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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 22, 1862362William H. Magruder,
Montgomery Co., Md.
2Mary Douglas700  481.8
May 22, 1862362William H. Magruder,
Montgomery Co., Md.
2Clara Douglas100  65.7
May 5, 186221William H. Langley1Minnie Ann Johnson800  131.4
May 26, 1862426William H. Kurly5Lemon Brooks150  No value
May 26, 1862426William H. Kurly5Elizabeth Gibson600  197.1
May 26, 1862426William H. Kurly5Henrietta Gibson600  262.8
May 26, 1862426William H. Kurly5Thomas Gibson1000  394.2
May 26, 1862426William H. Kurly5George Gibson600  262.8
May 18, 1862281William H. Edes1Charlotte Gastin325  147.5
May 18, 1862283William H. Dougal2Catharine Mudd900  394.2

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