East Florida Claims Commission: Papers and Reports
Claims and reports of the East Florida Claims Commission and lists of title deeds and papers relating to the management of estates. Consists primarily of the claims, with supporting documents, of the settlers of the province of East Florida which in 1783, after twenty years of British administration, was ceded to the Crown of Spain under article 5 of the Treaty of Paris.
The series contains:
- Files 1-18 are made up by the claimants' papers, usually in the form of a memorial supported by documentation of land grants, indentures, schedules and valuations of property, and often with plats and other maps and plans.
- File 19 consists of reports on the claims of the many settlers who had taken refuge in the Bahamas.
- File 20 contains papers relating to the administration of East Florida, in particular with regard to events consequent upon the cession
- Files 21-30 are largely fragmentary and relate principally to administrative matters, although they do include as well some documentation, including land grants and plats, that has become separated from the main series of claimants' papers (files 1-18): these are not indexed .
For American Loyalist Claims (Series I) see: AO 12
For further American Loyalist Claims (Series II), including some East Florida claimants, see: AO 13
For documents relating to Refugees (loyalists temporary allowances and quarterly pensions lists; T 50/30 relates in particular to East Florida), see: T 50
For records of the American Loyalists Claim Commission (various reports on claims and schedules of claims), see: T 79
For Colonial Office: America & West Indies: Original Correspondence (records of East Florida, 1746-1789), see CO 5/540-573: CO 5/540
For reports of the East Florida Commissioners (lists of names of claimants and amounts awarded), see: CO 5/562
Other indexes created in the course of editorial work on this series, and an article describing the documents more fully, are in: ZBOX 2/12
T 77/14 (plat and land grant) to MPD 1
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