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 Value Remarks
June 5, 1862635J. Madison Cutts7Gertrude Adams300  109.5
June 10, 1862654Lucretia R. Higgins1William Johnson700  109.5
June 16, 1862682Alexander A. Green2Ann Brooks500  109.5
June 16, 1862683William McKnew4Isaac Walker400  109.5
June 17, 1862707Martha A. Linton8Alice Jones$225.00   109.5
June 17, 1862709James F. Essex3Sarah Ward$1,300 for all 3  109.5
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Tom, her son$3,600.00 for all 6  109.5
June 20, 1862725Augustus E. Perry,
Trustee for Ellen R.
Middleton
6Lucy Shaw$700.00   109.5
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Leonard Smith$400.00   109.5
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Henrietta Smith$500.00   109.5

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