Title: Petition of Francis P. Blair, 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.00483

TEI/XML: cww.00483.xml

 

PETITION.

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, F P Blair of Silver Spring 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 Sarah Solomon & Mary Simmes persons of African descent of the names of as above for and during the life of said Sarah & Mary and that by said act of Congress said Sarah & Mary are discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Sarah & Mary were of the age of & and of the personal description following:(1)

  • Sarah aged thirteen years, of dark brown complexion healthy & intelligent
  • and Mary Simmes aged eight years, of dark brown complexion healthy & intelligent and your petitioner avers that he knows of no infirmity or defect in either of said Sarah or Mary to impair the their capacity for labor nor anything to impair his right to their service

 

That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Sarah & Mary in manner following:(2) Sarah's mother was derived by my son Wm Blair by marriage with Caroline Buckner whose father Avis Buckner gave her to him in part of marriage. further said Montgomery aforegoing to me [illegible] valuable consideration his right to said slave whose child while my possession gave birth to said Sarah Mary is the grandchild of Mary bought by me of [illegible] estate whose mother gave birth to her while my possession. derived from this purchase

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Sarah & Mary was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of six 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 Sarah & Mary into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Sarah & Mary were 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 Sarah & Mary 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 the said claim to the service or labor of said Sarah & Mary 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.

(Signed by)
F. P. Blair of Silver Spring
 

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

I, F. P. Blair of Silver Spring 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.

(Signed by)
F. P. Blair of Silver Spring

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26 day of May A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
Wm R. Woodward clk
483
Francis P. Blair
Filed May 27, 1862


 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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