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 Value Assessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Hamlet Stewart700650 284.7
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Charley Graham500650 284.7
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Motley Fletcher500650 284.7
May 22, 1862394Catyarina Miller, Thomas
W. Miller, Francis
Miller, George Miller,
Henry Miller, Eliza
Miller, and J. H. Hood
(H. Millers W. &
heirs
6Elizabeth Barton 613.2 
May 13, 1862190Fielder Magruder6Duke Williams1100600 262.8
May 13, 1862198Selby B. Leaggs13David Howard1000600 262.8
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Margaret Fletcher400550 240.9
May 13, 1862183Daniel Bryan2Milly Goodall600500 319
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Benjamin Gray800500 219
May 13, 1862186Samuel Fearson3William Henry Thomas900500 219

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