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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
May 28, 1862523Edward Owen3Virginia Hawkins2500.00 for all  ---------
May 28, 1862523Edward Owen3Lucinda Hawkins2500.00 for all  ---------
June 18, 1862716Andrew Mercer1Thomas Orem$400.00   ---------
June 2, 1862587Elsey Curtis1Madaline Curtis300  ----------
June 2, 1862588Fielder R. Dorsett2Silas Dodson600  ----------
June 2, 1862588Fielder R. Dorsett2California600  ----------
May 28, 1862498Andrew Hancock1Ellen Johnson200  -----------
June 5, 1862641William G. White3James Anderson1200  -----------
June 12, 1862667Theodore Wheeler3Elizabeth Smith500.00 for all  -----------
June 12, 1862667Theodore Wheeler3Lucy Smith500.00 for all  -----------

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