Title: Petition of George W. Hatton, 28 June 1862
Date: June 28, 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.00781
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, George W. Hatton 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 Lethee Bowie & her child John Bowie
persons of African descent of the names of Lethee
Bowie & John Bowie for and
during the life of said Lethee
Bowie & John Bowie and that by
said act of Congress said Lethee
Bowie & John Bowie 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 Lethee Bowie was of the age of forty five years
of the age of
the said John Bowie of the age of
three years and of the personal description following:(1)
to wit. Lethee Bowie of black
complexion, five feet & seven inches in height,—has a scar on the
right foot, below the instep, caused by the cut of an axe, & also a scar
on the left wrist caused by a cut:—John Bowie is
a male mulatto, & the child of the above named woman,
Lethee, & is two feet & seven inches in
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Lethee & John Bowie in manner following:(2) to wit, by purchase from B. O. Sheckells, for & in consideration of the sum of six hundred & fifty dollars paid by your petitioner to said Sheckels, on the 25th day of September, A. D. 1856, as will more fully appear by reference to the receipt from said Sheckells, bearing date the 25th Sept. 1856, & herewith exhibited, & marked "Exhibit A," & which your petitioner prays may be taken & considered as part of this petition & as evidence of your petitioner's title to said Lethee & John, etc. &c.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Lethee & John Bowie was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of five hundred dollars in money.(3)The said Lethee & John Bowie are both perfectly healthy & sound in body and mind. The said Lethee has not to my present recollection lost as much as one day from sickness, since I have owned her except the usual time of lying in at the birth of said John, who, is not the child referred to in said receipt from Sheckels, that child being in Maryland & this one, (John) having been born since I purchased the mother, Lethee. The said Lethee is a good, faithful servant, & can do all sorts of work in a house or family
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 Lethee & John Bowie
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said
act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Lethee & John
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 Lethee & John 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 Lethee & John Bowie 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.
Geo. W. Hatton
Letha & child
Letha & child
Robt B Brashear
for B O Sheckells
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, George W. Hatton 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.
Geo. W. Hatton
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of June A. D. 1862.
Jno. H. Johnson JP. Seal
Geo. W. Hatton
pr. M. Thompson
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.