Title: Petition of Jourdan W. Maury, 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.00696
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, Jourdan W.
Maury of Arlington
Delaware 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
Three persons of
African descent of the name of Maria and her two children
John and George for and
during the life of said persons and that by said
act of Congress said persons 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 Maria was about twenty three years of
age—John about Eight and
George between two and three years of age
of the age of and of the personal description following:(1)Maria is
very black, very short, and weighs about one hundred and ten
pounds—John & George
are mulatto and likely children—neither of the three has any
particular marks that are recollected
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) He purchased Maria and her son John from his brother in Law Mr. [Thos?] S. McNair some seven years ago, but whether or not a bill of was was given he does not recollect. George the youngest child of Maria was born while his Mother was owned by Petitioner.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of two thousand dollars in money.(3)Maria is a good cook, nurse and efficient in every branch of house work, very industrious and her two Boys are very likely in every respect. Your petitioner avers that he knows of no moral mental or bodily defect or infirmity in either of the above mentioned persons which could impair the value of his claim.
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 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 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.
Jourdan W. Maury
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Jourdan W. Maury 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.
Jourdan W. Maury
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of June A. D. 1862.
H. Naylor J.Peace
Thos. S. McNair
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.