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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 15, 1862248Patrick M. Frantz1Lucy Brown500  262.8
May 16, 1862252George W. Barkley1Maria Queen250  (blank)
May 16, 1862254William P. Trowbridge1Frank Ingersoll900  306.6
May 16, 1862256Ann Harbaugh1Susan Taylor500  306.6
May 16, 1862257Elizabeth Brown1Emma Wells1200  416.1
May 16, 1862261Mary J. Rice1Jane E. Mahoney600  219
May 16, 1862263Susanna Hughes1Anna Fisher936  197.1
May 16, 1862265Benjamin H. Hall1Isaac Boston500  262.8
May 16, 1862266William H. Burch1David Hawkins1500  569.4
May 16, 1862267Anne LeComple1Josephine Fisher1000  350.4

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