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
May 21, 1862345George Washington Young69Walter Bell600  197.1
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Wallis Curtis5000.00 for all  197.1
May 13, 1862147Richard Butt5Wallis1800.00 for the group  197.1
July 5, 1862859William B. Jones2Virginia Williams$1,500.00 for both  175.2
May 8, 1862113John Wm. Woodward1Virginia Napa600  306.6
May 28, 1862523Edward Owen3Virginia Hawkins2500.00 for all  ---------
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Virginia Hawkins$8,350.00 for all 12  262.8
June 4, 1862627Mary Queen and Elizabeth
Queen
24Virginia Gutridge800  372.3
May 22, 1862388James M. Torbert5Virginia Comodore150  87.6
July 1, 1862825Maria Watterston6Virginia Clarke$1,200.00   394.2

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