Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-1863

An Act of April 16, 1862 (12 Stat. 376) abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. Under Section 3 of the Act, the President was authorized to appoint a board of three commissioners, who were residents of the District, to examine petitions for compensation from former owners of freed slaves in the District.

An Act of July 12, 1862 (12 Stat. 538), provided that petitions could be received from slaves whose owners had not presented petition for compensation.

Here is a list of the record of petitions filed under the Act of April 16, 1862, dated April 29 - July 15, 1862 showing the date the petition was filed, the number of the petition, name of petitioner, names of slaves, and value of slaves as claimed in the petition.

Final Report of the Board of Commissioners


3101 records found
  (Total records:3101)
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records per page
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 8, 1862110Caroline Marshall7Clarence Compton   306.6
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Ann Fletcher 275 120.45
May 22, 1862366Margaret C. Barker33William Cyras   372.3
May 22, 1862384Ann L. Hamilton4Henny Lee   481.8
May 22, 1862394Catyarina Miller, Thomas
W. Miller, Francis
Miller, George Miller,
Henry Miller, Eliza
Miller, and J. H. Hood
(H. Millers W. &
heirs
6Charles Barton   
May 22, 1862394Catyarina Miller, Thomas
W. Miller, Francis
Miller, George Miller,
Henry Miller, Eliza
Miller, and J. H. Hood
(H. Millers W. &
heirs
6Elizabeth Barton 613.2 
May 28, 1862520John H. C. Coffin7Cornelius, Louisa's son   87.6
May 28, 1862520John H. C. Coffin7Infant, Louisa's child   32.85
May 28, 1862522Josiah Harding1Eliza Coquine   94.2
June 16, 1862686Mary Throckmorton, Josiah
Dent Trustee
6Martha   438

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