Title: Petition of Stephen P. Franklin, 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.00452
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."
Stephen P. Franklin
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
Washington Clements, Lucinda
Taylor, Maria Parker, Lucy
Brooks and Alfred Clarke
persons of African descent of the name of
Lucinda Taylor, Maria Parker
Lucy Brooks & Alfred Clarke
(absconded)— for and during the li
ves of said persons
and that by said act of Congress said persons have
been discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to
such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said
Washington Clements was of the age of twenty eight
years. Lucinda Taylor was of the age of thirty years.
Maria Parker was of the age of thirty five years, Lucy Brooks of
the age of sixty years and Alfred Clarke of age of
thirty-five years. and of the personal description following:(1)
- 1 Washington Clements negro man married short in stature, strong and very light in color.
- 2 Lucinda Taylor tolerably light in color short in stature and unmarried stout and strong.
- 3 Maria Parker unmarried woman tolerably light in color, medium height strong and stout.
- 4 Lucy Brooks woman aged about sixty tolerably light in color.
- 5 Alfred Clarke medium height strong tolerably light in color—thirty five years of age—stout and able bodied—absconded—
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Persons in manner following:(2)
- Washington Clements purchased from John Davis of Washington City.
- Lucinda Taylor purchased from James H. Burcke.
- Maria Parker purchased from Estate of Philip Eucris.
- Lucy Brooks purchased in auction sale.
- Alfred Clarke purchased from Miss Sarah Forrest.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $3700 dollars in money.(3)
- 1 Washington Clements is estimated to be worth $1200
- 2 Lucinda Taylor is estimated to be worth $1000 and to petitioner is invaluable.
- 3 Maria Parker is estimated to be worth $1000 and to petitioner is invaluable.
- 4 Lucy Brooks is estimated to be worth $300
- 5 Alfred Clarke (absconded) is estimated to be worth $1200.
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 Persons into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Persons 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said 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.
Stephen P Franklin
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Stephen P Franklin 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.
S. P. Franklin
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26 day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R Woodward clk
W. H. Gunnell
Wm. T. Libbey
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.