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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 14, 1862214Achsey Dorsey1Georgiana Bacon360  109.5
May 14, 1862215N. S. Shan1Stephen Owen1200  438
May 14, 1862220William H. Morrison1Marcia Lee700  262.8
May 14, 1862221Otis M. Marsh1Sophie Davis1000  525.6
May 15, 1862229John L. Wilson, guardn of
C. H. Wilson
1Clinton Billingslee500  153.5
May 15, 1862231Gregory Evans1Caroline R. Butts1500  306.6
May 15, 1862232Sabra Woodward1Matilda Graham1000  525.6
May 15, 1862234George Giles1Mary H. Shalit700  131.4
May 15, 1862237John A. Mac1John Smith1400  438
May 15, 1862246Margaret Osborn, guardn
of Mary White
1John Dyer1500  564.4

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