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. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 22, 1862367Mary Ann Clarke16Lucy Clarke900  438
May 22, 1862367Mary Ann Clarke16Clara Ridgley900  394.2
May 22, 1862382Margaret A. Renshaw1Mary Piper900  350.4
May 26, 1862428Susan A. Chapman1Mary Elizabeth Taylor900  438
May 26, 1862442Robert Gunnell, Colored10Florida900  503.7
May 26, 1862447William McLain2Samuel Dorsey900  262.8
May 26, 1862458Louisa G. Beall2Josephine Harris900  481.8
May 26, 1862459Benjamin L. Bohrer13Arrabella Nash900  438
May 27, 1862475James L. Branner1Mary Washington900  306.6
May 27, 1862491Mary C. Dean6Caroline Digges900  153.3

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