Ira Ayer, Jr. and the Freedmen's Bureau
1866-1868
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Below is an index of the documents collected.  Ones where the document name is in red have not been transcribed yet.  Ones where there is no link for source have not been scanned yet.

 

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5-Mar-66Letter SummaryFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Augusta, GAIra requests permission to deal with his sister-in-law's son Eddie Pollard
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5-Mar-66EndorsementFrom: Brig. Gen. Davis Tillson, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Augusta, GA
Approved Ira's request to settle case of Ira's sister-in-law Annie James Pollard's son Eddie who was at his aunt's house in Macon.
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5-Mar-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Augusta, GA
To: L. Matthews, Washington Co., GA
Letter reprimanding Agent Matthews for not defending the rights of freedpeople. He said the former slave "is a free man, and those seek to render his condition otherwise must be make to feel the power of the Government to protect them in their freedom."
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5-Mar-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Augusta, GA
To: Mr. C. Jones, Crawfordsville, GA
Ira instructs Jones to transport a family from Crawfordsville to Augusta and he should ensure their safety at all costs.
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7-Mar-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Augusta, GA
To: Mr. William Whigham, Jefferson Co., GA
Ira says that even though all freedpeople should enter into contracts based on their ability to work, under certain cases, exceptions should be made.
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20-Mar-66Telegram, Press CopyFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Brig. Gen. Davis Tillson, Savannah, GA
Deane says based on an opening he would take Ira unless Tillson was against it.
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31-Mar-66Letter SummaryFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GAIra requests transportation for Peter (freedman) to hospital in Macon
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3-Apr-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: Geo. H. Pratt, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Transportation for a freedman
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3-Apr-66EndorsementFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Approved Ira's request to transport Peter (freedman) to Macon to be admitted to the hospital.
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4-Apr-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Reply saying that Ira should hold Fred who is accused of horse stealing
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15-Apr-66EndorsementFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Approved Rev. W. H. Roberts request to use former Confederate owned buildings for a church and school house for freedpeople.
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20-Apr-66EndorsementFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Endorsement for a case of L. H. Peacock vs. Peter Martin (freedman). I'm not sure what the case was or the result.
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22-Apr-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: C. F. Matson
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Sending clothing
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25-Apr-66EndorsementFrom: W. W. Deane, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
In a dispute over a contract, it was determined that freedwoman Amelia Hill be returned to her husband David.
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7-May-66Letter SummaryFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GAIra confiscates land for a church and school for freedmen.
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8-Jun-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: F. A. H. Gabel
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Several freed people came to Gabel to complain of being mistreated.
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12-Jun-66EndorsementFrom: Brig. Gen. Davis Tillson, Augusta, GA
To: Maj. Gen. Howard
Forward of request by Mrs. Jane F. James to have Ira transferred to Richmond.
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22-Jun-66Letter, Press CopyFrom: ?, Augusta, GA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Albany, GA
Order admitting Eliza (freedwoman) to the hospital in Macon with transportation from Albany.
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16-Jul-66EndorsementFrom: Brig. Gen. Davis Tillson, Augusta, GA
To: Lt. Geo Wagner
The buildings transferred to Rev. W. H. Roberts are to be returned. Ira exceeded his authority in issuing the transfer order.
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31-Jul-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. J. A. McDonnell, Richmond, VA
Monthly report including report on schools
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10-Aug-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VACould use 50 suits of men's clothing and 50 suits of boys clothing
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6-Sep-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VANot supplying rations to freedmen who are not from the county
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29-Sep-66Letter SummaryFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAIra reports that a colored man who sold his land for which he was not paid, another requires transportation to the hospital and a gun was removed from the home of a colored woman by a private citizen at the request of the magistrate because VA law does to allow blacks to own weapons. Ira requests information on whether blacks are allowed to own guns.
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30-Sep-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. J. A. McDonnell, Richmond, VA
Monthly report
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24-Nov-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAEstimates that they will need 2170 rations for December 1866 for destitute refugees and freedmen
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8-Dec-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Unable to secure the release of insane freedman
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19-Dec-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Request for office supplies (Stationary, fuel and forage) for the next three months
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21-Dec-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAThe number of rations required for January are men - 682, women - 868, children - 310, Total - 1860
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25-Dec-66LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAThe amount of clothing estimated to be required through 31 March are men - 25 suits, women - 25 suits, children - 20 suites, Total - 70
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3-Jan-67EndorsementFrom: James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
Ira has permission to buy 1 cord of wood a month to heat the office
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15-Jan-67EndorsementFrom: James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
To: George O White and Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
Clothing should be forwarded to Ira's office
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16-Jan-67EndorsementFrom: James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
To: George O White and Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
Find out if the request for clothing has been filled
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17-Jan-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Ira estimates that they will need a total of 2072 rations (25 men, 34 women and 30 children times 28 days) for February for the destitute
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19-Jan-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Ira investigated the status of destitute freed people in Beaver Dam Depot
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5-Feb-67LetterFrom: John Critcher, Judge Circuit Court, Oak Grove, VA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
After Ira worte the letter m1913r166-661208 to Captain Bates on 8 December, he must have written one to Judge Critcher on 18 Decmber. Critcher replied that he was unable to help.
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11-Feb-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Ira points out that there has been a delay in the deliver of clothing requested back in December
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19-Feb-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Rations estimate for March (2294 total, 25 men, 30 women and 30 children times 31 days)
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8-Mar-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Collected a list of deaf, dumb and blind, a total of 16 people
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10-Apr-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Request for a 20 day leave of absence where he will stay in Ashland and come into the office each afternoon and evening
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13-Apr-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Ira wants to request seeds from the Dept of Agriculture to allow the destitute to grow some of their own food
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25-Apr-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. James A. Bates, Richmond, VA
Ira reports that there are 20 White people who need food
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1-May-67CircularFrom: Garrick Mallery, Richmond, VACircular No. 9. Register freedmen for elections.
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30-May-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAA resident of Bever Dam is in desparate need of hospital supplies
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4-Jul-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
The amount of provisions received did not correspond to the amount sent, however, Ira believes that it had to do with how the previsions were measured at shpping time. There is no implication of theft.
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18-Jul-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Ira was asked to look into the case of Constable John L Williams of Beaver Dam, he will go there on Saturday. I have not been able to find out the result of his investigation.
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16-Sep-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Request for clothing for 5 orphan children
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16-Oct-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Request for clothing for the winter for 25 men, 25 women and 50 children
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28-Oct-67Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Monthly Report
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1-Nov-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Have not heard of any freedmen discharged due to the maner in which they voted on 22 October
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30-Nov-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
There are no freedmen able to work who can't find work
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21-Dec-67Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Ira reports that transferring criminal prosecution of colored people back to civil court is not working well. He cites a couple examples.
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26-Dec-67LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
The case of Elizabeth Hogg
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27-Dec-67Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Monthly Report
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1-Feb-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
List of all cases in January where employer refused to pay employee
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1-May-68LetterFrom: Berkeley Minor, Ashland, VA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
Berkeley alerts Ira to a freedman, John Colly, who is living at Hanover C. H. (Court House or County Hospital?) who is making money but not supporting his family.
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1-May-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Case where employer will not pay employee in the month of April
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6-May-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, 3rd Subdistrict, VA
Ira alerts Hambrick on the John Colly case.
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8-May-68LetterFrom: ?, Richmond, VA
To: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
Informing Ira of clothes for freedmen and women being sent from the district office.
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14-May-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Capt. W. A Coutler, Richmond, VA
Ira asks for advice on a case (I believe the John Cully case).
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19-May-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, 3rd Subdistrict, VA
Ira apologizes for going over Hambrick's head on the John Colly case.
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31-May-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAA freedman was beaten by a white man. When the freedman went to court, the case was thrown out and court costs were placed on the freedman.
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29-Jul-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Ira informs Hambrick that he got his commission 19 Jan 65 and mustered out 1 Jan 68 and was appointed Civilian Agent on 1 Jan 68. He was Military Commissioner for Hanover and King William counties and A. S. A Comm. Of the Bureau for Hanover, also President of Board of Registration for Hanover.
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19-Aug-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAWhile working for his former owner, a former slave got in an argument with him. The former owner want and go a hoe which he used to kill the former slave. The coroner said he died from the blow from the hoe, but that it was "without malice or premeditation".
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31-Jul-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Ira informs Hambrick that he was mustered out as Captain of Co "B" 9th Regt V. R. C.
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3-Sep-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
Ira reports on the murder of an ifant by its mother
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28-Sep-68Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, 3rd Subdistrict, VA
Ira reports on the status on the Freedmen in Hanover County. The last two pages are unreadable.
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28-Sep-68Letter, Press CopyFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: P. R. Hambrick, 3rd Subdistrict, VA
Ira reports on a horse thief.
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30-Sep-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAUnprovoked knife attack on a colored man who had fought for the union army by a white man. It is believed that the military service was the reason for the attack. The sentence was 1 hour in jail and a $50 fine.
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12-Oct-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VA
To: Lt. P. R. Hambrick, Richmond, VA
School report
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12-Oct-68LetterFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAReports that there is only one public animal in the district and it's a horse
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-Nov-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAAfter losing a fair and consensual fight between a white man and a black man in his employ, the white man shot the black man with a shot gun causing the black man to loose sight in one eye. Since the white man was "an ex-confederate soldier", a "Virginia Gentleman" and a "white man" and the other was a "nigger" the white man was sentenced to 12 hours in jail and a 1 cent fine.
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12-Dec-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAAn argument over rent for which there is no evidence listed that would indicate this was an outrage.
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14-Dec-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAThe court refused to hear a case about a white man who stabbed a black man.
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15-Dec-68OutrageFrom: Ira Ayer, Jr., Ashland, VAA white man beat a black man over the head with a stick. No word on the outcome.

 

 

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