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 5, 186229Eliza W. Ringgold1Perry Goodwin1500  569.4
May 5, 186230Mary Ann Kerr, Henrietta
Kerr
1Robert Wilkinson---------  32.88
May 5, 186231Eglantine Randolph1Louisa1000  262.8
May 5, 186232Jesse Wilham, guard.1Sophronia Chase1200  459.9
May 5, 186233Elias Travers1Henrietta Queen400  87.6
May 6, 186234Dr. Rufus H. Speake1Harriet Johnson1500  569.4
May 6, 186237George Savage1Sallie Collins1000  525.6
May 6, 186238Mary Moore1Harriet Hanson800  481.8
May 6, 186242Marinus Willett1Harriet600  435
May 6, 186245Margaret A. Goddard1Eliza Jones1200  481.8

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