Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881602 Details

Location:Pointe Coupee
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honourable the Judge of the fourth District Court of the state of Louisiana sitting in & for the Parish of Pointe Coupee (, )
Filing Date:1816-March-8
Ending Date:1816-August-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Marguerite Ové, a free woman of color of the island of St. Domingue, petitions to recover possession of her slaves. In 1803, Ové hired out a slave named Fanchine to Louis Gourgis at the rate of $6 per month. Gourgis brought Fanchine to Pointe Coupée Parish and "retained her in his employ" until his death, twelve years later. Ové claims that Fanchine and her five children are now being held by Arnaud Lartigue, Gourgis's executor, and by Catherine Raffé, a free woman of color. She contents that Lartigue and Raffé refuse to return the slaves to her. Therefore, Ové prays that her title to the slaves be recognized and that the defendants be made to pay $3,000 in damages plus costs of the suit.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Answer, Catherine Raffie, 25 March 1816; Answer, Arnaud Lartigue, 25 March 1816; Judgment, 5 August 1816
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20881602

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse, New Roads, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 320
  • Box:
  • Folder:
  • Book:
  • Volume:
  • Page:
  • Microfilm:

Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:6/9/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/10/2005 1:51:00 PM