Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20780404 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hble the Circuit Court of Jefferson County (, )
Filing Date:1804-September-19
Ending Date:circa 1805

General Petition Information

Abstract:Joseph Antoine, also known as Ben, petitions that he was emancipated in Havana, Cuba, then moved to Virginia, where he "took to him a wife a negro woman slave the property of Jona. Purcel." The petitioner, his wife and Purcel moved to Fort St. Vincennes where Antoine was coerced into signing an indenture for seven and a half years, with the promise of freedom for his wife at the end of that period. Shortly before the indenture expired, Purcel told Antoine that the period of indenture was actually fifteen years. Purcel sold Antoine and his wife to Emanuel Lacy who took them to New Orleans and sold them as slaves for life. Antoine and his wife then returned north with Lacy. His wife died, and Antoine was placed in jail for a few days before being handed over to Davis Floyd who is trying to sell him. Antoine asks the court to issue an injunction preventing anyone from selling him until his case can be heard.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #20780403; Decree, 1805
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20780404

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 10
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Processing Information

Record Created:8/21/1997
Record Final Edited:6/13/2000
Record Last Updated on:1/27/2006 1:57:00 PM