Title: Petition of Mary S. Banning, 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.00330
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, Mary S. Banning of the City of Baltimore 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 Ellen Gladden person of African descent of the names of Ellen Gladden for and during the life of said Ellen Gladden and that by said act of Congress said Ellen Gladden 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 Ellen Gladden was of the age of the age of sixteen years and of the personal description following:(1) about five feet one inch in height she is stoutly built and of a neat appearance has a good head of hair flat nose thick lips complexion dark chestnut is quick spoken
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said in manner following:(2) the said Ellen Gladden was born to slaves of Mrs. Eliza Banning the mother of your petitioner and came into property of your petitioner on the death of her said mother she whose only child she was
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Ellen Gladden was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of seven hundred dollars in money.(3) your petitioner knows of no infirmity or defect, moral mental or bodily to impair the value of the claimant and she does not believe that any said exists
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 Ellen Gladden into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Ellen Gladden 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 she said claim to the service or labor of said Ellen Gladden 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 Ellen Gladden 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.
Mary E. Banning
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
I, Mary E. Banning 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.
Mary E. Banning
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of May A.D. 1862
William T. Giles Judge of the District Court of the United States for Maryland
[Put ?] Clerks Certificate [illegible]
District of Maryland to wit
I Thomas Spicer Clerk of the District Court of the United States in and for the Maryland District do hereby certify that the Honorable William F. Giles before whom the aforegoing affidavit was made was at the time of taking the same Judge of the said District Court and to all his acts as such full faith and credit is and ought to be given as well in Courts of Justice as [illegible] out.
In testimony where of I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of the said District Court this 19 day of May on the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two.
Tho Spicer clk
Mary E. Banning
Mrs. D. Caringdon
John W. Smith
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.