Title: Petition of Thomas J. S. Perry and Louis F. Perry, 4 June 1862
Date: June 4, 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.00622
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 Thomas J. S. Perry & Louis F.
Perry of the
District of Columbia by this their petition in writing, represent
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 three persons of
African descent of the name of Robert
Brooks Charles Canter and
Zora Canter for and during the life of
Charles, and Zora and
that by said act of Congress said Robert, Charles, and
Zora were discharged and freed of and from
all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor;
- No I. that at the time of said discharge said Robert Brooks was of the age of fifteen years and of the personal description following:(1)A boy—bright mulatto—black hair and eyes—medium size for his age—even featured—pleasant countenance—and perfectly healthy—about 4 feet 7 inches high.
- No 2 That at the time of said discharge said Charles Canter was of the age of Nine years and of the following personal description—A boy—bright mulatto—dark brown hair black eyes—medium size for his age—stout built, pleasant countenance & even featured—about 4 feet high.
- No 3. That at the time of said discharge said Zora Canter was of the age of Five years and of the personal description following—A girl, bright mulatto color—black hair and eyes—large size for her age—a bright fine looking girl, well proportioned—about Three feet 7½ inches high—
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Robert, Charles and Zora in manner following:(2) That the said Robert and Charles were acquired by a bill of sale to your Petitioners and one Thomas A. [Lazenby?] from one Rachel Beall as will more fully appear by the said bill of sale which is hereunto annexed: and that subsequent to the said bill of sale the said Zora was born the slave for life of your Petitioners and said [Lazenby?]; and that subsequent to said birth of the said Zora the said [Lazenby?] by bill of sale conveyed all his interest in said Robert, Charles and Zora to your Petitioner Thomas J. S. Perry as will more fully appear from said bill of sale which is hereto annexed, and your Petitioners aver that no one else except your Petitioners have any right title claim or interest in said persons.
- No I. That
's' claim to the service or labor of said Robert Brooks was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of One Thousand dollars in money.(3)That the said Robert is a fine servant—especially a dining room servant—a keen sharp boy—very likely—perfectly healthy
- No 2. That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Charles Canter, was at the time of said discharge therefrom of the value of Eight Hundred dollars in money. That the said Charles is a very bright boy for his age—and gives every indication of making a very useful man—He is perfectly healthy—
- No 3. That your Petitioners' claim to the service or labor of said Zora Canter was at the time of said discharge therefrom of the value of Six Hundred Dollars in money—That the said Zora is a bright fine looking girl—well proportioned and perfectly healthy—Your Petitioners aver they do not know of a single defect or infirmity moral, mental or bodily of either of said persons, and they believe that none such exist
Your petitioners hereby declare
they bear s true and faithful
allegiance to the Government of the United States, and
that they or either of them ha sve not borne arms against the United
States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or
And your petitioners further state
allege s, that they
ha sve 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 persons was
held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim
to such service or labor.
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said persons or Either of
them 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
And your petitioners pray
s 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.
Thos J. S. Perry
Louis F Perry
Affidavit of Thos. J. S. Perry and Louis F. Perry
Washington City To wit:
On this thirty first day of May A. D. Eighteen hundred Sixty two, before me the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace, in and for Said County, personally appears Thomas J. S. Perry and Louis F. Perry, residents of the City of Washington, whom I certify to be respectable [Witnesses?] and worthy of credit, who being duly Sworn according to law, depose and Say: That they are joint owners of a Slave boy, aged about 9 years, by the name of Charles Cantor, and not having any use for him, or necessity to employ him in our families, on account of his extreme youth, and; [we?] had deemed it proper, about 4 years ago, to Send him to Montgomery Co State of Maryland, where he has been properly cared for and boarded at the rate of Twenty dollars per annum. The Said boy was boarded at the house of Mrs. Ruth Ann Perry—in Montgomery Co aforesaid, and the Said boy was brought to the City of Washington D. C. on or about the 18th day of May 1862, and that these [illegible] make this declaration under Oath for the purpose of showing that the boy Charles, refered to in the preceding affidavit was a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia long previous to the passage of the "Act of 16th of April 1862, and was owned by these [illegible]
Thos. J. S. Perry
Louis F. Perry
Sworn to and Subscribed before the day and year first herein before written
Jno. H. Johnson, JP. seal
Justice of the Peace
Thos. J. S. Perry
Louis F. Perry
Thos A. [Lazenby?]
Bill of Sale
Received 16th April 1856 to be recorded and the same day was recorded in Liber J. A. S. No. 115, folios 3, 4, and 5, one of the Land Records for Washington County in the District of Columbia
Jno. A. Smith clk
Memorandum of an agreement made concluded and agreed upon this thirty first—day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty six, by and between Rachel Beall of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia of the one part, and Thomas J. S. Perry and Louis F Perry of the same place and Thomas A Lazenby of Georgetown in the said District of the other part;
Whereas the said Thomas J. S. Perry, Louis F. Perry and Thomas A Lazenby have each heretofore advanced certain sums of money for the support and maintainance of the said Rachel Beall who is an Aunt to the said parties of the second part, and have each agreed to furnish their equal quota of money from time to time as she may need the same, sufficient for her comfortable support and maintenance during her natural lifetime, and the said Rachel Beall has agreed to convey to the said parties of the second part certain negro—slaves herein after named:—
Now know all men, by these Presents, that I the said Rachel Beall for and in consideration of the premises, and of the further sum of One Hundred Dollars current money of the United States to me in hand paid by the said Thomas J S. Perry, Louis F. Perry and Thomas A Lazenby and each of them, Have granted bargained sold and delivered, and by these Presents do grant bargain sell and deliver unto them the said Thos J. S. Perry, Louis F. Perry and Thomas A Lazenby my three negro slaves, named Martha Canter aged about Twenty nine years, a slave till she becomes Thirty five years of age, and Robert Brookes aged Nine years and Charles Canter aged about Three years, the last two named slaves for life; and them the said negro slaves Martha Canter, Robert Brookes and Charles Canter I will warrant and defend to the said Thomas J. S. Perry Louis F. Perry and Thomas A Lazenby, and each of them, their respective heirs, executors administrators and assigns, against me the said Rachel Beall, my executors and administrators, and every other person or persons whomsoever.
In witness whereof, I the said Rachel Beall, and the said Thomas J. S. Perry, Louis F. Perry and Thomas A Lazenby have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this Fourth day of April One Thousand eight Hundred and fifty six
The date above being first altered from "March," to "April,"—
her X mark Rachel Beall seal
Thos J. S. Perry seal
Th: A. Lazenby seal
Louis F. Perry seal
Signed sealed and delivered in Presence of
B. K. Morsell
Washington County to wit:—
On this Fourth day of April in the year of our Lord, one Thousand, eight hundred and fifty six, before me the subscriber—a Justice of the Peace in and for the said County, Personally appeared the within named Rachel Beall, Thomas J. S. Perry, Louis F. Perry and Thomas A. Lazenby, and severally acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be their Respective Act and deed for the purposes therein expressed.
B. K. Morsell J. P. seal
Received of Thos. J. S. Perry Three hundred dollars in full for all my right, title and interest in the negro slaves Martha Canter Robert Brooks, Charles Canter and Zora Canter the first mentioned Martha Canter being a slave for a term of years, the others being slaves for life.
The said slaves (except the last named Zora who was born since the conveyance) being conveyed to Thos J S Perry, Louis F Perry and myself by the late Rachel Beall decd. for a valuable consideration as set forth in the article of agreement executed April 4th 1856 and recorded in Liber J. A. S no 115 folios 3, 4 & 5 one of the land records for Washington County D. C.
I hereby warrant and defend my interest in the said slaves to the said Thos J S Perry, his heirs, executors administrators and assigns against myself my executors and administrators and every other person or persons whomsoever.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty ninth day of January one thousand eight hundred & fifty nine
Th: A. Lazenby
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Thomas J S. Perry & Louis F.
Perry 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 our 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 we believe to be true in
substance and in fact.
Thos. J. S. Perry
Louis F. Perry
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of June A. D. 1862.
W., R. Woodward clk.
Louis F. Perry
Thomas A. Lazenby
Charles H. Lane
M. G. [Emery?]
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.