Louisiana, Historic Oaklawn Plantation, 1871 Official Notary Document Copy of the 1871 Mortgage Reco

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Louisiana, Historic Oaklawn Plantation, 1871 Official Notary Document Copy of the 1871 Mortgage Reco
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St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, 1871. Large, bound document from Notary Public Charles G. Andry, which describes and details the mortgage enacted by Miss Mary W. Porter, her widowed mother, and sister, who were residents of the St. Mary Parish in Louisiana. The Porter women did this with the New York City firm, Leverick & Co., for the purpose of securing the (rather large) sum of $94,408.28 to carry on "the cultivation of their Oak Lawn Plantation." The handwritten document includes stipulations such as terms, conditions, mortgage payments, payments owed out of crop yields, etc., and is extremely detailed. Red stamp at the back from the Notary. Fine condition with splitting along fold lines, but in incredible condition for its age. The Oak Lawn Plantation listed throughout the document still exists, and is known today as "Oaklawn Manor." The house was built by Alexander Porter, in 1837, and upon his death in 1844 he bequeathed Oaklawn to his brother, James, the husband and father of the women referenced throughout the document. James Porter died in 1849, bequeathing Oaklawn to his wife, Mary Walton Porter. Following the Civil War, the house was solely attended by Mrs. Walton Porter and her two daughters. With no slaves and few servants, the Porter women were unable to continue raising the fields of sugar cane, the only cash crop of the area: consequently, when a wealthy New Yorker offered to buy the plantation, the ladies had little choice but to accept. This document was most likely the last effort made by the women to maintain their livelihood and way of life. The Oaklawn Manor is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fascinating and unique document which depicts some of the financial agency women had in the post-Civil War era. LINK TO WRITEUP ABOUT THE FAMILY: http://www.oaklawnmanor.com/foundingyears.htm.