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 Value Assessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 18, 1862297John C. Rives3James Jackson-----------300 481.8
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69George Gordon100300 131.4
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Protius Sims300300 153.3
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Ann Fletcher 275 120.45
May 13, 1862169James W. West, Eliza M.
West
11Alice Burgess150250 109.5
May 13, 1862194James Dobbyn1Elizabeth Barley250250 109.5
May 13, 1862197Robert K. Nevett6Mary Jackson1200250 328.5
May 13, 1862198Selby B. Leaggs13Laura Gross250250 109.5
May 13, 1862169James W. West, Eliza M.
West
11Tempe Burgess150200 87.6
May 13, 1862173Margaret D. Loughborough6Loretta Lee3200 for the group200 87.6

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