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 18, 1862292William B. Lacy1John Ringgold1000  350.4
May 18, 1862295John L. Paxton1Henry1000800 350.4
May 18, 1862298Daniel H. Tebbs and
Martha Tebbs, his wife
1Harriet Jones9001000 438
May 18, 1862300Joseph Libbey1Rosa Payne500400 175.2
May 19, 1862303Hester A. Wheeler1Emily Herbert1200  197.1
May 19, 1862306Lt. Col. Wm. A. Nicholls1Isabel Chisman100  328.5
May 19, 1862308Mary Augusta Gadsby1James Williams1500  525.6
May 20, 1862315Sarah Tolson1George Finney1500  438
May 20, 1862316Washington Miller1Susan Tyler1500  547.5
May 20, 1862320Jane E. Cockrell1Lettie Fairfax1500  525.6

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