Title: Petition of John H. C. Coffin, 28 May 1862
Date: May 28, 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.00520
Daniel R. Goodloe
Commissioners under the act of Congress of 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 memorialist respectfully represents that on the said 16th of April 1862 by the laws of Maryland & the District of Columbia he held legal claim to service or labor of the following named & described persons in the City of Washington & District of Columbia, who by virtue of said act have been released from said servitude & are now discharged therefrom: viz.
- 1. Nancy Rustin, black, aged about 65 years, estimated value, $100.
- 2. Louisa Rustin, black, aged about 30 years, " " 500.
- 3. Sarah Ann Rustin, black, aged about 28 years, " " 600.
- 4. Cornelius (son of Louisa black, ages about 13 years, sickly & decrepid.
- 5. An infant child of Louisa aged 1 year
- 6. Eliza (grand-child of Nancy) black, aged about 13 years estimated value, $200.
And he further declares his allegiance to the government of the United States and that he has not borne arms against the United States during the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto: but on the contrary that he has been faithfully endeavoring to serve the government of the United State in the office which he now holds & for many years has held as professor of mathematics in the navy of the United States.
Your memorialist then under the said act of Congress of April 16, 1862 claims such compensation for the labor & services of the above named persons, & especially of Louisa Rustin & Sarah Ann Rustin who are capable, active & in robust health, as you may deem right & equitable.
Signed this 10th day of May 1862 in Newport Rhode Island
John H. C. Coffin
Mayor's Office, City of Newport,
May 10, 1862.
Be it known that on this tenth day of May, Eighteen hundred & sixty two, personally appeared before me the within named John H. C. Coffin, who is personally known to me to be the individual within described, and he made oath that the facts herein set forth are true, according to the best of his knowledge & belief
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed the seal of said City, the day & year first above written.
William H. Cranston,
I ask leave to amend my memorial previously presented by giving to the boy named therein as "Cornelius" his full name "Joseph Cornelius Harrison"
I ask also to add to the names of those for whom compensation is claimed Jane Rustin, female, black, aged about 40 estimated value $500. owned by me as a slave & residing in the District of Columbia at the time of the passage of the Emancipation Act.
At the time of presenting my memorial I supposed that she was in Maryland, in the employ of a gentleman residing in that state. Owing to the remoteness of my residence (Newport R. I.) I was not aware of her return to Washington until Monday last, the gentleman to whom she was hired having failed to inform me of her having left him. I learn that she has been in Washington since the first of January last
She had previously resided here & was in Maryland temporarily.
J. H. C. Coffin
Sworn to and subscribed by said J. H. C. Coffin this 30th July 1862 before
Wm R. Woodward clk.