Title: Petition of Lina Smith, 1 August 1862
Date: August 1, 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 Lina Smith, 1 August 1862
Date: August 1, 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.01032
Giles Fitzhugh of Faquier County Virginia having claim to the service or labor of the undersigned, and having refused or neglected to file in your office the statement in writing 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 said District," approved April 16, 1862, you will please file this petition or schedule in lieu thereof, in pursuance of the provisions of an act supplementary to said act which said last mentioned act was approved July 12, 1862. This petitioner further state that the undersigned has resided in said District
since the for the last eight years and has resided therein since the 16 day of April 1862, by and with the consent of the said Giles Fitzhugh
her X mark Lina Smith
C. B. Baker
The Commissioners, satisfied on the testimony of John A. Ruff of the truth of the within statement, order the same to be reported to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia.
Wm. R. Woodward
Clerk of Comms
John A Ruff. Servant has been in my employ as cook for 4 years or so and was on 16 Apl last & since. I know of no claim being made for her. she has made no concealment of her presence here. she while in my employ went up to Washington and came back with the annexed note.
December the 31st, 1860
Sina the bearer of this note is a free woman, black, tall, slender, twenty eight years old, lame in the left leg, and seems to have lost the front tooth both in the upper & lower jaws. She with other slaves was emancipated by the will of the late Giles Fitzhugh in 1853 recorded in the county court of Fauquier. She has been at service in Washington for several years past, and left there a few days before & [illegible] for this county to visit her relations & to get her free papers. In the latter she was disappointed owing to the early & unexpected adjournment of the court on the first day. She is now on her return to the service of Mr. Ruff in Washington, whose certificate when she left for the visit, she has.
Thos L. Moore
I have many acquaintances in Alexandria & on the road. They will recognise my writing perhaps & will know too I hope that I would not give a false certificate Mr Thos Frank and the conductor to the junction will please read this & communicate with conductor on the main line. T. L. Moore