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
 Date DocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Mary Shorter1000  197.1
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Elizabeth Shorter1000  394.2
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Thomas Shorter1100  569.4
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Benjamin Shorter900  394.2
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Lewis Shorter750  175.2
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Henry Shorter600  175.2
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Sarah Shorter350  131.4
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Jacob Shorter350  109.5
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Andrew Shorter200  87.6
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Frank Shorter100  43.8

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