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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 16, 1862264William T. Duval, Robert
L. Adamson (trustees)
3Sarah A. M. Tyler200  87.6
June 18, 1862711William Swann, admin of
Meekey Lanham
1Eliza$1,000.00   219
May 9, 1862124William Richards1Henry Dorsey1000  657
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Isaac Bailey400  43.2
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Grace Fortune300  21.9
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Adam Brown1000  219
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Rachel Martin300  160.8
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Lucy Montgomery1200  459.9
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Adelaide300  65.7
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Sidney200  21.9

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