Title: Petition of Samuel Norment, 7 May 1862

Date: May 7, 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.00083

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PETITION.

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, Samuel Norment of Washington D.C. 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 five colored persons of African descent of the name of Serena Truman Allice Sam and Louisa for and during the life of said Servants and that by said act of Congress said Servants were 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 Servants were was of the age of and of the personal description following:(1)

  • Serena is thirty nine (39) years of age and is the Mother of the others. She is of dark complexion, and of very pleasant disposition. She is hearty healthy and intelligent. Is an excellent cook, washer, and Ironer. In every cause mentally, physically, and morally sound, and is one of the most valuable Servants I ever saw.
  • Truman is twelve (12) years of age, and is active hearty, healthy and intelligent. He is also perfectly sound; a valuable boy.
  • Allice is nine (9) years of age, and is also hearty, active, and serviceable.
  • Sam is Six (6) years of age, and is a smart, sprightly boy. Perfectly sound & good.
  • Louisa is one (1) year old, and is a healthy promising child. They are all of
 
    dark complexion and not one has a scar.

That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Colored persons in manner following:(2) They were given to me by my Father in Law Ulysses Ward five years ago,—both the Mother and her offspring

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 $2,500. dollars in money.(3)

Serena is worth $1.300.
Truman is worth 1.000.
Allice is worth 600.
Sam is worth 500.
Louisa is worth 100.
2,500.

This valuation is low, when I consider the character and dispositions of this family of servants. And I have no knowledge of any mental moral or bodily infirmity or defect of either of Said Slaves

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 servants wase​ 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 of said servants 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Servants 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.

(Signed by)
Samuel Norment
 

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

I, Samuel Norment 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.

(Signed by)
Samuel Norment

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of May A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
Wm. R. Woodward clk​ of Commissioners
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Petition of Samuel Norment
Filed May 7, 1862
Ulysses Ward
Thomas A. King


 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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