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 13, 1862154Henry T. Dixon1William Johnson1000  525.6
May 27, 1862463Jane H. C. Scott5William Johnson5300.00 for all  547.5
June 10, 1862654Lucretia R. Higgins1William Johnson700  109.5
July 15, 1862959Allison Nailor6William Johnson$5,400.00 for all 6  -------------
May 18, 1862275Susan B. Sheriff10William Jackson1200  262.8
June 11, 1862655Emily Beale15William Ingram7735.00 for all  
May 15, 1862233William D. C. Murdock9William Hutchinson900  175.7
June 20, 1862734Richard L. Ross,
Assignment to Wm. R.
Riley of 209.11
19William Hopkins$50.00   43.8
July 15, 1862949Eugene Sweeny2William Henry West$400.00   175.2
May 13, 1862186Samuel Fearson3William Henry Thomas900500 219

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