Title: Petition of Walter Godey, 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.00595
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, Walter Godey, of Georgetown, D. C. by this his petition in writing, represents and states, that he 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 male person of African descent of the name of Minty Clark, for and during the life of said Minty Clark, and that by said act of Congress said Minty Clark 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 Minty Clark was of the age of about fifty years of age and of the personal description following:(1) Mullatto color, about feet 2 inches high, a good cook, and in fine health
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Minty Clark, in manner following:(2) By purchase from Captain Bronaugh about three years ago for one hundred and fifty dollars, on the 5th of May 1859. She was then sold at a sacrifice, and your Petitioner could have sold her a month afterwards for four hundred dollars. Evidence of purchase is hereunto annexed.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Minty Clark, was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of four hundred dollars in money.(3)She is a healthy valuable woman and was worth before the Emancipation Bill passed at least the above amount. She has no moral, mental, or bodily defects to impair her value, as far as he knows, and he does not believe any such exist.
Your petitioner hereby declares that he bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he 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 he has not brought said Minty Clark into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Minty Clark 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Minty Clark 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Minty Clark, 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.
May 5th 1859
I have this day sold to Walter Godey servant woman Minta a slave for life for his note at three months on the payment of which I hereby bind myself to execute to said Godey a good and sufficient bill of sale
John W. Bronaugh
Trustee for Mildred M. Bronaugh
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Walter Godey 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 29th day of May, A. D. 1862.
Edm. F. Brown,
Claims 1 Slave.
Wm. H. Eades
& Joseph Libbey—
Since the execution of this paper, I have learned from my Wife, that the said Minty Clark has been troubled with dropsy in the leg, which was unknown to me. I suppose it does not impair her value more than fifty dollars.
Sworn and subscribed, before me,
Edm. F. Brown,
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.