Agriculture, Civil War, Free People of Color, North Carolina, Paternal Kin

Confederate Citizens File: Durant Dove.

Form of the estimate and assessment of agricultural products agreed upon by the assessor and tax-payer, and the value of the portion thereof to which the government is entitled, which is taxed in kind, in accordance with the provisions of Section 11 of “an Act to lay taxes for the common defence and carry on the government of the Confederate States,” said estimate and assessment to be made as soon as the crops are ready for market.

Rice — Quantity of gross crop. — 5 bush. Quality — #2. Tithe or one-tenth. — 1/2 bush. Value of one-tenth. — $2.00

Cured Fodder – Quantity of gross crop. — 700 lbs. Quality — #2. Tithe or one-tenth. — 70 lbs. Value of one-tenth. — $280

Ground peas – Quantity of gross crop. — 7 1/2 bush. Quality — #2. Tithe or one-tenth. — 3/4 bush. Value of one-tenth. — $4.50

I, Durant Dove of the County of Onslow and State of N.C. do swear that the above is a true statement and estimate of all the agricultural products produced by me during the year 1863, which are taxable by the provisions of the 11th section of the above stated act, including what may have been sold of consumed by me, and of the value of that portion of said crops to which the government is entitled. /s/ Durant X Dove

Sworn to and subscribed to before me the 28th day of November 1863, and I further certify that the above estimate and assessment has been agreed upon by said Dove and myself as a correct and true statement of the amount of his crops and the value of the portion to which the government is entitled. /s/ F. Thompson, Assessor.


The Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1861-1865 (NARA M346), often called the “Confederate Citizens File,” is a collection of 650,000 vouchers and other documents relating to goods furnished or services rendered to the Confederate government by private individuals and businesses.



2 thoughts on “Confederate Citizens File: Durant Dove.

  1. Douglaas S. Hart says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I am hot on the trail of the infamous Thomas Henderson of Richlands, Onslow County, North Carolina who died in 1815. I say “infamous” because as you probably already know, his real name was Jonas Solomon, and he was a jewish merchant from Monmouth County, New Jersey. He left his home and family there, and absconded from his creditors in New York City, after the death of his business partner, (and cousin, and brother-in-law) my 5th Great Grandfather, Levy Hart, in Monmouth County in 1775. (Hart and Solomon married the Applegate sisters Catherine and Hannah in December, 1757) Jonas Solomon was born c. 1735, and naturalized in New York in 1763. He came from England supposedley with Levy Hart.

    He appears to have been bigamously “married” to Naomi Williams, the daughter of Stephen and Martha Williams. There is no record of this marriage however.

    It looks like he may be the original Henderson that your Onslow Hendersons descend from, since I just received his estate file and it is full of names mentioned here in your blog, including Naomi Henderson, Jesse and Jason Gregory, and Hezekiah Williams. In addition, some of these people are close to Thomas Henderson on the same pages in the early censuses.

    Richlands appears to be west of Swansboro, so this fits geographically as well.

    I was wondering if you would be interestd in compare notes on Old Jonas/Thomas Henderson?

    BTW, he took his name from an adjoining property owner, the local town surrogate, Thomas Henderson Sr., back in New Jersey.

    I’d love to compare notes.

    I think this will answer a lot of questions for both of us. I can also hook you up with some of Thomas Henderson’s descendants.

    Best Regards,

    Douglas S. Hart
    22 Church Street
    Napanoch, NY 12458

    (845) 647 9729

    • Wow. This is amazing, Doug. I’ve actually never heard of Thomas Henderson, but am very interested in anything that might shed light on the community in which my “free colored” Hendersons seem to have appeared out of nowhere circa 1800. I’ll email you!

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