Title: Petition of Mary Bell, 3 September 1862
Date: September 3, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 433, Reel 3. The original document is held in the Records of the District Courts of the United States, 1685–2004, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 21. Within the National Archives' Archival Description Catalog, see ARC Identifier 4314547 / MLR Number NC-2 33 (http://arcweb.archives.gov).
Title: Evidence Relating to the Petition of Mary Bell, 3 September 1862
Date: September 3, 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.01005
J. Thomas Davis of Georgetown D.C. having claim to the service or labor of the undersigned, and having refused or failed to file in your office the statement or schedule provided for in the 9th section of the act of Congress, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia" Approved 16th April 1862.
You will please file the annexed schedule in pursuance of an act supplementary to the above recited act approved 12 July 1862. The undersigned resided in the District of Columbia before and at the time of the passage of said supplemental act with said owners consent.
|Mary Bell||female||nine yrs||dark color|
her X mark Mary Bell
J. M. Hanson
The Commissioners, satisfied from the testimony of Henry C. Thomas & Lucy Berry of the truth of the within statement order the same be so reported to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia.
Wm. R. Woodward
Clerk to Commissioners
Henry C. Thomas, summoned. I know the servant Mary, daughter of my father's servt. I believe she belonged to J Thomas Davis of Georgetown DC. I do not know whether the girl was in District of Col. 16 Apl.
Lucy Berry (cold) This is my child. belonged to Mr Davis at time of Emancipation. lived with me never out of District. Mr Davis knew she was with me. sent for her last fall and I took her home.