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 6, 186249John E. Carter3Winney Butler100  No value
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8Winney Ann1000.00 for Winney and
July 15, 1862953Virginia Bell, Esthern
Ellen Bell, Virginia
Caroline Bell
4Winney$4,700.00 for all 4  262.8
May 28, 1862521Ann Carroll2Winnean Morton1500.00 for both  372.3
May 16, 1862259Sarah Ann Grieves11Winna A. GreenleafAll valued at 5000.00  No value
May 15, 1862244Quintin Barker6WinnaAll valued at 2000.00  21.9
May 13, 1862193Christopher N. Thom1Wilson Brisco500475 208.05
May 15, 1862241George Mattingley10Willis Young1000  569.4
June 21, 1862746John Little, guardian of
Julia A. Little
4Willie$3,200 for all 4  65.7
May 26, 1862453Lucy E. Mattingly,
8Willie500  153.3

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