Title: Petition of Susan B. Sheriff, 19 May 1862
Date: May 19, 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.00275
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, Susan B. Sheriff of Washington District of Columbia 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 Ten persons of African descent of the names of Frederick Jackson Dolly Jackson Michael Jacks. Polly Jackson. Charlotte Jackson Bettie Crawford. Frederick Jackson Jr. Elen Thomas. William Jackson. Wesley Jackson. for and during the life of said persons of African descent 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 persons were of the age of Fifty five, Fifty four, Thirty, twenty five, Twenty two Twenty four, Twenty one, Fifteen, Fourteen, Six years respectively and of the personal description following:(1)
- Man Frederick Jackson age 55 years about 5 Ft. 4 In. high. Color light Brown, healthy, good garden and field hand, and good market man—Dolly Jackson age 54 years the wife of Frederick Jackson about 5 Ft. 6 In. Color light Brown Stout Built very healthy, good cook washer & Ironer.
- Man Michael Jacks. age 30 years about 5 Ft. 10 In high. Color black very healthy. good Garden & field hand —
- Woman Polly Jackson age 25 years about 5 Ft. 6 in. high Color light Brown very healthy first class house servant and good Cook
- Woman Bettie Crawford age 24 years about 5 Ft. 2 In. high Color Black first Class House Servant [and?] very healthy
- Woman Charlotte Jackson age 22 years about 5 Ft. 2 In. Color light brown. good house servant & cook and very healthy
- Man Frederick Jackson Jr. age 21 years about 5 Ft. 10 In. high Color light brown good Garden and farm hand very healthy
- Girl Elen Thomas age 15 years about 5 Ft. 2 In high. good nurse and house servant color light brown
- Boy William Jackson age 14 years, well grown—good Garden and farm hand. Color Bright Mulatter very healthy
- Boy Wesley Jackson age 6 years well grown healthy and sprightly Color Bright Mulatter
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) From the Estate of my Aunt Susan Beall of Washington County DC as one of the Heirs to said Estate and by allotment of the division of said Estate—and by Marriage to Samuel Sheriff Deceased of Prince George County Maryland as to the Woman Bettie my Husband died August 1843 when I moved to the District of Columbia
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 twelve thousand dollars 12000 in money.(3)
|Frederick Jackson valuable market man a good Gardner & Farm hand||$1000|
|Dolly Jackson wife of Frederick Jackson good cook washer & ironer||1000|
|Michael Jacks valuable Garden and Farm hand Value||1400|
|Polly Jackson valuable House Servant and good cook Value||1400|
|Bettie Crawford valuable House Servant Value||1400|
|Charlotte Jackson valuable House Servant and Cook Value||1400|
|Fredrick Jackson Jr. valuable Garden & farm hand Value||1500|
|Elen Thomas good nurse and house servant Value||1200|
|William Jackson valuable Garden and farm hand Value||1200|
|Wesley Jackson sprightly and healthy boy||500|
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 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.
Susan B Sheriff
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Susan B. Sheriff 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.
Susan B. Sheriff
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of May A.D. 1862.
Thomas C. Donn Justice of the Peace for Washington County District of Columbia
Susan B. Sheriff
Richard S. Darnell
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.