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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 21, 1862759Thomas Young8John Wesley Forrest$9,700 for all 8  547.5
June 21, 1862759Thomas Young8Adelaide Clinton Forrest$9,700 for all 8  438
June 21, 1862759Thomas Young8Arthur Forrest$9,700 for all 8  175.2
June 21, 1862759Thomas Young8Anna Forrest$9,700 for all 8  109.5
May 7, 186274Thomas Woodward1Rachel Day800  525.6
June 6, 1862646Thomas W. Williams1Henrietta Young1000  109.8
May 28, 1862525Thomas W. Riley5Alexander Martin400  No value
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Harriet Williams900  481.8
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Mary Sophia Brown500  153.3
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Caroline Brown200  65.7

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