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

records per page
  DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Lucy Lancaster800  219
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Henry Lancaster1600  438
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Rachel Lancaster1300  438
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Nathan Lancaster1500  438
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Henry Lancaster1300  525.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Eliza Lancaster1100  372.3
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28John Lancaster1000  306.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Adeline Butler300  87.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Sarah Taylor, 1200  394.2
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28John Wallace(valued with Sarah
Taylor)
  43.8

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