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 Value Remarks
May 29, 1862549John A. Smith14Henry1000  657
June 3, 1862616Caroline E. Sanders17Sylvester Brooks1500  657
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13John Hall1200  657
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13Hilliary Speaks1200  657
June 14, 1862678Lettisha Harshman1William Edward Smilo1200  657
June 16, 1862689James H. Shreve9Henry Clarke1000  657
June 16, 1862690Charles Lyons1Jacob Cole1500  657
June 21, 1862764Nancy W. Davis4Steptoe Loury$3,800 for all 4  657
July 1, 1862816J. Fenwick Young14Anthony Lewis$1,600.00   657
July 5, 1862857Charles Homiller12Hingsley Etchison$8,350.00 for all 12  657

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