Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882020 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Joshua Lewis Judge of the first district court in & for the first district of the state. (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:1820-July-20
Ending Date:1820-July-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:Catherine Lacoste petitions to recover the value of her dotal property, a privilege that was granted to her in a previous suit for “separation of goods” from her husband, Pierre Laporte. Catherine Lacoste Laporte represents that her husband has removed himself from the city, leaving only a slave woman and her son named John Baptist, as well as "some articles of furniture or merchandize of very unconsiderable value." Pierre Laporte's creditors, Thomas and David Urquhart, merchants, have already obtained an order for John Baptist’s sequestration, and Gordon Grant & Co. have "caused five trunks of merchandize to be seized by the sheriff." These actions have threatened Catherine’s ability to collect her dowry, despite the fact that she has "privilege and preference to any other creditors." Catherine Lacoste Laporte therefore prays that her husband’s creditors and the sheriff be cited to answer the petition and that her claim to $2,500 be satisfied out of the proceeds from the sale of the seized property, including John Baptist.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 19 July 1820
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20882020

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

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 3,434
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  • Microfilm: Reel #7, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:2/3/1997
Record Final Edited:10/23/2003
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2005 9:36:00 AM