Subj: Disallowance of Co. Claims Comm.

Date: 97-02-14 13:57:13 EST

From: (D. A. Bass-Frazier, "Tracking Your Roots" Contributor)


Transcription of the claim for John G. Middleton, older brother of

great-great-great-grandfather James S. H. Middleton also of Monroe Co.,



John G. Middleton’s claim


1 Bay horse Valued $150.00           { To the commissioner of

1 Light Bay horse Valued $150.00   { claims Under Act of Congress

                                                        { of March 3, 1870


United States.


The petitioner in the above cause, by his consent, A. McGunner

would show that the amt involved in the above claim is too small, and

that he it too poor to incurred the expenses, in procuring the personal

allowances of ? , before the Board of Commissioners of Claims off

at Washington, would therefore present the following statement of facts,

of his own knowledge, and also those to which his witness will testify,

that is to say that, he the petitioner, resides in Beat No. 11 in Monroe

County, Ala. and has lived in the same for about fifty-five years and

was also a resident of the Same at the time the above claim accrued and

that he is the original and only owner of Said Claim which accrued in

the following Manner and at the time and the place herein stated (Viz).

On 18th day April 1865. Soldiers and officers came to his residence,

and told Mrs. Middleton, that they were compelled to have good horses,

that they were on provost duty and would take those in the Col. but

would return them the next day, and they went and took the horses, and

went off with the. Petitioner was in his field at work and arrived at

the house just in time to See the Solders leaving. Can only say report

Says that Genl. Smith camped within two miles and a half of his

residence but petitioner did not go to the camp himself, but every

circumstance connected with the facts requires him to believe it, as

much so that as there is a God and that the Soldiers belongs to Sd.

command, that carried his horses to the United States army Under command

of Genl. Smith, although he did not see them only as they were leaving

his house - a believes would further aver that he was a loyal adherent

to the cause and government of the United States at the time at the time

the above claim accrued, and was so loyal before, during and since the

rebellion, and would further aver that he never [never was twice

underlined] furnished any Slaves, Supplies or other Material aid to the

Said Confederate army or navy, or to the Confederate government, or to

any officer, solder, department, or adherent of the same in support

thereof, and that he never accepted or exercised the function of any

office whatsoever under or yielded when ? any support to the Said

Confederate government. Sworn to and subscribed before me, on 26 May



Joel Hardee, J.P. (signed) John G. Middleton


Personally appeared before me an acting justice of the place in and for

Monroe County Ala. is the J. Simpkins and J. E. Feagin and being duly

sworn testifies that the above statement of John J. Middleton is

???? , that they knew he had the horses above stated, and they

live about one mile from said petitioner, and knew that they were taken

from him at the time the place where stated and from every circumstance

??? ted, to the best of their information and beliefs, and willing to

testify that they were taken by Soldiers under command of Genl. Smith.


Sworn to and subscribed

before me on 26 May 1871. John J. Simpkins

J. E. Feagin

Joel Hardee, J.P.


State of Alabama } I, M. W. Simmons (?) Notary

Monroe County } public in & for Monroe County and State of Alabama

do hereby certify that Joel Hardee, whose name is signed to the forgoing

instruments is an acting Justice of the peace in and for Monroe County

Alabama and his acts are entitled to full faith and Credit.

This 6th day of June 1871.


M. W. Simmons

N. P.




One of this claimants witnesses says "I was off in the army three years

one month & 19 days." + + "I went into the army the 2nd day of April the

second year of the war." It appears from this that he served until the

21st day of May 1865. He also says "I was a Union man at the

commencement of the war and all of the time." He entered the army

before the first conscript law was passed so must have volunteered. It

will be perceived that the opinion of such a witness entertaining such a

notion of constitutes a Union man is utterly worthless & when he says of

the claimant "I know the he was a strong Union man" the statement is

entitled to no weight whatever. It is very evident that this claimant

was just exactly such a Union man as this witness for he was also in the

Confederate army from the fall of 186__ until the 2nd day of May 1865.

He also took the oath to support the Confederacy. Mr. Middleton may

have been a Union man according to the standard of Monroe Co., Ala. but

he served too long as a solder in the Confederate army for a ‘loyal

adherent to the cause & the government of the United States."


The claim is disallowed.


A. O. Aldes } Commrs

Orange Ferrim (?) } of

J. B. Howell } Claims


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