Title: Petition of Anna M. Warring, 21 June 1862
Date: June 21, 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.00743
To the Commissioners under the Act of Congress approved April 16: 1862, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia"
Your Petitioner, Anna M. Warring of Montgomery County Maryland by her Committeeman Lemuel Clements of said County and State of Maryland, by this her petition in writing, represents and states, that she 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 a person of African descent, of the name of Gabriel, for and during the life of said Gabriel; and that by said act of Congress said Gabriel was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Gabriel was of the age of fifty years, or thereabouts, of a rather light or copper color, about five feet five inches high, of a light and active form—That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of the said Gabriel by the said Gabriel being born a slave for life, of parents, slaves for life, held as such by the father of your petitioner, the late Henry Warring of the County and State aforesaid, and by the said Gabriel's coming to be the slave for life of your petitioner under and by virtue of the last will and testament of the said Henry Warring aforesaid.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Gabriel was, at the time of said discharge therefrom of the value of seven hundred dollars in money.
Your petitioner avers that the said Gabriel is a healthy strong and active person that for the last ten years said Gabriel has been in the employment of Mr Joshua Pierce of the District of Columbia, as an hireling, that during said time he has performed and is now performing most efficient and valuable service for said Pierce at his nursery and fruit garden in said District and that your petitioner knows of no moral mental or bodily infirmities, or defects, which can impair the value of your petitioner's claim to such service or labor of said Gabriel.
Your Petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the government of the United States, and that she 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 avers that she has not brought said Gabriel into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress, and that at the time of the passage thereof, said Gabriel 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 avers that her said claim to the service or labor of said Gabriel 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 her said claim to the service or labor of said Gabriel, and if the same be found 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.
Washington County Sct.
I, Lemuel Clements of Montgomery Co. Md, 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 21st day of June A.D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clk
I James G Hening clerk of the circuit court for Montgomery County in the State of Maryland hereby certify that in due accordance with an order passed in said court on the 12th day of November in the year 1851 an inquisition was held on the 22nd day of November in the year 1851 whereupon a certain Anna M. Warring was duly declared a Lunatic and a certain Lemuel Clements of said County was appointed her committee and that the said Lemuel Clements has duly qualified as such committee and has been performing the duties of his office and is at the present time acting as the committee of the said Anna M. Warring, All of which facts fully appear as matter of record in my office in said court In testimony whereof I have hereunto this 22nd day of May in the year 1862 subscribed my name and affixed my official seal—
James G. Hening clk
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
Atty. for petitioner