Title: Petition of Georgie Mechlin, 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.00534
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, G Mechlin of the City of Washington 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 Minnie Maddox, a person of African descent of the name above stated for and during the life of said Minnie Maddox and that by said act of Congress said Minnie, has been discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Minnie was, so far as your petitioner knows and believes about of the age of three years and of the personal description following:(1) She is a very dark mulatto: has no physical or other defects, known to the claimant, and is the usual size and appearance of healthy colored children of her age
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Minnie Maddox in manner following:(2) viz—By gift from her father (A. H. Mechlin) shortly after the birth of said child.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Minnie Maddox was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two hundred dollars in money.(3)that being, as she is credibly informed the value of such colored servants sold for life—though your claimant would not have sold her for any price to any one, as she designed carefully to bring her up, educate her, and always keep her near her as a personal attendant.
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 Minnie Maddox into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Minnie 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 Minnie Maddox 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 Minnie Maddox 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.]
I, Georgie Mechlin of said Dist & County 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 24th day of May A. D. 1862.
Edwd Harwood JP.
Howard County, Sct.
I HEREBY CERTIFY that Edward Harwood Esquire, before whom the annexed affidavit was made and who has thereto subscribed his name was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Peace of the State of Maryland, in and for Howard County, duly commissioned and sworn.
In Testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of the Circuit Court for Howard County, this twenty fourth day of May A. D. 1862
W. W. Watkins Clerk.
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.