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
July 15, 1862951William Wilson2Nancy Diggs$900.00   503.7
May 9, 1862119William Wilkinson3Eliza Cooper1200.00 for all 3  438
May 9, 1862119William Wilkinson3Kate Luck Cooper1200.00 for all 3  87.6
May 9, 1862119William Wilkinson3Mary Ellen Cooper1200.00 for all 3  43.8
May 29, 1862548William Tucker1Ralph Carter150  131.4
May 27, 1862466William Thomas Carroll3John Brooks2000  262.8
May 27, 1862466William Thomas Carroll3Ellen Warren1500  438
May 27, 1862466William Thomas Carroll3Henry Warren1500  481.8
May 16, 1862264William T. Duval, Robert
L. Adamson (trustees)
3Margaret Tyler800  284.7
May 16, 1862264William T. Duval, Robert
L. Adamson (trustees)
3Mary E. Tyler400  197.1

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