Title: Petition of Green Adams, 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.00127
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."
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 two persons of African descent of the names of
George and Martha, respectively
for and during the
lives of said
George and Martha; and that
by said act of Congress said
George and Martha 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
George was of the age of twenty five years and the said Martha of the age of
sixteen years; and of the personal description following:(1)
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said George and Martha in manner following:(2)
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said George and Martha was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of three thousand dollars ($3000) in money.(3) Your petitioner avers that the said George by reason of his intelligence, honesty, industry and physical ability was very valuable either as a field hand, or as a house servant and that the said Martha was not only of great value as a cook, and to do general housework, but was peculiarly so, as a nurse for children. And your petitioner further avers that he has no knowledge whatever of any moral, mental or bodily infirmities or defects of either of said persons which would impair the value of your petitioner's claim to their service or labor.
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
George and Martha
into the District of Columbia since the passage of
said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
George and Martha 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 George and Martha 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 George and Martha 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.
May 9th, 1862
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Green Adams 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 9th day of May A.D. 1862
John S. Hollingshead
Frank Ballinger 6th [illegible] Office
John F. Shaneth
Hon. Wm. Dunlop of Ky.
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.