Title: Petition of Coleby Young and Sarah A. Young, 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.00106
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 Petitioners, Coleby Young and
Sarah A. Young his wife of
Washington City D.C.
by this their petition in writing,
represents and states, that they are
is persons 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
James Newman a person of African descent of the
for and during the life of said
and that by said act of Congress said
James Newman is discharged and freed of and from
all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said
James Newman was of the age of Sixteen Years and of the personal description
A Bright Mulatto, about 5 feet 6 inches high
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said James Newman in manner following:(2)
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said James Newman was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $1200.00 dollars in money.(3)
Your petitioners hereby declares that they bear
s true and faithful allegiance
to the Government of the United States, and that they ha sve not borne arms
against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or
And your petitioners further states and alleges,
that they ha
sve not brought said
into the District of Columbia since the passage of
said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said
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 petitioners pray
s the said
Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their said claim to the service or labor of said
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.
Sarah A. Young
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Coleby Young 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.
Sarah A. Young
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of May A.D. 1862
John S. Hollingshead
[Sworn to and subscribed before this?] 29th May 1862
Wm. R. Woodward clk.
Col. Irwin of Land Office
Thos. Young son of the petitioner.
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.