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. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 5, 1862912Susan W. Harris4Amelia Wells$600.00   -------------
June 2, 1862605Samuel R. Carr2Ammy Lancaster600  262.8
May 26, 1862441Robert Jones and Ellen
Jones
2Amos Dean1200  569.40 to be paid to Ms.
Jones
May 28, 1862499Benjamin F. Middleton3Amos Harkins3100.00 for all  525.6
May 28, 1862518Ann Pickrell7Amy Collins800  438
May 14, 1862223Charles R. Bell7Andrew BowieTotal value for all of
5600.00
  603.2
May 6, 186252John Davidson15Andrew Carter1000  325.6
May 19, 1862310Courtney Reeves3Andrew Chomp3000.00 total for all
three
  657
July 5, 1862867Arianna J. Lyles13Andrew Contee$8,790.00 for all 13  547.5
May 23, 1862408William Hickey16Andrew Fletcher500  219

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