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
July 5, 1862925Henry Tolson, adm. of of
G. H. Marriott
4Charlotte BrooksNo value  No value
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Lydia SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  350.4
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Ginney SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  284.7
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Laura SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  153.8
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Gertrude SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  131.4
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Maria SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  No value
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Florence SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  65.7
May 7, 186271Martha Manning10Judy HarrisCombined value of 8000.00  43.8
May 7, 186271Martha Manning10Sarah WatersCombined value of 8000.00  394.2
May 7, 186271Martha Manning10Mary Clare WatersCombined value of 8000.00  306.6

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