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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 16, 1862269Nicholas Callan1Milley Anderson500  87.6
May 16, 1862271Mathew McLeod1Ellen Cole600  175.2
May 16, 1862272Anthony Thompson1Marcia Dodson600  65.7
May 18, 1862276Ann M. Forrest1Frederick Hepburn800  306.6
May 18, 1862277Margaret Conaley1Mary Helena Payne900  350.6
May 18, 1862278Michael Shanks1?Lock Wood1000  219
May 18, 1862281William H. Edes1Charlotte Gastin325  147.5
May 18, 1862285Joseph F. Brown1Mary Jane Butler1200  569.4
May 18, 1862286Catharine Palmer1Elizabeth Jackson1000  481.8
May 18, 1862289Margaret A. Smoot1Frank Herbert1500  394.2

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