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. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 13, 1862153Peter Von Esson20William Savage200  131.4
June 14, 1862677Benjamin Beall4William Ross800  635.1
May 20, 1862324Melvena H. Bouie7William Ross6000.00 total for all
seven
  219
May 28, 1862521Ann Carroll2William Rosier1500.00 for both  175.2
May 28, 1862526Harriet White21William Rigney1200  394.2
May 22, 1862367Mary Ann Clarke16William Ridgley50  109.5
May 7, 186277Anna Bradley2William Richardson800  525.6
May 8, 186296Benjamin B. Burr1William Prather500  197.1
June 25, 1862774Joshua Pierce10William Nicholas Rustin$75.00   21.9
May 16, 1862274Thomas A. Newman2William MillsTotal value of 2500.00  613.2

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