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To His Excellency Andrew Johnson, President of the United States of America

The petition of William Owen, a citizen of Bolivar County in the State of Mississippi, would respectfully show that your petitioner is (34) thirty-four years of age, is a married man, has a wife and four children.

Your petitioner is an applicant for special amnesty provided in the special proclamation of May 29, 1865.

Your petitioner is not included in any excepted classes therein, unless he is embraced by the 13th exception relative to parties owning more than twenty thousand dollars of taxable property.  Your petitioner would state that he owned (1000) one-thousand acres of land in Bolivar County, Mississippi, which is at present unprotected by a levee and subject to overflow by the Mississippi River.  He also owns several mules, homes, neat cattle.  The stock however being very limited and certainly inadequate to cultivate the plantation.  He has been living upon his plantation during the entire rebellion and is still living there.  He has not been in the armies of the Confederate States or held any kind of office under the so-called Confederate Government.  That during the rebellion he paid taxes, tithes and c to the officers of the Confederate States as he was required by them to do.

Petitioner has taken the amnesty oath in good faith and intends without mental reservation of any kind to abide by and keep the same.  He is now and expects to remain hereafter a respectful and law abiding, orderly and peaceful citizen of the United States and he respectfully requests full amnesty, pardon and restoration of all his rights of person and property in as full and ample a manner as they heretofore existed.  No portion of the property of the petitioner is in the possession of the authorities of the United States nor have any steps been taken to subject it or any part of it to confiscation or otherwise.

Very Respectfully Yours, Obdt. Servant,

/s/ William Owens



I, William Owens, do solemnly swear (or affirm) in the presence of Almighty God, that I will hereafter faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves.  So help me God.

/s/ Wm. Owens

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of July, 1865.

C. T. Heiles (?)   Seal

Judge of Probate


I certify that the above is a true copy of an oath sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of July, A.D. 1865.

C. T. Heiles (?)  Seal

Judge of Probate


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