Catalogue descriptionEast Florida Claims Commission: Papers and Reports
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Details of T 77
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 .
The National Archives is grateful to Professor W Bruce Antliff who provided the information to enhance the catalogue entries in T 77/1 - T 77/21 in 2013.
There are further records relating to East Florida compensation claims, and into the administration and history of the province:
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
The following items have been extracted from the series: T 77/2 (maps) to MPD 4(1)-(2); T 77/16 (map) to MPD 2; T 77/20(18) (view of St Augustine and the castle, 1740) to MPD 3, and
Owing to water damage caused to the documents in a period prior to their deposit in the Public Record Office in 1847, many are in a poor state of legibility.
C M Andrews, 'Guide to the Materials for American History, to 1783 in the Public Record Office. Vol II Departmental and Miscellaneous Papers'. G Palmer, 'A Bibliography of Loyalist Source Material in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The maps from the series are fully described in the printed catalogue, 'Maps and Plans in the Public Record Office: Vol 2, America and West Indies'.
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