Title: Petition of Thomas McGuire, 3 June 1862
Date: June 3, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 6. 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.00617
To the Commissioners under the Act of Congress approved the 16th April 1862, entitled "An Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia".
Your Petitioner Thomas McGuire of Washington D. C. by this his petition in writing, represents and states, that he is a person loyal to the Government of the United States who at the time of the passage of the said act of Congress, held a claim to service or labor against certain persons of African descent of the names of Eliza Ann Jones & Thos Edward Berry slaves for and during the lives of said parties, and that by said act of Congress said persons 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 Ann Jones a light colored woman 18 years old 5 feet 1 or 2 inches high Thos Edward Berry aged 12 years mulatto about 4 feet 8 or 9 inches high
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following that is to say from John C Cook of this city as will be evident from the annexed bills of sales.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Eliza Ann Jones and Thos Edward Berry was at the time of said discharge therefrom of the value of Twenty Three hundred dollars in money said Eliza being worth $1300. & Thos Edward worth $1000, They are both excellent house servants capable of fulfilling all the duties appertaining thereto they are of good moral character, kind and obedient, and your petitioner avers that he knows of no defects or infirmities whatsoever to impair their value
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 same 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 persons into the District of Columbia since the passage of said Act of Congress, and that at the time of the passage thereof said parties, was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioners claim to such service or labor
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said parties 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 claim to the service or labor of said parties herein 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
his X mark Thomas McGuire
Washington County, ss.
I Thomas McGuire 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 & 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 3d day of June AD. 1862
W. Thompson J P.
Oct 11th 1859
Rec of Thos McGuire Five Hundred dollars in full for the purchase of negro boy Thomas Edward Berry about 6 year old the title of said boy we warrant and likewise warrant him sound & healthy in body & mind & a slave for life
Price Birch [illegible]
Rec of Thos McGuire Seven Hundred dollars in full for the repurchase of negro girl Eliza Ann Jones about 12 years old sold to the said McGuire by Nicholas Queen and then sold to me by Mr. McGuire and now sold back to him
J. C Cook
B O Shekells