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. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 16, 1862260Jebediah Gettings5Annie TaylorAll valued at 1500.00  131.4
May 16, 1862260Jebediah Gettings5Hezekiah SmithAll valued at 1500.00  294.2
May 16, 1862260Jebediah Gettings5Louisa M. WhitakerAll valued at 1500.00  438
May 15, 1862249John Foster3Sophia BarnesAll valued at 1000.00  (covered by ink)
May 15, 1862249John Foster3Henry L. BarnesAll valued at 1000.00  481.8
May 15, 1862249John Foster3James L. BarnesAll valued at 1000.00  438
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14Frank Lyles9550.00 for all  525.6
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14Joseph Pinkney9550.00 for all  416.1
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14George9550.00 for all  284.7
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14Henry Ross9550.00 for all  219

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