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. slavesSlaves Claimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 5, 1862862George J. Johnson2Adeline Smith$1,500.00 for both  459.9
July 5, 1862862George J. Johnson2Mary Smith$1,500.00 for both  65.7
July 5, 1862883George W. Hopkins2Solomon Lowndes$1,500.00 for both  372.3
July 5, 1862883George W. Hopkins2Samuel Lowndes$1,500.00 for both  306.6
June 25, 1862774Joshua Pierce10Thomas Rhodes$1,600.00   613.2
July 1, 1862816J. Fenwick Young14Anthony Lewis$1,600.00   657
July 15, 1862949Eugene Sweeny2Rose West$1,600.00   350.4
June 28, 1862785Joshua Morsell3Elizabeth Hayes$1,600.00 for all 3  262.8
June 28, 1862785Joshua Morsell3Lewis Preston Hayes$1,600.00 for all 3  219
June 28, 1862785Joshua Morsell3Davy Hayes$1,600.00 for all 3  131.4

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