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
June 20, 1862737Amos Denham, Trustee of
A. E. Balman
6Edmond Lee$850.00   240.9
June 20, 1862737Amos Denham, Trustee of
A. E. Balman
6Leslie Lee$650.00   175.2
June 20, 1862737Amos Denham, Trustee of
A. E. Balman
6Lettie Lee$450.00   87.6
May 26, 1862455Amy Emelia Ward1Cecilia Thomas1000  525.4
May 28, 1862498Andrew Hancock1Ellen Johnson200  -----------
June 20, 1862721Andrew J. Harding1George Brooks$1,500.00   591.3
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6Maria Nelson1000  262.5
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6Flora Buchanan1000  372.5
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6John Brogden800  153.3
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6Daniel Buchanan400  175.2

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