Title: Petition of William B. Jones, 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.00859
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, William B. Jones of Washington D.C. by
this his petition in
writing, represents and states, that [no handwritten text supplied here] 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 two persons of African descent of the names of Virginia Williams and Margaret Williams
for and during the
life of said time until they shall each arrive at the age of thirty years and that by
said act of Congress said persons 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 were
of the ages of Eighteen & sixteen years—
and of the personal description following:(1)
- Virginia Williams, female, aged 18 years dark color sound and healthy—valued at $700.—
- Margaret Williams, female, aged 16 years bright Mulatto sound and healthy—valued at $800.—
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said [no handwritten text supplied here] in manner following:(2) They were purchased by his late father Thos. Jones from the Estate of Baptist Kirby dec'd. and were inherited by your petitioner at his fathers death together with the Mother of said persons under the provisions of the will of said Kirby said persons were to be free when they arrived at the age of thirty years—
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 fifteen hundred dollars in money.(3)Both of said persons are very useful, healthy and industrious, and devoid of any defects or infirmities either morally, mentally or bodily—
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 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
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 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 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 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.
W. B. Jones
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, William B. Jones 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.
W. B. Jones
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th day of July A. D. 1862.
F. J. Murphey J. P.
Petition of Wm B. Jones
(at U.S. arsenal)—
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.