Title: Petition of Abraham F. Kimmell, 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.00902
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, Abraham F. Kimmel of the City of Washington 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 name of Darkey Jackson Rose Cartwright and her three children Violet, Daisey & a baby three months old.
for and during the life of said persons
respectively and that by said act of Congress said persons respectively 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 Darkey was
about 45 or 50 years of age—Rose about
of the age of
and the baby about 3 months old and of the
personal description following:(1)
Darkey is of a copper
color—about medium size—Rose is
Daisey & the Baby are of a "Yellow Copper
Color"—neither of these servants has any particular
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said servants in manner following:(2) Darkey Jackson he bought in jail at Rockville in Montgomery County Maryland about ten years ago and has held her as a slave ever since in this City: Rose he obtained by marriage she forming part of the Estate of William Lambell late of the City of Washington, and passing to the wife of Your Petitioner who was a Daughter of said William in the distribution of his personal Estate.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Servants was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Three thousand dollars in money.(3)Darkey is a first rate cook & house servant—honest and industrious—Rose is a first rate house servant and nurse—the Children are perfectly healthy & very promising—neither of these servants has any moral mental or bodily defect or infirmity which should impair the value of petitioner's claim.
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 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 respectively w
asere 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 or either of them 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 respectively 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. And that the sum or
sums of money determined under the Provisions of the Act of Congress
aforesaid to be due to me by way of compensation or satisfaction for the
manumission of said
persons, be paid to said trustee to be by him applied
payment of said parts of said debt as may be still unpaid
A F. Kimmell
A. Thos. Bradley Trustee
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Abraham F. Kimmell 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.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12 day of July A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clk.
A. Thomas Bradley
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.