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. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 1, 1862817Mary C. Young1Fanny Dines$1,000.00   459.9
July 1, 1862820William Pressy5Eliza Ann$1,000.00   284.7
July 1, 1862822Thomas C. Cox for self,
and Francis V. Robinson,
Walter W. H. Robinson
6Loulie Briscoe$1,000.00   438
July 1, 1862822Thomas C. Cox for self,
and Francis V. Robinson,
Walter W. H. Robinson
6Delilah Henson$1,000.00   372.3
July 1, 1862824Rebecca R. Darby for self
and Ruth E. and Jas. A.
1Rachel Chambers$1,000.00   481.8
July 1, 1862834James W. McDaniel,
2Jemima$1,000.00   438
July 1, 1862837James W. Fling1Mary Bell$1,000.00   525.6
July 5, 1862842William Christian6Susan Lee$1,000.00   ------------
July 5, 1862844James L. Barbour1Alfred$1,000.00   240.9
July 5, 1862848Simeon M. Johnson2Susan Matthews$1,000.00   438

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