Title: Petition of Susannah P. Bryan, 27 May 1862
Date: May 27, 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.00464
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, Susanah P. Bryan of Surattsville, Prince Geo Co.
Md. 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 Two persons of
African descent of the names of
Stephen Hagan and Caroline
Henson for and during the life of said
two persons and that by said act of Congress said
two persons was discharged and freed of and
from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of
said discharge said two persons w
asere of the age of 52 and 53
years respectively and of the personal description following:(1)
- Stephen Hagan—Complexion Black, height Six feet, two front teeth upper jaw out—
- Caroline Henson—Complexion Dark Copper, height five feet—
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said two persons in manner following:(2)
- Stephan Hagan—by reason of her dower rights as widow of William P. Bryan deceased—
- Caroline Henson—by reason of her Trusteeship over Richard Lanham an insane man whose title emanates through the bequest of his mother Julia Lanham deceased—
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said two persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Eight hundred dollars in money.(3)
- Stephan Hagan—Is a First rate Field hand and acted as foreman on Farm—no defects other than the loss of two front teeth in upper jaw—worth Five hundred dollars—
- Caroline Henson—Is a good Cook, Washer and Ironer—and worth three hundred dollars—
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 two persons
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and
that, at the time of the passage thereof, said two
persons were liable
was held to service or labor therein or
elsewhere under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such
service or labor.
Stephan Hagan being fugitive under the Fugitive Slave
Act and Caroline Henson being hired therein
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that her said claim to the service or labor of said two 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 two 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.
Susannah P Bryan
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Susanah P. Bryan 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.
Susannah P Bryan
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 24th day of May A. D. 1862.
Geo Mattingly J.P.
Surattsville P G. Co md
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.