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 5, 1862893Columbus Alexander15Stephen Holmes$300.00   21.9
May 27, 1862464Susannah P. Bryan2Stephen Hagan500  240.9
June 25, 1862771Sarah J. Summerville4Stephen Dorsey$1,000.00   328.5
June 17, 1862705Henry Naylor18Stephen Dixon$1,500.00   613.2
May 6, 186244Thomas Carberry (Ex’or of
R. H. Boaman)
3Stephen1500  547.5
July 1, 1862833Isabel Maury6Stella$4,200.00 for all 6  153.3
May 28, 1862517Rachael Harrison3Stanislaus Bowman1200  569.4
July 5, 1862879Eleanor B. M. Hilleary4Spencer Snowden$1,000.00   569.4
May 27, 1862474Barrett T. Sevort7Spencer Allen300  87.6
July 5, 1862860John H. Smart4Sophy Hawkins$1,000.00 for Sophy and
her son.
  175.2

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