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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
May 28, 1862516Henderson Fowler2Harriet Davis300  87.6
May 28, 1862520John H. C. Coffin7Cornelius, Louisa's son   87.6
May 28, 1862534George Mechlin1Minnie Maddox200  87.6
June 2, 1862576John Robinson1Nancy Robinson600  87.6
June 2, 1862586Margaret I. Beall5William H. Moore300  87.6
June 2, 1862586Margaret I. Beall5John Lewis Moore200  87.6
June 2, 1862597Margaret Taylor1Hester Solomon600  87.6
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Margella Harper4000.00 for all  87.6
June 2, 1862606Edward Graycraft1John Clarke400  87.6
June 2, 1862611Samuel B. Anderson2Chloe Marshal800.00 for both  87.6

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