Joseph LeCarpentier (owned house 1826-1833)
Joseph LeCarpentier commissioned the building of the house that is now the Beauregard-Keyes House and its rear slave quarters and kitchen in 1826. It is known that he was an auctioneer by trade and though his dealings are not yet explicitly documented, it is very likely that he participated in slave auctions. For reasons not yet known, documentation of enslaved people owned by LeCarpentier has been difficult to locate. Below is what is currently documented and more will be added as research uncovers further information.
NAME AGE DESCRIPTION
*Descriptions found in records at Orleans Parish Notarial Archives
Rosette 18/19 "To Mr Leon Bonnecaze residing in Baton Rouge... a mulatress named Rosette aged eighteen tonineteen years, having committed a theft of which the buyer has knowledge. The aforementioned mulatress resides at the home of Mr Lafiton, local landlord residing in the parish of Baton Rouge and brother-in-law of the gentleman buyer; consequently this last [Mr Bonnecaze] declared to us to have often seen the aforementioned Rosette, to know her well as being happy and satisfied and not asking for more. The mulatress Rosette sold presently belongs well and legitimately to the aforementioned Mr LeCarpentier just as he declared to us, concerning which simple declaration the aforementioned gentleman buyer is contented."
-Rosette was sold to Leon Bonnecaze in 1831 by Joseph LeCarpentier for 380 piastres. It is not known if she ever lived at 1113 Chartres, now the BK House, as she was living at the home of Mr. Lafiton of Baton Rouge at the time of this transaction.
Emerant/Emerence 50 "Emérant or Emérence, negress aged around fifty years, and Louise, her daughter, a negress aged around seventeen years : these slaves belong to the present seller by the acquisition he made of them from the trustees of the creditors of Mr. Dominique Seghers, in public sale and by the act received in this office the eighth of April 1820." Emerant was sold to Eduoard Seghers with her daughter, Louise, for 1500 piastres in 1824.*
Louise 17 Ibid.
*As Louise and Emerant were sold by Joseph LeCarpentier in 1824, it is unlikely that they lived at his newly built house in 1826. We have chosen to include them in this list, however, as research continues into finding information about enslaved people who did live at the house in its first years.