Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881607 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:[To] the Honorable Joshua Lewis Judge of the district [court] of the 1st Judicial district of the State of Louisiana (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:1816-September-24
Ending Date:1818-March-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Peck claims that he is a free mulatto illegally held as a slave. According to Peck, he was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to a free mulatto woman named Lidia Peck. In 1813, Dennis Darling of the Mississippi Territory, "pretending” to be his owner, “made a bill of sale of him to Abele & Shambleton of Pensacola," who then sold him to Burton & Gorham of New Orleans. Peck prays for his freedom and asks that Burton & Gorham be condemned to pay him one dollar for every day of his imprisonment. In a related document, a witness testifying for the defense states that he owned a runaway slave by the name of William "answering very much to the description of the person now claiming his freedom." According to the witness, William's parents, named Jim Young and Priscilla, were both slaves; the latter still his property. Since the witness's identification of John Peck as William is in direct contradiction to that of another witness who knew both John and his mother Lidia in Baltimore, this may have been a case of mistaken identify.
Result:denied
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Deposition, William Burton, 21 September 1816; Order, ca. September 1816; Court Record, 7 October 1816; Testimony, Col. John Taylor, 3 November 1817; Judgment 9 March 1818
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20881607

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:2
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the First Judicial District Court
  • Record Group: Case Records
  • Document Number 1,179
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  • Microfilm: Reel #2, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:12/4/1996
Record Final Edited:6/11/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/10/2005 9:27:00 AM