Title: Petition of Allen Dodge, 5 June 1862

Date: June 5, 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.00636

TEI/XML: cww.00636.xml



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, Allen Dodge of District of Columbia 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 seven persons of African descent of the name of Anthony WashingtonWesley SnowdenRosa BrownThomas BrownRobert BrownFrank Brown & Wesley Brown for and during the lives of said seven persons and that by said act of Congress said seven persons were discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor that at the time of said discharge said seven persons were of the ages of and of the personal descriptions following:(1)

Anthony Washington male— age 40— full height= dark color—
Wesley Snowden— — — — 24— tall— mulatto—
Rosa Brown— — female— 45— short— light brown—
Thomas Brown— — male— 23— full height= stout—brown color
Robert Brown— — — — 19— short— brown color—very stout
Frank Brown— — — — 16— dark brown, stout & growthy—
Wesley Brown— — — — 13— light brown— very active—


That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said seven persons in manner following:(2)

  • Anthony Washington purchased of the Chew Estate, P. George's Co. Md. Sept 1st '57 for $900—
  • Wesley Snowden purchased of Wm C. Ogle Esq.Md. March 30th '54—$800
  • Rosa Brown & 4 sons, purchased of Theodore Mosher Esq.​ 1854—2,800

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said seven persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of eight thousand dollars in money.(3)

  • Anthony Washington accustomed to farming & planting work—
  • Wesley Snowden— do — do — also an excellent ostler—
  • Thomas Brown— " " " a first rate teamster—
  • Robert Brown— " " " a good ox driver—
  • Wesley Brown—an excellent house servant & invaluable
  • Frank Brown—accustomed to farm work—chopping wood—working garden &c—
  • Rosa Brown—excellent cook washer &c—The above are without defect, unless the last who has one leg short from white swelling in early life—

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 seven persons into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said seven persons were 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 seven persons 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 seven 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.

(Signed by)
Allen Dodge.

I have this day received from Mr Allen Dodge his promisory​ note for the sum of nine hundred Dollars being the sum agreed upon by us, for the purchase by him of Servant Man named Anthony now in his possession, which promisory​ note, when paid will be in full discharge and settlement of the same—As witness my hand this 1st day of September 1857—

H. C. Matthews Trustee & Agent for the children & heirs of the late Elizabeth Ann Chew

Recd.​ of Allen Dodge Esqr​ Eight hundred dollars for negro boy Wesley a slave for life, aged 16 years the 1st June—

Wm C Ogle
$2.800 00/100

Received of Allen Dodge, Esq​, Twenty Eight Hundred Dollars for servant woman Rosa Brown, & her four sons Thomas, Robert, Frank & Wesley

Theodore Mosher

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

I, Allen Dodge 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.

(Signed by)
Allen Dodge.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of June A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
F. I. Murphey J. P.
Allen Dodge
Filed June 5, 1862
Col Wm Hichey
Clarke Mills

 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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