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, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8John Calvert2500.00 for first 5  109.5
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8George Washington2500.00 for first 5  65.7
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8Winney Ann1000.00 for Winney and
Infant
  459.4
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8Infant1000.00 for Winney and
Infant
  21.7
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8Nelly500  (illegible)
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Hannah Harper4000.00 for all  21.9
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Marik Harper4000.00 for all  481.8
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Juba Frances Harper4000.00 for all  459.9
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Susannah Harper4000.00 for all  525.6
June 2, 1862604Leonard C. Cook8Chrissa Harper4000.00 for all  21.9

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