Title: Petition of James H. Shreve, 16 June 1862

Date: June 16, 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.00689

TEI/XML: cww.00689.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, James H. Shreve, of the City of Washington, Dist. of Cola 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 Henry Clark Sandy Clark, Ann, Henney West, Julius West, John West, Laura West, Jubah Jones, and Jack Fenwick persons of African descent of the names of aforesaid for and during the life of said lives of said Persons, respectively, and that by said act of Congress said Persons respectively 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 Persons were of the ages of the age of and of the personal description following:(1) To wit: Henry Clark, about [24?] years of age, between Black & yellow in color, about 5 feet 9 inches high, very likely—Sandy Clark, Black, very likely, about 18 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high—,Ann, Black, very likely, medium hight​, about 19 years of age,—Henney West, very likely, Black, 5 feet 3 inches in hight​—about 33 or 34 years of age—Julius West, very likely, Black—medium height, about 10 years of age,—John West, very Black, & likely Boy, about 4 years of age—Laura West very stout and likely, color black—about 2 years of age—Jubah Jones, Black, a little lame, medium hight​, about fifty Seven or Eight years of age—Jack Fenwick, Black, medium hight​, about 63 or 64 years of age—


That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Persons in manner following:(2) To Jubah Jones by purchase from H. G. S. Key of St. Mary's County, Maryland—To Servant woman Ann by purchase from Peter Williams of Charles County, Maryland—To Servant woman Heney and her two Boys Julius and John, from Horatio Beall of Prince Georges County, State of Maryland—To Servant Jack Fenwick, from Francis Diggs of Charles County Maryland To Henry and Sandy Clark, by purchase from his Brother Caleb Shreves deceased—Said Henry and Sandy were originally the property of the late Samuel Shreve of Montgomery County, MarylandLaura the daughter of Henny the mother of Julius and John was born and raised by your Petitioner since his purchase of Henny

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Persons were was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $5,050.00 dollars in money.(3)to wit:

Henry Clark Valued at $1000—
Sandy Clark "—"— 1000—
Ann "—"— 800—
Henney West "—"— 700—
Julius West "—"— 700—
John West "—"— 300—
Laura West "—"— 200—
Jubah Jones "—"— 200—
Jack Fenwick "—"— 150—

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 Persons or Either of them into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said 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 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 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 Persons respectively 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)
James H Shreve

I have this 18th of Septr 1858 Bought of Jas H Shreves two pair of mules, have paid him thereon five hundred & twenty five Dollars (Nett) by draft on Thos J Hall & Co—Baltimore, & am also within three months to deliver to him my negro man Juba now runaway, as his property, or to pay to the said Shreves or his assigns, One hundred Seventy five Dollars now in full for said mules

H G S Key

Received this 9th day of May 1856 of James H. Shreves four hundred and Seventy five dollars in full payment for negro girl Ann aged about Eleven years, which negro I warrant Sound in Body and mind and a slave for life

Ch Williams
David Middleton

$1400 Received of James H Shrieves Fourteen Hundred Dollars For A Woman Heney and two boys Julius about Seven years old and John sixteen months old which servants I warrant sound both in Body and mind slaves for life Right title Good against all persons whatsoever

Horatio Beall
Lewis Magruder
Edward Magruder
689 Petition of
James H. Shreve's
16th of June 1862

 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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