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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 28, 1862540William L. Hoyle, William
R. Woodward, Trustee
(Claim $166.17 of Mary)
& John C. McKilden
3Margaret Dyson1200  505.7
May 28, 1862540William L. Hoyle, William
R. Woodward, Trustee
(Claim $166.17 of Mary)
& John C. McKilden
3Matilda Dyson800  219
May 6, 186264William L. Doniphan1Lewis Digges500  131.4
June 2, 1862575William L. Colquhorn1James Dyson200  No value
July 1, 1862815William Jones3Richard H. Jefferson$800.00   569.4
July 1, 1862815William Jones3Susan Hill$700.00   262.8
July 1, 1862815William Jones3Annie Hill$200.00   175.2
July 5, 1862876William j. Williams1Leah Keffert$1,400.00   547.5
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8James Pleasants1200  350.4
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Fanny Brown1000  306.6

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