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. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
July 5, 1862860John H. Smart4Dick, her son$1,000.00 for Sophy and
her son.
  131.4
July 5, 1862860John H. Smart4Rebecca McPherson$1,200.00 for Rebecca and
her son.
  481.8
July 5, 1862860John H. Smart4Charles, her son$1,200.00 for Rebecca and
her son.
  43.8
July 5, 1862861Sarah E. Lollers1Sarah Woodley$1,000.00   525.6
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, 1862863Robert M. Lutters2Lishey Lewis$1,800.00 for both  525.6
July 5, 1862863Robert M. Lutters2Elizabeth Lewis$1,800.00 for both  284.7
July 5, 1862864Alison Nailor, jr.2John Bundy$3,000 for both  657
July 5, 1862864Alison Nailor, jr.2Sally Ferguson$3,000 for both  262.8

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