss in 1865 and I was mustered out /// May 20- 1866. I was never a soldier but that one time. I never served in any other company or regiment. I dont know my exact age. I told them I thought I was about 20 years old when I enlisted. I had my full growth. I am 5 feet 6 inches tall and black in color with curly hair. I was born in Amite Co. Miss. And my master was Solomon Wethersby, who lived 18 miles below Brookhaven and in 12 miles of Summitt. I was not born in Natchez, Miss. My father was Noah Crews after his master cagy Crews. My mother belonged to my master and I had no name but Henry Wethersby. I went by that all my days. I transact all my business under that name of Henry Wethersby. In 1865, most if not all of the 5 H. A. went to Jackson. My company first went to Big Black where the RR crosses (near Boonie ? ) and staid there a while then went over to Jackson, Miss. where we staid three or four days then went on to Granada, Miss. We were there a week or so then went to Charleston a little place about 15 miles north.
Then we went back to Jackson, Miss. then back to Vicksburg, Miss. We then remained there until we were mustered out. We had two or three Captains and I remember one of them was Capt Flewey (?). I dont remember the names of other Captains. I remember Lt. Lindsay but not his first name. I do not recall any other lieutenants.
The first duty Sgt was Joshua Morgan. We had one named Nathan Lunday and one named Caleb Todd.. Willis Hinton. John Honton --- Poindexter. Henry Higgins and Philip Hinds were all Corporals.
Wm Coleman. Nathan Coleman. Bill Jones. Jesse Lee Wilson No. 2 (Sgt Tom Posey) were privates. I was given a discharge certificate when I was mustered out and it got lost in some way. I staid round Vicksburg a few months then came down to Wilsons Landing and have lived round in this vicinity ever since. About 1868 I went to Natchez, Miss. to Capt Allen to get my bounty. I took my discharge certificate with me and I had it when I went to Capt Allen and I did not have it when I came back home. They sent for me once but I did not go. I have not laid my etes on that discharge certificate from that day to this. Not long after I enlisted Co D & A went about ten miles up the river above Vicksburg, Miss. to get wood. We went up on a barge. A rain came on and I got wet and was taken down with measles or something and went to the regimental hospital. I had trouble making my water. I donr know whether I had the Scarlet fever. I know Dr. Pemberton salivated me and I lost my teeth.
I have rheumatism. Catarit and dyspepsia 7 the doctor at Natchez says I have the heart disease. The rheumatism is so bad that my legs are all twisted and crippled up. I have always been a man of good habits. Have never been arrested or in jail. I have been married only once. My present wife Eliza Wethersby (Wilson) I began living in 1867 and we got married in 1875. We went together in June 1867. We was married in the parish by license secured at St. Joe, La. Neither of us have been married and had not lived with any one as man and wife before 1867. My said wife is stll living with me. We Have no children at all. I am trying to get pension but have never drawn any yet. I have no picture of myself. I am called Henry Cephas by my neighbors now but had it as nick-name. I never had that till after the war and the colored people call me that because they cant call my right name. All my business of any kind I transact as Henry Wethersby. I have heard the foregoing read and my answers are correctly readed herein.
Henry Wethersby X his mark
L. C. Stuart
Charles R Rixhardson
Marva, let me know if you recognize any of the names.