Title: Petition of George W. Talburtt, 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.00288
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."
George W. Talburtt
of [no handwritten text supplied here] 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 sixteen persons of African descent
of the name of
John Matthews, Teresa Matthews,
Susan Jones, Charles Lee,
William Datcher, Henrietta
Brown, Rose Diggs, Samuel
Brown, Robert Watkins, Milly
Matthews, Teresa Brown, Patsa
Brown, Augusta Brown, Alfred
Matthews, Joseph Brown and
for and during the life of said sixteen
persons and that by said act of Congress said sixteen persons were
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 sixteen persons were
was of the age of 50, 40, 20, 18, 32, 25, 23,
13, 30, 15, 11, 10, 8, 40, 3 and 2 years respectively and of the
personal description following:(1)
|John Matthews||complexion||Dark Copper,||height||five feet six inches|
|Teresa Matthews,||ditto||light mulatto,||ditto||five feet six inches|
|Susan Jones,||ditto||Bright Mulatto||ditto||four feet four inches|
|Charles Lee,||ditto||Black,||ditto||five feet|
|William Datcher,||ditto||Black,||ditto||five feet four inches|
|Henrietta Brown,||ditto||ditto||five feet four inches|
|Rose Diggs||ditto||Dark Mulatto,||ditto||five feet four inches|
|Samuel Brown||ditto||Black||ditto||four feet six inches|
|Robert Watkins||ditto||Black||ditto||five feet five inches|
|Milly Matthews||ditto||Black||ditto||five feet six inches|
|Teresa Brown||ditto||Black||ditto||four feet three inches|
|Patsa Brown,||ditto||Black,||ditto||four feet|
|Augustus Brown,||ditto||Black,||ditto||three feet two inches|
|Alfred Matthews,||ditto||Black,||ditto||five feet eight inches|
|Joseph Brown,||ditto||Light Copper,||ditto||three feet one inch|
|James Jackson,||ditto||Light Mulatto,||ditto||two feet four inches|
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said sixteen persons in manner following:(2) To Wit: John Matthews and Teresa Matthews by purchase in the year Eighteen hundred and sixty of Theo H. Lancaster for the sum of ten hundred twenty dollars
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said sixteen persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of ten thousand three hundred and seventy dollars in money.(3) To Wit: John Matthews is a first rate farm hand, teamster coachman worth seven hundred dollars—Teresa Matthews is a first rate seamstress washer and ironer worth six hundred and twenty dollars—Susan Jones is a superior house servant and fair cook worth one thousand dollars William Datcher gardener and attended market as salesman has been ruptured but is worth seven hundred dollars—Charles Lee first rate farm hand and driver worth one thousand dollars—Henrietta Brown a superior cook washer, ironer & house servant and plain cook worth one thousand dollars Rose Diggs, a first rate wash ironer & house servant and plain cook worth one thousand dollars—Samuel Brown a stable hand and ploughman worth eight hundred dollars—Robert Watkins a house servant, marketman and farm hand worth one thousand dollars—Milly Matthews House servant and field hand tall and fine looking worth twelve hundred dollars—Teresa Brown child nurse worth three hundred fifty dollars Patsa Brown childs nurse worth three hundred dollars—Augustus Brown young and sprightly boy worth two hundred dollars Alfred Matthews a ploughman and field hand with a defect in one arm from it having been broken worth three hundred dollars—Joseph Brown a lively boy but slightly ruptured worth one hundred dollars—James Jackson a likely boy worth one hundred dollars—Excepting the defects mentioned I know of nothing calculated to impair the value of the above mentioned individuals
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 sixteen persons
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said
act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said sixteen persons were
was held to service
or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said sixteen 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said sixteen 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.
George W. Talburtt
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, George W. Talburtt 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.
George W. Talburtt
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of May A.D. 1862
George W. Talburtt
John R. Iman
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.