Written by
Coffey, John French, born 1826
Subject of
Mehle, Christian
Mehle, Magdalena Doll
Inbau, Hortaire, 1829 - 1877
Inbau, Mary Jane Williams
Roberts, James
December 8, 1860
ink on paper
H x W: 14 × 8 1/2 in. (35.6 × 21.6 cm)
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.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place made
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
bills of sale
Domestic slave trade
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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