Title: Petition of John Hoover, 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.00482
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, John Hoover 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 1 Bew Taylor 2 John Taylor 3 Sam Reynolds. 4 Nancy. 5 Bill her child 6 Susan, Nancy's child. 7 Charley. person of African descent of the names of
- 1 Bew Taylor
- 2 John Taylor
- 3 Sam Reynolds
- 4 Nancy
- 2 children of Nancy
- 6 Susan
- 7 Charley
- 1 Bew Taylor Stout and Strong. 22 years of age. Dark Complection
- 2 John Taylor Stout and Strong 18 years of age. Dark Complection.
- 3 Sam Reynolds Stout and Strong. 52 years of age. Yellow Complection.
- 4. Nancy woman aged 19 years stout and healthy. Yellow Complection.
- 5 Bill. Child of Nancy 4
years of age
- 6 Susan Child of Nancy. 1 ½ years of age Black Complexion.
- 7 Charley. 56 years of age stout and strong. Black Complexion.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Persons— in manner following:(2)
- 1 Bew Taylor purchased from Estate of Robert Bowie, Prince Georges County Maryland.
- 2 John Taylor purchased from Estate of Robert Bowie, Prince Georges County Maryland.
- 3 Sam Reynolds purchased from John Young, Washington City.
- 4. 5. 6. Nancy—Bill purchased from Mrs. Cross P. G County Maryland. Susan born since purchase—
- 7 Charley purchased from John Brenton of Washington City.
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 $6600. dollars in money.(3)
- 1 Bew Taylor is estimated to be worth $1500.00
- 2 John Taylor is estimated to be worth $1500.00
- 3 Sam Reynolds is estimated to be worth $1500.00
- 4 Nancy is estimated to be worth $1000.00
- 5 Bill (Nancy's child) is estimated at $400.00
- 6 Susan (Nancy's child) is estimated at $200.00
- 7 Charley. estimated to be worth $500.00
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 w
ere 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 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.
W B Kibbey
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, John Hoover of Washington City 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 27th day of May A. D. 1862.
Gilbert L. Giberson JP
For value received I John Hoover do hereby sell and assign unto William B. Kibbey of Washington City his executors administrators and assigns forever all my rights title entrust and claim in and to the sum of money which may be awarded me by Commissioners under act of April 16, 1862 for within named slaves and do authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to pay such sum as may be awarded me to said William B Kibbey his executors administrators or assigns. Witness my hand and seal this [no handwritten text supplied here] day of [no handwritten text supplied here] 1862
Witness[no handwritten text supplied here]
John Hoover seal
County of Washington Sct.
On this 27th day of May 1862 personally appeared before me John Hoover of Washington City to me well known and acknowledged foregoing assignment to be his act and deed and I hereby certify that said John Hoover is the person who Executed foregoing assignment.
Gilbert L. Giberson Justice of the Peace for Washington County DC
Sworn to by Wm. B. Kibbey this 25 July 1862.
Wm. R. Woodward
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.