The National Archives in DC very quickly turned around my request for a copy of the file that Levi submitted with details about his Indian depredation claims. I first looked to see what he claimed and what he was awarded.
His original claims, and the documents presented to the court don’t exactly match, but they are close.
|Claimed||Levi’s Claimed value||Court records|
|13 cows||$30 each ($390)||$450|
|6 yearling cattle||$11 each ($66)||$66|
|9 2 year olds||$16 each ($144)||$162|
|Yoke of oxen||$50 each ($100)||Not mentioned|
|19 young steers||$28 each ($532)||$532|
|2 horses||$75 each ($150)||$150|
|Carriage & saddle horse||$200||$200|
|20 acres of land with improvements||$600||$600|
|30 acres of land with improvements||$725||$725|
|Fort with a house||$600||$500|
The petition includes a notarized deposition by Levi Savage and two witnesses, a response by somebody in the government or court system which concludes the entire petition is based on unsupported evidence and testimony (incompetent is a favorite word), and the final court judgment (a lower value for the lifestock, no award for any of the land, improvements or crops).
The deposition is several typed pages and goes into a fair amount of detail, which will be discussed in more depth in the next post.