History of Southern Claims
This index lists Tennesseans who filed claims with the Southern Claims Commission from 1871 to 1873. These 3,929 Tennesseans claimed their property had been taken by United States military personnel for use in the Civil War.
The claim files include interesting detail about people and about the Civil War period in Tennessee. Each claimant was required to describe his losses in detail, and to prove his loyalty to the Union. Witnesses gave testimony in support of his allegations. The paperwork in the files is often extensive.
All of the Southern Claims Commission files are located at the National Archives, but the disallowed and barred claim files have been microfilmed and are also available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. TSLA does not have copies of allowed claim files. Allowed claim files are available only by consulting the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C.
This index is based on volume 55 of Record Group No. 56, General Records of the Department of the Treasury, at the National Archives. It is duplicated on National Archives microcopy M-87, reel 13. The indication as to whether the claim was allowed, disallowed, or barred is based on the book Southern Loyalists in the Civil War : the Southern Claims Commission by Gary B. Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994).
If you wish to order a copy of a barred or disallowed claim file, e-mail the Tennessee State Library and Archives and request a price quote. The cost will depend on the length of the file. Due to the number of requests received daily, we ask that you only submit one request at a time for a single record.
Claimants from Williamson County
Brooks, A.N.B. Claim filed in 1872 for corn, horses and mules valued at $1,290. The supplies were taken after the battle of Franklin in Dec. 1864 and in the spring of 1865. William W. Brooks, George Brooks (colored), Daniel F. Collins, Brentwood Postmaster J.H.M. Hall and Revenue Assessor D.B. Cliffe all gave evidence in the case.
Crockett, Nancy. Claim filed in 1871 for horses, hogs, corn, hay, oats and fodder valued at $1736. The supplies were taken in late 1862. Nancy Crockett filed on behalf of the estate of her mother Mary Crockett, deceased.
Holt, Thomas. Claim filed in 1871 for horses and a mule valued at $1,210. The supplies were taken in Nov. 1864. James W. Smith and William Driver gave evidence in the case.
Johnson, James. Claim filed in 1871 for cord wood and fencing valued at $1096. The supplies were taken in 1863. Mr. Johnson's loyalty was investigated by an agent of the Quarter Master General. No direct testimony was taken in this case on the part of the claimant.
Oden, Thomas. Claim filed in 1874 for a large amount of livestock, food, and other property valued at $9,090. The list includes cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, corn, hay and fencing. The supplies were taken in late 1862, in the spring of 1863, and in Dec. 1864. Ten members of the community gave evidence in the case. Although not stated in the supplied documents, the Oden Claim was disallowed.