Slavery: Bill of Sale

DCHS Collections Documents of Enslavement

A woman named Rachel is “sold” to Christian Tobias on February 4, 1771

Know all men by these presents that I [Mical?/Michael] Obberocker of Beekman Precinct in Dutchess County do for the consideration of the sum of 65 pounds good and lawful money of New York to one in hand paid by Christian Tobias of Charlotte Precinct in said County, have bargained, sold [  ] and delivered one certain Negro woman named Rachel for term of life to have and to hold to the proper use benefit and [   ]  of him the said Christian Tobias his heirs executors and assigns…

February 4, 1771

Signed in the presence of Bartholomew Noxon, Jr. and Thomas Tobias.