Title: Petition of Anne M. Hurley, 29 May 1862
Date: May 29, 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.00559
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, Ann M. Hurley of Washington City, 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 one person of African descent of the name of Eliza Macoy for and during the life of said Eliza Macoy and that by said act of Congress said Eliza Macoy was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Eliza Macoy was of the age of eighteen years and of the personal description following:(1) Copper Colored, about medium size
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Eliza Macoy in manner following:(2) My son William Hurley purchased the said Eliza in the City of [Norfolk?] when she was about seven years old, and took her to the City of Richmond where I resided, and during the year 1859, he gave the said Eliza to me as a bona fide present, something over a year ago I removed to this City and brought her the said Eliza with me
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Macoy was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Six hundred dollars in money.(3) the said Eliza is industrious, orderly and obedient, and perfectly honest. She has enjoyed excellent health until recently she took the Small Pox but has now nearly recovered, and her physician states that she will be in good health as ever, the said Eliza has no moral, mental, or bodily infirmities or defects to my knowledge, and do not believe any exist.
Your petitioner hereby declares that she is a subject of
the English Crown
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
And your petitioner further states and alleges, that she has not brought said Eliza Macoy into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Eliza Macoy 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 Eliza Macoy 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 value of her said claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Macoy 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.
Anne M Hurley
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Ann. M. Hurley 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.
Anne M Hurley
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29 day of May A.D. 1862.
D. Rowland Justice of the Peace
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.