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This database makes accessible to the public all available information pertaining to the enslaved men and women who built and sustained Oak Alley. It brings to light attributes of personhood including names, origins and relationships, and presents them simultaneously with the marks of slavery that dehumanized--such as appraised value. Together, it is our aim to offer a resource for students and researchers, and enable them to better understand the people of one specific sugar plantation.

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Year: St. James Catholic Church Baptisms Reference: St. James Parish Archives,

Year: St. Michael Catholic Church Baptisms Reference: St. Michael Parish Archives,

Year: 1812 J.E. Roman Succession Inventory of Jacques Etienne Roman Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 600

Year: 1814 Bill of Sale Antoine Marigny Dauterieve sells Pognon and her child Deterville to Sosthene & Zenon Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, PEDESCLAUX V69, Act 421

Year: 1829 Bill of Sale Sosthene Roman sells Deterville to J.T Roman. Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Conveyance Books V11 Act 256

Year: 1834 Bill of Sale J.T Roman, represented by P. Landreaux, buys Mehata, a 16yearold house slave. Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179 Bill of Sale

Year: 1834 Jacques Roman and Celina Pilie Marriage Contract Enumerates all possessions and assets being brought into the marriage. (A copy is at SJPR included in the Succession of J.T Roman, Probate 0683.) Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima Vol. 2, Act 185

Year: 1836 Louise Patin Succession Settlement Sale of Slaves from the Succession of Louise Patin(Roman) to J.T Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Seghers V19, Act 521

Year: 1836 Manumission of Slave Probate records of Zephyr's manumission Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Probate 0427

Year: 1837 Bill of Sale J.T Roman purchases Isaac from James Grimshaw, a merchant. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Mazereau V16, Act 99

Year: 1837 Bill of Sale Sale via Public Auction. J.T Roman purchased Constance and infant from Marie Feloaise St. Armand and Adelard Evalture Charbonnet (Policeman). Constance was part of Marie's dowry. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, JMossy V14, Act 149

Year: 1837 Manumission of Zephyr Zephyr is granted his freedom and permission to stay in St. James Parish, according to the Sheriff. Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Conveyance Vol. 16, Act 66

Year: 1839 Bill of Sale J.T Roman purchases at public auction the slave Warner, previously owned by Ms. Euphrosine Dapremont and before her a John E. Caldwell. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, W.Y. Lewis V5, Act 269

Year: 1839 Bill of Sale Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179 Box 3, Folder 2

Year: 1839 Bill of sale Mr. David W Patterson of Smithland KY sells Madison, an American Negro to J.T Roman for the sum of $475 Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179, B3F1

Year: 1839 Roman Family Papers Reference: Tulane University, Tulane LaRC 179

Year: 1839 Sale of Slave Sale of Slave by George A. Botts to J.T Roman of the slave Susan, whom he purchased from a man in Pensecola, Fl. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, W.Y.Lewis V6, act 466

Year: 1839 Bill of Sale Sale at Public Auction. Fernandez and Whiting, auctioneers. Hagerty sells Sarah, age 30 to J.T Roman Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179, B3F1

Year: 1839 Bill of Sale Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, V 25 Act 256 Bill of Sale

Year: 1841 Bill of Sale Mark Davis of New Orleans (1840 census shows 14 slaves) sells Daniel, from Viriginia, to J.T Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V33, Act 45

Year: 1841 Bill of Sale Mr. Delaflus(sp?) sells Hyacinthe to J.T Roman. Hyacinthe was previously owned by Charles Forstall. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V33 Act 130

Year: 1843 Bill for Internment Bill from the St. James Catholic Church to J.T Roman for the internment and tomb of Thomas. Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179, B3F2

Year: 1844 Bill of Sale Augustine Jean Baptiste Gendron sells Tamer, age 27 to J.T Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V40 Act 63

Year: 1844 Bill of Sale Purchased from Phillipe Avegno and Catherine Genois for J.T Roman by Sosthene Roman. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V41, Act 152

Year: 1846 Bill of sale Louis Henry Pilie (brother to Celina Pilie Roman) sells Mary, a Mulatress, to J.T Roman. J.T is represented here by Charles Roman. Reference: Tulane University, LaRC 179, B3F2

Year: 1846 Sale of Slave J.T Roman sells Zaire to her husband, Zephyr, a freed slave. Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Conveyance Vol. 24 Act 168

Year: 1848 J.T Roman Succession Inventory Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Probate 0683

Year: 1860 Sale of Slave Henri Roman, having acquired Julien and Leandre from his mother, sell them to his uncle Sosthene Roman. Price is for both slaves. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46, Act 167

Year: 1860 Bill of Sale Group sale of the rights to slaves at Celina Roman's New Orleans Home. Octavie sells her rights to her brother Henri. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46 Act 175

Year: 1860 Bill of Sale Auction of a plot of land and slaves owned jointly by Henri Roman and Octavie Roman Buchanan. Held at the St. Louis Exchange, Charles Forstall, auctioneer. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46 Act 168

Year: 1860 Settlement and Partition of Oak Alley Settlement and Partition of Oak Alley between Henri and Octavie. Gives totals and values of various NOLA and St. James inventories, and the proceeds of the sale mentioned in V46_168. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46 Act 174

Year: 1860 Inventory of Celina Roman's New Orleans Residence Inventory taken of the property of the late J.T Roman, which is held jointly by Henri Roman and Octavie Buchanan. Residence is currently the home of Celina Roman (mother). Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46 Act 132

Year: 1860 J.T.R Succession Settlement Inventory taken as part of the Settlement of the Succession of J.T Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima v46 173

Year: 1860 Exchange of Slaves Celina Roman exchanges Leandre and Julien for Raphael and Rosette with Henri Roman Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46, Act 165

Year: 1860 Bill of Sale Bill of sale: Pognon, Mulatto and her daughter Ida. Sold by Henri Roman and Octavie Roman Buchanan to Mr. Faures. Sold at the St. Louis Exchange via public auction by Charles Forstall, auctioneer. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V36 Act 172

Year: 1860 Bill of Sale Bazile is sold via public auction at the St. Louis Exchange to Sosthene Roman. Charles Forstall is auctioneer. Auction also included land on Royal St. Reference: New Orleans Notarial Archives, Grima V46, Act 170

Year: 1860 Henri and Therese Marriage Contract Marriage contract outlining Therese Bouligny's dowry. Includes slaves. Reference: St. James Parish (County) Records, Conveyance Vol. 34 Act 621

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