Title: Petition of Ellen J. King, 7 July 1862
Date: July 7, 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.00852
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, Ellen J. King of Washington County D.C. by this her petition in writing, represents and states, that she 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 one female and three male persons of African descent of the name of Betsy, Nace, Hezekiah and Charles that the last named Charles who calls himself Charles Montgomery was a slave for twenty six years from the 3rd of January 1853, and that the other two, to wit, Betsy, Nace and Hezekiah were slaves for and during the life of said three persons and that by said act of Congress said Betsy, Nace, Hezekiah & Charles are discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Betsy was of the age of about 54 years of age, [no handwritten text supplied here] was of about 49 years of age, that Hezekiah was of the age of 37 years about and that Charles about 17 or 18 years of age and of the personal description following:(1) to wit Betsy a dark colour rather thin in presence height about 5 feet 8 inches high Nace is the Brother of Betsy, also dark, robust between 5.10 and 6 feet high. Hezekiah dark, moderate development of person, about 5 feet 10 inches high. Charles is light brown complexion about 5 feet 10 inches high, tending to robust
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the
aforesaid service or labor of said Betsy
Nace, Hezekiah &
in manner following:(2)
under and by the last will and testament of her late
husband John H King of Washington County D.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Betsy was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of three hundred dollars in money.(3)to the services or labour of said Nace at the same time of the value of 1800 dollars; to the service or labour of Hezekiah at the same time was 2,000 dollars and to the service of Charles at the same time one thousand Dollars
Your petitioner hereby declares that she bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that she 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 she has 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 four 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 states and alleges, that her said claim to the service or labor of said four 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 prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of her said claim to the service or labor of said four 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.
Ellen J. King
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Ellen J. King of Washington 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.
Ellen J. King
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of July A. D. 1862.
H. Naylor J. Peace
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.