Title: Petition of Mary Brien 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.00155
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. Mary Brien
Francis Masi deceased. late of
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 named
persons of African descent of the names of
Maria Butler and Samuel Butler
for and during the life of said
Maria & Sam
and that by said act of Congress said
Maria & Sam
was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such
service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said
was of the age of fifty years and
Sam of the age of 28 years and of the
personal description following:(1)
That is to say Maria is an ordinary
sized woman. Black complexion with no particular marks on her person.
Sam Butler. Black complexion he has marks or scars on his face from small pox which he had when a child about five feet seven inches in height.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the
aforesaid service or labor of said
Maria & Sam
in manner following:(2)
That is to say Maria was bought by
her late father Frances Masi, Esq. from Mr. Clement McWilliams deceased of
Washington D.C. about thirty five years ago. She
has a receipt for the money which is lost or mislaid.
Samuel was born after the purchase of his mother Maria Butler.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said
Maria & Sam
was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two thousand dollars in money.(3)
That is to say, Maria is worth
about five hundred dollars. She is an excellent cook good washer and ironer
she is a good, honest very intelligent and trust worthy woman. Perfectly
sound and has no mental moral or bodily defects or infirmities.
Sam is worth about fifteen hundred dollars is a good worthy and intelligent man a good house servant and waiter in the dining room & free from any defects of any description either moral mental or bodily.
Your petitioner does not know of any moral, mental or bodily infirmities or defects of either of the above servants.
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 into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said persons 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 she 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 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.
Francis L. Masi
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Mary Brien administratrix 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.
[Matilda L. Masi?]
Sworn to and subscribed before me this ninth day of May A. D. 1862.
N. Callan J.P.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of November 1862 is Matilda Masi W.R Woodward Clk.
Petition of Mary Brien admix.
L. B. Harvey
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.