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 22, 1862367Mary Ann Clarke16Tobias Hutchins500  394.2
May 28, 1862494Pierce Shoemaker20Tobias Foster1000  328.5
June 20, 1862741Clark Mills11Tilly, Letty Howard's
daughter
$500.00   175.2
July 5, 1862842William Christian6Thornton Lee$300.00   ------------
May 29, 1862547Catharine Thompson6Thompson King500  394.2
May 20, 1862319Sarah A. Landreth4Thomas, Maria's son300  219
June 2, 1862569The Sisters of
Visitations of Georgetown
D. C.
12Thomas Weldon1200  613.2
June 25, 1862780Ann Green10Thomas Waters$300.00   87.6
June 30, 1862805Ann MacDaniel of
Queensboro Chapel
6Thomas Turner------------  131.4
June 21, 1862755Baruch Hall for son Harry
M.
1Thomas Sprigg$1,000,.00  262.8

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