Don't know if this fits but here is an excerpt from my ancestor's journal about an encounter with a John R. Taylor in Shreveport, 1848.
Friday 21st April 1848
This morning at 8 o'clock the boat Satona sailed, & I went to camp with a view of starting, but met with a gentleman who told me that his name was Owen of Titus County Texas. That he was a merchant & on his way to New Orleans- & was waiting for the Steam Boat Victoress. Which had been expected down for several days, that on that boat there were two gentlemen who owed $2000- & that if I would wait until the arrival of that boat & if when they came he could get his money- He would give me the $2000 for my three boys.
I told him that he had too many "ifs" & conditions in his proposition & that I could not consent to wait- - Just at this time Tillmon came for me & told me there was a gentleman in town who wanted to buy Jim. I hunted him up found his name to be John R Taylor of Upshur County Texas. Offered him Jim at $600. & he told me that he had but $500. which he would give & no more.
I could no better, & I took his offer & sold him Jim, which is the first & only negro I ever sold. But I have the consolation to known that I sold him to a good man & one who will treat Jim well-My hook which I set out last night, caught a cat that weighed 42 pounds.