Cocke County TNGenWeb
Civil War Claims Index 1871 - 1873
Information provided by the
Tennessee State Library and Archives
CLAIMS COMMISSION - TENNESSEE
This index lists people from Cocke County
claims with the Southern Claims Commission from 1871 to 1873. These
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. Allowed claim files are available only by
consulting the National Archives, Legislative Records Division, 8th
& Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20408.
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 of 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
State Library and Archives and request a price quote. The
cost will depend on the length of the file.
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|Baer, Henry H.
|Case, Joshua F.
||Disallowed & Allowed
|Davis, Thomas W.
|Kelley, Ann J.
|Swaggerty, Wm. R.
#16790 - Henry H.
Baer - of Newport - 10/15/1872
- 10/02/1872 - Names H.H. Baer, James M Hale, M.A.
Roadman and Laura C Hale.
- Deposition of H.H. Baer: age 52; occupation attorney;
took oath as Postmaster under Confederacy; elected Circuit Court Clerk
in 1860; sympathized with Union
- Deposition of James M. Hale: age 31; occupation
mechanic; was a soldier in the Federal army
- Deposition of M.A. Roadman: age 45; farmer, adherent
to Union cause
- Deposition of Laura C. Hale: age 26; housekeeper;
daughter of the claimant (H.H. Baer); bacon taken by soldiers camped on
John Rorex's farm in the Irish Bottoms
#7039 - James
C. Larue -
resident of Parrottsville - 9/18/1871
- 9/15/1874; Clerk of the County Court
- Union man throughout the war
- Deposition of J.C. LaRue: age 51; occupation farmer
and merchant; born in Knox County TN; names James H. Randolph, S.H.
Inman, H. Baer, E.
Eisenhour, Samuel Parrot and others; the two latter died since the
close of the war
#17235 - Joseph
of Newport - 10/28/1872
- James Swaggerty and William Swaggerty made oath
that Gorrell's property was taken on or about 2/01/1865
- Alfred Hall and Mark Southerland made oath that
Gorrell is loyal
- Deposition of Joseph K. Gorrell: age 36; farmer;
resides one mile east of Newport; lived on his father's land and was a
mechanic and farmer; took amnesty oath about 5/01/1864; was a soldier
in the Confederate army; went to Indiana 12/06/1864 to avoid being
forced into the rebel army; James, William, Elbert, Benjamin and George
Gorrell his brothers; was at Vicksburg
- Deposition of H.H. Baer: age 52; attorney
- Deposition of C.D. Fairfield: age 47; physician; a
- Deposition of James Swaggerty: age 72; farmer;
claimant is his son-in-law
#11920 - Joshua
F. Case - of Cosby - 2/27/1872
- Was a resident of Transylvania Co NC
- Deposition of William Case: age 67; father of
- Claimant is 25 and a farmer; had six brothers in
the Rebel army; two killed and
four went into the Union army; claimant went into Rebel lines to
recruit for Union and served from 1863 to close
#16969 - M.A.
Roadman - of Newport - 10/15/1872
- Age 41
- On 2/../1865, suffered damage to property
- Deposition of M.A. Roadman: age 45; farmer; lives
near Gorman's Depot; had
nephews in Confederate army - William, Augustus, Melville Smith;
sympathized with Union
- Deposition of H.H. Baer: age 52; attorney; claimant
is a cousin by marriage
- Deposition of Newton Gray: age 32; farmer
#16971 - Thomas
W. Davis - of Newport - 10/15/1872
- Deposition of Stephen H. Poe: resides near Newport;
farmer; went into Union army 1863; claimant fed him and his brother
when they were hiding from the conscripts; claimant helped his mother;
John Jones and William Bird were claimant's neighbors; William Philips,
Bradford Taylor, Alfred Ball, John Jones and William Bird; Poe "was a
soldier in the 9th Tenn Cavalry
- Deposition of Thomas W. Davis: age 42; lives 2.5
miles west of Newport; farmer; lives in the Dutch Bottoms; conscripted;
had two half-brothers, Andrew and Miles Davis, in the rebel army;
sympathized with Union
- Deposition of H.H. Baer: age 52; attorney
- Deposition of D.O. Bibee: age 42; lives in Newport;
- Deposition of W.C.H. Poe: age 42; gunsmith;
lives nine miles west of Newport in
#16973 - William
R. Swaggerty - of Newport -
- Appears on the muster roll of Captain Edwin Allen's
Co C, 26th Regiment, Tenn Infantry; enlisted 6/26/1861
- Deposition of William R. Swaggerty: age 30; resides
about 1.5 miles southeast of Newport; farmer; lived on his father's
land at time of mule being taken; took amnesty oath and was pardoned; in
Confederate Army; had three brothers (served in CSA?)- Alexander
(dead), G.C. and J.S; one lives here, the other in Texas; mentions
"James Swaggerty, my father, and my mother and my sisters"
- James Swaggerty and Joseph K. Gorrell swore they
saw the mule taken
- Alfred Hall and Grigsby Wood swore they believe
Swaggerty to be loyal; 6/05/1865
- Deposition of C.D. Fairfield: age 47; resident of
- Deposition of P.W. Anderson: age 33; Newport;
lawyer; a Union man
- Deposition of James Swaggerty: age 72; about one
mile east of Newport; farmer; claimant is his son
#14697 - Wylie
Kelly - of Parrottsville
- Age 63; mill wright and house carpenter
- Had three sons in the Union army; A.J. Kelly, J.M.
Kelly and James H. Kelly
- Sympathized with Union
- His son, O.M. Kelly, was at his house when
his vouchers were lost
- Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 5'9", 56
#16972 - Newton
Gray - of
Newport - 10/15/1872
- Deposition of Newton Gray: age 32; lives about one
mile south of Newport; farmer; lived on his father's land; went in the
saltpeter business to keep out of the Confederate army; went to
Kentucky, Camp Nelson, to join 8th Tenn Cavalry; soldiers who took mule
were camped at John Rorex's farm in Irish Bottoms
- Deposition of M.A. Roadman: age 45; about 1.5 miles
north of Newport; farmer
- Deposition of H.H. Baer: age 52; Newport; attorney
- Deposition of Lewis H. Gray: age 31; south of
Newport; farmer; a brother to Newton Gray
- On 6/08/1868, Cicero A. Henry and Lewis H. Gray
swore oath they saw the mule taken
- On 6/08/1868, Marshall Wilson and David F. Gorman
swore oath that Newton Gray was an unconditional Union man
- On 6/08/1868, Newton Gray gave age as 27 when he
filed the claim