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 27, 1862471Mary Ann Harvey5Albert Cole400  240.9
June 4, 1862627Mary Queen and Elizabeth
Queen
24Albert Gutridge1000  394.2
May 27, 1862465Thompson Nailor3Albert Hickman500  197.1
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Albert Hollyday450  175.2
May 13, 1862198Selby B. Leaggs13Albert Howard1200750 328.5
May 28, 1862494Pierce Shoemaker20Albert Lyles400  43.8
May 28, 1862526Harriet White21Albert Rigney100  21.9
May 6, 186235Thomas Donoho9Albert, Lydia’s son150  43.8
May 29, 1862549John A. Smith14Aldeyena500  321.2
May 9, 1862116Sarah Davis Abel7Aleck West1300  569.6

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