Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882026 Details

Location:Pointe Coupee
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable Louis Esneault Esquire Judge of the District Court for the Parish of Pointe Coupee in the fourth Judicial District of the State of Louisiana (ESNEAULT, Louis)
Filing Date:1820-October-14
Ending Date:1821-June-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:Seline Barra petitions for a separation of property from her husband, Louis Viales. Seline Barra Viales represents that, at the time of her 1804 marriage to Louis Viales, she received as dowry a share in her late father’s estate, cash, furniture, cattle, and a slave named Joseph. Joseph was valued at $600. In 1817, "owing to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances," Louis Viales was forced to abandon his property to his creditors. His affairs are now in a state of “disorder” and Seline fears that his estate will not be sufficient to meet her “dotal rights and property.” She therefore prays for leave to sue her husband and to be separated in property from him. She asks that Louis be ordered to restore all her “dotal” property, as well as other property “he may have received during the marriage” in her “right.”
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 13 October 1820; Court Record 14 October 1820; Verdict, ca. May 1821; Judgment, 18 June 1821
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20882026

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse, New Roads, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 433
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Processing Information

Record Created:2/4/1997
Record Final Edited:10/22/2003
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2005 2:28:00 PM