Title: Petition of James W. Pumphrey, 12 June 1862
Date: June 12, 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.00660
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, James W.
Pumphrey of the 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
Two persons of
African descent of the names of
Gusty Jenifer & Bill
Coates for and during the life of said Gusty Jenifer & Bill
Coates and that by said act of Congress said Gusty Jenifer & Bill
Coates were discharged and freed of and from all claim
of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge
Gusty Jenifer & Bill Coates
were of the ages
of and of the personal descriptions following:(1)to wit: the said Gusty Jenifer was
of the age of about Thirty-eight years a strong able bodied man about Five
feet Eight or Nine inches high & of copper color complexion—The
said Bill Coates also a strong able bodied man was of
the age of about Twenty-eight years, about Five feet Six or Seven inches
high & of dark copper color complexion.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Gusty & Bill in manner following:(2) The said Gusty Jenifer was purchased sometime in the year 1858 of Joseph Beasley and William H. Thomas Administrators of Levi Pumphrey deceased for the sum of One Thousand Dollars. and the said Bill Coates was purchased by your Petitioner sometime in the year 1861 to wit on the 16th day of April of the said William H. Thomas for the sum of Eight Hundred Dollars.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Gusty & Bill was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Three Thousand dollars in money.(3) The said Gusty & Bill are strong healthy able-bodied men brought-up to stable work & known in this city as possessing superior qualities as ostlers. They are obedient honest & of good moral character & your Petitioner would find it difficult to supply their places in his business. Your Petitioner knows of no infirmity or defect which impairs the value of either of them.
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 Gusty & Bill into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said Gusty & Bill
asere held to service or labor
therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that the said claim to the service or labor of said Gusty & Bill does not originate in or by virtue ofany 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 Gusty & Bill 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.
James W. Pumphrey
Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.
Washington County, ss.
I, James W. Pumphrey 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.
James W. Pumphrey
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of June A. D. 1862.
Charles Walter J.P. seal
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.