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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34
"Affidavits Relating to Outrages Mar. 1866-August 1868"

Personally appeared before me this 16th day of January 1867 Samuel Ellison and having been duly sworn testifies as follows:

My name is Samuel Ellison, I live in Robertson County, 10th district, Tenn. about three miles from Grace plains on the White hill road. My wife Eliza Jane Ellison was killed by a pistol shot by Dr. L. B. Walton living in Grace plains, Robertson Co., Tenn. The facts are as follows. My wife Eliza Jane Ellison had a little argument with Mrs. L. B. Walton about washing some clothes. My wife asked Mrs. Walton who would pay her for washing extra clothes and which she was not bound to do by her contract. Mrs. Walton said she should do it. During the argument Dr. Walton came in and abused my wife for as he said insulting his wife which she did not do. He (Dr. Walton) then left the house. On the 12th day of December 1866 Dr. Walton came to the house where my wife was working. After some further argument Dr. Walton said shut up you God damn bitch I will learn you something and saying at the same time to get off my premises. She then answered I have contracted to stay twelve months when that is up I will leave. He drew his pistol intending to shoot her which she fearing attempted to get hold of. In trying to shoot her he stumbled his feet having caught on a quilt and fell over a chair when he fired and shot her through the abdomen. She died on the 13 evening of the 13th of Dec. 1866.

Samuel (X) Ellison

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 16th day of January 1867.

Michl. Walsh
Capt. V. R. C. and Chief Supt.

Witness} O. M. Hamilton

I certify that this affidavit was taken before me a commissioned officer because I could not obtain the services of a civil magistrate at the time.

Michl. Walsh
Capt. V. R. C. and Chief Supt.