Removal of Phillis to Louisiana, sold by slaveholder Staats Van Deursen to Jacob Klady

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Title

Removal of Phillis to Louisiana, sold by slaveholder Staats Van Deursen to Jacob Klady

Description

This is a record of Phillis's removal from the state of New Jersey to Louisiana. Phillis was a 22-year-old black woman enslaved by Staats Van Deursen. Staats Van Deursen was the treasurer of Queen's College (later called Rutgers) for ten years (1813-1823). He was also an alumnus of the college (class of 1791). On September 23, 1817, Staats Van Deursen brought Phillis before the Court of Common Pleas, where two judges recorded that Phillis consented to be sold to Jacob Klady and to move with her new master to Louisiana.

Middlesex County Clerk William P. Deare (Queen’s College alumnus class of 1794, and trustee 1804-1826) recorded Phillis’s removal in his Book of Manumissions and Removals on October 8, 1817.

Date

1817-09-23

Language

English

Date Received by County Clerk

1817-10-08

Text

208

Phillis }

State of New Jersey }
Middlesex County }

On the 23rd day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen Phillis the negro slave of Staats Van Deursen of the city of New Brunswick, in the county and State aforesaid, aged twenty two years was privately examined before us Thomas Hance and John F. Randolph two of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County of Middlesex, and on her examination did state and acknowledge to us that she was twenty two years old and that she was perfectly willing to leave the service of her present master and to remove with Jacob Klady to the State of Louisiana and that she would rather go with and serve the said Jacob Klady than continue with her present master. All of which we do hereby certify. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands the day and year above written. -

Thos. Hance
John F. Randolph. -

Received October 8th, 1817 recorded
by Wm. P. Deare CLK

Page

208

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival location

Manumission of Slaves, 1800-1825

Citation

Middlesex County Clerk, “Removal of Phillis to Louisiana, sold by slaveholder Staats Van Deursen to Jacob Klady,” Scarlet and Black Project, accessed October 28, 2020, http://www.scarletandblackproject.com/archive/items/show/700.