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Scipio Stafford, Solomon Stephens -- Freedmen Bureau Records

Source: Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1865-1872
George - Other - 1867
Ancestry Images #107, 108, 109, 110

557. OAC? Vol. 2 1867
H. 85 O.S.A.C. Vol 2 '67-'69
Albany, GA
June 12, 1867

Howard O H
Agent +

Transmits Affidavits of Scipio Stafford, freedman, that Jack Stephens of Mitchell Co. owes him $150 for labor in 1866 and of Scipio and wife Sarah, that Stephens forcibly detained their child.

Office A. Comd B.R.F. & A. L.
State of Georgia
Macon, GA
June 20, 1867

Respectfully referred to Andrew Clark, Agent. Newton, Baker Co. through Capt. Wm. F. White. S. & C. Thomasville, GA. who will call on Jack Stephens for his contract and accounts with Scipio Stafford, freedman, and compare them with the enclosed account and collect the ammount justly due the freedman. If Mr. Stephens refuses to settle, you will seize a sufficient amount of his property to cover the amount & holt it until an equitable settlement is made. If it is found that Solomon is being illegally held by Stephens he must be immediately returned at the expense of Stephens. These papers to be returned with report of Action.
By order of the Col. C. C. Sibley
Eugene Pickett
Capt & A.A.A. Genl.

Bureau Refugees, Freedman, and ------ (illegible)
Office Agent Division of Albany,
Dougherty, Lee, and Terrell Counties
Albany, GA June 12, 1867

Capt. Eugene Pickett
A.A.A.G.
B.F.S. & A.L.
State of Georgia
Macon, GA

Captain,

I have the honor to transmit herewith an account against Jack Stephens of Mitchell County for labor performed by Scipio Stafford (freedman) in 1866 together with an affidavit of Scipio Stafford and his wife Sarah, that the said Stephens has a child of theirs which he refuses to deliver up.

I have the honor to request that the wages due Scipio may be collected and that Mr. Jack Stephens may be required to return the child to his parents in this county.

I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your (illegible) Servt.
O. H. Howard

1866 - Jack Stephens -- Mitchell County

To Cipio Stafford (Freedman)
For 12 months labor by self - $150

Cipio Stafford (Freedman) being duly sworn deposith and saith that the above account is correct and true and that Jack Stephens is indebted to him in the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars for labor performed by him.

Sworn to and subscribed before one at Albany, GA
This June 10, 1867

Cipio Stafford X his mark

State of Georgia
Dougherty County

Before one O. H. Howard Agent Bureau of R. F. & A. L. personally came Cipio and Sarah Stafford (freed) who being duly sworn deposith and saith that one Jack Stephens (white) of Mitchell County holds their minor child (Solomon) and that when his father went after him (Solomon) that Jack Stephens told him he would shoot him and said when threatened with the Bureau that 10,000 Yankees might come but he would never give up the child to its parents or them either. They (Cipio and Sarah) make this affidavit that their child may be returned to them.

Sworn to and subscribed before one at Albany, GA
June 11, 1867

Cipio Stafford X his mark
Sarah Stafford X her mark

O.H. Howard Agent

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I couldn't find Scipio or Sarah Stafford anywhere in the census. I believe I have found Jack Stephens in 1860 and 1870. Interestingly enough, in 1870, there is a Solomon Stephens 19 M B living with Andrew Jackson Stephens and his family.

1860 Census Camilla PO Box, Mitchell Co., GA
Andrew J Stephens 31 M W Farmer $1000 $300 b. GA
Cassander H Stephens 30 F W b. GA
Andrew J Stephens 5 M W b. GA
Sarah F. Stephens 6mon F W b. GA

1870 Census Dist 10, Camilla PO Box, Mitchell Co., GA
Andrew J Stephens 42 M W Farming $500 $400 b. GA
Cassandra H Stephens 43 F W keeping house b. SC
ANdrew J Stephens 14 M W Farm Labor b. GA
Sarah F. B. Stephens 10 F W b. GA
Solomon Stephens 19 M B Farm Laborer b. GA

1900 Census Camilla, Mitchell Co., GA
Saul Stephens Head B M b. Oct 1848 age 51 married 18 yrs GA GA GA Occu: Brick Mason
Sophie Stephens Wife B F b. Aug 1862 age 37 married 18 yrs 4 children born # of living children left blank GA GA GA

1910 Census Camilla, Mitchell Co., GA
Solomon Stevens Head M W 62 married 26 yrs 1st marriage GA GA GA Occu: Laborer Brick Layer
Sophia Stevens Wife F W 43 married 26 yrs 1st marriage 1 child born 1 living GA GA GA Occu: Laundress Private Family
Lucile Stevens Daughter F W 8 single GA GA GA

1920 Census Camilla, Mitchell Co., GA
Sol STephens Head M B 58 married GA GA GA Occu: Brick Mason House
Sophie Stephens Wife F B 48 married GA GA GA

Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
about Solomon Stephens
Name: Solomon Stephens
Death Date: 31 Oct 1923
County of Death: Mitchell
Certificate: 29768-E

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