Title: Petition of Mary A. Hewitt, 26 May 1862
Date: May 26, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 4. 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.00427
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 A Hewitt
of Washington DC 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 two persons of African descent of the name of Mary Jane Jones &
Cornelius Broker for and during the life of
said Mary Jane &
Cornelius and that by said act of Congress
said Mary Jane &
Cornelius 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 Mary Jane &
Cornelius were of the ages
herein after mentioned and of the personal
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Mary Jane & Cornelius in manner following:(2) Mary Jane Jones was born my property, being the child of Rosetta, who also was the slave of petitioner Said Cornelius Broker your Petitioner purchased from Ann E Bronaugh on the 14 September 1840.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Mary Jane &
Cornelius was, at the time of said discharge
therefrom, of the value of twenty two hundred
dollars in money.(3)
to wit. Cornelius $1200 &
Mary Jane $1000. Cornelius has
always stood high as a waiter in a hotel is intelligent and active has
always been very healthy.
Mary Jane is a first rate domestic acquainted with all kinds of house work she is likewise very healthy and both are sound and free from all mental and bodily infirmity.
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 servants into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said servants
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 servants 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 servants 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 A. Hewitt
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Mary A. Hewitt 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 A. Hewitt
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23d day of May A. D. 1862.
Thomas C. Donn
Justice of the Peace
for Washington County
District of Columbia
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.