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
May 20, 1862316Washington Miller1Susan Tyler1500  547.5
May 14, 1862212Warren Waugh2Nancy Joyce1000  481.8
May 14, 1862212Warren Waugh2Mary600  372.3
June 2, 1862595Walter Godey1Minty Clarke400  131.4
May 13, 1862159Walter B. Chew5James Albert Brown1000  350.4
May 13, 1862159Walter B. Chew5Charles Brown800  346.6
May 13, 1862159Walter B. Chew5Cealia Brown500  262.8
May 13, 1862159Walter B. Chew5Mary Catharine Brown400  219
May 13, 1862159Walter B. Chew5Eugene Brown200  153.3
May 23, 1862396Waller M. Talbott1Sophia Bateson500  43.8

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