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 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Henny1000  262.8
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Louisa800  262.8
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Mariah600  131.4
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Cora600  130.4
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Kate200  43.8
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Grace600  153.3
May 9, 1862121Martin Buell2Martha Ann Jackson500  219
May 9, 1862121Martin Buell2Caroline Jackson800  Not allowed
May 9, 1862122Joseph Downing1John Brooks400  262.8
May 9, 1862123Horatio Morany2John Lewis Webster900  569.4

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