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

records per page
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
May 16, 1862262Charles Hume6(covered with ink)1200  (covered with ink)
May 15, 1862249John Foster3Sophia BarnesAll valued at 1000.00  (covered by ink)
May 16, 1862252George W. Barkley1Maria Queen250  (blank)
July 5, 1862904Samuel Cooper1Rachel Crawley-------------  $87.60
June 25, 1862772Jane C. Boone1Harriet Queen$1,200.00   $481.80
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Grace Butler$100.00   $43.80
May 8, 1862101Ann Kelley1Laura$500.00   $219.00
June 25, 1862767Mary E. Watts1Margaret Statesman$700.00   $219.00
June 25, 1862773John Chandler Smith1Sarah Ellen Brown$500.00   $219.00
July 15, 1862935Thomas P. Scott1Daniel Hickman$1,000.00   $219.00

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