Title: Petition of Daniel B. Clarke, 11 June 1862
Date: June 11, 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.00658
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, Daniel B. Clarke of Washington 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 Caroline Key and Ellen Key, two persons of African descent of the names of Caroline Key and Ellen Key for and during the life of said Caroline and Ellen and that by said act of Congress said Caroline and Ellen 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 Caroline and Ellen of the ages
of and of the personal descriptions
Caroline is about 49 years, and Ellen is about 39 years of age—color, brown, medium female height—
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Caroline and Ellen in manner following:(2) in the distribution of the personal estate of his deceased Father, the late Walter Clarke of this City, said Caroline was assigned to your petitioner, and said Ellen to his decd Brother Walter M. Clarke, as per deed of partition recorded among the Land Records of this County in Liber J. A. S. No. 41 folio 55—said Ellen was bequeathed to your petitioner by his said Brother, Walter M. Clarke decd in and by his last will & testament probated and recorded in the orphan's court of this District—
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Caroline and Ellen was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of fifteen hundred dollars in money.(3)Said Caroline being worth $700 and the said Ellen $800. The said Caroline is a good cook, house servant and nurse. Ellen is a good cook, washer and ironer—They are both remarkably well disposed & willing workers, very conscientious, faithful and Trusting, and very intelligent. Caroline is in good health—Ellen is of robust health. These servants were very much attached to your petitioners family and even to him quite invaluable—Caroline is sometimes rheumatic, Ellen has imperfect teeth—He knows of no other mental, moral or physical infirmities in said servants
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 Caroline and Ellen into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of
Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said servants 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 two servants 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 two servants 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.
D. B. Clarke
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Daniel B. Clarke of Washington City 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.
D B Clarke
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J. P.
Dr. Daniel B. Clarke
Richd H. Clarke and
Wm M. Morrison—
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.