Title: Petition of Landon W. Worthington, 12 July 1862
Date: July 12, 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.00897
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, Landon W Worthington of Washington City DC, 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 one female person of African descent of the name of Jennie Carter for and during the
life of said term of years to expire on the 31st day of December 1867 being nearly six years and that by said act of Congress said Jennie Carter was, discharged and freed of and from all claim
of your petitioner to such service or labor that at the time of said discharge
said, Jennie Carter was of
the age of fifteen years and of the personal
about five feet four inches high, tolerable fleshy, and large, chesnut color. good looking and vary healthy, can read, and write no particular marks or scars but
believed to be perfectly sound. a tolerable fair cook, and house Servant for
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Jennie Carter in manner following:(2) Your Petitioner was twelve years ago a citizen of London County Virginia, in which state the said Jennie Carter was born, and was manumitted with her mother and a sister to be free at twenty one years of age, her grand father Ellick Carter becoming owner of their term of service, her grandfather, Ellick Carter give the three to me for their term of service, their labor to pay me for their raising the mother having two years to serve, said Jennie about sixteen months old and the younger sister about three month old. Since (dead) Mother free
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Jennie Carter was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of four hundred dollars in money.(3)for the remainder of the term for which she was held to service. She is a valuable house servant, and your Petitioner knows of no moral, mental, or bodily infirmities, to impair her value, and does not believe that any such exist
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 Jennie Carter into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Jennie Carter 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 Jennie Carter 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 Jennie Carter 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.
Landon W Worthington
Residence No 556 M St btw. 8 & 9th Street
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Landon W Worthington 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.
Landon W Worthington.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of July A. D. 1862.
Jno. H. Johnson JP seal
Justice of Peace
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.