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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Mary Harwood$3,600.00 for all 6  394.2
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Tom, her son$3,600.00 for all 6  109.5
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Martha Johnson$3,600.00 for all 6  481.8
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Frank, her son$3,600.00 for all 6  87.6
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Hester Wright$3,600.00 for all 6  525.6
June 20, 1862718Zachariah Duvall6Hester, her infant$3,600.00 for all 6  43.8
June 17, 1862704Woodford Slone2Barney Clarke$2,300 for both  481.8
June 17, 1862704Woodford Slone2George Clarke$2,300 for both  328.5
May 20, 1862327Willis H. Marlow1Henry Calvert800  175.2
July 15, 1862951William Wilson2Elcy Diggs$600.00   65.7

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