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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 8, 1862113John Wm. Woodward1Virginia Napa600  306.6
May 9, 1862122Joseph Downing1John Brooks400  262.8
May 9, 1862124William Richards1Henry Dorsey1000  657
May 9, 1862131Sophia M. White1Louise Trapnal900  328.5
May 9, 1862138George W. Stewart1Reuben Nelson800  306.6
May 9, 1862139Martha H. M. Knight1Royetta Dorsey400  153.3
May 9, 1862140Reyin Arnold1George ?Cromer500  262.8
May 9, 1862141John Kulp1Julia700  306.6
May 13, 1862149Thomas I. Carper1James Thomas1200  525.6
May 13, 1862151Joseph Osmun1Ellen Landers800  525.6

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