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MORGAN RAID COMMISSION REPORT


The  following was transcribed by Sheila Kell on January 15, 2010 from True and Accurate Copies of Documents on file with the Indiana State Archives Indiana Commission on Public Records - 6440 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46219

As usual on these transcriptions if I just cannot read the handwriting I use a question mark, spelling is not changed so if you are looking for a name keep that in mind. This record was for those that applied for their claims in Jennings County, it does not mean they lived in Jennings County. I will be happy to send a picture of the actual part of the document needed to anyone who wants it. I love the fact that it gives damages both from Morgan's men and our own people trying catch him. My input will be in this color purple.Sheila Kell

What started me on the search for more information on this Commission was this tidbit about it.
In October, 1867, the Vernon Banner carried the following notice:

"For the accomodation of the citizens of Madison and Montgomery Townships, the Commissioners advertised the sitting of the Commission three days, Oct. 10, 11, 12, at Paris."
(the dates on the commission report actually go through the 17th of October.)

This was followed by an article in the newspaper of October 17, 1867:
"A Trip with the Morgan Raid Commissioners"
    "On Thursday morning last, bright and early, a merry party ensconced themselves in one of Reilley & Co.'s commodius hacks and started overland for Paris, the company consisted of Col. McCree, Commissioner; William F. Browning, Clerk of the Commission; Major Bonedrake, attorney for the State; W.C. Prather, and your correspondent. Another vehicle contained Col. S. Vawter and J.W. Summerfield, clerk of the Circuit Court.
    After leaving Vernon, crossing the Muscatatuck at the foot of Jackson Street, we struck what is called the Coffee Creek road, named from a stream that crosses and recrosses it. Leaving Vernon three miles behind, we passed the town of Centerville, It consists of twelve frame houses, a saw-mill, etc.
    Leaving Certerville, we travelled on smooth, level road...Here we took a cross road which leads into the old Paris road at the residence of Col. Malick. The way was uphill and down now until Paris was reached. Our hack drove up to the Jones House where everything was in readiness to receive us, Col. Vawter having been there a week in advance.
     Dinner being called, we sat down to a table groaning with its load of good things. After eating heartily and joking the Commissioners for their fondness for chicken, we repaired to the Good Templar's Hall over the Post Office were our jolly old friend D.M. Hill, had all in readiness for the Commissioners. Court convened and thirty claims were passed on that afternoon.
    The citizens were all pleased with the Interest the Commissioners manifested in them by holding the court at Paris, thereby avoiding the expense of coming to Vernon; and also with Mr. Summerfield for acting as attorney for them without charge. Court convened at nine o'clock Friday morning and passed sixty claims through the day. In the evening, Mr. Pell, minister, delivered a lecture at the church on the "G.A.R." which was well attended."

ADJUTANT GENERAL OF INDIANA
MORGAN RAID COMMISSION
CLAIMS MADE FOR LOSSES INCURRED BY MORGAN'S RAID
Location:  A6408
AAIS Number:   010533
After the end of the American Civil War, an effort commenced to recompense Indiana residents who suffered losses during the raid of Confederate cavalry commander General John H. Morgan through southern and southeastern Indiana in July, 1863. A bill to create a commission to investigate claims put to the state introduced before the Indiana General Assembly during its 1867 session failed to pass, but a non-binding consurrent resolution passed recommending the formation of the commission. Governor Conrad Baker, though not bound to act on the resolution, proceeded to create the commission. Baker appointed John I. Morrison, John McCrea and Smith Vawter to be the three commissioners to assemble the claims, along with a staff attorney and clerks. The claims included damages or losses caused by Union Volunteer and militia (Indiana Legion) troops in the course of persuing and resisting Morgan, as well as damages incurred during the Adam Johnson raid scare in 1864.

The claims listed in this volume are arranged by county in the order in which Morgan and his confederate force rode through Indiana, beginning with Harrison County and ending with Dearborn County. A total of $497,399.21 of claims are listed, of which $82,799. 73 were disallowed. A typical claim entry listed the name of the claimant, the item or items lost or damaged, the class of the item (the classification system established by the commission), and the value of the items in question.

Indiana State Archives
October, 1995

Copy of Original
Filed in War Dept  MSA
          by
G.W. Russ
Adjt Gen, Indiana
Dec. 20, 1879

 [ Since my original transcription of these documents, I found in Volume I of the Adjutant General's Report a explaination of the Classification System that was used by the Morgan Raid Commission -
Class 1  (under orders of the United States' officers)
Class 2  (under orders of States' officers)
Class 3  (under orders of Rebels)
Class 4  (under orders of unknown) ]   

Columns are as follows   1. Name of Claimant    2. Items lost or damaged, the & c means et cetera.   3. The sequence numbers used by the commission which are not in order and have duplicates.  4. Classification numbers (see above).  5. Value of items.   6. Date claim entered. 
        
                       1.                                                  2.                                         3.                         4.          5.                    6.
Henry P Wilkerson Horses & c 1 3 142.00 Oct. 10, 67
Danl Lewis Corn & c 2 1 131.00
Benj F. Byfield Saddle 3 3     8.00
Nancy Kay Horse 4 1 150.00
John Lawrence Horse 5 3   90.00
Henry Naden     " 6 3 100.00
Henry Naden Mare 7 1   60.00
David Zener Horse 8 3 150.00
Henry Lawrence Mare & c 9 3 115.00
John Blankenship Lumber 10 3 60.00
Wm Lewis Mare 11 3 125.00
Wm. Cave 2 Horses 12 3 175.00
McKee L Deputy Mare & c 13 3 130.00
Zachariah Deputy Horse 14 1 100.00
Adam Brower     "   & c 15 2   80.00
Julia R Hammond     "   & c 16 3 401.00
Ellison Dixon     "   & c 17 & 18 3 475.00
G F Whitsitt Mare & c 19 2   80.00
Ellison Dixon Corn & Hay 18 1   96.00
Joseph Glendenning 2 Horses 20 3 150.00
W H Dixon 1 Mare 21 3 128.00
 "   "      "  Corn & c 22 1 198.00
Jno Baxter Horse 23 1 100.00
Danl M Hill Mare 24 3   50.00
Silas S Stribling 2 Horses 25 3 203.00
Jno W Adams Horse 26 1 150.00
Thos Hall 3 Horses 27 3 551.00
Alex Cowry 2 Horses 28 3 265.00
Marion Cox Stallion 29 1 200.00
Stephen Cave Currency 30 3   51.50
James Sage Horse 31 3 200.00
Thos Furgeson     "    's 32 3 235.00
Ephraim Harlan     "    's 33 3 200.00
Z. T. Denslow Gun 34 3   64.00
Sebastian Wolf Mare 35 3   75.00
Wm Furgeson Horse 36 3 125.00 Oct. 11 67
Johnson McClelland Mare 37 3 125.00
Jos W Miller Horses 38 3 180.00
Abraham Walton 2 Horses  39 3 160.00
Jas H Cox 2     " 40 3 135.00
Ephraim Shellady 1     "    & c 41 3 103.00
Ephraim Sampson         "    & c 42 3   75.00
Abraham Walten Jr.        " 43 3 180.00
W H Savage        " 44 3 125.00
Wm Wilson        " 45 1   70.00
                                                                                          

Jos Hendrix Horse 46 3 100.00 Oct. 11  67
Lewis S. Winscott     " 47 3 100.00
Isaac Hall     " 48 3 125.00
Lemuel Wells     "    's 49 1 200.00
Jas H Willson Saddlery 50 3 291.00
Mary Sheppard Horse & c 51 1   60.00
John S Sheppard Mare 52 3 115.00
Amos S. Sheppard Horse 53 3 100.00
W A Sheppard    " 54 3 125.00
Reason Redman    " 55 3 100.00
Ginsey H Carson    " 56 1   75.00
W H Carson Goods 57 1 & 3 320.00
Jas C Sheppard Horses & c 58 3 244.00
Portus Savage    " 59 3 200.00
Hiram Gray Mules & c   60 1 & 3 320.00
Alex Sheppard Damages & c 61 3   65.00
Jesse Tate Corn 62 3   40.00
Lemuel Wells Horses & c 64 3 240.00
Thos Rowland            " 65 3 250.00
Wm Woodfill      " 66 3 100.00
E & E Sampson Goods & Money 67 3   66.00
Missouri Ford Horse 68 3 120.00
Pleasant Sheppard      "   's 69 3 181.00
Jas McCrory      "   's 70 3 180.00
Jms R Sheppard      " 71 3 100.00
F M Wilkinson      " 72 3   75.00
L D Malcomb      " 73 1 100.00
Drusanan? Sheppard Corn 74 1   10.00
      "                " Horses 75 3 433.00
Jesse Tate      " 1 125.00
E & E Sampson Corn & Hay 76 1   62.50
Dudley Wells Saddle 77 3   15.00
Silas Hudson   Adm Horse 78 1 120.00
Jas McGannon Horses 79 3 125.00
  "          "        Adm      " 80 3 300.00
Calvin W Dixon Drugs & c 81 3 500.00
Elmer Roseberry Goods 82 3 214.00
W A Buchannan Horse 83 3 125.00
Geo W Roseberry Mare 84 1 125.00
Danl M Hill Corn & c 85 1 269.80
Hill & Whitsitt Goods 86 3 378.65
W A Jones     "   & c  87 3 229.65
Lewis Sage Horse 88 3 125.00
John Ashton     " 89 3 100.00
Thos Dryden Goods 90 3 300.00
Sylvester W Deputy Mare 91 3 100.00 Oct. 12  67
W W Dixon Damages & c 92 3   85.00
Geo A Bantz Saddle & c 93 3   17.00
Wm Pilmer Horse 95 3 125.00 Oct. 13 67
W W Dixon Corn & Damages 94 1   35.00
Allen W Philips Mare 96 3 100.00
E W Knapp Furniture 97 3 156.00
Enoch James 2 Horses 98 3 200.00
Jos W James Horse 99 3 120.00
Jn S Thomas Clothing 100 3   48.25
Isaac Marshal Horse 101 1 200.00
Jesse Johnson     "     & c 102 3 144.00
Jas Clark Mare  & c 103 2 100.00 Oct. 14 67
Zachariah Neely      "          " 104 2   90.00
Thos R Miles Horse 105 2         125.00
Anthony Fenoughly     " 106 2 120.00
Robert Beesley     "    & c 107 2 125.00
Lawson G Clarkson     " 108 2 110.00
Frederick C Brougher     " 109 2 125.00
Anthony Dager     " 110 2   80.00
Jno W Morris     " 111 2 100.00
Newton H Pool Mare 112 2 110.00
Jno M Stanley Saddle 113 2   11.00
Hanbury Little Horse 114 2   75.00
Robt Lewis Damage to Horse 115 2 Disallowed
Lewis A Grinstead Horse 116 2 186.00
Adam Schubert     " 117 2 186.00
Jm Milholland     " 118 2 180.00
Phillip Schulthis     "    & c 119 2 102.00
W H Eddleman     "    & c 120 2 101.00
Jeptha Moncrief     "    & c 121 2 133.00
Alonzo Wilcox     "    & c 122 2 120.00
Joseph V Wilson     " 123 2 125.00
Robt Wilson     "    & c 124 1 100.00
Saml Eddleman     " 125 1 150.00
John L Travis     "    & c 126 2 120.00
Worthy L Richardson Saddle 127 2 110.00
Harrison Davis Horse & c 128 2 136.00
Jas G McKinley     "     & c 129 2 138.00
Wm T Davis     "     & c 130 2 133.00
Geo D Jones 2  "     & c  131 2 280.00
Isaac S. Jones     " 132 2   85.00
Robt H Furgeson     " 133 2 138.00
Abraham Addison     " 134 2 135.00
Wm Brown     " 135 2 147.00
John B Moncrief Saddle & c 136 2   15.00
O & M R R Co. Bridges Cars & c 137 3 16,376.86
Thos J Pollard Horses & c 138 2 162.50
Jas P Sumptro     " 139 2 108.00
Mary A Bridge     " 140 2   80.00
Martin S Neil     " 141 2 135.00
Christopher Frieze     " 142 2 120.00
W E Denton Staves & Gun 143 3   78.50
Valentine Hess Horses 144 2 204.00
Wm Waggoner Saddle 145 2   14.50
Rinear Cook Horse & c 146 2 146.00
W Burge     "     & c 147 3 200.00
 "      "     "  s 148 2 367.00
Joseph Hole     "  s 149 2   85.00
Jas Hinchman     "  s 150 2 161.50
Oliver Burge     " 151 1   40.00
Hillits A. Aile     " 152 2 125.00
W B Hagins Saddle 153 2   15.00
 "   "     "      "    & c 154 2   21.50
Hiram Prather      "    & c 155 2   26.00
Danl Shuck Horse 156 2   65.00
Mathew Mitchell Saddle 157 2   15.00
Jas Lowry Horse 158 2   77.00
George Harman     "    & c 159 2 136.50 
Mary A Johnson Mare  & c 160 2 103.75
Richd Johnson Horse 161 2   70.00
Francis Knobe Mare 162 2 152.00
Nicholas Gassaway Horse 163 2 140.00
Jno P Falite     " 164 2 145.00
Wm Weber     " 165 2   70.75
Jos Lutz Medicines 166 2   24.50
Alanson Andrews Horse 167 2 129.50
Miles E McCauller     " 168 2 152.00
James W Kyle     " 169 2 126.00
Eldo Hicks     " 170 2 160.00
A L & J P Swarthout Property Destroyed 171 2   39.95
Abram Gannon Horse 172 2 203.00
Danl W Brown     "    & c 173 2 150.00
Masa Moncrief     " 174 2 250.00
Benj H Peabody     "    & c 175 2 166.00
Oliver H Stout     " 176 2 150.00
Caleb Shera     " 177 2 110.00
Wilson Moncrief     " 178 2 120.00
W F Holtsclaw     " 179 2   90.00
Sarah Holtsclaw Mare 180 2   35.00
Joseph Ewan Sheep & c 181 2   90.25 Oct. 15 67
James Tate Horse 182 2 131.00
John Hartwell     " 183 2 127.00
Harrison Hedge Rations 184 2   13.25
Amos Blanchard Horse 185 3 100.00
Jacob Rouft Mare & c 186 2   85.50
Jno Murry Horse & c 187 2   91.00
W Swift     " 188 1   90.00
Henry Lossent     " 189 2 100.00
Wm D Couchman     " 190 2   80.00
Jacob Thenis Harness & c 191 2   41.00
Gallus Kirchner Horse 192 2 103.00
Levi S Ewan Saddle 193 2   12.00
Reuben Hargrove Horse 194 2 209.30
W B Weaver    Ad     " 195 2 130.00
Joseph Painter Saddle 196 2   10.00
Geo Dixon Horse 197 2 115.00
Orman F Feglar Saddle 198 2   10.00
Pat Duffy Horse 199 2   88.00
Jno Hynne Horse & c 200 2 240.00
Dan B Pasley     "     & c 201 2 216.00
David Fitzgibbens Saddle 202 2   10.00
Allen S Parks Horse 203 2 114.00
John Stott Horse's 204 2 205.00
W L Stott Saddle 205 2   12.00
David M Gray Horse 206 2   87.00
Jesse R Vawter     "    's 207 2 176.00
Margt Parks     " 208 2   88.00
Ezekiel L Cochran     " 209 1 200.00
Asenath Todd Provisions 210 2 217.50
Peter Faley Horse 211 2 120.00
Jas McGenley     "   & c 212 2 161.50
Jno McGenley     " 213 2 110.00
Thos Rinear     " 214 3 100.00
   "         "     " 215 1   80.00
James Boner Saddle 216 2     7.00
    "   Buggy & c 217 3 103.50
Thaddeus Elliott Horse 218 1   77.50
W M A Smith     " 219 2   75.00
Jas Peterson     " 220 3 125.00
Jacob Simer/Zener Damage & Horse 221 2   72.00
Chas Brunner Harness 222 2     9.00
Thos C Jones Horse 223 2 175.00
Allen Hinchman Saddle 224 2   14.00
Henry Denton Horse 225 2 115.00 Oct. 16 67
James Rich Horse 226 2 137.00
Jeremiah Patrick     " 227 2 100.00
John Anderson     " 228 3 100.00
Wm McCallister     " 229 2 314.00
Jackson Clarkson     " 230 3   75.00
Jno Enwood     "    & c 231 2   27.00
R J Nicholson     " 232 1   80.00
Daniel? J Reynolds     "    & c  233 3 225.00
Amos Thomas Goods 234 3 125.00
Edmond P Bailiff Horses 235 3 250.00
Henry Warren     " 236 3   80.00
John Deal Saddle 237 3   12.00
Enoch Denton Goods 238 3 111.50
Joseph B Smith Horses & c 239 3 338.00
Chas J Coyrell     " 240 2 273.00
Henry Carony Mare & c 241 2 128.00
Robt Leavitt Horse & c 242 2 511.75
Jas W Hill     " 243 2   90.00
John S Torbit Mare 244 3 100.00
Henry Burge Mule 245 2 100.00
Benj R Sutton Mare & c 246 2   91.50
   "    "      " Bridles & c 247 2   21.00
Geo S Rust Horse 248 2 120.00
Mary Stott     " 249 2 110.00
Horatio Thompson     " 250 2   78.00
Hiram T Reed Wheat & c           251     3   26.00
    "     "     " Horses 252 2 229.00              
Uriah Savill      " 253 2   78.00
Peter Savill      " 254 2 100.00
Christina Canfield Mare 255 2 153.00
M H & A Andrus Drugs 256 2   39.30
Ebenezer Christ Mare 257 2 125.00
Smith W Story Drugs 258 2   21.20
Danl Patrick Horse & c 259 2 101.25
Thos Francis     " 260 2 100.00
August Westie Wheat & c 261 3   74.00
    "          " Mare 252 2 120.00
John M Heemgsster? Horse 253 2 140.00
Lewis C Stott     " 254 2   86.00
Jas Buchannan Wheat 265 3 116.00
W McCollough Mules 266 2 202.00
Wm H Bantz Saddle 267 2   12.00
Edmond Marsh     " 268 2   16.00
S C V Cunningham Horse 268 3 123.00
Joseph Cowell Wheat 270 3   35.00
John Q? Cowell Saddle 271 2   13.00
Peter Kipper Horses 272 2 244.00
Hugh McGannon     " 273 3 110.00
Reason Reed Forage & c  274 2   84.75
Jas B Curtis Horses 275 2 337.00
John Ranery? Horse 278 3 100.00
Newt C Baum?     " 279 2 104.00
R. D. McGannon     " 280 3 100.00
Wm Patrick Saddles 281 2   20.00
Jas. L McGannon Horse 282 2 100.00
Williamson D Vawter     "   & c 283 2 125.00
Albert S Smith Halter 284 3    2.25
Smith  & Brother Saddle 285 2    2.50
Smith Vawter Horse 286 2 160.00
   "          " Service Rendered 2 104.00
Riley Foster     "  & c 286 2   84.00
John O Lattimore Horse 287 2   95.00
Arch S Welton Mules & c 288 2 170.00
W M Lattimore Horse & c 289 3 113.00
W M       " Saddle 290 2    6.00
Solomon Leeds Mare 291 2   86.00 Oct. 17 67
Pat Daily Horse & c 292 3 103.45
Patience Tull Mare 293  3 100.00                
Uriah Wagner Horse 294 2 150.00
Danl C Carson Mare 295 2 100.00
Jno H Carson Horse & c 296 3 260.00
Robert Tweedy Horse 297 3 230.00
Emma M Walker Goods 298 3   33.85
Francis Orrill Mare 299 2   80.00
Emsley Hilton Horse & c 300 3 127.00
Sarah J Cook     "     & c 301 3 100.00
Jas H Hilton Damage & Hon? 302 2   15.00
Elijah Anthony Horse & c 303 3 127.00
Joel Amick Mare 304 2 100.00
Wm Amick Horse 305 2 150.00
Joseph Hemmingway     "     & c 306 2   90.00
Wm Gibbony     " 307 3   85.00
Joshua P Jordon     "     & c 308 2 110.00
Geo Simpson Sr        "     & c 309 3 125.00
Manlove Butler     " 310 2 200.00
      "          "     " 311 3 375.00
Geo Simpson Jr      " 312 3 100.00
Geo W Wagner     "     & c 313 3 200.00
Wm S Roudebush     " 314 1   41.00
Geo M Dowd Mare 315 3 120.00
James Shields Damage to Ho? 316 3   77.00
James Shields Horses & c 317 2 200.00
Valmer Ballard      "          " 318 2 135.00
Rich Brown      "          " 319 2 145.00
Eldridge Thompson      "          " 310 3 170.00
Obed Amick      "          " 311 2 141.00
Thos McComb      " 312 2   85.00
Sarah C Miller   Adm      " 313 2   75.00
Thos Gibbony Mare 314 3 135.00
Jno King Services & Com in 1863 315 2    9.00
Jeptha D New Revolver 316 3   22.00
Joseph Shaw Horse & c 317 3 186.00
Jas H Newby Saddle 318 2   12.00
Jno B Martin     " 319 2     5.00
Lawson Alexander Horse 320 3 115.00
Prior P Lee     " 321 3   75.00
   "    "    " Saddle 322 2     7.00
Jas L Hale     " 323 2     5.00
  "   "    " Wheat & c 324 3   20.00
Lawson Alexander Mare 325 1   75.00
Mary Ann Haly Horse & c 326 2 182.00
Barney Haly     " 327 2 Dismissed
Edward D Malony     " 328 2 180.00
Thos J Henry Saddle 329 2     7.00
R J Besnick Horse 330 2 115.00
J B Newcomb Horse & c                  331           2     226.00   Oct.17 67
Mary Martin     "    's 332 3 196.70
John Hopkins Sr Horse 333 3   45.00
Thos R Deputy Saddle 334 2   23.00
John Hopkins     " 335 2     7.50
Powell Bomerly Horse & c 336 2 175.00
W Watson Gun 337 3     8.00
Jonathan W Cobbs Mare 338 2 106.00



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