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Preliminary Inventory of Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) - Tennessee

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Preliminary Inventory of Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) - Tennessee
Prepared by Marvin Holmes, Genealogist

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869.  34 rolls. DP.

Roll Description Dates Film No.
19 Inspection Reports Sept. 6, 1865-Mar. 12, 1869 1616508
  

Records relating to the issue of supplies to freedmen

Reports of numbers of persons who were issued rations, clothing, and medicines are in two series: retained copies of monthly reports. June 1866-October 1868, sent by the Assistant Commissioner to General Howard: and reports received by the Assistant Commissioner from the sub-districts. 1865-Sept. 1868, from which the reports in the former series were complied. Each series is arranged chronologically.

Reports of freedmen’s homes and institutions, Aug.-Oct. 1865, June-Oct. 1867, and June-Oct. 1868 are arranged chronologically. These weekly and tri-monthly reports document the issuance of rations at freedmen’s homes. Refugees’ and freedmen’s hospitals, and Orphan’s asylums. These reports also contain information regarding the activities and general status of the institutions:

 
Roll Description Dates Film No.
19 Reports of Numbers of Persons Issued Rations, Clothing, and Medicines Nov. 1865-Oct. 1868 1616508
19 Reports of Freedmen’s Homes Aug. 1865-Oct. 1868 1616508

Records relating to freedmen’s labor

Roll Description Dates Film No.
20 Indentures of Apprenticeship Contracts: Dyer County Dec. 1865-Feb. 1868
Jan. 1, 1865-Jan. 1, 1868
1616509
21 Fayette-Hardeman Counties   1616510
22 Hardeman-Madison Counties   1616511
23 Robertson-Shelby Counties   1616512
24 Shelby-Wilson Counties   1616513
25 Arkansas County
Ark. - Bolivar County
Miss.
  1616514
26 Registers of Abandoned Property:
Vol. 1 (29) 
Vol. 2 (30)
Vol. 3 (31)


Feb. 1861-May1868
Feb. 1861-May 1868
Feb. 1861-May 1868
1616515
26 Descriptions of Abandoned Property and Its Former
Owners: Vol. 1 (32)
1865-1866 1616515
26 Lists, Reports, and Correspondence Pertaining to Land and Property Jan. 23, 1 864-Sept. 30, 1868 1616515
26 Leases of Abandoned Property: Anderson-Blount Counties Sept. 1864-Feb. 1867 1616515
27 Blount-Knox Counties   1616516
28 Knox-Shelby Counties   1616517
29 Shelby -Wilson Counties Applications for Restoration of Property A-B Aug 1865-Jan 1868 1616518
 
Records relating to outrages

Entries in the register of outrages, Oct. 1865-July 1868, are unarranged. Reports of outrages, riots, and murders, Jan. 15, 1866-Aug. 12, 1868, are arranged chronologically. Many of these reports were submitted on a monthly basis from the field offices to the Assistant Commissioner.

Affidavits relating to outrages, March 1866-Aug. 1868, are arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname of person submitting the affidavit. The affidavits consist of sworn eyewitness accounts of outrages, often given by the injured parties. Included in this series is a report with affidavits concerning the Memphis riot of May 1866:

 
Roll Description Dates Film No.
34 Register of Outrages:
Vol. 1 (28)
Oct. 1865-July 1868 1616523
34 Reports of Outrages Jan. 15, 1866-Aug. 12 1616523
34 Riots, and Murders 1868 1616523
34 Affidavits Relating to Outrages Mar. 1866-Aug. 1868 1616523
34 Transportation Reports Jan. 1867-Nov. 1868 1616523
34 Miscellaneous Records June 1865-Oct. 1868 1616523
  

Miscellaneous Records

These records include correspondence, June 1865-Oct. 1868, concerning the requisitioning of supplies, petitions, and instructions to district officials relating to such matters as burials. In addition, there are reports relating to the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Co., reports relating to the conduct of agents and officers, and a report of buildings constructed by the Bureau.

Selected Records of the Tennessee Field Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872. T142. 73 rolls.

  
Roll Description Dates Film No.
22 Letters Sent by the District Offices of Murfreesboro, Nashville, Paris, Purdy, Bolivar, Pulaski, Springfield, and Trenton, (vols. 186, 188, 195, 199, 202, 205, 207, 211) Feb. 19, 1867-June 14, 1869 1616900
24 Complaint Books of  the Freedmen’s Court in the Memphis District. (vols. 169-172) July 24, 1865-Nov. 20, 1866 1616902
39 Reports and affidavits relating to outrages, murders, and riots; oaths of office; and letters relating to appointments received by the Assistant Commissioner 1866-68 1616916
  Reports relating to outrages and riots 1866-1868 1616917
  Affidavits relating to outrages 1866-1868  
  Oaths of office 1867  
  Letters of appointment 1867  
  Letters revoking appointments 1867  
42 Lists of and letters relating to seized lands and properties; orders issued by the Army and the Bureau that relate to Tennessee; reports relating to refugees and to freedmen’s homes and hospitals received by the Assistant Commissioner. 1864-1869 1616920
  Lists of seized lands and properties. 1864-67  
  Letters relating to seized lands and properties. 1866-67  
  Letters relating to seized lands and properties. 1866-67  
  Orders relating to Tennessee, issued by the Army and by the Bureau. 1865-69 1616920
  Reports relating to refugees and to freedmen’s homes and hospitals 1865-68 1616920
  Miscellaneous receipts, reports, and circulars. 1866-70  
61 Miscellaneous reports, oaths of allegiance, and property returns received by the Superintendent of the Nashville sub-district. 1865-68 1616939
  Miscellaneous reports 1866-68  
  Oaths of Allegiance 1865  
  Clothing ration and property returns 1865-68  
  Leases for abandoned property received by the Office of the Assistant Commissioner: 1865-68 1616940
  Anderson-Davidson Counties 1865-66  
63 Davidson-Rutherford Counties 1865-66 1616941
64 Shelby-Wilson Counties 1865-66 1616942
65 Indentures of apprentices received by the Office of the Assistant Commissioner 1865-66 1616943
  
Contracts - Jan. 1865-Aug. 1867

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder chronologically. There are contracts for the counties of Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hamilton, Hardeman, Haywood, Hempstead, Madison, Robertson, Shelby, Tipton, and Wilson. Copies of some of these contracts and additional contracts for Dyer County may be found under Dyersburg, and for Gibson County under Trenton. Registers of the contracts for Hardeman County may be found under Bolivar for
Wilson County under Lebanon. Contracts for other counties are under Charlotte for Dickson County. under Winchester for Franklin County, and under Wayne County for Wayne County. Additional registers of contracts may be found under Springfield for Cheatham County, under Pulaski for Giles County, and under Decaturville for Decatur County:

  
Roll Description Dates Film No.
66 Labor contracts received by the Office of the Assistant Commissioner Dyer-Hamilton Counties 1865-67 1616944
  

Dyersburg, Tenn.

Labor Contracts for Dyer County. Dec. 1865-May 1866. 2 vols. (Nos. 102 and 103). Arranged somewhat chronologically. Volume 103 also contains amnesty oaths, August to November 1865, for Dyer County.

Trenton, Tenn.

Contracts for Gibson County. Dec. 1865-Mar. 1867. 4 vols. (Nos. 213-216). Unarranged. Volume 213 also contains a register of marriages, October 1 865-April 1866:

  
Roll Description Dates Film No.
67 Hardeman County Jan. 1, 1865-Jan. 6, 1866 1616945
68 Hardeman County Jan. 8, 1866-Apr. 13, 1867 1616946
69 Hardeman County 1865-67 1616947
  Haywood-Madison Counties 1865-67  
70 Robertson-Shelby Counties 1865-67 1616948
71 Shelby County 1865-67 1616949
72 Shelby-Wilson Counties and States other than Tennessee 1865-67 1616950
73 Registries of plantations received by the Office of the Assistant Commissioner.
Nos. 1201-2197, 4700-4936
1865 1616951

Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company

Memphis, Tennessee accounts 1 - 6298 1865-1874 0928590
Nashville, Tennessee accounts 4174-6189 1871-1874  

 

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