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
July 5, 1862850Christopher L. O’Hare4Washington Brooks$700.00   197.1
June 28, 1862797Henry Kengla9Washington Brisco$500.00   ------------
May 14, 1862218Benjamin Beall4Washington--------  No value
July 1, 1862825Maria Watterston6Washington$100.00   21.9
June 16, 1862688Mary E. Rentzel and
Margaret Rentzel
2Walter Stewart2000.00 for both  525.6
June 28, 1862796Rachel M. A. Tolson, John
E. Turlon, executors of
William H. Turlon Jr.
16Walter Gray$9,000.00 for all 16  153.3
June 28, 1862795Charles E. Sherman
(William Lee, conflicting
as to servants Henry,
Ann, Rose and Lou)
9Walter Garner   
April 29, 18621John Harry (amended by
substitution May 8, 1862)
28Walter Butler800  306.6
July 5, 1862933Caroline R. Dulaney2Walter Brown$250.00   131.4
June 30, 1862802Thomas Blogden3Walter Boyd$1,080.00 for all 3  131.4

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