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 6, 186253Thomas B. Dawson2Maria Jenkins800  262.8
May 6, 186253Thomas B. Dawson2Henrietta Jenkins800  350.4
May 6, 186262Thomas Serivener2Linda Harris800  306.6
May 6, 186265James Riordan1Martha Ann Blaxton800  481.8
May 6, 186266Lucy A. M. Counselman
(now Gordon)
1Lucinda Martin800  488
May 7, 186272Johathan Kirkwood2Laviny Whitaker800  503.7
May 7, 186273Henry L. Abbott1Joanna Cole or Alexander800  438
May 7, 186274Thomas Woodward1Rachel Day800  525.6
May 7, 186277Anna Bradley2William Richardson800  525.6
May 7, 186279James Walters, guardian
of George D. Walters
1Caroline Bell800  481.8

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