Title: Petition of Stephen Gough and Georgeanna Gough, 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.00789
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."
Stephen Gough and Georgeanna Gough
by this their petition in writing,
s and state s, 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 the
following six persons of African
descent of the name of
Emily Greenwell, Charlotte
Greenwell, Martha Greenwell,
Betty Greenwell, Emily Greenwell
2nd, and Louisa Jane Greenwell
for and during the life of said six persons
and that by said act of Congress said six persons
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 six persons were
was of the age of
and of the personal description following:(1)
- Emily Greenwell, aged 57 years—bright yellow—regular features, thin figure, medium height—good address.
- Charlotte aged 29 years—Dark complexion, irregular features—medium height good figure and demeanor.
- Martha, aged 25 years—bright yellow good features—below medium height—slight figure, amiable expression & pleasant address.
- Betty—aged 19 years, 4 months—Dark complexion—irregular features, slight figure, medium height—blunt address
- Emily 2nd, aged 17 years 9 months—Bright yellow—irregular features—figure slight—medium height.
- Louisa Jane—aged 14 years, 3 months—complexion rather bright—good features, slight figure, and well grown for a girl in her fifteenth year.
That your petitioner acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said six persons in manner following:(2) We inherited them as children and sole surviving heirs of Stephen and Elizabeth Gough late of Saint Marys County Maryland, both of whom died intestate
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said six persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of say 4200 dollars in money.(3) These persons were valued two years since by the assessors of the Corporation of Georgetown as follows- Emily, $400- Charlotte $800- Martha $800- Betty $800- Emily 2nd $600- and Louisa Jane $400- and we have paid taxes accordingly- we estimate an increase of $200 each on the value of Emily 2nd and Louisa Jane, since that assessment, making the aggregate of $4200, as stated.
Your petitioner hereby declare
s that they bear s true
and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that they have
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 state
s and allege s, that they
hasnot brought said six persons into
the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said six 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 state
s and allege s, that their said claim to the service or labor of said six 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 s pray
s the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the
validity of their said claim to the service or
labor of said six 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.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We, Stephen Gough and
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 our 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 fact.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of June A. D. 1862.
Jenkin Thomas J Peace
Stephen Gough and
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.