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
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
May 5, 186218Hugh W. Throckmorton8Henry Weaver400  No value
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Maria SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  No value
May 6, 186249John E. Carter3Winney Butler100  No value
May 6, 186259David Rawlings6Minty ColbertCombined value of 2800.00  No value
May 6, 186268Marshall Brown5Patty Simms50  No value
May 6, 186268Marshall Brown5Jeremiah Jackson50  No value
May 7, 186292Artimesia Bean3Valinda Ann DershinCombined value of 500.00  No value
May 8, 186294Sarah Jones11James Countee--------  No value
May 9, 1862116Sarah Davis Abel7Hannah West-----------  No value
May 9, 1862130Milton Garnett for self
& as guardian of Est.
of W. L. Caldwell
5Grace Payne200  No value

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