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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Janice or Jauna Gray1000900 394.2
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Lucy Gray10001100 481.8
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Frank Gray1000800 350.4
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Benjamin Gray800500 219
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Phebe Gray500300 131.4
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Nebraska Bell Gray700400 197.4
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Abraham Dixie Gray480100 43.8
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9William Hutchinson900  175.7
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9William H. Lee1100  651
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9Francis X. Lee1200  569.4

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