Title: Petition of Edward Hall, 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.00757
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, Edward Hall of Washington City, D.C. 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 a certain female colored person of African descent of the name of Fillis (or Phillis) Howard for and during the life of said Fillis Howard and that by said act of Congress said Fillis Howard 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 Fillis Howard was of the age of about forty years and of the personal description following:(1) Woman- very dark complexion, black curly hair, black eyes, hearty, healthy and well developed
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Fillis Howard in manner following:(2) That on the 1st day of March A. D. 1856, one Baruch Hall made his certain deed of trust to your petitioner rendered in Liber J.A.S. No 112 folios 26, et. [acq?]. one of the Land records for Washington County D.C. conveying absolutely the said Fillis Howard to your petitioner to secure the payment of a certain debt due by said Baruch Hall to one Absalom A. Hall, as will more fully appear references being had to said deed. And that the said Baruch Hall and the said Absalom A. Hall are both willing anxious, and by exhibit herewith filed marked A, have agreed that your Petitioner shall receive whatever sum you may allow for the said Fillis Howard, to be applied for the payment of the trusts in said deed.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Fillis Howard was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of One thousand dollars in money.(3) That the said Fillis Howardis a most valuable house servant—And admirable cook, and fine washerwoman and ironer. She is very healthy, and has no defects or infirmities whatsoever, and your petitioner believes that none such exist.
Your petitioner and the said Baurch
Hall, and the said Absalom A. Hall
s that they bears
true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that
they have not
borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way
given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner and the said Baruch
Hall and Absalom A. Hall
s and allege s, that they have not brought
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress;
and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
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 Fillis Howard 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 Fillis Howard 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.
Absalom A. Hall
It is this Thirteenth day of June A. D. 1862., agreed by and between Baruch Hall and Absalom A. Hall that the entire compensation to be derived from Fillis Howard under the Emancipation Act of Congress approved April 16th, 1862, shall be payable to and received by Edward Hall, Esq. to which the said Fillis was conveyed by deed of Baruch Hall dated March 1st, 1856 and recorded in Liber. J.A.S. No 112 folios 26 et. [acq?]. one of the Land Records for Maryland County, D.C., and that the said sum shall be applied for the execution and purposes of the trusts therein contained.
Baruch Hall seal
Absalom A. Hall seal
Owen M. Taylor
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We, Edward Hall,
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 our
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
we believe to be true in substance and in
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey, J.P.
State of Maryland, to wit
I Absalom A. Hall being duly sworn do deposed say that all the several matters and things which are set forth & 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.
Absalom A. Hall
Sworn to and subscribed before me this thirteenth day of June. A. D. 1862.
Owen M. Taylor J.P.
State of Maryland, to wit
Nicholas McGreen Clerk of the Circuit Court [forementioned?] county having official cognizance of the fact do hereby certify that was Owen M. Taylor before whom the foregoing affidavit was made, was at the time of making the same a Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified to all of whose acts as such full faith and credit should be given. And that his signature is genuine.
Given under my hand & official seal being the seal of the Circuit Court for Ann Arundel County
N. McGreen clk
Edward Hall as Trustee
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.