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
June 21, 1862750Ellen Scott5Jesse Wheeler$300.00   No value
June 21, 1862750Ellen Scott5Henry Waters$100.00   No value
June 21, 1862756Helen L. Ivy2Lucinda Sewall$500.00 for both  No value
June 28, 1862784Mary G. Wilson2John-------------  No value
June 30, 1862800Lucinda L. Matthews4Susan Jackson------------  No value
July 5, 1862847Lorenzo Thomas3George Berry$100.00   No value
July 5, 1862867Arianna J. Lyles13Sophia Ford$8,790.00 for all 13  No value
July 5, 1862893Columbus Alexander15Betty Hopp$100.00   No value
July 5, 1862925Henry Tolson, adm. of of
G. H. Marriott
4Charlotte BrooksNo value  No value
July 15, 1862943Mary A. Smith4James Brown$3,500.00 for all 4  No value

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