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. Smith14Charlotte50  109.5
June 2, 1862571George W. Hopkins &
John L. Hopkins,
Executors and Trustees of
John Hopkins
10Robert Tyler300  109.5
June 2, 1862572James C. McGuire5Jenette Powers3500.00 for all  109.5
June 2, 1862583Elizabeth I. Fowler5Margaret Lee200  109.5
June 2, 1862586Margaret I. Beall5Richard Moore300  109.5
June 2, 1862589Jacob G. Smoot8John Calvert2500.00 for first 5  109.5
June 2, 1862603Patrick I. Torney2Millie Jackson or Turner500  109.5
June 2, 1862607George W. Wren and
Catharine A. Wren
9Marbach Lewis5000.00 for all  109.5
June 3, 1862618Egbert Thompson5Rachel Greenfield250  109.5
June 4, 1862628Eliza Jenkins6Susanna200  109.5

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