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
June 21, 1862742Ann Maria Summers1Lucy Gray or Jackson$1,000.00   394.2
June 21, 1862744John Little12Tabitha Rigney$1,000.00   350.4
June 21, 1862748Joshua A. Ritchie and
Mary L., his wife; Joseph
F. Cartory and Pierce
Shoemaker and Martha, his
2Mary Simms$1,000.00   569.4
June 21, 1862750Ellen Scott5Harriet Crawford$1,000.00   13.14
June 21, 1862750Ellen Scott5Hannah Johnson$1,000.00   17.52
June 21, 1862757Edward Hall, trustee,
Baruch and Absalom A.
1Phillis Howe$1,000.00   328.5
June 21, 1862762Daniel W. Middleton6Eliza Jane Berry$1,000.00   394.2
June 21, 1862762Daniel W. Middleton6Clara Thomas$1,000.00   481.8
June 25, 1862769Catherine L. Lyons4Lucretia Bembrage$1,000.00   262.8
June 25, 1862771Sarah J. Summerville4Stephen Dorsey$1,000.00   328.5

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