Transcribed by Kim McLeod
Link to original documents: U.S. Freedmen Bureau Records Photos of Documents
#1 Duplin County September 28th 1865 Complaints of certain citizens of Duplin Co against one Edmund Newkirk & Ben Wells Refered to Mr. Middleton Agent Bureau Magnolia #2 We the undersigned hereby certify that we are citizens residing in the neighborhood of Mrs. Mary Ann Wells and that the customary rent of land has always been one half of the production for swamp land and one third for upland and we farther certify that Edmund Newkirk and Ben Wells never belonged on the plantation and that the land never was rented to them by Mrs. Wells or by her deceased husband but was rented by Mr. Wells to their families; we also certify that we are well acquainted with Mrs. Wells and that she is a worthy lady with eight helpful children; we also certify that we have been informed that Mrs. Wells has fed three negro women and twelve children free of any charge the whole summer. William Usher M. K. Devane Lucius P. Kelly Edwin L. Usher J. W. Wells J. F. Taylor Geo Gellitt (illegible) #3 Executive Department Raleigh, NC June 1 18— Bagley Wm H. Private Secretary Encloses list of destitute persons of Duplin Co with reference to their having rations provided by the U.S. Govt 2 enclosures #4 State of North Carolina Executive Department Raleigh ___________18______ Capt. H. H. Foster Asst. Supt. (illegible) R.F. & A.Sr. Magnolia, N.C. Captain: In obedience to suggestions from Col. Barnford, Astg. Comm. Ben. R. F. and A. Sr. from this State, I am instructed by the Governor to transmit a Copy of the Report of the Chairman of Warden Court of Duplin County, reciting the number of the indigent of that County desiring to draw rations from the Bureau, to you for your action therein. Very Respectfully Your Obt. Servant Wm. H. Bagley Private Secretary More to come!