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Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission collection

Identifier: AC-146

Scope and Contents

Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission Collection contains Adam Staley's claim against the United States for damages received during the Civil War includes testimony by himself, his neighbors and relatives substantiating his claim that he was an Unionist. Staley's claim was denied. After his death, Staley's executor and eldest son Thornton Staley renewed his father's claims. It was also denied.

Missing Title

  1. Appalachian Region, Southern -- History -- 19th century
  2. Staley, Adam, 1817-1888
  3. Staley, Thornton, 1844-1918
  4. Unionists (United States Civil War) -- Appalachian Region, Southern
  5. United States. Commissioners of Claims
  6. Wilkes County (N.C.) -- History -- 19th century


  • 1873-1897


The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Biographical note

Adam Staley (1817-1888) was the son of Jacob and Nellie Childers Staley. He was born in eastern Wilkes County. In 1843, he married Nancy Kilby, the daughter of Thornton and Lucy Shepherd Kilby of the Reddies River community in central Wilkes County. Adam and his family resided in Reddies River. Neither he nor any of his sons joined the Confederacy. Staley worked primarily as a farmer; however, he was Wilkes County's deputy sheriff from 1865 to 1866.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)


The Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission Collection contains the photocopied version of National Archives and Records Administration file on Adam Staley's claim to the Southern Claims Commission.


This is a one-folder collection.

Acquisitions Information

Kathryn Staley donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in 2000. The accession number is AC.2000.010. This collection was opened to the public on 28 August 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, August 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2005.
AC.146: Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission Collection of Papers, 1873 - 1897
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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