Title: Petition of Charles E. Mix, 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.00896
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 E.
Mix of Georgetown, D.
C. 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 certain persons of African descent of the names
respectively of Matilda Jones;
Henson [otherwise] Henderson
Perry; Charles Edward [otherwise]
Charles Edward Wilson; Susan
Contee; Alice Contee; Lizzie
Contee; George Washington Davis;
Bill Hamilton Jones; and Maria
Myers. for and during the life of said
lives 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 persons were respectively
was of the ages
of and of the personal description following:(1)
|Matilda Jones,||Dark;||aged 45 years;||5 feet 6 inches;|
|Henson [or] Henderson Perry,||Dark,||" 45 "||5 feet 9 inches;|
|Charles Edward [or]
Charles Edward Wilson
|Dark,||" 24 "||5 feet 10 inches;|
|Susan Contee,||Mulatto,||" 19 "||5 feet 3 inches;|
|Alice Contee,||Mulatto,||" 16 "||5 feet;|
|Lizzie Contee,||Mulatto,||" 14 "||4 feet 10 inches;|
|George Washington Davis,||Dark,||" 10 "||3 feet 11 inches,|
|Bill Hamilton Jones,||Dark,||" 4 "||2 feet 8 inches,|
|Maria Myers,||Mulatto,||" 3 months,|
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) by purchase as to Matilda Jones from Young for $800.00, Mr. Hammack, Penn'a Ave near 14th St being a witness thereto. Matildas issue is Bill Hamilton Jones, by purchase as to Henson [otherwise] Henderson Perry for $600.00 from G M Watkins of Montgomery County Maryland, under an agreement between Mr. Watkins and myself on the 2nd day of June 1860, being urgently solicited thereto by Perry himself, and actuated by a desire to subserve solely his interests, as by reference to Statement marked A, herewith, fill more fully appear; by purchase as to Charles Edward [otherwise] Charles Edward Wilson for $870.00 from the Administrators of Sarah M Worthington late of Nottingham in the State of Maryland see Statement marked B, herewith. At a sale to divide the estate of my wife's parents, she bought in as part of her interest Maria Contee with her two children Susan and Alice, Maria had issue in my family of Lizzie Contee, and George Washington Davis. Susan had issue of Maria Meyers. Respecting Charles Edward Wilson I would state that he was in my employment by here, before purchase. One of my daughters is so afflicted that it was necessary to provide for her use a carriage and horse which Charles had charge of. She has such reliance on him as a trusty driver that when he was offered for sale I purchased him.
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 6,908.13/100 dollars in money.(3)See Schedule marked D, herewith.
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.
Charles E. Mix,
This agreement made this 2nd day of June 1860 between G. M Watkins of Montgomery County, State of Maryland of the one part, and Charles E. Mix of Alexandria County State of Virginia of the other. Witnesseth, that the said Watkins for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred dollars ($600.) to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge, hath sold, or leased unto the said Mix his slave Henson Perry for the term of four years, dating from the 1st day of February 1860. It is further agreed and we hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, & assigns to each other to give at the expiration of the above time unto the said Henson Perry his freedom or manumission papers.
In witness whereof we hereby sign our hands, & affix our seals the day & date above written.
G. M. Watkins SS
Charles E. Mix SS
Jno L Kidwell
for G M Watkins
I acquired Henson [otherwise] Henderson Perry in the following manner. He solicited my intervention in his behalf, for the following among other reasons,—that he had a wife and children residing in Georgetown D.C,—that, his master had for certain considerations given him a chance to purchase himself;—that he had paid a portion thereon leaving a balance due of $600.00, or thereabouts, but he felt anxious to make an arrangement by which, within a specified time, he could acquire his freedom, and, in the meantime be near his family and without the prospect of being separated therefrom.
He was regarded as a valuable hand, being competent to perform generally mechanical labor required on a farm. I therefore advanced to his master the sum of $600.00,—agreeing to allow to said Perry $150.00 per annum for his labor, exclusive of clothing and board; and that, if by any proper means he could re-imburse me in kind within the period of four years, I was, and did agree, to manumit him. He his the agreement,—no copy having been by me retained.
Charles E. Mix,
28 April 1855 Red of Mr. Charles E Mix [the?] acceptance of [illegible] for eight hundred ninety six dollars ten cents, at [six months date?] 30 March 1855 and payable at [illegible] at the Banking house of Johnson [illegible] Baltimore [illegible] when paid will be in full of negro boy said Mr Mix belonging to the estate of the late Sarah M Worthington [boy named?] Charles Edward
J H Kearny
Adm of Sarah M Worthington
per C [illegible]
Statement of Amt due C. E Mix by Henderson Perry (colored)
|Int on do from Feby 1st 1860 to Feby 1st 1861 offset by Boy Bill|
|Amt due Feby 1st 1860||600|
|Deduct 1 yr labor of Perry from Feby 1st 1860 to Feby 1st 1861.||150|
|Balance due Feby 1, 1861,||$450|
|Int on do from Feby 1st 1861 to Nov 10th 1861, 9 mo & 10 dys||21|
|Amt due Nov 10th 1861||471.—|
|Deduct labor of Perry from Feby 1st 1861 to Nov 10th 1861, 9 mo & 10 dy @ 15 per anum||116.67|
|Cash paid Mch 9th 1861||12—|
|Int on do from Mch 9, 1861, to Nov 10th 1861 8 mo 1 dys||.49 12.46 129.16|
|Balance due Nov 10th 1861||341.84|
|Int on do from Nov 10th 1861 to Mch 15th 1862 4 mo 5 dys||7.12|
|Amt due Mch 15th 1862||348.96|
|Cash Labor Paid Mch 15th 1862||15.—|
|Balance due Mch 15th 1862||333.96|
|Int on do from " 15th 1862 to June 1st 1862, 2 mo 10 dys||4.17|
|Amt due June 1st 1862||338.13|
|Henson [or] Henderson
Perry, due me 1st June
as per Statement marked C, herewith,
|Charles Edward [or] Charles Edward Wilson,||1,800||"|
|George Washington Davis,||400||"|
|Bill Hamilton Jones,||150||"|
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Charles E. Mix 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.
Charles E. Mix,
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of June A. D. 1862.
Wm. R. Woodward clk
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.