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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors Value Commissions ValueRemarks
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Martha Coney---  No value
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Mary Lewis500  306.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Anne Brown500  481.8
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Ginnie McPherson30  219
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Kitty300  109.5
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28William Dodson1000  547.5
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Barbary Robinson1500  153.3
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Robert her son(valued with his mother)  284.7
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Mary Finnick1200  481.8
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Lucy Lancaster800  219

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