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
May 18, 1862283William H. Dougal2Clara Bowie1000  613.2
May 28, 1862529William H. Champion1Clara Bradley800  438
May 16, 1862266William H. Burch1David Hawkins1500  569.4
June 25, 1862775William Gunton, adm. of
William A. Gunton
2Joshua$1,100.00   569.4
June 25, 1862775William Gunton, adm. of
William A. Gunton
2Henrie$900.00   525.6
June 5, 1862641William G. White3James Anderson1200  -----------
June 5, 1862641William G. White3Eliza Butler1000  240.8
June 5, 1862641William G. White3Fanny Brown1000  262.8
May 19, 1862304William G. H. Newman2Ann BoundsBoth valued at 1200.00
total
  87.6
May 19, 1862304William G. H. Newman2Mary BoundsBoth valued at 1200.00
total
  438

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