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 28, 1862526Harriet White21William Mathews800  506.6
May 28, 1862511Renaldo J. Bowen2William Mathews300  109.5
June 28, 1862790Rebecca Williams8William Mason$500.00   219
June 5, 1862634John Hensley3William Mansfield1150  525.6
May 26, 1862459Benjamin L. Bohrer13William Maize800  569.4
July 15, 1862956Nathan Prather3William M. Cubbins$200.00   109.5
June 2, 1862583Elizabeth I. Fowler5William Lee100  65.7
May 13, 1862173Margaret D. Loughborough6William Lee3200 for the group350 131.4
May 29, 1862547Catharine Thompson6William King1000  657
May 8, 1862108John T. Kelley1William Jones450  109.5

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