Title: Petition of Jane E. Boone, 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.00380
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, Jane E. Boone of Washington D.C. 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 one person of African descent of the name of Rosanna Baker for and during the life of said Rosanna Baker and that by said act of Congress said Rosanna Baker 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 Rosanna Baker was of the age of nine years and of the personal description following:(1) a bright mulatto in color, and remarkably likely—about four feet high perhaps a little less, well formed,
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Rosanna Baker in manner following:(2) as a legacy in and by the last will and testament of the deceased husband, John B. Boone, whose slave she was born, being the child of a slave belonging to him. His will is recorded in the Orphan's Court of this District
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Rosanna Baker was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Seven hundred dollars in money.(3) Rosanna Baker is a very valuable servant by reason of her intelligence and very genteel appearance and conduct. She is intelligent, of a good and amiable disposition, very docile, and is already very useful as a house servant in setting and waiting on the table, making up beds and [good?] in cooking—She is in perfect health—Your petitioner knows of no mental, moral or physical defect to impair the value of his claim
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 Rosanna Baker into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Rosanna Baker 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said Rosanna Baker 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 Rosanna Baker 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.
Jane E Boone
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Jane E. Boone 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.
Jane E Boone
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of May A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J.P.
Jane E. Boone
William Clarke and
Richard H. Clarke—
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.