Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20884301 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Parish Court in and for the Parish of Orleans (, )
Filing Date:1843-July-19
Ending Date:1846-June-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:Durham Spalding sues Captain George Taylor and the owners of the Steamer Missouri for the loss of a twenty-three-year-old slave named Felix. Felix was carried out of the state on the Steamer Missouri and "has never, since, been in your petitioner's possession." Spalding argues that "the property, to him was very valuable, and that he has frequently been offered for it the Sum of Fifteen hundred Dollars." Spalding prays for compensation. Related testimonies reveal that Felix was thought to be a white man by all those who met him, and that he was allowed to hire himself out, travel up and down the Mississippi river on steamboats, and to collect his own wages.
Result:granted; appealed; reversed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Transcript of Supreme Court Records, 19 July 1843-27 June 1844, including: Testimony, John H. McMelland, ca. June 1844; and Testimony, Thomas Labaume, ca. June 1844; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, 23 June 1846
Pages of Related Documents:21

People Associated with Petition 20884301

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

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Processing Information

Record Created:9/13/1999
Record Final Edited:9/1/2003
Record Last Updated on:6/23/2006 4:53:00 PM