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 16, 1862682Alexander A. Green2Ann Brooks500  109.5
June 30, 1862803Presley W. Dorsey4Ann Broten$1,500.00   481.8
May 13, 1862160John T. Lange3Ann Brown1000  438
May 16, 1862258Robert M. Coombs4Ann Carroll400  284.7
June 18, 1862715Bladen Forrest8Ann Carter$1,000.00   284.7
July 5, 1862898Thomas Brown3Ann Dorsey$100.00   54.75
May 8, 1862102Benjamin T. Thom6Ann Dyson1000  438
May 22, 1862389Eliza Peyton5Ann Eliza Broom13001000 438
June 12, 1862673Conrad Schwarz7Ann Eliza Thomas800  481.8
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Ann Fletcher 275 120.45

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