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
May 7, 186282Caroline V. Spalding1Angeline Barbour1200  
May 9, 1862129Col. T. L. Alexander7Ann600  219
May 14, 1862219Charles T. Gardner3Ann750  240.9
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Ann800  438
May 27, 1862465Thompson Nailor3Ann Adams1000  438
July 1, 1862839Mahlon Falconer1Ann Anderson$500.00   87.6
May 6, 186257Sarah Ann Beall2Ann Belinda HendersonCombined value of 1400.00  175.2
May 20, 1862317John Morning15Ann Bell500  21.9
May 19, 1862304William G. H. Newman2Ann BoundsBoth valued at 1200.00
total
  87.6
May 18, 1862282Morris Adler3Ann Bowie800  569.4

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