Friday, June 25, 2010

Civil War Claims

"Civil War Claims in the South, Index to Damage Claims Filed Before the Southern Claims Commission 1871-1880" by Gary B. Mills.

According to Mills not all southerners supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war, a claims commission was formed to go over claims of money owed to loyalists for goods taken by or given to the U. S. Army and Navy. There were 22,298 claims filed. Only 7,092 claims were found to be valid. All the claims were filed in the National Archives in Washington, D. C. and contain much genealogical information.

Mills says they contain wills, birth records, lists of children and family, household inventories, military records, family letters, and personal descriptions. There is also testimony witnesses and information about other people in some claims.

Claims from St. Charles Parish were # 1101 Joseph Levais alias Jules Caesar; # 208 Alfred Mayronne and estate of Furgus and Gustave; and # 1250 James A. Whale.

Claims from St. John Parish were # 15,544 Pierre Aime Becnel; #15,853 Octave Hymel; # 15,473 Ursin Jacob, and # 9839 Louis Tregre.

Claims from St. James Parish were #16,204 Jacob Demy and # 16,167 Jules Edward Kimpe.

Check this book out for other parishes and states.

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