Title: Petition of Eliza M. Mosher, 11 July 1862
Date: July 11, 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.00885
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, Eliza M Mosher of George Town 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 certain persons of African descent of the name of Frank Mockabee aged about forty four years: Martha Snowden aged about twenty seven years: and Mary Doris aged about twenty one years for and during the life of said persons 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 Frank Mockabee was of the age of about 44 years: Martha Snowden about twenty seven years: and Mary Doris about 21 years and of the personal description following:(1)
- Frank Mockabee, 5 ft. 7 inches in height
- Martha Snowden, 5 " 4 " "
- Mary Doris—5 " 5 " "
- all dark brown, & stout & healthy—
|Frank||5 ft 7||all dark brown|
That your petitioner acquired said claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Your petitioner is sole heir at law & devise of Dr. Ninian Magruder deceased, of said District—She acquired by the will of said Ninian Magruder, on file in Orphans Court of said District, Nancy Williams, a slave for life—and Mother of said Martha Snowden & Mary Doris—and she acquired Frank Mockabee from the Estate of Jno Braddock, deceased, of Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, about the month of May 1846. for the sum of five hundred & fifty Dollars
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 Twelve Hundred dollars in money.(3)for Martha Snowden: Twelve Hundred dollars in money for Mary Doris: and Eight hundred dollars in money for Frank Mockabee. Said persons are healthy honest, domestic, and well trained servants, Mary Doris hearing however being slightly defective. Your petitioner knows of no other infirmity moral mental or bodily possessed by these persons, and does not believe that any exists—
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 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.
Eliza M. Mosher
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Eliza M. Mosher 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.
Eliza M. Mosher.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this eleventh day of July A. D. 1862.
Jenkin Thomas J Peace
Eliza M. Mosher
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.