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 18, 1862284Anne Blanchard2William Henry Taylor1000  657
May 6, 186270Mary Ann Haslip2William Henry Small350  109.5
June 14, 1862701Verlinda M. Wells2William Henry Harrison$2,400 for both  438
June 28, 1862783Leah L. G. Wilson9William Henry$250.00   131.4
June 30, 1862811John L. Johns, Lucy
Johns, William L.
Darrell, Virginia E.
4William Henry$200.00   43.8
June 30, 1862813Charles H. Wiltberger4William Hawkins$440.00   54.75
May 28, 1862504Joseph W. Webb1William Harrod900  547.8
May 16, 1862268Mary A. Paine6William H. Turley1000  372.3
May 28, 1862512John M. Belt2William H. Thornton200  87.6
June 2, 1862586Margaret I. Beall5William H. Moore300  87.6

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