First Owner of the House
Joseph LeCarpentier commissioned the building of the house that is now the Beauregard-Keyes House and its rear dependency buildings in 1826 and lived there with his family through 1833 (see original French-language floor plan of the house, including its former kitchen and slave quarters, in gallery below). LeCarpentier was born on a cotton plantation in St. Domingue [today's Haiti] in or around 1777 and settled in New Orleans following the Haitian Revolution. LeCarpentier was an auctioneer by trade, and historical records confirm that his dealings included slave auctions. Specific documentation regarding the enslaved individuals LeCarpentier owned personally have not yet been fully located, but the 1830 US Census indicates that there were 15 enslaved people living and working on his property at that time.
1830 Census - LeCarpentier
The 1830 US Census in Louisiana was divided by white persons and people of color. Listed tenth, Joseph LeCarpentier's household included himself, his wife, and their four children. The enslaved people are listed on the following page.
1830 LeCarpentier Census - Slaves
The enslaved people listed in the LeCarpentier household in 1830 were listed by age and sex only. Further information is being sought on their identities and lives. *LeCarpentier 1830 Census: 15 slaves (10 females, 5 males) Females: [1 (below age 10), 3 (10-23), 4 (24-35), 2 (36-54)] Males: [1 (below age 10), 3 (10-23), 1 (24-35)]
1826 Original BK House Floorplan
A close-up of the original dependency building, which served as the home's slave quarters.