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
June 5, 1862642Robert Read1Areana Dorsey800  525.6
June 6, 1862643George D. Ramsey1Kitty500  262.8
June 6, 1862646Thomas W. Williams1Henrietta Young1000  109.8
June 6, 1862647John B. Blake1Henry Peterson290  525.6
June 10, 1862650Elizabeth Windsor1Lucy Ann Jones1200  No appearance
June 10, 1862654Lucretia R. Higgins1William Johnson700  109.5
June 12, 1862659Maria M. Alexander1Florida Scott700  459.9
June 12, 1862661John R. Ashby and Ellen
G. Ashby, his wife
1Alice Harris800  525.6
June 12, 1862662Joseph Prather1Fanny Smith500  219
June 12, 1862663Florence Drury1Nelly Semmes800  131.4

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