Denis was one of three men found on a bill of sale dated July 21, 1820. Philippe “Flagy” Duparc, acting as an agent for his mother, Nanette Prudhomme Duparc, purchased Denis, Adams and John for $2,400 from John Alford.
Denis’ age was estimated as 22 years old at the time of the sale, however, exact birthdates for slaves were often unknown and as will be shown, Denis’ age varied over the years. No occupation was given for Denis but, it is assumed he was a field hand.
Denis is found on four additional documents in the plantation archives: an act of donation in 1829, age 43; the 1852 succession of Louis Duparc, age 60, valued $450; the 1855 succession of Louis’ wife, Fanny Duparc, age 70; and finally, in 1860, Denis is found on a plantation inventory, no age given. No other records have been found for Denis and it is unknown if he had a wife and children.