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The said Ananias N. Thomas being first duly sworn deposes and says my age is 52 years old. I reside in Blount Couny Alabama and I am a Farmer
In favor of the claimant.
I have known the claimant ever since I could remember and I have been intimate with him for over forty years.
I lived about five miles from the claimant all the time during the war.
I saw the claimant often during the war. I saw him sometimes two or three times a week and then I will not see him for a week so now I think that I saw him on an average of twice a month all the time during the war.
I conversed with the claimant often about the war its causes and progress and its results. I cannot remember of any special conversations that we held about the war. We talked so often about it that I cannot call to mind any particular conversations that we had. I remember now that he all the time opposed secession and asked his neighbors to vote against secession and he was bitterly opposed to the war and I have often hear him say that the war was wrong on the part of the rebels and that they could not succeed and that he hoped that they would not succeed and that he wanted the rebellion put down by the United States government and the government reestablished that he did not want to live under any government except that of the United States. I feel certain that he was sincere in what he said and that the claimant was a true Union man and in favor of the Union cause. We often conversed in the presence of others but it has been so long that I cannot at this time call to mind who was present. Our conversations were held in our neighborhood at different times and places.
********(?) was t***(?) his conversations about the rebellion and the Confederacy.
No sir, I do not.
If the claimant ever said or done anything against the Union cause I never heard of it.
That of a Union man and loyal to the United States government. The claimant told me that he was Union man and opposed to the war and the Confederacy. I heard Thomas Campbell, Asa Burrell, James Vanderford, John B. Robbins, Thomas B. Robbins, James William Rice, Druy James and other Union men say that the claimant was a Union man and loyal to the United States government. I think Louis W. Robbins, Ephraim A. Robbins, William A. Black, George W. Richards and Hisher(?) Wilson could testify to the claimant's public reputation during the war.
Asa Burrell, Thomas Compbell, William A. Black, James Drummond, James Vanderford, Ephraim N. Robbins, Thomas B. Robbins, Louis(?) W. Robbins, Jackson B. Robbins, Hisher(?) Wilson, Jasper Wilson and ******(?) Wilson. I think that any of these persons could testify to the claimant's loyalty during the war.
I was and the claimant knew that I was. I told him that I was and I confided in him as a Union man. I was not afraid to communicate to him any of my Union sentiments.
I do not.
I think from the fact that the claimant was a strong Union man and said many bad things about the rebellion and the Confederacy to his Union friends and neighbors that he could not have established and maintained his loyalty to the Confederacy if it had been established as a separate government and I feel certain that if the rebels had been success(?) what he said about the Confederacy that he could not have been permitted to have lived here.
No sir, I cannot.
I am related to the claimant he is my uncle h(?)**(?) my Fathers own(?) brother. I have no interest in this claimant.
Further this depondent(?) saith not.
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