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 13, 1862190Fielder Magruder6George York500500 219
May 13, 1862197Robert K. Nevett6Sarah Jackson800500 219
May 18, 1862296James C. Pickett4LewellenAll valued at 2000.00500 219
May 18, 1862299Samuel Shreve3Isabel Brook400500 219
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Ellen Covington Jr.500500 219
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Jane Gordon500500 219
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Frank Stoddard600500 219
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Eliza Graham400500 219
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Agnes Fletcher700500 219
May 13, 1862173Margaret D. Loughborough6Male infant3200 for the group50 21.9

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