Title: Petition of Henry Naylor, 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.00705
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, Henry Naylor of the County of Washn 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 Charles Young, James Dixon, William Taney, Bill Wood, Clara Norris, Frank Williams, Tom Williams, Dick Williams, John Williams, Chloe Dixon, Mary Jane Diggs, Stephen Dixon, Sarah Dixon, Ellen Dixon, Winney Dixon, Maria Ann Dixon, Joseph Dixon, and Kitty West persons of African descent for and during the 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 and of the personal description following:(1)
- Charles Young about 67 years of age, dark chesnut color, about 5 feet 10 inches high and well-made;
- James Dixon, about 57 years of age, dark color, about 5 feet 3 inches high;
- William Taney, about 38 years of age, Black, about 5 ft. 8 inches high;
- Bill Wood, about 28 years of age, dark, about 5 ft. 9 inches high;
- Clara Norris, about 55 years of age, Dark, about 5 feet 3 ins high
- Frank Williams, about 19 years of age, Dark Mulatto, 5 ft. 3 ins high
- Tom Williams, about 15 years of age, Black abt 5 feet 1 in high,
- Dick Williams, about 14 years of age, Dark, about 4 ft 8 of 9 ins high
- John Williams, about 8 years of age, about [no handwritten text supplied here] feet [no handwritten text supplied here] high
- Chloe Dixon, about 38 or 39 years of age, about 5 ft 4 inches, Dark Chesnut Color
- Mary Jane Diggs, about 23 years of age, Bright Mulatto, 5 ft. 2 inches high,
- Stephen Dixon, about 21 or 22 yrs of age, Black, 5 ft. 6 inches high,
- Sarah Dixon, about 17 years of age, Dark, 5 feet high—
- Ellen Dixon, about 13 years of age, Dark, 4 feet 9 inches high,
- Winney Dixon, about 10 years of age, Dark, very Stout
- Maria Ann Dixon, about 6 yrs of age, Dark very Stout
- Joseph Dixon, about 14 months old, Dark
- Kitty West, about 7 years of age, Dark Mulatto, very Stout
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Persons in manner following:(2) To Charles Young, by purchase from Mrs. B. O. Gantt; to James Dixon, by purchase from Thos. Williams, to Wm Taney by purchase from Dennis Sweeney, To Bill Wood, by purchase from Sarah Holmead & others, to Clara Norris by purchase, when sale made by the Marshall of the Dist of Cola, To Frank Williams, Tom Williams, Dick Williams and John Williams, the children of Ann and Clara Williams. Said Ann and Clara Williams, the Mothers of Frank, Tom, Dick and John Williams were purchased by your Petitioner, for a term of years, and during the term of their servitude the said Frank, Tom and John the children of Ann and Dick the only child of Clara were born and raised by your Petitioner and held and claimed by him as his slaves for life.
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 $15.050 dollars in money.(3)(Here insert A. and B.)
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.
|To wit: Charles Young, a Good Farmhand, worth||$200.00|
|James Dixon, a Good Farm hand & Gardiner"||$500.00|
|William Taney, a Good Farm hand, Carriage Driver, grain & grass mower and a good plain Cook, very strong, polite and active in his habits—very few Men his Equals.||1500.—|
|Bill Wood, a Good Farm hand, very polite and Quick in his movement, good Carriage driver Corn planter, Gardener, &c. &c||$1200.00|
|Clara Norris, a Good House Servant, Washer & Ironer and Said to be a first rate Cook—when in health||$400.00|
|Frank Williams, Good Farm hand, and a pretty good house servant||$1200.00|
|Tom Williams very active and honest Boy in and about the Farm and House||$1000.—|
|Dick Williams—very quick Sprightly and active Boy Handy about house duties—general health good, but near sighted||$800.00|
|John Williams, very good Boy or child||$400.00|
|Chloe Dixon, Stout, healthy, and well made Good Washer and Ironer||$1000.00|
|Mary Jane Diggs—Very Capable House Servant good Cook, Washer and Ironer||$1200.00|
|Stephen Dixon—Good Farm Hand, active and well disposed||$1500.—|
|Sarah Dixon, Good House Servant Washer & Ironer||$1200.—|
|Ellen Dixon—very Stout and well made accustomed to house duties||$1100.—|
|Winney Dixon—Stout and well made Girl||$700.—|
|Maria Ann Dixon—Sprightly and active child||$500.—|
|Joseph Dixon—Fine healthy child||$150.—|
|The above named persons are the children of Chloe Dixon and very healthy|
|Kitty West—Stout and well made, and promises to make a very Smart woman The Daughter of Mary Jane Diggs and the Grand Child of Chloe Diggs||$500.—|
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Henry Naylor 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.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17 day of June A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clk
I the said Henry Naylor do further say that I claim the compensation for the said servants Chloe Dixon, Mary Jane Diggs, Stephen Dixon, Sarah Dixon, Ellen Dixon, Winney Dixon, Maria Ann Dixon, Joseph Dixon, and Kitty West by right of survivorship as Joint tenant with my brother George deceased and I desire the Commissioners in making their award for the said negroes (herein named) to make it separate and distinct from my other claim, as I intend, and have always, intended that the next of kin of my said deceased brother George should have an equal share or interest with myself in the said negroes
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.