Slavery documents collection, 1758-1865 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Slavery documents collection, 1758-1865

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 503

Extent: 1.0 Boxes


This artificial collection, created by Tulane University, contains single items and small groups of documents from a variety of sources pertaining to a subject or interest.

The collection consists of one box.

Subjects: African Americans -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century., African Americans. - History - Southern States, Slave records., Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century., Slavery -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century., Slavery -- Southern States., Slave trade.

Forms of Material: Articles., Bills of sale., Receipts (financial records)

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of documents relating to enslaved African Americans. Included are slave sale documents and receipts, slave lists, slave passes, and articles about slavery.

Digital surrogates for items in this collection can be found here:

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans. - History - Southern States
Slave records.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Southern States.
Slave trade.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: Slavery documents collection, Manuscripts Collection 503, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Slavery documents collection],

Box 1: Slavery documents collection
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Folder 1: Sale of slave contract, 1857
P. Landreaux, New Orleans, sells to J.S. Lavigne "mulatress slave Rosette," age circa forty-five years. E.G. Gottschalk notary public.
Folder 2: Slave pass, 1863
Pass allowing slave girl, Julia, age nine years, of 156 Annunciation Street to "pass and repass at night" for one month by Mayoralty of New Orleans.
Folder 3: Archmand slave sale, 1834
Receipt of sale to F. Archmand of two slaves, Vincent and Tomlin, Richmond; seller could be John Clark and/or Henry and James Garnett.
Folder 4: Duplessis, Eliza, affidavit for arrest of her slave, Catherine, 1852
Affidavit made out by Eliza Duplessis for the arrest of her slave Catherine, who she claimed was living in the house of Felix Grima on St. Louis Street, New Orleans.
Folder 5: Moore, Phillip, emancipation of slave woman, Henrietta, wash woman, 1847

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Papers relative to the emancipation of slave, Henrietta.

Folder 6: de Casas, Eulogio, letter to [Shefendo] Brown requesting payment for salary and expenses relating to apprehending two runaway slaves, 1813
Letter written to a friend concerning the settlement of an expense account for some of the friend's slaves who had apparently run away and had been apprehended by a Lieutenant Don Juan Morena in the year 1807. In Spanish.
Folder 7: Macdonald, M., account and receipt for payment to "St. Gemes," owner of slaves, Pierre, Tounaint, Figaro, Bazile, and Nöel who did work for Macdonald, 1813
Payroll of African Americans employed by M. Macdonald.
Folder 8: Winston, James, "New Orleans as a Slave Mart Before 1860"

Short unpublished manuscript of slaves and slave traders in New Orleans before 1860.


Folder 9: James Young sells female slave to Simon Porche for 900 piastres, and J. Juges sells William, Mary, and their child to Simon Porche of Fausse Riviere for 1400 piastres; also mentioned is a Beltat who has promised Juges a "griffe" (3/4 Negro blood), 1804, 1809
Receipts for the sale of slaves to Simon Porche of Fausse Riviere, a woman for 900 piastres (1804) and a man named William, a woman named Mary, and their child for 1400 piastres (1809). In French.
Folder 10: Ollie, Marie Victoire (widow of Jean J. Pucheu) sells to Michael D. Bringier of Ascension Parish young slave, Jim, slightly lame, for 440 piastres; previous owner was Pierre Bourg, 1836 January 25
Marie Victoire Ollie, widow of Jean J. Pucheu, sells a young slave named Jim, age of about ten years. The Widow Pucheu had bought Jim from Pierre Bourg, 1829 November 26. Buyer has been informed that the boy is "a little lame." Boy sold for 440 piastres to Michel D. Bringier of Ascension Parish. In French.
Folder 11: Sale by Coralie Populus (widow of Augustin Alexandre) of slave, Betsy, approximately thirty-one years old, to Joseph Gullier for 410 piastres, 1850 October 31
Sale of a slave named Betsy by Coralie Populus, widow of Augustin Alexandre, through agent Bonneval Bénit, to Joseph Gullier, for 410 piastres, 1850 October 31. Document is notarized by Antoine Doriocourt, New Orleans.
Folder 12: Molaison, Jacques, Jr. is cleared of any charge of alienating a slave named Lucy; signed by Bernard de Marigny, 1853 May 2
Bernard de Marigny, Register of Conveyances, New Orleans, certifies that from the records of his office, it does not appear that Jacques Molaison, Jr., alienated a slave named Lucy.
Folder 13: Déjean, Felix appears in court, in St. Landry Parish, to certify that Frederick and Adele, are employed and living at the plantation he has mortgaged to the Citizen's Bank, 1837 April 20.
Felix Déjean appeared before Judge George King, St. Landry Parish, to certify that two slaves named are employed on the plantation which Déjean has mortgaged to the Citizen's Bank.
Folder 14: Parker, Henry of Charleston, South Carolina sells Lawson, nineteen years of age, to Michael B. Cantrelle and Michael Villevasse of St. James Parish, Louisiana, 1832
Slave sale of a boy for $450 by Henry Parker, Charleston, South Carolina, to M.B. Cantrelle and Michael Villevasse, St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Folder 15: Gray, Josias of West Feliciana Parish sells fifteen slaves to Ann Maria, woman of color, his emancipated housekeeper; names and ages of slaves are listed; slaves sold in consideration of amount owed her for services and cash on hand, both totaling $13,000, 1839

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Deed for the sale of fifteen slaves by Josias Gray, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, to Ann Maria, a free woman of color, of the same parish, in consideration of service rendered Gray by Ann Maria, in the capacity of Housekeeper, since her emancipation.

Folder 16: Manaire, André, before commanders of the Attakapas and Opelousas Posts, sells to François Manne a woman named Jeanne "creolla de nation" about twenty years old for 500 piastres, 1784 October 6
Sale of slave, Jeanne from Andre Manaire to Françoise Manne. In French.
Folder 17: Howe, George, M.D. "The Last Slave Ship," Howe's account of his experience on board the ship, 1860

Xeroxed copy of typescript made by Arthur G. Nuhrah in 1950 of "The Last Slave Ship" by George Howe, M.D. (1860). Nuhrah made use of the photostat copy of original document in the possession of Mrs. Louis F. Ernst.

The story was first published in Scribners' Volume 8, July-December 1890, pages 113-128. See 976.3/813/H856L for same.

Folder 18: Sales by Coleman, Thomas W. to Robert D. Windes, 1833 December 14 and 30
Two contracts for the sale of slave girls by Thomas W. Coleman of Christian County, Kentucky to Robert D. Windes. December 24 - Ann, Marthy, and Ellen, females and Rice and Sherod, males for $1800. December 30 - Mary, girl for $480.
Folder 19: Egaña, Juan G. de sells to Antoine Giraud one slave named Feliciana, about twenty-seven years of age and her child, Rosine, about six years, 1855
This sale is for 1100 piastres. This is the bill of sale for a slave and her infant daughter. They were sold by J.G. Egaña to Antoine Giraud. Egana had previously bought these slaves from Dame Heloise, separated wife of Severin Satapie in 1854.
Folder 20: Account of slaves on hand, listing their names, occupation, number of days sick, et cetera, 1854 January 1-1855 January 1

A list of names of slaves, giving the number of working days, the number of days sick, the total number of days, and, under "Remarks," the date of purchase of some, record of illness, and other pertinent information. The list is headed, "Account of slaves on hand from the 1st January 1854 to the 1st January 1855" and is signed by William McCulloch, Station, 1855 December 31. There are fifty names listed - two foremen, thirty-nine yard hands, a stoker, a stableman, a carter, a fitter, a cook, a smith, a bricklayer, and two young boys.

Oversize. Photostatic copy in box.

Folder 21: Account of expenses for fighting the "negres marrons," rebel, runaway slaves living in southwest Louisiana, including a payment to a Mr. LaBarre, 1790s
Folder 22: Two slave sale documents, 1842 August 1; 1857 July 18
One deed of conveyance records sale of two slaves by Citizens Bank (represented by William C.C. Claiborne) to James Erwin of Caddo 1842 August 1. The second deed records sale of one slave named Rosella by Dr. Paul G. Kaufman to Captain Jacob H. Morrison, both of Point Coupée 1857 July 18.
Folder 23: Recorder of mortgages for the Parish of Orleans states that no outstanding mortgages exist on the slaves Manuel and Edouard in the name of Alfred Rousseau; sale by Alfred Rousseau to Félix Mavis Jacobs of the slaves Edouard and Manuel for 1500 piastres; document also signed by Rousseau's wife, Céphise Piseros Rousseau, "outside the presence and influence of her husband", 1856 February 6-7

Recorder of mortgages for the Parish of Orleans states that no outstanding mortgages exist on the slaves Manuel and Edouard in the name of Alfred Rousseau, 1856 February 6. In English.

Sale by Alfred Rousseau to Félix Mavis Jacobs of the slaves Edouard and Manuel for 1500 piastres; document also signed by Rousseau's wife, Céphise Piseros Rousseau, "outside the presence and influence of her husband" 1856 February 7. In French.

Folder 24: Sale by Cyrus Green to George Acreman Puddy, of slave Eddy; Eddy had been purchased by Green from Ezekiel Hayes, New Orleans, 1844 April 6
Folder 25: Receipt for Lewis Kaufman for the purchase of a slave Lucy Ann from S.T. Fondren, Richmond, Virginia, 1862 March 25
Slave manuscript series No. 25.
Folder 26: General orders, Number 20 Northern Division of Louisiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; "...the Freedmen be employed under specific contracts at reasonable wages and kindly treated" signed William H. Clapp, by command of Major General Herron, 1865 June 3
The general order summarizes the future policy of the United States government concerning labor. The slaves are freed by virtue of the Emancipation Proclamation and any attempts to retard the action of the proclamation will be considered rebellious. The order encourages employment for the Freedmen under specific contracts at reasonable wages. The order was given by Major General Herron and William H. Clapp, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General.
Folder 27: Grilliette, Marrain, slave sale to Francois Rouquier of a male slave of seventeen years named Paul for 350 piastres, 1790 September 24

Slavery Manuscripts Series, No. 27: sale of a male slave named Paul by M. Marrain Grilliette to Francois Rouquier, both of the Natchitoches Post, with Rouquier serving as agent for Jean Marie Armant of Pointe Coupee for 350 piastres to be paid to Pierre Victor Dupain, a merchant in New Orleans. Signed by Louis Deblanc, commandant of the Natchitoches Post, Rouquier, Grillte [sic], and others.

In French.

Folder 28: Slave sale document issued at Pointe Coupee stating that a slave belonging to M. de Pontalba had been sold and duly paid for, 1758 July 24
Slavery manuscript series no. 28. Manuscript page. In French.
Folder 29: Two slave sale documents to Harmon Turner, 1851 February 2; 1856 February 18

Ann, twelve years old, by John G. and Harry Watson and George Richardson, Livingston Parish, 1851 February 2.

Three slaves: George, John Puller and wife, Letitia, by Ambroise and Emile Lapice at St. Louis Exchange, New Orleans, with attached promissory note for $1450, 1856 February 18.

Folder 30: Brent slave deed; deed of two slaves, Aaron and William, to Dr. W. Thomas Brent, who was going to live in Louisiana, by his father, George Brent, 1837

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