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

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


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.

To learn more about Jacob KladyStaats Van Deursen (b. 1773)Phillis, and others who were affected by Klady's move to Louisiana, visit our New Jersey Slavery Records database.






New Jersey Slavery Records database: 1817, Phillis, Removal
New Jersey Slavery Records database: Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)
New Jersey Slavery Records database: Jacob Klady
New Jersey Slavery Records database: Phillis (b. 1795)

Date received by County Clerk


Text (Transcript)


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




Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

Middlesex County (N.J.). Records, 1688-1929 (MC 784.1)

Archival location

Manumission of Slaves, 1800-1825


Middlesex County Clerk, “Removal of Phillis to Louisiana, sold by slaveholder Staats Van Deursen to Jacob Klady,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed July 15, 2024,