Title: Petition of Thomas B. Entwisle, 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.00747
[The first page of this petition has not been microfilmed.]
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Margarett Hammond in manner following:(2) By purchase from Samuel Crown. Said purchase was made by your petitioner on or about the 10th November A.D. 1855 the price paid by your petitioner for said Margarett was one hundred dollars. Your petitioner after making said purchase requested the said Crown to convey the said Margarett to M. M. Entwisle the wife of your petitioner which was accordingly done, and your petitioner herewith filed the said bill of sale.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Margaret was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Three hundred dollars in money.(3) That the said Margarett is a good cook and an excellent house servant. Your petitioner would further state that he has been offered and has refused Two hundred and fifty dollars.
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 Margarett into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Margaret 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 Margaret 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 Margaret 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.
Thos B Entwisle
Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Crown for and in consideration of the Sum of one Hundred Dollars in hand Paid have Bargained Sold and Delivered unto M. M. Entwisle a Slave woman for life Black aged about 55 years (Named Margarett Hammond) which I warrant and Defend unto the Said M. M. Entwisle against all Claims if any that may arise in Consideration of which I herewith affix my hand and seal
Samuel Crown Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
James J Naylor
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Thomas B. Entwisle 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.
Thos B Entwisle
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J.P.
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.