Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881608 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:East Baton Rouge
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable the Judge of the 3rd District Court State of Louisiana, Sitting in and for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (, )
Filing Date:1816-September-25
Ending Date:circa 1816-September

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Connor Young sues for separation of bed and board, and of property, from her alcoholic and abusive husband, Christopher Gayle. Mary states that she brought to the marriage a number of slaves, some land, and money. She claims that Christopher "repeatedly struck, beat, bruised and wounded” her and “by force & violence compelled her to leave the marriage bed & common dwelling and for days and nights together to seek her safety” in “negro cabins of the plantation." She further states that, "owing to the excesses, and treatment & outrages of her said husband towards her, she has been compelled to leave their common domicil" without taking any of her rightful property or her six children. She now believes that Gayle is planning to remove the children and the slaves out of the jurisdiction of the court and to sell her other property. She prays that all of the property she brought to the marriage be legally declared hers; that the children be placed in her care; and that Gayle be made to pay support for herself and the children.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Order, 25 September 1816; Order, 27 September 1816; Sheriff's Return, 30 September 1816; Inventory, 30 September 1816; Sheriff's Return, 30 September 1816; Judgment, ca. September 1816
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20881608

Slaves:31
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: East Baton Rouge Parish, Clerk of Court Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Records of the Third Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 414
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/4/1996
Record Final Edited:6/13/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/13/2005 3:08:00 PM