Title: Petition of William B. Evans, 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.00481
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, Rev. William B. Evans of Washington City, D. C. 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 a certain colored boy—being a person of African descent of the name of Lewis for and during the life of said Lewis and that by said act of Congress said Lewis is discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Lewis was of the age of fifteen years and of the personal description following:(1) about five feet & three inches in height—complexion—black—eyes dark—in person rather stout & well built—
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Lewis in manner following:(2) by a sale & transfer of said person from John W. Pumphrey of the said City of Washington, to your petitioner—on or about the 20th day of March 1862—
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Lewis was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Five hundred dollars in money.(3) [no handwritten text supplied here]
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 person or slave into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Lewis 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 Lewis 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 value of his said claim to the service or labor of said Lewis 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.
William B. Evans
In consideration of the sum of Three hundred Dollars to me in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, I hereby sell, assign & transfer to William B. Evans, of Washington D. C. all my right, title & interest in & to a certain male negro slave named Lewis Simms, he the said Lewis Simms, he the said Lewis Simms being a slave & held to service for life—and I hereby guarantee that I am legally the owner of the said slave or person held to service, and have full power & right to sell & transfer the same—
John W. Pumphey
H. A. Daniels
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, William B. Evans 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.
William B. Evans
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of May A.D. 1862.
Wm. R. Woodward clk
William B. Evans—
for compensation under
The Act of Congress for the
release of certain persons
held to labor &c.
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.