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
 Date DocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 5, 1862912Susan W. Harris4Mary Ann Ringold$900.00   -------------
July 5, 1862912Susan W. Harris4Amelia Wells$600.00   -------------
July 5, 1862912Susan W. Harris4William Wells$400.00   -------------
July 5, 1862911Sophia Baker2Rebecca Johnson$1,000.00   459.9
July 5, 1862911Sophia Baker2Louisa Johnson$1,000.00   503.7
July 5, 1862910Nancy Woodland1Mary Ann Williams$800.00   284.7
May 7, 186291Maria A. Queen1Ellen Henson1000  175.2
July 5, 1862909James Selden, Trustee for
George L. Selden
9Jim$500.00   262.8
July 5, 1862909James Selden, Trustee for
George L. Selden
9George$1,500.00   569.4
July 5, 1862909James Selden, Trustee for
George L. Selden
9Charlotte$250.00   65.7

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