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
July 5, 1862854William E. Howard3Susan Thomas$100.00   131.4
July 5, 1862855Abel G. Davis1Billy$500.00   328.5
July 5, 1862856Horace Sprigg1Martha Ann Sprigg$600.00   -------------
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Mary Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  219
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Hingsley Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  657
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Dallas Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  613.2
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Adelaide Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  219
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Laura Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  131.4
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Banks Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  87.6
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Mary Ann Hawkins$8,350.00 for all 12  394.2

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