Title: Petition of Henry Tolson, 14 July 1862
Date: July 14, 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.00925
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."
Henry Tolson, administrator of Geo. W.
Prince George Co. Maryland 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 the
following persons of
African descent of the names of —Kitty Mead—
Hannah Butler, Harriet Boone
and Charlotte Brooks for and during the life of
Harriet, and Charlotte
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 of the ages
following, to wit: Kitty Mead about
Seventy-six years, Hannah Butler about Sixty-two,
Harriet Boone about Sixty five, and
Charlotte Brooks about Eighty years of age.
and of the personal description following:(1)
- Kitty Mead—Mulatto—
- Hanna Butler—Dark Copper color—
- Harriet Boone—Black—
- Charlotte Brooks—Black—
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) On the 27th day of January AD 1862, as administrator with the will annexed of the personal estate of George W. Marriott late of Prince George Co. State of Maryland—
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 $250— dollars in money.(3) Your Petitioner states that he does not believe that the said Kitty Mead and Charlotte Brooks have any market value on account of their great age—but that the said Hannah Butler is worth $150— she being an excellent house servant—and that the said Harriet Boone is worth $100—she being likewise a good house servant. Your Petitioner alleges that he has no knowledge that the said Hannah Butler and Harriet Boone, or either of them, have any moral, mental or bodily defects or infirmities
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.
State of Maryland Sct:
Orphan's Court Prince Georges County
Ordered by the Court that Henry Tolson Administrator C.T.A. of George W. Marriott late of said County deceased, be and he is hereby authorized to proceed to recover the value of certain negroes belonging to said testators estate, now in the District of Columbia Emancipated by the Law of Congress at its present session and that he use all reasonable efforts in his power to recover the amount fixed by said act of Congress emancipating, and providing for the payment of said negroes so Emancipated—
I William A. Jarboe Register of wills for Prince George's County in the State aforesaid do hereby certify that the aforegoing is a true copy of an order passed by the Orphans Court of said County on the twentieth day of May 1862, and upon record remaining in the office of the Register of wills for said County
In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of the Orphan's Court for Prince George's County this 21st day of May AD 1862
Wm A. Jarboe Regr of wills
THE STATE OF MARYLAND.
THE SUBSCRIBER, Register of Wills for Prince George's County, doth hereby certify, that it appears by the Records in his office, that LETTERS of Administration with the will annexed of all the goods, chattels, credits and personal estate of George W. Marriott late of Prince Georges deceased, were on the 27th day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and Sixty-two granted and committed unto Henry Tolson who was then and there appointed Administrator C.T.A of the said deceased.
In Testimony Whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the Seal of the Orphan's Court of said county, this 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and Sixty-two
Wm A. Jarboe
Register of Wills for Prince George's County.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Henry Tolson Administrator 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.
Henry Tolson Admr.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of July A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J. P.
Petition of Henry Tolson Admr—
Robt F. Martin
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.