Title: Petition of Margaret A. Goddard, 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.00045
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."
Your Petitioner, Margaret A. Goddard of Washington D.C. by this her petition in writing, represents and states, that she 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 One person of African descent of the name of Eliza Jones for and during the life of said Eliza Jones and that by said act of Congress said Eliza Jones was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Eliza Jones was of the age of Eighteen and of the personal description following:(1) About five (5) feet two (2) inches high, stout build, light mulatto, healthy, and free from personal defects and from all mental and bodily infirmities.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Eliza Jones in manner following:(2) At the decease of her Grandmother (E. A. C. Goddard) in January last two years ago, by her will, recorded in the Orphan's Court of Washington County, D.C.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Jones was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of twelve hundred dollars in money.(3) By the Will two negroes (the within named and another) with other property were left to herself and two Aunt and in order to divide the property, it was valued by three persons, (Messrs Richard Winsott, James Pulling, & Lewis Thomas) and Twelve hundred (1200.) dollars was agreed upon by them as the value of the above woman.
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she 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 she has not brought said Eliza Jones into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Eliza Jones 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Jones 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 validity of her said claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Jones 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.
Margaret A. Goddard
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Margaret A. Goddard 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.
Margaret A. Goddard
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of May A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J.P.
Petition of Margaret A. Goddard
7th ward near 11th st wharf.
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.