Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881804 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable Joshua Lewis Judge of the first Judicial District of the State of Louisiana. (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:1818-April-29
Ending Date:1818-June-17

General Petition Information

Abstract:Appollonie Julia, a minor, petitions for her freedom. She claims she is the child of Lesprit Tallon, a white man, and Mary Chenet, a slave owned by the widow of Alexander Chenet. She contends that she was legally freed at her birth by Mrs. Chenet at the request of Tallon, who paid the widow $100 for his child's freedom. Appollonie then lived with the widow "not as a Slave, but as a person confided to her care." Mrs. Chenet has recently died and Appollonie's aunt was supposed to take her into her protection. However, Mrs. Chenet’s son-in-law, William Bertin, refuses to acknowledge Appollonie's status and instead claims her as a slave. He has bought her as part of the estate and now holds her as his slave. Appollonie Julia prays that a “Curator” be appointed to represent her in court, that she be sequestered under the protection of the Sheriff until the case is decided, and that the court acknowledge her freedom. Finally, she prays that Bertin be made to pay her $500 in damages.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, ca. April 1818; Judgment, 17 June 1818
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20881804

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the First Judicial District Court, Case Records
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  • Document Number 1,837
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  • Microfilm: Reel #4, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:12/10/1996
Record Final Edited:9/2/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/15/2005 3:20:00 PM