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The State of Alabama} 
Limestone County

Before me B. Sanders a Notary Public, and for the County of Limestone and State of Alabama, duly Commissioned by the Honorable Wm. H. Smith Governor of the State of Alabama personally appeared Miss M. F. Wells who makes Oath in due form of law, that She is a teacher and in the interest of the Freedmens Bureau took possession of the premises of Frederick Selzner a house and lot situated in the said county of Limestone in the corporation of the town of Athens, about the 5th day of October 1865 and that she has occupied and held possession of the said premises as a school house for the colored children ever since, and is now teaching a session of the School in the premises aforesaid. Sworn to and Subscribed before me on this the 5th day of December 1868. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my Notarial Seal at Office in Athens on the day and place above mentioned
(signed) B. Sanders
Notary Public
{Seal}

(signed) M. F. Wells.

A true Copy
Edwin Beecher
Brvt. Lieut Col U.S.V
Asst Com'r

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