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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 7, 186275Edwin Cotton2Archey Morton1500  481.8
May 7, 186275Edwin Cotton2William1000  569.4
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Harriet Williams900  481.8
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Mary Sophia Brown500  153.3
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Caroline Brown200  65.7
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Charles Brown1400  613.2
May 7, 186277Anna Bradley2William Richardson800  525.6
May 7, 186277Anna Bradley2James Richardson1000  613.2
May 7, 186278Perry E. Brocchus1Rachel Gardner1000  306.6
May 7, 186279James Walters, guardian
of George D. Walters
1Caroline Bell800  481.8

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