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Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Footnote.

Theoretically, this should have been posted yesterday – but, let’s not let that worry us ūüôā

For this post, I decided to look at the Southern Claims Commission collection at Footnote.  These files are records of people who had items taken by the U.S. government during the civil war.  More than 20,000 claims were filed. They come from all over the country, and in the Footnote collection are 18 from Blount County residents:

  • Absalom L. Sparks – his claim was for 600 bushels of corn
  • Amos Thompson – claimed 2 mules, a two horse wagon, a harness, a mare and a beef cow ($650) taken by Col. James P. Brownlow
  • George W. Bowerman – claimed corn, fodder, hogs, beef cattle ($2400). He was deceased by the time of his claim.
  • James Scott – hay & a beef cow ($290)
  • Jeremiah Simmerley –¬† he is noted as being of “very bad character” and his witness is unknown to the neighborhood
  • John Colter –¬† claimed $275 worth of stuff. His farm was nine miles east of Maryville and describes getting threats from the Union army of being killed all the time.
  • John Gamble – claimed $668
  • John McNabb – claimed $474
  • Joseph Ambrister – claimed $498 – had a 268 acre farm two 1/2 miles east of Maryville. He describes being of ill health and needing to stay home all the time.
  • Matilda Dunlap – claimed $420.¬† Describes being threatened and abused by the army and they told her they would burn her house down.
  • Michael Harvey – claimed $286
  • Moses Gamble – claimed $385. “…his actions at time during the war was such as to leave us some doubts as to the sincerity of his loyalty…”
  • Nimrod Byers – claimed¬† $184 . He had 4 witnesses.
  • Samuel A. Humphreys –¬† claimed $50 for 50 bushels of corn.
  • Torrence Davis – claimed $396. He was 52 years old at the time of his claim in 1872.¬† He had a brother and a brother-in-law in the Union army. Among his possessions taken were a horse and ox.
  • William C. Young –¬† claimed $125.
  • William E.¬† Scott – claimed¬† $155 for a horse.
  • Wm. S. Griffiths –¬† claimed $172.¬† One of his witnesses was 29 year-old Clerk of the County Court, James A. Green.¬†¬† William operated a molasses mill.

These reports when there is testimony included is fascinating, and above I have put just a few snippets from some of them.  If you are researching the county, you should check these reports out if you can!

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Some births from Some births from  Blount County vital statistics: 1881-1912 [microfilm].  These have been added to the birth listings on the Blount County page.

  • Beasley (white male baby) – born 1 May 1912 to Hardy (Farmer, b. NC) & Jane (b. TN)
  • Beasley, Edgar (white male) – born 4 Sep 1911 in NC to Jesse (Farmer, b. NC) & Ella (b. NC)
  • Boone, Murtie (white female) – born 18 Jun 1912 to W.M. (Farmer, b. NC) & Katie (b. TN)
  • Boone, Virgil (white male) – born 17 Jan 1912 to Albert (Farmer, b. TN) and Martha (b. TN)
  • Boring, Clyde (white male)- born 17 Mar 1912 to Boy (Merchant, b. TN) & Martha (b. TN)
  • Boring, Dora Hester (white female) – born 15 May 1912 to W.S. (Farmer, b. TN) & Liza (b. TN)
  • Boring, Hartzel (white male) – born 13 Dec 1911 to Jas. (Farmer, B. TN) & Mary (b. NC)
  • Boring, Lida (white female) – born 26 Apr 1912 to G.L. (Farmer, b. TN) & Vida (b. TN)
  • Buchanan, Elen (white female) – born 20 Nov 1911 to Chas. (Farmer, b. TN) & Lizzie (b. NC)
  • Carter, Willie (white male)- born 18 Jan 1912 to Dock (Farmer, b. TN) & Mattie (b. TN).
  • Crisp, Hazel (white female) – born 17 Mar 1912 to W. (Farmer, b. TN) and Lula (b. TN)
  • Curtis, Mildred (white female)- born 12 Jun 1912 to Tom (Farmer, b. TN) & Lizzie (b. TN)
  • Earls, Helen (colored) – born 12 Sep 1911 to Nogil (sp?) Earls (b. TN)
  • Ellis, Frances (white female) – born 4 Apr 1912 to John (Farmer, b. TN) & Allie (b. TN)
  • Ellis, Herbert (white male) – born 14 Feb 1912 to Frank (Mill Hand, b. TN) & Nettie (b. TN)
  • Green, John (white male) – born 12 Jun 1912 to R. (Lodger, b. TN) & Nancy (b. TN)
  • Griffiths, Lelra (colored) – born 10 Apr 1912 to Eva Griffiths (b. TN)
  • Griffiths Jr., Roy (white male) – born 29 Apr 1912 to Roy (Cashier, b. TN) & Lorela (b. TN)
  • Herron, Jerry Calvin (white male) – born 17 Jun 1912 to David (Farmer, b. TN) & C. (b. TN)
  • Hill, David Edgar(white male) – born 10 May 1912 to John (Farmer, b. NC) & Hettis (b. NC)
  • King, Carrie (white) – born 12 Jul 1912 to John (Laborer, b. TN) & Zeta (b. TN)
  • King, Hellen (white female) – born 20 Jun 1912 to S. (Blacksmith, b. TN) & B. (b. TN)
  • Kurse, Jacob (white male) – born 26 May 1912 to Thos. (Farmer, b. TN) & Abbie (b. TN)
  • Lee (white baby) – born 10 Dec 1911 to Bob (Farmer, b. TN) & Annie (b. TN)
  • McGaha, Jewel (white female) – born Jan 1912 to Jas. (Teacher, b. TN) & Dyah (b. TN)
  • Payne, Jane (white female) – born 30 Jul 1911 to Ardy (Farmer, b. TN) & Loula (b. TN)
  • Peterson, Willie (white male) – born 18 May 1912 to Bruce (Section Hand, b. TN) & Belle (b. TN)
  • Prater, Stella (colored) – born 29 Jan 1912 to John (b. TN) & Mary (b. TN)
  • Shooke (white male baby) – born 7 May 1912 to John (Mill hand, b. TN) and Katie (b. TN)
  • Summerly, Gladys (white female) – born 2 Oct 1911 to Charlie (Rural Carrier, b. TN) & M. (b. TN)
  • Welcher, Hale (white male) – born 10 Jun 1912 to Frank (Farmer, b. TN) & N. (b. TN)
  • Whitehead, Mose (white male) – born 18 Oct 1912 to D.L. (Farmer, b. TN) & Mary (b. TN)

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