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Re: Slave Owners and Compensation for USCT CWV??

Hi Tim~

Thank you for the tips on persons I might pose this question to. I've emailed Mr. Burroughs in the past and he was very pleseant and helpful--smile.

I have the form on the computer (scanned it in when I needed to send his file to the Snohomish County Genealogy group here in Washington State) and can send to you if you'd like to take a look at it for further inspection or if that would help the creative, think out of the box juices flow--smile.

I was kind of shocked when I came across the paper in his file as well--although I must say it was certainly a blessing! To date, I've not learned anything about Mary (the last owner) despite some searching (although I shall, of course continue--smile).

The Oath of Allegiance is the bottom portion of the form. The top reads: "Claim of Mary A. Samuels for the compensation of slave named Alford [sic] Samuels. I Mary A. Samuels a loyal citizen, and resident of Sayers Depot County of Nelson, State of Kentucky [interesting to note that 'State of Kentucky' is not handwritten in, it is just part of the form as though the form was created in Kentucky perhaps?], hereby claim compensation, under the provisions of Section 24, act approved February 24, 1864, and section 2, act approved July,[sic] 28, 1866, for my slave Alford Samuels, enlisted 27th day August, 1864, at Louisville, by C. C. Ham in teh 107th In regiment U. S. Colored Troops, Co. H; cerfificate of which enlistment, and a descriptive list, as required, accompany this application. That I did not acquire said slave subsequent to said enlistment, but had a valid title to him at the date of said enlistment, and previous thereto: I having acquired my title to him and my ownership over him as follows, to-wit: Inherited him [still don't know from whom or when] In proof of my loyalty to the Constitution and Government of the United States, I present the acompanying oath, which I have taken, signed and acknowledged; to be filed with this application, in accordance with requirement of General Orders, No. 329, 1863, War Department, Adjutant General's Office." [a signature for her and the date, 21 March 1867 follow]

Just below this is the Oath of Allegiance. The very next paper in the set was a Proof of Ownership form in which two men, Alexander Sayers and John H. Wiseheart sign that they know Mary did indeed own Alford and also atest to her loyalty to the Government of the United States. This was also dated 21 March 1867. I do not yet know who either of these men were.

Thank you for all you've given me to ponder--I am certainly not one to throw away the possibilities! I take it all in and try to work it every which way--LOL.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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