Title: Petition of Charles Vinson, 6 May 1862
Date: May 6, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 2. The original document is held in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775–1978, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 217.6.5. Within the National Archives' Archival Description Catalog, see ARC Identifier 4644616 / MLR Number A1 347 (http://arcweb.archives.gov).
Civil War Washington ID: cww.00036
To the Commissioners under the act of Congress approved the 16th of April, 1862, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia."
by this his petition in writing, represents
and states, that he is a person loyal to the
United States, who, at the time of the passage of the said act of Congress, held
a claim to service or labor against Nine
persons of African descent of the name of
Robert Meekins, Alexander Meekins,
Harrison Meekins, Lila Powell,
Phillis Noland, Basil Noland,
Betsey Noland, Milley Noland,
and Hanson Noland, for and during the life of
said named servants and that by said act of
Congress said named servants are discharged and
freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at
the time of said discharge said named servants are
of the age
Robert 38 years, Alexander 25,
Harrison 22, Lila 70,
Phillis 39, Basil 19,
Milley 14, Betsey 12, and
Hanson 10—and of the personal
Robert dark complexion about 5 feet 9 or 10 inc. temperate& honest now hired to a farmer in
Maryland for the present year.
Alexander Black complexion 5 foot 6 or 7 inches.
Dining room & house servant No. 1 qualifications temperate & honest,
Harrison black complexion, round face & full
eyes, his services for some time given to a married Daughter in
Maryland but home since the Middle of March
Lila cook in my family, not very dark, good
features & face faithful & honest—Phillis
Washer and Ironer in my family 5 feet 8 or 9 inches, dark complexion, good
features & face faithful and honest, Basil, dark
complexion good face & features waiter & dining room servant 5 feet
6 or 7 inches honest in character, Milley, complexion
dark, good character, out as Nurse and chamber maid.
Betsey, Waiter & chamber maid in family, dark complexn, & handsome face & features, sprightly & intelligent
Hanson, dark complexion, good features & face,
sprightly & intelligent.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Servants in manner following:(2) by the will of her Father to Robert, Alexander, Harrison, Lila, & Phillis, to Basil, Milley, Betsey & Hanson, born to Phillis while in the service & belonging to your petitioner
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Servants was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of 9700 dollars in money.(3) and that all of the said Servants are sound in body and mind, & capable of performing their daily [illegible]
Your petitioner hereby declares that he bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner further states and alleges, that he has not brought said Servants into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said persons of African
was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor persons does not originate in or by virtue of any transfer heretofore made by any person who has in any manner aided or sustained the present rebellion against the Government of the United States.
And your petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the value of his said claim to the service or labor of said persons of African descent herein above set forth; and if the same be found to be valid, that they appraise and apportion the value of said claim in money, and report the same to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in conformity to the provisions of said act of Congress.
Statement of Schedule of persons held to Service by Charles Vinson of the City of Washington & District of Columbia a loyal citizen thereof, prepared in pursuance of the 2d & 9th Sections of the Act approved 16th April 1862 for the Manumission of Slaves in said District, and the said Charles Vinson Do hereby declare his Allegiance to the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the US during the present rebellion nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto;—
|Names||Age||Value previous to the Rebellion||Remarks|
|Robert Meekins||38||1500||Dark complexion, about 5 feet 9 or 10 In in hight, temperate in his habits & believed to be honest, he is now hired to a farmer in Al'a for the [illegible] year, Wages 100$ and his clothing|
|Alexander Meekins||25||1500||Black complexion, about 5 feet 6 or 7 inches, dining room, & house servant of No. 1 qualifications, temperate in his habits & believed honest, Wages 10$ a month [clear?] of clothing|
|Harrison Meekins||22||1500||His Services given to a married Daughter in Maryland, but the right of property remaining in me, Black complexion, round face, & full eyes 5 feet 8 or 9 inch|
|Lila Powell||40||300||Cook in my family, regular features good face, not dark, faithful & honest|
|Phillis Noland||39||1000||Washer & Ironer in my family 5 feet 8 or 9 inc, dark complexion, regular features, good personal aspect, faithful & honest|
|Basil Noland||19||1500||Waiter & dining room Servant, now hired in a boarding house, dark complexion 5 feet 6 or 7 inc Wages 9 [illegible] a month|
|Milley Noland||17||800||dark complex. honest in character now hired out as House & Chamber maid Wages 36$ a year [clear?] of clothing|
|Betsey Noland||12||800||Waiter & Chamber maid in my family, dark complex. handsome face & features, sprightly & intelligent|
|Hanson Noland||10||800||dark complexion, good features and face, [hired?] out for his clothes & support,—|
Washington County Sct.
Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the District and County aforesaid Charles Vinson of the city of Washington, who made oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that the foregoing Statement or Schedule of persons held to Service by him, the first 5 named, having been received from the estate of his deceased Father, and the latter 4 the children of Phillis Noland since born in the service of this deponent is correct and true to the best of his knowledge and belief, and this deponent further saith that all the persons named above in his Schedule, are free form all incumbency either in law or in Equity.
May 5th, 1862
A. E. P. Hasard J.P.
To the Hon. Commissioners &c, Gentlemen,
On reference to my schedule of slave property on your files, you will find the names of Robert Meekins & Harrison Meekins—
Robert is now hired to a farmer in MD for the current year & who [you?] give to emancipate through your action, and if [returned?] to me, you will please inform me thro your secretary, that measures may be taken to bring him before your at an early day
Harrison you will find was born in the service of a married Daughter in Md, since his boyhood, she claims him as a gift, and I desire to gratify her, be pleased therefore, to take his name from the list filed
The Commissioners will please to allow me to withdraw my application in the case of the woman [illegible], [there?] are I find other parties interested whose [concurrence?] probably, cannot be had—
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Charles Vinson of the city of Washington being duly sworn, do depose and say, that all the several matters and things which are set forth and stated in the foregoing petition, as of my own knowledge, are true in substance and in fact; and that all the several other matters and things therein set forth and stated, as from the information of others, I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of May A.D. 1862
Chs P Wannall, J. P.
Note (2.)-- Here state how the claim was acquired, when, from whom, and for what price or consideration; and, if held under any written evidence of title, make exhibit thereof, or refer to the public record where the same may be found.
Note (3.)-- Here state such facts, if any there be, touching the value of the petitioner's claim to the service or labor of the person, as may enhance the same, and also such facts, if any, touching the moral, mental, and bodily infirmities or defects of said person, as impair the value of the petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and conclude such statement with an averment that the petitioner knows of no other infirmities or defects of said person which impair the value of petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and that he believes none other to exist. If the petitioner specify no such infirmity or defect, then his statement touching the value of his claim should conclude with an averment that he has no knowledge of any such infirmity or defect.