Title: Petition of Jacob Hines, 8 May 1862
Date: May 8, 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 General Accounting Office, 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.00290
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 Petitioners, Jacob Hines of Washington City 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 two male and three female persons of African descent of the names of Alice Maria Robinson, James Henry Robinson, Alfred Curtis Robinson, Eliza Jane Robinson, and Sally Robinson for and during the life of said Sally Robinson, and for a term of years of each of the four others above named, as specified in their description hereinafter given, and that by said act of Congress said five 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 five persons were of the ages of twenty three, fifteen, thirteen, seventeen, and eleven years, respectively, as stated below, and of the personal description following:(1) Alice Maria Robinson, twenty three years of age, mullatto color, about five feet three or four inches high, well built, to be free at twenty five years of age; James Henry Robinson, fifteen years of age, dark color, five feet three or four inches high, stout built, to be free at twenty eight years of age; Alfred Curtis Robinson, thirteen years of age, dark color, about five feet high, middle size, to be free at twenty eight years of age; Eliza Jane Robinson, seventeen years of age, dark color, five feet, three or four inches high, stout built, to be free at twenty five years of age; and Sally Robinson, eleven years of age, dark color, about four feet 5 or 6 inches high, slim made, and a slave for life;—all of the above in good sound health.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said five persons in manner following:(2) by marriage to his late Wife he acquired the mother of the above five persons; and about seven years ago he emancipated the mother, and retained the children subject to the terms of years as herein before stated; and the evidence of his said act of Emancipation and the said terms of years, is on record in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of this District
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said five persons, was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of (see below)— dollars in money.(3) Alice Maria Robinson, 2 years to serve, one hundred dollars; James Henry Robinson, 13 years to serve, three hundred dollars; Eliza Jane Robinson, 8 years to serve, two hundred fifty dollars;—Alfred Curtis Robinson, 15 years to serve, three hundred dollars; and Sally Robinson, slave for life, three hundred dollars. They are all healthy, and he knows of no infirmities to impair their value.
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 five persons
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said
act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said five persons were
was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioners further state and allege, that his said claim to the service or labor of said five 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 petitioners pray the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of his said claim to the service or labor of said five 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.
May 17, 1862.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Jacob Hines, 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.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of May, A. D. 1862.
Edm. F. Brown,
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.