Title: Petition of Angelica Chew, 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.00431
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, Angelica Chew
of George Town in
District aforesaid 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 a negro woman or person
of African descent of the name of Sallie
Coates for and during the life of said Sallie Coates and that by said
act of Congress said woman was discharged and
freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at
the time of said discharge
she was was of the age of thirty five years and of the personal description following:(1)
she is of chestnut color, medium height, stout, and has
been occupied as a cook usually, [and?] also at house work generally
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the
aforesaid service or labor of said person in
namely, as part of her share of the Estate of her late
husband Frisby F Chew deceased, whose residence was
in he State of Mississippi at the time of his death,
about 12 years ago. Upon the happening of the event your petitioner returned
with her children to her father's, in George Town
(the late Genl
Geo. Biscoe) where she has ever since resided and the
said negro woman with her. She had been given to her by her late father Genl.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said person was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of one thousand dollars in money.(3) She is a very healthy woman, and an excellent servant, and free from any moral, mental or bodily defect or infirmity; she has no knowledge of any such, and believes none such to exist. She has been occupied as cook, washer, ironer and seamstress.
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 person into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said person 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 person 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 person 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, Angelica Chew 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 24th day of May A. D. 1862.
Dr. G. Tyler
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.