Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20884135 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Commercial Court of New Orleans (, )
Filing Date:1841-December-15
Ending Date:circa 1845-February-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thomas McCargo of Halifax County, Virginia, sues the Merchants Insurance Company of New Orleans for the loss of his slaves. McCargo represents that, on November 17, 1841, he took a $15,200 policy with the Norfolk branch of the Merchants Insurance Company to cover the transportation of his nineteen slaves from Norfolk to New Orleans, aboard a vessel named The Créole. McCargo contends that, during the voyage, a slave insurrection erupted on The Créole, causing it to be diverted to the port of Nassau on the Island of New Providence, where his slaves were seized by the authorities of “her Majesty the Queen of England and Ireland.” McCargo claims that he has already informed the Merchants Insurance Company of his loss, which was squarely under the list of covered risks, made a “full and entire abandonment” of his slaves to the company, and demanded payment. He prays that the court will order the Merchants Insurance Company to pay him $15,200 with interest, at 5% per annum from judicial demand, to compensate him for the loss of his slaves.
Result:granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:List of Insured Slaves, ca. 17 November 1841; Citation, ca. 15 December 1841; Verdict and Judgment, 7 January 1843; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, ca. 10 February 1845
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20884135

Slaves:19
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana Collection
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 4,408
  • Box:
  • Folder:
  • Book: 5,123
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Processing Information

Record Created:9/7/1999
Record Final Edited:11/29/2003
Record Last Updated on:6/20/2006 2:55:00 PM