Title: Petition of Rosalie Edelin, 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.00381
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, Rosalie
Edelin of Maryland 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 three
person of African descent of the names
of Lizzie Young, Francis
Young and Sam Young for and during
the life of said these several persons and that by
said act of Congress said these several 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 these several persons are of the ages following, to wit: Lizzy Young is
about 20 years, Francis Young is about four years old,
and Sam Young is about 13 years and of the
personal description following:(1)
Lizzie Young is copper colored,
about 5 feet 4 inches, very, likely and of fine
appearance—Francis Young is copper colored
and well grown—Sam Young is black and well
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said these several persons in manner following:(2) to Lizzie Young and Sam Young under and by virtue of the last will and testament of her relative Mary Ann McPherson decd late of Prince George's County Md, who died about 7 years ago and her will is protected and recorded in said Prince George's County, and have been in possession of your petitioner ever since. Francis Young is the son of said Lizzie, born while the mother was your petitioner's slave and was thus born the property of your petitioner—
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said these several persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of twenty five hundred dollars in money.(3)said Lizzie being worth $1200, being remarkably genteel & likely, an excellent house servant, washer and ironer, & also cooks, very honest, polite and respectful, and in perfect health—Francis Young is worth $300, being a well grown boy, intelligent and good cooking and in perfect health. Sam Young is stout and in perfect health, well grown, intelligent & suitable for a field or farm hand, [bearable?], polite & of a good disposition—Your petitioner knows of no mental, moral or physical defects to impair the value of her said claim. The value of Sam Young is $1000—
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 persons or any of them into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said these persons were 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 these several 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 petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of her said claim to the service or labor of said these several 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.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Rosalie Edelin of Maryland 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 21st day of May A. D. 1862.
Thomas C Donn
Justice of the Peace In Washington County District of Columbia
Dr Horace Edelin, Alfred Edelin—Mrs. Edmonia Edelin—
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.