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 18, 1862712Thomas Orme1Kitty Lucas$175.00   87.6
June 21, 1862745John Little, Guardian of
John G. Little
1William Crown$2,000.00   569.4
June 25, 1862774Joshua Pierce10William H. Beckett$2,000.00   569.4
June 28, 1862790Rebecca Williams8Samuel Stevenson$2,000.00   569.4
July 5, 1862852Ellen J. King4Hezekiah$2,000.00   350.4
July 5, 1862888Eliza Besler1William Alexander$2,000.00   657
July 5, 1862893Columbus Alexander15Beverly Davis$2,000.00   657
July 1, 1862823Martha Isherwood3Richard Ross$2,000.00 for all 3  635.1
July 1, 1862823Martha Isherwood3Caddy Foreman$2,000.00 for all 3  131.4
July 1, 1862823Martha Isherwood3Samuel Brooks$2,000.00 for all 3  284.7

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