Title: Petition of Elizabeth Jane Maddox, 22 May 1862
Date: May 22, 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.00373
To the Emancipation Commissioners—
I Elizabeth J. Maddox—reside Corner of N 3d Streets East 5th Ward Washington City DC
State that at the time of the passage of the Act I held a Claim for the service or labour of a person of African desent Moses Smallwood a black or brown skin man 5 ft 6 or 8 inches in height good hair figure &c (age) I obtained from the Inventory & appraisement of the good's and chattles & personal estate of my father William R. Maddox late of Washington County (deceased) as made by Griffith Combe—and Thomas Blagden on 10th & 11th of January 1838. Under authority from the Judge of the Orphan's Court of said County said Moses was then a youth in his 18th year—I heired him from that estate he is now in his 42d year he is worth to me one hundred dollars clear of all expense for year as I can prove he can do as good work as any other man his hand not preventing him from sodding he is very industrious I want five hundred dollars for him he is worth more than that to me I further state that I am a true & loyal Citizen of the United States, and have not borne, Arm's against them during the present rebelion or in any way given aid or cofort thereto
I have not brought the slave into the district since the passage of this Act I further state that the Claim dos not originate by virtue of any transfer made by any person who is in any way or manner aided or sustained the rebellion over against the United States—I close by asking the Board to determine the validity of the Claim—and report the same to the Secretary of the Treasury in conformity with the provisions of the Act
Elizabeth Jane Maddox.
Washington County to wit
I Elizabeth Jane Maddox 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 fact and that all the 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
Elizabeth Jane Maddox
Sworn to and Subscribed this 22d day of May 1862
Wm R. Woodwoard clerk