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 13, 1862210Harriet Smith8Hannah Grant1000  438
May 13, 1862210Harriet Smith8Richard Mathews800  438
May 13, 1862210Harriet Smith8George Mathews700  306.6
May 13, 1862210Harriet Smith8Maria Mathews300  175.2
May 13, 1862210Harriet Smith8Mary Grant100  No value
May 15, 1862242Elizabeth Buckhead8Sarah Forrest400  10.95
May 15, 1862242Elizabeth Buckhead8Clarissa Forrest900  219
May 15, 1862242Elizabeth Buckhead8Elizabeth Forrest1000  306.6
May 15, 1862242Elizabeth Buckhead8Lewis Cass1000  438
May 15, 1862242Elizabeth Buckhead8Maria Peel1000  372.3

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