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
July 5, 1862879Eleanor B. M. Hilleary4William West$1,200.00   372.3
May 26, 1862434Clement Hill5William West2000  394.2
July 5, 1862912Susan W. Harris4William Wells$400.00   -------------
May 7, 186271Martha Manning10William WatersCombined value of 8000.00  43.8
July 5, 1862908Eleanor H. Branner3William Warner$1,500.00   591.3
July 5, 1862858William H. V. Brown2William Vondrey$1,500.00   569.4
June 17, 1862705Henry Naylor18William Toney$1,500.00   525.6
July 5, 1862916Josiah Burgess, colored1William Thompson$500.00   547.5
May 19, 1862301J. C. & H. A. Willard5William Thomas1000  569.4
May 15, 1862243Frederick G. Hesse11William ThomasTotal value of 10250.00  569.4

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