June 12, 1854 Bill of Sale of Slave Named Ann

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Title

June 12, 1854 Bill of Sale of Slave Named Ann

Subject

slavery

Description

Slave bill of sale dated June 12, 1854. The document is from the state of Louisiana and concerns the purchase of a slave named Ann by the representatives of Mary Ann Morgan. It records the names of those involved in the transaction, the amount of funds that will be transferred, and a description of Ann.

Creator

Hercules Hillman

Source

University of Texas at Arlington - Special Collections - Samuel Maas Papers Box GA 11 Folder 52

Date

June 12. 1854

Contributor

Christopher Simpson

Relation

Documents relating to a slave named Ann and her owner Isabella Maas

Format

JPG

Language

English

Type

Document

Coverage

1854 Louisiana

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Text

Slave bills of sale have varied in appearence throughout the history of the United States. This is an example of a handwritten bill of sale from 1804 and also from the state of Louisiana. There are several commonalities between the two. Both documents detail the parties involved and note the sum for which the slave was purchased. The name of the slave is also listed as well as a description of their state of health. In fact, if one were to remove the more formal appearence and heading from the 1854 bill there are only slight differences between their texts despite the 50 year difference between their composition.

A transcription of another document notarized by Hercules Hillman, Notary Public in Carroll Parish, Louisiana on January 4, 1849 can be found here

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Document

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Date Added
October 10, 2013
Item Type
Document
Citation
Hercules Hillman, “June 12, 1854 Bill of Sale of Slave Named Ann,” Early Transatlantic Writing Project, accessed May 27, 2018, http://transatlanticwriting.com/items/show/20.
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