Title: Petition of Charles Homiller, 8 July 1862
Date: July 8, 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.00857
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 Homiller of the District of Columbia, 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 Twelve persons of African descent of the names of Mary Etchison, Kingsley Etchison Dallas Etchison, Adelaide Etchison, Laura Etchison, Banks Etchison, Mary Ann Hawkins, Virginia Hawkins, George Hawkins, Abraham Lincoln Hawkins, Fanny Hawkins Kate Jackson for and during the life of said persons respectively and that by said act of Congress said persons respectively were 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 respectively in order of their names above mentioned were of the ages of thirty eight years, 22 years, 20 years, 11 years, 6 years, 2 ½ years 26 years, 10 years, 3 ½ years, 1 ½ years, 45 years, 17 years and of the personal description following:(1)
|Mary Etchison||female||dark brown color,||about 5 ft 3 in high,||Dark set face,|
|Kingsley Etchison,||male,||" " " ,||" 6 ft 1 in " ,||good appearance|
|Dallas Etchison,||" ,||light brown " ,||" 5 ft 6 in " ,||" "|
|Adelaide Etchison||female||light brown " ,||" 3 ft 11 in " ,||" "|
|Laura Etchison||" ,||" " " ,||" 3 ft 5 in " ,||" "|
|Banks Etchison||male,||" " " ,||" 2 ft 10 in " ,||" "|
|Mary Ann Hawkins,||female,||dark brown " ,||" 5 ft— " ,||pleasant face|
|Virginia Hawkins||" ,||light " " ,||" 4 ft. 2 in " ,||" " "|
|George Hawkins||male,||" " " ,||" 3 ft 1 in " ,||" " "|
|Abraham Lincoln Hawkins||" ,||" " " ,||" 2 ft 2 in " ,||" " "|
|Fanny Hawkins||female,||dark brown " ,||" 5 ft 4 in " ,||" " "|
|Kate Jackson||" ,||" " ,||" 4 ft 9 in " ,||" " intelligent|
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) He purchased from [W. Veirs Bonic?] as trustee, about ten or twelve years ago— Mary Etchison and her children Kingsley and Dallas—Adelaide, Laura and Banks, also her children were born while Petitioner owned their mother—He purchased Mary Ann from John Hurley about 22 or 23 years ago and Virginia, George & Abe were born while Petitioner owned their mother—He purchased Fanny from Mr. Donahue of Georgetown about 5 years ago, and Kate, he purchased from Mr. Isaac Smoot Georgetown about 15 years ago.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons respectively was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Eighty three hundred & fifty dollars in money.(3)All of said persons are healthy & sound, and free from any mental, moral or bodily infirmity or defects impairing the value of your Petitioners claim to their services, if there is any such, your petitioner has no knowledge of it. Said Mary is a capable cook and house servant. Said Kingsley & Dallas are skillful, practical butchers Said Adelaide is a quick & sprightly servant—said Laura is [apt?] and handy to do & to learn, Said Mary Ann, is a good, thorough, house servant, said Virginia promises to be the same. Said Catherine or Kate is a superior house Servant, and Fanny is still an useful & efficient servant—said Laura, Banks, and George are hearty healthy children.
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 persons or either 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 respectively w[ere?] 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 respectively 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said persons respectively 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.
I, Charles Homiller 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.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of July A. D. 1862.
Jn. H. Johnson J. P. seal
W. Veirs Bonic
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.