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 15, 1862961Delilah Clark7Benjamin Nailor$3700 for all  43.8
May 9, 1862144Clement Weeden3Benjamin Price300  109.5
June 21, 1862744John Little12Benjamin Purnell$3,000.00   613.2
May 13, 1862163Catharine Pearson21Benjamin Shorter900  394.2
May 26, 1862436Emeline Sheriff7Benjamin Watkins1500  569.4
May 15, 1862243Frederick G. Hesse11Bernard SmallwoodTotal value of 10250.00  153.3
July 5, 1862852Ellen J. King4Betsy$300.00   43.8
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Betsy Bruce200  87.6
June 3, 1862618Egbert Thompson5Betsy Greenfield800  350.4
June 21, 1862763Susan Worthington2Betsy Jokey$1,200.00   350.4

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