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 16, 1862262Charles Hume6(covered with ink)1500  350.4
May 16, 1862262Charles Hume6(covered with ink)1200  (covered with ink)
May 16, 1862262Charles Hume6(covered with ink)1200  (covered with ink)
May 18, 1862294John Eliason4(ink spot) Washington1000  262.8
May 18, 1862294John Eliason4(ink spot) Washington800  300.9
July 15, 1862965Edwin Wallace, Elizabeth
B. Wallace, Mary E.
Wallace, William A.
Wallace, Roberta A.
Robinson, Emma B.
Williams
1?Jacquet Brooks$500.00   153.3
May 22, 1862358John C. Riley2?Lamatine Shorter1800.00 for both  394.2
May 18, 1862278Michael Shanks1?Lock Wood1000  219
May 13, 1862177Dr. John L. Gibbons3?Mable Harris900  350.4
May 26, 1862456Ulysses Ward2?Sebre Cole100  No value

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