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
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6Charles Buchanan250  109.5
May 26, 1862423Andrew Martine6Catharine Buchanan50  10.95
June 18, 1862716Andrew Mercer1Thomas Orem$400.00   ---------
July 15, 1862950Andrew P. Hoover2Margaret Allen$1,000.00   394.2
July 15, 1862950Andrew P. Hoover2Addison Allen$700.00   394.2
June 2, 1862602Andrew Wylie, Trustee1Leanna Diggs1000  394.2
May 26, 1862431Angelica Chen1Sallie Coates1000  219
May 13, 1862165Ann Bisco4Mary Forrest750  438
May 13, 1862165Ann Bisco4Elsie Curtis800  394.2
May 13, 1862165Ann Bisco4Mary Ellen ?Servinis800  438

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