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 ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 1, 1862819Benjamin H. Clements1Josephine Ferguson$800.00   525.6
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5Eliza Ann$1,000.00   284.7
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5John Thomas$1,500.00   591.3
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5George Albert$700.00   328.5
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5Laura Ann Coquire$300.00   131.4
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5James Thomas$100.00   21.9
July 1, 1862821Samuel Higgins2Lucy$600.00   240.9
July 1, 1862821Samuel Higgins2Lucinda$400.00   153.3
July 1, 1862822Thomas C. Cox for self,
and Francis V. Robinson,
Walter W. H. Robinson
6Nancy West$200.00   43.8
July 1, 1862822Thomas C. Cox for self,
and Francis V. Robinson,
Walter W. H. Robinson
6Margaret West$500.00   175.2

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