Title: Petition of John S. Johns, Lucy M. Johns, William S. Darrell, and Virginia E. Darrell, 30 June 1862
Date: June 30, 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.00811
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 John S Johns,
Lucy M Johns and
Wm S Darrell of
Washington, D.C and Virginia E.
Darrell by this their
petition in writing, represent 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 three female and one male, persons of African descent of the name of "Susan",
"Marion", "Martha," and
"William Henry" for and during the life of
Marion, Martha, and
William Henry, and that by said act of
Congress said Susan,
Marion, Martha and
William Henry were severally discharged and
freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at
the time of said discharge said "Susan was of the age of Twenty Seven years (27 yrs.) or thereabouts and of the personal description
a dark mulatto woman—medium height—quite
stout and strong—likely and intelligent. Marion
daughter of Susan—was of the age of Twelve (12.)
years. or thereabouts and of the personal description following: a dark
mulatto girl, not very stout likely and intelligent.
Susan—was of the age of Seven (7) years, or
thereabouts, and of the personal description following: a dark mulatto
girl—well proportioned—strong and stout for her age—likely
and intelligent. William Henry—Son of
Susan—was of the age of Fourteen (14.)
months, or thereabouts, and of the personal description following: a dark
mulatto boy.—well formed, and likely.
That your petitioners acquired their claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) through Sarah, V. (decd) the late wife of Your Petitioner, Darrell: Benjamin E Brooke, who died testate, leaving his interest in said persons to Lucy M Johns (formerly Darrell.) the wife of John S. Johns—Your Petitioners, and Lucy Ann Brooke who died testate, and leaving her interest in said persons to the Children of Wm S Darrell—your Petitioner—Viz: to Lucy M. Johns, Virginia E Darrell, Armstead M Darrell, Mary Darrell, Wm Brooke Darrell Benjamin V. Darrell, and Florence E.—now the wife of H. Howard Young.—three of whom, viz: Mary, Wm Brooke & Benjamin V, are minors: that your Petitioner has been appointed Guardian to his said Children (viz: your Petitioner, Darrell) and is now acting in that capacity, and that the said Children are considerably in debt to your Petitioner (Darrell): That the said Sarah V. Darrell—formerly Brooke—Benjamin E Brooke, and Lucy Ann Brooke, acquired the said persons by inheritance, and were equally interested in the same: that is each having one-third interest in the same—which passed to your Petitioners as aforesaid—and by virtue of the marriage aforesaid.—And your Petitioners beg leave to pledge to said Wills, recorded in the Orphans Court—and that the said may be considered part of this petition.
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 Twenty six hundred dollars in money.(3)that is to say: Susan $1200. Marion $700. Martha $500. and William Henry $200: That the said Susan, is a good cook, and housekeeper sound and healthy, of good disposition and trustworthy, and can command good wages anytime: the said Marion, is a very useful girl about a house—either as chambermaid, or nurse.—sound and healthy. of good habits—the said Martha, is a smart, active girl, useful about a house—of good disposition and habits. the said Wm Henry, is a sound, healthy boy and servant for his age. And your Petitioners aver that they have no Knowledge of any moral, mental, or bodily defect, or infirmity, in any of said persons calculated to impair their said claim.
Your petitioners hereby declare
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 persons into the District of
Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at
the time of the passage thereof, said persons
were held to service or labor
therein under and by virtue of your petitioner 's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioners further state
allege s, that their said claim to
the service or labor of said persons
do es 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
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
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.
Jno S. Johns
Lucy M Johns
Wm. S Darrell
in his own right & as Guardian
Virginia E. Darrell
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, William S
Darrell, John S Johns &
Lucy M Johns & Virginia E
Darrell 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
Jno S. Johns
Lucy M Johns
Wm S. Darrell
Virginia E. Darrell
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23rd day of June A. D. 1862.
Jos Peck (JP—
John S Johns
& Lucy M Johns
Wm S Darrell
in his own right & as Guardian
& Virginia E Darrell
P. A. Fitzhugh
E. E. White
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.