Title: Petition of William Thomas Carroll, 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.00466
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, William T.
Carroll of Washington
City 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
of African descent of the names of John Brooks, Ellen (or
Nelly) Warren and Henry Warren for
and during the li
vves of said John, Ellen and
Henry and that by said act of Congress said
Ellen and Henry 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 John, Ellen and
Henry were of the ages
of and of the personal descriptions
John Brooks was a man about forty
six years old, about five feet & nine & a half inches high, slender
person, dark brown color, bushy black hair slightly tinged with gray. He was
the very best waiter & dining room servant I ever saw & was worth to
me over $2000 and I believe i could readily have realised that amount for
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said John, Ellen and Henry in manner following:(2) John Brooks was given to my wife Mrs Carroll by her Father in the spring of 1829. The Mother of Ellen & Henry Warren was purchased by me in the Summer of 1827 and was owned by me when they were born. John Ellen & Henry have been owned and possessed by me from the aforesaid date in the first case & from their birth in the last two to the rate of the aforesaid act of Congress.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said John, Ellen & Henry was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of three thousand five hundred dollars in money.(3) Your petitioner has stated in the previous page such qualities as rendered said servants of that value to him, and now avers that he has no knowledge of any infirmity or defect that rendered them of less value to him.
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
John, Ellen nor
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress;
and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
Ellen & Henry
were 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 John Ellen Henry 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 John Ellen and Henry 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.
Wm Thos. Carroll
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, William Thomas Carroll 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.
Wm Thos. Carroll
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clerk
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.