Title: Petition of Roger Jones, 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.00448
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."
by this his petition in writing, represents
and states, that he 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
persons of African descent of the name of
George & Jane Gale, and their
son Eli Gale
for and during the life of said persons and
that by said act of Congress said persons
sre discharged and freed of and
from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of
said discharge said
George, Jane & Eli
Gale wa sre of
the age of 55, 45, 22 years respectively and of
the personal description following:(1)
- George Gale. Dark Mulatto, height about 5 ft 8 inches. hair grey. Eyes black. stout & compactly built.
- Jane Gale. complexion black. height ab't 5 ft 7 inches. hair black & woolly. Eyes black.
- Eli Gale. Dark mulatto, height abt 5 ft 9 inches. hair black & woolly. Eyes black. stout & compactly built
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said George, Jane, & Eli Gale in manner following:(2) partly by inheritance from the estate of his father, the late Cecil Roger Jones of the U.S. Army, who purchased them at public sale in Fairfax Co Va of A. Enoss Esq, & partly by gift from other heirs of the estate. The purchase was made in 1849, it is thought the records may be found in Fairfax Court House, [illegible] if any of the records have escaped destruction, which I think unlikely
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said George, Jane, & Eli Gale was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two thousand dollars in money.(3) estimated as follows:
Your petitioner hereby declares that he bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he 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 he has not brought said
George, Jane, & Eli
into the District of Columbia since the passage of
said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
George, Jane, & Eli
sre held to service or labor
therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said negroes 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said George, Jane, & Eli Gale 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, R. Jones 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 26 day of May A. D. 1862.
Geo W Riggs J.P.
[illegible] Ann Jones [illegible]Daughter 420 N.Y. Avenue
W. J. Jones 430 N.Y. Avenue
M. P. Jones U.S. Navy
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.