Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20486203 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To John A. Smith Esq., Clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia (SMITH, John A.)
Filing Date:1862-August-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 16 April 1862, Congress passed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia. Owners were required to file a schedule of slaves with the court, which issued certificates of freedom. On 12 July 1862, another act permitted absentee or minor owners and slaves themselves to file for certificates of freedom. Elizabeth Gilter, a "brown" woman, twenty-eight years of age, states that she is owned by Elizabeth Gunnel, of Fairfax Court House, Virginia. She seeks her freedom.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Commissioners' Report, 1 August 1862
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20486203

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Slavery Records, Emancipation Papers
  • Record Group: 21
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 33/A-Z
  • Microfilm: M433, Rolls 1-3

Processing Information

Record Created:7/12/1996
Record Final Edited:12/9/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/10/2006 10:10:00 AM