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 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Alexander Meekins1500  569.4
May 28, 1862525Thomas W. Riley5Alexander Martin400  No value
July 5, 1862842William Christian6Alexander Lee$100.00   ------------
May 26, 1862459Benjamin L. Bohrer13Alexander Green800  657
May 13, 1862181Mary Ann Hale4Alexander Gordon300  87.6
May 6, 186254Drusilla Gray4Alexander Evans300  197.1
May 7, 186280James Walters3Alexander BurleyCombined value of 2200.00  613.2
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8Alexander2500.00 for first 5  279
June 20, 1862740Philip T. Berry13Alexander$11,000.00 for all 13  262.8
July 1, 1862825Maria Watterston6Alexander$300.00   43.8

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