Title: Petition of Eleanor R. Lang, 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.00152
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."
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 persons of African descent of the name of
Mary Dyer, Lizzie
Clark, Henry Clark, George
Dyer, Mary J. Clark
Eliza Ann Clark, William H. Clark,
Alfred Clark, Maria L. Clark
and Frank Clark. for and during the life of said
persons of African descent and that by said
act of Congress said persons 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 persons
was of the age of and of the personal
|Mary Dyer||Female,||48 years of age.||Mulatto||4 ft 11½ in in Height|
|Lizzie Clark||"||33 "||"||5 " ½ " "|
|Henry Clark||Male||28 "||Dark Copper||5 " 3 ¾ " "|
|George Dyer||"||23 "||Mullato||5 " 7 ½ " "|
|Mary J. Clark||Female||16 "||"||5 " 3 " "|
|Eliza H. Clark||"||14 ½ "||"||5 " 1 " "|
|William H. Clark||Male||13 "||"||4 " 5 ½ " "|
|Alfred Clark||"||10 "||"||4 " 2 ¾ " "|
|Maria L. Clark||female||8 ½ "||"||4 " ½ " "|
|Frank Clark||2 months||"|
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Persons of African Descent in manner following:(2)
Mary Dyer was purchased from James F. and Debra Essex in the year 1824 for the sum of Two hundred (200) dollars—
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Persons of African descent was, at the time of said
discharge therefrom, of the value of Seventy
hundred dollars in money.(3)
|Mary Dyer||$600.00||healthy, excellent cook, washer & Ironer,|
|Lizzie Clark||1000.00||" , " " chamber work &c|
|Henry Clark||1200.00||" House servant (insured for $1.000)|
|George Dyer||1200.00||" " " (insured " $1.000
|Mary J. Clark||800.00||" " "|
|Eliza H. Clark||800.00||" " "|
|William H. Clark||500.00||" " "|
|Alfred Clark||500.00||" " "|
|Maria L. Clark||300.00||"|
I have no knowledge of any defect or bodily infirmity in any of these persons named
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 Persons of African descent into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Persons 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said Persons 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 persons of African descent 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.
Your Petitioner's claim aforesaid is subject to a deed of trust dated July 19, 1858 & recorded in Liber J. A. S. No. 158 fol. 227 of the Lands Records of the County of Washton, D.C. to secure a debt, therein mentioned, to Peter Von Essen.
her X mark Eleanor R Lang
|Mary Dyer||48 Years||4 ft 11 ½ in||Mulatto||Six hundred (600) Dollars|
|Lizzie Clark||33 "||5 " ½ "||"||One thousand (1000) "|
|Henry Clark||28 "||5 " 3 ¾ "||Dark Copper||Twelve hundred (1200) "|
|George Dyer||23 "||5 " 7 ½ "||Mulatto||Twelve hundred (1200) "|
|Mary Jane Clark||16 "||5 " 3 "||"||Eight hundred (800) "|
|Eliza Ann Clark||14 ½ "||5 " 1 "||"||Eight hundred (800) "|
|William Henry Clark||13 "||4 " 5 ½ "||"||Five hundred (500) "|
|Alfred Clark||10 "||4 " 2 ¾ "||"||Five hundred (500) "|
|Maria L Clark||8 ½ "||4 " ½ "||"||Three hundred (300) "|
|Frank Clark||2 months||One hundred (100) "|
We, the undersigned, having carefully examined the above described slaves of Mrs. Eleanor R Lang, do appraise them respectfully, on the amounts above named, set opposite their names
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss. GeorgeTown DC
I, Eleanor R Lang 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.
her X mark Eleanor R Lang
Sen Phi Thomas
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8 day of May A. D. 1862.
Sen Phi Thomas J.P.
Eleanor R Lang
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.