Title: Petition of Dickinson Nailor, 8 May 1862
Date: May 8, 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.00104
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, Dickinson Nailor of Washington City 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 Nace Pitts aforesaid a person of African descent of the name of Nace Pitts a lite black man about five feet six inches high forty years of age for and during the life of said Nace Pitts and that by said act of Congress said Nace Pitts was discharged and freed of and from all claims of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Nace Pitts was of the age of Forty years and of the personal description following:(1) He is a Jet black man about five feet six inches high and forty years of age & is sound in mind and body and without any defects to impair his, the said Nace Pitts value
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Nace Pitts in manner following:(2) John G. Lindsay administrator of Samuel D. Lindsay late of State of Maryland deceased in right of his present wife who is a daughter of the said Samuel D. Lindsay the said Nace Pitts being part and parcel of his wifes distributive share of the estate of the said Samuel D. Lindsay her father.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Nace Pitts was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of one thousand dollars in money.(3)
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 Nace Pitts into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Nace Pitts 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 Nace Pitts 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 Nace Pitts 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.
Bill of Sale
John G. Lindsley
Know all men by these presents, that I John G. Lindsley of Prince Georges County in the State of Maryland for and in consideration of the valuable consideration herein after stated, have granted bargained and sold, and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto Dickinson Nailor of the city of Washington, a negro man named Nace a slave for life. To have and to hold the said slave unto the said Dickinson Nailor, as a slave for life. It is however expressly understood and agreed by and between the said John G. Lindsley, and the said Dicinkson Nailor, that the said slave Nace shall remain in the possession of the said Lindsley, and serve him for and during his natural life. And the said Dickinson Nailor for and in consideration of the said slave so as aforesaid conveyed to him, last valued and discharged and hereby releases and discharges the said Lindsley, from all claims he has against him in right of his, the said Nailors wife of sum, name and nature whatsoever both at law and in equity and of all demands whatsoever.
John G. Lindsey seal
The name Nace, being interlined before signing, & the word wife erased.
Gilbert S. Gilberson
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Dickinson Nailor 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 8th day of May A.D. 1862
Gilbert L. Gilberson 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.