Title: Petition of Eleazer Lindsley, 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.00086
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, Eleazer Lindsley, of 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 four Slaves persons of African descent of the names of respectively
|1st. Sophia—||2nd Charles Henry otherwise called Osceola|
|3rd.Cecilia—||4th Thomas Sidney otherwise called Tecumseh|
- 1st. Sophia a stout built woman—color black—height 5 ft. 3 in hair black—Eyes black—fifty-two years of age
- 2nd. Charles Henry, otherwise called Osceola—a stout built man—Color black—height 5 ft. 8 in—Hair black—Eyes black—twenty-one years of age
- 3rd. Cecilia a very large and stout framed girl—color black height 5 ft. [illegible] in—hair black—Eyes black—eighteen years of age
- 4th. Thomas Sidney—otherwise called Tecumseh—a remarkably intelligent boy—very active and strong—color black height 4 ft. 11 in—hair black—Eyes black.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said four named slaves in manner following:(2) of Sophia, the first named person in this list whom I purchased of William [illegible] of the city of Washington, about twenty-eight years ago for the sum of three hundred dollars and of Charles Henry, otherwise called Osceola—and of Cecilia and of Thomas Sidney otherwise called Tecumseh, I respectively claim ownership of as children and descendants of the Slave woman Sophia. These three named children were all born in my house—and the mother of them has at no time been of my possession since I purchased her as aforesaid.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said four slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of thirty one hundred dollars in money.(3) viz
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 four above described
Slaves into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of
Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said four slaves were
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 of said four slaves 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 four slaves 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.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, [no handwritten text supplied here] 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.
Wm. R. Woodward clk of Commissioners
Charles B Page Post Office
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.