Lucinda Coleman's Affidavit for John Culver's Pension Case


Cora Coleman McCallum
Born about 1866 - Died August 22, 1938
Granddaughter of Cupit & Lucinda Coleman
Daughter of James & Mary Ann Markham Coleman
Wife of Henry McCallum
Photo Courtesy of Gloria McCallum

Remembering Lucinda Coleman
Former slave of Daniel Buie
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd

Lucinda was born between 1811 and 1820 in Mississippi. She was the slave of Daniel Buie since the age of 13. She married Cupit Coleman. Four of the couple's sons were named on Daniel Buie's inventory listing of slaves. The couple's children were: Emaline b. 1835, Sallie b. 1845, James b. 1847, Philip b. 1851, Watson b. 1854, Richard b. 1855, Cupit, Jr., b. 1856, and Dick/Dock b. 1857. Lucinda was known in the community as "Old Aunt Lucy." Lucinda is last seen in the census records on the 1880 federal census in Lincoln County, MS. She died between 1881 and 1900.

Affidavit of Lucinda Coleman in the Case of John Culver
March 10, 1881
Lincoln County, Mississippi

Lucinda Coleman, who being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that her age is about 70 years, that she resides about 3 miles from Caseyville, County of Lincoln, State of Miss., and that she was the slave of Daniel Bowie from the time she was 13 years old till freed by the War and continued to live on his plantation till about 4 or 5 years ago. The plantation was the second one from John D. McNeill's. That she was well acquainted with John Culver, or Port as he was called from the time he was a little boy. That he was raised on the place and lived on it all the time till he went into the army. That she remembers that after the death of old Mr. McNeill and while his widow was still living they had "the common sore eyes" on the place and in the neighborhood generally. That they had it on the Bowie place as well as on the McNeill, that it generally lasted about a couple of weeks. That she remembers that Culver had it along with the rest and got well of it just like the rest, and his eyes and eyesight were just as good as anybody's from that time on till he went away and enlisted in the Federal Army. That she never heard him or anybody else say that the sore eyes hurt his sight in any way. That she heard soon after Surrender that Culver was living in Natchez and had lost his eye sight. That she (affiant) went to Natchez about the second year after Surrender, she thinks it was to visit her daughter who lived there and while in the city, she went to see Culver and stayed at his house about 3 or 4 weeks. That he was then living with a Susy Lee on a Mr. O'Fair's place in "the upper edge of the town," and was then so blind that he could not see his hands before his face and had to be led wherever he went and he told her that his eyes got sore while he was a soldier in the Army and that they kept getting worse and worse till he lost the sight of them altogether. That he told her he had heard there was an eye doctor in New Orleans that could cure his eyes and he thought he would go down there and see whether he could do anything for him, but she never heard whether he went or not. That the next time she saw him was about 2 or 3 weeks after his brother Robert brought him out from Natchez to the McNeill place and he was stone blind, and had to be led wherever he went. That she is pretty certain that it was in Feb. that she was at his house in Natchez.

And further saith not.

Lucinda ( her mark) Coleman
Subscribed and sworn to before me March 10, 1881
John H. Benton, Special Agent



SOURCES

John Culver's Federal Military Pension Records
1870 Federal Lincoln County Census - MS
1880 Federal Lincoln County Census - MS
Private John Culver of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

Mississippi Coleman Death Index - 1912-1924

Remembering Their Names