Title: Petition of Hannah M. Walker, 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.00199
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, Hannah Walker of Washington D.C 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 Two persons of African descent of the names of Louisa Delaney, & Margaret Delaney. for and during the life of said persons 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 Louisa Delaney, was of the age of Twenty one years, and of the personal description following:(1) Dark brown color, Five feet three inches high, very Stout, said woman Margaret Delaney, was of the age of nineteen years, of a bright chesnut color, Five feet Two inches high, scar on right lower jaw.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) said women my husband John Walker, bought for me and in my name, about Thirteen years ago, as will more fully appear by Bill of sale filed herewith.
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 Two thousand dollars in money.(3)said women are both sound & healthy good and honest servants They have been in my family for the past Thirteen years.
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 women into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said women were 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 women 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 women 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.
Hannah M Walker
Know all men by these presents that I James V Patton of the City of Washington and District of Columbia of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars lawful Money of the United States to me in hand paid before the sealing and delivery of these presents by William H Gunwell of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained and sold and by these presents do grant and convey unto the said William H Gunwell his administrators executors and assigns two negro children viz Margaret and Louisa children of Dolly owned by said Patton which have been delivered to said Gunwell to have and to hold the same unto the said Gunwell his executors administrators and assigns forever and do for myself my executors administrators and assigns covenant and agree to with the party of the second part to warrant and defend the sale of said negroes hereby sold unto the said party of the second part his executors administrators and assigns against all and every person and persons whatsoever In trust nevertheless the said William H Gunwell to have and to hold the said negro children Margaret and Louisa children of Dolly aforesaid for Hannah M Walker of the City of Washington District of Columbia for whose use and exclusive benefit the said negroes Margaret and Louisa are now sold and transferred And the said William H Gunwell for himself his executors administrators and assigns doth hereby covenant and agree with the said James V Patton to transfer sell and convey to the said Hannah M Walker or her executors administrators and assigns the said negro children Margaret and Louisa whenever required so to do by the said Hannah Walker upon the payment of one dollar to the said Gunwell by the said Hannah M Walker and the said negro children Margaret and Louisa shall live with and be under the control and management of the said Hannah M Walker from the signing of this instrument and in case of the death of the said negro children or their escaping from slavery the said William H Gunwell is not to be held in any manner accountable for the negro children aforesaid
J V Patton seal
W. H Gunwell seal
JM Buck JPeace
O.R. Morsell J.P—
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Hannah M. Walker, 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.
Hannah M Walker
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of May A. D. 1862.
H. Naylor J.Peace
Hannah M. Walker
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.