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
June 3, 1862618Egbert Thompson5Alice Greenfield400  240.9
June 12, 1862661John R. Ashby and Ellen
G. Ashby, his wife
1Alice Harris800  525.6
May 22, 1862357Bushrod W. Farr5Alice Hill500  262.8
May 13, 1862197Robert K. Nevett6Alice Jackson500300 131.8
May 23, 1862416Ulysses B. Ward4Alice Jones2550.00 for all  262.8
June 17, 1862707Martha A. Linton8Alice Jones$225.00   109.5
July 15, 1862962Albert B. Berry by
Benjamin Berry, Benjamin
Berry
3Alice Lee$400.00   65.7
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Alice Lewis5000.00 for all  175.2
May 18, 1862290Jacob Hines5Alice Maria Robinson100  32.85
May 21, 1862341Alfred R. Edelin4Alice Mealy2400.00 for all  21.9

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