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
May 28, 1862505Joseph W. Webb, guardian
of Sarah G. Anderson
5Charles900  No value
May 28, 1862525Thomas W. Riley5Alexander Martin400  No value
June 2, 1862575William L. Colquhorn1James Dyson200  No value
June 2, 1862591Susanna G. Hansbow3Leonard Taylor2000.00 for all  No value
June 3, 1862616Caroline E. Sanders17Henry 500  No value
June 6, 1862644Sarah Forrest4Richard Marshal300  No value
June 16, 1862697Harriet R. Marshall2Nancy Gantt550.00 for both  No value
June 18, 1862715Bladen Forrest8Susan MasonOld & infirm  No value
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19Sallie Hopkins$100.00   No value
June 21, 1862746John Little, guardian of
Julia A. Little
4Lillie, Lucy Simms'
daughter
$3,200 for all 4  No value

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