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Re: Slave Owners and Compensation for USCT CWV??

I re-read your initial posting about your ancestor, and it made me do some more thinking.

You stated that "She signed an oath of allegiance to the government", which does make it sound like a southern claim commission thing. She was obviously in an area where loyalty was suspect if she was signing the oath. However, you also said that the document was signed in 1867, which if true predates the "official" US govt response to the claims of southerners for war losses. I have no trouble imagining that the Treasury Dept or some other organ of the fed govt was involved in dealing with such claims, which grew in magnitude by the early 1870s to necessitate the creation of the SCC.

And, although KY was a border state that did remain loyal, they definately had some residents who were not, and it is not unreasonable to assume that as they were inudated with claims at the state level immediately after the conflict, a loyal form was devised so as to not assist confederate sympathizers.

Some food for thought,

Tim


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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