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Attempted Return to Edisto Island 1866

I ran across this list and got curious about it:

From Freedman's Bureau:

Sumter Dec. 21st, 1866
Gen. Scott Assistant Commissioner Bureau R. F. and A. L.

We, the undersigned Freedmen & Refugees from Edisto Island respectfully request that transportation may be given us from Sumter to Edisto Island.

We beg leave to state that we are Refugees from Edisto since 1862, that we cannot obtain such employment here as will support us and that we are without the means to return to our former homes. Some of us are old and cannot work. If we are allowed transportation to our former homes, we can support ourselves and our families; here we must suffer and starve.

Very respectfully your obedient servants.

Aaron Simons, aged 35
Phoebe Simons, aged 30
Elijah Simons, aged 8
John Simons, aged 6
Wm. Gadsden, aged 50
Mary Gadsden, aged 45
John Capers, aged 50
Bella Capers, aged 30
Aleck Capers, aged 8
Mary Capers, aged 6
Toby Gadsden, aged 35
Louissianna Gadsden, aged 30
Evans Gadsden, aged 10
Rebecca Gadsden, aged 7
Minty Fludd, aged 25
Tom Jones, aged 50
Mary Jones, aged 18
Peter Jones, aged 10
Tom Jones, aged 8
Caty Bogle, aged 75, blind
Mary Bogle, aged 10
Wm. Fludd, aged 40
Rose Fludd, aged 35
Moses Fludd, aged 8
Mary Fludd, aged 6
Martha Fraser, aged 55
Sam Fraser, aged 28
Chloe Fraser, aged 30
Wilt Bias, aged 20
Frank Hodge, aged 20
Clap Bailey, aged 45
Pheobe Bailey, aged 40
Mary Bailey, aged 15
Peter Bailey, aged 13
John Bailey, aged 10
James Millet, aged 55
Jim Seabrook, aged 55
Jinny Seabrook, aged 55
Peter Seabrook, aged 23
Mary Seabrook, aged 20
Naomi Seabrook, aged 18

Adults 30 Children 12

I do hereby certify that the above facts, as stated in this application are true.

T. P. Mikell
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Was curious to find out what happened to this group.

took a check of 1870 census and found:

William and Mary Gadsden - safe on Edisto (listed together):

Name: Mary Gadsden
Estimated birth year: abt 1820
Age in 1870: 50
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1870: Edisto Island, Charleston, South Carolina
Family and neighbors: View Results
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Post Office: Edisto Island

Name: Wm Gadsden
Estimated birth year: abt 1820
Age in 1870: 50
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1870: Edisto Island, Charleston, South Carolina
Family and neighbors: View Results
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Post Office: Edisto Island

this may be Mary Bogle:

Name: Mary Bogle
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Age in 1870: 14
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1870: Edisto Island, Charleston, South Carolina

Race: Black
Gender: Female
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Edisto Island

John Capers (Jack) seems to have stayed in Charlston - he is listed as a ships carpenter and with him is "Isabella" - more than likely the Bella on the list:

Name: Jack Capers
Estimated birth year: abt 1815
Age in 1870: 55
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1870: Charleston Ward 3, Charleston, South Carolina

Race: Black
Gender: Male
Post Office: Charleston

Others surnames are familiar ones on Edisto Island - more than likely relatives.

Denise


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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