USCT PENSION FILESHonoring those who served
The United States Colored Troops
As Bernice Bennett notes in her article USCT Pension Files: A Rich Resource for African American Genealogy, pension files can reveal many biographical details about ancestors who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Because events in USCT veterans’ lives before the Civil War were seldom recorded in the documentary record, veterans had to go to great lengths to prove their identity, their service in the Civil War, their dates of marriage, names and ages of children, and other biographical details that had to be documented in order for them to draw a military pension.
This frequently meant gathering the testimony of others who witnessed their marriage, the death of a spouse, the births of their children or other life events. Veterans often relied upon the testimony of others who served in the same regiment and company to help them prove their identity and service.
The testimony of supporting witnesses revealed much about the military veteran applying for a pension. Along the way, witnesses also revealed a lot about their own lives and families.
Here, we gather the pension files that tell the stories of those who served in the United States Colored Troops.
We are profoundly grateful to our advisory board members Bernice Bennett and Angela Y. Walton Raji for their guidance at every phase of this project. No words are sufficient to thank our incredible volunteer Alana Thevenet, who has carefully abstracted all of the pension files in this collection.
Documenting Ancestors Who Served
in the United States Colored Troops (USCT)
View USCT Pension Files
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|Name||Co. and Regt.||Residence||Spouse||Children||Former Enslaver||Plantation or Location||File|
|Absolum, Plimoth||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Margarett||Hopeful, Benjamin, Hercules, Prince||Not revealed in pension file||married at Belleview Plantation, Beaufort County, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Aiken, Jack||G 34th||Beaufort, SC||William Middleton||Newport Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Ancrum, Aaron||G 34th||Beaufort, SC||Sallie||Kirkland, then Josua Nichols (Joshua Nichols married widow of Wm. Kirkland)||Rose Hill Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Bailey, Benjamin||K 103rd||Enterprise, Charleston County, SC||Nannie||Mr. Ragsmith? (no such name in census, may be William Wragg Smith)||VIEW FILE|
|Bailey, Pompey||F 34th||St. Helena, Beaufort, SC||Jane||Possibly Thomas B. Chaplin||St. Helena Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Barnwell or Murray, Samuel||B 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Eugenia||Barnwell family||Beaufort, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Barnwell, Abel||C 34th||Salem, Beaufort County, SC||Mother: Tira||Mrs. Sarah B. Fuller, then Robert Fuller||Beaufort, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Baynard, Carolina||G 2nd USCLA||Hilton Head, SC||Sarah Kirk||William E. Baynard||Bluffton or Hilton Head, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Binford, Charles||A 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Molsey||Clemon Sams||Dataw Island, then Ladies Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Binyard, Adam||D 34th||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Binyard, Harry||E 33rd||Savannah, GA||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Blake, Corbner||F 34th||Seabrook, Beaufort County, SC||Julia||Phillis||Walter Blake||Combahee River, Colleton, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Bonaud, Peter||G 34th||Fernandina, FL||Laura E.||Mr. Garrick, Thompson estate, then Nathaniel C. Mills married into the Thompson family and was slaveholder when he enlisted||Savannah GA||VIEW FILE|
|Bonneau or Gaiilard, Israel||E 104th||Mount Pleasant, SC||Jane||Ann, Kate, Eliza, Thomas, Israel||Dr. P.P. Bonneau||VIEW FILE|
|Bowens, Isaiah||C 103rd||Savannah, GA||Sister: Hannah Hopkins||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Bradford or Wilder, James||E 104th||James Island, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Broughton, Antonio||C 128th||Stono, Berkeley County, SC||Pene or Pena||James, Henrietta, Elizabeth, Elijah, Annie||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Brown or Grimball, William||2nd USCLA||Charleston, SC||Thomas Grimball, Grimball's son in law Robert McPherson after Grimball's death||Waterloo Plantation, Johns Island||VIEW FILE|
|Brown, Adam||H 34th||Summerville, SC||Ann||Dr. J.C. McKuen||Berkeley County SC||VIEW FILE|
|Brown, Harry||C 34th||Grays Hill||Celina; Millie Jones||John Joyner Smith||Otaheite Plantation||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Brown, Mustifer or John||A 104th||Cross Mills, Berkeley County, SC||Sarah||Patsy||Julius DuBos||Pineville, Berkeley County, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Bryan, Monday||F 128||Moncks Corner, Berkeley, SC||Mary||Pearl||born enslaved by Thomas Porcher, enslaved by Major John White at enlistment||born Goshen Plantation, Berkeley County, SC, lived on Gippy Plantation before he enlisted||VIEW FILE|
|Camel, Sancho||G 34th||Mount Pleasant, SC||Matilda||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Campbell, Jacob||H 34||Charleston, SC||Elvira||Tom Curtis||Walterboro SC||VIEW FILE|
|Cassel or Castle, Robert||A 35th||Adams Run, Colleton, SC||Elizabeth Laurence||Nancy, Nathaniel||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Chism, Robert||H 34th||Francis, Putnam County, FL||Charles Lowndes||Combahee||VIEW FILE|
|Chisolm, March||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton County, SC||Molcey||William C. Heyward||Cypress Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Cochran or Bennett, Adam||I 128||Charleston, SC||Mary||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Cohen or Kirk, Harry||D 21st||Beaufort, SC||Amelia||Dr. John Kirk||Rose Hill Plantation, Bluffton, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Cohen, Benjamin||F 128th||Georgetown, SC||Caroline||Not revealed in pension file||Sampit, Georgetown County, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Cohen, Caesar||A 128th||Sampit, Georgetown, SC||Tira Devoe||Ralph Stead Izard||Weymouth Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Craft, Samuel||F 34th||Jacksonville, FL||Josephine||George R. Richards||Charleston||VIEW FILE|
|Cunningham, Solomon||G 34th||Salkehatchie, Colleton, SC||Lorena||Hercules, Solomon||Thomas Cuthbert, sold to Joshua Nickels||Beaufort SC, Grren Pond after sold to Joshua Nickels||VIEW FILE|
|Daniel, Samuel aka Samuel Daniel||H 128th||Brunson, Hampton County, SC||Rose Ella Best||John, Walter, Elliot, Willie, Nora||Benjamin Lawton||Beech Branch, Hampton County, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Deas, Fortune||D 128th||Walterboro, SC||Judy||March Riley||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|DeCouster, Isaac||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Silvia||Mary Kirkland||Rose Hill Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Dingle, Adam||G 104th||Summerville, SC||None||None||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Edwards, Tony||B 33rd||Fernandina, FL||Pheba||Charles, Lizzy||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Fell, Albert||F 103rd||Charleston, SC||Hannah||Elizabeth Potts, Julia||Joseph Mikell||James Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Adam||F 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Louisa McCoy||Tony, Louisa, Caroline, Paul||Richard and/or John Reynolds||Ladies Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Daniel||F 33rd||Port Royal, SC||Eves Graham||Charles, Rebecca||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Fields, January||C 34th||Beaufort, SC||Amy||William,Aleck, James, Janie, July, Rosana||Charles C. Pinckney||born on Pinckney Island Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Jerry||1st SC||Allendale, SC||Dr. Stoney||Hilton Head, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Jonas||C 128th||Ladies Island, SC||Nellie||Dr. Verdier||Beaufort, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Poledo aka Paul Ledoe||C 21st||Bluffton, SC||Martha||Squire William Pope||Hilton Head Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Russell or Pritchard||B 21st||Sheldon, Beaufort County, SC||Priscilla Gillen; Sarah Green||Walter Bliss?||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Fields, Thomas||H 33rd||Port Royal, SC||Daphne, Polly, Elizabeth||Margaret||Richard Fuller||Cat Island, Beaufort, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Fields, William||D 34th||Beaufort, SC||Emily||Dr. Thomas Fuller||Parris Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Finley, Isaiah||B 103rd||Mother: Charleston, SC||James Lawton||James Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Finnick, Canning or Pinckney, Cainey||E 128th||Johns Island, SC||Caroline; Diana; then Rosanna Mack or Roxana McPherson||Richard, Sarah, Isaiah||Robert Jenkins||near Jacksonboro, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Fishburne, Casel||E 104th||Charleston, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Ford, Primus||F 34th||Beaufort, SC||Rosa||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Ford, Wally||F 34th||Beaufort, SC||Flora Johnson or Riley; Laura Buckner||Alice, John, Louisa, Laura||William Elliott||Oak Lawn, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Frasier, Cato||C 33rd||Green Pond, Colleton County, SC||Dora Clifford||Mrs. Mary Hutchinson||Hutchinson Island, Colleton, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Funney, Charles||D 128th||Georgetown, SC||Sallie||Frank, Sallie||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Gadison Frank or Trowell, Thomas||G 128th||Walhalla, Fayette County, TX||Mattie or Martha Wilkinson; Louisiana Ramsy||Mahaley||James Troweel||Barnwell District, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Gadson, Jacob||G 34th||Beaufort, SC||Fortymore||Paul, Betty, Robert, Jacob||James Garrett||Oak Forest, Beaufort SC||VIEW FILE|
|Gaillard, Stephney||E 104th||Eutawville, SC||Sarah||Eugene Gaillard||near Eutawville, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Gailliard or Legare, March||C 128th||Charleston, SC||Minty||Annie, Lizzie||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Giles, Joe||Unassigned 104th||Williamsburg, SC||Flora||Antoinett, John, William, Joe||Not revealed in pension file||married at Gordon plantation, Williamsburg, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Gilliard, Samuel||E 34th||Beaufort, SC||Martha||Tom Fuller||Parris Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Givens, Commission||B 21st||Charleston, SC||Hattie||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Goodwin, Fortune||F 34th||Port Royal, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Goodwin, Robert||B 33rd||Grays Hill and Edgerly||Nellie Frazier; Chloe or Claire Grayson; Rose Washington||Robert, Caroline, Joseph, Janny||Franklin Tolbert||Beaufort, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Goodwine, Mingo aka William Mackey||K 33rd||Charleston, SC||Jane||Louisa||Dick or Frank Pope||Bluffton, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Gordon, Livingston||D 34th||Gainesville, FL||Annie McCreight||Moriah, Rebecca, Primus, Josephine||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Grant, Stepney||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Mother: Flora||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Grayson or Pinckney, Morris||B 21st||Beaufort, SC||Patty or Patsy Middleton||Pinckney Family||Pinckney Island Plantation||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Green, Jackson||B 33rd||Robertville, SC||Leah Howard||Julia, Richard, Jackson, George||born at Stuart Point, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Green, Jonas||E 34th||Jacksonville, FL||Lucy Clark||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Green, William||E 334th||Beaufort, SC||Isabella, Molly||Laura, Lotty, Jake, Sonny||Fuller Family||Beaufort, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Griffin, Caleb||B 2nd||Elizabeth City, NC||Sarah Francis||Born free||VIEW FILE|
|Hamilton, Carolina||F 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Miley||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Hamilton, Hector||F 34th||Coosawhatchie, SC||Flora||James, William, Emma, John||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Haywood, Ben||H 34th||White Hall, Colleton, SC||Rose||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Haywood, Cuffy||C 34th||Port Royal, SC||Abbie||Middleton Stewart||Beaufort County, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Haywood, Sandy||C 34th||Grays Hill, Beaufort, SC||Emma||Henry McKee||Ladies Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Haywood, Stephen||E 35th||Round, Colleton, SC||Margaret Williams||Alice, Christopher||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Hogg, Robert||H 34th||Jacksonville, FL||Adelphia Wilson||Lottie, Lillie, Arthur, Leonard||Jno. Spears||Pike County, AL||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Issard, Samuel||F 34th||Yemassee, SC||William Middleton||near Yemassee, possibly Newport Plantation||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Jenkins, Caleb||H 34th||Green Pond, Colleton, SC||Susie Giles||Caleb||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Jenkins, Filander||G 34th||James Island, SC||Father: Abram Jenkins||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Jenkins, Thomas||H 34th||Frogmore, Beaufort County, SC||Levinia||Patty, Grace||Dr. William Jenkins||St. Helena, Beaufort, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Johnson, Cato||F 128th||Sampit, Georgetown, SC||Martha||Dr. Johnson and William Dawsey||Sampit, Georgetown SC||VIEW FILE|
|Ladson or Bailey, Fortune||F 104th||James Island, SC||Polly Gadson or Gadsden||Amelia, Delvinia, Julius, William, Arthur, Ephraim, Florence, Rhoda||Dr. Bailey||Edisto Island, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Landy, Peter aka Landy Wade||H 34th||Ridgeville, SC||Louisa||Amelia, Vincent, Rebecca||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Lavine, Thomas||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton, SC||Lydia||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Lawrence, March||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton County, SC||Rebecca||William Middleton||Newport Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Lawton or Wine, William||E 128th||Brighton, Hampton County, SC||Guardian: W.W. Smith||Henry, Jane, Molsey||Lawton family||Hampton County SC||VIEW FILE|
|Lawton, Stephen or Duncan Betterson||E 128th||Hampton County, SC||Tama Wilson||Maggie, Martha, Anna, Stephen, Sammie, Chloe, Henry Rabbit (all surnamed Betterson)||Jas. Or Jos. Guerard, then Jos. M. Lawton||Hampton Ridge Plantation, Hampton County, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|LeFluer or Hicks, Winston||H 3rd Colored Cavalry||Crews, Tunica County, MS||Caroline||Jack LeFleur||Carroll County, MS||VIEW FILE|
|Legare or Ancrum, Murry||G 103rd||Adams Run, Colleton, SC||Mary||James Legare||Colleton County SC||VIEW FILE|
|Legare or Ancrum, Murry||D 103rd||Adams Run, Colleton, SC||Julia Gillard; Eveline Williams; Mary Singleton||James, Dennis||James Legare||Colleton County, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Mack, Josiah||G 34th||Savannah, GA||Ella||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Maddox, William aka Allen Dean||G 34th||Jacksonville, FL||Imanuel? Dean||VIEW FILE|
|Magwood or Manigo, Antionio or Tony||I 104th||Charleston, SC||Sarah||William, Julia||William B. Burnett||Combahee River||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|McCloud, Randall||D 34th||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Mcknight, Paul||K 33rd||Bluffton, SC||Lizzie Deveaux or Polite||Ezekiel, Betsey, John, Mary, Phillis, Sylvia, Lucia||Robert Chisolm||Beaufort, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|McNeal, Scipio||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Annie Cassell||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Middleton, Adam||G 34th||near Summerville, SC||Rose Harrison||Isaac, Daniel, Mathew, Doctor, George, Rebecca||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Middleton, Jolly||F 34th||Coosawhatchie, Beaufort County, SC||Hannah||Alex, Sara, William, James, Estelle, Joseph||Oswell Barnwell||Myrtle Bush Plantation||VIEW LINK|
|Mikell or Walker, James||K 135th||Edisto Island, SC||Christina Jones, Mary Ann Green||Cornelius, James||Jenkins Mikell||Peters Point Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Miles or Myers, Bristow||F 34th||Sheldon, Beaufort County, SC||Mother: Tyrah Myers||Mrs. Belle Fields||Fields Point Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Moultrie or Alston, Mingo||B 104th||Georgetown, SC||Mary||Martha, Roselle||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Moultrie, Peter||G 34th||Beaufort, SC||Katie||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Murray or Barnwell, Andrew||E 34th||Beaufort, SC||Nancy||Barnwell family||Laurel Bay Plantation, Beaufort||VIEW FILE|
|Nicholas, Neptune||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton County, SC||Betsy||Wm. C. Heyward||Cypress Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Oswell, Toney||H 34th||Grahamville, Beaufort County, SC||Pender||John, Lucy, Jeny, Millie||James Bowlin||VIEW FILE|
|Perkins, James||K 35th||Jacksonboro, SC||Betsey Singleton||Not revealed in pension file||Born Pactolus, NC||VIEW FILE|
|Pinckney, Edward||H 34h||Hazelhurst, GA||Joanna Mitchel||Emily Jane, Harry L., Mary Olga, Charles C., Hattie Mosie, Abram Grant, Vera Ruth||H.L. Pinckney; Isaac Dennis, Crawford County, GA||VIEW FILE|
|Pinckney, Limus||E 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Poinsett, Cuffee||K 128th||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Polite or Chism, Smart||H 34th||Keans Neck, Sheldon, Beaufort, SC||Rebecca Green||Alexander Chisolm||Chisolm's Island||VIEW FILE|
|Polite, Prince||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Tyra||Not revealed in pension file||Hickory Hill||VIEW FILE|
|Pope, Moses||F 34th||Frogmore, Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Porcher or Legare, Daniel||E 104th||Berkeley County, SC||Julia||Chloe, Harriet, Susannah, Agnes||Not revealed in pension file||Married at Mexico Plantation in 1867, by W.M. Porcher||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Priley, Nelson||D 34th||Port Royal, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Pringle, Romeo||D 34th||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Proctor, Francis||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Richards or Geddis, Dick||H 128th||Summerville, SC||Rebecca||Daniel Postell||St. Pauls Parish, Colleton, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Richardson, Frank||G 34th||Johns Island, SC||Elijah||Richard Porcher, James Lamb||Santee||VIEW FILE|
|Rivers, Robin||F 34th||Frogmore, Beaufort County, SC||Nancy||Nancy, Ishmael, Hector||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Robinson, James||A 35th||Eastover, SC||Emma Stevens||James, John, Joseph||Mike Leapheart||Newberry, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Robinson, Robin||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton, SC||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Saunders, Pompey||G 34th||Beaufort, SC||Mother: Rina Saunders||Walter Blake||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Scott, Thomas||G 34th||Savannah, GA||Jane; Nellie Houston||Thomas, Silas||John Stoddard||Daufuski Island, SC||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Simmons, Columbus||F 34th||Frogmore, Beaufort, SC||Jane Polite||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Simmons, Scipio||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||Annie||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Singleton, Ben||A 34th||Sheldon, Beaufort County, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Singleton, Benjamin||D 33rd||Charleston, SC||Eliza||William McLeod||James Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Singleton, Mingo||B 33rd||Frogmore, Beaufort, SC||Patience Mack||Venus Brisbane, George, Molly, Sarah||Lewis Sams||Port Royal Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Singleton, Renty||F 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Janie Small||Not revealed in pension file||NEW - VIEW FILE|
|Small, Primus||G 34th||Green Pond, Colleton County, SC||Bettie||Henry, Joel, Janey||William C. Heyward||Cypress Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Strobert, Bram||C 33rd||Beaufort, SC||Charlotte Seabrook||Cato||Ben Martin||Binden Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Tenant or Shines, John||H 128th||Seabrook, Beaufort County, SC||Susan||Dr. Charles Tennant||Johns Island||VIEW FILE|
|Tolbert, Gabriel||H 34th||Sheldon, Beaufort County, SC||Betty||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Trapier, Alex||F 128th||Sampit, Georgetown, SC||Louisa||Alex||William Dorsey||Sampit, Georgetown SC||VIEW FILE|
|Vandross, London||C 103rd||Combahee, Colleton County, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Ward, Toby||F 34th||Adams Run, Colleton, SC||William Elliott||VIEW FILE|
|Washington, Middleton||F 34th||Rantowles, Colleton County, SC||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Washington, Simon||G 34th||Dale, SC||Rachel||William Middleton||Newport Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Washington, Smart||H 34th||Fernandina, FL||Lucretia||Not revealed in pension file||VIEW FILE|
|Wescott, Wallace||G 34th||Edisto Island, SC||Ephraim Baynard||Rabbit Point Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|White, Selem||G 34th||Bluffton, SC||Sally||John Middleton||Combahee River, Colleton, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Wing, Tony||H 34th||Combahee, Beaufort, SC||Lucinda Squire||Married at Walter Blake Plantation, Combahee in 1850||Blakefield Plantation||VIEW FILE|
|Wright, Aaron||G 34th||Bluffton, SC||Charlotte Fireall Wright Gadson||Mary, Jane||Stephen Elliott||Parris Island, SC||VIEW FILE|
|Wright, Harry||C 34th||Beaufort, SC||Chloe||Henry Middleton||VIEW FILE|
|Wyatt, Andrew||H 34th||Beaufort, SC||John Parker; James Spaul was final slaveholder||VIEW FILE|
|Young, June||C 34th||Beaufort, SC||Betsey||Sarah, Rebecca, Jane, Charlotte||Tom Rhodes||Ladies Island, possibly Fairfield plantation||VIEW FILE|
Featured Pension File: USCT Pension File of Caesar Cohen, Great Great Grandfather of Michelle Robinson Obama, Georgetown SC
Company A, 128th United States Colored Troops
Featured Pension File: James Walker aka James Mikell, Edisto Island, SC
Company K, 135th USCT
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Simon Washington was born about 1845 on Newport Plantation on the Combahee River in Beaufort County, SC. His parents were Thomas Washington and Daphne. His brother Uriah Washington was raised on the same plantation. Simon was enslaved by William Middleton. He was married to Rachael/Rachel Grant at Combahee, Beaufort County, SC in March 1873. Rachel was also enslaved by William Middleton and was raised at Newport Plantation. Her parents were John Grant and Mollie. Together, Simon and Rachel had 11 children.
Adam Middleton was born about 1845 in Charleston, SC. He married Rose [or Rosa] Harrison on the Watson plantation about 4 December 1867. Neither had been married before. Reverend Anthony Allston performed the marriage ceremony. Adam and Rose had the following children: Isaac, born 17 September 1873; Daniel, born 14 March 1875; Mathew Tolbert, born 8 February 1877; Doctor William, born 5 November 1878; George Oliver, born 7 December 1880.
Fortune Goodwin was born in Coosawhatchie, SC about 1819. He was 45 years old at the time of his discharge. He was 5-feet 7-inches high with black complexion, eyes, and hair. He was a field hand before enlisting in the United States Colored Troops. After the war, he lived in Port Royal and Beaufort, South Carolina.
Gadson, Jacob. USCT Pension File Abstract, Company G, 34th United States Colored Troops, Hilton Head, Beaufort, SC
This file was abstracted by Alana Thevenet. Jacob Gadson was enslaved by James Garrot at Oak Forest, near Bluffton, South Carolina. He was married about 1850 to Fortymore (also rendered Fortimore) Kinlock by Rev. Boston. Fortymore Kinlock Gadson was born about 1826....
Haywood or Heyward, Cuffy. USCT Pension File Abstract, Company C, 34th United States Colored Troops, Beaufort, SC
Biographical Summary Cuffy Haywood or Heyward was enslaved by Middleton Stewart. He was born and raised in Beaufort County, SC. Born about 1824, Cuffy (also rendered Cuffie) first married Binckey/Binky who died at Stuart Point, SC on or about 7 July 1871. Together...
Biographical Summary James Walker, aka James Mikell was born on Peters Point Plantation, Edisto Island, SC about 1845. He was enslaved by Jenkins Mikell. His father’s name was Harry Walker. James went by both Mikell and Walker surnames, Mikell after his slaveholder...
Biographical Summary This pension file was abstracted by Alana Thevenet. Benjamin Cohen was married to Caroline Wilson at Sampit, South Carolina about three years after the Civil War ended. Caroline had been married to Westbury Davis during slavery. Westbury, who...
Biographical Summary Albert Fell was born 15 Dec 1843 on the plantation of Joseph Mikell on James Island, Charleston District, South Carolina. In 1866, Albert married Hannah, who had been enslaved by Tom Legare on James Island. Albert and Hannah knew each other from...
James Perkins was born about 12 June 1840 at or near Pactolus, NC. His mother was Glora Perkins. James married Betsey Singleton about 1 March 1868. He died 20 May 1925 at Round, SC.
We previously wrote about James Perkins on the Lowcountry Africana website when we discovered a handwritten letter by him in Freedmen’s Bureau records. Please see the post “Letter Wriiten by Freedman James Perkins, Jacksonboro, SC, 1870.”
Biographical Summary Stephney Gaillard was born near Eutawville, St. Johns, SC about 1846. His father was Pompey Jenkins. Both Stephney and his father Pompey were enslaved by Eugene Gaillard. Stephney married Bess Clark on 15 December 1868 at the Jake Rush Place...
Biographical Summary Adam Fields was born enslaved about 1 January or March 1842 at Ladies Island, Beaufort County, SC. His father was Tony Fields and his mother was Charlotte Fields. He was enslaved by John Reynolds, as were his parents. [Another records shows his...
I put my age at 58 but I do not know the year of my birth, though I have always been told I was born on the 2nd day of March. I was born on Binden plantation, ½ miles from Pocotaligo, S.C. I was born the slave of Ben Martin and I never belonged to any other person. He lived on Binden plantation.
Corbner Blake (aka Cubner Francis) was born about 1823 on the Combahee, Beaufort County, SC His father’s name was Hector Blake and his mother was Peggie. Both of his parents were enslaved by Walter Blake. He worked as a bricklayer and plasterer before the war. After the war, he also farmed. He had three children before the war. While on duty in Florida on or about the winter of 1862-1863, was disabled by rheumatism. He lived with his wife, Julia, and they were both enslaved by Walter Blake on the Combahee River in Colleton County, South Carolina. They were married about 1866 (another account states about 1855) by Daniel Blake in Beaufort, SC. They had four children and three had died by the time of his deposition on 26 June 1902. One daughter, Phillis, married William Gillison. Julia died in October of 1907. On 24 April, 1908, Corbner married Hannah Frances. Blake died on 24 August 1908. After his death, Hannah filed for a widow’s pension.
Chisolm, March. USCT Pension File Abstract, G 34th USCT, Born on Cypress Plantation of William C. Heyward, Combahee River, Colleton, SC
March Chisolm was born at Cypress Plantation on the Combahee River in Colleton County, SC. He was enslaved by William C. Heyward of Cypress Plantation. He married Clarander Osburne on or about 17 September 1856. The Reverend Peter White officiated at the wedding. Molcey Chisolm, daughter of March and Clarander Chisolm, was born about 1860. Dianna Simmons was the midwife at her birth. March Chisolm died at Cypress Plantation 15 September 1869 or 10 October 1868. Molcey was about 8 years old when her father died.
Jack Akins (aka Aiken, Akin) was born about 1848 at Combahee, Colleton County, SC. He resided at Clay Hall Plantation in Beaufort County, SC. He was a farmer. His first marriage was to Jennie Green (aka Jeanie, Janny) who died shortly after the war at the White Oak place in Beaufort County, SC about 24 January 1881. They had a child named Osbery Aiken who was born about July 1871.
USCT Pension File of Caesar Cohen, Great Great Grandfather of Michelle Robinson Obama, Georgetown SC
Biographical Summary Caesar Cohen, the paternal great great grandfather of Michelle Robinson Obama, married Tira Devoe at the Weymouth Plantation of Ralph Stead Izard in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1858. Tony Izard officiated the wedding ceremony. Together,...
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