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Collection Name Perine Family Papers
Title Bill of sale for a male slave named France
Date March 28, 1801
Description This document is a bill of sale dated March 28, 1801 for "One Certain Negro Boy, named France," who was purchased by Edward Perine, "yeoman," from Nicholas Lazere, "Doctor," for $175 "Current money of the State of New York." The document states that France was born May 6, 1784. The signatures of Joseph Perine, Henry Perine, and Nicholas Lazere appear on the document.

(This is a description of a single item within the Perine Family Papers. See collection record and/or item records of the same collection for additional information. Contact the Staten Island Historical Society Library for assistance.)

(Keywords: HRT, New York, Slavery, Black History)
Biography and History The last name "Lazere" on this document appears to be spelled "Lozer" in the signature. The 1790 U.S. Census lists a Nicholas Lazer in Southfield, whose household of 11 people included 5 slaves.

The purchaser may be the Edward Perine (1766-1848) who was a son of Ann (Holmes) and Edward Perine, occupants of the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House which still stands in Dongan Hills, Staten Island and is owned by Historic Richmond Town. Edward had brothers named Joseph and Henry Perine--names of the witnesses who also signed this document.

The document appears to be directly related to the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine house or to its property.

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Physical Extent 13.5" H. x 8.250" W
Catalog Number MS179.000.ITEM.0065
Object Name Document
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS179.000
Subjects African Americans
Earliest Date 1801
Latest Date 1801
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Perine, Edward
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2016.