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
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14Sophy9550.00 for all  328.5
May 5, 186232Jesse Wilham, guard.1Sophronia Chase1200  459.9
May 14, 1862221Otis M. Marsh1Sophie Davis1000  525.6
May 23, 1862403Judson Nailor6Sophia Ward4,850.00 for all  438
June 16, 1862681Olivia G. Wooten1Sophia Stewart600  153.3
June 25, 1862776Rachel Piles1Sophia Sewall$400.00   131.4
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13Sophia Ross1000  525.6
June 28, 1862790Rebecca Williams8Sophia Mason$1,400.00   306.6
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9Sophia Hutchinson-------  No value
June 20, 1862735Isabella Morton1Sophia Hurd$1,500.00   438

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