Title: Petition of Zachariah Duvall, 20 June 1862
Date: June 20, 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.00718
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, Zachariah
Duvall of Washington
City 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 Six persons of African descent of the names of Mary
Harwood and her Boy Tom,
Martha Johnson and her Boy
Frank, Hester Wright and her
infant Hester for and during the life of
said persons respectively 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 Mary was
about Thirty Years of age Tom her child Three or four
Years of age. Martha about twenty one or twenty two
Years of age, Frank her child Three or four Years of
of the age of
Hester was about nineteen or twenty
Years of age and Mary her infant about nineteen months
old— and of the personal description following:(1)
Mary is a dark copper color, below
the medium height—Tom her child is a dark
brown—Martha is copper colored—about
five feet four inches high, Frank her child is rather
lighter in color than his mother—Hester is a
light copper color about five feet eight inches high and
Mary her infant is also of a light copper
color—Neither of these persons have any particular marks which are now
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Mary was purchased from Mr. Thos. Pumphrey of Anne Arundel County and State of Maryland about twelve years ago—Martha and Hester were given to Petitioner's wife by her Father on the 18th June 1852, as is shown by the certificate hereto annexed—And The Three children were born while Their mothers were 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 Thirty six hundred dollars in money.(3)Mary is a good cook and house servant, capable and willing—is a little lame in one foot but it does not affect her qualifications as a first class servant—Martha and Hester are perfectly sound and healthy good nurses, laundresses and seamstresses, in all respects first-rate servants; The Three children are perfectly sound & healthy, and very promising—Your Petitioner avers That he knows of no moral mental or bodily defect or infirmity, (other than the one above stated) which should 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.
County Maryland June 12 1862
I do hereby certify that on the 18th of June 1852 in consideration of natural love and affection I gave to my Daughter Anne O Ridout now the Wife of Zachariah Duvall my two negro Girls Martha and Hester, Slaves for life, but no bill of Sale, or Deed was executed But they were delivered to her and have been in her possession ever since as her and her Husbands property
John Ridout of H
Witness knowing the above to be true
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Z. Duvall 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 17th day of June A. D. 1862.
Chas Walter J P seal
486 E. 8th
486 E. 8th
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.