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 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21William Butler1500  569.4
July 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7William Butler$3700 for all  54.75
May 13, 1862157Samuel Stott1William Burrell1000  175.2
May 27, 1862462James M. Wright and Mary
A. Wright
2William Brown2000  569.4
May 22, 1862386Smith Minor7William Branson1200  
May 19, 1862312Margaret W. Getty2William Bateman1400  569.4
May 22, 1862394Catyarina Miller, Thomas
W. Miller, Francis
Miller, George Miller,
Henry Miller, Eliza
Miller, and J. H. Hood
(H. Millers W. &
6William Barton1200  547.5
July 5, 1862842William Christian6William Arthur Lee$1,700.00   ------------
May 9, 1862133Sarah A. Hilleary4William Allen1000  569.4
July 5, 1862888Eliza Besler1William Alexander$2,000.00   657

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