Title: Petition of Mary A. Paine, 16 May 1862
Date: May 16, 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.00268
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, Mary A. Paine of Washington DC 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 the following named persons of African descent of the names of Ariana Turley, Amelia Lyles, Emma E. Freeman, John Turley, Wm. H. Turley & Lewis A. Freeman 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 Ariana was 45 years old Amelia was 37 years old. Emma was 26 years. John was twenty three William was eighteen years of age and Lewis was of the age of seven years and of the personal description following:(1) that is to say
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) That is to say: Her father gave her Ariana Turley at the time of the marriage of your petitioner & subsequently bequeathed to your petitioner by his last will & testament which will she understands & believes was destroyed by the troops in Fairfax, VA. John William & Emma are her children who were born after Ariana became her property Lewis Freeman is the son of Emma & grand son of Ariana. Amelia was bought by her late husband from her late father.
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 5,000 dollars in money.(3) That is to say. Ariana is valued at $800. Amelia at $900 Emma at $800. John at $1200. William at $1000 and Lewis at $800. John is a most accomplished house servant & waiter temperate obedient & honest. Amelia is an excellent cook washer & ironer. Ariana is a most excellent cook honest & trustworthy. Emma is an elegant house servant washer & ironer. William is a first rate house servant polite & respectful. and Lewis is a fine boy runs errands and soforth. All are of good moral character hearty & hale. And There are no moral, mental or bodily defects or infirmities in either of the above named persons known to your petitioner.
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 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 persons 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 persons 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.
Mary A. Paine
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Mary A. Paine 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.
Mary A. Paine
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of May A.D. 1862
N Callan JP seal
Mary A. Paine
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.