Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882021 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Joshua Lewis Judge of the District Court in & for the first Judicial District of Louisiana (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:1820-July-22
Ending Date:1821-March-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Agathe Dussuau, a free woman of color, petitions for a separation in property from her husband, Philipe Auguste Chavanne, a free man of color. Agathe Dussuau brought into the marriage a female mulatto slave named Louise and her two children, a boy named Souris and a girl named Francilette. At the time of the marriage, Souris was thirteen and Francilette was nine. After the marriage, Louise and her children were sold for $3,000 and a portion of the proceeds, namely $390, used to purchase another slave, a female named Fanny. Philipe Auguste Chavanne’s affairs are now in a state of “disorder” and he has been sued by a number of people. Fanny has been seized by the sheriff and advertised for sale to satisfy two of his creditors, Adelaide and Emelite Dussuau. Agathe fears that her husband’s estate will not be sufficient to satisfy her rights and claims. She therefore prays to be separated in property from him. She also asks that Adelaide and Emelite Dussuau be made party to the suit and that an injunction be issued “inhibiting” Fanny’s sale until her rights have been “established.”
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20881414 in the Dussuau Series; Orders, 22 July 1820; Judgment, 8 March 1821; Bond, 22 July 1820
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20882021

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:0

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 3444
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  • Microfilm: Reel #7, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:2/3/1997
Record Final Edited:10/22/2003
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2005 10:59:00 AM