Title: Petition of Mary Ann Haslup, 6 May 1862
Date: May 06, 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.00070
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, Mrs. Mary Ann Haslup of Washington City 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 Two male person of African descent of the name of Casper Hauser Hopkins. and William Henry Snell. and that they were at the same time of the passage of said act of congress Her Slaves for and during the life of said Casper & William and that by said act of Congress said Casper & William 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 Casper Hauser Hopkins was of the age of Eight years and of the personal description following:(1) A Boy four feet Two inches high well proportioned. Color Bright mulatto
That your petitioner acquired such claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Casper & William in manner following:(2) Delilah grandmother of said Casper & William belonged To my Farther Griffith White in Anarundle County Maryland Here was given and bequeathed To me by my said farther in the year 1810 and willed to me by my father in 1816 recorded in Anarundle County Court Maryland. while my slave and in my survace Delilah had a daughter named Amanda who while my slave and in my survace became The mother of said Casper & William
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Casper was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of four hundred and fifty dollars in money.(3) and of said William was of the value of Three hundred and fifty dollars in money
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 said Casper & William into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Casper & William 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 Casper & William 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 Casper & William 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.
Mary Ann Haslup
In the name of God Amen, I Griffith White of Anne Arundel County, being sick and weak in Body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God. Do for the settlements of my Worldly affairs and Estate after my Decease, make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth that is to say Imprimis My Will and desire is that my Executors hereafter Named do first pay and satisfy my [Tax?] Debts and Funeral Expenses Item its my Will that my Executors pay to Benjamin Freeland of Calvert County, the sum of Twenty Four Dollars, which I Justly due him Item I give and Bequeath to my Son Griffith Freeland White one Feather Bed and Furniture one Silver Soup Spoon Six Silver Table Spoons Six Silver Tea Spoons and Sugar Tongs a young Bay mare to be at his full disposal at any time after my Decease my negro man here Likewise I give and bequeath to my said Son Griffith F White the whole of my Tract of land being in Anne Arundel County and part of a Tract of Land call'd Whites Contrivance to him his Heirs and assigns forever Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Martha Sampson Brown one Feather Bed and furniture Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ann Haslup a Negro Girl call'd Delilah which she has now in her possession Item I give and Bequeath to my daughter Sarah Kingsbury White one Feather Bed and Furniture it being now in the Care of her uncle Orlando G. White Five Silver Tea Spoons. Like wise it is my will that my negro woman Sarah and her Child the value of them be equally divided between my Said Daughter Sarah and my Daughter Martha P. Brown to them there heirs or assigns Item I give and Bequeath to my three Daughters Martha P Brown Mary A Haslup and Sarah K. White my House and Lot in the City of Baltimore the price thereof to be equally divided among them their heirs or assigns Item It is my will that the remainder of my Estate be equally Divided among my Said Children viz Martha Mary Griffith and Sarah to them their heirs or assigns Lastly I constitute and appoint Dixon Brown and William Haslup Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made in Testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand affix my Seal this Tenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Sixteen
Anne Arundel Countly Pet. Then came Dixon Brown the 14th day of Sept'r 1819 and William Haslup and made oath on the holy Evangely of Almighty God that the within Instrument of writing is the true whole and last will and Testament of Griffith White late of Anne Arundel County deceased that hath come to their hands and possession and that they do not know of any other sworn before Jn. Gassoway Regs wills and [illegible]
Anne Arundel County Sct then came John Eichelberger the 14th day of Sept'r 1819 and Berich Baleman two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will and Testament of Griffith White late of Anne Arundel County deceased and made oath on the holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the Testator therein named Sign and Seal this will and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and Testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound disposing mind memory and understanding and that they together with Noah Duvall the other subscribing witnesses respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and all in the presence of each other Sworn before Jn Gassaway Regs Will [illegible]
In testimony that the foregoing is a true copy taken from the Original I have hereto set my hand and affix the Seal of my Office this 12th day of October A. D. 1822
Wm H Hall Reg Wills [illegible]
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Mary Ann Haslup of Washington City D.C. 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.
Mary H Haslup
Mary Ann Haslup
Linus M Dade 494 " " "
Mr. Wm V. Cloahey " " " "
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.