Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881766 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable James Pitot Judge of the Parish Court for the Parish and City of New Orleans. (PITOT, James)
Filing Date:circa 1817-June-6
Ending Date:1818-June-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Godinau, the widow of Baptiste Jourdain, prays the court to be compensated for the financial loss she incurred when the widow Patton's slave, James, caused her slave, Mangé, to become totally blind. She presents to the court that Mangé is a well-behaved and skilled cooper, who prior to the accident was worth $1,800 and whom she used to hire out for $45 per month. Now that he is blind, not only can Mangé no longer work and earn money but expenses have to be incurred to feed him and pay physicians to attend to him. Although Mrs. Patton had initially agreed to pay damages after "it should be certain that the said negro Mangé could not recover his sight," she "refused and still refuses" to settle. Elizabeth Godinau Jourdain asks for the estimated value of Mangé, the amount of his lost hires and cost of feeding him since his accident, and for reimbursement of the physician's fees.
Result:granted; appealed; partially upheld
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20883869; Orders, 28 May 1818, 30 April 1818, 6 June 1818; Supreme Court Decree, 22 June 1818; Citation, 4 June 1817; Citation Service, 6 June 1817; Answers, ca. 1818; Statement of Facts, ca. 1817; Testimonies [Text in French and English], 28 May 1818; Petition of Appeal, ca. May 1818; Bond, 8 May 1818
Pages of Related Documents:14

People Associated with Petition 20881766

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

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Processing Information

Record Created:9/10/1999
Record Final Edited:10/30/2002
Record Last Updated on:11/10/2005 4:01:00 PM