Title: Petition of Amelia Tilghman, 10 June 1862
Date: June 10, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 5. 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.00615
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, Amelia Tilghman of Washington City 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 a person of African descent of the name of Fanny Lee for and during the life of said Fanny Lee and that by said act of Congress said Fanny Lee 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 Fanny Lee was of the age of Fifty Six years or thereabout and of the personal description following:(1) Is of short stature, hardly five feet high, is quite black in color has bad teeth & very gray hair.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Fanny Lee in manner following:(2) by purchase in the summer of 1856
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Fanny Lee was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Two hundred dollars in money.(3) That Fanny was a first rate pastry & french cook & was hired in that capacity to Doctor Mcgruder of the City at the rate of five dollars per month from my purchase of her down to 16 April 1862 and that but for her age & consequent infirm health would have been worth a large sum of money
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 Fanny Lee into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Fanny 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 Fanny Lee 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 Fanny Lee 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.
her X mark Ame Tilghman
For and in consideration of the sum of Forty Dollars ($40) to me in hand paid by Amelia Tilghman, the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged and confessed, I have bargained sold and assigned and by these presents do bargain sell and assign all my right title and interest in and to a colored woman named "Fanny Lee purchased by me from William S. Nichols of Georgetown in the District of Columbia unto the said Amelia Tilghman her heirs and assigns. In witness where of I have unto subscribed my name and affix my seal at the City of Washington in the District of Columbia this Eleventh day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty six
Wm Thos. Carroll [seal?]
J. Sprigg Carroll
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Amelia Tilghman 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.
her x mark Amelia Tilghman
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of May A. D. 1862.
Saml Drury JP
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.