Title: Petition of George W. Hopkins and John S. Hopkins, 2 June 1862
Date: June 2, 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.00571
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 Petitioners, George W. Hopkins & John S.
Hopkins, Executors & Trustees of John
Hopkins deceased of said
District by this their petition in
s and state s, that they are
is a persons 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 ten persons of
African descent of the names of Gathy Handy, Joe
Handy. Dennis Handy, Hannah
Handy. Rachel Lounge. Leah
Frank Tyler. Eliza Tyler.
Robert Tyler. & Dennis Ellsworth
Tyler. for and during the life of said Ten persons and that by said act of Congress said
Ten persons were
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 ten persons were
was of the ages of and of the personal
- Gathy Handy aged fifty five years, dark copper coloured.
- Joe Handy aged Thirty years, dark copper coloured with a defect in one eye.
- Dennis Handy aged Twenty six years, dark copper coloured
- Hannah Handy aged Twenty two dark copper coloured
- Rachel Lounge aged seventeen years Black
- Leah Tyler aged Thirty one years dark copper coloured
- Frank Tyler aged Thirteen years dark copper coloured
- Eliza Tyler aged Eleven years dark copper coloured
- Robert Tyler aged five years dark copper coloured
- Dennis Ellsworth Tyler aged six months, dark copper coloured.
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Ten persons in manner following:(2) They were all bequeathed to your said petitioners, as Executors and Trustees under the last will & testament of John Hopkins late of said District deceased, to be by item held until about the first day of May 1864 when a division of said persons was to have been made in accordance with the provisions of said will, as by reference to said will admitted to probate, in the orphan's court of said District on the fourth day of December in the year eighteen Hundred & fifty eight, and to which said deed reference is hereby made.
That your petitioner
's' claim to the
service or labor of said Ten persons was, at the
time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of 8450 dollars in money.(3)That said Gathy was their cook,
Joe was a dray man doing duty for which $1. per day
is paid. Dennis, performs similar duty, but is a more
valuable boy. Hannah is a seamstress for which a hire
of $8 per month can be obtained. Rachel is a cook hired
at $6 per month. Leah is a house servant, and laundress
& cook, for whom $7 per month can be obtained.
Frank is a dining room servant & general
workman about the house who would hire for $5. per month.
Eliza is a house servant worth $4 per month.
Robert is a boy 5 years old, and worth $300.
Dennis Ellsworth is an infant worth
Your petitioners hereby declare
they bear s true and faithful
allegiance to the Government of the United States, and
that they have not
borne arms against the United States in the present
rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioners further state
allege s, that they have
has not brought said Ten persons or any of
them 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
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said persons
do es 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
And your petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their 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.
Geo W. Hopkins
J. S. Hopkins
Executor & Trustees of the last will & testament of John Hopkins deceased.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We George W. Hopkins &
John S. Hopkins Executors & Trustees
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.
Geo W. Hopkins
J. S. Hopkins
Executor & Trustee as aforesaid of John Hopkins deceased
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30 day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clk
John S. Hopkins
Executors & Trustees of John Hopkins decd.
Charles M. Matthews
Atty for the Petitioner.
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.