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
June 5, 1862636Allen Dodge7Wesley Snowden8000.00 for all  635.1
May 18, 1862275Susan B. Sheriff10Wesley Jackson500  131.4
June 2, 1862573Philip Mackey6Wesley Holmes1200  
May 6, 186252John Davidson15Wesley Diggs1000  613.2
June 5, 1862636Allen Dodge7Wesley Brown8000.00 for all  284.7
June 30, 1862803Presley W. Dorsey4Wesley Bell$500.00   21.9
May 9, 1862129Col. T. L. Alexander7Wesley1800  525.6
June 16, 1862691Thomas R. Brightwell5Washington Johnson1400  481.8
July 5, 1862868Elisha Jones, Executor6Washington Dade$8,000.00 for all 6  613.2
May 26, 1862452Stephen P. Franklin5Washington Clements1200  569.4

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