Title: Petition of Mary C. Fenwick, 13 May 1862
Date: May 13, 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.00146
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, Mary C. Fenwick of the County of Washington District of Columbia 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 the following described slaves person of African descent of the name of Daniel Fletcher, Mary Nelson, Jane Butler with her three children. Viz Gusty, George and Lizzie held to labor or service for and during the life of said Daniel Fletcher, Mary Nelson and Jane Butler her three children Gusty, George and Lizzie and that by said act of Congress said persons held to labor or service 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 slaves or persons were of the age of as described below and of the personal description following:(1)
- 1 Daniel Fletcher—a man Field hand. Married aged fifty years healthy black
- 2 Mary Nelson—a woman unmarried aged twenty eight years healthy of a bright mulatto. Cook good in the Field and sempstress
- 3 Jane Butler—a woman number one Cook Washer and Ironer and general house servant unmarried aged thirty two years of a bright copper her three children viz
- 4 Gusty—a boy—aged seven years healthy of a dark copper
- 5 George—a boy—aged three years healthy of a bright copper
- 6 Lizzie—a girl—aged one year, healthy of a dark copper
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said slaves in manner following:(2) The slaves or persons held to service as labor as described in this petition were acquired by me as followers—Daniel Fletcher with Edward Fenwick devised to me by marriage and the others by my Fathers Estate Joseph Thurburn of Charles Cty Md. about 35 years ago by his will in the orphans Court of this cty
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Four thousand dollars in money.(3) The services or labor of the aforsaid slave viz Daniel Fletcher, Mary Nelson, Jane Butler and her three children—Gusty, George, and Lizzie—are yearly worth to me the sum of two hundred & eighty eight dollars. Your petitioners aver and declares that she knows of no [impair?]ment or bodily ailment or defect.
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she 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 slaves herein described into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said slaves herein described 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 she said claim to the service or labor of said slaves herein described 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said slaves herein described 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.
Mary C. Fenwick
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Mary C. Fenwick 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.
Mary C. Fenwick
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward Clk &c
Petition of Mary C. Fenwick
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.