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 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Cornelius Diggs1500  613.2
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Polly Pleasants1000  525.6
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Susan Pleasants1000  459.9
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Anne Pleasants1000  459.9
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Ailsey Pleasants1000  394.2
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Tom Pleasants1000  284.7
May 23, 1862408William Hickey16John Massi1500  525.6
May 23, 1862408William Hickey16Rachel Fletcher700  267.8
May 23, 1862408William Hickey16Henry Garrett1500  657
May 23, 1862408William Hickey16Augustus Fletcher1500  635.1

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