2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2020 2:04 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking purpose of 1890s form asking for number of slaves owned in 1863


      I am curious about a very old blank form found in an old book.  I tried to attach a picture, but unable to.  The Form states:


      State of ________________   County of

      Personally appeared before me the following party or parties, who upon oath, say that January 1st, 1863, _______ owned the following number of slaves, said slaves being held under the laws of the State of __________, County of ___________, and that the value of said slaves at that date was $_______


      Number of Male Slaves __________

      Number of Female Slaves_________

      Number of Children Slaves_____


      _________________________ Owner

      _________________________ Heir to


      Witness __________________________

      Witness __________________________


      This _____ day of 189_____                         

      _____________ J.P. or N.P

        • Re: Seeking purpose of 1890s form asking for number of slaves owned in 1863

          Can you describe the title of the old book you found, where you found it, and whether you located pages with information filled in on the form?  That might help determine its source and/or purpose.  The 1890 date is peculiar as it comes decades after slavery ended in the U.S. Perhaps the printed form had a date error?...

          • Re: Seeking purpose of 1890s form asking for number of slaves owned in 1863
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Ms. Dabbs,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 6 items and file units related to Compensated Emancipation that may provide some context for the form you found.  Some of the records have been digitized in part or whole. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives location listed in each item or file unit description. Without more information on the context of this form, we are unable to provide more specific information.


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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!