Title: Petition of Mary Jane Turner and Rebecca H. Turner, 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 6. 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.00765
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 Petitioners, M. Jane Turner and Rebecca H. Turner of Frederick County
State of Maryland by this their petition in writing, represent
and states, that they are
is a persons 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 James Thomas
Rachel Johnson and Lucinda
Johnson persons of African
descent of the name of James
Thomas, Rachel Johnson now married, the name of
her husband not known, and Lucinda Johnson for
and during the life of said M. Jane
Turner and Rebecca H Turner and
that by said act of Congress said James
Thomas, Rachel Johnson and
Lucinda Johnson were discharged and freed of
and from all claim of your petitioners to such
service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said James Thomas was of the age of fifty
five years—the said Rachel Johnson of the age of
thirty years, and said Lucinda
Johnson of the age of fifteen years and of the personal
- James Thomas, Black about five feet ten inches in height
- Rachel Johnson; a dark mulatto—about five feet, five or six inches high—
- Lucinda Johnson a dark mulatto about four feet, six inches in heighth
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said negro slaves in manner following:(2) James Thomas—one third by purchase from our brother the late Thomas Turner—the remaining two thirds by inheritance, from our father Thomas Turner of the District of Columbia Rachel Johnson—in the same manner Lucinda Johnson in the same manner These negroes belong to Your Petitioners jointly, there never having been a division of the same
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said negro slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of fifteen hundred dollars in money.(3)James Thomas is a valuable negro, hiring himself out at fourteen dollars per month with our consent James Thomas is sometimes affected with rheumatism—not impairing his value Rachel Johnson—and Lucinda Johnson are in good health—and we have no knowledge of any infirmity or defect moral or physical—
Your petitioners hereby declares that they bear
s 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 petitioners further state
allege s, that they have not brought said slaves into the District of Columbia since the
passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof,
said negro slaves was held to service or labor
therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said negro slaves 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 petitioners pray
s the said
Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of their said claim to the service or labor of said
negro slaves 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.
M Jane Turner
Rebecca H Turner
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
I, M Jane
Thomas and Rebecca H Turner
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, we
I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
Mary Jane Turner
Rebecca H Turner
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of June A. D. 1862.
Justice of the Peace
I hereby Certify, That Wm Mahony Esquire, before whom the foregoing Affidavits was made and who has thereto subscribed his name, was at the time of so doing, a JUSTICE OF THE PEACE of the State of Maryland, in and for Frederick County, duly elected, commissioned and sworn.
In Testimony Whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of the Circuit Court for Frederick County, this 19th day of June A. D. 1862
B G Fitzhugh
Clerk of the Circuit Court for Frederick Co.
Rebecca H. Turner
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.