1805 inventory including list of slaves in Louisiana
by [Slavery; Louisiana] [Cantrelle, Michel; Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre]
New Orleans, 1805. Very good condition. A manuscript inventory of partnership from the period in which Louisiana had just been sold by Napoleon to the United States, listing slaves owned by one of the leading members of the Acadian community, Michel Cantrelle, and his brother in law, Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre. The 13 page manuscript document, done in a legalistic style, lists 7 slaves owned by Cantrelle, and 10 owned by Poeyfarre. The Cantrelle slaves are: Etienne, Catiche, Jean, Jupiter, Liberte, [Priamure], and Julien. The Poeyfarre slaves are: Celestin, Etienne, Fanny, Francoise, Honore, Henriette, Lindor, Louise, Pierre and Jean Baptiste. The dollar values listed with each slave name are relatively low; perhaps these refer to monies they brought to the partnership from being rented out.Cantrelle (1750 - 1814), son of Jacques Cantrelle (a prominent indigo plantation owner) and Marie Marguerite Larmusiau, served as a lieutenant under his brother-in-law Captain Nicolas Verret in the Militia of the First Acadian Coast during the Revolutionary War. When Verret died in 1775, Cantrelle was appointed commandant of the district from Fort Vacherie to Ascension Parish. When Louisiana became part of the United States in 1803, Cantrelle was reappointed Commandant of the Acadian Coast by Governor Claiborne. In 1805 he was commissioned Parish Judge of the new parish of Acadia and in 1807 became the Judge of St. James Parish, a position he held until 1812.The document opens with a list of open accounts, arranged alphabetically by last name. Under "C" we see Michel Cantrelle listed as "Commandt as well as his father, Jacques Cantrelle, and other Cantrelle family members. The document concludes with a value of the unsold inventory of the enterprise: "Remis aussi a M. & Mme Cantrelle le 26 juin 1805, les marchandises invendues restantes au magazin ... a la somme de $2,404." 8 1/4 x 12 3/4", on laid watermarked paper.
(Inventory #: 22312)
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