We the undersigned appraisers, having been
appointed to appraise a certain Negroman [sic]
calling himself “Shipley,” who is now in the
custody of the Sheriff of Travis County, do
hereby appraise and fix his value at the
sum of Twelve hundred dollars[.]
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the
24th day of September A.D. 1860.
J.T.W. Laurin clerk Travis Co Court
The State of Texas County of Travis--
I John T. Price Sheriff of Travis County
do hereby certify that the Negro man, whose
appraisement is hereto attached was delivered
into my custody Sept. 23rd 1860, by John
Levens, and the said Negro is now in my
custody. Given under my hand this the
24th day of September A.D. 1860
John T. Price
Sheriff Travis Co.
By O.H. Cullen, Deputy Sheriff
Legal Paperwork for Shipley, September 1860. Adjutant General Ranger Records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.