Title: Petition of Ellen Scott, 23 June 1862
Date: June 23, 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.00750
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, Ellen Scott
of Washington D.C. by this
[no handwritten text supplied here] petition in writing, represents and
states, that [no handwritten text supplied here] 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 five person of
African descent of the name of Thomas
Johnson, Harriet Crawford,
Hannah Johnson, Jesse Wheeler,
and Henry Watters.
for and during the life of said 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 persons were of the age of 23, 40, 25, 6, & 1 years and of the personal
Thomas Johnson (male) about 23
years old, six feet high, dark brown colour, honest faithful and industrious, Harriet
Crawford aged about forty years, five feet 2 or 3 inches high
of a dark brown colour, a faithful and good servant, Jesse Wheeler a
boy six years old dark brown color, and sprightly in all respects,
Henry Waters a child twelve months old light brown colour, all the above persons are believed by your petitioner to be sound
healthy and free from all infirmaties no particular marks on their persons now recollected by your
petitioner also Hannah Johnson (Female) 25 years of age
a first rate servant
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) By will from her sister Elizabeth C. Scott as will more fully appear by reference to said will, which has been duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Wills for the County of Washington in the District of Columbia—all of the said persons to be free at the time of your petitioners death.
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 $3,900 dollars in money.(3)
|Thomas Johnson||at 1500||Male|
|Harriet Crawford||" 1000||Female|
|Hanah Johnson||" 1000||ditto|
|Jesse Wheeler||" 300||Male|
|Henry Waters||" 100||ditto|
All the above persons are free from any defects or infirmaties and of good moral character to the best of your petitioners knowledge and belief
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 alleges, that she has not brought said persons into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said persons 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 her 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 her 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.
E C Scott
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Ellen Scott 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 23rd day of June A. D. 1862.
J. W. Barneolo JP
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.