Title: Petition of Thomas T. Everett, 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.00156
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, Thomas T. Everett of Washington 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 Teresa, calling herself Teresa Smith, & Robert, her child. for and during the life of said Teresa & Robert and that by said act of Congress said Teresa & Robert 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 Teresa & Robert was of the age of Teresa between 21 and 22, and Robert between 3 & 4 years of age and of the personal description following:(1)
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Teresa & Robert in manner following:(2) Viz. by purchase from Stanislaus Murray of Washington, of which the following is a copy of the bill of sale to his wife from said Murray
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Teresa and Robert was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of 1200— dollars in money.(3) Both Teresa & Robert are hardy and healthy and have no disabilities from injury or disease either physically mentally or morally. Teresa is a very excellent house servant can read and write and the boy is a bright fine boy, stout and large for his age. Mr. Murray sold them at life than their value preferring this to selling them out of the District. My said receipt for said Teresa assessed at 400 doll. That of 800 there was assessment at 700 doll.
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 Teresa & Robert into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Teresa & Robert 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 Teresa & Robert 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 Teresa & Robert 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.
Thomas T. Everett
Washington City Nov. 29 1858 Rec'd from Mr. James H. Everett the sum of Eight hundred dollars for & in full of the purchase by her of my servant woman Teresa & her infant child which said Servant I warrant slaves for life as witness my hand & seal this day and date as above written.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Thomas T. Everett 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.
Thos T. Everett
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of May A. D. 1862.
John S. Hollingshead
Petition of Thomas T. Everett
John S. Leach of 14 & L
J. H. Clay Mudd
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.