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
 Date DocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 15, 1862962Albert B. Berry by
Benjamin Berry, Benjamin
3Alice Lee$400.00   65.7
July 15, 1862962Albert B. Berry by
Benjamin Berry, Benjamin
3Frank Bowie$800.00   591.3
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Benjamin Nailor$3700 for all  43.8
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Sarah Dickerson$3700 for all  109.5
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7William Butler$3700 for all  54.75
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Frank Joyce$3700 for all  569.4
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Mary Johnson$3700 for all  503.7
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Robert Johnson$3700 for all  109.5
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Joe Johnson$3700 for all  43.8
July 15, 1862960Ellen J. Abbott by Geo.
D. Abbott
1Jennie Young$400,00  -------------

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