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 Value Assessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 6, 186261Henry Hatton (colored)3Martha HattonCombined value of 3000.00  569.4
May 6, 186261Henry Hatton (colored)3Henry HattonCombined value of 3000.00  700.8
May 6, 186261Henry Hatton (colored)3George HattonCombined value of 3000.00  569.4
May 6, 186262Thomas Serivener2Linda Harris800  306.6
May 6, 186262Thomas Serivener2Edward Maddox1000  459.8
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Ann Williams200  43.8
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Louisa Sanders1000  481.8
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Jack Sanders150  63.7
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Albert Hollyday450  175.2
May 6, 186264William L. Doniphan1Lewis Digges500  131.4

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