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 27, 1862481William B. Evans1Lewis500  438
May 27, 1862484Alexander Elliott1Mary Beall1200  350.4
May 27, 1862488Silas L. Loomis1Abraham Dent200  153.3
May 27, 1862489Alonza R. Fowler1Lucy Washington500  284.7
May 27, 1862493Israel Knode1Rachel600  87.6
May 28, 1862495Samuel Whitaker1Charlotte Gover250  No value
May 28, 1862496Isabella L. Turpin1Maria Watson500  197.1
May 28, 1862497Jane L. Burnass1Charlotte Marshal500  87.6
May 28, 1862498Andrew Hancock1Ellen Johnson200  -----------
May 28, 1862500Wiliam Hamilton Williams1Fannie Smallwood1200  481.8

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