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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Alexander Meekins1500  569.4
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Harrison Meekins1500  Withdrawn
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Lila Powell300  21.9
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Phillis Noland1000  350.4
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Basil Noland1500  613.2
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Milly Noland800  438
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Betsy Noland800  350.4
May 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Harrison Noland800  240.9
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Sarah Duglas350100 43.8
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Caroline Gray800650 284.7

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