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 6, 186236Charles Vinson9Alexander Meekins1500  569.4
June 2, 1862591Susanna G. Hansbow3Alexander Taylor2000.00 for all  219
June 10, 1862651Charles J. Stewart10Alfred600  219
July 5, 1862844James L. Barbour1Alfred$1,000.00   240.9
June 6, 1862645Rebecca Sears8Alfred Addison400  131.4
July 1, 1862836Joseph Holt1Alfred Allen$950.00   569.4
May 13, 1862152Eleanor R. Lang10Alfred Clarke500  219
May 26, 1862452Stephen P. Franklin5Alfred Clarke1200  ---------
May 18, 1862290Jacob Hines5Alfred Curtis Robinson300  175.3
June 20, 1862737Amos Denham, Trustee of
A. E. Balman
6Alfred Lee$1,000.00   306.6

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