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 13, 1862192Susannah Harriet Tobias1Treacy1300900 394.2
May 22, 1862366Margaret C. Barker33Townley Yates1400  525.6
May 13, 1862211Ann MacDaniel2Toney Newton1500  613.2
June 20, 1862741Clark Mills11Tom, Letty Howard's son$500.00   197.1
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Tom, her son$3,600.00 for all 6  109.5
June 17, 1862705Henry Naylor18Tom Williams$1,000.00   394.2
May 23, 1862403Judson Nailor6Tom Ward4,850.00 for all  153.3
May 20, 1862314William I. Stone8Tom Pleasants1000  284.7
June 3, 1862616Caroline E. Sanders17Tom550  197.1
July 15, 1862947Robert Dick3Tom$1,500.00   481.8

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