Title: Petition of Thomas Young, 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.00759

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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, Thomas Young of Washington DC by this [no handwritten text supplied here] 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 the following named person of African descent of the name of Louisa Forrest Joseph Forrest Jane Rosetta ForrestMartha Ann Forrest John Wesley Forrest, Adelaide Clinton Forrest, Arthur Forrest and Annie Forrest for and during the life of said persons and that by said act of Congress said persons have been 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 all in good health and living in Washington as I now believe and state and of the age of described in my statement filed with John A. Smith Esq​, Clerk of the Circuit Court and of the personal description following:(1)

  • Louisa Forrest, Bright Mulatto, short thick sett
  • Joseph Forrest, Dark Copper Colour​ do do
  • Jane Rosetta Forrest, Bright Mulatto
  • Martha Ann Forrest, Dark Copper short
  • John Wesley Forrest, Bright Mulatto
  • Adelaide Forrest, Bright Mulatto
  • Arthur Forrest, very Bright do
  • Annie Forrest, Copper Colour
The hight​ of above are all given in former statement and the ages as taken from the family record


That your petitioner acquired the claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Maria Forrest and Louisa Forrest were given by the Will of James A. Crane of St. Marys County Maryland in 1836 to his daughter Mary, with whom I married and acquired the right & claim, Louisa and the first named five persons are the children of Maria Forrest, and Arthur and Annie Forrest are the children of Louisa The will of Jas A Crane is recorded at Leonard Town St Marys Co Md

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said within named persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of $9700 dollars in money.(3)Louisa is a most valuable woman being a good cook, washer and ironer, and can cut and make mens or womens clothing and is worth $1500. Joseph Uriah is a fine cook and a fine dining room and general house servant—all are very healthy and of good moral character, I have refused one thousand dollars for Arthur, but he was never for sale or any of the others

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 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 [no handwritten text supplied here] 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 his 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.

(Signed by)
Thos Young

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

I, Thomas Young 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.

(Signed by)
Thos Young

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23 day of June A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
Wm R. Woodward clk
Thos Young
Washington DC
Filed June 23, 1862

 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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