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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions Value Remarks
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Barbary Robinson1500  153.3
May 6, 186244Thomas Carberry (Ex’or of
R. H. Boaman)
3Scye1500  153.3
May 7, 186276Thomas Tolbert4Mary Sophia Brown500  153.3
May 7, 186289Robert L. Teel8Louisa600  153.3
May 7, 186290John Thomas & Eliza,
his wife
4Henry500  153.3
May 9, 1862120Thomas R. Bird6Grace600  153.3
May 9, 1862136John Bayne2Frank Queen300  153.3
May 9, 1862137George McCeney14Jeremiah Hall600  153.3
May 9, 1862139Martha H. M. Knight1Royetta Dorsey400  153.3
May 13, 1862147Richard Butt5George1800.00 for the group  153.3

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