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 9, 1862132Elizabeth A. Hilleary4Richard Brown900  306.6
May 9, 1862133Sarah A. Hilleary4Henderson Pepsico900  591.3
May 13, 1862162Charles P. Patterson6Josephine Valles900  438
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Benjamin Shorter900  394.2
May 13, 1862167Elizabeth C. Pearce1Henry Wheeler900800 350.4
May 13, 1862177Dr. John L. Gibbons3?Mable Harris900  350.4
May 13, 1862183Daniel Bryan2Emily Goodall9001200 525.6
May 13, 1862186Samuel Fearson3William Henry Thomas900500 219
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9William Hutchinson900  175.7
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9Ellen Lee900  394.2

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