Title: Petition of Harriet White, 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.00526
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, Mrs Harriet
White of Washington
County D. C. by this her
petition in writing, represents and states, that she 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 the following persons of African descent of the names of William
Mathews, Ary Herbert
John Mathews, Lucinda Mathews,
Edmund Herbert, Matilda
Rigney, Mary Carrol, Thomas
William Rigney, David Rigney
Mary Carrol Jr.
Charles Henry Rigney
for and during the life of said
Albert Rigney &
Cornelius Rigney & a baby not yet named, for
and during the life of said persons except Albert
Rigney who has to serve 2 years from last March and
that by said act of Congress said persons 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 William Mathews was 45 years of age Ary
Herbert 43 years, John Mathews 23 years
Lucinda 23 years Edmund 18
years Matilda Rigney 50 years Mary
Carrol 35 years Thomas Rigney 32 years
Hestor Rigney 22 Archibald
Rigney was was of the age of 20
years. William Rigney 17 years David
Rigney 14. years Louisa 20 years
Georgeana 18 years Margaret
Carrol 14 years. Matilda Carrol 13 years
Mary Carrol Jr 9 years Charles
Rigney 13 years Albert Rigney 13 years
Cornelius Rigney 8 years & the baby 10
months. and of the personal description following:(1)
That is to say
- William Mathews, Bright yellow about six feet one & a half inches high.
- Ary Herbert Bright yellow about five feet six inches high.
- John Mathews, Yellow (dark) about five feet six inches high.
- Lucinda Mathews, dark yellow about five feet six inches high,
- the baby is Lucinda's about 10 months old dark yellow.
- Edmund Herbert dark yellow five feet ten inches high.
- Matilda Rigney very Black about five feet one and a half inches high
- Mary Carrol dark complexion about five feet three inches high.
- Thomas Rigney dark color five feet six inches high
- Hestor Rigney dark color about five feet two inches high.
- Archibald Rigney dark complexion about five feet six inches high.
- William Rigney dark complexion about five feet one inch high.
- David Rigney dark complexion about four feet nine inches.
- Louis Rigney Very Black about five feet three inches high.
- Georgeana Rigney dark color about five feet one inch high.
- Margaret Carrol dark color about four feet nine inches.
- Matilda Carrol Black about four feet six inches.
- Mary Carrol Jr. Black color about four feet one inch.
- Charles H. Rigney Mulatto about four feet six inches high.
- Albert Rigney. Mulatto about four feet five inches high.
- Cornelius Rigney Very Black about tree feet eight inches
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) That is to say. They were the property of my late husband Capt Jas White late of Washington County D. C. and Matilda and Mary Rigney and Ary and William Mathews were taken by me at their appraized value as the records of the orphans Court will shew. The rest were all born since that time and in my family.
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, 18,000 dollars in money.(3)That is to say—
|Lucinda Mathews. & baby||1400|
|Mary Carrol Jr||600|
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she 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 she 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—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 her 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 her 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.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Harriet White 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 28th day of May A. D. 1862.
N Callan JP
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.