Title: Petition of John Marbury, Jr., Judson Mitchell, and Charles A. Buckey, Trustees, 18 June 1862
Date: June 18, 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.00714
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."
John Marbury Jr, Judson
Mitchell & Charles A. Buckey
of George Town DC by this
their petition in writing,
s 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 John
Summerfield Butler & George W.
Butler persons of African
descent of the name of for and during the life of said John S. & George W.
Butler and that by said act of Congress said John & George
was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioners to such service or labor; that at the time of
said discharge said John &
was of the age of
[no handwritten text supplied here]
and of the personal description following:(1)
That is to say that the said George W.
Butler is of the age of five years & six months, of a chesnut color, about the size usual for boys of his age &
That the said John S. Butler is of the age of three years & six months, rather darker than George, about the size usual for children of his age & healthy.
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said George & John Butler in manner following:(2) The mother of the said George & John was the property of Wm Nelson, deceased, & at the distribution of his personal Estate was allotted to his daughter Mrs. Ann Ogle. That on the 3rd of July 1855 Mrs. Ann Ogle & her husband Benj Ogle joined in a deed to your petitioners, settling all the property of the wife upon your petitioners for the benefit of the said Mrs. Ann Ogle. That the two children above named are the children of the woman named in said deed of trust. That the said deed is recorded in Liber J. A. S. No 107 at folios 132 &c. one of the Land records of Washington Co. unto which reference is hereby made.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said two servants was, at the time of said discharge
therefrom, of the value of seven hundred dollars
The said George W. Butler being a
hearty child & near the age to be useful is fully worth four hundred
The said John S Butler being younger, though a likely healthy child is worth about three hundred dollars
Your petitioners hereby declares that they bear
s true and faithful allegiance
to the Government of the United States, and that they
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 servants 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 John & George
was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said two servants 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 prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their said claim to the service or labor of said two servants 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.
John Marbury Jr
Chas A. Buckey
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, We, John Marbury
Judson Mitchell & Charles A.
Buckey 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.
John Marbury Jr
Chas A. Buckey
Annie Virginia Ogle
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26 day of May A. D. 1862.
Henry Reaver JPeace
Mrs Mary Ogle
John J. McQuillan
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.