Bu.R.F.&A.L., Office Asst. Sub. Asst. Com, Rocky Mount N.C. Dec 3rd 1867
Brt.Lt.Col. C.E. Compton, Sub. Asst. Com.
There is a colored man living in Wilson County by the name of Exum Joyner, who has five children, the oldest is about fifteen years of age.
The children have been to me twice and urged me to take them from their father & send them to some place where they could earn a comfortable support & protect them in so doing. I told them I had no authority to take them away from their father & sent them back to him.
I have made enquiries of both White & Black men who are neighbors, and know Exum’s character & the response has been, in every case, that he is Lazy worthless fellow & that he does not take [care] of his children.
They were certainly in a pitiable condition when they came to my office.
Would it be proper for me to ask the court in Wilson County to appoint a guardian for them
These children have a half brother who is twenty five years old, and he is an active, intelligent man; he is willing to take charge of them, providing he can be properly authorized.
I have the honor to be, Very Respectfully, Your Obed’t Svt.,
Wm. H. Culler, Brt.Lt.Col. & A.S.A.C.
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