Title: Petition of Ariana J. Lyles, 9 July 1862
Date: July 9, 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.00867
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, Ariana J. Lyles of the District of Columbia 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 twelve person of African descent of the names of Randall
Ford, Adrian Conter
David Oliver, John Oliver,
Henry Rozin Hannibal Rozin, Sophia Ford,
Eliza Rozin, Maria Brown,
Sally Rozin & Anthony
for and during the life of said persons
respectively and that by said act of Congress said person 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 person were of the ages
following—Randall 57 years,
Adrian 32, David 24,
John 26, Henry 8,
Hannibal 6, Sophia 70,
Eliza 31, Maria 26,
of the age of
Caroline 16, and
Sally 4— and of the personal
Randall, dark copper color about
five feet seven inches in height—
Adrian—dark copper color stout five feet ten
inches in height—David, same color— five
feet, nine—John, same color, five feet,
eight,—Henry—same color —four
feet high— Hannibal—same color—Three
feet high—Sophia same color—five feet five
inches in height—Chiah same color—five
feet high—Eliza—same color—about five
feet hight—Maria—same color—about
five feet four—Caroline is of a lighter
color—a "Yellow" about five feet high—Sally—a dark copper color about 30 inches in height—All are sound and neither of them has any particular marks, now
That your petitioner acquired her claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Chiah, she purchased from The Estate of Hanson Marshall late of Charles County Maryland, deceased—all the rest she acquired by the will of her husband Dennis M Lyles late of Prince George's County deceased
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 Eight-Thousand seven hundred & ninety dollars in money.(3)These servants are all sound healthy industrious and willing—honest and sober—good farm hands and house servants—The Children very promising and neither, has any moral, mental or bodily defect or infirmity which should impair the value of petitioner's claim
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 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 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 her 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 her 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.
Ariana, J. Lyles
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Ariana J. Lyles 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.
Ariana, J. Lyles
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of July A. D. 1862.
Justice of the Peace in & for said District & County
Ariana J. Lyles
Dennis B Lyles
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.