Title: Petition of Nancy W. Davis, 13 June 1862
Date: June 13, 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.00764
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."
Nancy W. Davis
of the District of
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 one female, and
three male persons of African descent of
the names of
Ann Lowry, Steptoe Lowry,
George Lowry, and Simon Moore
respectively for and during the life of said
and that by said act of Congress said persons
were all 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 respective ages of said Ann
Lowry, 45 years, said Steptoe 25 years,
said George 20 years, said Simon
of the age of and of the personal description following:(1)
The said Ann is quite small, long
head black. Said Steptoe is about five feet 10 inches
high, black color. SaidGeorge is about 5 feet 6 inches
high, black color, said Simonis about 5 feet 10 inches
high black color.
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons respectively in manner following:(2) The said Ann Lowry was given to her when quite a small child by Petitioners Father Leonard Y. Davis of Jefferson County in the state of Virginia, deceased, and was raised by your Petitioner, and the said Steptoe and George Lowry are her children born during her servitude. Said Simon was purchased by your Petitioner's said father at a sale made of the personal property belonging to the Estate of Ebin. Taylor late of Clark County in the state aforesaid deceased about the year 1831 or 1832, and was purchased for your Petitioner all of said slaves were acquired for the reason of the natural care and affliction of her said father for Petitioner.
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 thirty eight hundred dollars in money.(3) Said servants are all trusty, honest, and capable. Said Ann is a good cook and house servant. Said Steptoe and George are able bodied men, and good farm hands, the later is remarkably handy to do anything assigned to him, either as house servant, buying and selling or any other work. Simon for his years is as capable and faithful as any servant ever was. All are in good health, free from any moral, mental and bodily infirmities or defects to impair their value, and your Petitioner avers that she has no knowledge of any such infirmity or defect.
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 or either of them into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said persons respectively ware 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 respectively 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.
Nancy W. Davis
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Nancy W. Davis of the District of Columbia 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.
Nancy W. Davis
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29th day of May A. D. 1862.
Samuel Drury JP
Nancy W. Davis
James L. Davis
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.