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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
July 5, 1862864Alison Nailor, jr.2John Bundy$3,000 for both  657
July 5, 1862866Elizabeth Williams7Andrew Green$5,000.00 for all 7  657
July 5, 1862888Eliza Besler1William Alexander$2,000.00   657
July 5, 1862893Columbus Alexander15Beverly Davis$2,000.00   657
July 5, 1862898Thomas Brown3Richard Johnson$1,500.00   657
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9William H. Lee1100  651
May 5, 186228Sally T. Mathews6Florence SampsonGroup valued at 2200.00  65.7
May 6, 186252John Davidson15Eliza Tilman200  65.7
May 6, 186260John H. Wise1Susan Brown300  65.7
May 6, 186267George W. Cissel1William Snowden300  65.7

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