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
June 5, 1862635J. Madison Cutts7Aaron Adams350  131.4
June 25, 1862780Ann Green10Aaron Edmonson$500.00   109.5
June 2, 1862608A. Ross Ray and Albert
1Aaron Hall500  175.2
May 18, 1862280Bridgett Taylor, Wm. R.
4Abigail Montgomery250  131.4
May 26, 1862451Hannah McCormick, Harriet
McCormick, Sophia
McCormick, Mary E.
McCormick, Margaret
2Abraham Cox500  525.6
May 27, 1862488Silas L. Loomis1Abraham Dent200  153.3
May 13, 1862185Joseph M. Fearson9Abraham Dixie Gray480100 43.8
June 17, 1862709James F. Essex3Abraham Gibson$1,300 for all 3  65.7
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Abraham Lincoln Hawkins$8,350.00 for all 12  48.8
May 29, 1862562Violet A. Abell, Executor
of William H. Williams
5Adam Bell2000  569.4

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