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Sandy Bynum - Southern Claims Commission

  • Madison Co., Alabama

Claim #: 51235

Total Pages: 51

Nature of Claim: One Sorrel Horse

Amount Claimed: $150

Amount allowed: $110

From page 2 under remarks:

The claimant is a colored man, was a slave. He was allowed to own property before the war, & carried on the livery business. --- No doubt of his loyalty. Was arrested by Raddy's men & sentenced to be shot - but by intercession of a white man was saved.-

From Deposition (page 15)

My name is Sandy Bynum, aged fifty one years. I reside in Huntsville Alabama and have resided here ever since the year 1855. My occupation nothing just now.

To question numbered seventy the witness answers,

My mother was a slave at the beginning of the war; although I have done pretty much as I pleased all my life. I became free under the law resulting from the war. For several years before the war I was in the livery stable [Unknown] in Huntsville and was allowed to have all I made. I bought the horse before the war broke out he was then a colt & was four years old at the beginning of the war. My mother belonged formerly to Mr Drew Bynum, who was my father. Before his death, she married a man who was free born, named Richard Jones, and lived with him until his death. Although she was not regularly emancipated, she was not considered a slave after her marriage. I bought the horse claimed from Lafayette Robins on who was my brother in law. I worked for the money with which I paid for it. No person beside myself has any interest in this claim. [Emphasis added by page owner.]

Robert Bynum - (acting) Justice of the Peace

  • Edgecome County, North Carolina


Publication Title: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
Publisher: NARA
State: North Carolina
Veteran Surname Starts With: B
Veteran Surname: Brewer
Veteran Given Name: Jesse
Pensioner Surname: Brewer
Pensioner Given Name: Frankey
Service: N. C.
Pension Number: W. 5872

Pages: 17 & 18

Sarah and N.M Bynum for Joseph Bynum (deceased) - Southern Claims Commission

  • Alcorn Co., Mississippi

Claim #: 3911

Total Pages: 7

Claim Amount: $6152.75

Nature of Claim: Corn, M[?], Horses, Oats, M[?], Saddles, Wagon, Loader, Pork, Beef, ,[?], [?] and Bacon

Page 6 (Memorandum)

[Referring to Joseph Bynum] - "All in the rebel army and him and his five sons were secish [?]--There was a comp [?] army the "Bynum Greys" " Information received from Philip Hinson of Alcon Co., Miss through Spl. [?] Cor [?]r R.B. Avery of Miss.

Page 7

October 30, 1875

The following names appear on the Roll of Capt James M Luth's Co "A" 2nd Regiment of Mississippi vols raised in alcorn Co. mis.

G.W. Bynum,   W L S Bynum,    J N Bynum,   M W Bynum

James M. Bynum - Southern Claims Commission

  • Johnson Co., Arkansas

Claim #:2957

Total Pages: 41

Nature of Claim: One Sorrel Horse

Amount Claimed: $200

Amount allowed: $0

Pages 5-13: Deposition of James M. Bynum (16 June 1873)

My name is James M. Bynum my age 40 years. My residence Sanber county in the State of Arkansas. and my occupation a Farmer.

From the first of April 1861 to the spring of 1864 - the 14th day of February - I resided on my farm in Jackson County Alabama in February 1864 I left my house and moved my family to the State of Illinois where I resided until after the close of the war. My farm consisted of 120 acres of land about sixty acres was cultivated - the remainder wood land and situated about 8 miles west of Billifaute, the county seat of Jackson county While I resided on my farm my occupation was farming with the exception of about Eight months I was conscripted and made to work in the Salt Petre works about 3 miles from my house - I was allowed to take my choice . Either to go into the army or work at the salt peter works and I chose the latter - I think this was during 1862 - While I resided in the State of Illinois I was occupied in farming.

went by Rail Road to Nashville and by steam boat from then to Shaneetown Ill. I was furnished with Government Transportation from Alabama to Shawneetown Ills. I left my home to go where it was more quiet and where I could support my family or get something for them to subsist upon - as the country where I was living was almost entirely destitute of subsistance and after the close of the war I moved my family to the state where I have resided since - I went to Alabama and sold my farm.

At the beginning of the rebellion I sympathized with the Union Cause

I don't now remember about voting for the ratification the ordinance of secation [?- separation] but if I voted at all I voted against it.

my brother in law - John C. Luiner who was a soldier in A Company 1st Alabama U.S.U. Cavalry - who was stationed at Lankinsville

Page 41: Final decision Remarks.

The claimant is about 43 years of age & a farmer. He resided in Jackson Co. Ala. until Feb. 1864 when he removed his family to Illinois where he remained until after the close of the -- says he was conscripted - thinks in 1862 and made to work eight months in the salt petre works about three miles from his home. The reason he gives for going to Illinois was it was more quiet & he could support his family, in the county where he was living was entering destitute of subsistence. There is not the slightest [? - one word] on his own past that he was ever personally molested or threatened on account of his [?- two words] He supposes the rebels took some property from him on that account - He says he sympathies with the Union cause from the beginning to the end & voted for union candidates to the convention. The first witness to loyalty J. M. Shelton testifies in genial terms to claimants loyalty & claims to have been a union man himself - He says he was forced into the confederate army in 1862 - At that time no conscript law had been passed & the ibkt force that could have operated was public opinion. - This witness says claimant went north for protection. Mr. Bynum gives no such reason. He & his witness seem to have been about alike as union men & neither of them could be regarded as adhering to the union cause - two other witness are called. G. D. Proctor was about 16 years of age when the war commenced. never conversed with claimant about the war & states no facts - The other witness Lewis Maver [?] was about 15 when the war commenced - His testimony is inconsistent with what the claimant says of himself. the claim is disallowed.

Lincoln Bynum - Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation 1908-1922

  • Bloomington, Illinois

Series: Old German Files, 1909-21

Case Title: Allotment Matter

Case Number: 374592

Roll Number: 823

This record contains 11 pages but I don't believe all pertain to Lincoln Bynum or Mrs. Bynum. Some of the other documents contain information on a Mr. Byrne having something to do with Ireland and surviving the Lusitania.

Of the documents pertaining to Lincoln Bynum and his mother, an allotment was given to Mrs. Bynum of $15 a month from 1 November 1917 to 4 February 1919. As a result of an investigation, the allotment was discontinued on 31 December 1918. Mrs. Bynum states that she was not dependent on her son (Lincoln) and never claimed " Government allowance". She was due and did receive a Soldier's allotment for a few months between 1 November 1917 and July 1919.