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)
Page 302 of 311    << < 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 >

records per page
 DateDocketPetitionersNo. slaves SlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 14, 1862678Lettisha Harshman1William Edward Smilo1200  657
June 3, 1862620Aloysia Graham10William F. Clarke750  240.9
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69William Fletcher400350 153.3
July 5, 1862899Mary A. Holmead2William Garner$800.00   328.5
May 13, 1862181Mary Ann Hale4William Gordon500  175.2
June 28, 1862796Rachel M. A. Tolson, John
E. Turlon, executors of
William H. Turlon Jr.
16William Green$9,000.00 for all 16  481.8
June 25, 1862774Joshua Pierce10William H. Beckett$2,000.00   569.4
May 13, 1862152Eleanor R. Lang10William H. Clarke500  306.6
July 1, 1862816J. Fenwick Young14William H. Covington$500.00   175.2
May 28, 1862507Edward Hall2William H. Harrison1400  591.3

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