Title: Petition of R. B. Lloyd and E. E. Lloyd, 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.00393

TEI/XML: cww.00393.xml



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 Petitioners, R. B. Lloyd & E. E. Lloyd of Washington, D.C. by this [no handwritten text supplied here] petition in writing, represents and states, that they are is a persons 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 mulatto boy a person of African descent of the name of William for and during the life of said William and that by said act of Congress said William is discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said William was of the age of Ten or Eleven years and of the personal description following:(1) viz, a bright mulatto.


That your petitioners acquired [no handwritten text supplied here] claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said slave William in manner following:(2) to wit, as seen by the annexed bill of sale, marked A. The said slave & Mother "Cynthia" were sold as stated therein, to H. M. Lloyd as trustee for E. E. Lloyd your petitioner & wife of R B. Lloyd the undersigned & joint petitioner. The said H M. Lloyd was the mother of said R B. Lloyd and has been long since dead. & no other trustee appointed. The said slaves being really purchased by your petitioner R B Lloyd & made a present to his wife the said E E. Lloyd your joint petitioner.

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said slave William was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $300. dollars in money.(3)Your petitioners further state, That the mother of said William, called Cynthia, by the terms of her purchase, (see bill of sale) is now free & has the said William in her possession & no knowledge as to whether any infirmity or defect whatever exists, but believed to be a sound & remarkably likely servant boy.

Your petitioners hereby declares that they bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that they haves not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.

And your petitioners further states and alleges, that they have has not brought said slave into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Slave, William was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or labor. as aforesaid

Your petitioners further states and alleges, that their said claim to the service or labor of said servant 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 petitioners prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of [no handwritten text supplied here] said claim to the service or labor of said slave, William 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.

(Signed by)
R B. Lloyd
E E Lloyd
Bill of Sale
Cynthia & child calldWilliam
Bright Mulattos
Bill of Sale for of Importance
Cynthia & child

Know all men by these presents that I Geo Watterston Executor of the late [Barbara?] Lowe of the City of Washington for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty dollars to me in hand paid by H. M Lloyd, Trustee for E. E Lloyd of the same City at or before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted bargained & sold & by these presents do grant, bargain & sell unto the said H. M. Lloyd her administrators & assigns the unexpired term of service of a mullatto​ woman named, Cynthia, supposed to be about twenty four year of age viz till the twentyeth​ of October eighteen hundred & fifty eight—& also her infant child William about five months old, for life for & in consideration of twenty dollars—To have & to hold the said mulatto woman named Cynthia until the 20th Octr 1858 when she is by [will to be free?] & also the said child a slave for life.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 17th day of March 1852

Geo Watterston Exr​ Seal

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

We R B. Lloyd & E. E. Lloyd 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.

(Signed by)
R. B. Lloyd
E. E. Lloyd

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22d day of May. A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
Gilbert L. Giberson JP
Petition of
R B. Lloyd & wife E. E. Lloyd on account of slave boy William
Honl​ Board of Commissions &c.
Richard Wallach
Barbara Woodward Island
Dr. Grimell

 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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