Title: Petition of Hellen L. Stewart, 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.00535
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, Hellen L.
Stewart of George Town,
D.Ca. 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 Two persons of African descent of the name of Mary Lucy and Fanny
Elizabeth Brown for and during the life of said Mary Lucy & Fanny
Elizabeth and that by said act of Congress said Mary Lucy & Fanny
Elizabeth 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 May Lucy was in her
seventeenth year and Fanny Elizabeth in her
of the age of
fourteenth year of age and of the personal
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the
aforesaid service or labor of said Mary
Lucy & Fanny Elizabeth in
The said servants were born of a slave woman, called
Louisa Annette Brown, whose mother, and grand
mother were owned & held in servitude for a long series of years by the
mother of your petitioner—that the said Louisa
Annette, recently deceased and her two surviving children,
the said Mary L. & Fanny E, were were given by the mother of your petitioner, to her & her sister,
Margaret C. Stewart, who by her last will &
testament 23rd July 1853 bequeathed to your
petitioner, "all her right title & interest
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said was, at the
time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of dollars in
in said servants" as will more fully appear by reference
to the records of the Orphans Court of this District.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said servants, was
at the time of said discharge therefrom of the value of Fifteen hundred
dollars in money. The said Mary Lucy, when but 14 years
old being assessed at $600 & Fanny when 10 years
old being assessed at $500—Your Petitioner avers that the said
servants are healthy, intelligent & moral and she has no knowledge of
any personal infirmity or defect—
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 Mary
Lucy & Fanny Elizabeth into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of
Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Mary Lucy & Fanny
as 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 servants 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 servants 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.
Hellen L. Stewart
Miss Helen L Stewart [Stands assessed on?] the [Books?] of the Corporation of Georgetown DC On the last [assessment?] for the following servants viz
|Servant Woman||35 years||$800|
|" Girl||14 "||600|
|" "||10 "||500|
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Hellen L. Stewart 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.
Hellen L Stewart
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28th day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward 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.