Title: Petition of Lucy E. Mattingly, 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.00453
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."
Lucy E. Mattingly
Washington City D.C.
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
as heir and executrix against Eight persons of African descent of the name of
Fanny and Peter
for and during the life of said persons and
that by said act of Congress said
Fanny and Peter 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 persons
were of the ages of Viz. Sophia 37 years,
Charlotte 31 years, Priscilla
27 years, Flora 11 years, Willie 7
years George 5 years, Fanny 2
years & Peter 3 mos and of the personal description following:(1)
- Sophia is 5 ft. 6 inches high. Brown Complexion of Black Eyes,
- Charlotte is 4 ft 11 inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- Priscilla is 5 ft 6 inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- Flora is 3 ft 11 inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- Willie is 3 ft 8 ½ inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- George is 3 ft 5 inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- Fanny is 2 ft 8 inches high, Brown Complexion & Black Eyes,
- Peter the Infant Child of Charlotte,
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Eight persons in manner following:(2) They are the descendants of Mary a slave purchased by Edward Mattingly (the father of petitioner from Charles Ruoth of Charles Co. Md. on the 18th Jany: 1820 (Bill of sale in possession of Petitioner) & by said Edw. Mattingly transferred to his wife, who bequeathed them in her last will & testament to her daughter the petitioner as heir & administratrix
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Eight persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Forty three hundred dollars in money.(3) viz Sophia $1200, Charlotte & Peter $1200, Priscilla $1200 Flora $500, Willie $500, George $450, & Fanny $250, and your petitioner has no knowledge of any infirmity or defects moral, mental or physical to impair the value of this claim, Sophia though constitutionally not so firm as the others, her services have always been equally valuable to her owner as the others
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 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 were
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 Eight 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said Eight 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.
Lucy E Mattingly
Sidney A. Harrison
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Lucy E. Mattingly 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.
Lucy E. Mattingly
Sidney A. Harrison
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm. R. Woodward clk.
Sworn and subscribed before me by Sidney A. Harrison this 14th day of July 1862
Wm. R. Woodward clk.
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.