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
June 2, 1862581Benjamin B. Hodges2James K. Polk1500  569.4
May 14, 1862218Benjamin Beall4Rachel800  284.7
May 14, 1862218Benjamin Beall4Moses600  175.2
May 14, 1862218Benjamin Beall4Robert350  197.1
May 14, 1862218Benjamin Beall4Washington--------  No value
June 14, 1862677Benjamin Beall4Maria Ross600  240.9
June 14, 1862677Benjamin Beall4George Ross800  613.2
June 14, 1862677Benjamin Beall4William Ross800  635.1
June 14, 1862677Benjamin Beall4Frances Jenifer900  635.1
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Ann Williams200  43.8

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