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
June 14, 1862702William R. Birch1Lucy Honesty$900.00   131.4
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5Eliza Ann$1,000.00   284.7
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5John Thomas$1,500.00   591.3
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5George Albert$700.00   328.5
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5Laura Ann Coquire$300.00   131.4
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5James Thomas$100.00   21.9
May 21, 1862338William Peters1Louisa Carter1000  394.29
May 16, 1862254William P. Trowbridge1Frank Ingersoll900  306.6
June 20, 1862720William P. Drury1Priscilla McPhearson$300.00   87.6
June 2, 1862612William P. Clarke2George Jenkins800.00 for both  613.2

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