This deed of sale records the sale of an enslaved man named Pierre (born 1835) by Christian Mehle of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana and Hortaire Inbau to James Roberts, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 8, 1860. The deed is both pre-printed and handwritten ink on paper. The deed is notarized and witnessed by John French Coffey. Pierre was twenty-five years old and was sold for $1,300.00. The deed covers four (4) pages. The wives of the sellers, Magdalena Doll Mehle and Mary Jane Williams Inbau, were also required to release ownership claims over Pierre. The end of the document lists the names of those persons who signed the original deed of sale as this is a copy kept by the notary. Yellow-tinted paper is attached to the deed with string along the left side. Text handwritten in ink on a portion of one page identifies the sellers, buyer, name of the enslaved person sold, and the notary.
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 handwritten deed of sale records the purchase of an enslaved boy aged seventeen named John (born 1844) sold by Martha A. Briggs to James Roberts for $1,150.00 in order to pay off a note of $1,200.00 owed by Briggs to H. S. Blood. The paper is folded along the left side, with the terms of the sale and paying of debt written on the front and interior pages. The final page includes the date, seller, buyer, and name of the enslaved handwritten down the middle. The sale was witnessed and recorded by notary John F. Coffey, whose seal is embossed into the paper near the list of names of original signatures. The seal features a pelican inside a circular frame with the text around the rim reading "J. F. COFFEY NOTARY PUBLIC / PARISH OF ORLEANS".