This deed of sale has pre-printed and handwritten text that records the purchase of an enslaved man named Cato (born 1819) sold by J. P. Lapier of Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, an agent for C. E. Girardy & Co. to James Roberts of Jefferson City, Louisiana, for $800.00 on April 28, 1859. Cato is described as being around forty years of age and was "sold as having run away." The paper is folded in half along the left side with the reverse of the open sheet (interior pages when folded) blank. On the back of the folded page is handwritten text in ink identifying the date, seller, buyer, and enslaved person.
This record of a deed of sale records the sale of an enslaved man named Cane (born 1840) by Charnell H. Durham to Benjamin F. Jenkins, both of De Soto Parish, Louisiana, on February 10, 1859. Cane was described as "of light complexion aged about nineteen years" and was sold for $1,500.00. The sale was witnessed and recorded by the notary Samuel F. Smith, who kept this document for recording purposes. Text on the reverse of the blue-tinted paper records the names of the seller, buyer, notary, and location of the record in legal files.
This deed of sale records the sale of an enslaved woman named Cassey (born 1819) by Mary McCarthey to Fleming C. Cheatham, both of Carroll Parish, Louisiana, on March 3, 1859. Cassey was 40 years old and was sold for $1,000.00. The deed was recorded by James W. Draughon, also of Carroll Parish. The paper is folded along the top edge of the first page, with text being on the front and reverse of one page and the second page having one blank side and the reverse of this second page containing the names of the involved parties and the date of the sale. Embossed into the final page of the deed is a seal depicting a Pelican with the words "RECORDER'S OFFICE" in the center and the words "STATE OF LOUISIANA / PARISH OF CARROLL" around the outer band.