Title: Petition of Sarah Davis, 9 May 1862
Date: May 9, 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.00116
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. Sarah Davis
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
Hannah West and her two sons Aleck
& Hampton. Julia and her two
children named one Annie & the other a
male—also Susan Joyce—all being
persons of African descent of the names of as above
mentioned for and during the life of said
Sarah Davis, her heirs, executors, &c. and
that by said act of Congress of said
16 of April 1862 the above mentioned negroes
were discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to
such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said negroes were
of the ages of
[no handwritten text supplied here] and of the personal description following:(1)
- Hannah West about 55 years female—black
- Aleck son of above aged 28 or 30 male bright mulatto
- Toby alias Hampton do—25—Do Do—Do
- Julia neice of Hannah about 30—female black—
- Annie Child of Julia about 8 or 9 female Mulatto bright
- child of Julia aged one year male Black—
- Susan Joyce aged about 30 year female & Black—
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said seven negroes in manner following:(2) to Hannah and her children Aleck and Toby or Hampton by and in virtue of a deed of gift from my mother Mrs Sarah Walker dated the 12th of Nov 1808—and herein enclosed marked A. to Susan Joyce by purchase from Ellen Wilcoxen the bill of sale herein also presented and marked B. dated on the 19th of Oct one thousand eight hundred and forty two and to Julia and her child called Annie or Amelia by purchase from my sister in law Mrs. Lucy B. Walker in pay of a debt due from my dec'd brother Zacharias Walker marked C and herein enclosed.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said seven negroes was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of many dollars in money.(3) the amount whereof she cannot calculate as she raised them also and never estimated the value in money but will state—that no money could have bought Hannah or her children—she Hannah has been of no service for a year being very heavy having a sore leg and gouty—for Aleck, my son was offered eighteen hundred dollars by Col. Singleton of Miss and refused—Aleck is a very valuable house servt and cook—I consider Toby more valuable than his brother Julia is neice to Hannah in the prime of life and health—and is an elegant cook, washer and ironer—Susan I bought to keep her from being sold away from her family as her mistress Mrs. Wilcoxen was in indigent circumstances and obliged to part from her
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she or any of her family 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 seven negroes
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said
act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said seven negroes 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 the said claims to the service or labor of said seven negroes do 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 the said claim to the service or labor of said negroes 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 Davis &
as Deed of Gift
Wm Brent [ clk ?]
Know all men by these presents, that I Sarah Walker of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia, in consideration of the natural love and affection, which I have and bear unto my beloved daughter Sarah Davis, and also for divers other good causes and considerations, me the said Sarah Walker hereunto moving have given, granted and confirmed, and by these presents do give, grant and confirm unto the said Sarah Davis all and singular the goods and chattels following that is to say one negroe by named Jerry during the natural life of her the said Sarah Davis, and after her death to her the said Sarah Davis's children lawfully begotten by her said husband John Davis and also one negroe Girl named Hannah to the said Sarah Davis and her Husband John Davis aforesaid, during their natural lives, and after their death, to the children of the said Sarah Davis, lawfully begotten by her said Husband John Davis; To have hold & enjoy all and singular the said goods and chattels, and personal estate aforesaid unto the said Sarah Davis and John Davis during their natural lives as aforesaid and after their death to the children of the said Sarah Davis lawfully begotten by her said husband John Davis, aforesaid, their executors, administrators and assigns, to their only proper use and behoof of the said Sarah Davis and John Davis during their natural lives and of the children of the said Sarah Davis lawfully begotten as aforesaid by her said husband John Davis their executors, administrators and assigns forever; and I the said Sarah Walker all and singular the said goods, chattels and personal estate and other the premises to the said Sarah Davis and John Davis her said Husband and the children of the said Sarah Davis by her said husband John Davis, their executors, administrators and assigns, against me the said Sarah Walker my executors and administrators, and all and every other person and persons whatsoever, shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents; of all and singular which said goods, chattels, personal estate and other the premises, I the said Sarah Walker have put the said Sarah Davis and her said husband John Davis & after their death the children of the said Sarah Davis lawfully begotten as aforesaid by her said husband John Davis in full possession by delivering to them the said Sarah Davis and John Davis her husband both on their part and on the part of the children of the said Sarah Davis lawfully begotten as aforesaid by her said Husband John Davis one spoon at the time of sealing and delivering these presents, in the name of the whole premises hereby granted.
In witness whereof I the said Sarah Walker have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 12th day of November the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten
Sarah Walker L. P
Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of
Saml W Smallwood
Washington County—to wit,
Be it remembered that on this 12th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten, before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid personally appears, Sarah Walker party grantor in the within and aforegoing deed, and acknowledged the same to be her act and deed according to the true intent meaning thereof
Saml W. Smallwood
B of Sale
W Brent Clk
Know all men by these presants that I Ellen Willcoxen of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars currant money to me in hand paid by Sarrah Davis of the City and District aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have granted bargained and sold and by these presants do grant bargain and sell unto the said Sarrah Davis my negro slave girl Susan Joyce aged about fourteen years which slave Susan Joyce I will warrant and defend to the said Sarah Davis her heirs executors administrators and assigns against me my heirs executors administrators and assigns and against all and every person or persons whomsoever—
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninteenth day October eighteen hundred and forty two.
her X mark Ellen Willcoxen seal
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
Washington County to wit
On this 19th day of October 1842 before the subscribed one of the Justice of the peace in and for said County personally appears Ellen Willcoxen and acknowledges the above instrument of Writeing to be her act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned and for no other purpose.
James Marshall J. Peace.
Washington County to wit:
Received of Mrs. Sarah Davis, this eighth day of April Eighteen hundred and fifty nine, the sum of five hundred and thirty-four dollars ($534.) it being infull for the purchase of servant girl Julia, and her child, Amelia, and their future increase, which I warrant slaves for life, given under my hand and seal this day and year above mentioned
Lucy B. Walker Seal
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Sarah Davis of the City of Washington 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
Jas. Cull J. P. seal
Sarah Davis [of abes?]
William E. Howard
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.