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. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 9, 1862116Sarah Davis Abel7Anne400  175.2
July 5, 1862909James Selden, Trustee for
George L. Selden
9Anne$500.00   131.4
May 6, 186243Louisa Kearney2Anne BennetBoth valued at 1200.00  87.6
June 25, 1862779Mary L. yerby1Anne Booth$500.00   394.2
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Anne Brown500  481.8
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Anne Pleasants1000  459.9
July 5, 1862907Edward Fitzhugh and Cora,
his wife
6Annie$3,150.00 for all 6  394.2
May 20, 1862333Molley Moreland6Annie Broom500  153.3
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Annie Bruce700  324.5
May 28, 1862494Pierce Shoemaker20Annie Foster800  197.1

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