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)
Page 301 of 311    << < 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 >

records per page
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors Value Commissions ValueRemarks
July 5, 1862916Josiah Burgess, colored1William Thompson$500.00   547.5
July 5, 1862917Judson Richardson2Reny Ann$2,300.00 for both  438
July 5, 1862917Judson Richardson2Johanna$2,300.00 for both  394.2
July 5, 1862918Harrison Wallis1Lethe Coleman$450.00   175.2
July 5, 1862919Henry E. Marks, adm. of
M. M. Taylor
2Henry Carroll$400.00   175.2
July 5, 1862919Henry E. Marks, adm. of
M. M. Taylor
2Lotty Bell$300.00   219
July 5, 1862920Charlotte Maria Dawes Catharine Baltimore$1,000.00   372.3
July 5, 1862921Catharine Bales1Mary E. A. Mathews$1,000.00   328.5
July 5, 1862922Eliza Dashiell2John Brent$2,000.00 for both  438
July 5, 1862922Eliza Dashiell2Leah Lowndes$2,000.00 for both  197.1

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