Title: Petition of Mary E. Reintzell and Margaret Reintzell, 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.00688
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, Mary E. Reintzell
and Margaret Reintzell of Georgetown D. C. 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 two male Slaves, persons of African descent of the name of Charles Stewart and Walter
Stewart for and during the life of said Slaves and that by said act of Congress said Slaves were
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 Slaves were
was of the age of and of the personal description
- Charles Stewart is a dark mulatto of the age of thirty eight (38) years
- Walter Stewart is a dark mulatto of the age of thirty four years
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Slaves in manner following:(2) viz, By descent from Henry Reintzell, deceased, the husband of said Mary and the Father of said Margaret, who is the only child of said Henry and Mary
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two thousand dollars in money,(3)the said Slaves being sound in body and earning wages in an average of at least twenty dollars each per month,
Your petitioners hereby declare
they bear s true and faithful
allegiance to the Government of the United States, and
that they have has not borne arms against the United States
in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioners further state
allege s, that they have
has not brought said Slaves into the
District of Columbia since the passage of said act of
Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Slaves were was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner 's' claim to such service
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said Slaves 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 petitioners pray
s the said
Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their said claim to the service or labor of said
Slaves 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.
Mary E. Reintzell
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We Mary E. Reintzell & Margaret Reintzell 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.
Mary E. Reintzell
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of June A. D. 1862.
Jenkin Thomas J Peace
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.