Certificate of mortgage of Henry Johnson to Thomas Mulledy for 56 persons, 1839

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Title

Certificate of mortgage of Henry Johnson to Thomas Mulledy for 56 persons, 1839

Subject

Slavery; Slave–Sale; Slave Trade; Jesuits–History--19th century; Slaves–Mortgage

Description

This certificate of mortgage for 56 persons between Henry Johnson and Thomas Mulledy was one of the financial instruments used in the Jesuits' sale of 272 persons in 1838. Johnson and Mulledy registered this certificate after these 56 persons were transported from Maryland to Louisiana.

The document lists the names and ages of 56 persons purchased by Henry Johnson and the installments to be paid by Johnson and Batey. It also describes the persons sold as "natives of the state of Maryland in the United States."  

Their names were: Betty Dorsey, Bernard, Lucinda,  Anne Jones, Arnold, Louisa, Emeline Brown, Amanda, Elizabeth, Billy, Harriet Eagline, Adelaine Campbell, Maria, Martha, Ginny, Catherine, Sally, Jo. Greenleaf, Easther, Greenfield, Sylvester, Emeline, Milly, Mary, Lucinda, Ferdinand Hill, Harriet, Biby Plowden, Charlotte, July Anne, Remus, Joseph, Elizabeth, Ritter, Nelly [described as a cook], Nelly, Lucretia Hill, Susan Plowden, Priscilla, Kitty Hawkins, Elias, Austin, Isaac, John Brown, Trissy West, Harriet Anne, William, Thomas Riley, James Blair, Henry Johnson, Nace Harris, Nancy Lee, Tom Dorsey, Nelly Harrison, John, and George Henry.

Creator

Maryland Province Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

09-18-1839

Contributor

Kathryn Blanco, Mary Cate Curley, John Dolan, Paul Rochford, Jake Sanford, Suzette Thomas, Angela Wilson, Elsa Barraza Mendoza


The transcription and review of this document was part of the Georgetown Slavery Archive's 2nd Annual Crowd-Sourced transcription event in commemoration of Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.

The Georgetown Slavery Archive wishes to thank all the volunteers from this event. 

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Georgetown University

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Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA418

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10th of Nov. 1838                                              
18th of Sept. 1839
 

Be it known, that whereas upon the 10th day of November 1838 I Henry Johnson of the Parish of St James in the state of Louisiana did purchase of Thomas F. Mulledy of the District of Columbia, fifty six negroes, all of whom were conveyed and delivered to me at said date by a private instrument of writing under the private signatures of the said Thomas F. Mulledy and of me the said Henry Johnson which said Private Instrument of writing contained a sale of said slaves from said Thomas F. Mulledy to the said Henry Johnson and a mortgage of the said slaves and also of a certain tract of land situated and lying on the West side of bayou Maringouin in the Parish of Iberville in the state of Louisiana containing twelve hundred and forty five superficial acres, more or less being the same purchased by said Henry Johnson from H. M. Thibodaux and adjoining the lands of Jesse Batey below and those of Perry above, was given by the said Henry Johnson to the said Thomas F Mulledy to secure the purchase of money of said slaves, for which the said Henry Johnson gave his five promissory notes, to wit: each note for the sum of nine thousand dollars, payable at Georgetown College in the District of Columbia, with six percent per annum interest to be paid annually in the month of March at said College and each note dated upon said 10th November 1838 in favor of Jesse Batey and indorsed by him,, payable as follows: one in the month of March 1845 indorsed “I do hereby bind myself as security for the payment of the written note--Jos. Johnson--; one in all the month of March 1846 indorsed in like form by Jos. Johnson; one in all the month of March 1847, endorsed by Jos. Johnson in like form; one in all the month of March 1848 endorsed by Jos. Johnson in like form and one in all the month of March 1849 endorsed also by Jos. Johnson in like form.  But it was

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understood, that a deduction of three thousand five hundred and eighty eight dollars and sixty cents was then made from each of said notes, leaving a balance on each of five thousand four hundred and eleven dollars and forty cents, which all added together amounted to the sum of twenty seven thousand and fifty seven dollar,s the amount of the purchase money of said slaves and

Whereas the said Henry Johnson did in the said Instrument of writing mortgage as before stated the said slaves and the aforesaid tract of land to secure the balance due upon each of said notes as aforesaid to the said Thomas F. Mulledy and whereas the said Instrument of writing has been duly recorded and inscribed as the law directs in such cases, upon the 4th day of June 1839 in the office of the Parish Judge of Iberville in the state of Louisiana in record book T entry numbered 25 twenty five and also in the record of mortgages of the said Parish to all of which a reference is here made to give notice of the same

Whereas doubt may exist as to the validity of what has been done

Now this indenture, witnesseth that I the said Henry Johnson do hereby ratify and confirm all and everything contained in said Instrument of writing and more effectually and amply to carry the same into effect and as far as in said  Henry Johnson lays to give full effect to said mortgage for the purpose therein and then expressed, I the said Henry Johnson, in consideration of the premises, do by this Instrument of writing mortgage and Hypothecate all of the aforesaid 56 slaves and the aforesaid tract or parcel of land unto the said Thomas F. Mulledy, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to secure the payment of the said notes as hereafter and herein described, to wit; the following slaves being the same purchased of said Thomas F Mulledy and all of them natives of the state of Maryland in the United States

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whose they were when sold to the said Henry Johnson as aforesaid but all of whom are now in the state of Louisiana to which place the said Henry Johnson has taken the same, viz--

Betty Dorsey a female aged about 30 years, Bernard, a male, aged about 15 years, Lucinda a female aged about 13 years, Anne Jones a female aged about 26 years, Arnold a female aged about 9 years, Louisa a female aged about 6 years, Emeline Brown a female aged about 13 years, Amanda a female aged about 10 years, Elizabeth a female aged about 8 years Billy a male aged about 6 years, Harriet Eagline a female aged about 6 years, Adelaine Campbell a female aged about 28 years, Maria a female aged about 9 years months of age, Martha a female aged about 11 years, Ginny a female aged about 6 years, Catherine a female aged about 50 years, Sally a female aged about 60 years, Jo. Greenleaf a male about 60 years, Easther a female aged about 60, Greenfield a male aged about 26 years, Sylvester a male aged about 22 years, Emeline a female aged about 17 years, Milly a female aged about 14 years, Mary a female aged about 12 years, Lucinda a female aged about 10 years, Ferdinand Hill a male aged about 21 years, Harriet  a female aged about 17 years, Biby Plowden a female aged about 50 years, Charlotte a female aged about 23 years, July Anne a female aged about 23 years, Remus a male aged about 18 years, Joseph a male aged about 11 years, Elizabeth a female aged about 8 years, Ritter a male aged about 15 years, Nelly black cook, a female aged about 30 years, Nelly a female aged about 17 years, Lucretia Hill a female aged about 17 years, Susan Plowden a female aged about 18 years, Priscilla a female aged about 8 years, Kitty Hawkins a female aged about 28 years, Elias a male aged about 18 months, Austin a male aged about 7 years, Isaac a male aged about 4 years, John Brown a male aged about 35 years, Trissy West a female aged about 7 years, Harriet Anne a female aged about 5 years, William a male aged about 18 years, Thomas Riley a male aged about 18 years, James Blair

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 a male aged about 14 years, Henry Johnson a male aged about 10 years, Nace Harris a male aged about 50 years, Nancy Lee a female aged about 50 years, Tom Dorsey a male aged about 50 years, Nelly Harrison a female aged about 50 years, John a male aged about 6 years, and George Henry a male aged about 2 years, together with all the increase of said slaves–

                                                                                    I the said Henry Johnson do further more mortgage and Hypothecate for the persons hereafter named, unto the said Thomas F Mulledy, his heirs, Executors, administrators and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land, situate and fronting on the west side of Bayou Maringouin in the Parish of Iberville in the state of Louisiana, containing twelve hundred and forty five superficial acres more or less, being the same purchased by the said Henry Johnson from a certain H.M. Thibodaux and adjoining the lands of one Jesse Batey below, and those of one Perry above. 

This mortgage is specially made to secure the payment of the sum of five thousand four hundred and eleven dollars and forty cents due, after crediting and deducting the sum of three thousand five hundred and eighty eight dollars and 60 cents from each one of five promissory notes given by the said Henry Johnson in consideration of the aforesaid purchase of said slaves, to wit: Each note for the sum of nine thousand dollars payable at Georgetown College, District of Columbia with six percent per annum Interest from the date thereof until paid, the interest to be paid annually in the months of March at the said College and each note dated on the 10th of November 1838 in favor of Jesse Batey and indorsed by him, payable as follows: one in the month of March 1845 indorsed “I do hereby bind myself as security for the payment of the written note.” Jos. Johnson;; one is all March 1846 also indorsed by Jos. Johnson in like form; one in all March 1848 also endorsed by Jos. Johnson in

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 in like form and the other in all March 1849 and endorsed also by Jos. Johnson in like form–It being understood that the aforesaid deduction having been made upon each of said notes leaves the aforesaid balance upon each of said notes to be applied to the payment of the aforesaid slaves and to secure the same this mortgage is given as aforesaid, the amount of the purchase money of said slaves being the sum of twenty seven thousand and fifty seven dollars for which said notes were given in manner as aforesaid–

It is further covenanted that the said Henry Johnson will at any time, at the charge and expense of Thomas F. Mulledy, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, execute any further act or instrument of writing to security the rights of said Thomas F. Mulledy in the premises, if the same be deemed necessary according to the laws of Louisiana ^ to render the said mortgage formal and legal^ it being agreed that this act is to be carried into effect according to said last mentioned laws–

                                    In testimony hereof, the said Henry Johnson and the said Thomas F. Mulledy by his attorney in fact Wm McSherry as accepting the same, have subscribed their names and affixed their seals to this Instrument of writing in the presence of James Ward and John X. Aiken who have signed the same as witnesses, they being free white male citizens of the United States, both above the age of twenty one years, upon this 18th day of September in the year of our Lord 1839 at the City of Washington, in the County of Washington, in the District of Columbia ­–words “whereas doubts may exist as to the validity of what has been done” first interlaid.  In–– Page 2nd and the words “to render the said mortgage formal and legal” inserted before signing

 
Signed, sealed and delivered           H. Johnson [seal]
in the presence of us            Thomas F. Mulledy [seal]
James Ward                        By his agent Wm McSherry
John X. Aiken                                                            

Washington County

District of Columbia 2 to wit

Be it remembered that upon this 18th day of September 1839
before


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before us two justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid, personally appeared Henry Johnson and William McSherry and executed and acknowledged the aforesaid instrument of writing to be their and each of their act and deed for the purposes therein expressed–We further certify that the said Henry Johnson and the said William McSherry are personally known to us to be the same persons whose signatures are attached to said Instrument of writing and that we saw both of the said parties as well as the said Witnesses affix their signatures to the same and that the said Witnesses James Ward and John X. Aiken ––––are both free, white, male citizens of the United States and above the age of twenty one years.–

John Cox

Lewis Carbery

District of Columbia County of Washington

I William Brent Clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington hereby certify that John Cox and Lewis Carbery, before whoin the above acknowledgement appears to have been made, and whose names are thereto signed, were at the time of signing the same, and still are Justices of the peace for said Court and District, duly commissioned and qualified, and to their acts as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given as well in Courts of Justice thereout.

In testimony whereof I hereto set my name

and affix the seal of the said Court this nineteenth Day of September 1839.

William Brent Clerk

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District of Columbia to wit

William Cranch, chief Judge of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, hereby certify, that the annexed attestation of William Brent Clerk of the said Court for the County of Washington is in due form.  Given under my hand this 19th day of September 1839.  

W. Cranch

I the undersigned, parish Judge of the Parish of Ascension, certify the aforegoing to have been this day duly Recorded in my office, Register of Conventional mortgages No. 7. p. 158 seq.  In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and official seal.  Parish of Ascension State of Louisiana this 18th day of December A.D. 1839

Edward Duppel

Judge + Recorder of Mortgages

State of Louisiana

I John Dutton presiding judge in and for the parish of Iberville do here by certify that the foregoing act and mortgage was this day recorded in my office

Given with my hand + public seal this 19th day of December A.D. 1839

John Dutton 
Judge

 

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Maryland Province Archives , “Certificate of mortgage of Henry Johnson to Thomas Mulledy for 56 persons, 1839,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed August 6, 2020, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/481.