Affidavit of Mrs. Jemima Cleage: The former owner of both Philip and Katie when slaves
11 Dec. 1889
I am the widow of Alexander Cleage deceased, late of Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee. I recognize the applicant, Katie, as one of our former slaves. My husband purchased her when quite a child, 13 years old, from my brother Russell Hurst – we then resided on a farm about 3 miles from Athens and my brother’s farm was about 6 miles distant.
All the ceremony at that time necessary for slaves to marry was the consent of the owners. I think it was in December 1862, Katie was delivered of a stillborn child. And again in December 1863 of another stillborn child. And I was present at the birth of both children.
In December 1863 Philip left us, all the slaves having been liberated by proclamation of the President, and I heard that he had joined the army. Katie remained with us some 8 months after Philip left us and then she went off.
I further state they both were very young and had not been previously married and I have never heard that she remarried. She was always a good clean girl and I kept her in the house to sew. I know what I here state from personal recollection. I have not seen her for a long time.
And I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.
I found the information for this post in Katie Cleage’s Civil War Pension file.
For links to the other posts in this series, click this link – Katie Cleage’s Pension Hearing