Title: Petition of Joseph Bryan, Trustee for Louisa Bryan, 20 May 1862
Date: May 20, 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.00322
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, Joseph Bryan Trustee for Louisa Bryan of Washington City DC 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 a person of African descent of the name of Delia together with her two male children aged respectively Robert about four years and John (18, Eighteen months old for and during the life of said Delia Robert an John and that by said act of Congress said Delia Robert an 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 Delia was of the age of 25, Twenty-five years and of the personal description following:(1) The said Delia being of dark Colour four feet and eleven inches high, stout and well built and sound and healthy is a good cook washer and Ironer honest and reliable house servant—Robert at the time of his discharge was of the age of (4) four years is a mulatto and slim and healthy; and John, was of the age of Eighteen months is about the same colour and sound and healthy
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Delia and Robert in manner following:(2) By Bill of Sale from James S Holland Executor of Ann Holland deceased of the City of Anapolis County of Ann Arundel State of Maryland dated the 19th day of May 1859 when the said Delia was of the age of Twenty Two Years, and John was born since said claim to Delia was acquired
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Delia together with her two children was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Twelve hundred dollars in money.(3)Your petitioner avers that the said Delia by reason of her honesty intelligence industry and other good qualities was very valuable as a house servant I now give said Delia Eight dollars a month as hire for her services and board, her and her two children, and she has no mental or bodily infirmities or defects which would impair her value and was offered Twelve hundred dollars for her before her last child John was born
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 Delia Robert, and John into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Delia Robert and John 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Delia Robert & John 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 Delia Robert and John 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.
Joseph Bryan Trustee
Know all men by these presents, that, I, James S. Holland of the City of Washington D.C. executor of the estate of Ann Holland deceased, late of the City of Annapolis, County of Anne Arundell; State of Maryland, for and in consideration of the sum of nine hundred and fifty dollars current money, to me in hand paid by Joseph Bryan Trustee for Louisa Bryan of the City of Washington D.C. at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof I, the said James S. Holland, executor, do hereby acknowledge, have bargained and sold, transferred and assigned, and by these presents do bargain and sell, transfer and assign unto the said Joseph Bryan trustee for Louisa Bryan, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, a negro slave woman named Delia, now aged about twenty-two years, together with her infant male child aged about eight months, for life, together with all my right, title, interest claim and demand of, in, and to the said negro slave woman and male infant child; to have and to hold the said negro slave woman and infant male child above bargained and sold, or intended so to be, to the said Joseph Bryan trustee for Louisa Bryan, her heirs, executors, and administrators and assigns forever.
And, I the said James S. Holland executor, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, all and singular, warrant the said negro slave woman and her infant male child unto the said Joseph Bryan trustee for Louisa Bryan, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, against any right, title, claim or demand by me the said James S. Holland, executor, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and against the right, title, claim or demand of all and every person or persons whatsoever, shall and will warrant, and defend by these presents.
Witness my hand and seal this nineteenth day of May, one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-nine. 7th. 13th 23d and 29th [lines?] "Joseph Bryan trustee for" interlined
James S. Holland Execor Seal
Thomas C Donn
On this 19th day of May, in the year of our Lord one
thousand, eight hundred and fifty-nine, personally appeared
before me the subscriber, a justice of the peace in and for the
City of Washington D.C.
James S. Holland, executor, the party grantor, and
(over) the foregoing bill of sale to be his act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned.
Thomas C. Donn
Justice of the Peace for [WCDC?]
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
May 19th, 1862
I, Joseph Bryan 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.
Joseph Bryan Trustee
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of May A. D. 1862.
John S Hollingshead
for Louisa Bryan
James S. Holland 9th near [H?]
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.