Title: Petition of Ann Scott, 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.00273
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, Ann Scott of Washington City 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 Three persons of African descent of the names of Martha Ann Bird, Sarah Maria Bailey and John Bird. for and during the life of said Martha Ann, Sarah Maria and John. and that by said act of Congress said Martha Ann Sarah Maria and John was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Martha Ann, Sarah Maria and John. was of the age of twenty eight, twelve and one year old Respectively, as near as can be Recollected and of the personal description following:(1) Martha Ann 5 feet 6 inches high, Copper Color good looking and healthy.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Slaves in manner following:(2) Martha Ann was Given to her by her Mother in Prince Georges County Maryland about twelve years ago Since Which time Martha Ann has lived in the city of Washington D.C. and the Said Sarah Maria and John is her offspring and that there is not written evidence of the Gift aforsaid by her mother (Ann V. Soper) and your petitioner is not aware of any Bodily or mental infirmities of said slaves.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of fourteen hundred dollars in money.(3) Martha Ann with her child is hireing Regularly for 5 dollars per month Sarah Maria was living with your petitioner up to the passage of said act when she left was month per month three dollars they were both obedient servants until they were free Sarah Maria Baily has a defect in her eyes no other imperfections known of
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 Slaves into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Slaves 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 the said claim to the service or labor of said Slaves 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 the said claim to the service or labor of said Slaves 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.
Mrs Ann Scott
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Ann Scott 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.
Mrs Ann Scott
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of May A.D. 1862
H. G. Murray J.P.
Ann Scott vs. United States
T. Edward Clark and John Murphy
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.