Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883031 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Parish Court in and for the Parish and city of New-Orleans (, )
Filing Date:1830-October-18
Ending Date:circa 1830-December-27

General Petition Information

Abstract:Isaac T. Preston presents to the court that William Zabrisky, a free man of color, fraudulently "dispossessed" him of his two slaves, twenty-one-year-old Judea and fourteen-year-old Joe. Preston alleges that Zabrisky entered his house and enticed his slaves to leave, intending to take them into his possession. He claims to have amicably asked Zabrisky to restore the slaves, but Zabrisky has refused to do so. He therefore asks the court to sequester the slaves pending resolution of the suit and, after due delay, to condemn Zabrisky to return the slaves and pay him $2,000 in damages. Related testimonies and the conclusions of the related judgment reveal that Zabrisky and Preston had entered into a tentative agreement to trade slaves on a trial basis. Zabrisky would exchange Judea and Joe for Preston's three slaves, Melissa and her two children. Zabrisky, however, decided not to complete the deal and to end the experiment; upon Preston's resistance to return Judea and Joe, he took matters in his own hands.
Result:denied; appealed; reversed
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:Transcript of Court Records, 18 October 1830-27 December 1830, including: Citation [Text in French and English], 18 October 1830; Appraisement, 22 October 1830; Testimony, 22-23 November 1830; Letter A, 23 November 1830; Bill of Sale, 4 September 1821, certified 20 November 1830; Judgment, 10 December 1830; Petition of Appeal, 10 December 1830; and Grant of Appeal, 10 December 1830; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, ca. 27 December 1830
Pages of Related Documents:13

People Associated with Petition 20883031

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:3
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

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Processing Information

Record Created:9/23/1999
Record Final Edited:5/30/2003
Record Last Updated on:4/19/2006 1:42:00 PM