Jane Floyd and Luvina Glover
Witnesses of the Slave Marriage of Morris Wintly (Winley)
August 9, 1894
National Archives - Pension Records
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|This document of a General Affidavit of Jane Floyd and Luvina Glover for the pension request of Mary Boyd Winlay seeks to establish the marriage line of Morris Winlay. They
were witnesses to his slave marriage to Kate Ling. According to the affidavit she died about December 1867. Note how they characterized the marriage: "...and her name before
marriage was Kate Ling her master's name. They was married under slave laws of which no record exists...." Morris Winlay was a veteran of the 33rd USCT, Company D.
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For the testimony of Employers or Near Neighbors of soldier, (other than relatives) who have know him before his enlistment, or since his discharge and return from the army.
State of Florida, County of St. John's,
In the matter of Pension Claim No 423,016 of Mary Wintlay widow of Morris Wintlay on this 9th day of August A. D. 1894; personally appeared before me Clerk of Court in
and for the aforesiad County duly authorized to administer oaths, Jane Floyd 49 aged years, a resident of the City St. Augustine in the County of St. Johns and State of Florida
whose Post Office address is City St. Augustine Florida and Luvina Glover aged 49 years, a resident of City St. Aug in the County of St. Johns and State of Florida whose Post
Office address is City St. Augustine Florida well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit; and who being duly sowrn, declare in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That they have been well and personally acquainted with Kate Wintly deceased for years, and ____ years respectively and that she was the first (1) wife of Morris Wintly and her
name before marriage was Kate Ling her masters name they was married under slave laws of which no record exist but that they were witnesses to the marriage and have perfect
knowledge of the facts to which they testify to for they lived in the same house with Kate and taken case of case of her children which she was sick with consumption which she
(?) about Dec. 1867 and that about three (3) years after the death of Kate Wintly the soldier Morris Wintly remarried to Mary Baya his present widow who have not remarried
since the death of her husband Morris Wintly and that Mary was never married befor she marriied Morris Wintly and that she is entirely dependent upon her own labor and
assistance them and others not duty bound to support her that she has a tumor on her right breast which keeps her of times from performing her daily labors and that she also have
a cripple leg which very much disables her.