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 Value Remarks
July 1, 1862825Maria Watterston6Edmund$300.00   131.4
July 5, 1862850Christopher L. O’Hare4Caroline Brooks$450.00   131.4
July 5, 1862853Susan M. Burch3Maria Edmond Silvey$2,000.00 for all 3  131.4
July 5, 1862854William E. Howard3Susan Thomas$100.00   131.4
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Laura Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  131.4
July 5, 1862860John H. Smart4Dick, her son$1,000.00 for Sophy and
her son.
  131.4
July 5, 1862867Arianna J. Lyles13Randall Ford$8,790.00 for all 13  131.4
July 5, 1862867Arianna J. Lyles13Anthony$8,790.00 for all 13  131.4
July 5, 1862868Elisha Jones, Executor6George Ward$8,000.00 for all 6  131.4
July 5, 1862873Joseph Weaver3John$500.00   131.4

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