Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20885044 Details

Location:West Feliciana
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Seventh Judicial District Court of the State of Louisiana. Holding sessions in and the Parish of West Feliciana (, )
Filing Date:1850-December-26
Ending Date:1854-April-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ellen Wooten, a free woman of color, prays for payment on a promissory note. In 1846, John C. Morris promised to pay Wooten $2,000 plus 8% interest until the note was paid. Wooten complains that, considering that she "can neither read nor write," she thought and believed that "said note expressed the rate of conventional interest allowed by law." She now contends that Morris "practiced a fraud upon her by inserting the interest of 10 per cent," which is not allowed by law. Morris died before Wooten could collect on the note. By his will, Morris named Rebecca Harrison as his universal legatee. Rebecca has also died leaving her husband, George Harrison, as administrator to her estate. George is charged with distributing Rebecca's estate to the minor heirs. Wooten prays that the court will order George Harrison to pay her $2,000 with interest before he partitions Rebecca Harrison's estate. Related documents reveal that Ellen Wooten was an industrious woman, who kept a tavern, a boarding house, and a hotel; and she owned sixteen slaves.
Result:granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PARs #20881768, #20882846; Transcript of Supreme Court Records [Incomplete], 26 December 1850-2 March 1854; Deed of Gift, 24 April 1829; Will, Antonio Nolasco, n.d.; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, 12 April 1854
Pages of Related Documents:45

People Associated with Petition 20885044

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/23/1999
Record Final Edited:5/23/2003
Record Last Updated on:8/10/2006 3:42:00 PM