Title: Petition of Thomas T. Barnes, 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.00945
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, Thomas T.
Barnes 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 two persons person of
African descent of the name of Ellen
Middleton and Henry Allen for and
the life of said
a term of years, they were to have served until each
shall have arrived to the age of thirty years. That is to say, the said
Ellen had about five years to serve and the said
Henry had about Eight years to serve from the date
of said act 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 Ellen was of the age
of about twenty six years, and the said Henry was
of the age of about twenty two years and of the
personal description following:(1)
said Ellen Color dark and about
medium size, the said Henry is a dark mulatto about
five feet seven inches high
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) I purchased the said Ellen and Henry, and their Mother Lethe of the Estate of Mrs Ann Orm of this City. The said Lethe their said Mother was to have Served until she arrived to the age of thirty five years. And I presume the said Ellen and Henry were also to be free when they arrived to that age. I have no papers to refresh my memory as to the price paid, but believe it was about four hundred Dollars for the said Ellen and Henry
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons were
was, at the time of said discharge
therefrom, of the value of thirteen hundred dollars in
money.(3)that is to Say, the said
Ellen was worth five hundred Dollars, and the said
Henry was worth eight hundred Dollars, The said
Ellen is inteligent, honest and industrious and a first rate Cook Washer and Ironer,
and the said Henry is very smart inteligent, industrious and obedient. neither the said
Ellen or Henry have any moral,
mental or bodily infirmities or defects to my knowledge and aver that I do
not believe any 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 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.
Thomas T. Barnes
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Thomas T. Barnes 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.
Thomas T. Barnes
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14 day of July A. D. 1862.
D. Rowland J.P.
N. S. Shaw
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.