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Slave Owners and Compensation for USCT CWV??


I am posting this to both this and the Slave research board as I am not 100% where I should post it.

I recently received my 3rd great grandfather's (Alfred/Alford Samuels) CW military record (waiting on the pension file to arrive as well). Among the wonderful information found in this file was the name of his last slave owner--Mary Samuels. In 1867 Mary filled out a form asking for compensation from the government for Alfred joining the USCT (he was discharged 15 June 1865). She signed an oath of allegiance to the government and stated that she was Alfred's rightful owner at the time of his enlistment. She stated that she came to own him through inheritance. A second form gives the signed statement by two individuals that Mary was indeed loyal to the US government and did live in Kentucky.

What I am wondering is this--is there anyway to find out if Mary was indeed compensated for Alfred leaving the plantation and joining the USCT and if so, how much she received? I am also wondering if there is any way to find out if she filed this type of claim for other slaves that may have left to fight.

Thanks for any tips and assistance.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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