Wayne County, Tennessee
Freedmen Marriages
20 April 1866 - 26 January 1867

Transcribed and input by Robyn N. Smith.



Introduction

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory.

The names appearing in the following list represent those marriages that were legalized in Wayne County, Tennessee, by the Freedmenís Bureau in the years 1866-1867. These records were found in a binder entitled "Contracts" and viewed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The people listed are former slaves, newly freed, who needed to have their unions legally recognized. Most of these couples were located in the 1870 Wayne County, Tennessee census.

For more information see the Freedmenís Bureau and the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) article, Freedmen's Bureau Records: An Overview.

This information was copied by Robyn N. Smith at the National Archives in Washington D.C. on the date of December 12, 2003.


Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Land, 1865-1869
National Archives Record Group 105
Field Office Records for Wayne County-Contracts

This listing shows:
Name of Couple
Date Recorded

Cyrus Sinclair and wife Mary
April 20, 1866

Robert Colwell and wife Pleasant
April 20, 1866

Robert Pointer and wife Sintha(?)
May 7, 1866

Harry Kerns and wife Charlotte (?)
May 7, 1866

Alfred Sinclair and wife Annie
May 7, 1866

George Mellane and wife Leahy (?)
May 7, 1866

Gabriel Montague and wife Margaret
May 7, 1866

Claburne (?) Burns and wife Evaline
May 7, 1866

Henry Robinson and wife Minerva
May 7, 1866

Harry Burns and wife Filis
May 8, 1866

Bristol Pointer and wife Nelly(?)
May 8, 1866

James Wiley and wife Hanah
May 8, 1866

Joseph Rope and wife Elizanne
May 12, 1866

Elis Wilson and wife Eliza
May 12, 1866

Franklin Hilton and wife Alsinda
May 12, 1866

Saul Baker and wife Amanda
May 15, 1866

Governor Blunt Rouch and wife Eliza
May 15, 1866

Lewis Elliot and wife nancy
May 14, 1866

Robin Johnson and wife Sintha
May 17, 1866

Alfred Moore and wife Lotty
May 17, 1866

Major Gregg and wife Charity
May 18, 1866

Isaac Young and wife Leola (?)
May 11, 1866

Wiley Lignor and wife Nancy
June 4, 1866

Jack Tall and wife June
June 4, 1866

Fill Culp and wife Amy
June 4, 1866

Simoon Cook and wife Elizabeth
June 5, 1866

Amos Montague and wife Elizabeth
May 12, 1866

Moses Biffle and wife Lillien?
July 9, 1866

Henry Montague and wife Sarah
July 9, 1866

Samuel Midelton and wife Judah
August 16, 1866

Zack (?) Montague and wife Sarah
August 16, 1866

Lawney (?) Pointer and wife Nareisa
August 16, 1866

Saul (?) Tyra (?) and wife Mary
August 16, 1866

Ninny Tyra and wife Francis
August 16, 1866

Samuel Dilah and wife Catherine
August 16, 1866

Squire (?) Brumley and wife Susannah
August 24, 1866

Robert Smith and wife ElizaJane
August 30, 1866

Henry Mery and wife Culdona
August 28, 1866

Henry Moten and wife Mariah
August 28, 1866

James Wade and wife Sarah
August 28, 1866

Aaron Fowler and wife Mary
August 28, 1866

Henry Montague and wife Sarah
August 28, 1866

Benjamin Eliott and wife Mary
October 1, 1866

Alin Grimms and wife Easter
October 1, 1866

Alexander Grimms and wife Lolly
October 11, 1866

Gilbert Hunter and wife Agga
October 1, 1866

Joseph Witherspoon and wife Caroline
October 1, 1866

Charles Montague and wife Mary
October 1, 1866

Alin Fowler and wife Dilphia
October 1, 1866

Calvin Montague and wife Henrietta
January 26, 1867

Robert Williams and wife Elizabeth
January 26, 1867

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