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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 15, 1862959Allison Nailor6Martha Whailon$5,400.00 for all 6  284.7
July 15, 1862959Allison Nailor6Phillis$5,400.00 for all 6  284.7
July 15, 1862959Allison Nailor6Lewis$5,400.00 for all 6  613.2
May 27, 1862489Alonza R. Fowler1Lucy Washington500  284.7
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10Rachel Clarke1000  306.6
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10James H. Clarke1500  613.2
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10Robert Clarke1400  547.5
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10Maria Clarke1200  481.8
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10Caroline Clarke1000  350.4
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10Margaret Clarke900  394.2

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