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

records per page
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 13, 1862153Peter Von Esson20William Savage200  131.4
June 25, 1862777Peter C. Howle, adm. of
Parker G. Howe
3William Shorter$1,000.00   306.6
May 22, 1862366Margaret C. Barker33William Silas300  87.6
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69William Sims1200  569.4
May 15, 1862243Frederick G. Hesse11William SmallwoodTotal value of 10250.00  328.5
July 5, 1862930Truman Lynch1William Smith$1,500.00   -------------
May 6, 186267George W. Cissel1William Snowden300  65.7
June 3, 1862616Caroline E. Sanders17William Snowden1300  438
May 8, 186295Eliza G. Moreland4William Stewart700  613.2
May 26, 1862437Margaret E. Laurie7William Stewart1100  372.3

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