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Deposition of David Thomas to Southern Claims Commission

  1. What is your name, your age, your residence and how long has it been such, and your occupation?
  2. The said David Thomas being first duly sworn deposes and says my age is 75 years. I reside in Jefferson County, Alabama and have resided in Jefferson County Alabama for over 30 years and I am a farmer.

  3. If you are not the claimant, in what manner, if any, are you related to the claimant or interested in the success of the claim?
  4. I am the claimant.

  5. Where were you born?
  6. I was born in Anson County in the State of North Carolina.

  7. Where were you residing and what was your business for six months before the outbreak of the rebellion, and where did you reside and what was your business from the beginning to the end of the ware? And if you changed your residence or business, state how many times, and why such changes were made.
  8. Where I now live in Jefferson County Alabama. I resided at the same place all the time out back of the rebellion till after the close of the was and I am still residing at the same place. I was engaged in farming all the time. I have been engaged in farming all my life having never followed any other business but farming.

  9. On which side were your sympathies during the war, and were they on the same side from beginning to end?
  10. My sympathies were on the side of the Union and with the Union all the time from the beginning to the end of the rebellion.

  11. Did you ever do anything or say anything against the Union cause; and if so, what did you do or say, and why?
  12. No sir, I never did.

  13. Were you at all times during the war willing and ready to do whatever you could in aid of the Union cause.
  14. Yes sir, I was, but I lived where I could not do anything.

  15. Did you ever do anything for the Union cause, or its advocates or defenders? Is so, state what you did, giving times, places, names of persons aided, and particulars. Were the persons aided your relations?
  16. No sir, I did not. I lived where I could do nothing.

  17. Had you any near relations in the Union army or navy? If so, in what company and regiment, or on what vessel when and where did each one enter service, and when and how did he leave service? If he was a son, produce his discharge paper, in order that its contents may be noted in the disposition, or state why it cannot be produced.
  18. No sir, not that I know of.

  19. Were you in the service or employment of the United States Government at any time during the war? I so, in what service, when, where, for how long, under what officers, and when and how did you leave such service or employment?
  20. No sir, I was not.

  21. Did you ever voluntarily contribute money, property, or services to the Union cause; and if so, when, where, to whom, and what did you contribute?
  22. No sir, I did not. I lived where I could do nothing for the Union cause.

  23. Which side did you take while the insurgent States were acceding from the Union in 1860 and 1861, and what did you do to show on which side you stood?
  24. I was on the side of the Union and voted for John Bull the Union candidate for President in 1860 and voted for W. S. Earnest(?) the Union candidate for the secession Convention in 1860, and I advocated the Election of the Union candidate for the Convention and advised my neighbors to vote for the Union candidate.

  25. Did you adhere to the Union cause after the States had passed into rebellion, or did you go with your State?
  26. I was for the Union all the time and was never in favor of secession or the Confederacy.

  27. What were your feelings concerning the battle of Bull Run or Manassas, the capture of New Orleans, the fall of Vicksburg, and the final surrender of the Confederate forces.
  28. My feelings was with the Union and for the Union all the time and I was glad when I heard that the Union Army had put down the rebellion and that the rebel armies had surrendered.

  29. What favors, privileges, or protections were ever granted you in recognition of your loyalty during the war and when and by whom were they granted?
  30. No sir, I lived where I could not secure any protection from the United States Government.

  31. Have you ever taken the so-called "iron-clad oath" since the war, and when and on what occasions?
  32. No sir, I never have.

  33. Who were the leading and best known Unionists of our vicinity during the war? Are any of them called to testify to your loyalty; and if not, why not?
  34. Asa Burrell, James Vanderford, John McChaney, Thomas Campbell, Herman t. Kelsey, James DDrummond, Ephraim N. Robbins, Thomas B. Robbins and L*****(?) Robbins and Ananias N. Thomas, James Vanderford and Ananias N. Thomas have been called to testify in my behalf.

  35. Were you ever threatened with damage or injury to your person, family, or property on account of your Union sentiments, or were you actually molested or injured on account of your Union sentiments? If so, when, where, by whom, and in what particular way were you injured or threatened with injury?
  36. No sir, not that I know of. I may have been, but I did not know of it. I lived in a neighborhood where nearly all of the citizens was in favor of the Union there was only one or two persons living in my precinct that voted for secession.

  37. Were you ever arrested by any Confederate officer, soldier, sailor, or other person professing to act for the Confederate government, or for any State in rebellion? If so, when, where, by whom, for what cause; how long were you kept under arrest; how did you obtain your release; did you take any oath or give any bond to effect your release; and if so, what was the nature of the oath or the bond?
  38. No sir, I never was.

  39. Was any of your property taken by Confederate officers, or soldiers, or any rebel authority? If so, what property, when, where, by whom, were you ever paid therefor, and did you ever present an account therefor to the Confederate government, or any rebel officer?
  40. No sir, I lived in an out of the way place and was old and did not make(?) more produce than I need and did not raise more stock than I used on my farm for farming purposes.

  41. Was any of your property ever confiscated by rebel authority, on the ground that you were an enemy to the rebel cause? If so, give all the particulars, and state if the property was subsequently released or compensation made therefor.
  42. No sir, it(?) was not.

  43. Did you ever do anything for the Confederate cause, or render any aid or comfort to the rebellion? If so, give the times, places, persons, and other particulars connected with each transaction.
  44. No sir, I never did in any way.

  45. What force, compulsion or influence, was used to make you do anything against the Union cause? If any, give all the particulars demanded in the last question.
  46. No sir, I never did anything against the Union cause.

  47. Were you in any service, business, or employment, for the Confederacy, or for any rebel authority? If so, give the same particulars as before required.
  48. No sir, I never was and I never had anything to do with the rebellion or Confederacy.

  49. Were you in the civil, military, or naval service of the Confederacy, or any rebel State, in any capacity whatsoever? If so, state fully in respect to each occasion and service.
  50. No sir, I was not.

  51. Did you ever take any oath to the so-called Confederate States while in any rebel service or employment?
  52. No sir, I never did.

  53. Did you ever have charge of any stores, or other property of the Confederacy; or did you ever sell or furnish any supplies to the so-called Confederate States, or any State in rebellion; or did you have any share or interest in contracts or manufactures in aid of the rebellion?
  54. No sir, I never did and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  55. Were you engaged in blockade running, or running through the lines, or interested in the risks or profits of such ventures?
  56. No sir, I never was.

  57. Were you in any way interested in any vessel navigating the waters of the Confederacy, or entering or leaving any Confederate port?
  58. No sir, I was not.

  59. Did you ever subscribe to any loan of the so-called Confederate States, or of any rebel State; or own Confederate bonds or securities of any rebel State issues between 1861 and 1865? Did you sell, or agree to sell, cotton or produce to the Confederate Government, or to any rebel State, or to any rebel officer or agent, and if so, did you receive or agree to receive Confederate or State bonds or securities in payment; and if so, to what amount, and for what kind and amount of property?:
  60. No sir I did not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  61. Did you contribute to the raising, equipment or support of troops, or the building of gunboats in aid of the rebellion; or to military hospitals or invalids, or to relief funds or subscriptions for the families of persons serving against the United States?
  62. No sir, I did not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  63. Did you ever give information to any person in aid of military or naval operations against the United States?
  64. No sir, I never did.

  65. Were you at any time a member of any society or organization for equipping volunteers or conscripts, or for aiding the rebellion in any other manner?
  66. No sir, I never was.

  67. Did you ever take an oath of allegiance to the so-called Confederate States? If so, state how often, when, where, for what purpose, and the nature of the oath or affirmation.
  68. No sir, I never did.

  69. Did you ever receive a pass from rebel authority? If so, state when, where, for what purpose, on what conditions, and how the pass was used.
  70. No sir, I never did.

  71. Had you any near relatives in the Confederate army, or in any military or naval service hostile to the United States? If so, give names, ages on entering service, present residence, if living, what influence you exerted, if any, against their entering the service, and in what way you contributed to their outfit and support.
  72. No sir, I did not. I had two brothers but they were both too old to be in the rebel army and if any of their sons was in the rebel army, I did not know of it.

  73. Have you been under the disabilities imposed by the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution? Have your disabilities been removed by Congress?
  74. No sir, I never was.

  75. Have you been specially pardoned by the President for participation in the rebellion?
  76. No sir, I was not.

  77. Did you take any amnesty oath during the war, or after its close? If so, when, where, and why did you take it?
  78. No sir, I did not.

  79. Were you ever a prisoner to the United States authorities or on parole, or under bonds to nothing against the Union cause? If so, state all the particulars.
  80. No sir, I never was.

  81. Were you ever arrested by the authorities of the United States during the war? If so, when, where, by whom, on what grounds, and when and how did you obtain your release?
  82. No sir, I never was.

  83. Were any fines or assessments levied upon you by the authorities of the United States because of your supposed sympathy for the rebellion? If so, state all the facts.
  84. No sir, there never was.

  85. Was any of your property taken into possession or sold by the United States under the laws relating to confiscation, or to captured and abandoned property?
  86. No sir, there never was.

  87. After the Presidential election of 1860, if of age, did you vote for any candidates, or on any questions, during the war, and how did you vote? Did you vote for or against candidates favoring secession? Did you vote for or against the ratification of the ordinance of secession, or for or against separation in your State?
  88. No sir, I did not and I never voted in any Election after the Election for delligates (sic) to the secession Convention until December 1860(?) till after the close of the was ordinance of secession was not submitted to the people of this State to vote upon if it had I would have voted against it.

  89. Did you belong to any vigilance committee, or committee of safety, homeguard, or any other form of organization or combination designed to suppress Union sentiment in your vicinity?
  90. No sir, I did not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  91. Were you in the Confederate army, State militia, or any military or naval organization hostile to the United States? If so, state when, where, in what organizations, how and hwy you entered, how long you remained each time, and when and how you left. If you claim that you were conscripted, when and where was it, how did you receive notice, and from whom, and what was the precise manner in which the conscription was enforced against you? If you were never in the rebel army or any other hostile organization, explain how you escaped service. If you furnished a substitute, when and why did you furnish one, and what is his name, and his present address, if living?
  92. No sir, I was not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  93. Were you in any way connected with or employed in the Confederate quartermaster, commissary, ordinance, engineer, or medical department, or any other department, or employed on any railroad transporting troops or supplies for the Confederacy, or otherwise engaged in transportation of men and supplies for the Confederacy? If so, state how employed, when, where, for how long, under whose direction, and why such employment was not giving "aid and comfort" to the rebellion.
  94. No sir, I was not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  95. Did you at any time have charge of trains, teams, wagons, vessels, boats, or military supplies or property of nay kind for the Confederate government? If so, give all the facts as in previous questions.
  96. No sir, I did not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  97. Were you employed in saltpetre works, in tanning or milling for the Confederate government, or making clothing, boots, shoes, saddles, harness, arms, ammunition, accoutrements, or any other kind of munitions of war for the Confederacy? If so, give all the particulars of time, place and nature of service or supplies.
  98. No sir, I was not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  99. Were you ever engaged in holding in custody, directly or indirectly, any persons taken by the rebel government as prisoners of war, or any persons imprisoned or confined by the Confederate government, or the authorities of any rebel State, for political causes? If so, when, where, under what circumstances, in what capacity were you engaged, and what was the name and rank of your principal?
  100. No sir, I was not and I never had anything to do with anything contained in this question.

  101. Were you ever in the union army or navy, or in any service connected therewith? If so, when, where, in what capacity, under whose command or authority, for what period of time, and when and how die you leave service? Produce your discharge papers, so that their contents may be noted herein.
  102. No sir, I was not.

Further this deposition saith not.

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