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. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 17, 1862705Henry Naylor18Stephen Dixon$1,500.00   613.2
June 20, 1862717Louis Caruse3Peter Whiting$1,500.00   591.3
June 20, 1862721Andrew J. Harding1George Brooks$1,500.00   591.3
June 20, 1862728Robert R. Aylmer1Margaret Watkins$1,500.00   525.6
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Alfred Smith$1,500.00   613.2
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19George Smith$1,500.00   547.5
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Thomas Smith$1,500.00   613.2
June 20, 1862735Isabella Morton1Sophia Hurd$1,500.00   438
June 20, 1862741Clark Mills11Philip Reed$1,500.00   350.4
June 21, 1862744John Little12Celeste$1,500.00   438

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