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
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 26, 1862459Benjamin L. Bohrer13William Maize800  569.4
June 12, 1862664Benjamin Ogle Taylor2Catharine Lawson2000.00 for both  547.5
June 12, 1862664Benjamin Ogle Taylor2Melinda Lawson2000.00 for both  547.5
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Mary Ann Coleman800  481.8
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Margaret Woodward500  350.4
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Harriet Guy800  394.2
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Lila600  394.2
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Martha450  262.8
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7Betty300  175.2
May 14, 1862213Benjamin P. Smith7John Henry250  87.6

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