Title: Petition of Anthony Addison, 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.00457
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, Anthony
Addison of of 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
Elizabeth Bruce, Lizzie and
Marion Lewis, Mary,
Thomas, and Julia
Solomon persons of African
descent of the names
mentioned above. for and during the lifes of said Lizzie and Marion Lewis, the
others being bound for a term of years and that by said act of
Congress said persons 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 Samuel
Mullikin of the age of 14.
Elizabeth Bruce of the age of 10. Lizzie
Lewis age 14. Marion Lewis about 10
years. Mary Coleman age 36, Thomas
Solomon age 11. Julia Solomon age
9. and of the personal description following:(1)
- Samuel Mullikin is dark with black hair and eyes, about 5 feet high.
- Elizabth Bruce dark black hair and eyes about 4 feet 6 or 7 inches high
- Lizzie Lewis, bright mulatto dark hair and eyes about 4 ft; 9 inches
- Marion Lewis bright mulatto, black hair and eyes about 4 feet 2 or 3 inches high.
- Mary Solomon very bright mulatto black hair and eyes, about 5 feet 2 or three inches high.
- Thomas Solomon very bright mulatto, red hair and light eyes. about 4 feet 3 or four inches high.
- Julia Solomon very light mulatto about 4 feet 3 or four inches high.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Sam Mullikin was willed to him by Anthony A Callis about 6 years ago as per will annexed: with one year to serve from March last and 5 years to serve after he had learned a trade. Elizabeth Bruce willed to him by the same at the same time and had 10 years to serve from March last. Lizzie and Marion Lewis born of Geraldine and Margaret Lewis, who were willed to him by an Aunt about 27 years ago. Mary Thomas and Julia Solomon were to serve your petitioner until certain indebtedness were paid to the amount of $406.00 due your petitioner as administrator on the estate of the late S. D. Hanson.
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 2000 dollars in money.(3) Samuel Mullikin is scrofulous and is not very strong, but is industrious and useful as a house servant and waiter. Elizabeth Bruce and Lizzie Lewis are strong healthy children & your petitioner has no knowledge of any defect moral, mental or bodily. Marion Lewis was delicate several years ago, your petitioner believes him to be in health at the present time. Mary Thomas and Julia Solomon are strong and healthy. Mary is an excellent well disposed woman a good washer and ironer, your petitioner has no knowledge of any defect mental moral or physical in said persons.
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 were
washeld 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.
Admin c. t. a. of
Sarah D Hanson
December 22nd 1862
The First and final account of Anthony Addison Administrator c.t.a. of Sarah D. Hanson late of said County deceased
|This accountant charges himself with the Inventory heretofore exhibited amounting to the sum of||$2760.75|
|With this sum received for hire of Servants & as per statement||166.10|
And craves an allowance for the following payments and disbursements to wit:
|1||Of Current money being the amount of which the sales of Horse returned in the Inventory fell short of the appraisement testatrix interest being one half appraised at $65.00 Horse sold at private sale for 100$ half of same—$50.00 Sales fall short 15||15.00|
|2||Of do do paid Robt. Clarke for testatrix funeral expenses as per bill & receipt||44.88|
|3||Of do do paid Robt. Clarke for funeral expenses of negro man Henry Hamilton belonging to testatrix Estate as per bill & receipt||10.00|
|4||Of do paid George W. Nelson for printing due by testatrix estate as per bill and receipt||4.50|
|5||Of do do paid Wm A Jarbor Register for fees dues by testatrix estate as per bill & receipt||10.27|
|6||Of do do paid Dr. Jno H Bayne medical bill due by testatrix estate as per bill receipt||24.50|
|9||Of do do paid for and on account of maids Servants &c as per bill||82.50|
|10||Of do do paid in part, as per receipt here filed & retained to pay balance of claim due by testatrix to Notley Hanson as per duplicate of account of & Int. this accountant entitle to a credit for the interest on the whole amount he having paid the amounts credited without having any funds of the estate in hand.||$204.00|
|11||Of do do being the appraised value of negro left free by the provisions of testatrix will at the expiration of a certain time and freed and or act of the Emancipation of Congress April 1862 including negro Henry Hamilton as per statement||$2575.00|
|12||Of do do being the appraised value of the residue of articles passed over to Eleanor H Callis under the provision of testatrix will as per statement & receipt||120.75|
|13||Of do do retained to pay this accountant 10 per cent commission on the assets accounted for in this account||$292.68|
|14||Of do do retained to pay the State of Maryland Collateral Tax due the State of Maryland on the negroes returned in the said Inventory||64.37|
|15||Of do do retained to pay Wm A Jarbor Regrs for all fees in full on this administration to date as per bill||30.00|
|Estate accounted for||2926.85|
|Over paid Estate by Administrator||$551.60|
December 22nd 1862
Then came Anthony Addison the aforegoing accountant and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God, that the aforegoing account as stated is just and true and that he has bona fide paid or secured to be paid the several sums of money for which he craves an allowance
Wm A Jarbor Register
The aforegoing account after due examination is passed by order of the Orphan's Court, this 23rd day of December 1862
Wm A Jarbor Regr
I William A Jarbor Register of wills for Prince George's County in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the aforegoing and within account of Anthony Addison Administrator c.t.a. of Sarah D. Hanson, has been duly Stated proved and passed by the Orphan's Court of said County on the 23rd day of December 1862 and now upon Record remain in my office.
In Testimony whereof I here unto set my hand and affix the Seal of the Orphan's Court for Prince George's County this 27th day of December A.D. 1862
Wm A Jarbor Register of wills for P.G. Cty. Md.
In the name of God Amen: I Anthony Addison Callis of the County of Prince Georges Estate of Maryland being weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make constitute and appoint this to be my last will and Testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made.
Firstly I give devise and bequeath, unto my beloved friend Sarah D. Hanson the following servants namely a negro man named Phill, negro woman named Martha and her child Elizabeth, negro woman named Polly, negro woman named Kitty and a negro boy named Sam. The said slaves to serve Sarah D. Hanson during her natural life and after her death Phill Martha Polly and Kitty to serve Anthony Addison of the District of Columbia six months and then to be free from slavery and my negro boy Sam and Elizabeth together with any future issue of the above named servants to serve Anthony Addison, the females until twenty years old and the males twenty five years old, my boy Sam and every other of male Isue of the above named servants I require Anthony Addison to bind to some suitable trade at the age of sixteen until twenty, after which still serving him five years. My Gold watch my carriage my piano with my entire stock of horses and cattle and swine my stock of grain and meat and all my farming implements and any money in my possession at my decease I bequeath to Sarah D. Hanson should any of the above named servants conduct themselves in a disorderly manner their said mistress then and in that case shall have the power to sell them for life. And lastly it is my will and desire that my servant woman Charlotte shall serve Sarah D. Hanson twelve months after my decease and then be free from slavery. I constitute and appoint James L. Addison and William B. Bayne Executors of this my last will and testament this fourth day of October in the year of our Lord 1854.
Anthony A Callis
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared to be his last will and testament, who signed the same in our presence and the undersigned witnesses, witnessed the same at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other this fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four.
Thomas Grimes &
Then came Thomas Grimes one of the subscribing witnesses to the within will of Anthony Callis and made oath on the Holy Evangely Almighty God that he did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will and heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, and that he together with Richard Borgan the other subscribing witness respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to the within will, in the presence of the testator at his request and in the presence of each other.
Wm A Jarbor Regr of wills for P G. County
The Undersigned appointed by the last will and testament of Anthony A. Callis one of the Executors thereof, respectfully renounces his right to administer jointly with William B Bayne, the other Executor therein appointed and prays your honors to issue letters Testamentary on the Estate of said Callis to William B. Bayne
James L. Addison
I William A Jarbor Register of Wills for Prince Georges County in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the aforegoing is a true copy of Anthony A Callis's last will and Testament duly proven according to law and now upon Record remaining in my office.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Orphans Court for Prince George's County this 9th day of May 1862
William A Jarbor Regr. of wills for P. G. County
In the name of God Amen, I Sarah D. Hanson of Prince George's County, in the state of Maryland, being of sound mind & disposing memory and understanding do hereby constitute and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking every and all other wills and testaments which at any other time heretofore may have made.
And first I request & ordained that my man servant Henry at my death shall be free and emancipated after serving Anthony Addison Esqr. for the term of six months.
Secondly I request and ordain at my death that my Mulatto Servant named Mary Solomon at my death go with all her children unto the possession of the said Anthony Addison for the term of six months & then that they all be free & emancipated from slavery as to all my other worldly goods and chattles I give and bequeath the same of whatever kind (after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses) unto my sister Eleanor H. Callis and I hereby appoint my trusty friend William B Bayne of Prince George's County, Executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.
S. D. H. seal
The [no handwritten text supplied here] on the above paper was signed sealed published & pronounced by the testatrix to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
Wm. B Bayne
John H. Bayne
February 3d. 1857
Then came William B. Bayne and John H. Bayne two of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing will of Sarah D. Hanson, late of said County, deceased, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testatrix herein named sign and seal this will and heard her publish pronounce and declare the same to be her last will and testament that at the time of her so doing she was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, and that they together with John Martin the other subscribing witness respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence of the testatrix at her request & in the presence of each other.
Wm. A. Jarbor Reg.
Gentlemen I, William Baynes the executor under and by the last will and testament of Sarah D. Hanson late of Prince George's County, deceased, do hereby renounce all my right to said letters testamentary and request your honors to appoint Anthony Addison Esqr. Administrator on said estate
Wm B Bayne
I William A Jarbor Register of Wills for Prince George's County, in the State aforesaid do hereby certify that the aforegoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of Sarah D. Hanson late of said County deceased, duly proven according to Law and upon Record remaining in my office.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand & affixed the seal of the Orphan Court this 9th day of May 1862.
Wm A. Jarbor Register
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, A. Addison 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 26th day of May A.D. 1862
H Naylor J. Peace
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.