Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21184310 Details

Location:St. Louis
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of of the Circuit Court within and for the County of St Louis (, )
Filing Date:circa 1843-May-26
Ending Date:1843-May-27

General Petition Information

Abstract:Louis Chouteau, a man of color, represents that his mother Rose was born in Montreal, Canada. About 1791, "a certain John Storke, an Indian Trader," took Rose to his trading Post at Prairie du Chien in the Northwest Territory. Following Storke's death in 1793 or 1794, Andrew Todd brought Rose to St. Louis and sold her to Mr. Didier, a priest and curate of St. Louis. Didier eventually sold Rose to Auguste Chouteau. After Chouteau's death, his personal estate was sold, and Gabriel S. Chouteau bought Louis, whom he continues to hold as a slave. Louis Chouteau therefore prays "that he may be permitted to Sue as a poor person for the obtaining of his freedom, and that Your Honor will make an order that he have reasonable liberty to attend his Counsel and the Court, and that he shall not be subjected to any Severity on account of his application for freedom, nor be removed out of the Jurisdiction of the court."
Result:petition granted; plea of trespass filed; nonsuit declared twice; motions to set aside nonsuit sustained twice, granted
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #21181901, #21184006 #21184204, #21184302; Order, 27 May 1843; Plea of Trespass, Louis Chouteau vs. Gabriel S. Chouteau, November Term 1843; Summons, Gabriel S. Chouteau, 17 February 1844; Sheriff's Return, 21 February 1844; Plea, Gabriel S. Chouteau, 29 April 1844; Motion to Set Aside Nonsuit, Louis Chouteau, 1 July 1845; Affidavits, B. Franklin Thomas and Henry L. Cobb, 1 July 1845; Subpoena, Paschal Cerre, Michel Marle, Pierre Lariviere, et al., 1 December 1845; Sheriff's Returns, 3 and 8 December 1845; Ruling on Motion to Retax Costs, 26 January 1865; Agreement of Attorneys, 11 February 1846; Subpoenas, Paschal Cerre, et al., 25 and 27 April 1846, 23, 24 and 27 April 1847; Sheriff's Returns, 26 and 27 April 1847; Agreement of Counsel, 30 April 1847; Subpoena, Paschal Cerre, et al., 24 January 1849; Sheriff's Return, 29 January 1849; Notice of Taking Depositions, Gabriel S. Chouteau to Louis Chouteau, ca. 2 February 1849; Sheriff's Return, 2 February 1849; Agreement of Counsel, 8 February 1849; Subpoena, Paschal Cerre, et al., 30 November 1850; Sheriff's Return, n.d.; Subpoena, Antoine Smith, Mariann Tison, Francis Tison, 18 November 1852; Sheriff's Return, 20 November 1852; Warrant and Summons, Louis Chouteau and B. M. Lynch, 6 June 1857; Sheriff's Returns, 6 and 8 June 1857; Motions and Affidavit, Louis Chouteau, 21 January 1861; Notice to Sheriff, Louis Chouteau to John Andrews, 23 January 1861; Acknowledgment, Bernard M. Lynch, 24 January 1861; Affidavit, Bernard M. Lynch, 24 January 1861; Affidavits, Charles Roderman and Edward J. Castello, ca. 21--28 January 1861; Court Record, n.d.; Order, 28 January 1861; Copy of Order, 28 January 1861; Clerk's Certification, 28 January 1861; Motion to Reduce Bond, Louis Chouteau, 14 February 1861; Sheriff's Request, ca. 28 January 1861--16 February 1861; Decree, 25 November 1864; Jail Accounts, Robert Logan, Charles Roderman, 30 November 1864; Affidavits, J. Louis Musick, Charles Roderman, 30 November 1864; Motion to Retax Costs, Gabriel S. Chouteau, 27 December 1864; Abstract of Costs, 27 December 1864; Court Record, 4 February 1865
Pages of Related Documents:71

People Associated with Petition 21184310

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:6

Citation Information

Repository: Civil Courts Building, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Records of the Circuit Court
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/23/2000
Record Final Edited:8/9/2002
Record Last Updated on:8/27/2007 3:57:00 PM