Title: Petition of Thomas C. Cox, 1 July 1862

Date: July 1, 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.00822

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To the Commissioners under the Act of Congress entitled "An Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia"

Your Petitioner, Thomas C. Cox, in right of his wife, Margaret Cox, formerly Robinson, and as guardian and next friend of Francis Robinson and Walter W. H. Robinson, who are minors under twenty one years of age, respectfully shews​ that they are persons loyal to the United States, who, at the time of the passage of said Act of Congress, held a certain claim to service or labor, against certain persons of African descent, for their lives, who were discharged from service by said act, which said persons are of the names, ages, description and values following, viz:

name, age, height, color, value
Nancy West, 60 yrs​, 5 ft 2 in, mulatto, $200.
Margaret West, 42 " , 4 " 11 ", copper color, 500.
Loulie Briscoe 17 " , 5 " ½ " " " 1,000.
Ellen G. West 3 " , 2 " 9 " bright mulatto 300.
Delilah Henson 15 " 5 " 3 ½" " " 1,000.
Chas. Carter 60 " 5 " 9 " black 200.

He further shows, that said persons  were slaves for life of Mrs Frances H. P. Robinson, late of Georgetown, D.C. decd​, and the said Margaret, Francis and Walter, are three, out of six, children, heirs and distributees of the said Frances Robinson, and are therefore entitled to one undivided moiety of the value of said slaves and their claims aforesaid is therefore of the value of sixteen hundred dollars, in money, and with the exceptions that said Charles Carter is addicted to drink and said Margaret West is lame, he knows of no defects or infirmities, mental, moral or physical, affecting the value of said claim.

He further declares, hereby, that he, the said Margaret, Francis & Walker, bear true allegiance to the government of the United States and have not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in anyway given aid or comfort thereto, that said slaves were not brought into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress, aforesaid, but, at that date, were held to service by virtue of the claim aforesaid and that said claim does not originate in or by vir tue 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,

He prays you to examine and decide the validity of the claim aforesaid & to report the same in pursuance of the act of Congress &c&c

Thos. C. Cox

I, Thomas C. Cox, being duly sworn, say, that the matters & things stated in the aforegoing petition as of my own knowledge, are true, and those stated on information I believe to be true

Thos. C. Cox

Sworn to and subscribed before me this twenty fourth day of May, AD 1862

Henry Reaver J Peace

Francis W. Robinson and Walter W H Robinson, being duly sworn, say, that they are loyal to the United States and that the matters stated in the aforegoing Petition are true, to the best of the Knowledge & belief

Francis F. Robinson
Walter W H. Robinson.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 30th day of June AD 1862—

Henry Reaver J Peace
Petition of
T. C. Cox [et al?]
Filed July 1, 1862.
Wm H Dougal
CapJno D. Kurtz
Transcription and encoding: Janel Cayer, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Kenneth M. Price.