Title: Petition of Charles E. Sherman, 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.00795
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, Charles E
Sherman of Washington 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 Nine persons
of African descent of the names of Henny Mockabee, Mary
Mockabee, and her two Children, Frank
and Sarah Mockabee, Rose Mockabee,
and her son Henry Mockabee, Ann
Mockabee, Lou (or Louise) Mockabee, and
Walter Garner, for and during the life of
said named persons and that by said act of
Congress said persons have all 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
respectively of the ages
of and of the personal descriptions
- Henny Mockabee, aged 45 years, of dark brown color, large, strong and healthy, a first rate Cook in every branch of the art, and a good washer and ironer, and also a good house servant:
- Mary Mockabee, a daughter of the Said Henny, aged 28 years, light brown color, an Experienced and first rate house servant in Every line of duty, also a very good cook washer and ironer, of medium size strong & healthy:
- Rose Mockabee, another daughter of Said Henny, aged 21 years, rather darker in color than her Mother, a little above medium hight, strong and healthy, a first rate house servant, and a good Cook washer & ironer.
- Ann Mockabee, another daughter of said Henny, aged 19 years, color nearly the same as her Mothers full sized strong and healthy, and an Experienced house servant, also a good out door and farm servant.
- Lou (or Louisa) Mockabee, another daughter of the said Henny, aged 17 years, same color as her Mother, a good nurse and house servant, medium sized nearly, strong & healthy, & fair seamstress:
- Frank & Sarah Mockabee, children of the said Mary, both light ulattoes & the girl Sarah very bright—Frank is between 8 & 9 years of age, very likely and intellisnt, a very good dining room servant & can read & write & cypher, & has an unusual capacity for business; Sarah, the girl, is between 3 & 4 years of age, & exceedingly likely and intelligent: Frank will be 9 and Sarah 4 years of age during the present summer; both are strong and healthy:
- Henry Mockabee, a son of the said Rose, aged 3 years, a Mulatto, and a large, intelligent and healthy boy.
- Walter Garner, aged
about 47 years, dark Complexioned, tall (over 6 feet) strong and
healthy, a good Cook and carriage driver, and a good farm hand, and in
all respects and Experienced & reliable man and Servant.
For this man, I claim only a portion of his value, as he has paid in part for his freedom. The amount due me will be shown by the public records.
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons above named in manner following:(2) viz to the said Henny, Mary, Rose and Ann, by a bill of sale from Samuel T. Stonestreet of Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, Trustee, dated the 7th June 1844,—the original of which, duly authenticated, will be laid before the Hon Commissioners: That the residue of the said persons Except the said Walter Garner, are the issue of the said Henny, Mary and Rose, born since his said purchase of their Mothers, & while owned & [possessed?] by him. That his claim & title to said Walter Garner is founded on a Bill of sale from Philip King of Prince Georges County, Maryland, 1852 which will also be Exhibited.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons, he fully believes, was, at the time of
said discharge therefrom, of the value of some
$8,000 dollars in money
.,(3)though, owing to the Extraordinary
condition of the country a cash demand for them at their real intrinsic
value, did not exist at the date of the Emancipation act, yet he views that
condition of things as but temporary, & when it shall have been passed,
he believes the cash value of an increasing family of healthy, contented,
and will trained servants, like that above described, would more than
realise the above sum, with interest from the date of the said law of
Congress; & he believes that the value of such servants will be much
Enhanced when existing disturbances are closed.
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 above named persons,
nor any 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 w
asere all 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 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
transfer being in 1852.
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. & as in duty bound will ever pray
Charles E Sherman
No 413 third street Washington D. C.
To the Commissioners, under the act of April 16th 1862, entitled "An for the release of Certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia"
The undersigned represents to your honorable body that he is the owner and holder of a certain note of hand against Chas. E. Sherman bearing date the 22d day of November 1854 for the sum of four thousand one hundred dollars, that said note bearing even date therewith was secured by Deed of Trust to Wm A. Mix trustee and recorded in Nov. 25, 1854 in Liber J. A. S. No 89. folios, 375, 376, 377, & 378 of the Land Records of Washington County in the District of Columbia, upon Certain Slave property to wit, Henry, a Cook, Ann, Rose & Lou, as described in another and subsequent deed of trust made to Wm S. Holliday bearing date the 20th Feb 1858. By virtue of said lien, the said note still remaining unpaid and said trust Deed unexecuted, I claim the award for said slaves made, or to be made by you under the above recited act, under said Deed of trust to which you are respectfully referred.
Given under my hand this 3d day of October 1862
Your petitioner further represents and states, that he is a person loyal to the United States, and bears true and faithful allegiance to the government thereof, and that he has not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
Subscribed and sworn to by Wm Lee before me this 13th day of Novr 1862
Wm R. Woodward
clerk of Commission
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Charles E Sherman of said County 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.
Charles E Sherman
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28th day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J. P.
Letter at Lewis Johnsons Bank
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.