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. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Adam Brown1000  219
July 15, 1862948Susan Keene1Adam Lee$1,500.00   569.4
May 13, 1862153Peter Von Esson20Addie Lee800  394.2
July 15, 1862950Andrew P. Hoover2Addison Allen$700.00   394.2
July 1, 1862827Mary Johnson1Addison Jones$1,400.00   ------------
May 15, 1862239Elizabeth Abbott11Adel Frances Davis800  438
June 4, 1862623George W. Cochran2Adela Francis Coquine1500.00 for both  459.9
May 15, 1862241George Mattingley10Adelade Miles800  481.8
May 28, 1862524William R. Riley3Adelaide300  65.7
June 18, 1862715Bladen Forrest8Adelaide Carter$750.00   219

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