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
July 15, 1862952Ann M. Washington2Ludwell Garnett$2,000.00 for both  613.2
July 15, 1862951William Wilson2Elcy Diggs$600.00   65.7
July 15, 1862951William Wilson2Nancy Diggs$900.00   503.7
July 15, 1862950Andrew P. Hoover2Margaret Allen$1,000.00   394.2
July 15, 1862950Andrew P. Hoover2Addison Allen$700.00   394.2
May 8, 186295Eliza G. Moreland4Leathe Stewart100  65.7
May 8, 186295Eliza G. Moreland4William Stewart700  613.2
May 8, 186295Eliza G. Moreland4Jerry Stewart1200  613.2
May 8, 186295Eliza G. Moreland4Manual Stewart700  372.3
July 15, 1862949Eugene Sweeny2Rose West$1,600.00   350.4

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