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. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 18, 1862288George W. Falburll16Alfred Mathews300  175.2
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Alfred Meredith500  219
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Alfred Smith$1,500.00   613.2
May 23, 1862403Judson Nailor6Alfred Ward4,850.00 for all  109.5
June 4, 1862628Eliza Jenkins6Alice500  306.6
June 21, 1862760Jane E. Johns6Alice$4,000.00 for all 6  43.8
May 13, 1862169James W. West, Eliza M.
West
11Alice Burgess150250 109.5
May 26, 1862429Ann M. Biscoe, Angelica
Cohen, Emma Biscoe
26Alice Coleman500  262.8
July 5, 1862896Charles E. Mix9Alice Contee$150.00   131.4
May 21, 1862353Alex T. Bully2Alice Fairfax800.00 for both  65.7

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