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
June 21, 1862759Thomas Young8Adelaide Clinton Forrest$9,700 for all 8  438
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Adelaide Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  219
May 26, 1862459Benjamin L. Bohrer13Adelaide Nash700  
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Adeline Butler300  87.6
May 6, 186259David Rawlings6Adeline JonesCombined value of 2800.00  306.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Adeline Meredith400  438
July 5, 1862862George J. Johnson2Adeline Smith$1,500.00 for both  459.9
May 13, 1862190Fielder Magruder6Adeline Williams1000800 350.4
June 16, 1862691Thomas R. Brightwell5Adell Davis1400  481.8
May 22, 1862387Edward H. Edelin14Agnes9550.00 for all  42.8

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