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
June 14, 1862675John Wilson1Catharine Frances800  262.8
June 16, 1862693James L. Caesar2Catharine Jane Thomas900  525.6
July 15, 1862936Virginia Scott1Catharine Johnston$1,000.00   525.6
June 12, 1862664Benjamin Ogle Taylor2Catharine Lawson2000.00 for both  547.5
July 5, 1862874Rebecca S. Weaver1Catharine Louisa$500.00   175.2
May 28, 1862494Pierce Shoemaker20Catharine Lyles1000  438
May 18, 1862283William H. Dougal2Catharine Mudd900  394.2
May 9, 1862134Leonard Hilleary2Catharine Orme150  65.7
June 4, 1862627Mary Queen and Elizabeth
Queen
24Catharine Taylor700  372.3
May 18, 1862294John Eliason4Catharine Washington300  131.4

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