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 17, 1862707Martha A. Linton8Camilla Jones$80.00   284.7
May 15, 1862239Elizabeth Abbott11Carharine Ann Davis800  459.9
May 5, 186214James Tucker1Caroline500  197.1
May 13, 1862147Richard Butt5Caroline1800.00 for the group  87.6
May 29, 1862549John A. Smith14Caroline600  438
June 28, 1862794Verlinda Shaw10Caroline------------  350.4
July 5, 1862894John W. Clarke1Caroline$1,000.00   Claim withdrawn
May 5, 186213Sarah Jane O’Brien2Caroline Bell1200.00 for both slaves  43.8
May 7, 186279James Walters, guardian
of George D. Walters
1Caroline Bell800  481.8
May 20, 1862333Molley Moreland6Caroline Bouie1200  525.6

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