Item #39153 MARGARET JANE BAKER OF ST. TAMMANY PARISH SELLS "ONE CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JERRY- OF BLACK COMPLEXION, AGED ABOUT THIRTY SIX YEARS AND A SLAVE FOR LIFE," TO STEPHEN RICHARDS OF ST. HELENA PARISH, ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1863, FOR $1,250.00. SIGNED BY BAKER [PER SAML ANDERSON, ON HER BEHALF AND WITH HER MARK, "BEING ILLITERATE"], RICHARDS, WITNESSES LEVI SPILLER AND CHARLES W. GEORGE, AND NOTARY PUBLIC WARREN A. GRICE. Post-Emancipation Proclamation Louisiana Slave Sale.
MARGARET JANE BAKER OF ST. TAMMANY PARISH SELLS "ONE CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JERRY- OF BLACK COMPLEXION, AGED ABOUT THIRTY SIX YEARS AND A SLAVE FOR LIFE," TO STEPHEN RICHARDS OF ST. HELENA PARISH, ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1863, FOR $1,250.00. SIGNED BY BAKER [PER SAML ANDERSON, ON HER BEHALF AND WITH HER MARK, "BEING ILLITERATE"], RICHARDS, WITNESSES LEVI SPILLER AND CHARLES W. GEORGE, AND NOTARY PUBLIC WARREN A. GRICE.
MARGARET JANE BAKER OF ST. TAMMANY PARISH SELLS "ONE CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JERRY- OF BLACK COMPLEXION, AGED ABOUT THIRTY SIX YEARS AND A SLAVE FOR LIFE," TO STEPHEN RICHARDS OF ST. HELENA PARISH, ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1863, FOR $1,250.00. SIGNED BY BAKER [PER SAML ANDERSON, ON HER BEHALF AND WITH HER MARK, "BEING ILLITERATE"], RICHARDS, WITNESSES LEVI SPILLER AND CHARLES W. GEORGE, AND NOTARY PUBLIC WARREN A. GRICE.
MARGARET JANE BAKER OF ST. TAMMANY PARISH SELLS "ONE CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JERRY- OF BLACK COMPLEXION, AGED ABOUT THIRTY SIX YEARS AND A SLAVE FOR LIFE," TO STEPHEN RICHARDS OF ST. HELENA PARISH, ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1863, FOR $1,250.00. SIGNED BY BAKER [PER SAML ANDERSON, ON HER BEHALF AND WITH HER MARK, "BEING ILLITERATE"], RICHARDS, WITNESSES LEVI SPILLER AND CHARLES W. GEORGE, AND NOTARY PUBLIC WARREN A. GRICE.

MARGARET JANE BAKER OF ST. TAMMANY PARISH SELLS "ONE CERTAIN NEGRO MAN NAMED JERRY- OF BLACK COMPLEXION, AGED ABOUT THIRTY SIX YEARS AND A SLAVE FOR LIFE," TO STEPHEN RICHARDS OF ST. HELENA PARISH, ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1863, FOR $1,250.00. SIGNED BY BAKER [PER SAML ANDERSON, ON HER BEHALF AND WITH HER MARK, "BEING ILLITERATE"], RICHARDS, WITNESSES LEVI SPILLER AND CHARLES W. GEORGE, AND NOTARY PUBLIC WARREN A. GRICE.

Amite City, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana: 1863 [26 September]. [4] pp, entirely in the Notary's ink manuscript on blue paper. Two separate leaves, each 7-1/2" x 12." Docketed on page [4], and filed with the Parish Recorder on 9 November 1863. Old folds, light wear, Very Good.

St. Helena Parish in East Louisiana is about 45 miles northeast of Baton Rouge. On 1 January 1863, many months before this contract of sale, the Emancipation Proclamation had declared slaves forever free in Confederate-controlled portions of Louisiana. Given the growing success of Union forces, and the Union's capture of Baton Rouge more than a year earlier, Freedom's handwriting was surely "on the wall."
Mr. Richards, Jerry's purchaser, must have had a sublime belief in the Confederacy's success. His purchase of Jerry, at a significant cost and probably in Confederate money, was likely to be a total loss. Item #39153

Price: $1,500.00