Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20885724 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the 4th District Court of New Orleans (, )
Filing Date:1857-January-5
Ending Date:1858-December-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry M. Summers petitions the court for assistance in collecting insurance money for the loss of his slave. On 25 November 1852, Summers “made a policy of insurance” with the United States Insurance Annuity and Trust Company of Philadelphia, in which he insured five slaves "for the term of twelve months." On or about 1 November 1853, one of the slaves named Townley Johnson died, "having been lost overboard, from the Steamboat 'Emperor' in the Mississippi River." Summers complains that the insurance company refuses to pay him $800, the amount for which he insured Johnson. The insurance company argues that Henry Summers insured the five slaves as tobacco warehouse laborers, but employed them on a sugar plantation, a more hazardous occupation in violation of the insurance agreement. The company instructed him to file a suit against the owners of the boat, but that cause was dismissed. Summers prays that the court order the United States Insurance Annuity and Trust Company to pay him the sum of $800 with interest.
Result:granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copy of Insurance Policy, 5 January 1857; Order, 12 November 1857; Reasons for Judgment, 17 November 1857; Judgment, 21 November 1857; Order for Appeal, 24 November 1857; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, 22 December 1858
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 20885724

Slaves:5
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 10,799
  • Box:
  • Folder:
  • Book: 5,423
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/15/1999
Record Final Edited:4/5/2004
Record Last Updated on:9/22/2006 3:33:00 PM