Title: Petition of Joseph N. Fearson, 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.00185
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."
Georgetown Dist. of Columbia
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 [no handwritten text supplied here] persons of African descent
of the names of
Sarah Duglas, Caroline,
Jinnie or "Janna",
Benjamin, Phebe, or
Nebraska Bill, and
Abraham Dixie, the last mentioned Eight having
assumed the surname of "
", for and during the life of said
Caroline, Jinnie or
Phebe or Pheba,
Nebraska Bill, and
Abraham Dixie, and that by said act of
Congress said persons named as aforesaid 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 named as aforesaid were of the ages
of and of the personal description following:(1)
|Five feet||Bright yellow color—very hale and hearty.|
|Five feet||Very dark black—very hale and hearty.|
|Jinnie or "Janna",||Twenty nine
|Five feet and
two (5:2) inches
|" " " " " " "|
|Lucy = =||Twenty six
|Five feet two inches||" " " " " " "|
|Five feet||Bright yellow— " " " "|
|" " " " "" "|
|Phebe or Pheba—||Seven
|Very dark— " " " "|
|Four feet||Bright yellow " " " "|
|—||" " " " " " "|
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said — in manner following:(2) Sarah Duglas by descent and purchase: She was first bought by my father Joseph Fearson in 1812 of Edmund Shaw of Charles County Maryland, and remained in his service until his death (Sept. 7, 1832) and afterwards in the service of my mother until her death: (August 26th 1854.) when she was inherited by my brother Samuel S. Fearson and myself the only heirs. The conveyance of Samuel S. Fearson to myself of all his interest is duly recorded in the law records of this county:
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons was, at the time of said discharge
therefrom, of the value of Sixty five hundred and
fifty dollars in money
as your petitioner avers he has no knowledge of any moral, mental or
bodily defect in any or either of said persons, except the natural
infirmity of old age, attaching to Sarah Duglas the
first mentioned: all of them being now hale and hearty, and have always
been so: and that he values them as follows: Sarah
$350.00; Caroline $800.00
Jinnie or Janna $1000.00;
Lucy $1000.00; Frank
$1000.00; Benjamin $800.00;
Phebe or Pheba, $500.00;
$700.00; Abraham Dixie $400.00.
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 persons
or either 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
was held to service or labor
therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said persons or either of them 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 persons above mentioned 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.
Joseph. N. Fearson
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Joseph N. Fearson 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.
Joseph N. Fearson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of May 1862 A. D. 1862.
Justice Peace Seal
Joseph N. Fearson,
owner of Nine Slaves.
Attys for Claimant.
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.