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 ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Grace Butler$100.00   $43.80
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Martha Butler600  350.4
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Eliza Ann Butler800  481.8
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Walter Butler800  306.6
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Jane Coney500  219
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Lydia Meredith500  131.4
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Richard Meredith1200  262.8
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28John Meredith1200  569.4
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Philip Meredith1000  569.4
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Lizzy Meredith800  481.8

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