Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

C. J. Wolkarte Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC133

Collection Summary

Creator: Wolkarte, C. J. (Charles Justin)
Title: C. J. Wolkarte collection
Dates: 1763-1859
(Bulk: 1836-1859)
Abstract: Five legal documents, in French and English, comprise this collection formed by C. J. Wolkarte.
Identification: MC133
Quantity: 5 items
Language: Materials are in English and French.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Charles Justin Wolkarte was born in 1839, probably in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, enlisting in Louisiana. Charles J. Wolkarte died in 1923 and is buried in Houston, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

Legal documents (5) written in French or English collected by C. J. Wolkarte comprise this collection. These legal documents include an insurance policy, sale of land (written in French), and a public instrument of protest noting the nonpayment of a note of Michel Batet filed with the Louisiana State Bank in New Orleans. A grant of discharge to Georges A. Memengre, corporal of the company of the Mexican War in garrison New Orleans, dated 1763, has artifactual value. The document is written in French and features a decorative border. A translation of this document from French to English is included in the collection. Of interest is a bill of sale for slaves, from Pierre Piadat to Jacques Lefort, New Orleans, from 1836.


Organized into one series; arrangement is alphabetical.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Memengre, Georges A.
France. Armée--18th century
New Orleans (La.)
Slave bills of sale
Slave records--Louisiana

Archivist's note

Also of interest are three pamphlets in French which have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately: Second Mémorial de Jean Daly, alias Picaillon, Marchand de Moutarde, about 1853, printed by Frank F. Barclay, Chartres and St. Louis, New Orleans; Procès D'Anastasie Desarzant, avec Pierre Leblanc, New Orleans, 1857; Nouvel Abécédaire, ou, Alphabet Syllabique Contenant les Premiers Éléments de la Lecture, les Prières Journalières, les Principes de la Bonne Éducation, en Douze Strophes, Quelques Historiettes et Fab.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], C. J. Wolkarte Collection, MC133, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of the descendants of C. J. Wolkarte, 1943.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Lomas, 2010.



box folder
155.3 1 Bill of sale for slaves 1836 March 4
2 Grant of discharge 1763 October 30
3 Insurance policy 1859 November 10
4 Public instrument of protest 1837 May 24
5 Sale of land 1852 January 7