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, 186239Thomas Carberry12William1800  306.6
May 7, 186275Edwin Cotton2William1000  569.4
May 13, 1862150L. John Thomson2William200  153.3
May 19, 1862302Eliza L. Young5William200  87.6
May 21, 1862339John G. Stone1William600  372.3
May 22, 1862393Richard B. & E. E.
Lloyd
1William300  No value
May 23, 1862405Ann Maria Stone1William800  569.4
May 26, 1862442Robert Gunnell, Colored10William500  153.3
June 2, 1862611Samuel B. Anderson2William800.00 for both  306.6
July 5, 1862866Elizabeth Williams7William $5,000.00 for all 7  65.7

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