Title: Petition of Margaret A. Loughborough, 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.00173
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 six persons of African descent of the name of
Jeffrey Beall, Mary Lee,
William Lee, Loretto Lee,
John Lee (the said John
William & Loretto being the
sons of Mary Lee) & the infant male child of said
Mary Lee not christened for and during the
lives of said
Loretto & said infant and that by said act of
Loretto & said infant. 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
Loretto & said infant were of the age of
Thirty eight years, twenty nine years, eight years,
four years, two years and two months respectively and of the personal
- Jeffrey chestnut colored, about six feet in height & lame.
- Mary a mulatto with dark freckles about five feet two inches in height
- John Chestnut colored & well-grown for his age
- William chestnut colored & also well grown
- Loretto Light mulatto & well grown
- & the infant also light mulatto.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) She purchased Jeffrey about ten years ago from Mrs Margaret H. Loughborough of Washington County D.C. for the sum of Seven Hundred dollars. She also purchased Mary Lee with her child John Lee (the only child then born) about five years ago from Commander Simon Bissell U. S. Navy for the sum of fifteen hundred dollars. William Loretto & the infant, children of Mary were born [while?] sh was held to service or labor by petitioner.
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 thirty two hundred dollars in money.(3) Jeffrey is a most excellent house servant & waiter. He is capable & honest. Her children are likely & promising. Your Petitioner knows of no defect or infirmity in said persons other than that Jeffrey is lame as above stated.
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 or any of
them 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said slaves 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 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.
M. A. Loughborough
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Margaret A. Loughborough 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.
M. A. Loughborough
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of May A. D. 1862.
W. R. Woodward Clk.
Margaret Loughborough. Claim from Act of Emancipation
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.