Title: Petition of Quintin Barker, 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.00244
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, Quintin Barker of Washington D.C. 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 six slaves all of which is persons of African descent of the name of Amanda Wallace, the mother, Ellen, Joanna, Elizabeth, Emaline, & Winna the children of said Amanda, all of which belonged to me for and during the life of said slaves and that by said act of Congress said servantswas discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said servants was of the age of [no handwritten text supplied here] and of the personal description following:(1) Amanda Wallace the mother is Thirty Eight years of age Ellen is thirteen, Joanna is nine, Elizabeth is seven, Emaline is four and Winna is about one year old and
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said slaves in manner following:(2) Amanda and her two oldest children was allotted to my wife as a portion of her fathers estate (which was William Heme of Fairfax Co. Virginia) the commissioners made the allotments in June Eighteen hundred & fifty four and is recorded at Fairfax in the clerks office Amanda was valued at six hundred & fifty dollars, Ellen two hundred and Twenty five & Joanna at one hundred and fifty dollars and
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said slaves he believes was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two thousands dollars in money.(3) The other three had been born since 1854 and all sound an healthy & inteligent having been raised in my white family and I hope may be able to take care of themselves in future having been faithful and dutiful to me heretofore as far as they have been able
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 servants into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said servants 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 servants 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 servants 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.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Quintin Barker 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, I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of May A. D. 1862.
J. W. Barneclo JP
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.