Title: Petition of Charlotte Kilgour and Isabella Kilgour, 15 May 1862
Date: May 15, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 3. 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.00230
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 Petitioners Charlotte and
Isabella Kilgour of Montgomery County in the State of Maryland,
by this their
petition in writing, represent
s and state s, that they are
is a persons 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 negro men
African descent of the name of
Hanson Carroll and James Carroll
for and during the life of said
and James Carroll
by said act of Congress said
Hanson and James Carroll (as these
petitioners are advised) are discharged and freed of and from all
claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said
Hanson Carroll and James Carroll,
the former, was of the age of twenty years the latter of the age of
eighteen years and of the personal description
- Hanson Carroll, was about five feet six or eight inches high; dark mulatto color, thick and well set, able bodied and in full health, no particular marks recollected—
- James Carroll, is about 5 ft. 6 or 7 Inches high, rather more slender than Hanson, of a Copper Color, able bodied and in good health.
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Hanson & James Carroll in manner following:(2) Anarchy, a negro woman, slave for life, about the year eighteen hundred and thirty seven or thirty eight, the property of Miss Martha Kilgour of St. Marys County MD, was donated or given by the said Martha Kilgour, to your Petitioners and the late Elizabeth Kilgour a maiden Sister of your Petitioners; and who has since died single and unmarried, your Petitioners surviving, and the said Hanson & James Carroll are the children of said Anarchy, born since she came to the property of your Petitioners and reared by them
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Hanson and James was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of four thousanddollars in money.(3) the said Hanson hired for one hundred and twenty dollars per annum, and James, for one hundred and eight dollars per annum or that rate
Your petitioners hereby declare
they bear s true and faithful
allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that they have
not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any
way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioners further state
s and allege s, that they have not brought said
Hanson and James Carroll
into the District of Columbia since the passage of
said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
were 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 their said claim to the service or labor of said Hanson & James 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 their said claim to the service or labor of said Hanson and James Carroll 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.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
We Charlotte Kilgour &
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
our 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,
we believe to be true in
substance and in fact.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of May A. D. 1862.
D. H. Bowie J.P.
I hereby certify that David Bowie Gentlemen before whom the aforegoing affidavit was made and whose genuine signature is hereto subscribed was at the time hereof one of the state of Maryland Justices of the peace in and for Montgomery County duly championed and sworn
In testimony whereof I have subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the Circuit Court for said County this 12th day of May AD. 1862
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
The Petition of Charlotte & Isabella Kilgour
services of Hanson & James Carroll
atty for Petitioners)
John T Vinson &
Stephen Baily M.D.
of Washington D.C.
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.