Title: Petition of Augustus E. Perry, Trustee, and Ellen R. Middleton, 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.00725
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, Augustus E. Perry
City of Washington, D.C, Trustee,
and Ellen R. Middleton, of the County of
Washington, D.C. Cestui que trust, by this their petition in writing, represents and states,
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 Six person of African descent of the names of Lucy
Shaw—Sally Price, and
Gusty Jones— for and during the life of
said Six persons, and that by said act of Congress
said Six 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 Lucy Shaw
was of the age of Fifty eight (8) years,
and of the personal description following:(1)
a Brown colored woman, 5 ft 5 in high, a Scar over her
left eye. and nothing else remarkable about her.
- That the said Gusty Shaw was of the age of Twenty
Seven years, and of the personal description following:
a Brown colored man, six feet high, stout, straight and well made, having no marks or scars upon his person—
- That the said Dawson Shaw was of the age of
Twenty two years, and of the personal description following:
a Black man 5 ft 7 ½ in high, straight and well made, and of ordinary size—having no marks or scars upon his person—
- That the said Sidney Shaw was of the age of
Eighteen years, and of the personal description following
a dark mulatto boy five feet nine inches high, tall in his appearance, and no marks or scars upon his person—
- That the said Sally Price was of the age of Seven
years, and of the personal description following:
a dark Brown girl three feet eleven inches high, of ordinary size, and very sprightly—a pleasant countenance—no marks or scars upon her person—
- and that the said Gusty Jones was of the age of
Twenty-Seven years, and of the personal description following:
a Black man 5 ft 6 in high, straight and well made, though not large, having lost the nail of his right thumb.
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Lucy, Gusty and Dawson in manner following:(2) By Mr. E. J. Middleton, in right of his wife, one of your Petitioners, on the division of the estate of her Father, the late Richard Ross, of Montgomery County Maryland, of which there is no written evidence, unless the late Mr. Nathan Lugborough, the Executor, so stated it in his return to and settlement with the Orphans Court of Montgomery County aforesaid—Sidney is the son of the above named Lucy, born in the family of Mr. Middleton Since his marriage with your Petitioner. Sally was also born in the family of Mr. Middleton—her mother died about one year ago; the claim to her service or labor was acquired by Mr. Middleton in right of his said wife, one of your Petitioners, on the division of the estate of her mother, Elizabeth Ross, who died in this city in the year 1848. X
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Six persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $6,700: dollars in money.(3)
- The said Lucy Shaw is a good Cook, Washer & Ironer, and a remarkably good Servant in every respect—and was of the value of $700—
- The said Gusty Shaw is an extraordinary valuable valuable man; being an excellent farmer, gardener and marketer. He now has, and for the last five years has had the entire charge and management of the Farm and garden of Mr. Middleton. He as of the value of $1800.—
- The said Dawson Shaw is also a very valuable man, being a first rate house servant and coachman, and was of the value of $1400.—
- The said Sidney Shaw is a most excellent boy, being a good farm hand, very industrious and attentive to his work, and was of the value or $1300.—
- The said Sally Price is a very sprightly and promising girl, and was of the value of $300.—
- The said Gusty Jones is also a valuable man, being a good Farm hand, House Servant, and a first rate Hostler and Coachman. He was bought for $1100, but the price was $1200; the former sum was taken in consideration of his being kept in the neighborhood of his family, and was worth at the time of his discharge from service or labor $1200.—
Your petitioners hereby declares that they bear
s true and faithful allegiance
to the Government of the United States, and that they have
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 Six 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 Six persons were
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 Six 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 petitioners pray
s the said
Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their said claim to the service or labor of said
Six 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.
Augustus E. Perry
Trustee for Ellen R. Middleton
Ellen R. Middleton
I hereby acknowledge to have received this day from Augustus E. Perry, Trustee of Ellen R. Middleton, the Sum of Eleven hundred Dollars for the purchase of my negro Slave Augustus Jones—aged about Twenty two years. Which said negro Slave I now deliver to the said Augustus E. Perry, and do hereby warrant him a Slave for life and free from the claims of any and all person or persons whomsoever.
As witness my hand and seal this 7th day of May 1857.
N. Boyd Brooks seal
Agent for Nicholas L Queen.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We Augustus E. Perry, and
Ellen R. Middleton 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
our 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
we believe to be true in substance and in
Augustus E Perry
Trustee for Ellen R. Middleton
Ellen R. Middleton
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J. P.
and Ellen R. Middleton
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.