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
 DateDocketPetitioners No. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Sarah Curtis5000.00 for all  219
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Wallis Curtis5000.00 for all  197.1
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Henry Curtis5000.00 for all  43.8
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9George Cone5000.00 for all  306.6
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Henry Clarke1000  657
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Sandy Clarke1000  547.5
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Ann800  438
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Henry West700  284.7
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Julius West700  240.9
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9John West300  87.6

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