Title: Petition of Barbara Ann Allnutt, 17 June 1862
Date: June 17, 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.00694
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, Barbara A. Allnutt of Montgomery County in the State of Maryland by this her petition in writing, represents and states, that she 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 one person of African descent of the name of George Johnson for and during the life of said George Johnson and that by said act of Congress said George Johnson 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 George Johnson was of the age of forty three years and of the personal description following:(1) copper colour—height estimated to be about five feet, nine to ten inches of medium size
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said George Johnson in manner following:(2) said George Johnson was part of the personal Estate of James N. Allnut late of Montgomery County, who died on the first day of June AD 1854—and who was at the time of his death your petitioner's husband and the said George Johnson was assigned to your petitioner in the distribution of her said husband's Estate in a due course of legal administration
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said George Johnson was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of six hundred dollars in money.(3)said George Johnson is believed to be sound in mind and body—without any defect, either moral, mental or physical, either known to, or suspected by your petitioner—he has been accustomed to, and is skilled in agricultural labour, and has been much employed in the quarries near Georgetown, and at Seneca and has large experience and much skill in that business—
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she 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 she has not brought said George Johnson into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said George Johnson 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said George Johnson 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said George Johnson 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.
B. A. Allnutt
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
I, Barbara Ann Allnutt 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.
B. A. Allnutt
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of June in the year A. D. 1862.
Samuel S. Hays J. P.
I hereby certify that Samuel S. Hays Gentleman before whom the aforegoing affidavit was made and whose genuine signature is thereto subscribed was at the time whereof one of the State of Maryland's Justices of the peace in and for Montgomery County duly commissioned and sworn
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the Circuit Court for said county this 11th day of June AD 1862
James G. Henning Clk
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
Barbara Ann Allnutt
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.